Day 1: Galapagos Islands
Upon arrival to the airport in Baltra, you will head to the first visit the Twin Craters, the name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking. And perfect for taking pictures. Then you will have lunch at a local restaurant, and finally be transferred to Reina Silvia yacht. End of the day and dinner onboard.
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Day 2: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning, you Will head to Cormorant Point, place that hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and white cheeked pintails can also be seen. You can also visit a green sand beach, composed by olivine crystals, and a white sand beach composed of white coral. Next visit will be to Champion Islet, a perfect place for snorkeling and dolphin watching. After lunch, head to Post Office Bay, an unofficial mail box placed by whalers during the 18th century, where you can also bring you postcards to send. Next, we visit Asilo de la Paz. This is a hill 450m high that is behind Straw Hill in the agricultural area of the island. The main attractions are of a historic type: one is the cave of pirates and the other is the freshwater spring. The two sites are located at the base of the hill. End of the day and dinner onboard.
Day 3: Galapagos Islands
First activity of the day will be disembarking at Moreno Point Moreno located at the north coast of Isabela, between volcanoes Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul, where you will go through a trail of solidified lava until a coastal lagoon where you will see several species of birds. After lunch, you will go to Elizabeth Bay, where you will visit the Marielas islets, and see the most important penguin colony and a cove that is surrounded by red mangroves and observe seas turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, brown pelicans and sea lions.
Day 4: Galapagos Islands
In the morning, you will land at Urbina Bay which presents some fascinating geological formations, and where you will also spot stingrays, and sea turtles swimming near the surface of the water. In the afternoon, you will land at Espinosa Point and after walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, you’ll reach the island’s highlight: the flightless cormorant nesting site. End of the day and dinner onboard.
Day 5: Galapagos Islands
After breakfast, you will visit Tagus Cove which is located across from Fernandina Island, and is a site that has been frequented by ships since the 1800s, using the area as an anchorage site. During the afternoon, head to Vicente Roca Point, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (or sunfish). After this activities head back to the yacht for dinner.
Day 6: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning, head to Espumilla Beach where you can see playful sea lions, fur seals and various species of seabirds. This is also a good place to snorkel. OR you can visit Buccaneer Cove, which is a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge for British buccaneers. After lunch, you will go to Egas Port, also known as James Bay, on Santiago Island which is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. This is also a great place for snorkel. After this activities head back to the yacht for dinner.
Day 7: M/Y Reina Silvia
Early in the morning, head toBachas Beach on the north shore of Santa Cruz. This place is One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, where you can also see species like flamingos, hermit crabs and sea turtles. In the afternoon, you will visit North Seymour, where you will be able to see Galapagos sea lions, blue footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds which are abundant on the Island.
Day 8: End of Itinerary
After breakfast, and upon landing at Puerto Ayora,you will be transferred from the boat to Baltra airport to take your flight back to the continent