Day 1: Galapagos Islands
Upon your arrival to Baltra Airport, you will be transferred to the Archipel I. After lunch, you will visit Bachas beach, two small beaches made of decomposed coral, and a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there is a small brackish water lagoon, where you may see flamingos and other coastal birds, such as blacknecked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer, and has two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War, when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategic point to protect the Panama Canal.
Full itinerary map here: http://bit.ly/archipel-I-4Days-B4
Day 2: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning, you begin with a hike up the steep stairs from the landing dock to a bush of palo santo shrubs on the top, where you may see red footed boobies. Upon arriving at the edge of the rim you can enjoy a panoramic view of Genovesa Island. At the end of the trail, there will be Nazca boobies and petrel nesting places. After lunch, you will go to Darwin Bay. Walk along a coral sand beach, crossing barren lava formations and creeks where some species have occupied their own ecological niches.
Day 3: Archipel I
The first activity of the day will be the visit to the beautiful volcano islet of Bartolome, which offers the most iconic landscape and panorama view of the entire Archipelago. You will have to climb the stairs to the view on top of the island called Pinnacle Bay. After lunch, head up to Sullivan Bay, at a recent formed island called Santiago, where you will see pacific green turtles, crabs, and strayed blue herons or oystercatchers. Return to the yacht and dinner.
Day 4: End of Itinerary
In the morning, you will take a bus ride to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to the National Park boundary, where you will see the Twin Craters and then you will visit El Chato Reserve to observe the giant tortoise of Santa Cruz Island in its natural habitat. Then you will be transfered to Baltra airport.