Day 1: M/Y Letty
Upon your arrival to San Cristobal Island, you will be transferred to Letty Yacht. Once you've boarded, you'll have a welcome briefing and a short safety drill. After a buffet lunch you will head to the first visiting site at Cerro Colorado which is Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center, where the National Park has established a breeding program for giant tortoises in their natural habitat. At the visitor center, Learn about the origin and evolution of tortoises, as well as threats by introduced animals. Along the trail, watch for the San Cristobal mockingbird and Calandrinia plant, both endemic to this island. Return to the yacht for a briefing followed by the Captain’s welcome cocktail party and dinner.
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Day 2: M/Y Letty
Early in the morning you will head to Prince Phillip’s Steps at Genovesa Island, where you will spot red footed boobies and a Palo Santo trees forest. There are also Nazca boobies and storm petrels. After this visit, return to the yacht for lunch. Then you will go to Darwin Bay, and be amazed by a coral sand beach and see the swallow tailed and lava gulls that live here. You can relax at the beach or swim with sea lions. Return to the yacht for a briefing and dinner followed by a sky full of stars.
Day 3: M/Y Letty
After breakfast, head to Bachas beach, Spanish translation for “barges” for one that was left here during WWII. This is a long white sand beach, with an interior lagoon where you can spot flamingos, pelicans, white-cheeked pintail ducks, stilts and iguanas. You can also stroll along the beach or swim from the shore. After the visit, you will return to the yacht for lunch and then you will head to Dragon Hill for a majestic view of the bay and to visit the island trail to see flora species like opuntia cactus and palo santo. You will spot Galapagos flycatchers, yellow warblers, shearwaters and endemic land iguanas. After this activities return to the yacht for dinner and rest.
Day 4: M/Y Letty
First activity of the day will be taking a zodiac ride to Vicente Roca Point. You can also snorkel at this spot, and see penguins diving playfully in the water. Look for sea turtles beneath the surface. In the afternoon, after lunch, you will disembark at Urbina Bay on Isabela Island, product of a dramatic uplift produced by a volcanic eruption in 1954. Here you can see Galapagos land and marine iguanas, Darwin finches, brown pelicans, and flightless cormorant at this spot.
Day 5: M/Y Letty
After breakfast, head to Espinosa Point on Fernandina Island, the most pristine and young island in the archipelago. You can spot sea lions at the beach, hundreds of marine iguanas, and nests of flightless cormorants, that stay close to the shore. After lunch, you will head to Tagus Cove, place that used to be a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers in past centuries. This place is covered with graffiti they used to leave here. You can explore this places’ shoreline by kayak or stand up paddle board, while searching for Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, blue/footed and Nazca boobies. You can also snorkel at this spot.
Day 6: M/Y Letty
Early in the morning, you will disembark on Rabida Island, a red sand beach, due to the high iron content in the volcanic shores. You can visit a salt water lagoon here, where you may spot flamingos. You can also snorkel from the shore while spotting sea lions and rays. In the afternoon, after lunch, you will visit Egas Port at Santiago Island and take a stroll along this place while you catch a glimpse of marine iguanas, and watch for blue herons, lava herons and American oystercatchers at this place. The walk ends at the grottos: deep pools of clear water where fur sea lions reside.
Day 7: M/Y Letty
Early in the morning you will disembark at Ayora Port on Santa Cruz Island. You will be transferred to the highlands, passing the vegetation zones found in the Galapagos, to visit Rancho el Manzanillo a privately-owned hacienda where giant tortoises roam in their natural habitat. Stop at the lava tunnels, which are large enough to walk through, and visit Los Gemelos (The twins), a pair of large craters, collapsed volcanic craters that make an amazing landscape. Return to the yacht for lunch. After this you will visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, to see the giant tortoises and land iguanas from close, and learn about the conservation efforts done to preserve this species. You will also stop at a chocolate shop to learn how high quality “arriba cacao” is produced in Ecuador. Return to the yacht for dinner and rest.
Day 8: End of Itinerary
After breakfast you will disembark at San Cristobal Island, to visit the Interpretation Center, where you will learn about the Natural and Human history of the Galapagos Islands. After this activity you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight back to the continent.
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