Day 1: Galapagos Islands
Upon your arrival at Baltra AIport, you will be transferred by a bus ride to the harbour, and then take a dingy ride to Solaris Yacht, after settling in and lunch, you will visit Bachas Beach, two small beaches made of decomposed coral, which makes it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of this beaches, there is a small brackish water lagoon, where it is possible to observe famingos and other coastal birds like black.necked stilts and whimbrels. On the other beach there are two barges, abandoned during World War II, since this place was used as a strategic point to protect the Panama Channel. After this activity head back to the yacht for dinner and rest.
Day 2: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning, you will take a zodiac ride to Tintoreras Islet, where white tipped reed sharks can be spotted, and are also called "TIntoreras" hence the name of this island. In the afternoon you will head to Villamil Port ́s wetlands, where a few lagoons, swamps and mangroves , home to several species of birds, like the flamingo, can be seen. In the afternoon you will head to Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center, where giant tortoies are reared in captivity to preserve the species. Then you will head to the Wall of Tears, which was constructed between 1946 and 1959 by the prsioners when Isabela was a penal colony.
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Day 3: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning you will head to Moreno Point, located on the north coast of Isabela, between Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul Volcano, where a Pahohoe lava flow (solidified lava) runs, into a complez of coastal lagoon, where several species of birds can be found. In the afternoon, you wil take a zodiac ride to Tagus Cove, to spot Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants and other sea birds. Once you land, you will take a 30 minute trail uup to the cliff where you can view Darwin Lake, and spot several volcanoes fromt his locations. Tere is also graffiti around this cove, that was left centuries ago by pirates and buccaneers that visited the Islands.
Day 4: Galapagos Islands
First activity of the day will be heading to Fernandina Island, to Espinosa Point, where unique Galapagos species can be seen, such as marine iguanas, flightless cormorant, and galapagos penguins from a very short distance. In the afternoon you will head to Vicente Roca Point, at the northwest of Isabela Island, by a panga ride, to observe the geological formation and volcanic tuff cones, that form this island, this is also home to a variety of nesting birds like blue footed boobies and nazca boobies. This is also an excellent snorkeling area, where you can spot sea lions, sea turtles and other marine life.
Day 5: Galapagos Islands
After breakfast you will head to Santiago Island and visit Espumilla Beach. where you can visit a palo santo forest. Then you will head to Buccaneers Cove for a great snorkeling opportunity. In the afternoon you will head to Egas Port, where a black sand beach waits for you. This place was also used as a salt mine, but failed and the project was abandoned. After this visit, head back tot he yacht for dinner and rest.
Day 6: Solaris Galapagos
Early in the morning you will head to Rabida Island, a unique place due to the red color of the sand at the beach, due to the volcanic material that forms it. You will take a trail to a coastal lagoon behind the beach to observe finches, doves, and mocking birds. There is also a colony of flamingos, and the beach if full of sea lions. In the afternoon you will visit Chinese Hat, a recent colcanic cone shaped like a hat, hence its name, which is also an excellent place to osberve the geological features of lava tubes andsolidified lava flows. There are also sea lion colonies and marine iguanas along the coast. After this activity head back to the yacht for dinner and rest.
Day 7: End of Itinerary
Early in the morning, you will head to Charles Darwin Research Station, and learn about the protection and conservation efforts made in the island to preserve the native and endemic species. You will also visit the Van Strelen Exhibition Hall and the Breeding Center for young tortoises and adult Galapagos Tortoises in captivity. Afterwards, you will be transfered to the airport for your flight.
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