Day 1: Galapagos Islands
Upon your arrival to Baltra Airport, you will be transferred to the harbor to get onboard Tip Top IV Yacht. After navigation and lunch, you will disembark on North Seymour to see the various species of birdlife that inhabit there, like blue footed boobies and frigate birds. If you would like to swim, snorkel or kayak, you can do it in this island. End of the day and dinner onboard.
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Day 2: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at Darwin Bay to walk and observe frigate birds, herons, mockingbirds, boobies, shorebirds, turtles, marine iguanas, among others. You can also snorkel or kayak in this island. In the afternoon, you will disembark at Genovesa Island specifically to Prince Philips Steps also called El Barranco, the ascend to this place, takes you 100 feet above sea level, to be welcomed by a Palo Santo Forest and species like Nazca boobies. You will also have a panoramic view of all the Island from here. End of the day and dinner onboard.
Day 3: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning, you will visit Port Egas, a beach located at the west side of Santiago Island, its main attractive is its black sand beach, where you can also see Galapagos Fur Seals, Galapagos Hawks, and salt water lagoons where flamingos can be seen. After lunch, you will head to Buccaneer Cove that was a popular place for 17th & 18th-century buccaneers to careen their vessels and is now used as a nesting area for several species of seabirds.
Day 4: Galapagos Islands
After breakfast, begin with a dinghy ride on Punta Vicente Roca to observe plenty of sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed and masked boobies, and flightless cormorants. You can swim and snorkel in this place. During the afternoon, head to Espinosa Point, to observe and see a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas and the flightless cormorants and clumps of lava cactus. End of the day and dinner on board.
Day 5: Galapagos Islands
First activity of the day will be the visit to Tagus Cove, a cove between the shoulders of two volcanic craters, which protect it from the open sea; here you will observe penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions and a variety of birds including flightless cormorant and blue-footed boobies. In the afternoon, you will go to Elizabeth Bay to see marine iguanas, penguins, marine turtles, seabirds and shorebirds, herons and blue-footed boobies. Return to the Yacht for dinner and rest.
Day 6: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning, the yacht will take you to Urbina Bay, one of the recent examples of geological uplift in the Galapagos, where you will see land iguanas, giant Galapagos turtles, and marine iguanas. You can also snorkel here. In the afternoon head to 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.
Day 7: Tip Top IV
After breakfast, you will head to Cormorant Point, where you will be welcomed by a small Galapagos sea lion colony. You will also visit green sand beach that contains olivine crystal, and a white coral sand beach. Then, you will head to Champion Islet where you can observe the nearly extinct Floreana Mockingbird and other bird species such as Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies or Brown Boobies. This is also a great place for snorkeling. In the afternoon we make a wet landing on Post Office Bay, a historic site that recalls the days of the whalers, who presumably placed a wooden barrel in the 18th century to use it as a post office. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel.
Day 8: End of Itinerary
After breakfast, you will disembark at Puerto Ayora, to be transferred back to the airport, making a short stop to visit Twin Craters magma domes that have collapsed, leaving two deep and wide holes, making this place and amazing landscape for pictures
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