Day 1: Galapagos Islands
Arrival at Baltra Airport and transfer in. You will have to pay your Galapagos National Park entrance fee and your luggage will be inspected.
A tour at Fausto Llerena Breeding Center you can see the tortoises of Española Island, ending in the tortoise exhibit corral. Tortoises of this corral are accustomed to humans; it is an excellent spot to be photographed with them!
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Day 2: Galapagos Islands
In the morning, you will be heading to Moreno Point, located between volcanoes Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul, where you will take a trail along a solidified lava flow, to a coastal lagoon where several species of birds can be found. The afternoon visit will be to Urbina Bay, located at eh base of Alcedo Volcano. This is a great place to snorkel, and spot native species like land iguanas, Darwin ́s finches and Galapagos Tortoises
Day 3: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning, go to Tagus Cove to see the Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants and other seabirds. Then hike along the trail to the top of the cliff where you can view Darwin Lake and the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove, written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries. After lunch, visit Espinoza point in Fernandina, where you will see large colonies of marine iguanas. Dinner and end of the day.
Day 4: Galapagos Islands
First, you will go to Egas Port, also known as James Bay, on Santiago Island, which main attraction is a black sand beach, and is also home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. After lunch, you will visit Rabida Island one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands, due to its red sand beach in the archipelago and also a great snorkeling site.
Day 5: Galapagos Islands
After breakfast, you will have a dinghy visit to Black Turtle Bay, where you may see sea lions and pacific green turtles. 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.
Day 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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.