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 onboard.
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 geologicaluplift in the Galapagos, where you will see land iguanas, giantGalapagos 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: Galapagos Islands
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: Galapagos Islands
After breakfast, you will disembark at Puerto Ayora, to make a visit to Twin Craters at Santa Cruz Highlands, magma domes that have collapsed, leaving two deep and wide holes, making this place and amazing landscape for pictures.You can also spot giant totoises roaming freely at the highlands ecosystem. After lunch, you will head to Charles Darwin Research Station where you will learn about the protection and conservation of the island, and visit the Breeding and Rearing Centre for young tortoises and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity. Return to the Yacht for dinner and rest.
Day 9: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning head to head to Suarez Point on Española Island, where you will hike to the topof this place, which makes a great opportunity to take spectacular pictures. You can also watch sea lions, sea birds, Marine Iguanas, masked and blue footed boobies, among others. In the afternoon, the yacht will take you to Gardner Bay, to watch sea lions and marine iguanas, and then head to Gardner Islet which will be a great opportunity for snorkeling and swim.
Day 10: Galapagos Islands
After breakfast, head to Pitt Point in San Cristobal Island, to walk through a trail that includes an olivine beach approximately 90 meters and a trail that ascends to the top of avolcanic tuff hill passing through several natural viewpoints. You can also spot three species of boobies and two species of frigates here.After lunch, the yacht will go to Kicker Rock, where you can practice deep water snorkel, and finally you will visit Witch Hill, to begin witha walk through a white sand beach and observe sea lions, brown pelicans, marine iguanas and blue footed boobies.
Day 11: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning the yacht will take you to Mosquera Island, home to a group of sea lions, and that is also aplace to observe shorebirds, herons, lava gulls and boobies. You can also practice snorkeling or diving here. After lunch, head to Black Turtle Cove, where you willtake a panga ride to see a series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets; and where you can observe white-tipped sharks, marine turtles, spotted eagle rays, and yellow cow-nosed rays. Return to the Yacht for dinner and rest.
Day 12: Galapagos Islands
After breakfast you make a wet landing on Chinese Hat, where Lava formations can be seen, formedunder the sea and later raised upward, you will spot sea lions colonies resting here. After this activity you will head to Rabida Island, a red sand beach, with a salt water lagoon where flamingos are usually present, along with Darwin’s finches, and Galapagos Mockingbirds. End of the activities and dinner onboard.
Day 13: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning, the yacht will land in Sullivan Bay at Santiago Island where you can witness the rope lava flows, and sea lions that rest through the shore, you can also practice shallow water snorkeling. After lunch, head to Bartolome Island, famous for its Pinnacle rock and its beautiful landscapes where you can take amazing pictures. You can also practice snorkel at this island. End of the activities and dinner.
Day 14: Tip Top IV
First activity of the day will be landing on Santa Fe Island, which is a great place to snorkel and swim along sea lions. This place is also the home of endemic species likethe Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake and a variety of finches. In the afternoon, after lunch, you will head to South Plaza Island where you will see various species of land iguanas, marine iguanas and hybridsof this species. After this activity, dinner will be served onboard.
Day 15: End of Itinerary
At the beginning of the last day, you will visit Bachas Beach where you will spot sea lions, marine iguanas, white cheeked pintails, black-necked stilts, among other species. This place is alsothe preferred nesting site of Pacific Green turtles from November to February. After this activity you will be transferred to Baltra Airport and take your flight back to the continent.
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