Day 1: Galapagos Islands
Upon your arrival to the airport in Baltra Island, you will be transferred to the Natural Paradise Yacht at the bay. During the afternoon, you will head to Eden Islet, off the western coast of Santa Cruz Island, this islet is only accessible by a dinghy ride. You will see a variety of Galapagos wildlife from the dinghy ride both on shore and under the water. You can also snorkel at this spot. End of the day and dinner onboard.
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Day 2: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning, you will visit Vicente Roca Point, at Isabela Island. This place is comprised of two separate coves, that forms a bay, accessible by a dinghy ride, where you can see spectacular sea life, like sea lions, marine turtles, rays and penguins. During the afternoon, you will head to Espinosa Point, place where a large colony of marine iguanas and sea lions reside. You will hike through a trail to reach this island ́s highlight, the flightless cormorant nesting site. After these activities you will head back to the yacht for dinner and rest.
Day 3: Galapagos Islands
First activity of the day will be heading to Urbina Bay, located at the western site of Isabela Island, you will arrive at this place by a dinghy ride and once here, you can take a short trail to observe land iguanas and Galapagos hawks, and you can also snorkel and observe species like marine turtles, rays and tropical fishes. In the afternoon, you will head to Moreno Point. A panga ride will take you to this place, where you will visit crystal tide pools, and brackish pools, where flamingos and white cheeked pintails can be seen. After this activity, head back to the yacht for dinner and rest.
Day 4: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning you will disembark on Isabela Island, and your first visit will be to Sierra Negra Volcano, after a hike you will arrive to the caldera, from which you will have an impressive view of the entire island. After this activity you will go to The Wall of Tears, that was built by the prisoners of the Isabela, when it was used as a penal colony, from 1945 to 1949. During the afternoon you will head to the Wetlands of Isabela, place that consist of lagoons, swamps and mangroves, home of unique bird species at the island. Finally, you will visit Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center, where populations of giant tortoises from the entire islands are kept captive for conservation purposes. After these activities head back to the yacht for dinner and rest.
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Day 5: Galapagos Islands
First activity of the day will be visiting Chinese Hat, named like this for its peculiar form, this is a great location to view the geological formations, like lava tubes and lava flows, which were formed underwater centuries ago. This is also a great snorkeling spot. In the afternoon, head to Mosquera Islet consist of a reef of rocks accessible only by a dinghy ride. You can also snorkel here along the population of sea lions that reside here. End of the day and dinner onboard.
Day 6: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning you will land at Floreana Island, where you will visit Post Office Bay, in which a wooden barrel was placed, by whalers during the 18th century to use as a mailbox. Nowadays visitors can also post their letters here, as a tradition. In the afternoon, head to Cormorant Point, place recognized by its two types of beaches, a green one, composed by olivine crystals, and a white one, composed of coral. Afterwards you will visit Champion Islet, by dinghy ride, is one of the greatest places in the entire archipelago for snorkeling and diving.
Day 7: Natural Paradise
Early in the morning head to Suarez Point on Española Island, that is a basaltic cliff which forms a blowhole where water sprays high into the air. A hike to the top 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. During the afternoon, you will visit Gardner Bay, home to a large and varied wildlife population, like boobies, frigate birds and sea lions. This will also be a great place for snorkeling and swim. After this activity, dinner will be served onboard
Day 8: End of Itinerary
First activity of the last day will be a visit to Lobos Island, which means Sea Lion Island, named like this for the sea lion colony that resides here. After this visit, you will be transferred to San Cristobal Airport and take your flight back to the continent.
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