Day 1: Galapagos Islands
Early arrival to Seymour Airport at Baltra and transfer to the Golondrina Yacht. After lunch, head to Bachas Beach, a white sand beach which is a nesting place for sea turtles, and where you can also spot light foot crabs, flamingos, hermit crabs and sea lions. End of the day and dinner.
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Day 2: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning, head to Prince Philip´s Steps (Barranco), where a steep climb takes you to a Palo Santo Forest and species like Nazca boobies. You will also have a panoramic view of all the Island from here. During the afternoon we make a wet landing at Darwin Bay, follow a trail to find red footed boobies, and great frigate birds trying to attract a female. You will also stumble upon Darwin’s Finches and native flora like mangroves and cactus. End of the day and dinner onboard.
Day 3: Galapagos Islands
We begin with a hike to enjoy the most amazing panoramic view at the Galapagos Islands. After, relax on the beach or take the opportunity to snorkel at the reef to see various fish, friendly sea lions, and sea turtles. In the afternoon, we visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island, to see fascinating giant lava formations, due to the recent formation of the island, and where you can also swim and snorkel to see seals and penguins. Return to the yacht and dinner.
Day 4: Galapagos Islands
We disembark at South Plazas Island where you can find various species of land iguanas, and swallow-tailed gulls. Weather permiting we may swim or snorkel here too. After lunch head to Santa Fe, a great place to watch and swim with sea lions. This place is also the home to endemic species such as the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake and a variety of finches. After this activity, dinner will be served onboard.
Day 5: Galapagos Islands
After breakfast, the first visit of the day will be to kicker rock, located of the coast of San Cristobal, to see the remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, the perfect resting place for tropic birds, frigates and boobies. This is also one of the best snorkel sites at Galapagos. Then head to Witch Hill (Cerro Brujo), a beautiful white sand beach, where species like brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies and sea lions are found. During the late afternoon wego to Lobos Island, where the most important colony of sea lions resides, and it’s also a nice place to snorkel.
Day 6: Galapagos Islands
Early in the morning the yacht will take you to the beautiful white sand beach at Gardner Bay to see lazing sea lions, and an opportunity to snorkel or swim. In the afternoon head to Suarez Point, 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, and spot sea lions, nesting sea birds (boobies & albatross), and Marine Iguanas. After this activity, dinner will be served onboard.
Day 7: Golondrina Yacht
Early in the morning we land at Cormorant Point (Floreana), where you will be welcomed by a small Galapagos sea lion colony, and can visit two beaches: one with green sand containing olivine crystal, and the other a white coral beach. After this activity, head to Devil´s Crown, a sub-marine crater that offers some of the most spectacular snorkeling in the Galapagos. In the afternoon, head to Charles Darwin Station to will learn about the conservation of the island, and visit the Breeding and Rearing Centre for young tortoises and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.
Day 8: End of Itinerary
Early in the morning we visit North Seymour to see the various species of birdlife that inhabit the island, such as blue footed boobies and frigate birds. Afterwards we land at Puerto Ayora and are transferred to Baltra Airport to take your flight back to the continent.
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