Day 1: Galapagos Islands
Charles Darwin Research Station: Upon your arrival to Baltra Airport you will be transferred to the first visitor site, Charles Darwin Research Station, a place that provides the opportunity to find out about the vital work that is being done to preserve the archipelago's ecosystems. There is also a significant breeding program for Galapagos tortoises, to preserve them. After this activity head back to the yacht for dinner and rest.
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Day 2: Galapagos Islands
Prince Philip’s Steps and Darwin Bay: First activity of the day will be heading to Genovesa Island, specifically Prince Philip’s Steps also known as El Barranco, a rocky stairway that leads past a colony of Nazca and red-footed boobies and up to a plateau of dried lava. You continue through a Palo Santo Forest, and often spot storm petrels too. A panga ride or kayaking along the edge of the cliffs of this place provides a chance to see the Galapagos fur seals nestled on the rocks. In the afternoon you will visit Darwin Bay, that has a small sand and coral beach, that provides a perfect spot for snorkeling, kayaking or paddle boarding. You can also spot hammerhead sharks, rays and a plethora of colorful reef fish. You can also visit a tidal lagoon and mangroves and see Nazca and red footed boobies and swallow tailed gulls.
Day 3: Galapagos Islands
Espumilla Beach and Buccaneer Cove: Early in the morning you will head to Espumilla Beach at Santiago Island, an exquisite white sand beach, whose name refers to meringue-like trails of foam. You can fight sally light foot crabs, hawks, herons and pelicans. This place is also perfect for snorkeling, kayaking or paddle boarding. Then you will visit Buccaneer Cove, which was a place used by sailors, buccaneers, and whalers to anchor their vessels in search for food and water. This is now a nesting site for turtles, and also a place where sea lions swim by. In the afternoon you will visit Egas port, once a salt mine, now is an impressive black sand beach, which provides an excellent location for snorkeling and observing shorebirds.
Day 4: M/C Elite
Santa Cruz and Bachas Beach: After breakfast you will visit Bachas beach, a nice white sand beach, where the remnants of a rusted barge, thought to have been abandoned by the Americans during WWII can be seen. This is also a popular nesting site for turtles, and you can also practice snorkel here. In the afternoon you will disembark at Santa Cruz Island and visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz, and the abundance of scalesia trees, along with bird species as vermilion flycatchers, Darwin’s finches and short ear owl with a bit of luck. Then you will visit twin craters, two almost identical craters like holes, caused by the collapse of empty lava chambers.
Day 5: End of Itinerary
Lobos Island, off San Cristobal
Isla Lobos, or “Sea Lion Island,” is a long, thin island not far off the coast of San Cristobal Island. As the name implies, it is home to a healthy colony of sea lions. There is a trail on the island, and visitors can see different species of birds, including Boobys of both the Blue-footed and Nazca varieties.
There are marina iguanas and lava lizards on the island as well. In addition to the hike on the islet, the calm channel between Lobos Island and San Cristobal is one of the better snorkeling spots in the islands, as it is usually calm and the sea lions often frolic with visitors.
After our early morning visit, passengers will get ready and then be taken to San Cristobal Airport. Our airport personnel will assist passengers with the check in process. Farwell and boarding the flight back to mainland Ecuador.
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