|Itinerary A: 2013
Day 1: Fri: Charles Darwin Research Station
AM: Baltra: Transfer in to Puerto Ayora
PM: Lunch at noon. Dry landing, hiking educational visit to the Charles Darwin Station (giant tortoises, Opuntia cactus, etc.). Degree of difficulty: easy Duration: 2 hours, dinner at night.
Day 2: Sat: North Seymour and Bartolome
AM: North Seymour: Breakfast in the morning. Dry landing. On this island you can see blue-footed boobies, colonies of frigates, fork-tailed gulls, terns, sea lions, lava lizards and land iguanas. Palo Santo trees can also be observed. Difficulty: Moderate Duration approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Lunch at noon.
PM: Bartolome: Wet Landing, After lunch visit to the Pinnacle Rock beach for swimming and snorkeling.
In the afternoon dry landing to reach the viewpoint of Bartolome. On this island, you can see interesting formations of lava and cinder cones. After a 30 to 40 minutes climbing, a wooden staircase leads to the top of the island where there are beautiful views of the nearby beaches. This island is one of the most visited and photographed because of Pinnacle Rock. Degree of difficulty: difficult, Duration 1 Hour 30 Minutes. Dinner in the evening.
Day 3: Sun: Plazas Sur - Cerro Brujo
AM: Plazas Sur: Breakfast in the morning. Dry landing. This island is full of life. There are colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. While you walk on the banks it is possible to see a great number of birds such as nesting tropic birds and fork-tailed seagulls, but most of all enjoying the beautiful view from the top the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is an extremely pleasurable experience. The Opuntia cactus grow here too and the vegetation changes color according to the season of the year. Paths: easy, duration: 1h45. Lunch at noon.
PM: Cerro Brujo: Wet Landing is a beautiful beach of white coral where you can swim and watch birds and sea lions, plus you can snorkel. Located on the north coast of the San Cristobal Island. In the vicinity of the beach you can see seabirds like blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigate birds and shore birds. Degree of difficulty: easy, Duration approximately 2 hours, Lunch at noon.
Day 4: Mon: San Cristobal: Punta Pitt - Islas Lobos
AM: Punta Pitt-San Cristobal: Dry Landing, is located at the eastern end of Isla San Cristobal. Is a group of eroded volcanic cones, sparsely populated by endemic vegetation of the islands. Punta
Pitt is a perfect place to nest a variety of sea birds, such as blue-footed boobies, masked, red-footed boobies, frigates, among others. Degree of difficulty: easy, Duration approximately 2 hours. Lunch at noon.
PM: Isla Lobos: is a small flat island, located 10 kilometers northeast of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on the coast of Isla San Cristobal. Isla Lobos name is given because it is home to several sea lions that frolic on the beach. It is also the ideal place to observe nesting frigates and blue-footed boobies. It has a protected channel where you can do snorkeling with sea lions. Degree of difficulty: easy, Duration approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. Dinner in the evening.
Day 5: Tue: San Cristobal - Interpretation Center
AM: Interpretation Center-San Cristobal: dry Landing. This site is educational information about the evolution of the Galapagos Islands and animal life in the islands. Degree of difficulty: easy. Duration: 1 hour 30Minutes. Transfer out to San Cristobal’s Airport.
|Itinerary B: 2013
Day 1: Tue: San Cristobal
AM: San Cristobal - Transfer in.
PM: San Cristobal - Cerro Colorado: dry landing. After a bus ride of 45 minutes to reach Cerro Colorado, where you can see giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat. Degree of difficulty: easy, 1 Hour Approx.Dinner in the evening.
PM: Interpretation Center-San Cristobal: dry Landing. This site is educational information about the evolution of the Galapagos Islands and animal life in the islands. Degree of difficulty: easy. Duration: 1 hour 30Minutes.Dinner in the evening.
Day 2: Wed: Española: Gardner Bay - Suarez Point
AM: Gardner Bay: Located on the north coast of Española Island. The main attraction is the colony of sea lions, which inhabit the beach in great quantity during thebreeding season. Both resident and migratory birds are observed. Degree of difficulty: easy Duration: 2 Hours.Lunch atnoon.
PM: Punta Suarez: dry Landing. During the walk on this island you can see sea lions, marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, Nazca boobies, Darwin finches, Galapagos hawks, albatrosses, lava lizards, herons. Degree of difficulty: difficult, Duration: 2 Hours 30 Minutes. Dinner in the evening.
Day 3: Thu: Floreana: Mirador de la Baroneza - Cormorant Point
AM: Mirador de la Baroneza:It is a vista point on the northside of Floreana, in La Olla Bay. It is a basaltic rock formation between Cormorant Point and Post Office Bay. You will take a panga ride to reach this point. On the panga you can observe several marine species such as golden eagle rays, sea turtles, sea lions, mullets and eventually Galapagos penguins. Mirador de la Baronesa is a good place for understanding the mangroves. The red mangrove is characterized by a hanging elongated fruit, which in reality is a new daughter plant that grows from the parent plant, a rarity in the plant kingdom. Degree of difficulty: moderate Duration: 2 Hours. Lunch at noon.
PM: Cormorant Point: Wet Landing, This site has a sandy olivine beach for walking and swimming. The island also has a flamingo lagoon. In addition, white sand beach where sea turtles nest from December to May. Degree of difficulty: easy Duration: 2 Hours. Dinner in the evening.
Day 4: Fri: Santa Fe - Tortuga Bay
AM:Santa Fe: snorkeling in the rocky coast of the island to see a variety of fish and sea turtles. Later. Wet Landing. You can see colonies of sea lions, land iguanas, frigate birds, Galapagos doves and lava lizards. On the island you can see a forest of giant cacti and Palo Santo trees. Degree of difficulty: easy Duration: 2 Hours. Lunch at noon.
PM: Tortuga Bay: Wet Landing, interesting walk to the Turtle Bay beach, perhaps the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos, we can swim and snorkel observing colonies of marine iguanas, pelicans, Darwins finches, sharks, sharks, sea turtles, the incredible forest Giant Cactus, and the nesting of marine iguanas Degree of difficulty: easy Duration: 2 Hours.Dinner in the evening.
Day 5: Sat: Santa Cruz
AM: EL Chato: El Chato reserve is divided into two areas; Caseta and Chato. The trail begins at Santa Rosa, 22 km from Puerto Ayora, with the Caseta route being the more challenging. The reserve allows visitors to observe giant tortoises in the wild during the dry season, and is also a good place to spot short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, Galapagos rails and paint-billed crakes. Degree of difficulty: Moderate. Duration: 1 hour 30Minutes.– Transfer out to Baltra’s Airport.
|Itinerary C: 2013
Day 1: Sat: Santa Cruz
AM: Baltra: Transfer in to Puerto Ayora
PM: Charles Darwin Station: Lunch at noon. Dry landing, activities: hiking educational visit to the Charles Darwin Station (giant tortoises, Opuntia cactus, etc.).
Day 2: Sun: Isabela
AM:Tintoreras:The islet is Located south of Puerto Villamil. It has a small bay of calm turquoise waters, where you can appreciate sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, rays, etc. The bay is connected to a crevice of crystal clear water, that is shallow and when the tide is low, the entrance closes. In this crevice, you can see how reef sharks swim along with other small fish and sea lions.
PM: Wall of Tears:This is an historic part of Isabela because during the years from 1946 to 1959 there was a penal colony on the island; during which to punish the prisoners were forced to build a wall with enormous blocks of lava are about 100 meters long and 7 meters high. You can reach the top of The Wall of Tears through some steps, where you can have a panoramic view of the place. In the place you can still see the concrete foundations where the Americans had their wooden houses in the Second World War.
Day 3: Mon: Isabela
AM: Punta Moreno - Isabela:Dry landing, Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island. The route of the trail is approximately 2100 meters.The main attraction in Punta Moreno is the coastal lagoons in the middle of black lava flow where there are several species of birds. It has a view of 3 volcanoes, the most actives in the Galapagos; Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul.
PM: Urbina Bay - Isabela: Wet Landing,Urbina Bay is located at the base of volcanoes Alcedo and Darwin, west of Isabela Island. Here you can find corals, shells, and many other organisms exposed above the water. This area is also home to large and very colorful Galápagos land iguanas, giant tortoises and the famous population of Alcedo Volcano.
Day 4: Tue: Fernandina - Punta Mangle - Punta Espinoza
AM: Punta Mangle: Wet Landing.It is a new destination opened up for 2012. The island of Fernandina has no foreign species living on it and therefore it is one of the world is most pristine island ecosystems. This island is dominated by volcano La Cumbre which gave birth to the island and has lave fields reaching the ocean. Some of the attractions are the Flightless Cormorant nesting site. This area provides great opportunities to see the Galapagos Hawk. Flightless Cormorant, Marine Iguanas, Sea Lions, Sally Lightfoot Crabs.
PM: Punta Espinoza: Punta Espinosa is a jagged promontory of cracked and eroded lava, but the name could also refer to the hundreds of spiny marine iguanas that drape the rocks. Pristine nature under an active volcano and a highlight of any cruise. Flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, Galapagos sea lions, waders and the world is largest colony of marine iguanas thrive on the edge of a barren lava flow. Fine stands of mangroves support yellow warblers, Darwin finches, large billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and nesting brown pelicans. Snorkellers can watch green sea turtles and marine iguanas underwater and shallow lagoons attract sea turtles more sea lions, fish and rays visible to landlubbers. Fine examples of lava cactus and pahoehoe lava.
Day 5: Wed: Santiago - Rabida
AM: Puerto Egas - Santiago: Dry Landing, Puerto Egas is located northwest of Santiago Island, fascinating place to visit because it had a great volcanic activity in the past. Puerto Egas is one of the most popular sites in the Galapagos Archipelago. It has a beautiful black sand beach where you can see its many inhabitants as sea lions, chameleons, lizards and herons.
PM: Rabida: Also known by the name of Jervis in honor of a British Admiral John Jervis, Earl of St. Vincent. Rabida is located 5 km south of Santiago Island and is commonly regarded as the geographical center of the Galapagos Islands. It has an area of 4.9 km ² and a maximum altitude of 367 meters. It has a high iron content, which causes that this place has a distinctive reddish color. Its main attraction is the salt lagoon with flamingoes, pelicans and boobies place where they build their nests.
Day 6: Thu: Chinese hat - Santa Cruz
AM: Chinese Hat:small islet located nears the south-east of Santiago. It is shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from afar. It is an island consisting of a cone type Splash (lava ejected as droplets and falling close to where it came out, which forms a cone angle) that forms the top, and lava tubes that run down to the coast.
In the west you can see lava formations, which are an indicator that the flows were formed under the sea and have been raised towards the exterior, reason why coral heads on lava can be seen.
This visit provides an excellent opportunity for the interpretation of geologic features such as lava tubes and lava flows.
PM: Cerro Dragon: The site visit Cerro Dragon is located in the northwest of Santa Cruz Island, and consists of a path that runs for three different environments in just 1,600 m in length.
It gets its name because in 1975, was one of the only places in the Santa Cruz Island where there were land iguanas healthy state.
Day 7: Fri: Santa Cruz
AM: Las Bachas: is a beach about 1 km in length. With white sand beach, deserted and where you can see flamingos, and migratory birds.
In the vicinity of the Las Bachas beach can observe predominant vegetation of the coastal zone.
Las Bachas beach represents one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles (Cheloniamydas) on Isla Santa Cruz.
Las Bachas is a very popular practice of snorkeling, swimming.