|Itinerary A: 2013
Day 1: Tue: San Cristobal Island
San Cristobal airport. Reception at airport. Transfer IN. Welcome on board Galaxy Cruise. Welcome drink and lunch.
PM Lobos Island. Panga Ride, swimming and snorkeling. Description of the place: this place is the habitat of seals, frigates, finches, marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the small endemic Galapagos snake. Here, we can swim and snorkeling in the same place. Leon Dormido: This is formed by two rocks of approximately 148m above sea level named thus by its similitude with a lion we will pass between both rocks but we will not disembark because is not possible to do it.
Day 2: Wed: Española Island
Breakfast early in the morning. Our first visit: Suarez Point: dry landing, activities that were carried out in this place: walking; recommendable clothes: sports shoes, hat, cap, solar lotion. There is not color more amazing and outstanding in this tropical desert island that the blue-foot boobies; they have an impressive form to "greeting" and it is a real spectacle to see the ritualistic parade of the entourage. In several islands we can admire this bird due to that nests and feed are located in diverse places close to the coast. In this place we will be able to observe the Albatross with a weight from three to four kilograms and an importance of more than two meters, this creature of aristocratic aspect is one of the largest birds of the islands. Around twelve thousand couples have their nests in the Española Island (some few in the Silver Island near of main land Ecuador). This specie is considered endemic from this island during our walking we will be able to observe these fantastic birds, we will be part of the beautiful and only landscapes that offers this island. Important Note: Albatross will be not possible to see between January and March. Also we will observe colonies of marine iguanas, zayapas, mask boobies, finches, Española cucuves, and seagulls unique of the island. Our walking will be for lava rock path where we will be able to admire the hollow blowers. The vegetation of this island is of red mangrove. Delicious Snacks and fresh beverages expect for you, rest, Lunch.
Bahia Gardner: wet landing, activities for this visit: short walking, swimming, snorkeling, and observation of seals colony.
The sea lion is one of the animals in Galapagos which gets the total attention of the visitors in the Galapagos: they are curious and playful, but at times aggressive; they are nice and loving, but also lazy. In Gardner Bay, we are going to find many of them relaxing in the beach enjoying of the sun. Snorkeling in the area where we will be able to swim with them, besides you observe these fascinating animals, we will swim with the sea turtles, diversity of tropical fish, marine iguanas etc. We will return to the ship, to sail toward the following island.
Day 3: Thu: Floreana Island
Breakfast early in the morning. Our first visit will be BARONESS VIEWPOINT: wet landing. Activities for this visit: hiking. What to bring: sports shoes, sandals, solar blocker, cap. Description of the place: This place has special attraction because of its impressive landscape and beauty and its history. To arrive to this point we will have walk and raise some steps. The history says that the Baroness Elisa Go Wagner liked this place where she spent several hours see the sea and the embarkations that approached to the island. We can find the ruins of Baroness home. In our journey we observe several marine species as eagle and golden rays, sea turtles, seals and eventually Galapagos.
Post Office (Mail Bay): Wet landing. Activities in this place: short walk, swimming, snorkeling, review of the mail. Description of the Place: it is situated to the north of Floreana Island. The Post Office Bay name is because of Capitan James Colnett installed an empty Ron barrel, to use it as post office for the whaling fleets that frequented for a long time the Galapagos Islands. You can send some postcards from here to your friends and relatives or interchange letter to deliver in their destiny. Return. Delicious snacks and beverages will be expecting for you and lunch.
Punta Cormorant: wet landing, snorkeling and short trekking. This point is located at west of Floreana Island and it is famous to has a dark green beach due to the great quantity of olivine crystals. You can see many marine invertebrates, as well as also sea lions, sea iguanas, the frigates and pelicans. Second visit: Devil´S Crown: Activities in this place: panga ride and optional swimming. Panga ride around of a small island, this place was a satellite islet of the island Floreana. Here, we will find a group of rocks that seem to a crown, due to the constant erosion caused by the sea. It is one of the better places to do snorkeling (superficial diving) in the interior and around of the crown, excellent visibility to admire a great variety of fishes and sea animals.
Day 4: Fri: Santa Fe Island & South Plazas Island
Santa Fe: Wet landing, activities for this day: hiking, swimming and snorkeling. Description of this place: With 24 Km2 and 60 meters of height above sea level, it is an almost central island that has a unique place of visit: an incredible bay with turquoise water protected by a natural barrier of rocks and from you can appreciate colonies of seals and hawks flying over. It is home of one of the two species of land iguanas that have the islands, their main food are the leaves and fruits of the large and thick cactus. Crabs, nocturnal herons, marine iguanas, cucuves and land doves are seen frequently. The Bay is excellent place to swim and to do snorkeling. Marine Tortoises, rays, sea lions and tropical fishes are an amazing attraction! Snacks and refreshing beverages expect for you on board. Lunch. Navigation toward South Plazas Island.
South Plazas are two small islands, created by land uplift where land iguanas are known to be smaller; they nest during warm time. The hike goes along an extraordinary cliff where sea birds nest.
Approximately, in this Island there are 1000 sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki) and they are located in south side of Plazas
Day 5: Sat: Santa Cruz Island
We take our breakfast very early in the morning. Our luggage and all your belongings should be list to check out in the ship, our last visit: Estacion Charles Darwin.
Charles Darwin Station is located in the Main Port of Santa Cruz Island, we will take our private bus that take us to the entrance of the center of breeding where we go to appreciate tortoises and land iguanas in captivity, this center is the main site of breeding of the islands. Animals that were in danger of extinction in the different islands are maintained in captivity and thanks at dedicated work of several institutions some species are saving. The most famous tortoise is "the Solitary George "the last survivor of the species of Pinta Island. Transfer Out.
|Itinerary B: 2013
Day 1: Sat: Baltra Island - Santa Cruz: Highlands
Arrive to Baltra Island. This island is known to be inhabited by militaries only. On this island is located one of our mains Galapagos airports. Once you arrive your guide will be waiting for you. Transfer to Santa Cruz Island, we cross the Itabaca Chanel (from airport to this place is around 15 minutes), after this we take our private bus to Puerto Ayora.
Once we arrive to Puerto Ayora, we will go direct to Galaxy Yacht: cabin accommodation and take lunch. After lunch, our first visit is Highlands Of Santa Cruz, where we have a trekking and we will find the giant tortoises in their natural habitat, this is a natural spectacular. For this visit we recommend to use sport shoes, long pants, raincoat, hut and sun block. Back to Puerto Ayora. At the night we have a welcome cocktail and the formal presentation of our crew by Capitan. Briefing for next day.
Day 2: Sun: Isabela Island
Tintoreras & Humedales - Wall Of Tear: Located at south of Puerto Villamil, we will arrive to this place by panga. There is a small bay with turquoises water where you can appreciate sea lions, marine tortoises, marine iguanas and rays. The most part of this trail we will find volcanic lava of type AA. The Tintoreras is one of places where the introduction iguana has been successful.
Visit Humedales: complexes of paths which include sites like: The Orchilla Hill, from this viewpoint you can admire the bay, Puerto Villamil, Volcano Sierra Negra, islets and rocks. El Estero, Poza Escondida, Poza Redonda, Tunel Del Estero are others paths located in Humedales area, each one with its beautiful landscape and characteristic. Return to Galaxy. Lunch
PM Breeding Center - Poza De Flamingos & Concha Y Perla: The Breeding Center is located 1.5 Km from Puerto Villamil. This place is dedicated to the reproduction of several species of tortoises in captivity; we will find 330 tortoises between youthful and adult. The Breeding Center has beautiful gardens composed by native plants. Poza de Flamingos & Concha y Perla: Visit Poza, a wonderful place where you can find flamingoes and get wonderful photos of those birds. To arrive to Concha & Perla we will cross a mangle area; it is a great place for swimming and snorkeling.
Day 3: Mon: Isabela Island
Elizabeth bay: This is one of the island is breeding sites for penguins. Located on the west coast of Isabela, Elizabeth Point is a marine visitor site. Visit red mangrove cove: Brown pelicans, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays and sea lions are often seen.
Urbina bay: this place is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano between Elizabeth Bay and Tagus Cove. Wet landing. Trail length is around 3.20 Km; during this walking we can observe land iguanas, hawks, tortoises; also it is possible to see red and blue lobsters.
Day 4: Tue: Fernandina & Isabela Island
Fernandina Island – Espinoza Point: Fernandina is the 3rd island bigger of Galapagos and has just one visit place: Espinoza Point.
Espinoza Point is famous site because you will find big colonies of marine iguanas and to be the unique place where the flightless Cormorant lives, Galapagos penguin, hawk, snakes of Galapagos and many other. From Espinoza Point we can admire Fernandina Island and its volcano which last eruption was on May 2005.
Fernandina is the only island that doesn’t have any mammal introduced and the open areas are very fragile. In nesting time of marine iguana (January to June) we have a lot care when we are walking. Return to Galaxy. Lunch.
Isabela Island: Tagus Cove: It is located at west of Darwin Volcano in Isabela Island. During our walking we will find several inscriptions (names of boat’s pirates) since 1800. Tagus Cove name has its origin of an England ship which crossed the island looking for Galapagos tortoise to feed the crew. From this area we can admire the Darwin Lake which has salt water and its deep is 9metes approximately, there are no fishes. It is very easy to see different species of birds.
Day 5: Wed: Santiago Island
Santiago Island: Egas Port: In this site we find a black sand beach; at south of this beach there is a volcano called Pan de Azucar, it has volcanic deposits which have contributed to the formation of this black sand beach.
The crater of this volcano has a salt lake which in warm time becomes dry and it is possible to appreciate a salt mine. Between 1928 and 1930 there were some explorations to this mine but they didn’t function; additionally, it caused damages to the environment because of workers use endemic woods. It is not allowed go down to salt mine.
Return to Galaxy. Lunch
Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach & Caleta Bucanero: One of the main attractions of this site is a Palo Santo wood, the beach and landscape; the beach is a very important site for tortoises because they use this place for nesting.
Once time, the pigs were the main predatory of tortoise’s eggs; pigs were eradicated with the creation of Isabela Project.
Day 6: Thu: Santa Cruz Island: Turtle Cove – Transfer Out
Turtle Cove: A incredible place: a red-mangrove lake in Santa Cruz Island. Here, you will have the opportunity to see golden rays, sharks, and hammerhead and black-tip sharks.
Transfer out to Baltra airport to get flight to Ecuador mainland.
|Itinerary C: 2013
Day 1: Thu: Baltra Island - Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay
Arrive to Baltra Island and Transfer In
Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay: wet landing and hiking. Description of the place: all the road and the island is composed of lava flows that still they are virtually without eroding and they cover an extensive area, lava pohoehhoe or of cords, hornitos, mollugo, this plant grows in the lava. Lava Colonizers. Snacks and refreshing beverages expect for you.
Day 2: Fri: Bartolome Island - Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach
Bartolome Island: Dry landing, landing wet for the beach, activities to carry out in this island: walk, swimming, snorkeling, and photography. We will walk for a path to the top (114 m) pioneering plants that will observe in this place Tiquilia, Chamaesyce, Scalesia, the island is formed by cones, pipes of lava by where lava flow. Wet landing, path to the south beach through mangrove swamps and vegetation of dunes. North beach: Swimming and snorkeling will be the activities that are going to carry out. Since the top of the island Bartolome we will be able to observe the islands as Santiago, Rabida, Isabela. We can find penguins in the Rock Pinnacle.
Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach: This beautiful beach is located at north of Santa Cruz Island; the beach has total extension of 1Km.
The site takes its name since Second War when the American army left two barges in the beach, the first colonizing people couldn’t pronounce that name correctly: barges, so they called Bachas.
Day 3: Sat: North Seymour Island - Mosquera Islet
North Seymour: This Island was formed by the lifting of volcanic marine lava. Marine fossil where found in this island; the fossil dates from Pleistocene.
In 1932 the Capitan Alan Hancock and his crew took 72 land iguanas from Baltra Island and the iguanas were introduced in North Seymour Island; the reason of this change was that the iguanas could live in better conditions than in Baltra. The crew of Capitan Hancock found malnourished iguanas in Baltra; in 1934 colonizing people verified that the iguanas were in good conditions.
The vegetation of North Seymour is bushy and host nest of Real Frigates of Galapagos. Return to Galaxy. Lunch
Mosquera Islet: This islet is located between Baltra Island and North Seymour. Here, we find the biggest sea lions colony; also it is possible to observe several species of birds. Enjoy of its white sand beach. Hiking.
Day 4: Sun: Genovesa Island: Barranco & Barwin Bay
Barranco: dry landing, activities: hiking.
Also known as Prince Felipe’s stairs. Here, we will have a walk for the Barranco path. In our journey we will observe tropical birds, petrels, common frigate, red-foot boobies, mask boobies, dove, and finches. Return to Galaxy. Lunch
Darwin Bay: wet landing, coral beach, activities for this day: short walks, photography, swimming, snorkeling. The Genoese is a small island situated to the north of Galapagos our unloading in Darwin bay will be wet. Near to the beach we will find a small forest of mangrove swamp where we will discover a colony of Frigates, marine iguanas, red-foot boobies and mask boobies, the great terrestrial finch, seagull, herons, finch of cactus. After this visit in land, we have the option that our passengers enjoy swimming in the bay. Snacks and refreshing beverages expecting for you
Day 5: Mon: San Cristobal Island: Brujo Hill & Kicked Rock
San Cristobal Island: Brujo Hill: Brujo Hill is located on the north of San Cristobal Island; the main attractive of this site is Carolina Beach. Additionally, the lake of Brujo Hill where people from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno town extracted salt to conserve the cod, beef and of tortoise. Now, it is a place to observe coastal and lake birds
San Cristobal Island: Kicked Rock: Leon Dormido or Kicked Rock: This is formed by two rocks of approximately 148m above sea level named thus by its similitude with a lion; we will pass between both rocks but we will not disembark because is not possible to do it.
Day 6: Tue: San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Center - Transfer Out
Interpretation Center: Dry landing. This center is location in the Main Port. After our breakfast we will go toward our first visit: Interpretation Center of San Cristobal. The most modern and sophisticated architectural space destined for the natural interpretation of Galapagos, where you can know from the volcanic formation of the islands, the evolution of the species, passing for the history of the human settlements to come to understand to its complex systems and model of management. Transfer out.