Day 1 (SATURDAY)
Meeting and assistance upon arrival in Quito and transfer to the Hotel for
Day 2 – (SUNDAY)
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra airport in Galapagos (aprox. 2
and a half hour flight). Passengers are greeted by guides at the airport and
transferred to the Itabaca canal, cross to the Island of Santa Cruz and
travel to Puerto Ayora.
Santa Cruz (Charles Darwin Station)
Travelers will have the chance to investigate the Charles Darwin Research
Station in Puerto Ayora, staffed with international scientists conducting
biological research and conservation projects. Here you can also admire
giant tortoises that are part of the breeding program.
Day 3 – (MONDAY)
Española (Suarez Point)
Travelers enjoy a dry landing at Suarez Point. Upon landing visitors will
learn more about the lava terrain while crossing the inactive lava fields.
Aside from the sea lion colonies, this is one of the most important sites
for bird watching.
As soon as visitors step on this island many species can be spotted and
observed closely. Among the many species, the hooded mocking bird and red
billed tropic. After crossing the nesting grounds you will reach the world’s
largest colony of waved albatross (15 000 approx.) since May until December
their mating rituals are a highlight of the visit. Nearing the end of this
excursion passengers will visit the famous blowhole, where water shoots into
the air at almost 23 mts. (75 ft.).
Española (Gardner Bay)
In the afternoon, passengers will visit Gardner Bay. This is a wet landing
on a white coral beach amidst a large colony of sea lions. This site has no
trails, therefore hiking, is not possible.
But it is considered as an open area where you can spot Galapagos hawks,
american oyster catchers, Galapagos doves, hood mockingbirds, this species
is endemic to this island, 3 species of darwin finches and yellow warblers,
lava lizards, marine iguanas and a great place for swimming and snorkeling.
The best place for this spot is by the rock outcropping that looks like a
turtle. Often snorkelers see many of the Galapagos marine species such as:
king angelfish, creole fish, damsel fish, parrot fish, manta rays, white
tipped reef sharks, and many more. Enjoy this snorkeling in a Galapagos
Day 4 – (TUESDAY)
Floreana (Cormorant Point)
Wet landing on a greenish colored sand beach. Passengers will hike a
well-marked trail beginning in the Black Mangrove beds heading towards the
back of the lagoon. The large, brackish lagoon holds one of the biggest
populations of flamingos in the Galapagos.This island is best known for its
endemic plant life, such as: the Galapagos millwork, passion flower, and
unique button mangrove, one of the four species in Galapagos.
Novice snorkelers can practice back on the main beach where the sea lions
are playful, while experienced snorkelers can roam the waters around Devils
Crown. This is an open water experience, it means no place to step on.
Floreana (Post office)
Located on the north side of Floreana Island, the bay is so-named because
it’s probable that in 1793, Captain James Colnett installed an empty barrel
of rum which works as an informal post box for the sailors who periodically
passed through the Galapagos, taking with them letters for their next ports
of call or final destinations.
Today, our visitors continue the tradition by placing postcards without
stamps inside the barrel which reach their destinations free of charge.
Sometimes it takes weeks, sometimes months, and sometimes the cards never
get there at all! Do you want to try this easy mail, please be ready your
post cards and letters, it is a good way to get Galapagos friends.
A short walk from the famous barrel, across typical vegetation of the island,
we come to a tunnel formed by lava flows. It’s quite a tricky way down to a
path where we can observe land birds such as mocking bird of Galapagos, some
species of Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers and lava lizards.
Floreana (Mirador de la Baronesa)
After we’ll make a wet landing on “Mirador de la Baronesa”. Your naturalist
guide will tell the murder and mystery legend of the Baronesa. This
viewpoint is located on the north of the Floreana Island. It is a tuff
basalt formation between Cormorant Point and Post Office bay. The climb on
the trails is very easy. Steps are placed in this area for security..
Day 5 - (WEDNESDAY)
Santa Cruz (Dragon Hill)
During this excursion visitors head for Dragon Hill. After a dry landing,
passengers walk to a hypersalinic lagoon behind the beach. Occasionally
visited by pink flamingos. The trail then leads up to Dragon Hill, which
offers a beautiful view of the bay, This area is a nesting site for a large
number of land iguanas that where reintroduced by the Charles Darwin
Research Station. There is also a bizarre scalesia tree forest.
Santa Cruz (Venice)
This excursion provides passengers with a “dinghy” ride to travel around the
islet and along the coast of Santa Cruz. The land iguanas that live in
Venice were protected from the feral dogs that live on the island of Santa
Cruz, It is possible to observe the vegetation and marine animals like:
spotted eagle rays and golden rays, mullets, white tipped reef sharks and
pacific green sea turtles which rest in the calm waters of the coves and
Day 6 – (THURSDAY)
Wet landing at the dark red colored beach of volcanic origin frequented by
sea lions. It is often considered the geographic center of Galapagos because
it has the most diversified volcanic rocks of all the Islands.
A short trail leads to a salt water lagoon, where you will occasionally find
July thru September is a good time of the year to observe how brown pelicans
nest in the salty bushes found at the far side of the lsalty lagoon. Also to
be observed are boobies and 9 species of Darwin’s finches.
Dinghy ride by the reefs and an excellent opportunity for snorkeling, This
activity is from the beach getting deeper places.
Santiago (Egas Port)
Visit the dark sand beach at Egas Port during a wet landing. Most of the
landscape is tuff-stone layers and lava flows, the surrounding area is prime
for spotting and observing hunting herons, great blue herons, lava herons,
oyster catchers, and the yellow crowned night herons.
Passengers enjoy the sight of marine iguanas grazing upon algae beds at low
tide sharing space with red sally light-foot crabs.
There is a colony of fur-sea lions swimming in deep pools of cool water
called “grottos”. In this beach you can swim and snorkel in search of
octopuses, sea horses, star fish and other sea life species..
Day 7 – (FRIDAY)
Fernandina (Espinosa Point)
After a dry landing at Espinosa Point, passengers will see the biggest
marine iguanas mingling with sally-light foot crabs. They will also enjoy
the flightless cormorants nesting sites, the Galapagos penguins, Galapagos
hawks, and sea lions.
Among the flora and volcanic formation observers will note brachycereus
cactus, and two kinds of lava formations “pa-hoe-hoe” lava and ”AA”.
Numerous mangrove beds extend into the sea, depicting a healthy and thriving
Isabela (Tagus Cove)
This is the largest island in the Galapagos. At Tagus Cove, passengers enjoy
a dry landing. Visitors will learn more about the eruption of five volcanoes
that flowed together to form this land mass.
The marked trail leads to Darwin’s salt water lagoon and an excellent view
of the lava fields, scoured with unique volcanic formations.
Time allows us to observe marine life from the dinghy. Frequently, visitors
see Galapagos penguins at this site.
A view of graffiti dating back to the 1800’s can help passengers to better
appreciate the relationship between the islands and tourism today. Most of
the graffiti is believed to be done by pirates and buccaneers.
Day 8 – (SATURDAY)
Dry landing. Arriving on this island, passengers will see volcanic
formations including lava bombs, spatter, and cinder cones. After a hike to
the summit visitors available to enjoy an impressive view of the surrounding
islands, including the eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock. During the hike to
the summit, travelers will often see large colonies of marine iguanas, lava
lizards, tiquilla. Bushes and various cacti.
Visitors will also enjoy a chance to cool off while snorkeling. Here it is
possible to see the Galapagos penguins, sea turtles, and white tipped reef
sharks from a safe distance.
Santa Cruz (Black Turtle Cove)
Arrive at Black Turtle Cove located near Las Bachas beach in the north
coastline of Santa Cruz Island. This excursion provides passengers with a
“dinghy” ride though the mangrove, during which the outboard motor of the
small boat is turned off. This allows the close observation of marine
turtles, white tipped reef sharks, spotted eagle rays, and yellow rays.
Day 9 – (SUNDAY)
Santa Cruz (Twin Craters)
Passengers will observe the twin pit craters “Los Gemelos” there are 2
volcanic sink holes located at 600 mts above sea level in the area of the
scalecia zone (endemic plant). Great opportunity to observe Darwin`s finches
Disembark at the docks (Baltra). Passengers will take a bus to the airport
for their flight back to mainland via Guayaquil to Quito (AIRFARE INCLUDED).
Meeting and assistance upon arrival in Quito and transfer to the Hotel for
Day 10 - (MONDAY)
Colonial City Tour of Quito: (4 Hours approx.) Visit starts in Orellana´s
way, drive around the colonial center of Quito and see the stone-carved
façade of Ecuador’s House of Congress depicting scenes from Ecuadorian
history; Independence Square, with the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral
and El Sagrario. Visit the Church of La Compañía (1605), (if open), with its
breathtaking gilded altars, considered the finest example of baroque art in
America and the church and monastery of San Francisco (1535). Visit the art
& crafts gallery of Tianguez. Finally, drive up to el Panecillo Hill to have
a spectacular view of Quito and to see the only winged Virgin in South
America. Hotel Overnight
Day 11 - (TUESDAY)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home , or
connection flight to Lima to take an exiting extension to Peru, Cusco and
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