Morning: Arrival to the airport in Baltra, reception by the cruise guide and transfer to the yacht. Afternoon:cocktail. Lunch service and navigation to Bachas Beach in Santa Cruz. Wet landing. Nature walk*. Snorkeling.
*The name is “Spanglish” for 'barges' which were wrecked offshore during the World War II. A common first landing site, there is a delightful swimming beach here, with a lagoon behind, and a longer beach for a stroll and wildlife watching. The saltwater lagoon behind often has great blue herons and small waders such as sander lings and semi‐palmated plovers. Both beaches are nesting areas for green sea turtles, which leave tracks in the sand to the back of the beach, especially from November to February. The beach offers ample space one can explore at leisure. Evening: briefing. Dinner service and navigation to South Plaza.
Day 2: SOUTH PLAZA/ SANTA FE
Morning: Breakfast service. Dry landing. Visit to South Plaza. Nature walk*. Deep water snorkeling.
*Your visit to South Plaza begins with a dry landing. The rocky trail circumnavigates the island displaying the combination of dry and coastal vegetation zone. South Plaza has one of the largest populations of Land Iguanas in the Galapagos. The iguanas seem to be everywhere once you land. These larger than average yellow‐brown land iguanas feed on the fruit and pads of the prickly pear cactus. South Plaza is also home to Marine Iguanas living along the coast and a Hybrid Iguanas whose fathers are Marine Iguanas and mothers are Land Iguanas. As the walk continues along the sea cliffs Swallow‐tailed Gulls, Frigatebirds, Audubon Shearwaters, Red‐billed Tropicbirds, Brown Pelicans, Blue‐Footed and Masked Boobies are frequently seen. Beneath along the shore a colony of Bachelor Sea Lions can be seen. Afternoon: Lunch service. Navigation to Santa Fe. Dry landing. Nature walk*.
*Santa Fe Island is home to one of the most beautiful coves in all the Galapagos. It is located in the southeastern part of Galapagos, 2 1/2 hours from Santa Cruz and 3 hours from San Cristobal. Santa Fe was formed from an uplift (rather than a volcano) giving the island a relatively flat surface rather than the typical conical shape of the other islands. Visits to Santa Fe begin with a panga boat ride across the lovely turquoise lagoon. Once ashore you are brought into contact with one of the many sea lion colonies in the Galapagos. Bulls compete for the right of beach master while cows lounge in the sun. It is quite a fascinating sight! The loop trail around the island leads past the salt bushes where Galapagos Hawks can be approached easily. Santa Fe is home to endemic Land Iguanas. These iguanas are the largest in the islands and they are beige to chocolate brown in color and resemble small dinosaurs. Reaching the summit there is a stunning view of the cove beneath. Evening: Guide briefing. Dinner service and navigation to San Cristobal.
Day 3: SAN CRISTOBAL BRUJO HILL/ KICKER ROCK/ LOBOS ISLAND
Morning: Breakfast service. Visit to Cerro Brujo*. Panga boat exploration rides. Wet landing. Nature walk*. Deep water snorkeling.
*One of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin, Cerro Brujo is a beautiful white sand beach where Brown Pelicans, Blue‐Footed Boobies, sea lions, and marine iguanas are all found. An onshore version of nearby Kicker Rock, Cerro Brujo is a very striking, eroded tuff cone.
There is no landing at Kicker Rock. Also known as León Dormido these rocks are located off the coast of San Cristobal. It is the remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, the two vertical rocks rising 500 feet from the ocean form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. This natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises due to the many Tropicbirds, Frigates and Boobies that fill the surrounding air. Beneath the sea the nearly crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish and invertebrates. Afternoon: Lunch service and navigation to Lobos Island*. Wet landing. Nature walk and more wildlife watching. Deep water snorkeling.
*Lobos Island, as its name suggests is famous for its population of sea lions and fur sea lions. You will also encounter nesting grounds for the great Frigatebird and a small number of blue footed boobies. Breeding center, where will be explained, in a simple manner, the natural phenomena that created the Galapagos Islands. That is the geology and the series of natural processes, such as volcanic eruption and marine current locations that have led to the amazing islands that you are now visiting. Evening: Guide briefing. Dinner service and navigation to Espanola Island.
Day 4: ESPAÑOLA SUAREZ POINT/ GARDNER BAY
Morning: Breakfast service. Dry landing. Nature walk on Espanola Island Suarez Point*.
*Suarez point is located on the western tip of Española and it offers great wildlife viewing of such species as Sea Lions, Sea Birds and the largest Marine Iguanas of Galapagos. This is one of the best sites in the Galapagos. The amount of wildlife is overwhelming. Along the beach there are many Sea Lions and large, colorful Lava Lizards and Marine Iguanas. As you follow the trail to the cliff's edge Masked Boobies can be found nesting among the rock formations. After a short walk down to a beach and back up the other side Blue‐Footed Boobies are seen nesting just off the trail. Afternoon: Lunch service. Panga boat exploration rides to Gardner Bay. Wet landing. Gardner Islet, Osborn Islet. Nature walk. Deep water snorkeling. Swimming.
*Gardner Bay is a 45‐minute boat ride from Suarez Point. It has a white sand beach and there is a small colony of sea lions. The possibilities for swimming or scuba diving are excellent here. Visitors find migrant, resident, and endemic wildlife including brightly colored Marine Iguanas, Española Lava Lizards, Hood Mockingbirds, Swallow Tailed Gulls, Blue Footed and Masked Boobies, Galapagos Hawks, a selection of Finch, and the Waved Albatross. Snorkel and go on a panga ride at Gardner Islet, and at Osborn Islet snorkel once more. Evening: Guide briefing. Dinner service and navigation to Santa Cruz Island.
Day 5: SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS “LAS PRIMICIAS”/ CHARLES DARWIN STATION
Morning: Breakfast service. Visit to Santa Cruz Highlands*. Dry landing. Check out and airport departure.
*The highlands of Santa Cruz have incredible zones of vegetation. Visit to the private estate “Las Primicias”. This reserve offers you one of the best possibilities to see the huge turtles of Santa Cruz Island in their natural habitat. You can observe them from very close.
Hiking and trekking
Zodiac/ Panga Ride
Geology and volcanology
Scenic and wildlife photography
Evolutionary natural history
Scheduled visits and activities with a professional bilingual guide
All meals on board, snacks, purified water, tea and coffee
Accommodation in standard cabin / bunk with private bathroom and air conditioning
Assistance 24/7 during the trip
Does not include
Air tickets to / from Galapagos from / to Quito, Guayaquil or combined route
Entrance to the Galapagos National Park US $ 100 p.p. (cash in the Islands)
Galapagos Control Card US $ 20 p.p. (at the airport before check-in)
Soft and alcoholic drinks on board; personal expenses, extras and tips guide and crew (cash)
Rent of snorkeling equipment and wet-suits on board (in cash)
Travel insurance with medical, cancellation and other unforeseen coverage
Other services in Continental Ecuador and not specified in the program