* Option 1: Monday to Monday, 8 days/7 nights, San Cristóbal - San Cristóbal.
* Option Two: Thursday to Thursday 8 days/7 nights ( Baltra – Baltra).
Tour Itinerary (Option 1):
Day 1, Monday: San Cristóbal Arrival– León Dormido –Lobos Island. San Cristóbal airport: Your guide will welcome you at the airport and take you to the boat in order to start your 8-day cruise. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. This is the capital of the archipelago. The airport has the same name. Leon Dormido. This is really a gigantic rock formed by a volcanic eruption. It is divided by a narrow canal that small boats can pass through. This rock is home for a great number of sea birds. It is also a good spot for diving.
Lobos Island. This island has the most important colony of sea lions and blue-footed boobies. The scenery is beautiful. Wet landing. Punta Pitt. This place is on the north of San Cristobal. Here there are endemic species such as lava lizards and red-footed boobies. The view is impressive when you walk up to the high part of the island.
Day 2, Tuesday: Española. Punta Suárez - Gardner Bay - Española.- Punta Suarez. This point of land has amazing colonies of sea birds in Galápagos. Sea lions and mockingbirds will welcome us. Gardner Bay.- This bay is a 45-minute boat ride from Punta Suarez. 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.
Day 3, Wednesday: Floreana: Devil’s Crown – Post Office. Punta Cormorant - Floreana. Corona del Diablo. This site is an excellent place for scuba diving. The beautiful coral formations offer a wonderful underwater panorama. You can also easily see schools of multi-colored fish, sharks and marine turtles at a depth of only 6 meters. Post Office Bay. Here you will see the famous barrel that served as the mailbox for eighteenth century whaling ships. Now tourists leave their unstamped letters or postcards for the next passengers to mail.
Punta cormorant.- This site has a beach of green olivine crystal sand. The island has a lagoon filled with flamingos. Walking on towards the other side, there is a fine white sand beach where marine turtles nest from December to May. Wet landing.
Day 4, Thursday: Charles Darwin Station – Highlands (Santa Cruz Island). Santa Cruz: This is the most heavily populated island in the archipelago. Its port, Puerto Ayora, is an obligatory stop for all ships, so there are many hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, discotheques, bars, internet coffee shops and other stores where tourists can spend their time shopping or getting to know other people. The most important site on this island is the Charles Darwin Scientific Station. An excellent way to begin learning about the islands and their origin and formation is to visit the Station. You can also see how the Galapagos turtles are raised and meet Jorge, the famous solitary turtle.
The Scientific Station has its own beach that receives many visitors on weekends. A 45-minute walk from Puerto Ayora takes you to one of the most beautiful beaches in Galapagos, Tortuga Bay. This beach is special because the sand is extremely white and fine. You can swim or scuba dive here. Some boats include a visit to the high part of the island. Santa Rosa, the lava tunnels, the Chato turtle reserve and the Gemelos are well liked by tourists. There are also other important sites on Santa Cruz, but it is necessary to take a boat to reach them easily: Caleta Tortuga Negra, Bachas Beach, Cerro Dragon, Conway Bay and Whaler Bay.
Day 5, Friday: Punta Moreno (Isabela) – Elizabeth Bay (Isabela). Isabela- This is the largest island in the archipelago. It has 6 active volcanoes: Alcedo, Cerro Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra and Wolf. The enormous amount of lava expelled by these volcanoes formed this island. Each volcano has its own species of giant turtles. On this island it is possible to visit several sites authorized by the National Park. For example: Punta Moreno.- It is on the southwestern side of Isabela. From here there is a spectacular view of the Alcedo, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcanoes. Here there are a number of lagoons with different kinds of birds such as frigate birds, flamencos and pelicans.
Day 6, Saturday: Urbina Bay (Isabela) – Punta Espinosa (Fernandina). Urbina Bay - this bay is off the east coast. From here it is easy to reach the Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes. You can see large colored land iguanas here and the possibility of seeing giant turtles, flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies, penguins and marine iguanas is excellent. Fernandina Punta Espinoza - this site has a beautiful backdrop of black rock and lava. Here there are colonies of marine iguanas, a great number of penguins, colonies of flightless cormorants and pelicans. You can swim or snorkel among sea lions. The vegetation is quite different because of the lava and in certain places the plants are dry. Dry landing.
Day 7, Sunday: Bartolomé Island – Plazas Is. Bartolome - on this island it is possible to see interesting formations of lava and ash cones. After a 30 to 40-minute climb to the high part, a wooden stairway goes to the top where there is a beautiful view of the nearest bays. This island is one of the most visited and photographed because of its Pinnacle Rock and the sea lions and penguins around its base. Dry landing. Plaza - this island is full of life. There are colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. On the steep 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 atop the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is an extremely pleasurable experience. The Opuntia cacti grow here too and the vegetation changes color according to the season of the year. Dry landing.
Day 8, Monday: Interpretation Center – Departure (San Cristóbal). Puerto Baquerizo Moreno - this is the capital of the archipelago. The airport has the same name. It is possible to stop here to shop for souvenirs. Dry landing. Your guide will take you to the airport. Happy return to Quito or Guayaquil.
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