Our shortest routes give an excellent impression of this unique 'laboratory of evolution' in case you have little time, or if you are on a limited budget. But please realize that you can impossibly see all highlights in just a few days, while you probably will visit Galapagos only once in a lifetime. Really every island is distinctive and well-worth a visit, with different landscapes and an ever-changing spectrum of adapted species.
Visitor Sites Map
* All itineraries are subject to change
# DAY VISITOR SITES
AM - Flight to Baltra Airport (GPS)
PM - Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)
AM - Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
PM - Bartolome
AM - North Seymour
PM - Mosquera
AM - South Plaza
PM – Witch Hill
AM - Interpretation Center (San Cristobal)
Transfer to San Cristobal Airport (SCY)
Donwload full Itinerary
DAY 1 – FRIDAY
AM – Flight to Baltra Airport (GPS)
Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, you will pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, as well as to pay the park entrance fee of $100 (unless it has been prepaid). A guide will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor.
PM – Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)
Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. The main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises, and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.
DAY 2 – SATURDAY
AM – Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
Santiago, also called James Island, is located in the western-central part of the Galapagos archipelago. It is the fourth largest island in the archipelago (following Isabela, Fernandina and Santa Cruz). Along with some of the large western volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina, Santiago is also volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen, particularly along the southern, western, and eastern coasts. These can even be seen from the summit of Darwin Volcano and from space. A number of large eruptions have been reported over the last 2 centuries. Santiago actually consists of two coalesced volcanoes: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano on the southeast end.
PM – Bartolome
Bartolomé Island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where we can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos Islands such as: Volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island.
It has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles exist and at the base of the pinnacle, as well as a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.
DAY 3 – SUNDAY
AM – North Seymour
Seymour is an uplifted (as opposed to volcanic) island and therefore is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing.
Do watch your step as the boobies don’t worry much about where they nest, and you might just step on one. The trees are dotted with male frigate birds trying to attract the attention of the ladies by inflating their bright red skin flaps. They sometimes fly in the air to call more attention to themselves. There’s a circular path that takes you through the island to a beautiful, rocky shore where the waves crash a silvery-blue.
PM – Mosquera
Mosquera Islet is located between Baltra and North Seymour. This is a small islet formed by a geological uplift, with a reef of rocks and coral and a great white sand beach, where lie a big population of sea lions. You can also observe several species of shorebirds. This site offers great snorkeling and swimming. Along the rocks it is common to see the Red Lava crabs and Sally light-foot crabs.
DAY 4 – MONDAY
AM – South Plaza
South Plaza is located to the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of a pair of islands known as “Islas Plazas”. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than its relatives found at other islands. Throughout the island there are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a marine iguana with a land iguana. They are unique and recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana’s crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of “tunas”, their favorite food. Swallow Tailed Gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are seen along with other sea bids as: Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds and brown pelicans.
PM – Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal)
The primary attraction of this site is the coral sand beach. It is an excellent place to swim and snorkel. Cerro Brujo is the remains of a tuff cone. It is one of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin. Captain Fitzroy climbed to the top of the hill to scout out reefs. It has an impressive landscape, where it is often possible to see coastal and migratory birds, including pelicans, Blue-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls, as well as sea lions and marine iguanas. At times the lagoon is completely dry and deposits of salt may be found in the bottom. The people of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno used to use the lagoon as a salt mine.
DAY 5 – TUESDAY
AM – Interpretation Center (San Cristobal)
The Galapagos National Park Visitor Center lies close to the port town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The center explains a series of natural circumstances such as the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, its ocean currents, its special climate, the arrival of different species, and their establishment, among others.
Transfer to San Cristobal airport for your flight back to Guayaquil or Quito.
* Please Note: Itinerary and activities are subject to change in case of force majeure caused by exceptional and natural circumstances.
Day 1 Friday AM - Flight to Baltra Airport (GPS)
PM - PM - Colorado hill.
Day 2 Saturday AM - Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
PM - Bartolome
Day 3 Sunday AM - Nord Seymour
PM - Mosquera
Day 4 Monday AM - Souht Plaza
PM - Witch Hill (San Cristobal)
Day 5 Saturday AM - Interpretation Center a (SantaCristobal)
Transfer to San Cristobal Airport (SCY)
Arrival at San Christobal Airport and transfer in. You have to pay your Galapagos National Park entrance fee and your luggage is inspected.
Arrival Seymour Airport
Charles Darwin Research Station
Most memorable from the Charles Darwin Research Station will probably be the successful breeding centre and its celebrity ‘Lonesome George’ (back home!).
Sullivan bay is incomparable to any other visitor’s site; setting foot at the recently solidified lava flow is like landing on the moon!
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
This tiny volcano islet is just recently born out off fire. Enter its wild romantic setting of spatter cones and craters, see most famous panorama of Galapagos.
Popular South Plaza is not to be missed! This bizarre ‘Jurassic islet’ is best place to see the emblematic ‘Galapagos dragons’, which crawl all across.
Enjoy a leisure afternoon in the lovely setting of Which Hill’s crescent-shaped natural beach of soft powder sand.
The interpretation centre just outside Puerto Baquerizo forms the engaging supplement of your cruise.
Departure San Cristobal Airport
Transfer to San Cristobal airport
North Seymour is another highlight of your cruise. In the archipelago’s most extensive seabird breeding colony you can walk at very short distance past frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies,
Mosquera stands out by one of the largest concentrations of Galapagos sea lions in the entire archipelago.
Islands Overview & Activities
IMPORTANT NOTE: All itineraries are subject to change
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