Our classic 4 nights route to southeast Galapagos anchors at most paradisiacal bays and lovely beaches. Some of these oldest islands are true crown jewels that make you eye-witness of evolution. Plenty (sub)species had time enough to transform into emblematic figureheads, which differ from island to island. Moreover, the open water passages take only 4-6 hours instead of long overnight navigations; our stable catamaran mostly floats at sheltered anchorages, which highly contributes to a refreshing sleep.
Visitor Sites Map
* All itineraries are subject to change
# DAY VISITOR SITES
AM - Flight to San Cristobal Airport (SCY)
PM - Colorado Hill
AM - Gardner Bay (Española)
PM - Suarez Point (Española)
AM - Post Office Bay (Floreana)
PM - Cormorant Point (Floreana)
AM - Santa Fe
PM – Turtle Bay (Santa Cruz)
AM - El Chato Tortoise
Transfer to Baltra Airport (GPS)
Donwload full Itinerary
DAY 1 – TUESDAY
AM – Flight to San Cristobal Airport (SCY)
Upon arrival at San Cristobal Airport, travelers 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 – Cerro Colorado (San Cristobal)
Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Center, located at 40 minutes approximately by bus to the south east of the island. This center was built to improve the status of the population of the island tortoises. The center includes a large corral, a Visitors center, breeding center and an interpretative trail. Along this trail is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well birds as the San Cristobal Mockingbird, Yellow Warblers, and many species of finches and the Galapagos flycatcher.
DAY 2- WEDNESDAY
AM – Gardner Bay (Española)
Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay provides an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here we can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters.
PM – Punta Suarez (Española)
This rocky land spot sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea affording the visitor spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blow whole where water spouts up to 50-75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf.
DAY 3 – THURSDAY
AM – Post Office Bay (Floreana)
Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since this time by mariners and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Apart from being the Post Office Barrel, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. We will continue to the north of the island and will ascent to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful vista at the Baroness Lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as her House. From this lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo.
PM – Punta Cormorant (Floreana)
This site offers probably the best Flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. It’s situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral.
DAY 4 – FRIDAY
AM – Santa Fe
Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from an uplift instead than a volcanic origin, this is why is mostly flat. There are some theories which assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is the home of a number of endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats and one of the two species of lands Iguanas of the islands. After disembarkation in the beautiful and clear waters you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well giant Prickly pear cactus, gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are great possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fishes.
PM – Tortuga Bay (Santa Cruz)
Tortuga Bay is a beautiful white sand beach, so named because it is a nesting site for the black turtle, the visibility in the water is excellent for snorkeling, be on the lookout of the Galapagos sea lions, marine iguanas or (seasonally) mating Pacific green turtles in the surf! This is a wonderful site to for swimming and snorkeling.
DAY 5 – SATURDAY
AM – El Chato (Santa Cruz)
Santa Cruz also offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild tortoises, both roaming through pastures in the agricultural zone and in the Tortoise Reserve, which is accessible from Santa Rosa or Salasaca. Several farms serve food and allow visitors to explore their grounds in search of tortoises. Descending through the agricultural zone into the Transition Zone where the Tortoise Reserve is located, the introduced vegetation of the farmlands is replaced by native vegetation. The pond at El Chato is surrounded by forest where short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, Vermilion Flycatchers, Yellow Warblers, Galapagos Rails, and Paint-billed Crakes can be seen. As the visitor walks into the forests overgrown with lichens, ferns, and other epiphytes, it is time to listen carefully for the sound of heavy footsteps and the sound of shrubs being slowly crushed as the tortoises make their way through the brush.
Transfer to Baltra Airport (GPS) 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 Tuesday AM - San Cristobal Airport (SCY)
PM - PM - Colorado hill.
Day 2 Wednesday AM - Garner Bay (Espagnol)
PM - Suarez Point (Espagnol)
Day 3 Thursday AM - Post Office Bay (Floreana)
PM - Cormorant Point (Floreana)
Day 4 Friday AM - Santa Fe
PM - Turtle Bay (San Cristobal)
Day 5 Saturday AM - El Chato Tortoise (Santa Cruz)
Transfer to Baltra Airport (GPS)
Islands Overview & Activities
IMPORTANT NOTE: All itineraries are subject to change
Arrival at San Cristobal Airport
Arrival San Cristobal Airport
One thing becomes clear on your visit to the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding centre on Colorado Hill: it’s hard work to save the last local giants of San Cristóbal. Anyway.
Being one of the crown jewels of Galapagos, Española gives you the exclusive opportunity to become eyewitness of evolution.
Española’s west tip is a true bird watcher’s and photographer’s dream. Feel yourself right within an exciting nature documentary, and hike in short distance past most colourful marine iguanas.
Santa Fé is another crown jewel of Galapagos, where the pale Barrington land iguana and practically every other creature are unique to Galapagos or this island alone.
Barrington Bay (Santa Fe)
Turtle Bay (Santa Cruz)
Marine iguanas and Pacific green turtles have to share their breeding grounds at Turtle Bay with surfers and beach lovers.
In the Highlands of Santa Cruz you have good chances to approach Galapagos giant tortoises in their wild, natural setting!
El Chato Tortoise Reserve
Transfer to Baltra airport
Departure Baltra Airport
Bring your postcards and post them in the peculiar traditional barrel on this historic site that seems to be located at the end of the world. These might arrive home quicker than you!
Post Office Bay
One could almost say that the universe is fully aware of it during our stop at Cormorant Point: rolling out the farewell for us in the form of a shining sun and golden rays that gild the scenery around us.
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