To the untouched west of Galapagos
Our 6 nights route runs around largest, seahorse shaped island of Isabela, where nature seems to hunt for the greatest.Explore the virtually untouched western end of Galapagos, which just has been born out off fire. You are right on time for the first thrilling chapters of evolution! Uncover the mystery how tough pioneer species make barren lava fields habitable; and approach bizarre outgrowths of adaptation as marine iguanas and flightless cormorants. It’s true that accessing this remote and isolated region demands longer navigation (mainly overnight), but our stable mega-catamaran enables you to witness ‘survival of the fittest’, without experiencing it.
Visitor Sites Map
# 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 Saturday AM - Flight to Baltra Airport (GPS)
PM - Ch. Darwin Research Station
Day 2 Sunday AM - Eden Islet (Santa Cruz)
PM - Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)
Day 3 Monday AM - Whitetip reef shark channel (Isabela)
PM - Sierra Negra Volcano (Isabela)
PM - Wetlands & Wall of Tears (Isabela)
Day 4 Tuesday AM - Moreno Point (Isabela)
PM - Urbina Bay (Isabela)
Day 5 Wednesday AM - Espinoza Point (Fernandina)
PM - Tagus Cove (Isabela)
Day 6 Thursday AM - Puerto Egas (Fernandina)
PM - Rabida (Fernandina)
Day 7 Friday AM - Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)
PM -Seymour Airport (Baltra)
Islands Overview & Activities
At Baltra Airport you have to pay your Galapagos National Park entrance fee and your luggage is inspected.
Arrival Baltra 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!).
El Edén is a paradisiacal tuff cone islet, just out off the west coast of Santa Cruz (right between Whale Bay and Dragon Hill).
El Eden islet
Most memorable from the Thanks to the successful breeding program Dragon Hill is still populated by largest wild population of Galapagos land iguanas on Santa Cruz.
Whitetip reef shark channel
This group of jagged rocky islets just out off the coast of Puerto Villamil forms one of most stereotypical sites of Galapagos.
Sierra Negra Volcano
Sierra Negra is a large shield volcano at the South eastern end of Isabela Island in the Galapagos that rises to an altitude of 1124m.
Wetlands & Wall of tears
The wetlands and brackish lagoons of Isabela are among best places to spot aquatic, wading and shore birds.
Fresh, promising greens of pioneer vegetation contrast strongly with the dead, pitch-black lava flow that once reached the ocean at Moreno Point.
On Isabela nature seems to hunt for the largest. The exceptional coastal plain at Urbina Bay attracts prehistoric giants in the very wild, such as largest land iguanas, largest marine iguanas,.
Westernmost Fernandina harbours one of the world’s most virgin, untouched ecosystems, and is another crown jewel of Galapagos.
Espinoza Point (Fernandina)
Tagus cove (Isabela)
Tagus Cove is a historical anchorage at the northern entrance of Bolivar Channel (between Isabela and Fernandina).
Puerto Egas is a historical, and the favourite site on Santiago for wildlife lovers; and it’s even best place in the archipelago to observe Galapagos fur seals,
Puerto Egas (Santiago)
On landing at this remarkable red beach a large bachelor colony of Galapagos sea lions will usually welcome you.
Strolling along its coastline, the blinding white Bachas Beach appears full of natural life. It is one of most important breeding sites for Pacific green turtles.
Bachas beach (Santa Cruz)
Departure Baltra Airport
Transfer to Baltra airport
IMPORTANT NOTE: All itineraries are subject to change
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