Itinerary 5 days A

Day 1: Baltra Island & Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station

Transfer to the yacht after arrival at the Baltra airport.

Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station

Welcome cocktail Lunch service. Dry landing. Visit to Charles Darwin Scientific Station & Breeding Center. This is a great way to learn about the islands and their formation. Learn about the raising of the Galapagos turtles and meet Jorge, the famous single turtle. On weekends, the Scientific Station hosts many visitors to its beach.
Guide briefing. Navigation to Isabela Island and dinner service.
Day 2: Isabela Island: Moreno Point & Elizabeth Bay

Breakfast service. Dry landing. Visit Moreno Point. Deep-water snorkeling.

Moreno Point

Moreno Point is where the forces from the Galapagos joined together to create an art work. You will begin the tour with a paddle boat ride along the stunning rocky shores, where you can often see Galapagos Penguins as well as shorebirds. The path then traverses through jagged lava rock. Crystal tide pools were formed as the black lava flow swirled, some surrounded by mangroves. This area is home to small blue lagoons and blue herons as well as pintail ducks from the Bahamas. The mangroves' green leaves are home to brown pelicans, which can be found nesting within the mangroves. These pools can be viewed from the edge of the volcano. You can also walk along the lava and see puffer fish, white-tipped sharks, and green sea turtles. Introduced species have made this idyllic setting less beautiful. The area is home to feral dogs that are known for attacking sea lions, marine iguanas and other animals.

Elizabeth Bay

Lunch service and navigation to Elizabeth Bay Wet landing. More wildlife watching and nature walks Scuba diving. Elizabeth Bay is the only place in Galapagos Archipelago where landing is prohibited. Because there are no single places to stay, it is important to protect the natural species of animals and plants that live there. You can still swim or enjoy water sports as a present. You will find animals that are happy to receive you in this water paradise.

Guide briefing. Navigation to Fernandina and dinner service

Day 3: Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point & Isabela Island: Vicente Roca Point
Breakfast service. Dry landing. Nature walk* Panga boat ride. Deep-water snorkeling.

Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point

Lunch service and navigation to Espinoza Point, Fernandina Island* Wet landing. Nature walks. Deep-water snorkeling
*Fernandina is the youngest and most active volcano of the Galapagos. Its eruptions occur every few years. Punta Espinosa's flat lava is a barren and stark landscape. But here, flightless cormorants nest on the point, sea-lions play in the tidepools, and large numbers marine iguanas adorn the sand. Here, we will also have the chance to compare the Aa lava types with the Pahoehoe.

Isabela Island: Vicente Roca Point

The best place to see the famous flightless cormorant is at Punta Vicente Roca. This location can provide evidence for Darwin's theory about evolution by allowing you to observe the evolution of this species. The head of the sea horses is located on the north shore. It is an important marine productive area that is hit by the Cromwell Current. This area is home to some of the most amazing marine life in the archipelago. Often, we see sharks and whales during our dives.

Guide briefing. Navigation to Santiago Island and dinner service
Day 4: Santiago Island: Puerto Egas, Espumilla Beach & Buccaneer Cove

Breakfast service. Wet landing.

Puerto Egas

Nature walk, salt mines, and fur seal grotto. Shallow water snorkeling. A visit to Puerto Egas starts with a wet landing at the dark sand beaches on James Bay. Walking along the rocky coast will allow you to see some of the best tide pools on Galapagos Island. You can see slugs, snails, hermits crabs, barnacles, fish, and even the rare four-eyed blenny. You will also find a variety shore birds, sea lions, marine iguanas and sally lightfoot crabs on the walk.

Two interesting excursions can be made from Puerto Egas. The first takes you to the location of one of the first entrepreneurs in the Galapagos. It is just a short walk away from the landing area. Salt was mined from the local salt crater for decades. In 1950, the industry was shut down leaving behind many rusted parts and old machines. From the crater cone, the trail follows the same path as wagon trains. Although the trail is not difficult, it can be one of the most intense hikes on the island. The trail is lined by arid vegetation that is cut by feral goats. The goats eat every leaf that is within their reach, leaving little for the endangered island animals. Bird lovers will delight in the chance to see a Darwin's finch or the endemic Galapagos Hawk, as well as the colorful vermillion flycatcher.
The view from the crater's rim is breathtaking. This extinct volcano, whose floor is now below sea level, can be seen from the crater's rim. The crater is flooded with salt water, creating a small lake. Many have failed to extract the salt from the sun.
The older orange lava fields that support vegetation, including Palo Santo trees, can be seen looking away from the crater.

The fur seal grotto is the next stop on the second excursion. It starts just beyond the tide pools. The lava-rocked pools are home to fur seals and sea lions. Visitors may have the chance to swim and see fur seals here.
Fur seals were once nearly extinct due to their fur coats. The Galapagos Fur Seal, which is the smallest fur seal in the southern hemisphere now ranks alongside the sea lions, is smaller than the others. They hide in caves or shelves built from rocky lava rock cliffs during the day to protect themselves from the scorching equatorial sunlight. They eat squid, fish and avoid sharks at night.
This is a beautiful place to snorkel and swim in the clear waters.

Espumilla Beach

Most people who visit Espumilla Beach now do so to see birds, not water. You can walk just a few steps inland through mangrove forests that are home to the common stilt. These mangrove forests are also home to sea turtles who nest in them. There is also a brackish lagoon that houses pink flamingos as well as white-cheeked pintails. You will follow the trail for a loop, passing a small knob and then returning to the beach. If you are observant, you may see a variety Darwin finches and vermilion fly catchers along the trail. If time permits, visitors can swim or snorkel at the beach.

Buccaneer Cove

Lunch service. Panga boat ride to Buccaneer's Cove. Deep-water snorkeling.
Buccaneers Cove was located less than an hour from Puerto Egas and served as a safe haven to pirates, sailors, and whalers in the 18th and 19th centuries. They were able make repairs to their ships by anchoring in the bay, while others went ashore to get fresh water, salt, and firewood. Ceramic jars, an unreported cargo from years past, were discovered at the bottom the bay. The jars contained wine and marmalade.
Today, there are very few boats that stop at Buccaneers Cove. Many boats cruise by at a slower speed, allowing visitors to see the steep cliffs of tuff formations as well as the reddish-purple sand beaches. The dramatic scenery is enhanced by hundreds of seabirds perched on top of the cliffs. The "monk rock" and the "elephant rocks are two of the most well-known rock formations. Buccaneers Cove is home to a large number of feral goats. To protect native vegetation from being destroyed by this introduced species, the National Park Service has temporarily fenced off a portion of the area. Just north of the valuable fresh water supply, which once attracted whalers and pirates, is a wet landing.

Guide briefing. Navigation to Daphne and dinner service

Day 5: Daphne Island & Baltra Island
Circumnavigation. Breakfast service. Check out at 8 AM and depart for the airport
Daphne Island is located north of Santa Cruz Island, and west of Baltra Island in the middle of the Galapagos Archipelago. There are actually two islands, Daphne Major & Daphne Minor. These islands are among the most accessible Galapagos Islands. They can be reached easily by cruises and tour boats. We will sail around these islands to take in the stunning views of Galapagos.
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