Day 1 Thursday: Baltra - Santa Cruz - Bachas Beach
Today, you will fly in from mainland Ecuador to Baltra Airport (GPS). (Domestic flights included)
Your guide will receive you and bring you onboard your boat, the M/C EcoGalaxy. After a welcome drink and lunch, prepare for your first adventure!
You will head out to Bachas Beach.
This beach is one kilometer long, and got the name when the US-american navy left two barges there during World War II. The settlers at the time couldn’t pronounce barges properly, so it was simply changed to Bachas.
Day 2 Friday: Santiago - Sullivan Bay - Bartolome
This morning, you will have a hike in Sullivan Bay. You will walk over uneroded lava flows that cover vast parts of the area. The scenery here is spectacular.
After lunch, the journey continues to Bartolome Island.
You will hike up alongside tiquilia, chamaesyce, scalesia and other plants, until you reach the top of the island at 114m with great views of Santiago, Rabida, and Isabela.
At the island's beaches you will be able to go for a swim or a snorkel.
Later today, you will be able to observe penguins in the Rock Pinnacle.
Day 3 Saturday: Santa Cruz - Highlands - Charles Darwin research Station
Today, you will visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz, the natural habitat of the giant tortoises. On a hike through the foggy grasslands you will be able to take pictures of these magnificent giants.
After lunch, your next big activity is on the agenda: a visit to the famous Charles Darwin Research Station in Santa Cruz’s main town of Puerto Ayora. A private bus will bring you to the entrance, where you will join a guided tour through the station and its breeding center. Here is where Lonesome George lived, the famous last individual of the giant tortoises from Pinta island.
Unfortunately, George died in 2012, but the station remains an important place for other near extinct species, being nurtured and bred before being released back to the wild of their original islands.
Day 4 Sunday: Floreana - Cormorant Point - Devil’s Crown - Post Office Bay
Floreana island, today's destination, is one of the 4 islands in the archipelago where people live. It was also the scenery for a famous murder mystery story that happened among german settlers in the 1930s, the ‘Galapagos affair’.
In the morning, you will visit Cormorant Point, famous for its dark green beach, due to the great quantity of olivine crystals. You can see many marine invertebrates, as well as sea lions, sea iguanas, the frigates and pelicans.
Later, you take a quick dinghy ride to Devil’s Crown, a small islet off the coast of Floreana. In the shallow waters in and around this eroding rock formation, where the visibility in the crystal clear waters is magnificent and allows you to observe a large variety of tropical fish.
In the afternoon, you will visit Post Office Bay, where an empty vessel, installed over 200 years ago, serves as a mailbox. You can leave post cards for friends and family without a stamp here, someone will eventually pick them up and hopefully deliver correctly.
Day 5 Monday: Espanola - Suarez Point - Gardner Bay
Today, you will head further east to Espanola island.
This uninhabited island is very secluded and can only be travelled to by cruise.
After an early breakfast, prepare for your first excursion of the day: Gardner Bay. Here, you can have a walk, swim, snorkel, and observe a seal colony.
In the afternoon, after lunch, prepare for a hike to see the famous blue-footed boobies near Suarez Point.
The albatross also lives here, the biggest bird in the world. A huge colony of around 12000 couples inhabit Espanola. Unfortunately, between January and March, when its non-breeding season, the albatrosses are not around.
But, there’s loads of other animals to discover, like marine iguanas, zayapas, masked boobies, finches, Espanola cucuves, and seagulls unique to the islands. Walking on lava, right next to lava tubes, this is really a spectacular hike.
Day 6 Tuesday: San Cristobal - Interpretation Center
In the morning you will have a dry landing in San Cristobal and you will head to the Interpretation Center. The center offers expositions on natural history and conservation and explains the history of the settlements of the islands.
You will learn about the volcanic formation of the islands and the evolution of the species.
This is where your adventure ends! You will grab a private transport to San Cristobal Airport (SCY), where your flight back to mainland Ecuador, with loads of memories and experiences in your bags.