Day 1 Saturday: Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Station
Your guide awaits you at Baltra Airport (GPS), where your plane will land from mainland Ecuador. (Domestic flights included) He will bring you onboard your boat, the M/C Ecogalaxy, where you will have a welcome drink and lunch.
On your first afternoon you will already experience a highlight of the islands, the Charles Darwin Research Station in Santa Cruz’s main city, 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.
Enjoy your first evening in the Galapagos with a drink on the deck of the EcoGalaxy.
Day 2 Sunday: Isabela - Tintoreras - Moreno Point
Today your trip to Isabela begins. The first stop will be Tintoreras, a small islet off Isabela’s coast, named after the whitetip reef sharks that live in its waters.
On a hike through scenic landscapes you will discover marine iguanas basking in the sun, lava lizards, herons, gulls and sea lions.
Back on board, breakfast will be served and you sail to your next destination, Moreno Point.
On a dinghy ride along the coast and a path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves, you will see a plethora of birds, perfect for birdwatchers. In the tide pools, green sea turtles or whitetip sharks can be spotted.
Day 3 Monday: Isabela - Elizabeth Bay - Urbina Bay
In Elizabeth Bay on Isabela, there is one of the island’s breeding sites for penguins. Brown pelicans, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays and sea lions are also often seen.
On an afternoon hike in Urbina Bay, a little more than three kilometers long, land iguanas and tortoises will most likely cross your path.
In the waters also live red and blue lobsters.
Day 4 Tuesday: Fernandina - Espinoza Point - Vicente Roca Point
Fernandina is the third biggest island in the Galapagos and has only one visiting site: Espinoza Point, famous for the large colonies of marine iguanas and the home of the flightless cormorant, the Galapagos penguin and snakes. It’s the only island in the archipelago that doesn’t have any mammals, also, it’s the youngest island. The last eruption of the local volcano, Cumbre, only dates back to 2018.
In the afternoon, you will travel back to Isabela, to Vicente Roca Point, which consists of two separate coves. This site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (sunfish), one of the largest bony fish in the world.
Day 5 Wednesday: Santiago - Egas Point - Rabida Island
Today you sail east to the island of Santiago, to Egas Point and its black sand beach. Right next to it is the volcano Pan de Azucar, which contains a saltwater lake, which dries out in hot seasons.
In the 1920s, explorations were made to establish a salt mine here, but luckily, those plans were dropped.
South of Santiago is Rabida island, where you will sail in the afternoon.
At the visitors site you will find a red sand beach and a short loop to hike. The scenery, defined by red rocks and the presence of endemic species make this island simply breathtaking.
In the evening, enjoy a cocktail on deck of the EcoGalaxy and let your thoughts wander at your last night in the Galapagos.
Day 6 Thursday: Santa Cruz - Black Turtle Cove
Black Turtle Cove, in the north of Santa Cruz island, will be your last adventure here. This bay is surrounded by mangroves and is accessible only by dinghy. The shallow cove is a safe refuge for marine life. Blacktip reef sharks, marine turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.
Unfortunately, your stunning Galapagos adventure ends here and you will be brought to Baltra Airport (GPS), where you will take your plane back to Quito or Guayaquil.