Saturday: Santa Cruz - Highlands
Today your adventure starts!
You will fly into Baltra Airport (GPS) from Ecuador’s mainland. (Domestic flights included) Your guide will already be waiting for you, ready to escort you to the boat, the M/Y Galaxy. Once you check in to your cabin, lunch will be served.
Later, 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.
In the evening you will enjoy a fantastic dinner on board.
And maybe you have a drink on the main deck and cheers to your first night in the Galapagos.
Sunday: Isabela - Moreno Point - Elizabeth Bay
After breakfast, Moreno Point is on your list.
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 reef sharks can be spotted. From here, you can spot the three most active volcanoes of the islands: : The Sierra Negra, the Cerro Azul (both on Isabela Island) and La Cumbre (Fernandina Island).
Lunch will be served on board the Alya.
In Elizabeth Bay on Isabela, where your afternoon trip leads you, 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.
Monday: Urbina Bay - Tagus Cove
Today, on a morning 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.
Tagus Cove, your afternoon excursion, is located west of Darwin volcano. On a walk, you will find many inscriptions of pirates in the rocks, some dating back until 1800.
From here you can see Lake Darwin, a salt water lake, around 9m deep.
Several bird species are living in the area.
Tuesday: Fernandina - Espinoza Point - Isabela - Albemarle Point
In the morning, you will sail to Fernandina, which 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.
After lunch, Albemarle Point is on the itinerary. You return to Isabela, to the most northern point of the island. During a panga ride through mangroves, surrounded by two lava streams, you will see marine iguanas , which are the largest of all the islands. You will also be able to observe the flightless cormorant and various marine species.
Later on, you will visit an old radar station near the beach, left by the USA during World War II.
You will end your evening with a lovely dinner on board the Galaxy.
Wednesday: Santiago - Egas Port - Espumilla Beach - Boucanier Cove
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 that dries out during hot season.
In the 1920s, explorations were made to establish a salt mine here, but luckily, those plans were dropped.
Later on, at Espumilla Beach and Boucanier Cove, you will find a stunning landscape and Palo Santo wood all around. The beach is an important nesting place for tortoises.
Thursday: Dragon Hill - Santa Cruz - Black Turtle Cove
After breakfast, you will go to Dragon Hill in the northwest of Santa Cruz island. There you will find a 1600m long trail running through 3 different environments. Here live land iguanas and also flamingos, which feed on the vast shrimp populations living in the lagoons.
In the afternoon, you will jump in a dinghy and explore Black Turtle Cove, which is in the north of Santa Cruz Island. The bay, surrounded by mangroves, is a safe habitat for all kinds of marine wildlife like reef sharks, turtles, and all kinds of rays.
Friday: Rabida Island - Chinese Hat
South of Santiago is Rabida island, where you will sail this morning.
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.
Chinese Hat is a small islet near the south-east coast of Santiago. The islet is formed by a so-called ‘spatter cone’, and many lava tubes underneath.
You will walk around on a small path and your guide will feed you with geological knowledge about lava tubes and lava flows.
Saturday: North Seymour Island - Mosquera Islet
This morning you will have a dry landing in North Seymour island.The vegetation here is bushy and on your walk around you will see nesting frigates.
Here is where your adventure ends!
You will be brought back to Baltra Airport where your plane to mainland Ecuador awaits you.