ITINERARY A1 - 4 Days (Tuesday - Friday)
Tuesday: Baltra Airport - Santa Cruz Highlands (PM)
This morning our Guide will be waiting for you at 10:00 am at Baltra Airport in order to welcome you and take to the yacht that will be anchored nearby the dock. On your arrival you must pay USD 100 for entry to Galapagos National Park.
We are going to start journeying across Santa Cruz into the highlands. Visitors will enjoy the island's variety of life and geology. Beginning at the coast, the road departs from Puerto Ayora climbing through the agricultural lands and into the mist covered forests. Santa Cruz possesses all of the various life zones present in the archipelago. As you travel through these zones birders are enchanted. Whether it's the bright red feathers of a vermillion flycatcher or one of Darwin's Finch almost every bird present in the islands can be found here.
Meals Included: Lunch - Breakfast
Wednesday: Devil’s Crown - Cormorant Point (AM) / Mirador de la Baronesa - Post Office Bay (PM)
At the beginning of this morning we will visit Devil’s Crown, this underwater crater formation was once a fully submerged volcano. Subsequent eruptions and the powerful ocean have eroded the cone into a jagged ring of black lava spires rising from the sea floor. The area's sharp drop-off and strong currents attract fish of all sizes, making for great scuba diving and some of the best snorkeling in the islands.
Sharks are perhaps the biggest attraction of this place and the probability of seeing the elegant creatures is high-both white-tipped reef sharks and hammerheads frequent the area and swimming with parrotfish, sea lions, marine iguanas, surgeon fish, and triggerfish is also quite likely.
Our second visit will be Cormorant Point, this place have more colorful view: glistening green stones, red mangroves, gray hills, pink flamingos, white sand, and blue water. Visitors arrive on a wet landing at the northern end of the island, on a beach littered with thousands of tiny green crystals. A short walk inland leads to one of the largest flamingo lagoons in the Galápagos. The rare cutleaf daisy, a flower that grows nowhere else in the world, can be seen here as well.
In the afternoon passengers will visit Post Office Bay, this fantastic place has a story which says that In 1793, a British whaling captain erected a post office barrel on the quiet bay of the then-uninhabited island. For years, this barrel was the only postal facility for hundreds of miles. Whaling ships from around the world left their letters in the barrel and picked up those that they could deliver during their travels. Although the first barrel is now long gone, the tradition is maintained by the island's thousands of visitors each year, who arrive via a wet landing at a mahogony beach on Floreana's northern shore.
Mirador de la Baronesa is a vista point on the northside of Floreana. It is a basaltic rock formation between Cormorant Point and Post Office Bay. It is a good place for understanding the mangroves. The red mangrove is characterized by a hanging elongated fruit, which in reality is a new daughter plant that grows from the parent plant, a rarity in the plant kingdom.
Meals included: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Thursday: Suarez Point (AM) / Gardner Bay - Gardner Islet - Osborn Islet (PM)
In this morning after breakfast we will visit Suarez Point that is located on the west coast of the Española Island, the oldest island of the archipelago, with about five million years old. In this place can be seen as a subspecies of iguanas with red and green colors of the Spanish endemic. Furthermore, this is the only place in the world where albatross nest.
After lunch we will visit the beautiful white sandy beaches at Gardner Bay, which are great places for swimming and relaxing. The rocks off the coast provide excellent snorkelling opportunities, with reef sharks, turtles and many species of tropical fish, including surgeon and angelfish, often seen. The small white-tipped reef sharks are also often spotted resting under the rocks.
Our next stop is Gardner Islet that is lined with vertical cliffs that drop to sandy ledges and large boulders. Snorkelling here you will encounter the smallest of the Galapagos garden eels, snake eels, blackspot morays, Galapagos pufferfish, scorpionfish, and red-lipped batfish. The area has an abundance of fish including schools of snappers, creolefish, king angelfish, butterflyfish, jacks, large pufferfish and a variety of sea urchins and sea stars.
Meals included: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Friday: Interpretation Center (AM) / León Dormido - Lobos Island (San Cristóbal) (PM)
In this morning we will visit the Interpretation Center, located in San Cristobal Island. The center was donated by the Spanish government and inaugurated by the Prince of Spain in 1998. This place focuses on the interaction between humans and the process of the “natural history laboratory”, demonstrating that a harmonious relation between human beings and nature is possible.
Our second visit will be Leon Dormido, that is a superb rock located in the middle of the Galapagos Islands sea. Great spot for kayaking and diving because under the sea the nearly crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish and invertebrates. This gigantic rock raises 500 feet straight from the ocean. This Galapagos landscape has become a favorite sight due to the many tropicbirds, frigates and boobies that fill the surroundings. Finally our Guide takes passengers to Baltra Airport in order to take their flight back.
Meals included: Breakfast