ITINERARY B1 - 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: Cerro Brujo (AM) / Pitt Point - Pitt Islet (PM)
In this day we are going to start with Cerro Brujo, it is located in San Cristóbal, this place forms several cliffs where often marine birds are observed. At the moment the site counts on a footpath for the geologic interpretation where you can observe species of flora like escalencias, cactus, mangle red and mangle white, as well as own species of humedales, real tero, patillos, chortilejo, marine iguanas among others.
After lunch we will visit Pitt Point, it is situated on the north-eastern tip of the island, hosts frigatebirds, storm petrels, and all three types of Booby Birds: the Nazca, Blue-footed and Red-footed Boobies. A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an area with an abundance of birds. This site is also great for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Pitt Islet is aplace for nesting of several species of marine birds and an ideal site for the practice of the snorkel activity.
Meals included: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Thursday: South Plazas (AM) / Mosquera (PM)
In this day we will visit The Plazas Islands that are twin islands located off the east coast of Santa Cruz. North Plaza is closed due to scientific research and South Plaza is the visitor site. South Plaza begins with a dry landing. The rocky trail circumnavigates the island displaying the combination of dry and coastal vegetation zone. The island is home to enormous prickly pear cactus and the endemic succulent sesuvian. This place has one of the largest populations of land and marine iguanas living along the coast. As the walk continues along the sea cliffs swallow-tailed gulls, frigate birds, Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, brown pelicans, blue-footed and masked boobies are frequently seen. Beneath along the shore a colony of bachelor sea lions can be seen.
In the afternoon we will visit Mosquera, this island consists is a long narrow stretch of white sand, rocks, and tide pools. Created by Geological uplift the island has a flat look to it rather than the conical shape of the volcanically formed islands. This place is ideal for snorkeling, strolling on the beach, and enjoying the animal life such us Boobies, Sea Lions, Brown Pelicans, Tropical fish.
Friday: Daphne Mayor (AM) / Baltra
In this day we will visit Daphne Major, it is a volcanic island that consists of a tuff crater, devoid of trees, whose rim rises 120 metres above the sea. It is a place where thousands of birds can be seen soaring overhead such as Darwin's finches, Galápagos Martins, Blue-footed Booby, Nazca Booby, Short-eared Owls, Red-billed Tropicbirds and Frigatebirds. Some of them nest in the cliffs around the little vegetation that occurs on the islands slopes and near the crater rim. End of the tour with the transfer to the airport
Meals included: Breakfast