Seymour is a wonderful Galapagos island where you can admire beautiful frigate birds and the nest of the little blue footed boobies. The trees are filled by male frigates inflating their red skin to catch the female’s attention. It’s a spectacle of nature you don’t want to miss.
AM: Genovesa: Darwin Bay
The Darwin Bay is formed by a crater, it’s almost a perfect circle. It’s located in the Genovesa Island, to the north of the Galapagos Archipelago. The Bay is an anchorage place. It’s the perfect place for the breeding of some Galapagos species such as: red footed boobies, masked boobies, owls, lava seagulls, swallow-tailed seagulls, swallows and the smallest sub-species of iguanas of the islands. Don’t miss the chance to visit it during your trip on boat the cruise.
PM: Genovesa: Prince Phillips Steps
The Prince Phillips Steps are located at the south of the Genovesa Island, a bird Paradise. It is formed by the remaining edges of a big crater that is almost completely submerged nowadays. You can access it through a gap located at the feet of the volcano. Read along and find out more about this cruise ship destination in the amazing Galapagos.
The island attracts a huge amount of birds from the ocean that go there to nest and reproduce, among this birds, there are: the big frigates, blue footed boobies, seagulls and the petrels.
Off the east coast of Santiago Island, we find a volcanic islet called ‘Bartolome’ it is considered one of the "younger" islands in the Galápagos archipelago. Why does it have that name? Well, this island is named after Sir Bartholomew James Sullivan, a famous naturalist and friend of Charles Darwin, Sir Bartholomew James Sullivan.
PM: Chinese Hat
As its uncommon name says, this island is shaped in the form of an old Chinese man’s hat. There’s a cone rising out of the clear Galapagos water. It is one of the most emblematic and most recognizable island in the Galapagos archipelago and it’s easy to see why with its distinctive shape. Visitors are usually fascinated by this unique island’s form. Even when it’s one of the smallest islands, it has a wonderful visitor site where visitors can delight in memorable views.
Like most Galapagos Islands, its origin is volcanic which is the reason for its particular shape.
AM: Isabela: Sierra Negra
Sierra Negra (or “Black Mountain”), located inside Isabela Island, is a volcano known for being one of the most active volcanoes in Galapagos Islands. Cerro Azul and Alcedo are the closest volcanoes to it, and it is difficult to be aged, because its surface is covered by recent lavas. The same happens to its neighboring volcanoes. Discover more here.
Information tips about Sierra Negra
It is located at the south eastern end of Isabela Island. It has an altitude of 1,124 m.
Sierra Negra is a shield volcano: that means it is formed mostly from fluid lava flows, and its large size resembles a warrior’s shield. Its last eruption was onOctober 22nd, 2005 until October 30th, 2005.
Sierra Negra could be, according to some studies of volume and eruption rates, circa 535,000 years old.
You can find people (on the volcano’s southern shore) and agriculture and fishing on the eastern side.A species of Galapagos giant tortoises(C. n. guentheri) also live here, but they are endangered due to hunting and other causes.
There is a huge fumarolic area called Volcán de Azufre (it means “Sulfur Volcano”). “Fumarolic” comes from “fumarole”, or the smoke volcanoes emit. The sulfur volcano is one of the world places where sulfur flows are.
Sierra Negra is a great place to explore not only for being the house of giant tortoises, but also for its historical eruptions. Imagine you could experience an eruption; it would be great for your memories! Take the challenge!
PM: Isabela: Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center
1.5 kilometers from Puerto Villamil connect you to Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center. Many tortoise species from South Isabela have been reproduced from 1994 to preserve their lives from a near extinction. More than 300 tortoises live in captivity, but safe from hunters and other dangers such as food competitions or the attempts for surviving.
Information tips about "Arnaldo Tupiza" Breeding Center
From all the islands that form Galapagos, Isabela is the only one that has many tortoise species at the same place: the Breeding Center.
Surrounding it, you can find many plants and some animals such as marine iguanas or flamingoes. You can also find introduced wasps, so don’t wear bright colors such as yellow or orange.
There you will be able to see the stages a tortoise goes through: from becoming an egg, then a hatchling, a juvenile and finally growing up as an adult.
Tortoises stay in captivity here because they are vulnerable to many attacks from themselves for food, from other animals to save their own lives and from the not-so-sapiens human beings who hunt them, sometimes to have an exotic prize and other times to eat them or keep them captive in other places around the world. When they are independent enough, they are freed to live in the wild.
4 Galapagos males and 2 Galapagos females are the only survivors from Cerro Paloma tortoise population: one of these females is infertile; the other one had 9 breed saviors in 1998.
Tortoises in the Breeding Center are treated as kings and queens. They are prehistoric animals that live in peace, trying to survivelike most of us do. When coming here, remember they are endangered! Treat them with respect!
AM: Isabela: Moreno Point
Moreno Point is a visit place where it’s not permitted to land. It is used only to take small speedboat trips to observe the wildlife unique to this place. It’s a bay that is located in front of the narrowest site of the Isabela Island: the Perry isthmus, where there’s a water entry that has basically formed a bay within a bay, with calmed waters that are protected and surrounded by mangle which makes it a perfect place for sea turtles. It’s truly a spectacle of nature.
PM: Isabela: Elizabeth Bay
Elizabeth Bay is one of the few places from Galapagos Archipelago in which landing is forbidden. This happens because there is not a single place to stay in, and also to preserve the natural species of plants and animals living there. However, you can swim and play some water sports as a gift. Animals will be happy to welcome you to this water paradise.
Information tips about Elizabeth Bay
It is located on the east coast of Isabela. Formed from the union of Sierra Negra and Alcedo volcanoes,Elizabeth Bay has many islets or small islands, called Mariela islets.
This place can be reached only by dinghies or pangas.You are not allowed to land in Elizabeth Bay, so get ready to stay in the panga for some hours!
Due to the crystalline bay waters, many animal species can be found here, having food and shelter: rays, sea turtles, herons, sea lions, many schools of fish and others.Sometimes you can see some Galapagos whalesfrom this bay. The Mariela islets have Galapagos penguins and blue-footed boobies.
There is a unique mangrove forest in the whole Galapagos Archipelago, and it is located exactly here, in Elizabeth Bay. It is the narrowest place in Isabela.
This the perfect place for water sport lovers, especially those who practice diving and snorkeling.
You won’t regret, it will be a bunch of fun while having peace on a ride with many natural views and quiet waters. As you can play some water sports and share with some animals such as the sea lions, we promise you won’t want to come back!
AM: Fernandina: Espinoza Point
Espinoza Point is located in the Fernandina Island, the youngest of the Galapagos’ archipelago and the most volcanically active. It has an incredible combination of aridity and amazing wildlife. Due to the fact that it doesn’t have any introduced mammals, Fernandina has a unique environment with the biggest density of marine iguanas and the sea lions share their habitat with crabs and hawks. This is a place you will surely enoy during your cruise trip.
PM: Isabela: Urbina Bay
Urbina Bay is located on the west side of the Isabela Island in Alcedo volcano. The landing spot is in a little wet beach of black sand, this can be difficult when there are strong waves. The road begins from the beach, it’s round and open and due to that, it is possible to walk outside the path suggested by the Galapagos National Park. It’s a great place to explore.
AM: Santiago: Egas Port
Egas Port, also known as James South Bay, is located at the northwestern side of Santiago Island. It is a fascinating place to visit due to the great volcanic activity it had in the past. This place is one of the most famous on the Galapagos archipelago. It has a beautiful black sand beach where you can see gorgeous ruins.
AM: Santiago: Espumilla Beach
Espumilla beach, a place located in Santiago, is a place with lots of stories. It had two main lagoons, but one of them had some alterations due to a phenomenon called El Niño. These alterations caused the disappearance of an important colony of flamingoes. Sometimes landing can be difficult, but do not worry: when arriving, you’ll enjoy every single thing.
Information tips about Espumilla Beach
It is located on the northern coast ofSantiago Island, in James Bay.
It is a popular site where you can see moray eels, marine iguanas, sharks, octopi andthe reddish-orange sally lightfoot crabs (which attract herons and provoke a particular dance).
Wading birds like flamingoes, pintail ducks and stilts have nested there, but their colonies have been reduced due to a meteorological phenomenon that has caused many disasters in the world, El Niño. It attacked one of its lagoons in the ‘80s and it wouldn’t ever be the same place.
If you practice snorkeling, try to find rays at the sandy bottom. You could also have the opportunity of watching a baby turtle hatching! (They hatch in the upper dunes, be careful)
Espumilla beach has a unique type of sand: it is white, really soft and the texture on your feet will be amazing. The waters are really quiet and the vegetation is vividly green!
Even when there is not so much to do as in the other places, you will get amazed with Espumilla beach. You can swim and practice snorkeling here, if you want to enjoy more. But this is a quiet site to relax and just forget your daily duties.
PM: Santiago: Buccaneers Cove
One of the most famous traits of Santiago are its landscapes of volcanic origin. It is completely uninhabited and it is not suited for crops. It’s also known as San Salvador Island, in honor of the first island discovered by Columbus.
It is a great place to see due to the fact that it had a great volcanic activity in the past and because of that, it’s especially interesting for those who love geology and volcanoes. There are many places to visit in this island, and one of the most famous is the Buccaneers Cove.
AM: Daphne Islands
The Daphne Islands (Major and Minor) are two little volcanic islands. Daphne Major is made of a tuff crater, it doesn’t have any trees on its surface and its coastline elevates 120 meters from the sea level. It is right at the north of Santa Cruz’s main island.
It’s one of the most famous Galapagos Islands due to the fact that a couple of scientists of Princeton University (The Grants) have been going to the island for 30 years now to study the birds, especially the boobies. As a result, they have been able to observe evolutionary processes. This gained them and the location worldwide recognition.
PM: Baltra (South Seymour)
Baltra, also known as South Seymour, is located at the north of Santa Cruz Island. It is the home of the archipelago’s main airport and it is famous because it was built during the Second World War by the U.S navy.
The Starting Point of the Adventure
Baltra is a dry island, surrounded by reefs and some beaches. It has very interesting vegetation, such as Cactus Opuntia and other small trees. The island doesn’t have a big hotel infrastructure nor touristic locations. However, this is the place where touristic programs receive their local and foreign visitors to begin the adventure exploring the islands.