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ITINERARY B- The Northern Island Loop

ITINERARY B- The Northern Island Loop
DAY 1
Charles Darwin Station

You land on the island of Baltra and drive 10 minutes from the airport to the Itabaca channel where
a five-minute ferry ride takes you to the island of Santa Cruz. From here we travel across the island,
stopping to see some of the giant Galapagos tortoises at a nature preserve along the way. Upon
arrival in the seaside town of Puerto Ayora there is time to visit the Charles Darwin Research Center
and get a look at Lonesome George, the legendary last-surviving tortoise from the island of Floreana.
Later in the afternoon we aboard the yacht and settle in to our cabins. After dinner we pull anchor
and begin our travel towards Genovesa Island.


DAY 2
El Barranco – Genovesa

We arrive in the morning at Genovesa Island and have a dry landing at El Barranco, or Prince Phillip’s
steps where a steep, rocky path leads to the top of a high cliff. There are spectacular views from
here and the opportunity to observe red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos doves
and Galapagos swallows. 


Darwin Bay
We return to the boat and continue to Darwin Bay to find a white-sand coral beach and a half-mile
trail that winds through mangrove trees filled with various birds. We should see Nazca boobies, redfooted
boobies and swallow-tailed gulls among other birds. There are also tide pools to explore and
interactions with curious, playful sea lions.


DAY 3
Bartolome

We arrive at the island of Bartolome, an extinct volcano where lava and rocks are shaded in red,
black and green. This is the home of the iconic Pinnacle Rock and we climb a trail of stairs to the
summit of the volcano for panoramic views across the island and to distant islands. We return to a
lovely beach that is perfect for snorkeling and a chance to see the Galapagos penguin – and with any
luck, a chance to snorkel with them!


Sullivan Bay
Then we continue to Sullivan Bay where there is a large lava field of fascinating patterns, the result
of explosions of gas or water coming forth from the once-molten lava.


DAY 4
Bainbridge

Today we visit Bainbridge Rock, also known as James Bay. A trail follows the coastline where there
are tide pools and grottos filled with sea life. This is an excellent chance to see the Galapagos fur
seal bathing in the sun.


Chinese Hat
We also visit Chinese Hat which is a place of fairly recent volcanic activity and a few intact lava
tunnels. This is another place to snorkel and swim in tranquil blue waters, watching colorful fish and
playing with young sea lions.


Black Turtle Cove
After lunch on the boat we head to the northern part of the island of Santa Cruz to visit Caleta
Tortuga Negra, a small bay surrounded by mangroves and only accessible by dinghy. It’s a safe home
for marine life such as white tip reef sharks, sea turtles and various rays such as manta rays and
eagle rays.


DAY 5
North Seymour

Our last day on the Encantada has still more to discover. We go to the official visitor site of Seymour
North where there is a large breeding colony of frigate birds and blue-footed boobies. The trail leads
up among their nests while you watch your step as there are also land and marine iguanas. 

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