ITINERARY

C – EAST

(Sun – Wed) – 4 days / 3 nights

Our Galapagos itineraries offer unforgettable experiences, with our weekly departures allowing you to experience 3-, 4-, 7-, and up to 14 –nights tours including: full board, two daily guided excursions with optional activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, dinghy rides and our new feature daily diving tours for license-holding divers.

DAY BY DAY

First day on board and you  already wonder how the week is going to be in your adventure through the islands.

DAY 1

Sunday

AM – Baltra Airport

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (2 ½-hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our natural guides and taken to a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/Y Coral I or M/Y Coral II.

PM – Charles Darwin Research Station & Fausto Llerena Breeding Center (Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. Visit to the Galapagos giant tortoises and land iguanas breeding program, where the famous Lonesome George (last surviving specimen of Pinta Island) lived for decades. The center is managed by the Galapagos National Park´s (GNP) staff with the collaboration of scientists from the Charles Darwin Station (CDS). Here, eggs taken from Pinzon, Santiago and Santa Cruz Islands hatch without the danger of introduced species. After artificial incubation; the “galapaguitos” (newborntortoises) are reared until the age of 5, when they are released in their native habitats, having the enough capabilities to survive alone. Since the 70’s, more than 2,000 specimens have returned to their native islands. In addition, the Darwin Station works in several scientific projects and botanical research, providing environmental education to local communities, schools and tourists. If time helps, it is possible to visit Puerto Ayora town.

  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Type of terrain: flat
  • Duration: 1½-hour walk

DAY 2

Monday

AM- Mosquera Islet

Wet Landing, Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. There is no trail on the islet, the visitor can enjoy the open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium portulacastrum plants grow on the sand.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: sandy

Duration: 1 ½-hour walk & snorkeling

PM – North Seymour Island

Dry landing. This is perhaps one of the busiest tourist destinations on the archipelago. Off of Baltra Island (where the airport is located) and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is the most accessible for day trips out of Santa Cruz’s main port, Puerto Ayora.
An approximately two hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies*, magnificent and great frigatebirds,* and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and as well as sea lions. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos Snake.

  • Difficulty level: intermediate
  • Type of terrain: rocky ground
  • Duration: 2-hour walk / 30-minute snorkeling

DAY 3

Tuesday

AM – Santa Fe Island

Wet landing. Santa Fe shows white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies; through the island path, an endemic cactus forest is passed, home the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for a number of species, including the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago.

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of terrain: rocky

Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour deep-water snorkeling

PM – South Plaza Islet

Dry landing on the northern part of the Islet. The walk begins with an impressive cactus forest* surrounded by land and marine iguanas; as we reach its highest point, be on the lookout for tropicbirds, a Nazca and blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls.
In South Plaza there is a large colony of the smaller sized land iguanas. Approximately, there is a population of 300 individuals. They feed on all kinds of vegetation, but during the dry season survive on the fruits and flowers of Opuntia cacti. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on Earth where we will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana.

  • Difficulty level: intermediate.
  • Type of terrain: rocky
  • Duration: 2-hour walk

DAY 4

Wednesday

AM –  Kicker Rock Circumnavigation & Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristobal Island)

Kicker Rock can be seen directly from the vessel. In the sea northeast of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is this ancient and eroded volcanic tuff lava named Leon Dormido or Kicker Rock it is formed by two rocks approximately 148 m, named for its resemblance of a sleeping lion.

It serves as home to many of the typical Galapagos sea animals, such as birds, sea lions, blue and Nazca boobies and frigate. With rare sightings of swallow turtle gulls, tropic birds, and pelicans.

  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Type of Terrain: water
  • Duration: 1-hour circumnavigation

Cerro Colorado is a dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristobal Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Enjoy a beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the village’s port, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.

Difficulty level: intermediate

Type of Terrain: sandy

Duration: 40-minute bus drive to the Reserve / 1-hour visit

 

San Cristobal Airport 

After the visit, you will go to San Cristobal Airport for the return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

C   EAST 4 days / 3 nights
Monday - Thursday
 

Flight to Baltra / from San Cristobal AV1632, departing Quito 7:00 / Guayaquil 8:35, arriving Galapagos 9:45.

Return flight: AV1631, departing Galapagos 13:20, arriving Guayaquil 16:10 / Quito 17:45.

DAY TIME VISIT ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS TERRAIN DIFFICULTY
LEVEL
ACTIVITIES
TYPE DIVING
SITE LEVEL
SUN AM Baltra airport Baltra Meet and greet, bus transfer to the port, check-in on board.
Transfer to Puerto Ayora.
- - - Gordon Rocks or
Daphne & Mosquera
- advanced
- medium
PM Fausto Llerena
Breeding Center
Santa Cruz Giant tortoises, Darwin finches, prickly-pear, cactus forest, interpretation center. flat easy
  • trekking
- -
MON AM Mosquera Islet Mosquera White sandy beach, large colony of sea lions. sandy easy
  • trekking
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkel
Seymour & Mosquera - medium
PM North Seymour North Seymour Unique place for two types of frigate: magnificent and great;
swallow-tailed gull, nesting colony of blue-footed boobies.
rocky & beach demanding
  • trekking
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkel
- -
TUE AM Santa Fe Santa Fe White sandy beach, large colony of sea lions. rocky moderate
  • trekking
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkel
- -
PM South Plaza Plazas Large colony of sea lions, unique landscape of a cactus forest, land and marine iguanas, Nazca and blue-footed boobies, swallowtailed gulls. rocky moderate
  • trekking
- -
WED AM Kicker Rock San
Cristobal
Seabirds, sea lions, blue and Nazca boobies and frigate. flat easy
  • trekking
San Cristobal medium
Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve San
Cristobal
Giant tortoises in semi-captivity, beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve La Galapaguera, miconia plants zone. wooden path easy
  • trekking
San Cristobal
Airport
San
Cristobal
Check-out, transfer to airport.
7-night guests free time in
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
- - -
prueba
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