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.  Once home to the famous Lonesome George, the last tortoise of the Pinta race, the breeding and relocation center is named in honour of his long-time guardian. The center is set in the Galapagos National Park Service where various interpretative buildings are available to visit. The grounds, with large stands of native vegetation, are one of the better places to spot some of the seldom seen Darwin’s finches such as the woodpecker, cactus and vegetarian finches.

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

DAY 2

Monday

AM- Mosquera Islet

Wet Landing.  This tiny, low lying islet, covered in coral sand, is set between North and South Seymour Islands. It is home to a group of sea lions that come to laze on the soft white sand. It is a good spot to observe shorebirds as well as herons, lava gulls, and boobies. Snorkeling or diving here one can often see sharks, rays, and barracudas.

  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Type of terrain: sandy
  • Duration: 1 ½-hour walk & snorkeling

PM – North Seymour Island

Dry landing.  This flat, uplifted, island is an important spot to see both magnificent and great frigatebird males courting the females by clicking, bill-clapping, shuddering and flapping their wings, all while showing off their grossly inflated, bright red, gular pouch. We will also likely see courting blue-footed boobies displaying their unique feet while ‘dancing’  to a prospective mate. Sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, crashing surf and distant views of the Daphne Islands top off a great visit.

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

DAY 3

Tuesday

AM – Santa Fe Island

Wet landing.  After a fabulous snorkel in the turquoise waters of the protected bay, we may have enjoyed time with sea lions, turtles, reef sharks and spotted eagle rays. Landing onto a sandy beach we are immediately distracted by the abundant sea lions there with us. We begin a walk past a forest of island-endemic giant Opuntia cacti. Here we search for another island-endemic the Santa Fe land iguana, paler than its cousins on other islands. Galapagos hawks and even endemic rice rats are also things to look out for.

  • Difficulty level: moderate
  • Type of terrain: rocky
  • Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour deep water snorkeling

PM – South Plaza Islet

Dry landing.  Sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, and land iguanas are all present at the landing site.  The small island is covered with a carpet of a red succulent studded with Opuntia cacti. At the cliff edge, we spend time watching birds fly past at eye level in the updraught. These include frigatebirds, flocks of Galapagos shearwaters and of particular note, flights of displaying red-billed tropicbirds. Back at sea level, we once again encounter land iguanas, some of which have hybridized with their resident marine cousins.

  • Difficulty level: moderate
  • 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

Dry landing.  In the moist highlands of San Cristobal, we will visit the giant tortoise breeding center “La Galapaguera” to witness the most iconic creature of the archipelago in its various life stages. The tortoises wander in a semi-natural habitat which lends itself to good photographic opportunities. The aim of the reserve is to help restore populations of the threatened San Cristobal tortoise back into the wild. In town, there are shops to purchase local handicrafts and souvenirs.

  • Difficulty level: moderate
  • 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
Sunday - Wednesday
 

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.
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