ITINERARY

D – SOUTH

(Wed – Sun) 5 days / 4 nights

Our Galapagos Coral Cruise 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

Wednesday

AM- San Cristobal Airport 

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal (2 1/2 hours flight). Arriving in Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken to the pier to board the M/Y Coral I or M/Y Coral II.

PM – Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill (San Cristobal Island)

Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Islands. Passengers visit the Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about islands’ history in The Museum of Natural History which displays information about the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, the arrival of the different species and their colonization, among other points of interest. The human history is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and the island’s colonization.

Difficulty level: easy /intermediate

Type of terrain: flat/stairs

Duration: 1-hour visit / 1-hour walk

 

Tijeretas Hill 

Involves a high-intensity walk amidst beautiful landscapes and a magnificent view at the foot of a frigate bird nesting colony.

Difficulty level: difficult

Type of terrain: Rocky

Duration: 1-hour visit

DAY 2

Thursday

AM – Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal Island)

Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone that is composed of AA lava formations; it is close to a beautiful white sandy beach which is great for snorkeling and sunbathing. Nearby a lagoon ideal for migratory bird species can be seen, including black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, sandpiper, and white- cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, an islet in the adjacent southern coast of San Cristobal.

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

PM – Pitt Point & Islet (San Cristobal Island)

Wet landing followed by a high-intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes a 90 meters long, olivine beach and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints.  This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together, as well as, two species of frigate birds and a sea lion colony. It is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.

Difficulty level: difficult

Type of terrain: rocky

Duration: 2½-hour walk/ 40-minutes snorkeling or kayaking

DAY 3

Friday

AM – Suarez Point (Espanola Island)

Dry landing. An island of geological interest, being one of the oldest in Galapagos, it has a high percentage of endemism due to its isolation from the rest of the islands. Due to the great variety of wildlife, this is one of the most attractive spots in the Galapagos. Here, it is possible to explore volcanic formations and see large colonies of sea lion and seabirds including the Española mockingbird, Nazca boobies, and the spectacular red-billed tropicbirds. Here, the singular marine iguanas have a turquoise color with reddish parts during the breeding season, lava lizards, and the colorful Sally light-foot crabs. A somewhat lengthy hike brings visitors to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birdwatchers favorites include the Galapagos dove, the Galapagos hawk, swallow-tailed gulls and the world’s largest colony of waved albatross, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (April-December). Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous “Soplador,” a seaward blowhole that shoots water up to 23 m. (75 ft.) into the air.

  • Difficulty level: difficult
  • Type of terrain: rocky ground
  • Duration: 2½-hours walk

PM – Gardner Bay, Osborn or Gardner Islets (Espanola Island)

Wet landing. Gardner Bay is a beautiful white coral sandy beach guarded by a colony of sea Lions. Here, there are no trails, so visitors stay along the shore, spotting the Galapagos hawk, the American oystercatcher, the Galapagos dove, hood mockingbirds, yellow warblers, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin finches , cacti finch (Geospizafuliginosa), the small ground finch (Geospizafuliginosa) and the warbler finch (Certhideaolivacea). Swimming and snorkeling offers a great variety of Galapagos marine wildlife: king angelfish, creole fish, damsel fish and parrot fish.

  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Type of terrain: sandy
  • Duration: 1-hours walk / 1-hours snorkeling

DAY 4

Saturday

AM – Cormorant Point/ Devil’s Crown/Champion (Floreana Island)

Wet landing, on an olivine green, sanded beach. We hike from the black mangrove beds to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, white and black mangrove, and holy stick. The trail continues to a beautiful white sandy beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific Sea Turtles. It is important to avoid walking in the water due to the Sting Rays that may be hiding in the sand, which can be dangerous if accidentally stepped on. From the beach, one can spot sea turtles, blue-footed boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks floating along the shoreline in the search for food.

This coral-sand beach marks the end of our trail, and we head back to the olivine beach we landed on, to swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be observed as well.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: sandy & flat

Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

PM – Post Office (Floreana Island)

Wet landing. Located on the north side of Floreana, the bay was named because in 1793 Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through, who would take letters with them back to their destinations. Today, visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel, hoping that some other traveler, going to the letter destination, will take it back for free. The chances are that the letter posted can take a long time to arrive at its destination. However, there have been cases where it has arrived before the sender.

We may also encounter Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warbler and Lava Lizards. Great snorkeling opportunities with Green Pacific Sea Turtles. As well, the island is best known for its endemic vegetation: Scalesia villosa, Lecocarpus Pinnatifidus, and the Galapagos Milkwort. Snorkelers can practice on the main beach among playful sea lions.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: sandy

Duration: 30-minute walk / 1-hour snorkeling

DAY 5

Sunday

AM – Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kind of birds, such as: tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos Giant Tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a birdwatchers’ haven, since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: flat & muddy (depending on season)

Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 ½-hour walk

 

OR (for Extended Cruises only)

 

Pit Craters (Santa Cruz Island)

The Pit Craters, geologically speaking, were not directly formed by volcanic action. They were created as a result of the collapse or sinking of surface materials into cracks or manholes. It’s a great place to spot vermilion fly catchers as we walk inside an endemic Scalesia forest. Great opportunity to observe giant tortoises

Type of Terrain: Flat, sometimes the trails can be muddy.

Difficulty level: Easy

Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 ½-hour hike

 

Baltra Island Airport

After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

D   SOUTH 5 days / 4 nights
Wednesday - Sunday
 

Flight to San Cristobal / from Baltra:AV1630, departing Quito 10:10 / Guayaquil 11:50, arriving Galapagos 12:40.

Return flight: AV1633, departing Galapagos 10:20 arriving Guayaquil 13:00 / Quito 14:50.

DAY TIME VISIT ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS TERRAIN DIFFICULTY
LEVEL
ACTIVITIES
TYPE DIVING
SITE LEVEL
WED AM San Cristobal
Airport
San
Cristobal
Meet and greet, bus transfer to the port, check-in on board - - - San Cristobal
- medium
PM Tijeretas San
Cristobal
Landscape, viewpoint, seasonal frigatebird colony. steps moderate
  • trekking
- -
PM Interpretation Center San
Cristobal
Learn about the history of the islands, San Cristobal mockingbird. flat easy
  • trekking
- -
THU AM Cerro Brujo San
Cristobal
Eroding tuff cone, beautiful white sand beach, impressive landscape, sea lions, Ruddy turnstones, lava gulls. sandy easy
  • trekking
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkel
  • kayak
San Cristobal
PM Pitt Point San
Cristobal
Magnificent viewpoints, sea lion colony, 3 booby species and 2 of frigatebirds. rocky demanding
  • trekking
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkel
  • kayak
Cerro Brujo
& Pitt Point
- medium
FRI AM Suarez Point Española Largest colony of waved albatross, Nazca and bluefooted boobies, marine iguanas, landscape El Soplador (the blowhole). rocky demanding
  • trekking
 
PM Gardner
Bay
San
Cristobal
Hood mockingbird, marine wildlife, sea lion, marine turtles. sandy easy
  • trekking
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkel
  • kayak
- -
SAT AM Champion Islet Floreana Sharks, sea lions. - -
  • dinghy ride
- -
Cormorant
Point
Floreana White and black mangrove, flamingoes, sea turtles, sea lions. sandy &
flat
easy
  • trekking
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkel
- -
PM Post
Office
Floreana Darwin finches, green pacific sea turtles, historical place since 1793. sandy easy
  • trekking
  • snorkel
- -
SUN AM Highlands Santa Cruz Giant tortoises, lava tubes, scalesia forest, Chato Reserve. flat & muddy easy
  • trekking
Gordon Rocks or
Daphne & Mosquera
- advanced
- medium
Baltra airport Baltra Check-out, transfer to airport
from Puerto Ayora. 7-night guests Baltra’ shore.
- - -
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