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. The interpretation center is full of interesting information and offers the perfect overview to the formation of Galapagos, its significance in the world, threats and conservation efforts. Followed by a hike to Frigatebird Hill (Cerro Tijeretas) we will have great looks at both species of frigatebird, with the bonus of a beautiful view of the bay below.

  • Difficulty level: easy /moderate
  • Type of terrain: flat/stairs/rocky
  • Duration: 1-hour visit / 1-hour walk

DAY 2

Thursday

AM – Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal Island)

Wet landing. From our pangas, as we head to shore, we are first humbled by the immensity of the stunning cliffs of “Sorcerer’s Hill”. We can enjoy simply sharing the beach with sea lions, snorkeling from shore or take a walk to a hidden lagoon where we might spot black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels and white-cheeked pintails.

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

PM – Punta Pitt  & Islet (San Cristobal Island)

Wet landing.  Sea lions will greet us as we land on the beach and prepare for our climb to a high point on the steep eroded tuff cone. This is the only place in the islands where we will enjoy the chance to see all three of the booby species in the same place. The red-foots will be perched on the Cordia lutea and small trees, the Nazca’s on the ground near the cliff edge while the blue-foots will be a little further inland. Frigatebirds will be all around and the views are breathtaking.

  • Difficulty level: demanding
  • Type of terrain: rocky
  • Duration: 2½-hour walk/ 40-minute snorkeling or kayaking

DAY 3

Friday

AM – Punta Suarez (Española Island)

Dry landing. One of the highlight visits of the trip. Punta Suarez seems to have everything – a naturalistís paradise. A slew of marine iguanas and sea lions greet us at the landing site from where our walk continues with close encounters of boobies, endemic lizards, gulls and even a dramatic blowhole. The oldest extant island in the archipelago it is our only opportunity to commune with the endemic waved albatross during their breeding season between April and December. With luck, we can watch their complex courtship display.

  • Difficulty level: demanding
  • Type of terrain: rocky
  • Duration: 2½-hour walk

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

Wet landing. One of the most stunning beaches in all of Galapagos. The long, white, sandy beach, lapped by turquoise waters is home to a colony of Galapagos sea lions, indifferent to the humans that walk amongst them. The Hood mockingbirds, endemic to this particular island, will be eager to inspect the visitors and satisfy their innate curiosity. Darwinís finches may also join the throng including the reclusive warbler finch. We can also snorkel here from the beach, in the shallows of the bay.

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

DAY 4

Saturday

AM – Punta Cormoran/ Devil’s Crown/Champion (Floreana Island)

Wet landing. On arriving, the observant visitor will notice that olivine, a volcanic crystal, has proffered a subtle green hue on the dark beach. Our walk takes us past island-endemic Scalesia plants to a large, shallow, lagoon often inhabited by a variable number of shockingly pink greater flamingoes. We continue through a forest of palo santo trees to arrive at a powdery white beach, a nesting area of green turtles. As we paddle barefoot in the shallow water we will spot diamond stingrays and white-tipped reef sharks.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.

One of the favorite snorkeling sites in the islands. Devil’s Crown, an eroded volcanic cone, is home to an abundance of fish and marine animals. We will swim with big schools of yellow-tailed surgeonfish, salemas and creole fish and with luck may spot turtles, spotted eagle rays, parrotfish, and even hammerhead sharks! The jagged ëcrowní is a roosting area for boobies, noddies, tropicbirds, and frigates.

A truly magical place to snorkel. We would expect to see here green turtles, harmless white-tipped reef sharks, an impressive diversity and abundance of fish as well as some playful sea lions often approaching very close, itching to show off their prowess in the water. Champion Islet also happens to be the last remaining home of the island-endemic Floreana mockingbird which we may be lucky enough to see from our pangas.

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

PM – Post Office (Floreana Island)

Wet landing. A very short walk from the beach leads us to the famous Post Office Barrel. Claimed to have been the first set up in 1793 by Captain James Colnett it remains the oldest functioning ëpost officeí in the Pacific. The system was that whalers and fur-sealers would leave addressed letters in the barrel to be picked up by homeward bound colleagues. In the spirit of maintaining tradition visitors, today will often take letters and hand-deliver them in their home countries.

  • 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 central highlands of Santa Cruz Island, we have our best opportunity to interact at close quarters with totally wild, Galapagos giant tortoises. A short walk among these huge, 600lb, reptiles will also offer the chance for more highland species, especially several species of the famed finches.

  • 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)

A visit to the collapsed, twin sinkholes (Gemelos) puts us in a stunning forest of the endemic tree-forming Scalesia. Apart from the dramatic scenery, this area is well known for its diversity of passerine bird species.

  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Type of Terrain: Flat, sometimes muddy.
  • 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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