ITINERARY

D – SOUTH

(Thu – Mon) 5 days / 4 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  you wonder how the week is going to be in your adventure through the islands.

DAY 1

Thursday

AM – San Cristobal Airport

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal in a 2-hour flight. Upon arrival, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

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

Friday

AM – Gardner Bay, Gardner & Osborn islets (Española 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. Darwin’s 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

 

PM – Suarez Point (Española Island)

 

Dry landing. One of the highlight visits of the trip. Punta Suarez seems to have everything – a naturalist’s 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 blow hole. 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

DAY 3

Saturday

AM – 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 first setup in 1793 by Captain James Colnett it remains the oldest functioning “post office” 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

PM – Cormorant Point / 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

DAY 4

Sunday

AM – 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

 

Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)

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 & sometimes muddy
  • Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 ½-hour walk

PM –Ballena Bay / Eden Islet (Santa Cruz)

Wet landing. The perfect spot to enjoy our water activities of snorkeling, kayaking or the glass-bottom boat. Expect to see lots of fish species including king angelfish, surgeonfish, parrotfish, damsels, rays and sharks. From the land portion of the visit there will be sea lions and basking marine iguanas with herons and turtles in the mangrove areas. We might even discover some antique ceramic relics left behind by previous settlements.

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

Eden Islet is off the western coast of Santa Cruz. It offers opportunities to see Nazca and blue-footed boobies, reef sharks, and banks of endemic bream fish, either from the panga or while snorkeling.

  • Difficulty level: moderate
  • Type of terrain: water
  • Duration: 1-hour snorkeling

DAY 5

Monday

AM – Carrion Point (Santa Cruz Island)

Dinghy ride at the entry of the Itabaca channel in a lagoon with turquoise water, where we can observe sharks, blue footed boobies, and different kinds of fish.

  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Type of terrain: none
  • Duration:  1 hour dinghy ride

 

Baltra 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
Thursday - Monday
 

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

Return flight: AV1633, departing Galapagos 10:05 arriving Guayaquil 12:50 / Quito 14:50.

DAY1 TIME VISIT ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS TERRAIN DIFFICULTY
LEVEL
ACTIVITIES
TYPE DIVING
SITE LEVEL
THU 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
- -
Interpretation Center San Cristobal Learn about the history of the islands, San Cristobal mockingbird. flat easy
  • trekking
- -
FRI AM Gardner Bay Española Hood mockingbird, marine wildlife, sea lion, marine turtles. sandy easy
  • trekking
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkeling
  • kayak
- -
Osborn or Gardner Islets Española Marine Wildlife water -
  • trekking
- -
PM Suarez Point Española Largest colony of waved albatross, Nazca and blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, landscape El Soplador (the blowhole) rocky demanding
  • trekking
- -
SAT AM Post Office Floreana Darwin finches, green pacific sea turtles, historical place since 1793 sandy easy
  • trekking
  • snorkeling
- -
PM Cormorant Point Floreana White and black mangrove, flamingoes, sea turtles, sea lions sandy & flat easy
  • trekking
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkeling
- -
Devil’s Crown Floreana Sting rays and colorful fish water moderate
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkeling
- -
Champion Islet Floreana Sharks, sea lions - -
  • dinghy ride
- -
SUN AM Charles Darwin Research Stations & Fausto Llerena Breeding Center Santa Cruz Giant tortoises, Darwin finches, prickly-pear, cactus forest, interpretation center flat easy
  • trekking
-  
AM

Highlands

Santa Cruz Giant tortoises, lava tubes, scalesia forest, Chato Reserve flat & muddy easy
  • snorkeling
- -
PM

Eden Islet

Santa Cruz Marine Wildlife water -
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkeling
  • kayak
- -
PM

or Ballena Bay

Santa Cruz Nice Beach for swimming, marine iguanas, sea birds and nesting area for sea turtle, seasonal giant tortoises sandy low
  • trekking
  • dinghy ride
  • snorkeling
  • kayak
- -
MON AM Carrion Point Santa Cruz Circumnavigation - -
  • dinghy ride
Gordon Rocks or
Seymour & Mosquera

- advanced
- medium

Baltra
airport
Baltra Check-out, transfer to airport
7-night guests Baltra’ shore
- - -
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