Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO
Transfer to the yacht
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport by your naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/Y Coral I or M/Y Coral II.
F. Llerena Breeding C. and Darwin Station on Sta. Cruz
Afternoon: 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: intermediate Type of terrain: flat Duration: 1h30 walk
Morning: 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 Mosquera Island, so any visitor can enjoy the open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little Sesuviumportulacastrum grows on the sand.
Difficulty level: easy Type of terrain: sandy Duration: 1h30 walk & snorkeling
North Seymour Island
Afternoon: Dry landing. Off of Baltra Island (where one of the airports is located) and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour was formed by series of underwater volcanic lava deposited in layers on the ocean floor. An approximately two hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of Blue-footed boobies, Magnificent and Great frigate birds, and Swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles. 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 Duration: 2 hours walk, 30 minute snorkeling
Santa Fe Island
Morning: Wet landing on a white sand beach surrounded by a Sea Lion colony; you continue walking through an endemic cactus forest as you search for the endemic Santa Fe land iguana, the largest in the islands and distinctively paler. This island is home to a number of endemic species including Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Snake, rice rats, a variety of finches and one of the four species of Galapagos mockingbirds. Deep-water snorkeling.
Difficulty level: intermediate Type of terrain: rocky Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour deep-water snorkeling
South Plaza Island
Afternoon: There are two Plaza Islands located east of Santa Cruz Island, though visitors only land on South Plaza, this is a dry landing on the Northern part of the Islet. The walk begins with an impressive cactus forest surrounded by the colorful yellow and red Land Iguanas and Marine Iguanas; as you reach its highest point, be on the lookout for Tropicbirds, it is also home to one of the largest Sea Lion colonies. In South Plaza there is a large colony of the smaller sized Land Iguanas. The population is approximately 300 individuals. They feed on all kinds of vegetation, but during the dry season survive on the fruits and flowers of Opuntia cacti. We will encounter the one and only Galapagos Hybrid Iguana. A bright red landscape is characteristic of the Island during the dry season (June - January) when the succulent plant Sesuvium edmonstonei turns red. Its regularly greenish to yellowish. The Portulaca oleracea is also common in South Plaza, it is the favorite food of the land iguanas.
Difficulty level: intermediate Type of terrain: rocky Duration: 2 hours walk
Interpretation Center & Tijeretas on San Cristobal Island
Morning: 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
Transfer to the Airport
Transfer to San Cristóbal Airport by bus for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.