Galapagos Cruise Archipell I: South Route (5)

Tour from Baltra Island to San Cristóbal Island, Ecuador

About this activity

Discover the islands of Floreana, Española and Santa Cruz

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Day 1

Transfer from airport Baltra to the boat

Morning: Arrival to Baltra airport and transfer to the boat. You will have a short indroduction for the catamaran.

Fausto Llerena, Santa Cruz

Afternoon: Visit the Galapagos giant tortoises and land iguana breeding programme, where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen from Pinta Island) lived for decades. The centre is managed by Galapagos National Park (GNP) staff in collaboration with scientists from the Charles Darwin Station (CDS). Here, eggs from Pinzon, Santiago and Santa Cruz Islands hatch without the risk of introduced species. After artificial incubation, the "galapaguitos" (newborn turtles) are bred until they are 5 years old so that when they are released in their original habitats, they have enough skills to survive on their own. Since the 1970s, more than 2,000 specimens have returned to their native islands. In addition, Darwin Station works on several scientific projects, botanical research and provides environmental education for local communities, schools and tourists. If there is still time, you can take a stroll through the small town of Puerto Ayora.

Day 2

Punta Cormorant, Floreana Island

Morning: Punta Cormorant is located on the north coast of Floreana. It is the best place to visit, offers excellent sand beaches of different colors and one of the largest gaps of flamingos in the Galapagos Islands. Punta Cormorant has a volcanic origin has craters that house reefs provide one of the best places for swimming and snorkelling.

Baroness Lookout, Floreana

Afternoon: The Mirador de la Baronesa is located north of Floreana Island, Galapagos. Site of a beautiful landscape and historical sight, a walk in panga allows to observe several marine species such as golden eagle rays, sea turtles, sea lions and eventually Galápagos penguins.

Day 3

Gardner Bay, Española

Morning: The Española island (or Hood, in honor to the British admiral Samuel Hood) is, with 60 km ², one of the smaller that form the Ecuadorian archipelago of the Galapagos islands. It is the oldest of all, with about 300 million years of existence. Uninhabited, there live several animal species of interest, such as the endemic mockingbird of Hispaniola, the Galapagos dove, the Galapagos Gull, the marine iguana, albatross and pinnipeds. Two places are especially popular with visitors: Gardner Bay, which has a beach renowned for its beauty, and Punta Suarez, of interest for its variety of birds.

Punta Suárez, Española

Afternoon: Punta Suárez is located on the west coast of Española Island, the oldest island in the archipelago, approximately five million years old. It is one of the most attractive and popular places in Galapagos. In Punta Suárez you can see a subspecies of iguanas with green and red colors endemic to Española. In addition, this is the only place in the world where the albatross nests

Day 4

Punta Pitt, San Cristóbal

Morning: Punta Pitt is located on the east end of San Cristóbal Island. It is a group of volcanic cones eroded and scarcely populated by endemic and indigenous vegetation of the Islands. Punta Pitt is an ideal place where a variety of marine birds, such as, blue-footed boobies, masked, red-footed boobies, frigates among others nest.

Cerro Brujo, San Cristóbal

Afternoon: Cerro Brujo is a beautiful white coral beach, beach where you can swim and observe birds and sea lions, in addition you can practice surface diving. Located on the north coast of San Cristobal Island. In the environs of the beach you can see seabirds like blue-footed boobies, boobies of nazca, herons, frigates and coastal birds.

Day 5

Islas Lobos, San Cristóbal

Morning: Islas Lobos is a small flat islet, located 10 kilometers northeast of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on the coast of Isla San Cristobal. The name Isla Lobos is given as it is home to several sea lions, who play on the beach and their brown fur stands out on the white sand. It is also the ideal place to observe frigate nesting and blue footed boobies. It has a protected channel where it is possible to do superficial diving next to the sea lions.

Conclude in San Cristóbal

The cruise will conclude in the harbor of San Cristóbal. From there, transfer to the airport in time for your return flight to the mainland, or continue with your planned route through the Galapagos.

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