Galapagos Cruise Coral I or II - Central Route (4)

Tour/Activity in Baltra Island, Ecuador

About this activity

Discover the islands of Santa Cruz, Santiago and Rabidá

Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO

Day 1

Transfer to the yacht

After arrival at the Baltra Airport, transfer to the harbour to board your ship

Fausto Llerena Breeding Station, Santa Cruz

Afternoon: A short walk along the promenade of Puerto Ayora will bring you to the breeding station Fausto Llerena, at the Charles Darwin station. Since March 2017, the Fausto Llerena hatchery is home to the embalmed tortoise Lonesome George, who became the symbol of the Galapagos Islands. Lonesome George was the last surviving member of the Pinta Island Tortoise species and for a long time, was known as the rarest animal on earth. On the "Ruta de las Tortugas" you will learn about the history of tortoises in Galapagos and then visit the breeding station. Here, tortoises eggs are incubated and the hatchlings spend the first 5 years of their life in protection as they are prepared for their release into the wild. Visitors leave with a stronger understanding of species conservation as well as the Galapagos Islands themselves.

Day 2

Cerro Dragón on Santa Cruz Island

Morning: You won't find a more apt place name than Cerro Dragón, "Dragon Hill", located behind a flamingo lagoon.

Dragon-like land iguanas roam across the sun-scorched, boulder-strewn island, grazing freely on the fruits and flowers of their favourite food, the Opuntia Cacti. Cerro Dragón is a great opportunity to get out your camera and capture some of what makes the Galapagos Islands so unique.

Bartolomé Island

Afternoon: Bartolomé in the northern part of the archipelago was nominated for the World Travel Awards 2012 as the most beautiful beach of South America. Here, you will find a fascinating, lunar-like volcanic landscape. At its center, the famous landmark of Galapagos: Pinnacle Rock.

A climb to the highest point of the island offers a wonderful view of the landscape. Take a swim together with some of the penguins who play in the waters and on the shores of the bay here.

Day 3

Rábida Island

Morgen: On arrival at Rábida Island's red sand beach you will be greeted by the resident sea lions, basking in the sun. The island's otherworldy red colouring is a result of the high level of iron and magnesium left behind from previous volcanic activity.

A stroll along the beach reveals marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. If you look carefully you may also spot the bright red Sally Lightfoot crabs, who have found possibly the only place on earth where they can effectively camouflage themselves.

Buccaneers Cove and Espumilla Beach, Santiago Island

Afternoon: Buccaneer Cove is evidence of Santiago's long history as a haven for British buccaneers. These pirates were likely anchoring in this sheltered bay to make repairs and, among other things, to increase their supplies of turtle meat. The steep cliffs surrounding the bay, where hundreds of seabirds settle on the dark red sand beach, are an impressive sight to behold.

Espumilla Beach is lined by mangroves and a small palo santo forest that lead to salt water lagoons that are home to wading birds like flamingos. In the upper dunes are a nesting site for sea turtles. Snorkelling here is a great opportunity to see various types of rays.

Day 4

Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz

Morning: Black Turtle Cove is a red mangrove lagoon serving as a nursery for sharks and rays. This is a great location to observe mating sea turtles during nesting season, and travellers often see large groups of resting white-tip reef sharks, schools of golden rays and the incredibly beautiful spotted eagle rays. As the water is usually very calm, this area can be navigated using paddles instead of the loud panga engines, increasing your chances of wildlife encounters.

Transfer to Baltra Airport

Transfer to Baltra airport in time for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

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