Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO
Transfer to the catamaran
Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, travelers pass through an airport inspection point to ensure that no foreign plants or animals are transferred to the islands. A representative of our Galapagos Seastar Journey will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a bus ride to the Itabaca Channel and the transfer to Puerto Ayora.
Afternoon After lunch, you will discover Bartolomé or Bartholomew Island. Once here, you will ascend to admire the spectacular panorama of the Sullivan Bay and the famous Pinnacle Rock. The beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock are excellent for snorkeling from which you can discover the marvelous underwater world, and with a little luck, you’ll get to snorkel with penguins.
Devil´s Crown & Cormorant Point on Floreana Island
Morning: In the morning, after breakfast, the first spot to be visited is Devil´s Crown that is an underwater volcanic crater, almost covered completely by Galapagos waters. Just a small portion of the rock formation can be seen from above and it looks like a crown. The underwater world is very rich in coral reefs, abundant marine species. Birds are also part of this visitor point due to its location in open waters.
Or visit Cormorant Point where you will land on a green olivine sand beach. Following a 100 meters long path you will soon reach a lagoon with flamingos.
Baroness’ Lookout & Post Office Bay on Floreana Island
Afternoon: In the afternoon, you will visit the Baroness’ Lookout (Mirador de la Baronesa). This viewpoint is located on the north of Floreana Island. The way up and trail is very easy, steps are placed in this area for security. Your naturalist guide will tell the murder and mystery legend of the Baroness.
Or you will go to the Post Office Bay, which keeps the legendary post barrel that whalers historically used to post their mail in.
Chinese Hat Island on Santiago Island
Morning; In the morning, after breakfast you will visit Chinese Hat, which is a small islet off the south coast of Santiago, with a maximum elevation of 160 feet (52 meters). Though within easy reach of Santa Cruz, Chinese Hat is typically only visited by those aboard a Galapagos Cruise.
North Seymour Island
Afternoon: In the afternoon, North Seymour island will be discovered. It is located slightly to the north of Baltra. It is a low, flat island, formed by submarine lava formation uplift. Covered with low, bushy vegetation, it contains the largest colony of magnificent frigate birds in the Galapagos. There is also a large population of blue-footed boobies that perform an amusing courtship dance when nesting conditions are right.
Black Turtle Cove on Santa Cruz Island
Morning: After breakfast, enjoy the visit to Black Turtle Cove, which is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz. It is a living illustration of how mangroves alter the marine environment to create a rich and unique habitat. Three mangrove species crowd the area from the shore out into the lagoon, which reaches almost a mile inland.
As you drift through quiet waters in the zodiac, you are likely to see spotted eagle rays and diamond shaped mustard rays, which swim in a diamond formation. White-tipped reef sharks slip beneath the boat and Pacific green sea turtles come to the surface for air and to mate. Waterfowl, including pelicans, herons and egret, all feed in the cove. This is a peaceful place that will make you feel calm.
Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz Island
Afternoon: In the afternoon, visit to Las Bachas, which is a beautiful white-sand beach, located on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. There you can go for a stroll or do some easy snorkeling in the gentle surf. Sea turtles lay their eggs at the edge of the vegetation. You can also look for a rusted pontoon, a relic of the Second World War. In fact, “bachas” is a poor pronunciation of “barges,” two of which were wrecked offshore at that time: the locals mispronounced the name and it stuck.
Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island
Morning: In this site you will have a memorable experience. You will pass through some mangroves, where you can observe many nesting birds including Red-footed and Nazca Boobies, Frigate birds, gulls and more. If you are lucky you will be able to see stingrays trapped in tidal pools at low tide. During the visit you have the opportunity to snorkel, kayak, or take a panga ride around the tranquil bay, snorkelers sometimes have the opportunity to see hammerheads sharks.
El Barranco (Prince Philip's Steps) on Genovesa Island
Afternoon: In the afternoon you will visit a spectacular site where you can see birds. This place is unique for bird lovers. After a brief clamber up a rocky bluff, you will emerge to a plateau where you can see the elusive short-eared owl (this is the only place where you can see this bird), Nazca and red-footed boobies, storm petrels and tropic birds. You can also the chance to do some more snorkeling and kayaking in the bay.
Los Gemelos (The Twins) on Santa Cruz Island
Morning: This site is located on the highlands of Santa Cruz. Los Gemelos are two sinkholes created long ago by underground lava tunnels which collapsed. A shady trail covers the short distance between the main road and Los Gemelos. The guide will explain to you about the special forest found in and around Los Gemelos, this place is the home of one endemic tree of the Galapagos, Scalesia pedunculate trees. You will be able to see finches, vermilion flycatchers and mockingbirds.
Return to Baltra
You will return to the harbour of Baltra. From there transfer to Baltra Airport by bus for your return flight to the mainland or you continue with your individual Galapagos program.