Galapagos cruise Endemic - North-Westroute (11)

Tour/Activity in Baltra Island, Ecuador

About this activity

With the catamaran Endemic to the islands of Bartolomé, Genovesa, Floreana, Isabela, Fernandina and Santiago

Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO

Day 1

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.

Bartolomé Island

Afternoon: In the afternoon you will hike to the top of the Island where you can see the big and famous gable, the famous Pinnacle Rock, admiring the creation and evolution of the islands, having the opportunity of seeing fresh lava as well as penguins, sea lions, water turtles, different species of rays and tropical fishes. On the beach you can snorkel with Galapagos penguins, sea turtles, several species of rays and maybe some sharks.

Day 2

Cormorant Point – Corona del Diablo (Devil´s Crown)

Morning: This site offers two main attractions, two beaches and a flamingo lagoon. After the landing on the green sandy beach where you can find sea lions, you will be walking a short path which takes you to the other side of the Point and a gorgeous white sand beach is waiting for you, just be careful to not go so deep into the water because of you will find some stingrays. The next site you are going to visit is the Devil´s crown which is a jagged set of rocks in a roughly circular shape off of Floreana Island. This unique landscape is the final remnants of an ancient volcanic crater mostly eroded over the edges. It is a marvelous snorkeling spot, where you can find a large spectacular marine life, as well as some large rays, sharks. In the interior of the crown you can see some playful sea lions

Post Office Bay – Baronesa Lookout Point

Afternoon: In this site you can observe the barrel used to mail some of the letters of the whaler, if you want, you can leave a letter here, hoping that reaches its destination by another tourist. Do not forget to bring postcards. Post Office Bay also has a beautiful beach perfect for relaxing and snorkeling. Later we will go to “Mirador de la Baronesa” (Baroness Lookout Point) where you will get a good view of the Floreana coastline and your naturalist guide will tell you the murder and mystery legend of the Baronesa. After the visit to the Baronesa Lookout point there will be the opportunity to take a panga ride along the coast or take out one of the sea.

Day 3

Chinese Hat

Morning: During the Saturday ‘morning you will visit a distinctive conical shape known as the Chinese Hat, it is a memorable site for geology and animal life. Only specialized plants can hold between the fragile lava. Sea lions inhabit the white coral beach, fringed by bushes adapted to saline soils.

Seymour North Island

Afternoon: This beautiful place is another visitors favorite, you can find frigate birds and blue-footed boobies nesting right next to the rocky trail, allowing for spectacular photographs. This place also is home to a booming population of land iguanas, often seen contentedly munching on cactus paths. There are usually dozens of sea lions near the landing site and along the beach. The snorkeling in this site is amazing.

Day 4

Black Turtle Cove on Santa Cruz Island

Morning: Black Turtle Cove is a lagoon located in Santa Cruz Island. It is a maze of mangroves and panga ride is forced to paddle so that the motors no disturb the wildlife, you are not allowed to swim or snorkel in this place, however during the panga ride you might see sharks, sea turtles, herons, or even a school of golden rays. After your visit to the Black Turtle Cove, you will be transfer to the Baltra airport for your flight to the continent.

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.

Day 5

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.

Day 6

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.

Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island

Afternoon: You will visit Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago. We land on a white coral sand beach and begin our walk over lava that flowed less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of the Galapagos. The guide will point out the hardy ¨pioneer¨ plant specialized flora which is the first to colonize a lava field. After a hike you will enjoy a refreshing swim with the chance to do some snorkeling.

Day 7

Sierra Negra volcano – Humedales on Isabela Island

Morning: You will be able to see some lava flows and fumaroles due to the volcanic activity of the Sierra Negra Volcano, which was active in 2005. This visit includes the main volcanic caldera and several smaller craters at the Chico Volcano. In here there are no many faunas in the barren heights of the volcano that you can see, however you will be rewarded with unforgettable lesson in volcanic geology and a great view of Isabela and Fernandina Islands. Continuing the tour. You will visit Los Humedales (The Wetlands) of Isabela, this place is the home to abundant bird life including flamingos, stilts, whimbrels, gallinules, finches, pintail ducks, brown pelicans, and more. Marine iguanas and occasional giant tortoises can be found in here. Part of the trail goes to Orchilla lookout, which offers a nice view of Puerto Villamil town.

The Wall of Tears – Breeding Center Arnaldo Tupiza on Isabela

Afternoon: The Wall of Tears is a wide high stone wall built not far from Puerto Villamil. You will get a glimpse of the human history of Galapagos, Isabela Island was once the home to Ecuadorian penal colony, and the construction of the wall was a form of punishment. Some locals think that the place is haunted. After the visit to the Wall, you will continue to the Breeding Center Arnaldo Tupiza which is the Tortoise Breeding Center of Isabela and is located 1.5 km from Puerto Villamil. In this Breeding Center you will find populations of tortoises from South Isabela, they have been reproduced in captivity. In total there are 330 between juvenile and adult tortoises. The Breeding Center has beautiful gardens consisting of native plants, such as manchineel (poisonous apple tree), mesquite, prickly pear, holy stick, lime prickly-ash, thorn shrub, Galapagos croton and more.

Day 8

Elizabeth Bay on Isabela

Morning: During the morning you will go to Elizabeth bay. This place and the rocky islets that are found there, you will see many spectacular species of Galapagos bird life, including penguins, the Galapagos hawk, Nazca boobies, finches, flightless cormorants, warblers and more. In the clear see below you can see beautiful marine life such as school of fish, spotted eagle rays, sea lions and marine iguanas. You will not land at all, you will be able to see all of it while you do some panga ride.

Urbina Bay on Isabela

Afternoon: The bay´s landscape change overnight due to the deep underground volcanic activity in the 1954. The bay gained five meters in height and a kilometer of soggy land that had previously been underwater. You will be able to see desiccated coral formations on the trail around part of the bay. It is the home to abundant wildlife including land iguanas, giant tortoises and lava lizards, finches, hawks and mockingbirds. After you can enjoy doing some snorkeling.

Day 9

Tagus Cove on Isabela

Morning: The visit to Tagus Cove includes a small hike to a scenic outlook and a panga ride along the coast line, you will be able to see penguins. After the hike and the panga ride, you can choose to do kayaking or snorkeling, while you doing this activity you can see some sea turtles.

Espinoza Point on Fernandina Island

Afternoon: This place is one of the most remarkable sites for visitations in all of Galapagos. While you are hiking, you will have breathtaking landscape for taking photos as well as watching some good wildlife, including a nesting colony of flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, lava lizards, Galapagos snakes, and Galapagos hawks.

Day 10

Espumilla Beach on Santiago Island

Morning: This place is located on the northern part of Santiago Island, it is a pristine sandy beach where you can find trails that lead through some mangroves to a salty lagoon, if you are lucky, you can see some flamingos, pintail ducks, and other birds. There is a good place to do snorkeling and kayaking.

Rábida Island

Afternoon: In this beautiful place you can find not only stunning wildlife but human history. In the past whalers and pirates used to stop in Buccaneer Cove to repair their ships and capture tortoises for food, unfortunately there is nothing left of their presence, however you will enjoy a panga ride along the shore where you can see blue footed and Nazca boobies, fur seals, sea lions, and Galapagos hawks. Afterwards, you will visit Rabida Island, this visitor site will provide you with breathtaking views of cactus groves and scenic rock formations. The hike starts along a red sand beach where browns pelicans nest in mangroves can be found. On the back of the beach you will find a lagoon, where occasionally you can observe flamingos and different species of seabirds. You will be able to do some snorkeling near the beach and swim with sea turtles and different species of rays.

Day 11

Mosquera Islet

Morning: This place is a sandy, sparsely vegetated sand bar known for sea lions, lava gulls, shorebirds and sally lightfoot crabs. You will also see, with a bit of luck, the yellow crowned Herons. You will have a guided walk around the islet and the chance to snorkel offshore.

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.

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