Galapagos cuise Estrella del Mar- West-/Eastern Route (8)

Tour from Baltra Island to San Cristóbal Island, Ecuador

About this activity

On the yacht through the islands Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, Rábida, San Cristóbal and Chinese Hat

Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO

Day 1

Transfer to the yacht

At the Arrival at Baltra Airport, a naturalist English speaking guide will assists you. Transfer to the yacht. Welcome and briefing.

Las Bachas on Santa Cruz Island

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon on the north cost of Santa Cruz on the sandy Bachas Beach. Many bird specific feed on the shore lines and flamingos can usually be found in the pond behind the beach. Take a swim in the calm surf or go snorkelling off the beach keeping a looked out for the Galapagos Green Turtle that is known to nest here.

Day 2

Chinese Hat Islet

Morning: Spend the morning exploring Chinese Hat, a small island off the southern tip of Santiago no due to its unique shape. Here it is often possible to see Galapagos penguins and the marine life is fantastic for snorkelling. There is also a large sea lion colony here as well as many marine iguanas that can be seen on our guided walk amongst the volcanic scenery, with good views to the cone of the island's volcano.

Rábida Island

Afternoon: From here a short trail leads to a salt water lagoon. Another trail goes past the lagoon to the interior, where the revered palo santo trees grow. When burned, the branches of this tree give off a pleasing aroma and ward off mosquitoes. Back on the beach among low-lying bushes nest the prehistoric-looking pelicans. This is the best area for close viewing of these nesting birds, and it's a rare treat to watch parent pelicans return with gullets full of fish for the squawking youngsters.

Day 3

Buccaneer Cove and Espumilla on Santiago Island

Morning: You will jump into the pangas to cruise beside the cliffs and rock formations of Buccaneers Cove, which was a favourite hideout for pirates looking to stock up their boats with food and water. You then travel to Playa Espumilla, one of the most idyllic beaches in the Galapagos islands, with thick mangroves along with sea turtle nesting sites.

Puerto Egas on Santiago Island

Afternoon: The long beach offers great opportunities to see fur seals, marine iguanas and outstanding marine life. Go swimming or snorkelling right off the beach, hike up the the slat crater or take the 2 km walk along the beach.

Day 4

Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island

Morning: This Island ist the youngest in the Galápagos Islands. Witness the largest colony of marine iguanas and a variety of bird life.

Urbina Bay on Isabela Island

Afternoon: Arriving into Urbina Bay after lunch you will spend the afternoon ashore searching for land iguanas and walking up to the caldera of the 650m tall, Alecedo volcano. You can cool off from this long walk from the beach and search for spiny lobster and other marine wildlife underwater

Day 5

Elizabeth Bay on Isabela Island

Morning: An early arrival into Elizabeth Bay allows you to get out into the panga boats and explore the mangroves. The mangroves are home to multitudes of bird and marine wildlife. Look out for blue footed boobies, penguins and pelicans feeding on the abundant marine life and if you are lucky you will find sea turtles too.

Punta Moreno on Isabela Island

Afternoon: The landscape is pristine and desolate with impressive black lava floes and a unique system of brackish lagoons, which are a magnet for wildlife. From here there is a spectacular view of 3 volcanoes that are so distinctive to Isabela Island: Alcedo, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul. This newly opened visitors site allows us the opportunity to see Darwin’s finches, Galapagos doves, penguins, blue-footed boobies, mockingbirds and flightless cormorants as well as unusual vegetation.

Day 6

Tintoreras Island

Morning: This morning, visit Las Tintoreras, a small island in front of Puerto Villamil. The bay in front is known to be home to a colony of white tip sharks. Hike the Sierra Negra Volcano which has the largest basaltic caldera in the Galapagos. Along the hike, see smoking fumaroles and the "sulphur volcano" where you see large amounts of sulphur deposited around the fumaroles. The volcano last erupted in October 2005, making it the most recent eruption of the Galapagos."

Wall of Tears and Breeding Centre on Isabela Island

Afternoon: You'll also have the opportunity to see the Wall of Tears, which pays homage to prisoners forced to build the wall of huge blocks of lava between 1946 and 1959 when a penal colony was on the island. Many prisoners died during its construction. Check out the Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Centre to see some of the famous giant tortoises of the Galapagos.

Day 7

Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island

Morning: The Charles Darwin Research Station is a 10 minute walk from the centre of the town. Here, an exhibition centre displays photos of recent volcanic eruptions, charts outlining geological formations and drawings of the evolutionary development of endemic species.

Tortuga Bay on Santa Cruz Island

Afternoon: A short walk takes you to the beautiful white beach of Tortuga Bay. Relax on the beach, walk along the mangroves looking for marine iguanas and birdlife or rent a kayak and explore this marine wonderland. The waters are known for Tontoreras shares, sea turtles and manta rays in the shallow areas.

Day 8

Interpretation center of San Cristóbal Island

Morning: Arriving San Cristóbal in the morning. San Cristóbal is the easternmost island of Galapagos and one of the oldest. Its principal town is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos. Disembark after breakfast, visit the interpretation center.

Transfer to San Cristóbal Airport

Transfer to San Cristóbal Airport by bus for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

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