Galapagos Cruise Golondrina : Western Route (5)

Tour/Activity in Baltra Island, Ecuador

About this activity

Discover the islands of Mosquera, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, and Santa Cruz islands onboard Golondrina

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Day 1


On arrival at Baltra Airport, transfer to the harbour to board your yacht.

Mosquera Island

Afternoon: Between the two islands North Seymour and Baltra lies the small island Mosquera. The narrow island's coastline stretches out with white sand beaches, lava rocks and tide pools. Created by Geological uplift, the island has a relatively flat landscape. Mosquera is a great place for snorkeling, strolling on the beach, and enjoying the animal life without the tourist crowds that are common on many of the more popular islands. This islet is home to a huge colony of resident sea lions, and is also home to many shorebirds.

Day 2

Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island

Morning: The largest in the archipelago, this seahorse-shaped island is also one of the most volcanically active. While there is no cleared landing site at Punta Vicente Roca, your guide will explain the impressive geology and wonderful wildlife diversity in the area from aboard the dinghy. Explore the two coves and the large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the weird and wonderful mola-mola, also known as sunfish. In good conditions, Punta Vicente Roca is considered one of the best snorkelling sites in the Galapagos.

Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island

Afternoon: Fernandina is the youngest island in the archipelago, regularly impressing visitors with the pristine condition and sheer numbers of the resident wildlife. Large colonies of marine iguanas and sea lions sun themselves on the beautiful sand beach while Galapagos hawks circle overhead. After a walk through the interesting landscape, we'll reach the island's highlight: the nesting site of the Flightless cormorant.

Day 3

Urbina Bay, Isabela Island

Morning: Urbina Bay graces the southeast flank of the Alcedo Volcano. After volcanic activity in 1954 caused a significant uplift, the coast expanded almost a kilometer out. Marine life found a way to thrive in this newly fertile area and many species chose to stay. Today, this area is a great place for snorkeling. During your hike, you may see a large colony of land iguanas, Darwin's finches, giant tortoises (from June to September) and flightless cormorants.

Several species of whale have been spotted in the waters you'll be navigating through today.

Tagus Cove, Isabela Island

Afternoon: The historical pirate hideaway of Tagus Cove has been frequented by sailors since the 1800s. The names of visiting ships were often painted and carved in to the cliffs surrounding the cove.

Trails wind their way around Lake Darwin up to a ridge, offering wonderful views of the landscape, the ocean and Wolf and Darwin Islands on the horizon. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another idyllic tropical beach surrounded by mangroves. Later, take a dinghy ride through the cliffs, observing penguins, flightless cormorants, boobies, pelicans and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Return to the cove to relax on the shore or snorkel.

Day 4

Puerto Egas, Santiago Island

Morning: After landing on the black sand beach of Puerto Egas, Santiago Island hike along a 2km long coastal area boasting sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks and lava herons. The rugged lava coast with natural pools, where sea lions bathe and herons play marks the end of your hike.

An excursion to Santiago Island is also one of the rare chances to see Galapagos fur seals in the wild, though not in large numbers.

Sombrero Chino Island

Afternoon: Sombero Chino was named by locals for its shape, resembling the outline of a Chinese hat. Since the management of the National Park restricted the number of visitors, rare creatures of the Galapagos Islands can once again be seen up close.

Sea lion colonies live on the white coral sand beach. Here you can also see the American oystercatcher and Galapagos penguins swimming along the shore, as well as the Sally Lightfoot crabs, which contrast starkly with the black volcanic stones.

Day 5

Charles Darwin Research Station, Santa Cruz Island

Morning: Charles Darwin Research Station houses an information center, a museum and a tortoise hatchery. During the tour you will learn about the different species of Galapagos tortoises and the breeding program, observe yellow land iguanas eating Opuntia leaves and learn about the various endemic plants of the Galapagos archipelago.

Transfer to Baltra Airport

Transfer to Baltra Airport by bus for your return flight to Quito or Guayaquil, or continue with your Galapagos Pro program.

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