Galapagos Cruise Passion - Western Route (8)

Tour/Activity in Baltra Island, Ecuador

About this activity

Discover the islands of Floreana, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, North Seymour with Passion

Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO

Day 1

Transfer to the island of Santa Cruz and embarkment

After arriving in Baltra Airport, you will be greeted by a staff member from Passion who will take you directly for your first excursion. We recommend that you wear clothing that is appropriate for the afternoon hike in the Santa Cruz highlands. You will have access to your bags again at 5pm when you board the yacht.

As you venture into Santa Cruz's higher altitude areas, you will notice the changes in the vegetation as the climate becomes wetter and warmer. The earth in the upper altitudes is rich in minerals. Coffee plantations and fruit orchards line the streets and giant tortoises roam around at ease in their natural environment.

The Scalesia forests in this area offer the opportunity to discover endemic species of the Galapagos Islands, as well as giant cacti and a variety of deciduous trees and edible fruits.

Afterwards, head back to Puerto Ayora, where you can explore the town and shops at your leisure before returning to Passion at 5pm. Once on board, you can enjoy your official welcoming from the crew and captain, with dinner and the briefing for the next day's activities.

Day 2

Punta Cormorant, Devil's Crown and Post Office Bay, Floreana

Punta Cormorant is home to two stunning natural beaches. You'll make a wet landing in the first bay, where you'll find a special black sand beach that twinkles green in the sunlight. The shimmering sand is made of olivine crystals, remnants of a long-gone violent volcanic eruption.

Following the short trail along the beach, you'll come to a second little bay. Visitors will be delighted by the soft, white powdery sand that feels like walking in fine baking flour. This gorgeous beach certainly earned the name "Flour Beach". In the bay you will likely spot green sea turtles, and if you wander back from the sandy stretch, you can find a salt water lagoon that attracts vibrant flamingos and the adorable white cheeked pintails.

Devil’s Crown is a submerged eroded volcanic crater. The interior of the crater forms an ideal coral reef habitat, making it one of the most fascinating places to snorkel in the Galapagos. Here you can observe beautiful corals, sea lions, reef fish, hammerhead sharks, and several other species of fish.

Floreana offers wonderful testament to the fascinating human history of the Archipelago. Although paling in comparison to the geological history, the human history extends far beyond the island's first residents.

At Post Office Bay you can learn about the historic barrel that has served as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. Lonely sailors, away from home for years at a time, would stop at Floreana to restock their supplies of food and water. The homesick sailors devised a clever solution - they left letters in a makeshift 'post box' on Floreana, and when passing ships stopped on the way back to their home port, they would pick up all the letters destined for that place and deliver them.

To this day, the system is alive and well - each year thousands of visitors continue to leave letters for loved ones, and search for letters to bring home and deliver. To keep the tradition alive, hunt for a letter destined for a town near you and hand deliver it.

Post Office Bay

Nachmittag: Nach dem Mittagessen besuchen Sie die Post Office Bay (Nasslandung), wo Sie Ihre Postkarten auf die gleiche Art und Weise verschicken können, wie die Walfänger vor Jahrhunderten: im Tausch für Ihre Karte nehmen Sie eine mit und liefern in Ihrer Heimat aus. Übernachtung an Bord

Day 3

Asilo de la Paz, Floreana

As well as Post Office Bay, Floreana is famous for its mysterious stories revolving around its first inhabitants, Doctor Ritter, Dora Strauch and the Wittmer family. You should also be sure to visit the Cave of Pirates, which is located near a fresh water fountain that once served as the only source of fresh water for the families living there. The fountain was called the Asylum of Peace by the Wittmers.

Enjoy an afternoon of whale watching on the way to Isabela Island.

Auf der Suche nach Walen und Delfinen

Nachmittag: Nach Ihrem Besuch haben Sie die beste Gelegenheit für eine nicht so gewöhnliche, aber sehr beliebte Aktivität: Sie fahren raus ins Archipel auf der Suche nach Walen und Delfinen. Die Gewässer der Galapagos-Inseln bilden das zweitgrößte Meeresreservat der Welt, welches reich an Wildtieren ist. Die größten Vertreter der Unterwasserfauna sind die verschiedenen Arten von Walen. Während der Überfahrt von Floreana nach Isabela halten Sie Ausschau nach diesen faszinierenden Kreaturen. Der krönende Abschluss dieses Tages ist der Ausblick auf die beeindruckenden Landschaften von Isabela und dem Vulkan Cerro Azul. Übernachtung an Bord.

Day 4

Punta Moreno and Elizabeth Bay, Isabela

Punta Moreno is a rugged young lava bay. At first it appears to be a lifeless landscape, however as you walk over the cooled lava, you'll see new green areas and lagoons hosting a wide variety of birds. Marine iguanas and lava lizards are usually found in the lagoons you'll often meet flamingos foraging here for their favourite meal. While the sharp rocks make this hike a little tricky, its path itself is easy enough to be enjoyed by everyone and provides an unforgettable landscape set against a backdrop of the volcanoes Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul.

We recommend bringing plenty of water during this visit, as the lava field reflects the sun making the temperature higher than average. Don't forget to apply sunscreen!

The wide and sheltered Elizabeth Bay, on Isabela's east coast, hosts a bevy of the archipelago's unique wildlife. The mangrove-lined shore contrasts starkly against the surrounding lava fields. The myriad of small islets and rocky reefs make this is a particularly rich area for wildlife.

The waters here are particularly clear, and this makes Elizabeth Bay a great place to spot the rays, sharks, green sea turtles, Galapagos penguins, pelicans, and Galapagos sea lions known to gather here. Nearer to the shores and mangroves you'll see Galapagos flightless cormorants and the sunbathing marine iguanas.

Elizabeth Bay auf Isabela

Nachmittag: Panga Fahrt in und um Elizabeth Bay, einer Salz-Wasser-Lagune, umgeben von den größten roten Mangroven der Galapagos. Hier kann man üblicherweise Meeresschildkröten sehen, die in die Nähe unseres Bootes schwimmen. Auch flugunfähige Kormorane und Galapagos-Pinguine sind hier zahlreich vertreten. Übernachtung an Bord.

Day 5

Urbina Bay, Isabela and Punta Espinoza, Fernandina

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.

Fernandina is the youngest island in the archipelago, at only around 700,000 years old. Surrounded by hills amidst a lava landscape covered with cacti and mangroves is the visitor location Punta Espinoza. Meet sea lions and hundreds of marine iguanas basking on the black lava rocks and on the beach. While snorkeling you might come close to the resident penguins darting quickly through the water. This is a perfect spot for finding the flightless cormorant.

Punta Espinosa auf Fernandina

Nachmittag: Sie überqueren den Bolivar-Kanal zur Insel Fernandina, einer der unberührtesten Orte der Welt und haben eine Trockenlandung bei Punta Espinosa. Während eines Spazierganges entlang der Küste, begegnen Sie eventuell flugunfähigen Kormoranen, Galapagos Seelöwen, Galapagos Pinguine und Falken, rußfarbenen Meeresechsen und leuchtend rot-orange Klippen-Krabben. Übernachtung an Bord.

Day 6

Tagus Cove and Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela

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 and the ocean, with Wolf and Darwin Islands dotting the horizon. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another idyllic tropical beach surrounded by mangroves. Later, enjoy a panga 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.

The sea-horse-shaped island of Isabela is the largest of the archipelago and the most volcanically active. Punta Vicente Roca is considered one of the most impressive and spectacular places of the enchanted Galapagos Islands with high cliffs and tuffstone giving this area a majestic feel.

While you 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 Vicente Roca auf Isabela

Nachmittags: Bei Punta Vicente Roca machen Sie eine Panga-Fahrt entlang der wunderschöne Küste, bevor Sie ins Wasser hüpfen, um einen der besten Schnorchelplätze des Archipels zu genießen. Die Unterwasserfelsen und-riffe sprühen nur so vor Farben und begeistern jeden Betrachter. Übernachtung an Bord.

Day 7

Espumilla Beach and Puerto Egas, Santiago

Espumilla Beach is known for its marine iguanas and red cliff crabs, also know as Sally Lightfoot crabs. The crabs attract hunting herons, who perform their hunter-prey dance. The richness of marine fauna, such as octopus, moray eels and various sharks lends a unique feel to snorkelling in the waters off Espumilla.

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 Galápagos fur seals in the wild, though not in large numbers.

Puerto Egas auf Santiago

Nachmittag: Der Nachmittag steht ganz im Zeichen der Tierbeobachtung. Sie landen in bei Puerto Egas (Nasslandung) auf einem dunklen Sandvulkanstrand an. Schläfrige Galapagos-Pelzrobben liegen unter Lavabögen, die der Ozean über die Jahrmillionen geformt hat. Gelegentlich taucht eine Seelöwe oder -robbe in die kristallinen Pools ab, auch bekannt als "Grotten". Spazieren Sie gemütlich am Ufer entlang und erleben und beobachten Sie das einzigartige und zahlreiche Meeresleben. Übernachtung an Bord.

Day 8

North Seymour and Conclude in Baltra

The small island of North Seymour is one of the most diverse islands in the Galapagos archipelago. It is only about two square kilometers in size and above all known for of the intensive courtship rituals of many magnificent frigatebirds, taking place here during mating season. The island is also home to large colonies of land iguanas, marine iguanas and sea lions. The characteristic bush landscape features diverse species of animals amongst the aromatic endemic balsa trees.

The cruise will conclude in the harbor of Baltra. From there, transfer to Baltra Airport in time for your return flight to the mainland, or continue with your planned route through the Galapagos.

Ende Ihrer Reise

Nachmittag: Am Nachmittag geht es zurück nach Baltra hier erreichen Sie den Hafen. Von dort aus fahren Sie entweder zum Flughafen oder treten Ihen rückflug zum Festland an oder Sie fahren mit Ihrem individuellen Galapagos-Programm fort.

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