German guided 5-Day-Cruise Coral I o. II - West

Tour/Activity in Baltra Island, Ecuador

About this activity

On the yacht through the islands Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina and Santiago

Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO

Day 1

Transfer from the airport to the port Baltra

Arrival at the airport of Baltra Island and transfer to the boat.

Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)

Afternoon: Dry landing. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kinds of birds, such as tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos Giant Tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a birdwatchers’ haven since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.

Difficulty level: easy Type of terrain: flat & muddy (depending on season) Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 ½-hour walk

Day 2

Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island

Morning: This seahorse-shaped island is the largest of the archipelago and the youngest and volcanically most active. The morning trip is to Punta Vicente Roca. This consists of two separate caves and has a wide beach with spectacular marine life. Here you can look for seahorses, sea turtles and the peculiar, but curative fascinating Mola-mola (sunfish).

Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island

afternoon: Today you are heading for Fernandina, towards the and with just about 700,000 years, the youngest island in the archipelago. Surrounded by hills covered with cacti and mangroves lava landscape is the visitor location Punta Espinoza. Sea lions and hundreds of marine iguanas resting there on the black lava rocks and on the beach. While snorkeling you might come close to the resident penguins whiz dart quickly through the water.

Day 3

Urbina Bay on Isabela Island

Morning: Urbina Bay is located at the foot of the Alcedo volcano on the west coast, between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a significant increase in 1954 - more than 4.9 meters. The coast stretched out to half a mile, which marine life on the new shore stranded - an ideal place for snorkeling.

Tagus Cove on Isabela Island

Afternoon: Dry landing on Galapagos’ largest Island where we will learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that formed it. The trail leads to Darwin salt-water Crater Lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations. This us a great site to see landbirds such as Galapagos Hawks, Ground and Tree finches, Large-billed flycatchers and Yellow warblers. You will return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife, where you will admire a variety of Seabirds such as Blue-footed booby, Brown Noddy, Terns, Flightless Cormorant and, depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins which are only 35 cm tall; the only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the northern hemisphere along the Equator. They lay their eggs in small cracks of lava, on the lower parts of the island near the shoreline not reached by the ocean waves. Most of the individuals live on this Western portion of Isabela, others are scattered further South on the Island. You will have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water. Graffiti believed to have been left by19th-century pirates is a curious reminder of an intriguing past. Many names of the early visitors to this site, pirates and whalers, are written on the cliffs along the shore. Difficulty level: intermediate Type of terrain: flat and steep Duration: 1 hour walk / dinghy ride 40 minutes / deep water snorkeling: 1 hour

Day 4

Salt Mines / Egas Port on Santiago Island)

Morning: Wet landing a beach of black volcanic sand, visited by Darwin in 1835. Salt Mines visitor site has an important history, on 1683 William Ambrose Cowley visited this place, it was he who gave the English name of James to the Bay and the Island. British buccaneers anchored in this whole area during the 1600s since it was a good place to provide them with water, tortoises and salt from the salt-lake that lied down into the crater. The first part of Egas Port trail is comprised of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half of the trail is partially uneven terrain, comprised of volcanic basaltic rock that lounges the shoreline and take you to the best tidal pool areas in the Galapagos that are populated by Fur Seals and Sally Lightfoot crabs. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago’s shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds including the bizarre Yellow-crowned Night Heron, the Galapagos hawk is often observed in this area as well. Snorkeling in this place is a highlight, astounding array of marine wildlife including Lobster, Starfish and Marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Snorkeling also offers rarities such as Octopus or Squid. Difficulty level: intermediate Type of terrain: the first part flat and then semi rocky Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming

Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island

Afternoon: Wet landing. This visitor site located at the Southeastern portion of Santiago Island is of important geologic interest, features extensive Pahoehoe lava flows believed to have been formed during the last quarter of the 19th century. In the inland section of the trail, in the middle of the lava flow, appear older reddish-yellow-colored tuff cones where Mollugo plants and their yellow-to-orange whorled leaves which usually grow out of the fissures. Walking on the lava is breathtaking, this flow is geologically very young, the magma formed is flat but the movement of underground lava, the rapid cooling, and other eruptions make it look like it just solidified. Difficulty level: demanding, 1.5 km path Type of terrain: flat volcanic lava Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming

Day 5

Bachas Beach at Santa Cruz Island

Morning: Wet landing. On the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lies two small flamingo ponds were iguanas sunbathe, see coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native vegetation like red and black mangrove, salt bushes. This beach is one of the main sea turtles nesting sites in the Galapagos. A turtle can lay eggs 3 or 4 times per season with an average of 70 eggs each time. At this paradisiacal site, we will also find the remains of barges that sank a long time ago, when the United States Navy operated a base during World War II on Baltra Island. Local people modified the word barges to “Bachas”.

Difficulty level: easy Type of terrain: sandy Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling/ beach time

Transfer to the Airport

You will go straight to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Outdoor & Sports
Beach
Landscapes & Sceneries
Wildlife & Nature