Galapagos Cruise Aida Maria - Southern Route (4)

Tour from Baltra Island to San Cristóbal Island, Ecuador

About this activity

On the yacht through the islands Santa Cruz, Floreana, Española and San Cristóbal

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Day 1

Transfer to the yacht

After arriving in Baltra Airport, transfer to the harbour to board the Aida Maria.

Highlands of Santa Cruz

Afternoon: This tour takes you from the port city of Puerto Ayora into the highlands of Santa Cruz. As you venture into the 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. Here you can observe the famous Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild.

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

Here you can also visit the twin craters Los Gemelos. While they are not craters in the technical sense, these 70 meter vertical gullies with a carpet of lush vegetation are an impressive sight to behold.

Day 2

Post Office Bay on Floreana Island

Morning: Since the 18th century, a wooden barrel has been used as an unofficial mailbox at Post Office Bay. Whalers, away from home for months or years, left letters for loved ones at home, hoping that another sailor would take them along and deliver them. The tradition is still alive today. Perhaps you will find a card there that you can deliver back to your home town.

In the north of the island, you will find the Mirador de la Baronesa vantage point, with the fascinating history of mysterious disappearances of an Austrian baroness's lovers.

Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island

Afternoon: The black beach, Punta Cormorant, shimmers green in the sunlight with the visible olivine crystals.

The Devil's crown, a half sunken volcano crater, offers a small snorkeling paradise. The sandy sloping crater walls are a playground for starfish, sea turtles and tropical fish, while white tip reef sharks seem to prefer the rocky caves at the bottom of the crater. Schools of white-and-yellow Surgeonfish, large, colourful Parrotfish, and dazzling King Angelfish are a regular sight at the Devil's Crown. It is important to note that this site can get some stronger currents and there is no easy place to stand if you are getting tired. The boat remains nearby should you require it.

Day 3

Punta Suarez on Española Island

Morning: Española is a geologically interesting island where you can explore the volcanic formations and spot a lot more of the Galapagos's unique fauna. Regular sightings include large sealion colonies and flocks of seabirds, such as the Española mockingbird, the nazca booby and the spectacular red-beaked tropicbird. There are also marine iguanas, lizards and Sally lightfoot crabs.

A long hike will take you past some of the most important bird species in the Galapagos, including: nazca boobys, blue-footed boobys, and the world's largest colony of Galapagos albatrosses! During mating season (May to December) you will have the opportunity to see the nesting area of the albatrosses and if you're lucky, you'll even get to witness their courting dance. The courting dance of the albatross is extra special as it is the start of a life-long bonding for these birds who mate for life. Other interesting birds include Galapagos doves, Galapagos hawks, whip-tailed gulls.

Make a final stop to admire the dramatic topography of the famous Blow Hole, catapulting seawater an impressive 23 meters into the air.

Gardner Bay on Española Island

Afternoon: Join the colony of sea lions on the beautiful white coral beach. From the shoreline, you can observe the Galapagos hawks, American oystercatchers, Galapagos doves, mockingbirds, gold-warblers, lava lizards, marine iguanas and three different types of Darwin finch!

When snorkeling or diving, you have the opportunity to see the diverse underwater world of Gardner Island. Californian angelfish, neon fish, parrotfish, manta rays and white tip reef sharks all call these waters home.

Afterwards, visit Osborn Island for a stroll along a beautiful, white sand beach, again covered in sunbathing sea lions. If you choose not to sunbathe with the locals, you might prefer to swim or snorkel here.

Day 4

Lobos Island

Morning: Isla Lobos is sometimes known as Sea Lion Island, for the huge colony of resident sea lions. Fire engine red Sally lightfoot crabs strike a strong contrast against the black volcanic rocks during your hike on Isla Lobos. Other curious creatures living on the otherwise uninhabited island include land iguanas and pelicans. Bring your snorkeling gear and treat yourself to a refreshing dip.

Transfer to San Cristóbal Airport

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

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