Galapagos Cruise Angelito - North Route (5)

Tour/Activity in Baltra Island, Ecuador

About this activity

Discover the islands of North Seymour, Bartolomé, Genovesa, Rábida, and Santa Cruz

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Day 1

Arrival at Baltra and cruise to North Seymour

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

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.

Insel North Seymour

Nachmittag: Die Insel North Seymour ist eine Lavaplattform. Sie wurde über Jahrmillionen unterseeisch gebildet und aus dem Meer herausgehoben. Daher hat diese auch eine charakteristisch flache Form (tellerförmig) und man findet zahlreiche Fossilien von Meeresbewohnern auf der Insel. Dennoch ist dies einer der Hotspots zur Vogelbeobachtung. Beim ca. 1,4 km langen Rundgang auf North Seymour besucht man den südwestlichen Teil der Insel. Zu Beginn sieht man einige Seelöwen beim Sonnen und Fischen an der steinigen Steilküste. Danach führt der Weg entlang der Küste, wo man Nester von Blaufußtölpeln findet. Im zentralen Teil der Insel der mit Büschen bewachsen ist, findet man die Nester der Fregattvögel und Landleguane. Auf North Seymour lebt die größte Kolonie von Fregattvögeln auf den Galapagos Inseln.

Day 2

Chinese Hat, Santiago

One of the most recognisable of the Galapagos Islands, Sombrero Chino's name means "Chinese Hat" and it's easy to see why: this islet off of Santiago is shaped like an old-fashioned Chinese hat, with its gently sloping cone rising out of the clear Galapagos water. It's one of the smallest Galapagos Islands but don't be fooled - it has a terrific visitor site with an unforgettable view!

Insel Bartolomé

Bartolomé in the northern part of the archipelago was nominated for the World Travel Awards 2012 as the most beautiful beach of South America. Here, you will find a fascinating, lunar-like volcanic landscape. At its center, the famous landmark of Galapagos: Pinnacle Rock.

A climb to the highest point of the island offers a wonderful view of the landscape. Take a swim together with some of the penguins who play in the waters and on the shores of the bay here.

Day 3

Darwin Bay, Genovesa

Emerging from the narrow entrance, you'll reach Darwin Bay, surrounded by protective cliffs. Frigatebirds regularly patrol the skies here and petrels can be seen hunting coastal waters for smaller fish. The green water in the bay is evidence of a high plankton content which attracts fish and seabirds, making this wildlife-rich bay a wonderful site for snorkeling. With some luck, you may also encounter peaceful hammerheads and black spotted eagle rays.

Genovesa Island is secluded from the other main islands in the north of the archipelago and is well-known as the Bird Island.

Prince Philip's Steps, Genovesa

Prince Philip's Steps are a staircase sunken into volcanic rock that leads to a plateau rich with vegetation and wildlife. True to the nickname of Bird Island, this area is home to nesting masked and blue-footed boobies, Bahama ducks, petrels and gulls amongst a host of other local species. The Galápagos horned owls bask on the warm volcanic rocks here, paying no attention the tourists around them.

Day 4

Puerto Egas, Santiago and Rábida

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.

On arrival at Rábida Island's red sand beach you will be greeted by the resident sea lions, basking in the sun. The island's otherworldy red colouring is a result of the high level of iron and magnesium left behind from previous volcanic activity.

A stroll along the beach reveals marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. If you look carefully you may also spot the bright red Sally Lightfoot crabs, who have found possibly the only place on earth where they can effectively camouflage themselves.

Insel Rábida

Nachmittag: Die kleine Insel hat lediglich eine Zugangsstelle für Besucher, sie befindet sich an der Ostküste. Der rote Strand, die Lagune in Küstennähe und der 1.1 Kilometer lange Rundweg auf der Insel sind atemberaubend. Die rote Farbe des Gesteins und des Strandes ist aufgrund des porösen eisenhaltigen Vulkangesteins und verschiedensten Umweltfaktoren wie Regen, Salzwasser und den Küstenwinden. Neben der höchsten Konzentration an vulkanischen Merkmalen und den Umweltfaktoren die als Oxidationsmittel dienen, entsteht die rote Farbe der Insel. Nach einer Nasslandung können Sie am roten Strand Galapagos Seelöwen und Meerechsen entspannen sehen. Schon kurz nach dem Strand ist einer der Nistplätze für Pelikane, die die Pflanzen der Insel zum Schutz nutzen. Es ist einer der besten Plätze um Pelikane zu beobachten und manchmal wird auch der ein oder andere Flamingo entdeckt. Der Pfad der Insel führt durch Opuntien und verschiedenste Vögel können hier gesehen werden wie Darwin Finken, Galapagos Tauben oder Galapagos Spottdrossel. Nach dem kleinen Marsch können Sie in der Bucht tauchen und schwimmen, dass klare Wasser bietet eine gute Sicht auf die Unterwasserwelt.

Day 5

Charles Darwin Research Station and the highlands of Santa Cruz

At Charles Darwin Station, scientists from around the world research the many tortoise subspecies that are endemic to the Galapagos islands. The highlight of the research center is the breeding station, Fausto Llerena, where baby turtles take a training course over rocks, branches and sandy stairs in prepareation for their upcoming release in to the wilderness.

Visitors leave the station with a stronger understanding of the tortoises, iguanas and much of the flora native to the islands. You'll be impressed by the tiny tortoises, often only the size of your hand, who will grow over the next 100 years to become as large as the adults you'll likely meet in the highlands after lunch!

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. Here you can observe the famous Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild, using the new knowledge you gained at Charles Darwin Station in the morning.

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.

Return to the mainland

Transfer to Baltra Airport for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito, or continue on with your individual Galapagos travels.

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