Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO
Arrival on the island of Baltra and transfer to the ship
You will arrive in the morning at Baltra airport, where you will be received by the crew. Your guide will then accompany you to the ship and you will be informed about the coming days and can set up in the cabins.
North Seymour Island
Afternoon: The island North Seymour is a lava platform. It was formed undersea over millions of years and lifted out of the sea. Therefore it has a characteristic flat shape (plate-shaped) and there are numerous fossils of sea creatures on the island. During the approx. 1.4 km long tour on North Seymour, one visits the southwestern part of the island. At the beginning, one sees some sea lions sunbathing and fishing on the rocky cliffs. Afterwards the way leads along the coast, where one finds nests of blue-footed boobies. In the central part of the island, which is covered with bushes, you will find the nests of frigate birds and land iguanas. North Seymour is home to the largest colony of frigate birds on the Galapagos Islands.
Post Office Bay, Floreana
Morning: Wet landing. This bay on the north side of the island got its name because in 1793 the captain James Colnett installed a wooden ton as an informal mailbox. It was used by the passing sailors, who then brought the letters to their destination. Today the tradition is maintained by our guests. Unstamped postcards are placed in the bin and then sent free of charge to their recipient. This can take weeks, months and sometimes even years. Some never arrive, others arrive before you. You can also see Darwin Finches, Gold Warblers and Lava Lizards. Excellent snorkeling opportunities with green Pacific turtles. The island is known for its endemic flora: Scalesia villosa, Lecocarpus pinnatifidus and Galapagos crossflowers. Snorkel lovers can enjoy the main beach with playing sea lions.
Punta Cormorant, Floreana
Afternoon: Wet landing on an olive green sandy beach. You hike from the black mangroves to a brackish water lagoon, where the largest flaming colony of Galapagos is usually found. On this island there are a number of endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, white and black mangroves and balsam trees. The path leads to a beautiful white sandy beach, one of the most important nesting sites for the green Pacific turtle. You should not wade along the edge of the water because stingrays are hidden in the sand and can become dangerous if you step on them by mistake. From the beach you can see sea turtles and blue-footed boobies diving into the water like an arrow, as well as small reef sharks in search of food. This coral sand beach is at the end of the hike. You return to the olive green beach to swim and snorkel among sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, with luck, white tip reef sharks. On Floreana there is also a small penguin colony, which can sometimes be observed.
Morning: A geological uplift created the small islands Plazas, these two small islands lie in the east of the island Santa Cruz. The northern Plaza Island is inaccessible for visitors, but the southern Plaza Island offers something for the bird explorer and nature lover. The north coast of Plaza Sur is dry to land, while the south coast is a 25 m high inaccessible cliff. The island is about 1.5 km long and 500 m wide. The island is home to a considerable number of giant ounces and a sea of Sesuvias. Both plants are endemic to the islands. The Sesuvians with their almond-shaped leaves are green in the rainy season from December to May and then turn yellow, then red and violet in the dry season, giving the island a somewhat unearthly appearance. The sea lions await you at the landing stage. From there you hike to the cliff. On the way you will see many stately land iguanas. An ideal place to admire the flight maneuvers of the forked-tailed gulls and other seabirds.
Afternoon: The 24 km² large and 60 meters high island can only be reached with a wet landing and is a unique place in the middle of the archipelago. You will come to the island in an incredible bay, filled with turquoise water and surrounded by a stone reef. The island is home to many land dwellers, such as one of the land ox species of the archipelago, you live on this island and feed on the fruits and leaves of the cacti that grow here. There is also a large colony of sea lions and Galapagos falcons may be circling above your heads. If you are interested, you can also swim and snorkel to explore the underwater world. Sea turtles, sea lions, rays and various tropical fish cavort in the water. If you don't want to get into the water, you can watch the sea lizards, Galapagos pigeons or crabs on the shore.
The Galapagos National Park has temporarily banned swimming, snorkeling and/or diving in the waters around Santa Fé. But rest assured, your tour operator will replace it with something equally fantastic!
Departure from Baltra
You will reach the port of Baltra. From there you either drive to the airport and return to the mainland or continue with your individual Galapagos programme.