German guided 5-Day-Cruise Legend - West route

Tour/Activity in Baltra Island, Ecuador

About this activity

On the ship through the islands Santiago, Rábida, Isabela, Fernandina and Santa Cruz

Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO

Day 1

Transfer to the yacht

Morning: Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport by a naturalist guide and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

Black Turtle Cove on Santa Cruz

Afternoon: On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea where four species of mangrove crowd from the shore out into the lagoon, turtle enjoy swimming in the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface while fish, rays and small sharks circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, sea birds, including pelicans, herons and egrets, all feed in the cove. This cove has been declared as a “Turtle Sanctuary”. Difficulty level: easy Type of terrain: dinghy ride Duration: 1h00

Day 2

Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island

Morning: Wet landing. This visitor site located at the southeastern portion of Santiago Island, and of important geologic interest, features extensive lava flows believed to have been formed during the last quarter of the 19th century. Difficulty level: difficult, 1.5 km path. Type of terrain: flat volcanic lava Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming

Rábida Island

Afternoon: Wet landing. Dark-red sand covers these unique beaches with incredible landscape; Rábida is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Nesting Brown Pelicans are found from July through September and nine species of the famous Darwin’s finches can be seen. You will also take a dinghy ride along cliffs to observe nesting seabirds, and snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active. Difficulty level: easy Type of terrain: sandy Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling / 1 hour dinghy ride

Day 3

Urbina Bay on Isabela Island

Morning: Wet landing on a volcanic “black” beach. Depending on the season, you may find giant tortoises, land iguanas and the unusual Flightless Cormorant. After a short walk inland, snorkeling time is allotted, giving you yet another chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plant life that changes depending on the season. You can observe the beautiful colors of plants that attract different insects, birds and reptiles. We will explore the uplifted coral reef that resulted from 1954 volcanic activity, with a spectacular view of Alcedo Volcano. Difficulty level: intermediate Type of terrain: flat Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling

Tagus Cove on Isabela Island

Afternoon: Dry landing on Galapagos’ largest island where you will learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that form it. The trail leads to Darwin’s salt-water crater Lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations. 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 are monogamous and lay their eggs in small cracks of lava, on the lower parts of the island near the shoreline not reached by the ocean waves. The population of penguins on the islands is about 2,000 individuals, most of which 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. Difficulty level: intermediate Type of terrain: steep Duration: 2 hour walk / 40 minutes dinghy ride / deep water snorkeling 1 hour

Day 4

Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island

Morning: Dry landing. Espinosa Point is the only spot that you visit on Fernandina, and from it we can see the island of Isabela across the Bolívar Channel, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. The largest, most primitive-looking race of marine iguanas are found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot Crabs; a wonderful opportunity to encounter Flightless Cormorants at their nesting sites, Galapagos Penguins and the “King” of predators on the Islands, the Galapagos Hawk. “Pa-hoe-hoe” and “AA” lava formations cover the majority of the terrain. Vegetation is thus scarce inland, but we encounter Brachycereus cacti and extensive mangrove beds lining the shores. Difficulty level: intermediate Type of terrain: rocky Duration: 2 hours walk / 1hour snorkeling

Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island

Afternoon: Great deep-water snorkeling at one of the richest marine havens on Earth (Bolívar Channel). You take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds; Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, flightless cormorants. The upwelling of coldwater currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life. Duration: 1 hour snorkeling / 1 hour dinghy ride

Day 5

Highlands on Santa Cruz Island

Morning: Dry landing. A 45-minute bus ride will take you to the Santa Cruz highlands, located to the northwest of Puerto Ayora, where you will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island’s name and therefore approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure. They can weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150-200 years. Difficulty level: easy Type of terrain: flat & muddy sometimes (depending on season) Duration: 45 minutes drive / 1h30 walk

Transfer to the Airport

Afternoon: Transfer to Baltra Airport by bus for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

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