Galapagos Cruise Aqua : Northern Route (5)

Tour/Activity in Baltra Island, Ecuador

About this activity

Discover the islands of Bartolomé, Rábida, Santiago, Cowley, Albany, and Mosquera onboard Aqua

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Day 1


After arriving in Baltra, transfer to the harbour to board the Aqua.

Sombrero Chino

Afternoon: 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!

Day 2

Cowley Islet, Santiago

Morning: Snorkelling will be the main activity of the day. At Cowly Islet, you may see white-tip reef sharks, reef fish, sea lions and occasionally lobsters, eels and turtles. Large manta rays and eagle rays can be found in the eastern part of the islet. During the ride on the dinghy, it is possible to see blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, gulls and sea lions as well as marine iguanas resting on the rocks.

Albany Islet, Santiago

Afternoon: While snorkeling at Albany Islet, it is possible to see eagle rays, schools of barracuda, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, sea turtles and lots of reef fish, as well as other open water species such as tuna. During the ride on the dinghy it is possible to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies, different species of gulls, marine iguanas and sea lions resting on the rocks. It is also possible to observe sea turtles raising their heads out of the water. If weather permits, you may also visit Buccaneer Cove.

Day 3

Puerto Egas, Santiago Island

Morning: 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.

Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island

Morning: Although this beautiful beach deserves its place in the highlights list, the day will surprise you with another highlight: the special pahoehoe lava flows.

Almost 100 years ago, lava flowed across the island and left behind various forms of soil: braided and stringy lava fields alternate with sharp-edged jagged formations. Feel the warm stones of the black, unreal lava landscape under your hands and move back to the time of origin, when volcanoes raged here, ultimately creating a paradise.

Day 4

Rábida Island

Morning: 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.

Bartolomé Island

Afternoon: 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 5

Mosquera Islet

Morning: Between the two islands North Seymour and Baltra lies the small island Mosquera. The narrow island's coastline stretches out with white sand beaches, lava rocks and tide pools. Created by Geological uplift, the island has a relatively flat landscape. Mosquera is a great place for snorkeling, strolling on the beach, and enjoying the animal life without the tourist crowds that are common on many of the more popular islands. This islet is home to a huge colony of resident sea lions, and is also home to many shorebirds.

Return to the harbour of Baltra

You will return to the harbour of Baltra. From there transfer to Baltra Airport by bus for your return flight to the mainland or you continue with your individual Galapagos program.

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