Galapagos cruise Tip Top IV - Northern Route (8)

Tour/Activity in Baltra Island, Ecuador

About this activity

On the yacht through the islands Seymour, Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Santiago, Isabela, Fernandina, Floreana

Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO

Day 1

Transfer to the yacht

Your guide conducts you to a bus and after a short 5-kilometer ride to the pier; you board the yacht without delay. The crew greet you with your first orientation and offers you a light snack.

North Seymour Island

Afternoon: You make a dry landing for a walk along the coast and the interior of North Seymour Island, a low, flat island that was uplifted from the sea by underground seismic activity. You observe blue footed boobies (they nest from May to November), marine iguanas, pelicans, frigate birds, shore birds, sea lions and endemic Palo Santo. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/or kayak. You return to the Yacht for a welcome cocktail with the entire crew, and dinner.

Day 2

Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island

Morning: After breakfast, you make a wet landing on Darwin Bay to walk and observe frigatebirds, herons, mockingbirds, boobies, shorebirds, turtles, marine iguanas, etc. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. You come aboard for a delicious lunch.

El Barranco on Genovesa Island

Afternoon: You make a dry landing on Prince Phillips’s Steps (Barranco), you walk and observe the interesting lives of the birds here. Dinner on the Yacht, and then your orientation about conservation efforts made to protect the Islands.

Day 3

Puerto Egas on Santiago Island

Morning: After breakfast, you make a wet landing on James Bay (Puerto Egas), to walk and observe sponges, snails, hermit crabs, a variety of shore birds, barnacles and the endemic four-eyed blenny, marine iguanas and sea lions. Optional: time for those who would like to swim or snorkel. You return to the boat for a delicious lunch.

Buccaneer Cove on Santiago Island

Afternoon: You navegate around Buccaneer Cove (Caleta Bucanero), an area of steep cliffs and dark beaches. The cliffs and pinnacle are used as nesting areas by several species of seabirds. This was a popular place for 17th & 18th century buccaneers to careen their vessels. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. Dinner and your nightly orientation.

Day 4

Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island

Morning: After breakfast, you make a panga ride on Punta Vicente Roca to observe plenty of sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed and masked boobies, and flightless cormorants. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. You come aboard for a delicious lunch.

Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island

Afternoon: You make a dry landing on Punta Espinoza to observe and see a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas and the flightless cormorants and clumps of lava cactus. Return to the yacht for dinner and your nightly orientation.

Day 5

Tagus Cove on Isabela Island

Morning: After breakfast, you make a panga ride on Tagus Cove, a protected cove between the shoulders of two volcanic craters which protect it from the open sea; you observe penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions and a variety of birds including flightless cormorant and blue footed boobies. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/ or kayak. Return to the Yacht for lunch.

Elizabeth Bay on Isabela Island

Afternoon: You make a panga ride around the islets of Elizabeth Bay to see marine iguanas, penguins, marine turtles, seabirds and shorebirds, herons and blue-footed boobies. Return to the Yacht for dinner and your nightly orientation.

Day 6

Urbina Bay on Isabela Island

Morning: After breakfast, you make a wet landing on Urbina Bay to take a walk and observe a coral area, land iguanas, flightless cormorants and giant tortoises. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/ or kayak.

Punta Moreno on Isabela Island

Afternoon: You make a walk along shore lagoons located among petrified lava flows where different type of birds can be seeing. On top you have a panoramic view of the famous volcanoes Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul, as well as the highest part of Fernandina Island. Return to the yacht for dinner and your night orientation.

Day 7

Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island

Morning: After breakfast, you make a wet landing on Point Cormorant for a short walk to the Flamingos Lagoon of this island. Then you continue the walk until you reach the beach called "La Picona" to see marine turtles and their spawning grounds. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Later, you make a panga ride on Champion Islet, a small island off the Coast of Floreana Island. The principal attraction of Champion Islet is the nearly-extinct Charles (Floreana) Mockingbird. Visitors can also observe bird species such as Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies or Brown Noddies. It is a great place for snorkelling; you will see sea turtles, reef fishes, Galapagos Penguins and white-tipped reef sharks. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel.

Post Office Bay on Floreana Island

Afternoon: You make a wet landing on Post Office Bay, a historic site that recalls the days of the whalers, who presumably placed a wooden barrel in the 18th century to use it as a post office. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Return to the Yacht for dinner and your nightly orientation.

Day 8

Transfer to Baltra Airport

After breakfast, you disembark and a bus takes you to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a visit to the native forests and twin craters. Then the bus takes you directly to the airport (Baltra). Your guide accompanies you on this ride.

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