Galapagos cruise Tip Top IV : Southern Route (4)

Tour/Activity in Baltra Island, Ecuador

About this activity

Discover the islands of Santa Cruz, Española, San Cristóbal and Mosquera onboard Tip Top IV

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.

Charles Darwin Station on Santa Cruz Island

Afternoon: You land at the pier for a visit to the Charles Darwin Station and its Interpretive Center. At Charles Darwin Station, you will get a chance to learn more about the friendly giants that you met in the highlands in the morning.

Here, scientists from around the world research the many special 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 preparation for their upcoming release into 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 in the wild! You will board and have a welcome cocktail with the entire crew, and dinner.

Day 2

Punta Suarez on Española Island

Morning: After breakfast, you make an early dry landing on Punta Suarez to walk along lava beds where you will observe unique colonies of marine birds, including Albatross (May - December). Española is a geologically interesting island where you can explore the volcanic formations and spot a lot more of the Galapagos's unique fauna. Regular sightings include large sea lion colonies and flocks of seabirds, such as the Española mockingbird, the Nazca booby, and the spectacular red-beaked tropicbird. There are also marine iguanas, lizards, and Sally Lightfoot crabs.

A long hike will take you past the world's largest colony of Galapagos albatrosses! During mating season (May to December) you will have the opportunity to see the nesting area of the albatrosses and if you're lucky, you'll even get to witness their courting dance. The courting dance of the albatross is extra special as it is the start of a life-long bond for these birds who mate for life. Other interesting birds include Galapagos doves, Galapagos hawks, whip-tailed gulls.

Make a final stop to admire the dramatic topography of the famous Blow Hole, catapulting seawater an impressive 23 meters into the air. Return to the Yacht for lunch.

Gardner Bay on Floreana Island

Afternoon: Join the colony of sea lions on the beautiful white coral beach. From the shoreline, you can observe the Galapagos hawks, American oystercatchers, Galapagos doves, mockingbirds, gold-warblers, lava lizards, marine iguanas and three different types of Darwin finch! When snorkeling or diving, you have the opportunity to see the diverse underwater world of Gardner Island. Californian angelfish, neon fish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tip reef sharks all call these waters home. Afterward, visit Osborn Islet for a stroll along a beautiful, white sand beach, again covered in sunbathing sea lions. If you choose not to sunbathe with the locals, you might prefer to swim or snorkel here.

Day 3

Punta Pitt on San Cristobal Island

Morning: After breakfast, you make a wet landing on Punta Pitt in San Cristobal Island. Punta Pitt is considered one of the most beautiful and impressive sites of the whole archipelago of Galapagos. The erosion of the high cliffs and the almost constantly foggy morning give Punta Pitt an eerie atmosphere. The point's location has also made it a favorite nesting site for many sea birds. Here you can observe the three different species of boobies and great frigate birds nesting in the same area. The walking trail covers 1400m and takes roughly 2 hours, including an olivine beach approximately 90 meters long, and a trail that ascends to the top of a volcanic tuff hill passing through several natural viewpoints. This is the only site in the Galapagos Islands, where you can watch the three species of boobies and 2 species of frigates nesting in the same area. There are also plenty of curious sea lions in the area.

Cerro Brujo on Santa Cruz Island

Afternoon: Your experienced Captain sails easily around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), a massive tuff-rock that juts abruptly almost 500 feet straight from the ocean. Kicker Rock serves as nesting place for many sea birds. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/ or snorkel. Then you make a wet landing on Cerro Brujo to walk on a white sand beach and observe sea lions, brown pelicans, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/ or kayak. You return to the Yacht for dinner.

Day 4

Mosquera Island

Morning: After breakfast, you make an early wet landing on Mosquera Island, a reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) and a great white sand beach and tide pools. You observe colonies of sea lions, brown pelicans, blue footed boobies and sally light-foot crabs, the contrast between these bright red crabs on top and blue on the bottom and the black lava is stunning. You return to the Yacht for disembarking on Baltra pier at 09:00.

Transfer to Baltra Airport

Your guide accompanies you on the bus ride directly to the airport.

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