Galapagos cruise Tip Top IV - Southern Route (8)

Tour/Activity in Baltra Island, Ecuador

About this activity

On the yacht through the islands Española, San Cristobal, Mosquera, Rabida, Bartolome, Santa Fe, South Plaza i.a.

Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO

Day 1

Transfer to the yacht

A guide meets you and accompanies you as you ride the bus to the Itabaca Channel, you cross the channel by barge and then you continue to Puerto Ayora by bus. You board the Yacht and the crew greets you and offers you a light snack and you have your first orientation.

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. Return to the Port for a walk through the little town to appreciate various handicrafts. You board and you 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). Return to the Yacht for lunch.

Gardner Bay on Española Island

Afternoon: You make a wet landing in Gardner Bay for a walk on the beach and observe a colony of sea lions, which inhabit the beach in great quantity during the breeding season; this is also an important nesting area for sea turtles. We then make a panga ride around the Osborn Islet and the islets of Gardner. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Return to the Yacht for dinner and your nightly orientation.

Day 3

Punta Pitt on San Cristóbal

Morning: After breakfast, you make a wet landing on Punta Pitt in San Cristobal Island; the trail includes an olivine beach approximately 90 meters and a trail that ascends to the top of a volcanic tuff hill passing through several natural viewpoints. Punta Pitt is composed of volcanic tuff substrate. High winds present there have led to natural erosion. 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. You come aboard for a delicious lunch.

Kicker Rock on Leon Dormido

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 bluefooted boobies. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/ or kayak. You return to the Yacht for dinner and your nightly orientation

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 come aboard for a delicious lunch.

Black Turtle Cove on Santa Cruz Island

Afternoon: In the afternoon, you make a panga ride on Black Turtle Cove, series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets; here you can observe white-tipped sharks, marine turtles, spotted eagle rays, and yellow cow-nosed rays. You board the Yacht for dinner and the first of your nightly orientations.

Day 5

Chinese Hat Islet

Morning: After breakfast, you make a wet landing on Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino), a small island off the coast of Santiago Island, you can observe on the rocky shoreline: Galapagos penguins, eagle rays, sea lions and marine iguanas. This is an excellent snorkeling site. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/ or Kayak. Return to the Yacht for lunch.

Rábida Island

Afternoon: You make a wet landing on Rabida, to walk and observe marine iguanas and sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies and brown pelicans. You walk and you arrive at a small saltwater lagoon where you can see pink flamingos. Optional: time for those who would like to swim or snorkel. You return to the Yacht for dinner and your nightly orientation.

Day 6

Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island

Morning: After breakfast, you make a wet landing on Sullivan Bay, a perfect place to get a feel of the volcanic origin of the islands. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. You return to the boat for a delicious lunch.

Bartolomé Island

Afternoon: You make a dry landing on Bartolome Island, to hike to the summit; during the hike you observe colonies of marine iguanas and lava lizards. On the summit you have an impressive view of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock. You return to the yacht for a delicious dinner and your nightly orientation.

Day 7

Santa Fé Island

Morning: After breakfast, you make a wet landing on Santa Fe Island to visit the cactus forest and a colony of land iguanas native from Santa Fe. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/or kayak. Return to the Yacht for lunch.

The Galapagos National Park has placed a temporary ban on swimming, snorkeling or diving in the waters around Santa Fé. Rest assured, your tour operator will substitute it with something equally fantastic!

South Plaza Island

Afternoon: You make a dry landing on the pier of the island, there you can enjoy the antics of the sea lions. A walk through a cactus forest allows us to observe land iguanas and many species of tropical birds. At the end of the afternoon, you return to the Yacht for dinner and your nightly orientation.

Day 8

Las Bachas on Santa Cruz Island

Morning: After breakfast you make an early disembark on Las Bachas Beach, a place where you can appreciate a Flamingos lagoon. During all walks, your guide will be explaining details about the lives of the birds and animals. You return to the Yacht for disembarking on the pier at 09:00.

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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