Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO
Baltra to Las Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz
After arriving at Baltra airport, your guide will take you to the yacht Angelito. The cruise begins right away to Las Bachas Beach. On the north side of Santa Cruz, you will land on Bachas beach - one of the most important nesting sites for the Galapagos Island's sea turtle population. A hidden lagoon behind the bay reveals a treasure trove of animal sightings - sunbathing iguanas, curious shorebirds, and Darwin finches, mockingbirds and seagulls frolic here. Native plant life is also interesting in this area. Red and black mangroves and salt bushes line the edges of the pond. In this heavenly place, you will also find the remains of barges that sank long ago when the US Navy operated a base on the island of Baltra during the Second World War. Local people changed the word Barges to "Bachas".
Las Bachas, Insel Santa Cruz
Nachmittag: Der blendend weiße Bachas Beach, der sich entlang der Küste der Insel Santas Cruz schlängelt, scheint voller Leben zu sein. Aber auch die türkisfarbene Bucht und die symmetrische Tuff-Kegel-Insel von Daphne Major ziehen die Blicke auf sich. Viel näher in Ihrem Blickfeld, in den Gezeitentümpeln zu Ihren Füßen, laufen die orange-roten Klippenkrabben auf dem dunklen Untergrund des Basaltfelsens umher. Nach ein wenig Fußweg erreichen Sie eine Lagune in den Dünen, die Heimat von verschiedenen Arten von Wat- und Küstenvögeln ist, einschließlich Schwarzhalsstelzen, Weißwangenspitzenten (oder Bahama-Enten) und Jagdreihern. Zugvögel, die im Winter auf Galapagos überwintern, wie zum Beispiel Regenbrachvögel, halten sich ebenfalls in dieser Lagune auf. Sobald der Wasserstand sinkt und die Lagune in der Trockenzeit salziger wird, könnten Sie sogar auf einige amerikanische Flamingos treffen, die unermüdlich dieses Wasser filtern, um nach Garnelen und Algen zu suchen. Die entlegene Nordwestküste auf der Hauptinsel Santa Cruz ist zum bevorzugten Nistplatz der pazifischen grünen Meeresschildkröten geworden. Weibchen warten nachts auf die Flut, bevor sie an Land kriechen, was eine weniger bemerkte und sicherere Art und vor allem weniger anstrengend ist.
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.
Cerro Dragón, Santa Cruz
Afternoon: You won't find a more fitting place name than Cerro Dragón, "Dragon Hill", located behind a flamingo lagoon. Dragon-like land iguanas roam across the sun-scorched, boulder-strewn island, grazing freely on the fruits and flowers of their favorite food, the Opuntia Cacti. Cerro Dragón is a great opportunity to get out your camera and capture some of what makes the Galapagos Islands so unique.
Tagus Cove, Isabela
Morning: The historical pirate hideaway of Tagus Cove has been frequented by sailors since the 1800s. The names of visiting ships were often painted and carved into the cliffs surrounding the cove. Trails wind their way around Lake Darwin up to a ridge, offering wonderful views of the landscape and the ocean, with Wolf and Darwin Islands dotting the horizon. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another idyllic tropical beach surrounded by mangroves. Later, enjoy a panga ride through the cliffs, observing penguins, flightless cormorants, boobies, pelicans and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Return to the cove to relax on the shore or snorkel.
Punta Espinoza, Fernandina
Afternoon: Fernandina is the youngest island in the archipelago, at only around 700,000 years old. Surrounded by hills amidst a lava landscape covered with cacti and mangroves is the visitor location, Punta Espinoza. Meet sea lions and hundreds of marine iguanas basking on the black lava rocks and on the beach. While snorkeling you might come close to the resident penguins darting quickly through the water.
Urbina Bay, Isabela
Morning: Urbina Bay graces the southeast flank of the Alcedo Volcano. After volcanic activity in 1954 caused a significant uplift, the coast expanded almost a kilometer out. Marine life found a way to thrive in this newly fertile area and many species chose to stay. Today, this area is a great place for snorkeling. During your hike, you may see a large colony of land iguanas, Darwin's finches, giant tortoises (from June to September) and flightless cormorants.
Several species of whale have been spotted in the waters you'll be navigating through today.
Elizabeth Bay in Isabela Island
Afternoon: The wide and sheltered Elizabeth Bay, on Isabela's east coast, hosts a bevy of the archipelago's unique wildlife. The mangrove-lined shore contrasts starkly against the surrounding lava fields. The myriad of small islets and rocky reefs make this is a particularly rich area for wildlife.
The waters here are particularly clear, and this makes Elizabeth Bay a great place to spot the rays, sharks, green sea turtles, Galapagos penguins, pelicans, and Galapagos sea lions known to gather here. Nearer to the shores and mangroves you'll see Galapagos flightless cormorants and the sunbathing marine iguanas.
Punta Moreno, Isabela
Morning: Punta Moreno is a rugged young lava bay. At first it appears to be a lifeless landscape, however as you walk over the cooled lava, you'll see new green areas and lagoons hosting a wide variety of birds. Marine iguanas and lava lizards are usually found in the lagoons you'll often meet flamingos foraging here for their favorite meal. While the sharp rocks make this hike a little tricky, its path itself is easy enough to be enjoyed by everyone and provides an unforgettable landscape set against a backdrop of the volcanoes Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul.
We recommend bringing plenty of water during this visit, as the lava field reflects the sun making the temperature higher than average. Don't forget to apply sunscreen!
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
Afternoon: At around 10:30 in the morning, the ship begins the 6-hour navigation along the beautiful shoreline and around the Volcano Cerro Azul on the way to Puerto Villamil. Keep an eye out for dolphins and whales in these waters. Just before the dark, you will arrive in the small harbor, Puerto Villamil.
Return to Baltra Airport
Transfer to Baltra Airport by bus for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito, or continue on with your individual Galapagos travels