Galapagos and South America tour - GSA18
Encounter the islands that have enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor there in 1835.Our Galapagos cruise 6 days with guide exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos archipelago. In the evenings, we return to our comfortable small ship to reflect on the day’s adventure, and rest in anticipation of another day’s exploration. In addition to our cruise tour to the Galapagos there are optional extensions to explore Ecuador or Peru, an amazing authentic local craft and produce market, explore the Amazon River by riverboat, or explore the sights of Peru including Machu Picchu and Cuzco
Day 1 – Thursday
AM: Arrival Galapagos
Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, travelers pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, as well as to pay the park entrance fee of $100 (which we have prepaid for you). Our representative will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you to our launch in Puerto Ayora.
PM: Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Island
Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. The main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.
Day 2 - Friday
AM: White Tipped Reef Shark Canal, Isabela Island
"Tintoreras” are small islands on the Puerto Villamil coast named after White-tipped reef sharks common in the archipelago. and found resting in the shallow waters. Watch out for Galapagos Penguin and sea lion by the shore.
PM: Sierra Negra Volcano, Isabela Island
Isabela Island is the largest and one of the youngest islands in the Galapagos archipelago. We land in Puerto Villamil and head up to the highlands to the volcano rim. Sierra Negra is the second widest crater in the world. From this viewpoint, you have fantastic sights to the 6 x 5 -mile-wide crater, the rest of the volcanoes, and Perry Isthmus, a 12 Km wide lava field.
Day 3 – Saturday
AM: Punta Moreno, Isabela Island
Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava flow Pahohoe (solidified lava in the form of corrugated or an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons, its main attraction are several species of birds which can be found around this lakes and mangroves.
PM: Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island
This is a marine visitor site. The excursion continues into a cove surrounded by red mangroves. It is here that you are able to observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions. Frequently visitors have been able to see Galapagos Hawks soaring overhead whilst schools of Pompano and Dorado fish swim below
DAY 4 – Sunday AM: Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island
Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and has a single visitor site: Punta Espinoza located at the northeastern tip of the island. Just across Tagus Cove, is a visitor site where some of the unique species of the Galapagos can be seen. Marine iguanas large groups, bask on the rocks and sand and swimming near the shore. Among the unique species found here, is the Flightless Cormorant. A bird that due to the lack of predators had to adjust their way of survival and improve their skills of finding food in the ocean. To see these birds, is to witness evolution happening right in front of you
PM: Tagus Cove, Isabela Island
Tagus Cove, a tour along the cliffs gives the visitors a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30 minute walk along the trail up to where you can view Darwin Lake - saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this location. Look carefully at the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove, it has been written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers of past centuries.
DAY 5: MONDAY
AM: Espumilla Beach, Santiago Island
Espumilla beach is located in northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. The main attractions are the Palo Santo forest and the marvelous landscape. The beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles.
PM: Puerto Egas, Santiago Island
Its black beach is located at the west side of the island and is the main attraction of the island. Their volcanic tuff deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach.
This site is called Puerto Egas, because there was an attempt of company of Hector Egas, to start the exploitation of salt, which failed because the price of salt in the continent was very cheap, and did not justify its exploitation in Galapagos. The project was abandoned and they left their infrastructure.
DAY 6: TUESDAY
AM: Isla Lobos, San Cristobal
This little island is reach at approx 1 hour by panga from Port Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Island. The trail will lead across a dry vegetation zone, volcanic landscapes and sandy areas. There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds, which nest in this site. At the beach you will see a large colony of sea lions. It is common to see shorebirds.
After your visit to Isla Lobos, transfer to the airport in San Cristobal and
Flight back to Quito or Guayaquil.
Galapagos and South America tour - GSA18
What's Included:6 day Galapagos Island cruise:
All meals aboard the ship
Certified Galápagos National Park Service guide
All landing transfers, excursions & transportation
Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre