Sample 8-Day itinerary "A"
(For current and additional itineraries, please contact Andean Treks)
Day 1 Sunday
Morning: Baltra Island, arrival.
Our yacht staff meets you at the airport, then tranfers you to the dock. Board the yacht.
Afternoon: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station
Observe the giant tortoises that are part of the reproduction program and the world's most famous tortoise, Lonesome George, the last surviving specimen of his species.
Day 2 Monday
Morning: Santa Fe Island
Home to a number of endemic species including Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Snake, rice rats, a variety of finches and one of the four species of Galapagos mockingbirds. Deep-water snorkeling.
Afternoon: South Plaza Island
Observe land and marine iguanas, sea lions, blue-footed boobies and many other sea birds. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on Earth where we will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana.
Day 3 Tuesday
Morning: Rabida Island
The volcano-formed beach is dark red and frequented by sea lions. This island is considered the geographic center of Galapagos because it has the most diverse volcanic rocks on the islands.
Afternoon: Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach
Encounter sea birds, marine iguanas, sea turtles, Darwin's finches, mockingbirds and gulls, as well as interesting native and endemic vegetation. Opportunity to walk on the white sand beach that is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles.
Day 4 Wednesday
Morning: Daphne Island
Daphne is a volcanic tuff cone, formed by successive explosions produced by the mixture of lava and water. Observe Darwin's finches, Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Brown Noddies.
Afternoon: Santa Cruz Island: Ballena Bay, Eden Islet
Beautiful green sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill. The beach contains a large amount of olivine crystals, the same that originate from volcanic materials.
Day 5 Thursday
Morning: Isabela Island: The Wetlands, Muro de las Ligrinas, Breeding Center in Puerto Villamil
Tintoreras Islet: with a small bay of beguiling turquoise water we may find sea lions, marine iguanas, rays and reef sharks.
The Wetlands: lagoons where we can observe migratory birds.
Muro de las Ligrimas: of important historical interest, it was a penal colony from 1944 to 1959.
Tortoise breeding center: has the captive breeding programs for tortoises from the populations of southern Isabela.
Afternoon: Isabaela Island: Sierra Negra Volcano
Considered to be the oldest on Isabela Island, its caldera is 10 km in diameter.
Day 6 Friday
Morning: Isabela Island: Moreno Point / Elizabeth Bay
Coastal lagoons amid black lava flows where there are several species of birds. It has a panoramic view of three volcanoes, the most active of the Galapagos: Sierra Negra, Cerro Azul of Isabela Island and La Cumbre.
Afternoon: Isabela Island: Elizabeth Bay
Dinghy ride. Spot blue-footed boobies perched on the rocks flying overhead and diving in flocks after fish. Opportunity to see red and black mangroves where you may find sea turtles and small white-tipped sharks.
Day 7 Saturday
Morning: Isabela Island: Tagus Cove
Learn about the eruption of five volcanoes that formed this island. Admire a variety of seabirds, such as blue-footed booby, brown noddy, terns, flightless cormorant and depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos penguins.
Afternoon: Fernandina Island: Espinosa Point
See the biggest marine iguanas mingling with sally-lightfoot crabs, as well as flightless cormorants nesting sites, Galapagos penguins and the "King" of predators on the islands, the Galapagos hawk.
Day 8: Sunday
Morning: Baltra Airport, depart for mainland flights
Included in the Cruise rate: all meals on yacht, daily excursions led by experienced multi-lingual naturalist guides; transfers from airport in Galapagos to/from dock, welcome & farewell cocktails; free coffee/tea 24-hour station; snorkeling gear; hotel/airport shuttle servcie in Quito or Guayaquil from designated hotels for Galapagos flights.
Round-trip airfare (figured separately & prepaid); Galapagos Park Fee, Galapagos Transit Control Card & Fuel Surcharge (figured separately & prepaid); tips to guide & crew (suggested tips per person, per day: $15 for crew and $10 for guide); bottled and alcoholic beverages, personal expenses, medical services, laundry, trip insurance.