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8 Day itinerary with Genovesa (Tower) Island below:
Day 1 Saturday
Morning: Baltra Island: arrival, transfer to yacht
Afternoon: Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove. One of the most beautiful marine sites in the Galapagos, enjoy a panga ride in a complex maze of tranquil salt-water inlets, surrounded by three different species of mangrove. Its waters are a nursery site for sea turtles, rays and sharks as well as a nesting site for sea birds. This site is only accessible by panga.
Day 2 Sunday
Morning: Rabida Island. Raida is a small island with red volcanic rocks srurrounding a beautiful red sand beach where there is a colony of sea lions and a pelican nesting site. The trail leads to a salt water lagoon where shore birds can be seen. Rabida is considered one of the best snorkeling sites in Galapagos, and you can snorkel, kayak or panga ride.
Afternoon: James Bay: Puerto Egas. On the northwest side of the island, you land at Puerto Egas on a black beach with eroded rock formations in the background. The trail crosses the dry interior, where you see the remains of a salt mining enterprise, and continues along the coast. Tidal pools are home to a variety of invertebrates, including sea urchins, octupus and starfish. You will also see marine iguanas, finches, oyster catchers and possibly the Galapagos Hawk. The trail leads to the Fur Sea Lion Grottos, one of the only places in the islands to see these unique animals. Afterwards, you have time to swim or snorkel off the beach with sea lions, fish and maybe some turtles, rays and reef sharks.
Day 3 Monday
Morning: Isabela Island: Tagus Cove. Tagus Cove was historically used as an anchorage for pirates, buccaneers and whalers. Here you will see the names of hundreds of ships painted on the high ridges (now forbidden!) You hike a trail through vegetation and the volcanic landscape of Darwin volcano. There's an excellent view at the top of the cove and Darwin Lake. After the hike, you can go kayaking or take a panga ride to see a large number of blue-footed boobies perched on the cliff ledges, as well as marine iguanas, penguins, brown pelicans, brown noddy terns and swallow-tailed gulls. with luck, you may also see dolphins and whales.
Afternoon: Fernandina Island. This is one of the most pristine ecosystems in the entire world and also one of the most dynamic. La Cumbre Volcano last erupted in April, 2009, and also dominates the landscape with lava fields stretching towards the ocean from its base. Punta Espinoza is a narrow piece of land where you see some of the most unique Galapagos species including the flightless cormorant, Galapagos snakes, marine iguanas, penguins and the Galapagos hawk.
Day 4 Tuesday
Morning: Isabela Island: Urbina Bay. You have a wet landing at Urbina Bay in Western Isabela on a beautiful black-sand beach. Here you may be able to observe sea turtle nesting sites. This area is also knownn for penguin and flightless cormorant sigitings and is one of the best places to see Darin'w finches as well as large land iguanas. Galapagos tortoises like to feed within the site's dense vegetation.
Afternoon: Isabela Island: Punta Vicente Roca. This is a wonderful snorkeling site where you can usually see turtles as well as all kinds of fish. Or, take a panga ride to study some of the Galapagos' spectacular geological rock formations. You often see Nazca boobies, pelicans, swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and penguins in this area.
Day 5 Wednesday
Morning: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Researh Station. At the Charles Darwin Station you will gain insight into the great aefforts made by scientists, guides, rangers and park managers to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You also see the famous Galapagos tortoises that are the islands' namesake.
Afternoon: Santa Cruz: Highlands. We drive up to the lush, green and cool highlands of Santa Cruz and visit a tortoise reserve to view them in their natural habitat.
Day 6 Thursday
Morning: Genovesa (Tower) Island: El Barranco. This northernmost island is extremely remote and is home to millions of different bird species including the red-footed booby as well as frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and endemic owls! We visit two sites here, El Barranco (Prince Phillip's Steps), a steep path with stairs caraved into the rock which leads to a plateau full of birdlife among a Palo Santo forest. You see Nazca boobies, Galapagos doves, mockingbirds and petrels. You may even spot a short-eared lava owl.
Afternoon: Genovesa: Darwin Bay. Darwin Bay's soft, coralline white sand is only the beginning of a spectacular excursion. A trail from the beach takes you into lush mangroves where red-footed boobies nest. Other locales include sea lions, swallow-tail gulls, frigates and more. Snorkelling is a must here as sharks, colorful reef fish, rays and turtles are common.
Day 7 Friday
Morning: Bartolome Island. This small island has two visitor sites. At Pinnacle Rock, you can snokel and usually see penguins. Then take a short dinghy ride to a dry landing for a climb to the highest point on the island. On the way up, you encounter different volcanic formations including spatter and tuff cones, lava flow and lava tubes. From the summit you have a wonderful view of Sullivan Bay. For those not interested in the hike, there is the option of a panga ride. Usual fauna and flora includes sea lions, pioneer plants, reef sharks, rays and colorful reef fish.
Afternoon: Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill. This site gets its name from being one of the few sites on Santa Cruz Island where a healthy population of land iguanas were found in 1975. Land at a pier, then hike to a salt water lagoon behind the beach, frequented by common stilts, pintail ducks and occasionally flamingos. A short walk up the hill leads to a land iguana nesting site, with breathtaking views of the bay. Afterwards you can go swimming.
Day 8 Saturday
Morning: Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach. The soft white sand derived from decomposed coral makes this spot a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind the beach is a small brackish lagoon where you may see flamingos and other coastal birds such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels.
Return to the yacht, have breakfast, and disembark at 10:00AM for transfer to the airport for the flight back to the mainland.
A typical day’s schedule: Early wakeup, 6:45AM. Breakfast is served between 7:00 and 7:30, followed by the first shore excursion at 8:00. With groups of maximum 12 passengers with one English-speaking naturalist guide, you’ll hike, swim, snorkel, bird watch and have great opportunities for close-up photos of the flora and fauna. Back to the yacht for lunch, usually served at 12:30, then open time until the next island excursion. Around 3:00PM, disembark for the afternoon excursion, returning between 5:30 and 6:00PM. Before dinner each night there is a lecture and briefing. Dinner is served at 7:30PM.
Included in the Cruise rate: all meals on yacht, daily excursions led by experienced English-speaking naturalist guides in groups of 12/per 1 naturalist guide; all soft drinks & juices; complimentary use of snorkeling equipment and wetsuits; complimentary one-time fully stocked minibar in Deluxe staterooms.
Round-trip airfare (figured separately & prepaid); Fuel Surcharge, Galapagos Park Fee & Galapagos Transit Control Card (figured separately & prepaid;) tips to guide, crew and staff; alcoholic beverages on board.