The Galapagos Islands archipelago is comprised of 19 islands located 1,000 km from Ecuador. It is located where three ocean currents meet, which accounts for its ecosystem. The unspoiled nature, the harmonious and balanced ecosystem which has been left completely to develop in its unique own way make the Galapagos archipelago a beautiful place to include on your bucket list. The ecosystem is so pure that one can almost witness Darwin’s theory of evolution in action.
Upon arrival at San Cristobal airport, visitors must go through an inspection in order to verify that no foreign plants or animals are being introduced to the islands. An entrance fee of $100 (unless it has been prepaid) must be paid to the Galapagos National Park in order to conserve the islands. A representative of our M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey will meet you right outside an, help collect your luggage, and escort your bus ride to the harbor.
PM: Puerto Chino and Breeding Center
In the afternoon, you will visit Puerto Chino. It is rife with huge cactus over the trail like trees. Once you get on the beach, you will enjoy its surroundings with its wildlife. Sea lions share the beach with people so its common see the puppies playing and swimming. Enjoy the deep blue waters with the waves and tide, occasionally there is wildlife to see, especially tortoises. After, you will visit the Breeding Center Jacinto Gordillo, also known as the ‘11 Galapaguera" is a good place to observe Galapagos tortoises in its natural habitat. San Cristobal island has endemic species such as: The Mockingbird Nesomimus Melanotis, lava lizard (Microlophus Bivittatus), Chatham Leaf-toed Gecko (Phyllodactylus Leei) and the tortoises. All of these species can be observed in this place, the beach is really big, and it works as a nesting zone for marine tortoises.
This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. A beautiful site on the oceanfront, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air at least from 50 to 75 meters high. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.
PM: Gardner Bay
Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay offers an excellent beach to relax, swim and even kayak, plus the opportunity to observe sea lions (Zalophus Wollebaeki), Here we can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters. At this place one can see three species of Darwin finches: A subspecies of the large-billed cactus finch (Geospiza Fuliginosa), which is similar to the large-billed terrestrial finch; The small-beaked ground finch (Geospiza Fuliginosa and the singing finch (Certhidea Olivacea) which is another endemic subspecies. Both resident and migratory birds are observed. It is worth to notice that this zone is really important for marine tortoises nesting, specially the (Chelonia mydas).
This site offers probably the best Flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. It's situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white checked pintail ducks and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: "The Green Beach" (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the "Flour Sand Beach" which is made up of coral.
PM: Post Office Bay & Baroness Lookout
Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since this time by marines and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Apart from being the Post Office Barrel, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. We will continue to the north of the island and will visit the Baroness Bay, here we will have the opportunity to Kayak and explore the inlets where seabird nesting sites and sea lion colonies can be found. It is said that Baroness Eloisa von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. It is a beautiful bay that allows to breathe in the coastal and volcanic scenery. You will enjoy amazing views from the Sea Star sundeck covering the scenery from Enderby islet to Post office bay, Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo.
Located on the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from an uplift, this is why it is mostly flat. There are some theories which assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is the home of a number of endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats and one of the two species of land Iguanas on the islands. After disembarkation in the beautiful and clear waters, you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail, many salt bushes can be seen as well giant as Prickly pear cactus.
Gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are great possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fish.
PM: South Plazas
Plazas is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than its relatives found at other islands. Throughout the island we may see several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana, they are unique, recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana's crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is given due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food, which encourages reproduction and adaptation. Swallow Tailed Gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are seen along with other seabirds such as: Audubon shearwaters, red billed tropicbirds, frigate birds and brown pelicans.
Seymour is an uplifted (as opposed to volcanic) island and so is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing. Watch your step, as the boobies don't worry much about where they nest, and you might just step on one. The trees are dotted with male frigate birds trying to attract the attention of the ladies by inflating their bright red skin flaps. They sometimes fly in the air to call more attention to themselves. There's a circular path that takes you through the island to a beautiful, rocky shore where the waves crash a silvery-blue. This truly is one of the most varied and interesting experience you will live through.
PM: Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island
These two small beaches are found to the West of Turtle Cove. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there is a small brackish water lagoon, where it is occasionally possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer, but it has two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War, when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategically point to protect the Panama Channel.
Mosquera Islet is located between Baltra and North Seymour. This is a small islet formed by a geological uplift, with a reef of rocks and coral and a great white sand beach, where lie a big population of sea lions. You can also observe several species of shorebirds. This site offers great snorkeling and swimming. Along the rocks are commonly running Red Lava crabs or Sally light-foot crabs.
Then transfer to Baltra Airport for flight back home
|Cruise Length and Number||Charter||Sea Star Suite||Galapagos Main Deck with Balcony||Galapagos Suite Upper Deck|
|Single Supplement||100% additional||100% additional||100% additional|
|Child (2-12)||20% off the above rate||20% off the above rate||20% off the above rate|
In this itinerary visitors will explore the southern islands such as Española, Floreana, Santa Fe and Seymour, just to mention some of them. This itinerary might be ideal for those interested in bird watching but also with the possibility of seeing many endemic species. In this journey travelers will be able to watch frigate birds, the Galapagos Hawk, the larger flamingo´s lagoon in the archipelago and more. Also these islands are ideal for relaxing, swimming in the crystalline waters and doing some snorkeling and kayaking.
All transfers in Galapagos; Matrimonial/Twin cabin accommodation with private facilities; All meals, Water, Coffee and Tea; All excursions as mentioned in the itinerary (itinerary subject to change) with English speaking naturalist guide; Snorkeling equipment, Kayak equipment.
Return flight to Galapagos; Galapagos National Park entrance fee (currently USD 100 pp); Transit Control Card (currently USD 20 pp); Wet Suit Rental; Soft- and alcoholic drinks; Personal expenses; Extras and Tips.
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