Galapagos Natural Life
Tourist Superior Class - Yachts Galapagos
ARCHIPELL II ECO-CATAMARAM
8 DAYS - 7 NIGHTS (Monday to Monday)
MONDAY: SAN CRISTOBAL, LOBOS ISLAND
TUESDAY: SOUTH PLAZAS ISLAND - SANTA FE ISLAND
Santa Fe is one of the most entertaining destinations for shore excursions in the Galapagos Islands. It has two trail choices for visitors, one of which takes you to the tallest Opuntia cactus in the Galapagos. While the other trail takes you into the highlands where land iguanas can be seen. After a long walk, the opportunity to swim in calm waters or snorkel with playful sealions will be pretty tempting.
WEDNESDAY: CHINESE HAT & DRAGON HILL
Chinese Hat is a 52m/170ft high volcanic cone, forming another islet right out of the rocky coast of Santiago, where a small colony of Galapagos penguins have settled. Approaching Chinese Hat from the north, you will understand the meaning of the name. This is an excellent place to learn more about volcanoes, lava bombs and lava tunnels. You will arrive exactly on time to witness how this barren islet is colonized by pioneer species that have begun to sprout! Beautiful beaches of white coral sand and holes in the eroding lava fields are filled up with lava sand, which enables rooting. Galapagos sea lions and countless marine iguanas contribute to fertilization, and altogether, create many favorable options for newcomers, such as saltbush and the sesuvium carpet.
PM - Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) The visitor site at Dragon Hill has been open for visits since 1993. This site is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that leads to a hyper-saline lagoon behind the beach, frequently visited by flamingos, pintail ducks and other species of birds. This site has been re-populated with land iguanas from Seymour, Isabela and Santa Cruz island. There is a short walk to the Hill, which offers a beautiful view of the bay.
THURSDAY: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND - THE CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION – EL CHATO
The highlands of Santa Cruz have incredible zones of vegetations. There you will visit the private farm “Las Primicias”. This reserve offers you one of the best possibilities to see the huge turtles of Santa Cruz Island in their natural habitat. You can observe them from very close.
FRIDAY: ISABELA ISLAND – TINTORERAS – HUMEDALES
Humedales (The Wetlands) are a complex trail of 6km long, located south of Isabela Island, Galapagos. They have a wide variety of flora and fauna, as well as the spectacular scenery of the bay, the town of Puerto Villamil, volcanoes, islets and rocks. Isabela wetlands present both themselves and introduced species.
SATURDAY: ISABELA ISLAND – MORENO POINT – ELIZABETH BAY
Elizabeth Bay is a marine visitor site, the excursion is carried out in a zodiac and so there is no landing point. Your zodiac ride starts with a visit to the Marielas islets where there is the largest and most important penguin colony in the Galapagos Islands. The excursion continues into the cove that is surrounded by red mangroves where it is here that you are able to observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions.
SUNDAY: ISABELA: TAGUS COVE – FERNANDINA: ESPINOZA POINT
Espinoza point, one of Fernandina’s visit points, is situated within a fascinating lava scenery with Lava-Cactuses and on the surface of the lava growing mangroves. The highlights are sea lions, penguins, the flightless cormorant (especially in spring and summer) and one of the biggest iguana colonies of Galápagos. Do not miss a snorkeling trip during which you have the possibility to explore the beautiful underwater world.
MONDAY: LAS BACHAS BEACH – BALTRA AIRPORT
Notice: According Galapagos National Park, itineraries are subject to changes.
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• The route of the ship and the itinerary are subject to change and can vary depending on the regulations and policies of the Galapagos National Park, weather, seasonal changes, safety, etc.
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