Summary of The Day: We'll transfer from Baltra Airport to the yacht to start 8 Days Galapagos cruising.
Our yacht sets sail to Bachas Beach, a swimming beach located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. It is one of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galápagos. Flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels are found throughout the beach. We may even see some sea turtles nesting.
Summary of The Day: Today we'll visit South Plaza Island, home to marine iguanas and one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos. Cliffs with spectacular views and a rocky trail circumnavigate the island, displaying the combination of a dry and coastal vegetation zone. The island is home to enormous prickly pear cactus and the endemic succulent sesuvian.
Next, we'll travel to Santa Fe Island, a volcanic uplift which hosts a forest of Opuntia cactus, the largest of the archipelago. Weathered cliffs provide a haven for swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, and sehar-waters petrels. There is a picturesque lagoon where you can snorkel among sea lions.
can snorkel amongst sea lions.
Summary of The Day: Today we visit Gardner Bay, Osborn Islet, and Suarez Point. Gardner Bay has a magnificent beach with turquoise waters. Around the small islets nearby, snorkelers will find lots of fish and sometimes turtles and sharks. The bay is also frequented by a colony of sea lions that like to swim with visitors. Birds, like the endemic Hood-mockingbird and different species of Darwin finches, can always be seen.
Osborn Islet, a small island to the southeast of Espanola Island, is a great place for snorkeling and swimming. Suárez Point is one of the most outstanding wildlife areas in the archipelago. In addition to five species of nesting seabirds, there are curious Española Island mockingbirds, Galápagos doves, and Galápagos hawks. Several types of reptiles, including the marine iguana and the over-sized lava lizard, are unique to this island
Summary of The Day: Today we'll arrive at Post Office Bay. This site on Floreana Island is a white-sand beach where sailors used to leave and receive letters in a barrel. The tradition still continues today. While at post office bay, leave a postcard in the barrel and see how long it takes to be delivered to you!
Our next stop is Cormorant Point. Cormorant Point offers a trail overlooking a saltwater lagoon that is a favorite of flamingos. Beyond the lagoon, green sea turtles lay eggs on the magnificent white-sand beach.
To end the day, we will visit Devil’s Crown, arguably the islands' best snorkeling site. Devil's Crown is a collapsed volcanic cone that boasts an extraordinary number and variety of fish. It is a popular roosting site for seabirds such as boobies, pelicans, and frigates. In addition, sharks, sea lions, sea turtles and eels can be found among the rocks and coral.
Summary of The Day: This morning we'll tour The Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about natural history, understand issues concerning the islands, and see the station's tortoise breeding and rearing project at work.
Next we'll visit Santa Cruz Highlands, located on the northern part of the island. With elevations up to 1500 meters, the highlands host at least seven different vegetation zones as a result of the large amount of moisture in the air, each of which we'll visit. As we tour these zones we'll see the Los Gemelos, a pair of volcanic depressions in the highlands.
The highlands are located in the north part of the island with an elevations up to 1500 meters. Journeying into the higher elevations , we will experience all seven different vegetation zones. The vegetation here is abundant and lush and the weather moist.
Summary of The Day: In the morning we'll visit Puerto Egas, the black sand beaches that were the site of a small salt mining industry in the 1960s. A hike to the salt crater provides an excellent opportunity to sight land birds such as finches, doves, and hawks. Along the shoreline a variety of marine species dwell with iguanas and sea lions resting near the tide pools.
Buccaneer Cove is a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge for British buccaneers. These pirates would anchor in the protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat among other things. The steep cliffs, where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red sand beach, are a magnificent site.
Summary of The Day: Bartolomé Island is a volcanic islet and is one of the younger islands in the Galapagos archipelago. The best known of Bartholomew’s features is Pinnacle Rock. This lava formation was created when magma expelled from the volcano reached the sea.
Later we'll arrive at a white sand beach that serves as a sea turtle nesting spot. Turtles can sometimes be found wading in the shallow water near the shore or resting in the sand to recover from the arduous task of digging nests, laying eggs, and covering them over.
The Sullivan Bay lava field has a variety of interesting patterns made by geothermic phenomenons. The mollugo and the lava cactus are the only plants that have managed to take root in this harsh environment. On the shoreline, oyster catchers can be seen fishing for crabs and mollusks in the tide pools. Sharks, sea lions, sea turtles and eels can be found among the rocks and coral.
Summary of The Day: On the last day of our tour, we will explore the inland of Seymour Island, passing colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. Daphne Major and Minor can be spotted in the distance and body surfing sea lions can be seen playing close to the shore.
In the early afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
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