CORMORANT II - CATAMARAN

Cormorant II Itinerary A

ITINERARY A 
(Saturday – Saturday)  8 days / 7 nights.

Islands you will visit:
Santa Cruz
Santiago
Bartholomew
South Plaza
Santa Fe
San Cristobal
Española
Floreana

ROUTE A

 

DAY BY DAY: 

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AM: Arrival to Baltra Airport and Transfer to the boat

PM: Bachas Beach
Located on the north coast of Santa Cruz, Las Bachas is a swimming beach. Here you can see one of the few remnants of the US presence in World War II in Galapagos, a floating dock. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and curlews. Sea turtles also nest on the beach.

Highlights: Remnants of World War II
Animals: Sally Lightfoot Crabs, Hermit Crabs, Black-necked Stilts, Curlews, Sea Turtles
Landing Type: Wet
Difficulty: Easy

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AM: Bartholomew Island
Home to the famous Pinnacle Rock, Bartolomé consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black, and even green volcanic formations. A trail of stairs leads to the top of the volcano, with one of the best views in the islands. The beach is perfect for snorkeling and possible sightings of the Galapagos penguin.

Highlights: Pinnacle Rock, Scenic View, Moonscape, Penguins, Pioneer Plants, Lava Cactus; snorkeling: penguins, reef sharks, rays and large colorful fish.
Possible Activities: Boating, snorkeling and hiking (1.2 miles/ 2 km)
Landing Type: Dry and wet landings
Difficulty: Moderate/difficult. Walk to the top of the volcano 114 meters, 375 wooden steps.

PM: Sullivan's Bay
A landing on a coral beach takes you out onto a lava field as far as the eye can see. Look and peck at the two distinguished types of lava, pahoehoe and 'a'a, for signs of plant life that have managed to emerge over the last 100 years since the most recent volcanic explosion. A truly amazing volcanic experience... up close and personal!

Highlights: Variety of lava formations and landscapes, pahoehoe lava found primarily in Hawaii and the Galapagos Islands, 'a'a lava, and pristine coral sand beach
Possible Activities: Walking, snorkeling, swimming
Landing Type: Wet Landing
Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Be sure to wear good sturdy walking shoes or boots as lava 'a'a is very sharp and pointy.

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AM: South Plaza Island
In the morning, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest colonies of sea lions, as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is Sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is greenish to yellowish and in the dry season (late June to January) a bright red.

Highlights: Land Iguanas, Sea Lion Colony, Audubon's Shearwaters, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies, Incredible Cliff Landscape
Possible Activities: Hike (1.5 miles / 2 ½ km)
Landing Type: Dry Landing
Difficulty: Moderate

PM: Santa Fe Island
Santa Fe (Barrington) is home to the small, picturesque bay and anchorage on the northeast coast of the island. The bay has two trails for visitors, one leading to a scenic clifftop lookout and the other stretching from a small beach to a tall prickly pear forest.

Featured: Land Iguanas, Giant Tuna
Possible Activities: Hiking
Landing Type: Dry Landing
Difficulty: Moderate

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AM: witch hill
Located on the north coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in Galapagos with its white sand and abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds. The clear water offers an excellent opportunity to enjoy swimming and snorkeling.

Highlights: Beautiful rock formations, sea lions, shorebirds, finches and mockingbirds; snorkeling: beautiful tropical fish, anemones, sponge corals
Possible Activities: Hike, boat ride, snorkel and kayak
Landing Type: Wet Landing
Difficulty: Easy walk along the beach

PM: Pitt Point
Pitt Point, located on the northeastern tip of the island, is home to frigatebirds, storm-petrels, and all three types of booby birds: Nazca, blue-footed, and red-footed boobies. A steep trail climbs up a cliff and through a ravine that leads visitors into an area with an abundance of birds. This site is also ideal for snorkeling and diving.

Highlights: Wonderful landscape, colony of sea lions, three possible species of boobies.
Possible Activities: Boating, snorkeling, kayaking and hiking (1.5 miles / 2.5 km)
Landing Type: Wet Landing
Difficulty: Moderate/Hard

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AM: Breeding Center “David Rodríguez”
This is a new visitor site in the northeast part of San Cristóbal Island and can now be reached in about an hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. At the Breeding Center, you will be able to admire baby turtles from birth to 120 days of age when the adult turtles are taken to their natural habitat.

Possible Activities: Short walk (0.6 mi / 1Km)
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Landing Type: Dry
Highlights: Captive Giant Tortoises, Snorkeling with Sea Lions, Land and Sea Birds, Blue Footed Boobies, Hatchling Turtles.

AM: Lobos island
The name of this island means "Island of the Sea Lions". This aptly named island is full of loud, playful and cheerful sea lions that will welcome you home with their flippers open. This island also offers excellent diving opportunities, as well as the possibility of seeing blue-footed boobies and Nazca boobies.

Highlights: Snorkel with Sea Lions, Frigatebirds, Blue Footed Boobies
Possible Activities: Short walk (less than 1 km), boat ride and/or snorkeling.
Landing Type: Dry Landing
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

PM: kicker rock
This amazing rock formation is located a couple of hours from the western coast of San Cristóbal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically hundreds of feet above the ocean, divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, circumnavigation and boat tours allow visitors to observe a variety of marine life.

Highlights: Sharks, tropical fish, turtles, manta rays (occ.), hammerhead sharks, spectacular rock formations; sea birds: blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies and frigatebirds.
Possible Activities: Boat ride
Landing Type: No Landing
Difficulty: Easy

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AM: Suarez Point
This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. A beautiful site on the ocean front, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.

Highlights: Hood mockingbirds, Nazca boobies, waved albatrosses, red-billed tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, blue-footed boobies, blowhole, amazing landscape
Possible Activities: Hike (1.9 miles/3 km)
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Difficult

PM: Gardner Bay
Gardner Bay, on the eastern side of the island, is the breeding ground for nearly all of the world's 12,000 pairs of Galapagos albatrosses. It has a wide white sand beach with a large number of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkeling.

Highlights: White Sand Beach, Sea Lions, Mockingbirds; snorkeling: colorful fish, sea lion nursery
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, boating, kayaking, short hike (0.6 miles/1 km)
Landing Type: Wet Landing
Difficulty: Easy

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AM: Cormorant Point
This site hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The “Green Beach” named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the “Four Sand Beach” composed of white coral.

Highlights: Flamingos, green-colored beach
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride & hike (1.2 miles /2 km)
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Easy

AM: Champion Islet
The Champion Island, named after the whaler Andrew Champion, is a small island located just offshore Floreana Island in the southern part of the Archipelago, considered as one of the most beautiful places on Galapagos for all snorkeling and diving fans and an excellent opportunity for dolphin watching.

Highlights: See lions, reef fish and Nasca boobies
Possible Activities: Snoreling and dinghy ride
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult

PM: Post Office Bay
In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.

Highlights: Post office barrel, nice sandy beach
Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 miles/1 km) & snorkeling
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Easy

PM: Baroness Viewing Point
Baroness Viewpoint is a fantastic place to absorb the environment of the Galapagos. Once inhabited by an indulgent baroness and her three lovers, the history of this island is intriguing. The legends about this baroness are associated with a fascinating murder mystery. There are easy trails in this area for exploring the flora and fauna of Floreana.

Highlights: Great view, sea turtles, mysterious story about the first inhabitants of the islands
Possible Activities: Short hike (0.6 miles/1 km), Snorkeling, Kayaking and Panga Ride
Type of Landing:    Wet landing
Difficulty: Easy

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AM: Charles Darwin Station / Fausto Llerena Breeding Center
The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Highlights: Giant tortoises in captivity
Possible Activities: Walking
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Easy

Transfer to Baltra Airport

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Please note:
Itineraries are unlikely to change significantly but are subject to change. Weather, wildlife breeding, safety concerns, instructions from the Galapagos National Park, specific abilities and interests of passengers as well as operational matters may cause your guide or captain to change the time or nature of visits. Your guide and captain will always endeavor to select the best itinerary within these limits.

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