Natural Paradise Itinerary B - 8 days

 
DAY 1: TUESDAY
AM: ARRIVAL AT BALTRA AIRPORT AND TRANSFER TO THE BOAT
PM: EDEN ISLET

Off the western coast of Santa Cruz Island, Eden Islet offers visitors a great chance to see a variety  of Galapagos wildlife from the dinghy ride both onshore and under the water.

sharks animal

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY
AM: VICENTE ROCA POINT

Located on the northwestern coast of the island and comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with  spectacular sea life. Seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (sunfish) may be spotted here.

This bay is great for diving and snorkeling.so great animals

PM: ESPINOZA POINT

No foreign species have ever invaded Fernandina Island, and therefore it is one of the world's most pristine island ecosystems. The volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the land space with lava fields reaching the ocean.cormorants animals

The volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the land space with lava fields reaching the ocean.

The island's highlight features the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk

 
DAY 3: THURSDAY
AM: URBINA BAY
 

Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay.black tip sharks animals

This area experienced a major uplift in 1954 causing the land to rise over 16 feet.

The coast expanded half a mile out leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkeling.butterfly fish

PM: MORENO POINTgreen_turtle_animals.jpg

Moreno Point is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during  a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along a path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves create a birdwatcher’s delight. In the tide pools, green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted.

 
DAY 4: FRIDAY
AM: SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO

The Sierra Negra Volcano boasts the largest basaltic caldera in Galapagos at 9 x 10 km. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finch and a rich display of vegetation.

The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005.

yellow warblers bucanners cove

PM: THE WALL OF TEARS

(Puerto Villamil)
From 1945-1959, a penal colony hosted prisoners who were forced to build this wall, stone by stone, in isolation.  This now historical site (El Muro de las Lágrimas), towering at 65 feet (25 m) high, took the lives of thousands during its construction. Locals claim to hear cries emanating from the heavy energy surrounding the site.iguana marina puerto egas

PM: THE WETLANDS

(Puerto Villamil)
The Wetlands of Isabela Island are located just outside of Puerto Villamil. The Wetlands consist of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves and are home to a variety of unique bird species such as common stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails, and gallinules. The Wetlands can be visited on foot via a path that winds through the swamps.

black necked stilts
PM: TORTOISE BREEDING STATION

(Puerto Villamil)
This center was created to protect animals in their first years of life from the threats of foreign species such as pigs and donkeys. turtle breeding center

Giant tortoise eggs are collected and brought to the center where they are hatched and kept for five years before being released to their  natural environment.

 

DAY 5: SATURDAY
AM:CHINESE HAT ISLET

This small islet is located near the southeast coast of Santiago Island. Its name comes from the distinct shape of the islet's summit.  This small islet is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tubes and lava flows.sea leon fur seal galapagos

 

 
 
PM: Mosquera Islet

Located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour, this reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) is only 160 meters across at its narrowest width. This island has one of the largest populations of sea lions and is home to many shorebirds. There have been occasional reports at this site of orcas feeding on sea lions.

albatrosses animalDAY 6: SUNDAY
AM: BARONESS VIEWING POINT

Baroness Viewing Point 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.


post office bay galapagos

AM: POST OGCE BAY

You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel used as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don’t forget your postcards, and don’t be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you even get home!

post office bay galapagos

PM: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” is named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the “Four Sand Beach” is composed of white coral.flemish animals

PM: 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 one of the most beautiful places on the Galapagos for all snorkeling and diving fans and an excellent opportunity for dolphin watching. dolphin animals

 
DAY 7: MONDAY
AM: SUAREZ POINT

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. This site presents wonderful photography opportunities.bubies animals

PM: GARDNER BAY

Gardner Bay, on the eastern side of the island, is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. It has an ample white sandy beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkeling.  albatrosses animal

DAY 8: TUESDAY
AM: LOBOS ISLAND

The name of this island means "Sea Lion Island." This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.

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PM: TRANSFER TO SAN CRISTOBAL AIRPORT.

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