Passion Itinerary East - 8 days

DAY 1: SATURDAY

Arrive at Baltra Airport / Santa Cruz (Indefatigable) Island

Santa Cruz Island: The largest of the central islands, Santa Cruz is home to many tourist visitor sights and the largest human settlement, Puerto Ayora.

PM: CALETA TORTUGA (TURTLE COVE)

Turtle Cove is a red mangrove lagoon on Santa Cruz and a perfect example of how mangroves alter the marine environment to create a rich and unique habitat. You will have the opportunity to see sea turtles, rays, sharks, and sea birds.

sea eel

DAY 2: SUNDAY

Tower (Genovesa) Island

Tower Island (Genovesa): Tower is an eroded flat volcanic island, with a natural harbor, which is actually the submerged caldera of this volcanic island.

AM: DARWIN BAY

The steep cliffs of this area dominate the island. This area is home to thousands of frigate birds, red-footed boobies, Noddy terns, lava gulls, tropicbirds, doves, storm petrels and Darwin’s finches.

PM: EL BARRANCO

There is a good possibility of seeing the unique “Short eared owl” at this site. During the dinghy rides along the cliffs fur seals and several species of seabirds can be spotted.

sea wolf san cristobal

DAY 3: MONDAY

Bartolome (Bartholomew) Island / Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat)

AM: SOMBRERO CHINO

Sombrero Chino is a small volcanic island just off the southeast tip of Santiago. The name of the island describes the shape of the island. Fauna includes Sea lions, marine iguanas and the Galapagos penguin.

PM: BARTOLOME ISLAND

A hike will take you to the highest point on Bartolome for a spectacular view. Sea lions and penguins can be seen around Pinnacle Rock. There is a sandy beach with great swimming and snorkeling.

penguin animal 1

DAY 4: TUESDAY

Rábida Island / Santa Cruz Island

AM: RÁBIDA ISLAND

 Rábida is a small island with a dark red coral sand beach. Highlights include the lagoon with flamingoes, pelican nesting site, sea lion bachelor colony, and a snorkeling site at the end of the beach.

Santa Cruz Island:

PM: DRAGON HILL

Dragon Hill is located in the northwestern side of Santa Cruz Island. Some highlights include small lagoons with flamingos, Palo Santo trees, and Opuntia cactus. As well Land Iguanas.

flemish animals

DAY 5: WEDNESDAY
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
AM: HIGHLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ

Galapagos giant tortoises can be seen in the wild in the highlands of Santa Cruz

PM: CHARLES DARWIN STATION

Visit the Charles Darwin Station is a research facility and National Park Information center. The Charles Darwin Station has a giant tortoise and land iguana breeding program and interpretation center.

giant turtle animal

DAY 6: THURSDAY

Española (Hood) Island

Hood Island (Española):  Hood is the oldest of the Southern Islands and is the southernmost in the archipelago. Because of its remote location a unique range of endemic species evolved here

AM: PUNTA SUAREZ

The wildlife at Punta Suarez is plentiful and varied. Along the cliff visitors can enjoy the blowhole where seawater is forced about 20m into the air. The highlights are the Waved albatross (April-Dec) that are only found on Hood, Galapagos Hawks, blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, and Española lava lizards.

AM: GARDNER BAY

 Located on the northeast of the island, the site has a long and beautiful white sand beach inhabited by sea lion colonies.

PM: ISLOTE GARDNER AND ISLOTE OSBORN

 These islets are snorkeling sites where visitors will see an abundance of tropical fish, reef sharks, and turtles.

sharks animal

DAY 7: FRIDAY
SANTA FE ISLAND / SOUTH PLAZAS ISLAND
AM: SANTA FE ISLAND
 

Santa Fe is a smaller island of 24 km2. The visitor site Santa Fe is located on the northeast end of the island. Highlights include Santa Fe land iguanas, pelican nesting site, sea lion colony, mockingbird, and Palo Santo trees.

PM: SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND

Plazas consists of two very small islands that were uplifted from the sea, separated by a channel. Only South Plazas has a visitor site. The highlights include tall Opuntia cactus, land and marine iguanas, rocky cliff that looks out towards open ocean which is also a nesting site for red-billed tropic birds and gulls, and a seal lion bachelor colony.

iguana animal

DAY 8: SATURDAY
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND / BALTRA FOR RETURN FLIGHT TO QUITO
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
AM: LOS GEMELOS

Surrounded by the endemic Scalecia trees, these two sunken craters are known as the twins. They are naturally beautiful and home to yellow warblers and finches.

yellow warblers bucanners coveBALTRA ISLAND
AM: RETURN FLIGHT TO QUITO

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