SEASTAR YACHT - ITINERARY A

6 DAYS

DAY 1 – TUESDAY
AM: SAN CRISTOBAL
 

Upon arrival at San Cristobal airport, visitors must go through an inspection in order to verify that no foreign plants or animals are being introduced to the islands.  An entrance fee of $100 (unless it has been prepaid) must be paid to the Galapagos National Park in order to conserve the islands. A representative of our M/Y Galápagos Se Star Journey, will meet you right outside an, help collect your luggage, and escort your bus ride to the harbor.

PM: BREEDING CENTER DAVID RODRIGUEZ (SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND)

afternoon, we will visit the David Rodriguez giant tortoises breeding center also known as “La Galapaguera”.
Here the tortoises wander in a semi-natural habitat, which will be perfect for a photography. It will be the only chance to observe this emblematic species. Along the trail you will be able to see: San Cristobal mockingbirds, lava lizards, Darwin finches, yellow warblers and Scalesia trees, which are endemic from the Galapagos.

 turtle breeding center

DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY
AM: SUAREZ POINT (ESPAÑOLA ISLAND)

This is one of the highlights of our cruise. At the moment of arrival at the pier we will be received by a welcome committee of marine iguanas and sea lions. We will meet the biggest bird of the archipelago, the large Waved albatross, which use the edge of the cliff to start the fly. Suarez Point seems to have everything: Nazca boobies, endemic lizards, gulls, Darwin finches, Galapagos hawks, endemic mockingbirds, Galapagos doves and even a dramatic blow hole.

PM: GARDNER BAY (ESPAÑOLA ISLAND)

One of the most beautiful beaches in all of Galapagos, is located on the north-eastern coast of Española, Gardner Bay has a white sandy coral beach giving us the chance to observe one of the biggest colonies of Galapagos sea lions. We will see Española mockingbirds, they enjoy flying around the visitors. After our excursion we can also snorkel from the beach, in the shallow waters of the bay or relax and enjoy the landscape.

sea wolf

 
DAY 3 – THURSDAY
AM: PUNTA CORMORANT, DEVIL’S CROWN (FLOREANA ISLAND)
 

After a wet landing, we will walk on an olivine green sanded beach. Our walk is going from the beach through the vegetation (white and black mangrove, holly stick, endemic Scalesia villosa), to get the first viewpoint to look
for the famous flamingos, common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks and other migratory birds. The other trail goes to another beautiful white sandy beach, where the Green Pacific Sea Turtles are come for nesting during the
breeding season. It is not permitted to walk in the water due to the Sting Rays that may be hiding in the sand. Occasionally we observe small reef sharks along the shoreline.
Deep water snorkel is another optional activity around the Devil’s Crown which is a volcanic natural formation where we have the chance to see white-tipped reef sharks, reef fish such as parrot, trumped, puffer, king angel, surgeon
fish and occasionally Galapagos sea lions.

PM: POST OFFICE BAY & BARONESS LOOKOUT (FLOREANA ISLAND)

Located on the north side of Floreana, the Post Office Bay was named because in 1973 Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through, who would take letters
with them back to their destinations. Today, visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel, hoping that some other traveler, going to the letter destination, will take it back for free.
We will have a wet landing on a greenish beach for a short walk to visit the Post Office Barrel, we will walk back to the beach for snorkeling in the shallow waters, good opportunity to observe marine turtles and sting rays.
Our next optional activity will be in the Baroness Bay, where we can kayak and see a great scenery with mangrove trees and volcanic natural formations.

post office bay galapagos

 
DAY 4 – FRIDAY
AM: SANTA FE ISLAND

We will have a wet landing on one of the two white sand beaches where a big colony of sea lions are in the area with alfa males fighting to get a harem, there is an interior path through the island with an endemic
cactus forest (Barringtonensis). Santa Fe land iguanas (Conolophus pallidus), Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago. Two more additional activities kayak or snorkeling off the zodiac in the turquoise water, good view for sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, sea lions and white-tipped reef sharks and colorful fish

PM: PLAZAS

There are two Plaza Islets (north and south) located east of Santa Cruz Island. After a dry landing, the path is going along an impressive cactus forest where colorful yellow land iguanas live, it is estimated a population around 300 individuals; during the dry season they survive on fruits and flowers of the opuntia cacti.
South Plaza Island is the only place on Galapagos where we find hybrid iguanas (sea and land), with very sharp claws making easy to climb up to reach the fruits of the cacti. During the cool dry season walking along the edge of the cliff we observe red-billed tropicbirds, blue footed and Nazca boobies, brown pelicans, swallow tailed gulls and frigates flying around. At the end of this path, we find a bachelor sea lion colony area; at the same time the greenish and yellowish vegetation sesuvium edmonstonei plant) changes color creating a bright red landscape.

iguana bahia urbina

 
DAY 5 – SATURDAY
AM: NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND
 

One of the uplifted islands of Galapagos: North Seymour, is a small flat island has the perfect conditions for a nesting site for the two species of frigate birds (great and magnificent) that coexist in the Islands. Frigate birds are the only marine sea birds in Galapagos that they lost the capability to plunge in the water because they don’t produce enough oil to cover all of their plumage and that enables them to float; for this reason they need to steel the food from the others seabirds, getting the “pirates of the air” nickname. Here is the only place all year around the courting dance, especially males displaying the bright red gular sack to get a female attention. Blue footed boobies, land
iguanas, sea lions, swallow tailed gulls, Darwin finches and lava lizards we will encounter along the trail of our excursion, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos Snake.

PM: BACHAS BEACH, SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

After a wet landing on a white coral sandy beach which is one of the most important nesting areas for Green Sea Turtles they arrive usually after 6 pm, the trail is about 500 meters long divided in two sections, at the end of the trail
we can find a small brackish lagoon where usually flamingos and shore birds such as whimbrels, black necked stilts, plovers, herons, white cheeked pintail, sandpipers, sanderlings, are feeding. Also Darwin finches, yellow warblers and marine iguanas. After we come back to our landing spot, we will have an outstanding chance to submerge in tropical waters.

frigate animal

DAY 6 – SUNDAY
AM: MOSQUERA ISLET
Wet Landing, Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island is formed by a geological uplift. A colony of sea lions are present here. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls.
There is no trail on the islet, however the visitor can enjoy the open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little Sesuvium portulacastrum plants grow on the sand.

AFTER THE VISIT WE WILL SAIL TO BALTRA ISLAND FOR YOUR RETURN FLIGHT TO MAINLAND.

sea leon punta vicente roca galapagos

 

 

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