Horizon Itinerary D - 7 days

DAY 1: WEDNESDAY
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
AM: BALTRA AIRPORT ARRIVAL

Morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra, Galapagos Islands. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by a Horizon staff member and brought into a private bus to start your adventure in Galapagos.
*The first excursion will be after being picked up at the airport upon arrival to the islands, so it is advisable to travel with suitable clothing and footwear for walking

iguana animal

AM: FAUSTO LLERENA BREEDING CENTER

You will visit “Fausto Llerena” Tortoise Breeding Center in Puerto Ayora, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity. This is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises 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.

turtle breeding center

PM: IN THE AFTERNOON: TWIN CRATERS

You will visit the Twin Craters located opposite to each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.

yellow warblers bucanners cove

DAY 2: THURSDAY
FLOREANA ISLAND
AM: POST O"CE 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

AM: DEVIL’S CROWN

You will have a chance to snorkel around Devil’s Crown which is the rocky remains of an offshore volcano sticking out of the water.
This is a great location to spot a wide range of marine creatures

sea eel

PM: IN THE AFTERNOON: CORMORANT POINT

Cormorant Point 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 Flour Sand Beach is composed of white coral

cormorants animals

DAY 3: FRIDAY
SANTA FE AND SAN CRISTOBAL ISLANDS
AM: SANTA FÉ ISLAND

Santa Fe Island (Barrington) is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the island’s northeast coast. The bay has two visitor trails: one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest.

PM: LOBOS ISLAND

You will take an excursion to Lobos Island which means “Sea Lion Island.” This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, playful, 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.  sea leon islote born galapagos

DAY 4: SATURDAY
SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
AM: DAVID RODRIGUEZ BREEDING CENTER “LA GALAPAGUERA”

Breeding Center David Rodriguez - “La Galapaguera”, in Cerro Colorado, is a new visitor site in the southeast part of San Cristobal Island and can now be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds like warblers, finches and mockingbirds. Giant tortoises can be observed on the trails. They live there wild but in a protected area to ensure their survival by sealing them off from introduced predators like pigs and goats

tortoises galapaguera san cristobal

PM: GIANNI ARISMENDY INTERPRETATION CENTER

This site is part of an environment project. The tour of this center will explore the natural history of the islands including human
interaction and conservation efforts. The Museum of Natural History explains the volcanic origin of the archipelago, ocean currents,
climate, and the arrival of endemic species. The Human History exhibit chronologically describes significant events such as
discovery and colonization of the islands.

sea wolf san cristobal

DAY 5: SUNDAY
SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
AM: PITT POINT

Pitt Point, situated on the north-eastern tip of the San Cristobal island, hosts frigate birds, storm petrels, and all three types of
booby birds: the Nazca, blue-footed and red-footed boobies. A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an
area with an abundance of birds.

frigate animal

PM: IN THE AFTERNOON: WITCH HILL

Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos
with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds.
The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkeling.

tortoise marina green

PM: KICKER ROCK

This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks
stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas,
circumnavigation and dinghy rides allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life.

fish animal

DAY 6: MONDAY
ESPAÑOLA ISLAND
AM: SUAREZ POINT

On the trail to Suarez Point you will have the chance to spot blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. This island is
the breeding site of nearly all of the world’s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. You will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front
where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! You will have the chance to see the famous blowhole that
spurts sea water into the air. The landscape is great for photography.

blue footed boobies

PM: GARDNER BAY, GARDNER ISLET & OSBORN ISLET

This excursion takes you to the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing, you can walk across a lovely white-sand beach amongst a
busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. You may also see curious mockingbirds on the beach.

sea leon punta vicente roca galapagos

 

DAY 7: TUESDAY
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
AM: BACHAS BEACH

Bachas Beach is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz and is a beach for swimming. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World
War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs,
black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest on the beach.

red lava crab animals

PM: BALTRA AIRPORT DEPARTURE

After this final visit, you will be transferred to the Baltra airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

baltra aeropuerto

 

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