Learn what makes most beautiful islands in the world truly spectacular. Spend five days sailing through the Galapagos on board a luxurious yacht, dropping anchor and visiting some of the greatest spots that this tropical paradise has to offer. Hear all about the impressive history of the Galapagos and learn about conservation efforts underway as you visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal Island. Lounge on the white-sand beaches of Cerro Brujo and take in the spectacular views from atop Bartolome Island. Meet some of the world's most exotic wildlife up close, from white-tipped sharks to blue-footed boobies to sea lions, giant tortoises, and more. Stop wondering what makes the Galapagos Islands so special: Come and find out for yourself!
PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are approximate and subject to change based on availability and conditions at the destination.
AM: Baltra Airport
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (2 1/2-hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our natural guides.
PM: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin
Lunch at noon. Dry landing, hiking, educational visit to the Charles Darwin Station (giant tortoises, Opuntia cactus, etc.).
Dinner at night.
AM: Sullivan Bay:
Breakfast in the morning.This site is of great geological interest is located south-east of Santiago Island, landing it can be done both on the rocky shore (dry landing) or the white sandy beach (wet landing). The length of the trail is 1.5 km approximately.
The area is covered by lava flows Pahohoe type (solidified lava in a wavy or accordion). It was very active in the past 25 years of the nineteenth century. The Sullivan lava was formed in 1897. Flow is very young geologically. The magma formed is flat, but the underground lava movement, rapid cooling and other eruptions led to the break in many places.
Duration: 1h 30min
Lunch at noon.
PM: Bartolome Island
Wet Landing, After lunch visit to the Pinnacle Rock beach for swimming and snorkeling. In the afternoon dry landing to reach the viewpoint of Bartolome. On this island, you can see interesting formations of lava and cinder cones. After a 30 to 40 minutes climbing, a wooden staircase leads to the top of the island where there are beautiful views of the nearby beaches. This island is one of the most visited and photographed because of Pinnacle Rock.
Wet Landing, to Bartolomé. One of the Islands´ principal attractions is the “pinnacle rock”, Pinnacle Rock beach is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. In the afternoon afternoon we will dry land to reach the viewpoint of Bartolomé. In order to see it properly see the beauty of the Pinnacle Rock, we will make a medium level hike for around and hour. In this excursion you will learn from the volcanic landscape of the island and see different species such as: lava lizard or cacti, once we reach the top will have a magnificent view of the Pinnacle rock in contrast with the volcanic landscape blended with the turquoise waters of the surrounding beaches. Pinnacle Rock is one of the most visited and photographed areas on the Island.
Dinner in the evening.
AM: North Seymour Island:
Breakfast in the morning. Dry landing. On this island you can see bluefooted boobies, colonies of frigates, fork-tailed gulls, terns, sea lions, lava lizards and land iguanas. Palo Santo trees can also be observed.
Lunch at noon.
PM: Mosquera Islet:
Wet Landing. The Islet is Located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour. It is a reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) and a great white sand beach.In most of its perimeter there is basis of lava rocks, as evidence of the wash uprising, except in the southwest side where the landing occurs. This island has one of the largest Populations of sea lions.You can also observe several species of shorebirds. There have been occasional reports at this site of Orcas (Orcinus orca).
Dinner in the evening.
AM: South Plazas Islands:
South Plazas is situated on the east coast of Santa Cruz island, it's formed from uplifted marine lavae and is one of the smallest island on the archipelago. Despite the islands size, there is a large concentration of wildlife.Breakfast in the morning. Dry landing. This island is full of life. There are colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. While you walk on the banks it is possible to see a great number of birds such as nesting tropic birds and fork-tailed seagulls, but most of all enjoying the beautiful view from the top the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is an extremely pleasurable experience.The cliff is an excellent place to view swallow-tailed gulls,tropic bird,frigate birds,pelicans and at the eastern end of the island we can see bull sea lions congregate to rest.
Duration: 2 Hours.
Lunch at noon.
PM: Cerro Brujo:
Wet Landing is a beautiful beach of white coral where you can swim and watch birds and sea lions, plus you can snorkel. Located on the north coast of the San Cristobal Island. In the vicinity of the beach you can see seabirds like blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigate birds and shore birds.
Degree of difficulty: easy
Duration approximately 2 hours
Dinner in the evening.
AM: Interpretation Center-San Cristobal:
Breakfast in the morning.Dry Landing. This site is educational information about the evolution of the Galapagos Islands and animal life in the islands.
Transfer out to San Cristobal’s Airport.
If you have any questions about prices, please feel free to submit a request online via the link above or to give us a call at 1-888-LUX RAIL (589-7245).This is a perfect extension tour for any Tren Crucero journeys.
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