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The Anahi catamaran offers comfort, space and a serene, relaxing cruise. The yacht has ample space for relaxing on deck, a library, TV-DVD room, and a comfortable dining room and lounge area on the main deck.

Anahi is comfortable and stable catamaran launched in 2006. Accomodation is in 6 twin cabins and 2 suites, all with large portrait windows and acoen views, private facilities and air-conditioning.

 

She has spacious social areas, including a Jacuzzi for 6 people and a large sundeck for reading or relaxation. Multi-lingual naturalist guides will be at your services as well as personalized service with 9 crew members. Buffet style meals, prepared with local ingredients produced in the Galapagos.

Anahi
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Boat description

Accommodations in six 14m2  twin cabins located on the main deck, two of which include a double bed, and two 25m2 suites located on the upper deck.

All 8 cabins feature an ocean view, lower beds, air conditioning, and private bathroom with hot water, safe and closet.

There is ample space for lounging on board in the bar area, in the Jacuzzi located on the sun deck and in the entertainment room.

Additionally the yacht has an ample space for relaxing on deck, a library, TV-DVD room, and a comfortable dining room and lounge area on the main deck.

The upper deck of the yacht features a very charming bar and a 6 person Jacuzzi. Above the bar area is a spacious sundeck with chaise lounges for 8 people.

Deck plan & cabins

Itinerary A1 3 nights

Tuesday to Friday

Day 1 - San Cristobal

AM: Flight to Galapagos from Quito/Guayaquil Airport. Upon arrival at San Cristobal travelers pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands and to pay the park entrance fee of $100 (unless prepaid), and $10 for the INGALA card which is an identity card that you need . Guides will meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you on the short bus ride to the harbor. Motorized rafts, called "Pangas" will transport you to the M/C ANAHI and the crew will welcome you onboard. After departure and lunch, the first island visit is made.

PM: La Lobería is a coral sand beach, named for the large number of sea lions resting on the rocks and sand. Besides these, yellow warblers, frigates and various species of finches can be seen. On the rocks, large Galapagos marine iguanas can also be found here. We then continue with a steep climb up an 
extinct volcano, where at the summit visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the El Junco Lagoon. Rainwater and condensation have collected in the caldera for hundreds of years, creating this haven for frigatebirds. Hiking around the lake offers views of practically the entire island, including San Joaquin Hill - the island's highest point.

Day 2 - Española

AM: This rocky land of Punta Suarez sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea affording the visitor spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blow whole where water spouts up to 50-75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf.

PM: Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay provides an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here we can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters.

Day 3 - Floreana

AM: Cormorant Point offers probably the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. It is situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks, and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: "The Green Beach" (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the "Flour Sand Beach" which is made up of coral.

The Devil's Crown, located just off Punta Cormorant, offers some of the best snorkeling in the Galapagos. In fact, the only way to see the Crown is by water; it is termed a Marine Visitor Site, and no landings are allowed. Sometimes referred to as Onslow Island, this is an almost completely submerged volcano, and erosion has transformed the cone into a series of jagged peaks; as a result, this site really does look like a devil's crown.

PM: Post Office Bay is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship.  It has been used since this time by mariners and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Apart from being the Post Office Barrel, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. We will continue to the north of the island and will ascent to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful vista at the Baroness lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa Von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as her house. From this lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo.

Day 4 - Santa Cruz & Charles Darwin Station

AM: Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. One of the main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises, Lonesome George (turtle from Pinta), and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity. After the morning excursion we will head back to the airport for the flight to the mainland. 

Itinerary A2 4 nights

Friday to Tuesday 

Day 1 - Arrival & Las Bachas beach

AM: Flight to Galapagos from Quito Airport. The flight from Quito to the Galapagos takes approximately 2 ½ hours.  Upon arrival at Baltra airport, all passengers have to go through an airport inspection (to make sure no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands)  and pay the park entrance fee of $100 USD to enter the National Park. Guides will meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you on the short bus ride to the harbor. Motorized rafts, called "Pangas" will transport you to the M/C ANAHI and the crew will welcome you onboard. After departure and lunch, the first island visit is made.

PM: Las Bachas beaches are found on Santa Cruz island. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which is white and soft, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there is a small brackish water lagoon, where is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer and has two old barges (hence the name of the beach) that were abandoned during the Second World War, when the US Army used Baltra Island as a military base to protect the Panama Channel. 

Day 2 - Genovesa
 

AM: Darwin Bay originated when the crater of the island collapsed below sea level. The wet lan-ding (jumping from the panga to the shallow waters of the shore) is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers: red footed-boobies, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, yellow-crowned, and black-crowned lava herons, and yellow warblers can usually be seen in the area. Continuing on the trail, we will climb to the edge of the cliff to see red footed-boobies nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls. 

PM: El Barranco visitor site is located on the southern part of Darwin Bay, on Genovesa Island. The trail is made of volcanic rock and has a length of 1.5 km, which we will walk in about 2 hours. The youngest area of the island, from a geological point of view, is found here. The natural erosion that has occurred in these lava flows has transformed the place in the ideal spot for nesting Storm Petrels. We will see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. One of the main predators of this place is the short-eared owl. The Nazca booby is also present on this island. During the panga ride along the cliffs we have the possibility of watching fur sea lions and other several species of seabirds. 
 
Day 3 – South Plaza & Santa Fe

AM: Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here on the South Plaza. The Plaza's land iguanas are smaller than its relatives of the rest of the archipelago. Throughout the island we will find several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana, these unique animals, recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana's crest, have the face and tail of the marine iguana. The big iguanas' population is due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food. We will also find swallow tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs along with other sea birds such as: the Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans. 

PM: Santa Fe was formed from an ocean floor uplift and not a volcanic eruption, and thus its mostly flat shape. There are some theories which assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is home to a number of endemic species like the Galapagos hawk, the Galapagos snake, the Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats, and one of the two species of lands Iguanas of the islands. After disembarking in the beautiful and clear waters, we will visit one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail we will see many salt bushes as well as the giant Prickly pear cactus; gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are also great possibilities for snorkeling with sea lions and tropical fishes. 

Day 4 - San Cristobal

AM: Punta Pitt is located on the north part of San Cristobal Island. Here we can find endemic species such as the lava lizard and the red-footed booby. We will walk to the high part of the island for an impressive view. This spot is also home to the Chatham mockingbird, only found here on San Cristobal. 

PM: Also known as the Sleeping Lion because of its shape, Kicker Rock is located off the coast of San Cristobal. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea and the two vertical rocks that rise 500 feet from the ocean surface form a small channel suitable for small boats. This natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises because of the many tropical birds, frigates, and boobies that live in the place. Beneath the sea, the crystal clear waters offer a superb show of colorful tropical fishes and invertebrates. 

To reach Lobos Island we will navigate an hour from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Here, we will find a small population of blue-footed boobies and common frigate birds nesting on the site. We will observe the two species of sea lions present in the archipelago. During the tour we will pass a dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks and a sandy area. During the panga ride is possible to see brown pelicans and several species of shorebirds. And when snorkeling, it's common to see juvenile sea lions, manta rays and sea turtles. 

Day 5 - San Cristobal

AM: The Interpretation Center will help us learn about both the geological and human history of the islands, conservation issues, and natural history. The older Museum of Natural History aims to the preservation of the natural history of the islands. 

Tijeretas Hill is so called because this is the name commonly known for the frigates. It is located within walking distance of Port Baquerizo Moreno. The loop is 3.5 miles and estimated travel time is 2 hours. There are many vistas where you can appreciate the beautiful scenery and there is also an inlet where you can go snorkeling. It is one of the only places where you can watch the two species of frigate birds nesting in the same colony. After visiting this amazing place you will be taken to the airport for your return flight to the mainland.

Itinerary B1 7 nights

Friday to Friday

Day 1 - Arrival & Santa Cruz highlands

AM: The flight from Quito to the Galapagos is approximately 2 ½ hours on a Boeing 727. Upon arrival at Baltra travelers pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands and to pay the park entrance fee of $100. Guides will meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you on the short bus ride to the harbor.  Motorized rafts, called 'Pangas' will transport you to the M/C Anahi and the crew will welcome you onboard.  After departure and lunch, the first island visit is made.

PM: Journeying into the highlands, visitors are delighted by the island's variety of life and geology. Beginning at the coast and traveling across Santa Cruz, the road departs from Puerto Ayora climbing through the agricultural lands and into the mist-covered forests. Santa Cruz possesses all of the various life zones present in the archipelago. As you travel through these zones, birders are enchanted. Whether it's the bright red feathers of a vermillion flycatcher or one of Darwin's Finch almost every bird present in the islands can be found here. Santa Cruz offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild Galapagos Tortoises. Tracking tortoises is not the only exciting activity to be found in the highlands. There are also plenty of lava tubes, sinkholes and craters to explore. Theses eerie formations offer a fascinating hike into the belly of the island to view its volcanic make-up. 

Day 2 - Isabela

AM: Isabela Island is one of the youngest and the largest island in the Galapagos archipelago. We will do a dry landing in Puerto Villamil, the second smallest town of the Galapagos with approximately 3,000 habitants. We will head to the highlands, to the slopes of the Sierra Negra Volcano to then do some hiking on uneven terrain to reach the volcano´s rim. Sierra Negra has the second widest crater in the world. From this natural viewpoint, we will have fantastic sights of the truly gigantic crater, the rest of the volcanoes and Perry Isthmus, a 12 km wide lava field. From here we can hike to Volcano Chico to observe the outstanding lava formations, examples of the geological events that have crafted the Galapagos Islands. 

PM: Reached by a short panga ride, Tintoreras are small islands off the coast of Puerto Villamil. Here, we find lava herons on the mangrove branches, Galapagos penguins and sea lions are often seen on shore. White-tipped reef sharks (called tintoreras in Spanish) are also fairly common in this spot - hence the name. After lunch we will visit the wetlands and the tortoise breeding center.

Day 3 - Isabela

AM: Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcanoes. The trail runs along a pahoehoe lava flow (solidified lava in corrugated or accordion shaped) into a complex of coastal lagoons where we find several species of birds around the mangroves that dominate the landscape. 

PM: Elizabeth Bay is a marine visitor site, so the excursion is carried out on our panga as there is no landing point. The panga ride starts with a visit to Marielas Islets to see the largest and most important penguin colony of the Galapagos. The ride continues into the cove, which is surrounded by magnificent red mangroves with their red roots and green leafs. Here it is possible to observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans, and sea lions. Some days, we have been able to see Galapagos hawks soaring overhead while schools of pompano and dorado fish swim below. 

Day 4 - Isabela

AM: South of Tagus Cove. but still on the west coast of Isabela. we find Urbina Bay. An easy wet landing on a mildly sloping beach will take us to a very interesting area that it is a perfect example of the geological activity of the islands. The waters of this site are a good place to see turtles and rays and we will walk along a short trail that leads to a coral reef, which is evidence of an uplift from the sea floor that occurred in 1954. From here it’s easy to reach the Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes. We will see large and colorful land iguanas and have excellent possibilities of spotting giant Galapagos turtles, flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies, Galapagos penguins, pelicans and marine iguanas.

PM: A panga ride along the cliffs of Tagus Cove will give us a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other seabirds. From the landing dock we will walk for about 30 minutes along the trail to reach the top of the cliff, from where we will have a great view of Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra-saline lake, saltier than the sea. Look carefully at the inscriptions on the surrounding cliffs of the cove as they has been written or carved by pirates, whalers and buccaneers from centuries past. 

Day 5 - Fernandina & Isabela

AM: Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and has just one visitor site - Punta Espinoza. This site is located at the northeastern point of the island, just across from Tagus Cove, and is a perfect place to see some of the unique species of Galapagos. Marine iguanas join in larger groups than on any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore, and sometimes they block the way at the dock. Among the unique species found here is the flightless cormorant, a bird that because of the lack of predators had to adjust its way of survival, enhancing its swimming skills to find food in the ocean. Its wings, tail, and feet progressively adapted for swimming as it lost the ability to fly. Evolution happening right in front of us! 

PM: At Punta Vicente Roca we find the remnants of an ancient volcano that form two turquoise coves with a bay well-protected from the ocean swells. The spot is a popular anchorage area from where we will do a panga ride along the cliff (the remains of the volcano) or explore a partially sunken cave. Nazca and blue-footed boobies usually sit perched along the cliffs, while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline.  The upwelling of cold water currents in this area of the Galapagos give rise to an abundance of marine life making Punta Vicente Roca one of the archipelago’s favorite dive spots.  One cove is only accessible from the sea by an underwater passage. The passage opens to the calm waters of the hidden cove, where sea lions lie lazily on the beach after swimming the underwater route. 

Day 6 – Santiago & Radiba

AM: The excursion to Puerto Egas, with its black sand beaches, is considered one of the more rewarding visits of the Galapagos. In the 1960s, this island was the site of a small salt mining industry, one of the several unsuccessful attempts to create a profitable industry in Galapagos. A hike to the salt crater presents us with a very good opportunity to watch land birds such as finches, doves, and hawks. A walk along the rugged shoreline while the tide is low will allow us to see many marine species like Iguanas basking on the rocks or sea lions laying lazily in the tide pools. At the end of the trail we will find a series of grottos (sea caves carved into the lava by the waves), where fur seals and night herons are usually resting on the ledges where they are protected from the sun. For many visitors, this is the only opportunity to see the Galapagos fur seals, once thought to be almost extinct.  

PM: Rabida is a very unique place. The red colour of its rocks and sand is caused by the ferrous contents of the minerals, which have been oxidized by external factors such as rain, salt water, and the sea breeze. A short trail will take us to a coastal lagoon just behind the beach filled with land birds such as finches, doves, yellow warblers and mocking birds. This lagoon also hosts a colony of flamingos. 

Day 7 – Chinese Hat & Bartolome

AM: Chinese Hat is a small islet of approximately 1 square km located just off the south-eastern shores of Santiago Island. It is a recent volcanic cone with a shape that resembles a Chinese hat when seen from north side. On the west side we will see lava formations, which were formed under the sea and then raised above the surface exposing coral heads that were on the lava. This is an excellent opportunity to get a better understanding of the geological features of the islands such as lava tubes and flows. The landscape is completed by a sea lion colony, lots of marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins. 

PM: Bartolome Island is located just across from Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island) and with two main visitor sites. The first one offers us the possibility of climbing to the summit of the island where we can enjoy a superb view that includes a variety of volcanic formations: lava bombs spatter, cinder cones, lava flows and lava tubes. The lunar-like landscape provides one of the most scenic panoramas of the archipelago. The second site gives us a chance to relax on a beautiful beach with great snorkeling opportunities. Multicolor fish, penguins and sea turtles can usually be seen at the base of the tall pinnacle rock, which dominates Bartolome’s landscape. A short walk to Bartolome´s second beach, where swimming is strictly forbidden, will grant us a good chance to see white-tipped reef sharks swimming along the shoreline. 

Day 8 – North Seymour & Santa Cruz
 

AM: North Seymour is an uplifted island that presents a flat landscape strewn with boulders. Here, we also find a large population of magnificent frigate birds and blue-footed boobies nesting and performing their courtship rituals. Despite the tremendous surf that usually pounds the outer shore; we can also find sea lions on the beach and bodysurfing. After the morning excursion we will head back to the airport for the flight to the mainland.

Itinerary B2 7 nights

Friday to Friday

Day 1 - Arrival & Santa Cruz

AM: The flight from Quito to the Galapagos is approximately 2 ½ hours on a Boeing 727. Upon arrival at Baltra travelers pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands and to pay the park entrance fee of $100. Guides will meet you, collect your luggage and escort you on the short bus ride to the harbour. Motorized rafts, called 'Pangas' will transport you to the M/C Anahi and the crew will welcome you onboard.  After departure and lunch, the first island visit is made.

PM: The small Las Bachas beaches are found to the west of Turtle Cove.  Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, making it a favorite nesting site for sea  turtles.  Behind one of the beaches there is a small brackish water lagoon, where  occasionally is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels.  The other beach is longer, but it has two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War, when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategically point to protect the Panama Channel. 

Day 2 - Genovesa

AM: Darwin Bay has its origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers: red footed-booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, yellow-crowned and black-crowned lava herons, and yellow warblers can be seen in the area. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing red-footed boobies nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves and swallow-tailed Gulls.  Reaching the end the trail at the cliff's edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.

PM: The visitor site of El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island. The trail is on volcanic rock that has a length of 1.5 km and the tour can be done in about 2 hours.  The youngest area of the island, from a geological point of view, lies in this area. The cliffs located in the south are composed of very fragile lava. The natural erosion that has occurred in these lava flows has become the ideal place for nesting Storm Petrels. You can see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. One of its main predators is the short-eared owl. The red-footed booby nests only in the outer islands of the archipelago, Punta Pitt, Gardner (Floreana), Wolf, Darwin and Genovesa. Also present on this island is the masked booby. During the panga rides along the cliffs fur sea lions can be seen and several species of seabirds.

Day 3 - South Plaza & Santa Fe

AM: South Plaza is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than its relatives found at other islands. Throughout the island are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana, they are unique, recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana's crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food.  Swallow tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are seen along with other sea bids as: Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans.

PM: Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, Santa Fe was formed from an uplift instead than a volcanic origin, this is why is mostly flat. There are some theories which assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is the home of a number of endemic species like the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats, and one of the two species of lands Iguanas of the islands. After disembarkation in the beautiful and clear waters you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies.  Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well giant Pickly pear cactus, gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are great possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fishes. 

Day 4 - San Cristobal

AM: Pitt Point is on the north of San Cristobal. Here there are endemic species such as lava lizards and red-footed boobies. The view is impressive when you walk up to the high part of the island. You may be lucky to see the red footed booby - the least seen of the bunch. It's also the home of the chatham mockingbird, only found here on San Cristobal island.

PM: Also known as the Sleeping Lion because of its resemblance, Kicker Rock is located of the coast of San Cristobal. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, the two vertical rocks rising 500 feet from the ocean form a small channel that is navigable by small boats.  This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises due to the many tropical birds, frigates, and boobies that fill the surrounding air. Beneath the sea the nearly crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish and invertebrates.

Isla Lobos is about an hour by boat from Port Baquerizo Moreno. The length of the trail is 850 meters and the estimated travel time is one hour.  There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and common frigate birds nesting on this site. You can observe the two species of sea lions present in the archipelago.  During the tour you go through a dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks and a sandy area.  During the panga tour brown pelicans and several species of shorebirds can be observed. When snorkeling, it's common to see juvenile sea lions, manta rays and sea turtles.

Day 5 - San Cristobal & Turtle Breeding Center

AM: This interpretation center exhibits the interesting history of Galapagos Islands. Here you can be informed about nature, species and the discovery and colonization of this magic archipelago. Inaugurated in 1998 by the former president of Ecuador, Dr. Jamil Mahuad, this place is one of the most interesting tourist attractions in Galapagos Islands and is responsible for maintaining and spreading the information related to life on the islands. It offers permanent exhibits in an open air theater that is surrounded by natural wonders and a showroom where audiovisual material is used to exhibit information about the volcanic origins of the island and its development.

PM: Tijeretas Hill is so called because it is the name commonly known for the frigate birds. It is located within walking distance of Port Baquerizo Moreno. Close to this site is La Predial, which was a fishing cooperative that was present on the island between 1952 and 1960. You can still see one of American-made cannons dating back to the second World War, which used by the Ecuadorian Navy in the early 1970s for military exercises. Another vista offers a panoramic view of the north coast of the island from where one can see the Kicker Rock (León Dormido), Cerro Mundo and Cerro Tijeretas. At the third visitor site there is a statue of Charles Darwin in honor of his stay on San Cristobal. 

Day 6 - Española

AM: Punta Suarez sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea affording the visitor spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blow whole where water spouts up to 50-75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf. 

PM: Located on the north-eastern coast of Española, Gardner Bay provides an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here we can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters.

Day 7 - Floreana

AM: Cormorant Point offers probably the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. It's situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks, and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: "The Green Beach" (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the "Flour Sand Beach" which is made up of coral.

The Devil's Crown, located just off Punta Cormorant, offers some of the best snorkeling in the Galapagos. In fact, the only way to see the Crown is by water; it is termed a Marine Visitor Site, and no landings are allowed. Sometimes referred to as Onslow Island, this is an almost completely submerged volcano, and erosion has transformed the cone into a series of jagged peaks; as a result, this site really does look like a devil's crown.

PM: Post Office Bay is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship.  It has been used since this time by mariners and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Apart from being the Post Office Barrel, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. We will continue to the north of the island and will ascent to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful vista at the Baroness lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa Von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as her house. From this lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo. 

Day 8 - Charles Darwin Station

AM: Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out.  One of the main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises, and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity. After the morning excursion you will be taken to the airport for your flight to the mainland.

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