Friday to Friday
On arrival in Baltra, you will be transferred to Puerto Ayora, to the Ranch Mazanillo where you will have a lunch and a short walk. From there, board the Galapagos Seaman Journey, and discover your cabin.
PM: Santa Cruz Highlands - Journeying across Santa Cruz 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. 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. There are also plenty of lava tubes, sinkholes and craters to explore.
AM: White Tipped Reef Shark Canal (Tintoreras) - Tintoreras are small islands in front of Puerto Villamil coast: There is Heron lava on the lookout on mangrove branch, and Galapagos penguin and sea lion often pop out on shore. White-tipped reef sharks are fairly common in the archipelago.
PM: Wall of Tears: The Wall of Tears is a historic site in Isabela. Between 1946 and 1959 Isabela was a penal colony, where prisoners build a wall with huge blocks of lava as punishment. The wall is 100 meters long and 7 meters high. A set of stairs provides a bird's eye view of the wall and the surrounding landscape. You can still see the cement foundations of the USA base dating back to the Second World War.
AM: Punta Moreno - It is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava flow Pahohoe (solidified lava in the form of corrugated or an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons, its main attraction are several species of birds which can be found around this lakes and mangroves.
PM: Urbina Bay - Located at the base of Alcedo Volcano, the coast expanded half a mile out, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkelling, where combined sand, pumice, lava, coral and vegetation, allowing the presence of iguana burrows, and red and blue lobsters. The beach Bahia Urbina welcomes Darwin's finches, land iguanas, and Galapagos tortoises. Also in this area stands a large amount of vegetation Muyuy, chamomile and Rosewood, as well as the beautiful flowers of cotton Darwin, endemic to the Galapagos Islands.
AM: Espinoza Point - Espinoza Point is a place famous for its large colonies of marine iguanas and as the habitat of unique species like the flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos hawk, and Galapagos snake.
PM: Vicente Roca Point - One of the most impressive and spectacular places of the Galapagos Island: With high cliffs and tuff stone, ash and lava formations, it gives to this area a majestic touch. This large bay has a spectacular marine life: Here, you can see seahorses, sea turtles and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola or sunfish. This bay is a great place to practice Panga Ride and snorkelling and enjoy Penguins, Blue-footed boobies, Terns, Boobies, Sea lions as well as sea turtles, stingrays and puffer fishes.
AM: Playa Espumilla / Bucanero - Espumilla beach is located in northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. Unfortunately, the colony of flamingos which used to live there for long time has disappeared because of the last El Nino phenomenon. However, the beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles and for admiring Palosanto forest.
PM: Puerto Egas, Santiago Island - Known as "the black beach" due to its tuff deposits which have favoured the formation of this special black sand, this site is also called Puerto Egas, because of Hector Egas, the owner of a famous company which extracted salt from the Salt Mine Crater in the 50's. However, this project was abandoned and they left their infrastructure.
AM: Rabida - Rábida Island is unique because of its red rocks and sand: The volcanic material in this island is very porous and external factors as rain, salt water, and sea breeze have acted as an oxidizing agent. A short walk along a trail lead you to a coastal lagoon behind the beach which allow you to observe the land birds such as finches, doves, yellow warblers, and mocking birds as well as a colony of flamingos.
PM: Chinese hat - Small islet (1 sq km), it is a recent volcanic cone, shaped like a Chinese hat, when seen from north side. On the west you can see lava formations, created under the sea and raised upward. This is an excellent visit for interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.
AM: Sullivan Bay - Santiago, also called James Island, is located in the west central part of the Galapagos archipelago and is the fourth largest island in the archipelago. The island is also volcanically active, with many young flows and cones, and a number of historic eruptions have been reported over the last 2 centuries. Santiago actually consists of two coalesced volcanoes: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano on the southeast end.
PM: Bartolome - Bartolome Island is situated across Sullivan Bay and has an altitude of 114 metres, from where we can observe volcanic cones, lunar- like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. The island has two beautiful beaches where marine turtles exist as well as a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.
AM: Bachas Beach - These two small beaches are found to the West of Turtle Cove and have sand made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, perfect 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 and 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.
AM/ PM:You will disembark from your catamaran and be taken to airport for your flight to the mainland. (Only breakfast is provided today).