Day 1 Santa Cruz Isl./Galapagos Islands
On arrival in Baltra, you will be picked up at the airport by a naturalist guide, and taken on a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Evolution where you will have lunch. Please remember that the exact route and program may vary according to weather and ocean conditions and the wildlife we encounter.
There are two types of landings throughout your Galapagos tour:
Dry landing: guests step from the dinghy onto rocks or a dock.
Wet landing: as the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, guests step into knee-deep water and wade ashore.
PM: Daphne Major Islet- circumnavigate Daphne Major Islet which is home to a variety of birds including Galapagos martins, blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, short-eared owls, red-billed tropicbirds amongst others. Celebrate your first equatorial sunset with a welcome cocktail, followed by your first briefing and dinner. Tonight, you will set out for the western islands.
Day 2 Fernandina Isl./Galapagos Islands
AM: Punta Vicente Roca- visit the northern tip of Isabela, the largest island in the archipelago. Your first visit is to Punta Vicente Roca, a dive class snorkelling site. Marine life is incredible in these nutrient-rich waters of the Humboldt Current, that bathe the western side of the archipelago. A panga ride takes you on a tour of seabirds perched atop cliffs and in crevices; all beneath the towering cutaway of Volcano Ecuador, created when it’s flank slid into the ocean.
PM: Punta Espinosa- as you cross the Bolivar channel toward Fernandina, La Cumbre volcano, which erupts frequently (most recently in June 2018), looms large on the horizon. Next, you will visit Punta Espinosa, a narrow spit of land, where colonies of Godzilla-like Marine Iguanas, Sea Lions, Flightless Cormorants, and Galapagos Penguins live near one another. A hike across a cracked Pahoehoe lava field arrives at an aquarium-like Mangrove pond; home to Sea Turtles and Rays.
Day 3 Isabela Isl./Galapagos Islands
AM: Urbina Bay- is directly west of Isabela’s Volcano Alcedo, and you will make a smooth, wet landing (a hop into a few inches of water). A highlight of this excursion is the giant land iguanas and giant tortoises, as well as the opportunity to go snorkelling amongst marine creatures, or just relaxing on the shore.
PM: Tagus Cove- where a wooden stairway rises to a trail entrance and continues around Darwin Lake through a dry vegetation zone, ending in a peninsula formed by spatter cones. The site provides spectacular views of Darwin and Wolf Volcanoes. Get ready for world-class snorkelling above the green, algae-rich, underwater pastures of Tagus Cove where you can encounter a herd of Sea Turtles, flocks of Penguins, Sea Lions, tropical fish, Flightless Cormorants and even Sea Horses.
Day 4 Bartolome Isl./Galapagos Islands
AM: Pinnacle Rock- visit Bartolome Island, famous for Pinnacle Rock, where you will see Galapagos Penguins and Sea Lions. Hike a trail to Bartolome’s summit for spectacular views of Pinnacle Rock, where the crystal blue waters of the bay cradle your yacht.
PM: Sullivan Bay- one of the most outstanding volcanic sites in the Galapagos. In the nearly 100 years since the Sullivan Bay Flow, only a few plants like Mollugo and Lava cacti have managed to take root in this harsh environment. It is possible to see oyster-catchers fishing for crabs and molluscs in the tide pools of Sullivan Bay. After exploring the lava flow, there is swimming and snorkelling with playful Sea Lions off two small beaches.
Day 5 Rabida Isl./Galapagos Islands
AM: Las Bachas Beach- a sandy white-coral beach that is a major egg-laying site for sea turtles. The name Bachas refers to the remains of landing craft left here at the end of WWII. Ashore, marine iguanas mingle with flamingos and other wading birds in another of the many super saline lagoons found in the Galapagos.
PM: Rabida Island- also known by its English name of Jervis, is unique for the very red colour of the beach and cliffs, beneath which one can find gliding sea turtles and perched blue-footed boobies. A thick forest of Palo Santo trees sits back from the beach sheltering a yellow saltwater lagoon. Pelicans next in the thickets and brightly coloured pink flamingoes graze the lagoon. A sea lion colony likes to laze on the red sands of the beach. We hike up a tiny peninsula for a wonderful view of the beach and lagoon. Sea caves invite exploration further down the coast.
Day 6 Santa Cruz Isl./Galapagos Islands
AM: Charles Darwin Research Station- Santa Cruz is the second-largest island in the Galapagos and its capital, Puerto Ayora, is the economic center of the Islands. Visit the Giant Tortoise and Land Iguana Breeding and Rearing Program where Lonesome George (now deceased) used to live.
PM: Highlands of Santa Cruz- the dry coastal vegetation transitions to lush wet fields and forests overgrown with moss and lichens. Visit the Tortoise Reserve, where you will have the chance to see these animals in the wild.
Day 7 Española Isl./Galapagos Islands
AM: Punta Suarez- is the southernmost island of the archipelago, and is one of the most popular due to the breathtaking variation and number of fauna that inhabits it. In Punta Suarez, witness the largest variety of marine iguanas in the Galapagos. You will also see the masked Nazca boobies and blue-footed boobies nesting along the cliff’s edge, as well as the famous, waved albatross.
PM: Gardner Bay- is a long white sandy beach, where colonies of sea lions laze in the sun, sea turtles swim offshore, and inquisitive mockingbirds boldly investigate new arrivals.
Day 8 Sat San Cristobal Isl.
AM: Galapagos National Park Visitor Centre- presents a comprehensive exhibit of the islands’ natural history, human interaction, ecosystems, flora & fauna and your naturalist will use the displays to provide an illustrated overview of life on the Islands. A short trail arrives at Frigate Bird Hill, where you can see both, the “magnificent-frigates” and “great-frigates” in the same colony. After this visit, transfer to the airport for your ongoing flight.