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Hop on board Galapagos' newest vessel and experience the exquisite beauty of Galapagos Islands. Challenge yourself with different hiking routes that lead to spectacular views and meet tropical fish species as you snorkel along the coastline of Santiago Island. Over 4 days, you'll be surrounded in natural serenity and breathtaking scenery as you encounter a vast array of wildlife and marine species including land iguanas, sea lions, Galapagos doves, flamingos, reef sharks, and many more
Enjoy the natural scenery with many optional activities like hiking, snorkeling etc.
Encounter a range of different wildlife species including iguanas, blue-footed boobies, sea lions and many more.
Visit World War II remnants
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Baltra & Santa Cruz Islands
Day 2: Genovesa Island
Day 3: Santiago Island
Day 4: Santa Cruz Island - Baltra Airport
Day 1: Baltra - Santa cruz Island
Morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra, Galapagos Islands. You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be greeted by the Natural Paradise staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.
In the afternoon, you will visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island,
where giant tortoises are bred in captivity; this is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new
hatchlings) to 4-feet long adults.
Day 2: El Barranco, Darwin Bay - Genovesa Island
In the morning, you will visit El Barranco which is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps. It is a steep, rocky path that leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.
In the afternoon, you will visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which heads a half mile trail (0,75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path we’ll find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.
Day 3: Espumilla Beach, Egas Port - Santiago Island
In the morning, visit is to Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and the Sally Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkelling is highly recommended as you could and yourself face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark and a variety of other species of tropical fish.
In the afternoon, you will go to Egas Port, also known as James Bay, on Santiago Island which is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to the coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur sea lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkelling site.
Day 4: Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz, Return to Baltra
The morning visit, Bachas Beach, is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz which is a swimming beach. 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.
After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra’s airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.