MC PETREL 6D 5N GALAPAGOS

Itinerary B – Day by Day

Day 1 – Wednesday

AM: Baltra Island Airport: Arrival and Transfer to the boat
PM: Santa Cruz – Los Gemelos

Day 2 – Thursday

AM: South Plaza Island
PM: Santa Fe Island

Day 3 – Friday

AM: San Cristobal – Isla Lobos
PM: San Cristobal – Interpretation Center / San Cristobal – La Galapaguera

Day 4 – Saturday

AM: Española – Gardner Bay / Española – Osborn Islet
PM: Española – Suárez Point

Day 5 – Sunday

AM: Floreana: Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown
PM: Floreana: Post Office Bay

Day 6 – Monday

AM: Santa Cruz – Charles Darwin Station
PM: Transfer to the Airport

Arrival / Departure

When arriving at the Galapagos airport, you must first pass through the Galapagos National Park entrance and then onto baggage claim. Continuing through the airport with your baggage you will scan your belongings once more and then finally pass through.  

Just outside the doors will be your Guide waiting with a sign to greet you.  Once all those who will be boarding are together, the guide will escort everyone to the vessel to be welcomed by the crew and Cruise Manager.

At the end of your cruise, your guide will transfer you and the rest of the group to the airport specified in the itinerary with assistance at the check-in area.  

Special Note: The following itinerary includes all necessary details on each day’s activities.  If you have further questions please contact your Account Manager or Travel Agent.  

Day 1 - Wednesday

AM: Baltra Island Airport: Arrival and Transfer to the boat

  • Briefing onboard about the boat and the island.

PM: Santa Cruz – Los Gemelos

  • You’ll also visit the highlands. A place you can walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, White-cheeked Pintail ducklings, Darwin finches, and many other species. You will come upon the underground lava tubes, which are more than one kilometer (half a mile) long. Local guides are will provide information and flashlights. Walking through the lava tubes is a unique and surreal experience.
  • Highlights: Pit craters, Scalesia Forest
  • Possible Activities: Short hiking
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 2 - Thursday

AM: South Plaza Island

  • In the morning, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.
  • Highlights: Land iguanas, sea lion colony, Audubon´s shearwaters, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies, amazing landscape with cliffs
  • Possible Activities: Hike (2 ½ km /1.5 mi)
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Difficulty: Moderate

PM: Santa Fe Island

  • Santa Fe (Barrington) is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the island’s northeast coast. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest.
  • Highlights: Land Iguanas, giant tunas
  • Possible Activities: Hiking
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Day 3 - Friday

AM: San Cristobal – Isla Lobos

  • Isla Lobos or Lobos Island is named after the sea lions that rest and play on its rocky shores. It is also home to blue-footed boobies, great frigate-birds, brown pelicans, lava gulls, common noddies, yellow warblers and small and medium ground finches. There is good snorkeling in the clear waters of the channel and this is one of the best sites at which to swim with sea lions underwater.
  • Highlights: Snorkeling with sea lions, frigatebirds, Blue-footed Boobies
  • Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 mi/1 km), dinghy ride, snorkeling.
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Difficulty: Easy/moderate

PM: San Cristobal – Interpretation Center

  • The Interpretation Center was opened in 1998 as a phase of the project “Interpretation and Environment Education Project.” Visitors enjoy expositions on natural history, human history, and conservation. The conservation efforts represent the movement to protect the wildlife and natural environment through means of population and tourist control. The Interpretation Center has an outdoor stadium, audio-visual equipment, and meeting rooms.
  • Highlights:
  • Interactive exhibits
  • Possible Activities: Short walk
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Difficulty: Easy

PM: San Cristobal – La Galapaguera

  • A visitor site in the southeast part of San Cristobal Island that can be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds like warbler, finches and mockingbirds, and on the trails, Giant Tortoises.
  • Highlights: Giant Tortoises in captivity, land birds
  • Possible Activities: Short walk
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 4 - Saturday

AM: Española – Gardner Bay

  • Gardner Bay, on the eastern side of the island, is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of Waved Albatrosses. It has an ample white sandy beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkeling.
  • Highlights: White sandy beach, sea lions, mockingbirds; snorkeling: colorful fish, sea lion nursery
  • Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride, kayaking, short hike of (0.6 mi/1 km)
  • Type of Landing: Wet landing
  • Difficulty: Easy

AM: Española – Osborn Islet

  • After landing, you can walk across a lovely white sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. This small island is a marine visit where you can enjoy fantastic snorkeling and swimming.
  • Highlights: White sandy beach, sea lions, and mockingbirds.
  • Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride, kayaking, and short hike of (0.6 mi / 1km)
  • Type of Landing: Wet Landing
  • Difficulty: Easy

PM: Española – Suárez Point

  • This area is great for spotting Blue-footed Boobies, albatrosses and Nazca Boobies. A beautiful site on the ocean front, the large Waved Albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.
  • Highlights: Hood Mockingbird, Nazca Boobies, Waved Albatross, Red-billed tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos Hawk, Blue-footed Boobies, blow hole, amazing landscape
  • Possible Activities: Hike (1.9 mi/3 km)
  • Type of Landing: Dry Landing
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Day 5 - Sunday

AM: Floreana: Cormorant Point

  • This site hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts, White-cheeked Pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The “Green Beach” named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the “Four Sand Beach” composed of white coral.
  • Highlights: Flamingoes, green-colored beach
  • Activities: Dinghy ride & hike (1.2 mi /2 km)
  • Type of Landing: Wet landing
  • Difficulty: Easy

AM: Floreana: Devil’s Crown

  • One of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos, this volcanic crater has been eroded by the waves leaving the northern and southern sides poking out of the water. The coral reef in the middle is perfect for attracting marine life. Snorkelers enjoy the variety of marine life and exciting currents that rush through the crown, creating an exhilarating experience.
  • Highlights: The best snorkeling site in Galapagos Islands with sharks, rays, rock formations, lots of tropical fish.
  • Possible Activities: Snorkeling
  • Type of Landing: No landing
  • Difficulty: Moderate/difficult

PM: Floreana: Post Office Bay

  • In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.
  • Highlights: Barrel Post Office, nice sandy beach
  • Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 mi/1 km) & snorkeling
  • Type of Landing: Wet landing
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 6 - Monday

AM: Santa Cruz – Charles Darwin Station

  • The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Sub-species of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pet. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.
  • Highlights: Giant Tortoises in captivation
  • Possible Activities: Walking
  • Type of Landing: Dry landing
  • Difficulty: Easy

PM: Transfer to the Airport

  • Please keep in mind that on departures days, your morning visit will be early and short since we need to be prepared before heading back toward the airport for your returning flight to Ecuador’s mainland.

Experiences

Facilities, flora, fauna, activities

Interpretations and definitions

These types of landings mean that you will have to step out of the panga by the shore onto a beach or another type of wet surface. Guides will give instructions on how to disembark safely and whether your footwear should be removed or not. Once ashore, guides will provide special towels in order to dry off before putting on your footwear.

On dry landings guests will disembark the pangas onto a dry surface. This could be a man made dock or boat landing. On these types of landings it is not necessary to remove your footwear.

If there is no landing, you will either do the excursion via panga ride or enter the water for a snorkeling activity straight from the panga.

This is the small boat or zodiac used in order to transport guests to and from the boat to visitor sites and ports.

These are merely suggestions by experts on items that can help you enhance your visit to create a more enjoyable experience.

We cannot guarantee a 100% chance of observing the wildlife listed in these sections. It is based on guide knowledge and what has been seen before. The animals in the Galapagos Islands are wild and come and go as they please. You may even see wildlife that is not listed.

Activities rated easy means no great efforts are required and the excursion will be very easy going.

These activities may require some effort on your behalf, depending on your physical conditions but nothing extreme or intense.

Activities categorized as difficult will include more intense hikes or uneven terrain. Examples may be climbing over small/medium sized boulders, walking uneven or slippery surfaces. Breaks may be needed, make sure to tell your guide if you need assistance. One should be in good overall health and physical conditions. Nevertheless, guides will always keep the pace of the slowest person and will be aware of the entire groups physical abilities in order for everyone to enjoy the activity.

Please take into consideration that each visitor site is allowed specific activities authorized by the Galapagos National Park Authorities. Your guide will explain the different activities available at each site and may even give provide two different options.

The use of Jacuzzi is subject to weather conditions, itinerary and the sea conditions. Please talk to the Cruise Manager if you are interested in using the Jacuzzi during your stay on any vessel.

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