MT CAMILA 8D 7N GALAPAGOS - ITINERARY B

Day by Day

Day 1 – Saturday

AM: Arrival to San Cristobal Airport with transfer to M/T Camila
PM: San Cristobal – Lobos Island/Kicker Rock

Day 2 – Sunday

AM: San Cristobal – Pitt Point
PM: Witch Hill

Day 3 – Monday

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

Day 4 – Tuesday

AM: Santa Cruz – Bachas Beach
PM: Bartolome Island

Day 5 – Wednesday

AM: Rabida Island
PM: Santiago Island – Egas Port

Day 6 – Thursday

AM: Genovesa – Darwin Bay
PM: Genovesa – El Barranco

Day 7 – Friday

AM: Mosquera Islet
PM: Santa Cruz – Highlands

Day 8 – Saturday

AM: North Seymour Island
PM: Transfer to Baltra Airport

Arrival / Departure

When arriving to 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 a Guide will be 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 - Saturday

AM: Arrival to San Cristobal Airport with transfer to M/T Camila

  • Welcome to the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/T Camila. The guide and crew will greet you and show you to your accommodations upon your arrival. Afterwards, the guide and cruise manager will hold a short briefing on all safety and emergency protocols, different areas of the vessel and the normal routine of the itinerary.

PM: San Cristobal – Lobos Island/Kicker Rock

  • Lobos Island is aptly named after the many sea lions that reside here resting and playing along the rocky shores. It is also home to many different birds like pelicans, frigate birds and their nests, yellow warblers and more. Within the small channel the waters are very clear, making it easy to find sea turtles, sea lions, stingrays and perhaps even white-tipped sharks. Kicker rock is one of the most extraordinary sites in the Galapagos Islands, made of two eroded volcanic cones that tower over the sea at about 104 meters in the middle of the open water. It is one of the best sites in Galapagos to see incredible underwater life.
  • Activities: Short hiking, swimming and snorkeling.
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Landing: Dry landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, sally lightfoot crabs, frigate birds, Galapagos sharks, schools of tropical fish, stingrays.

Day 2 - Sunday

AM: San Cristobal – Pitt Point

  • When arriving to Pitt Point, it will feel almost like you’ve landed on an extraterrestrial planet. You can see the many different developments over time of how volcanic activity formed this island. A hike up to the top beholds amazing views of the surrounding waters. Watch out for blue-footed boobie nests on the ground and keep an eye out for the red-footed boobies nesting in the trees once you reach the top of the island.
  • Activities: Hiking and kayaking.
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
  • Landing: Wet landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, sally lightfoot crabs, Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, red-footed boobies.
  • What to Bring: Sturdy hiking shoes and walking sticks to aid on the uneven terrain.

PM: San Cristobal – Witch Hill

  • Passing by on a panga your guide and crew will show you amazing rock formations formed by the passing of time and erosion of the sea. You’ll finally arrive to a beautiful white sandy beach to spend the time swimming or basking in the sun. Frolic with sea lions who may swim by playfully or take a walk down the entire beach and back.
  • Activities: Panga ride, swimming and snorkeling.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Landing: Dry landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, sally lightfoot crabs. What to Bring: Swimwear and/or sandals or shoes for both land and water

Day 3 - Monday

AM: Española – Suarez Point

  • This is the only nesting site in Galapagos where the Waved Albatross nests. They come back only once a year to meet the same mate, year after year. They spend the rest of the year at sea. Apart from these amazing birds are the Galapagos Hawks that can be seen and the amazing formations and blow hole on the other side of the island, reached by a hike.
  • Activities: Hike
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Landing: Dry landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, marine iguanas, Galapagos hawk, waved albatross, red-billed tropic birds, various shorebirds, sally lightfoot crabs.
  • What to Bring: Sturdy hiking shoes and walking sticks to aid on uneven terrain.

PM: Española – Gardner Bay / Osborn Islet

  • Gardner Bay is an excellent place to see sea lions lounging on the beach while mockingbirds get up close to see if they can steal water or crumbs. Over time, the mockingbird must have been offered water or food from tourists and now they have no fear of walking on your things or landing very close to you. It is so important not to feed or touch the animals. It can disrupt their normal behaviors and threaten their future.
  • Activities: Walking on the beach and swimming.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Landing: Wet landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, mockingbirds, stingrays, sea turtles.
  • What to Bring: Swimwear and footwear for walking in and out of the water.

Day 4 - Tuesday

AM: Santa Cruz – Bachas Beach

  • Bachas beach has beautiful green and blue waters that contrast along the surf of the black lava shores. In the air various shore birds fly searching for food. On the shore you can explore the sand dunes and find a salt water lagoon with greater pink flamingos.
  • Activities: Walking on the beach and swimming.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Landing: Wet landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, mockingbirds, sea turtles, flamingos.

PM: Bartolome Island

  • This island is well known for its incredible remnants of volcano cones and distinct terrain such as Pinnacle Rock. A hike will lead you up to the top of a lookout point to see all of Sullivan Bay. You might be able to see lava lizards and various sea birds flying above.
  • Activities: Walk on the boardwalk, hike, snorkeling.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Landing: Dry and Wet are both possibilities
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, lava lizards, frigate birds

Day 5 - Wednesday

AM: Rabida Island

  • This visitor site is quite different from others as it has a very distinct and red fine gravel beach due to the iron content. Snorkeling can be done here with spectacular sights of tropical fish. Visitors like to walk along the beach taking in the sights and also visiting the black lagoon with pink flamingos.
  • Activities: Walking on the beach, swimming and snorkeling.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Landing: Wet landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, pelican, manta rays, sea turtles, pink flamingos, lava lizards, Galapagos doves, blue-footed boobies.

PM: Santiago Island – Egas Port

  • This visitor site is also known as James Bay, it is home to Galapagos hawks, lava lizards and the trails lead to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools full of fauna. Fur seals, different from the common sea lions can also be seen here.
  • Activities: Walking on the beach, swimming and snorkeling.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Landing: Wet landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, pelican, stingrays, sea turtles, fur seals, marine iguanas, lava lizards, Galapagos doves, blue-footed boobies.

Day 6 - Thursday

AM: Genovesa – Darwin Bay

  • A white sand coral beach leads the way to a hiking trail through mangroves filled with many different species of land birds and other famous species like blue-footed and red-footed boobies and swallow tailed gulls. Towards the end of the hike are tidal pools where you can find sea lions swimming playfully and finally a spectacular view off a cliff.
  • Activities: Hike and/or snorkeling
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Landing: Wet landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, red-footed boobies, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, lava lizards.

PM: Genovesa – El Barranco

  • El Barranco is also known as Prince Philip’s Steps. It is an extraordinary site on the flatter area of the island in Darwin’s Bay. Be prepared to make your way up a rocky crevasse, then enjoy the easy trail to spectacular views. This is one of the few visitor sites where all three boobie species can be seen, as well as the short-eared owl.
  • Activities: Hike
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
  • Landing: Dry landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, all three boobie species, short-eared owls, marine iguanas, Galapagos doves, storm petrels, finches, frigatebirds.

Day 7 - Friday

AM: Mosquera Islet

  • Located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour lays a reef made of coral. This was the result of volcanic uprising making the islet only 160 meters across at its narrowest width. It has one of the largest populations of sea lions and is home to many shorebirds. On occasion, orcas can be seen hunting off the shoreline.
  • Activities: Panga ride
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Landing: No landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds and seabirds, frigatebirds, orcas.

PM: Santa Cruz: Highlands

  • The highlands are located in the northern part of Santa Cruz and can reach elevations up to 1500 meters. This area is rich with hills, ferns, volcanoes and wildlife. A great contrast to the molten lava harden beaches and rocky areas of other islands already seen. It is home to giant tortoises, mockingbirds, finches and many other species.
  • Activities: Hike
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Landing: Dry landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Galapagos tortoises, finches, mockingbirds, lava lizards, pintail ducks, other shorebirds.

Day 8 - Saturday

AM: North Seymour

  • Explore the rocky coast of North Seymour passing colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds. The island was formed by a series of submarine lava expelled from the ocean floor, carrying with it layers of sediment uplifted by the tectonic activity. The island is mostly characterized by the arid vegetation.
  • Activities: Hike, snorkel, panga ride
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Landing: Dry landing
  • Possible Wildlife: Marine iguanas, frigatebirds, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, finches, land iguanas.

Transfer to Airport

After this final visit you will be transferred to the airport and your cruise will come to an end and you will be transferred to Baltra Airport. Important Info: Itineraries are subject to change due to many different elements such as weather, park authorities and regulations, airline operations out of our control, guide experience and safety concerns.

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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