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An experience of a lifetime in the Galapagos Islands, aboard M/C Cormorant cruise.

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An experience of a lifetime in the Galapagos Islands, aboard M/C Cormorant cruise.

The recently refurbished Motor Catamaran Cormorant incorporates the very best of Galapagos Catamaran design.

The brand new Cormorant incorporates the very best of Galapagos Catamaran design. The modern and ample accommodation includes jacuzzi, huge sun deck and a private balcony for each of the spacious staterooms. Kayaks are also available for use.

Cormorant combines high quality with competitive pricing making your Galapagos experience an affordable luxury.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Private Balconies
  • Huge Sundeck and Jacuzzi
  • Large Suites Available
  • Interconnected Cabins
  • Excellent Itinerary
  • Kayaks on board

AMENITIES:

  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Laptops & Library
  • Hair Dryer
  • Satellite Phone

DECK PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS  

ITINERARIES

Cruise (Wed– Sat) – 4 days / 3 nights

Day 1: Wednesday
– AM – San Cristobal Island
Assistance will be provided for you when you arrive to the airport by one of our representatives after you have landed.
You will arrive at San Cristobal Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim you will be met by Cormorant 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.

– PM – Kicker Rock
In the afternoon you’ll be able to enjoy a dinghy ride and snorkeling around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), also known as the Sleeping Lion because of its resemblance.  This site is located off the coast of San Cristobal.  There are remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea and two vertical rocks rising 500 feet above the ocean which forms a small channel that is navigable by small boats.  This Galapagos Island’s natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises due to the many tropic birds, frigatebirds and boobies that fill the surrounding area.  Beneath the sea the crystal waters offer a brilliant sight of colorful tropical fish and invertebrates.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling & Dinghy Ride
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: No Landing (Kicker Rock/Leon Dormido)
Highlights: Deep water snorkeling, sharks, tropical fish, turtles, manta rays (occ.), hammerhead shark, spectacular rock formations, sea birds such as Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies & frigatebirds; second best place to snorkel in Galapagos.

Day 2: Thursday
– AM – Suarez Point
Española Island is the southernmost island of the Galapagos and is the breeding site of nearly all of the Waved Albatrosses in the entire world. Española is densely populated with mockingbirds, Blue-Footed and Nazca Boobies, Darwin finches, Galapagos doves, hawks, red and green Marine iguanas and colonies of sea lions.
In the morning, we will begin the day at Suarez Point on a trail where you will have the chance to see Blue-footed Boobies, albatrosses and Nazca Boobies. We will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that large albatrosses use as a launching pad! You’ll also have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts water into the air. The landscape is great for photography.
Possible Activities: Hike (1.9 mi / 3 km)
Difficulty: Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Hood Mockingbird, Nazca Boobies, Waved Albatross, Red-billed tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos Hawk, Blue-footed Boobies, blow hole, amazing landscape.

– PM – Gardner Bay & Osborn Islet
In the afternoon, we will visit the spectacular Gardner Bay & 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.  It is also the breeding site of nearly all of the world’s 12,000 pairs of Waved Albatrosses.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride, kayaking, short hike of (0.6 mi / 1km)
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals: White sandy beach, sea lions, mockingbirds. Snorkeling: colorful fish and sea lion nursery.

Day 3: Friday
– AM – Cormorant Point/Champion Islet (Floreana Island)
We will visit two sites on Floreana Island. Floreana is known for its fabulous snorkeling sites, its vibrantly pink flamingos and its black sand beaches.
We will head to Cormorant Point in the northern part of Floreana. Here, land on a green colored beach from the olivine crystals it is composed of. Enjoy a hike to a salt-water lagoon which is home to flamingoes an other sea birds. The trail continues to another beach known as Flour Beach because of the very fine white-sand particles it is made of, it is also really important to turtles that nest there. You will also get to swim in Champion, one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos Islands.
Possible Activities: Hike, Dinghy Ride & Snorkeling (1.2 mi / 2km)
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Sea lions, flamingoes, rays, olive crystals, rock formations.

– PM – Post Office Bay and Baroness View Point
In the afternoon, we will visit the famous Post Office Bay and Baroness View Point. You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers once placed a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don’t forget your postcards, and don’t be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you even get home!   Baroness View Point offers spectacular views of the coastline and is a great place to learn more about the endemic Mangroves.
Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 mi / 1km) & snorkeling, historical views
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Barrel Post Office, nice sandy beach, Mangrove forest, great views of coastline.

Day 4: Saturday
– AM – Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz Island)
In the morning we start at the Charles Darwin Station- Breeding Center “Fausto Llerena” home to turtles ranging from 4-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long.  Here you will observe the various sub-species of turtles interacting with each other, and possibly with you.  Many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, and will stretch out their heads for a pet.  The babies are only kept until they are about four years old, or large enough to survive in the wild.  These conservation efforts continue to be extremely successful.
Possible Activities: Walking, rocky beach to observe iguanas and crabs, interaction with tortoises
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Giant Tortoises, land and Marine iguanas, variety of birds.

After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

Cruise (Sat– Wed) – 5 days / 4 nights

Day 1: Saturday
– AM – Baltra
Assistance will be provided for you when you arrive to the airport by one of our representatives after you have landed.
You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim you will be met by Cormorant 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.

– PM – Bachas
The afternoon visit, Bachas Beach, is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, and is a great swimming beach.  One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II, a floating pier, presents its self here.  You may see flamingos, Sally-Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, Black-Necked stilts, and whimbrels.  Sea turtles also nest off the beach.
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: World War II remnants, Sally-Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, Black-necked Stilts, whimbrels, and sea turtles

Day 2: Sunday
– AM – Bartolme Island
Our morning visit includes Bartholomew Island, home of the famous Pinnacle Rock.  Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations.  We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes), where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands!  You will also visit a small, beautiful beach, surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island.  The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see the Galapagos penguins.
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride, snorkeling & hike (1.2 mi / 2 km)
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult. Walk up to the top of volcano 114 meters, 375 wooden steps
Type of Landing: Dry and Wet Landing
Highlights: Pinnacle rock, panoramic view, moonlike landscape, penguins, pioneer plants, lava cactus, snorkeling, penguins, reef sharks, sting-rays, and a variety of colorful fish.

– PM – Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)
Located southeast of Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay is of great geological interest. The area is covered by Pahoehoe lava flows combined with A’A lava.  It was very active 200 years ago. This flow is geologically very young. The magma formed is flat, but the movement of underground lava, the rapid cooling and other eruptions led to the break in many places.  200 meters around the landing, you can see patterns of vegetation that were burned during the eruption.  A visit to this area of black lava is preferable in the afternoon because the temperature is more pleasant and the light is better for photographs.
Possible Activities: Hike (1.3 mi / 1 ½ km) swimming and snorkeling
Difficulty: Moderate: The lava is very hot due to the sun, be sure to have thick-soled shoes.
Type of Landing: Dry landing at the rocky shore and a wet landing at the white sand beach.
Highlights: Pahoehoe lava flows, which have hardened in accordion like formation. Small glass-like bubbles of lava can be found, called “hornitos”. Swimming with sea lions and other wildlife from the shore is a lovely way to finish off the tour.

Day 3: Monday
– AM – South Plazas
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.
Possible Activities: Hike (1.5 mi / 2 ½ km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Land iguanas, sea lion colony, Audubon´s shearwaters, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies and amazing landscape with cliffs.

– PM – Santa Fe Island
Our afternoon visit is to Santa Fe Island, formed by a volcanic uplift. Santa Fe (Barrington) is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the island 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.  The island is home to a colony of sea lions which would be more than happy to join you for a swim.  Santa Fe also has its own sub-species of land iguana.
Possible Activities: Hiking and swimming
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Land Iguanas, giant tunas, sea lions.

Day 4: Tuesday
– AM – Witch Hill (San Cristobal)
We will visit Witch Hill (Cerro Brujo) in the morning where you will explore one of the nicest beaches in the Galápagos. You’ll be tantalized by the texture and sight of the powdered, soft, white sand. With a colony of sea lions and Blue-footed Boobies, this scenic place is bustling with life. Just beyond the beach is a lagoon, thriving with Egrets and Great Blue Herons. The turquoise water and abundant marine life will invite you to snorkel their midst.
Possible Activities: Hike, dinghy ride, snorkeling & kayaking
Difficulty: Easy walk along the beach
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Beautiful rock formations, sea lions, shorebirds, and land birds: finches and mockingbirds. Snorkeling: spot tropical fish, anemones, and sponge coral.

– PM – Pitt Point
In the afternoon we will visit Pitt Point. Pitt Point holds its own as the northeastern most site on Isabela. After an easy hike, you will be rewarded with a unique treat. Herein lays the only nesting site which hosts all three species of Galápagos Boobies.  Photographers will be thrilled with this intimate natural experience. The attractive volcanic tuff formations will have geologists and laymen alike imagining the forces of nature that possessed the earth to create this land.
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride, snorkeling, kayaking & hike (1.5 mi / 2 ½ km)
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Wonderful landscape, sea lion colony, three possible species of Boobies.

Day 5: Wednesday
– AM – Lobos Island (San Cristobal)
In the morning we will visit Lobos Island, a rocky bay just a 30 minute walk from Puerto Baquerizo.  Note the beautifully colored plants in the area down by the beach and the enormous colony and nursery that Galapagos sea lions call home.  Sea lions are normality here where dozens can be seen at any time as well as shore birds and marine iguanas.
Possible Activities: 30 minute walk
Difficulty: Easy /Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Sea lion colony, shore birds, unique colored plants, marine iguanas.

After this final visit, you will be transferred to San Cristobal’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

Cruise A (Sat– Sat) – 8 days / 7 nights

Day 1: Saturday
– AM – Baltra
Assistance will be provided for you when you arrive to the airport by one of our representatives after you have landed.
You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim you will be met by Cormorant 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.

– PM – Bachas Beach
The afternoon visit, Bachas Beach, is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, and is a great swimming beach.  One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II, a floating pier, remains.  You may see flamingos, Sally-Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, Black-Necked stilts, and Whimbrels.  Sea turtles also nest off the beach.
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: World War II remnants, Sally-Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, Black-necked Stilts, whimbrels, and sea turtles.

Day 2: Sunday
– AM – Bartolme Island
Our morning visit includes Bartholomew Island, home of the famous Pinnacle Rock.  Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations.  We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes), where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands!  You will also visit a small, beautiful beach, surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island.  The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see the Galapagos penguins.
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride, snorkeling & hike (1.2 mi / 2 km)
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult. Walk up to the top of volcano 114 meters, 375 wooden steps
Type of Landing: Dry and Wet Landing
Highlights: Pinnacle rock, panoramic view, moonlike landscape, penguins, pioneer plants, lava cactus, snorkeling, penguins, reef sharks, sting-rays, and a variety of colorful fish.

– PM – Sullivan Bay
Located southeast of Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay is of great geological interest. The area is covered by Pahoehoe lava flows combined with A’A lava.  It was very active 200 years ago. This flow is geologically very young. The magma formed is flat, but the movement of underground lava, the rapid cooling and other eruptions led to the break in many places.  200 meters around the landing, you can see patterns of vegetation that were burned during the eruption.  A visit to this area of black lava is preferable in the afternoon because the temperature is more pleasant and the light is better for photographs.
Possible Activities: Hike (1.3 mi / 1 ½ km) swimming and snorkeling
Difficulty: Moderate: The lava is very hot due to the sun, be sure to have thick-soled shoes.
Type of Landing: Dry landing at the rocky shore and a wet landing at the white sand beach.
Highlights: Pahoehoe lava flows, which have hardened in accordion like formation. Small glass-like bubbles of lava can be found, called “hornitos”. Swimming with sea lions and other wildlife from the shore is a lovely way to finish off the tour.

Day 3: Monday
– 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.
Possible Activities: Hike (1.5 mi / 2 ½ km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Land iguanas, sea lion colony, Audubon´s shearwaters, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies and amazing landscape with cliffs.

– PM – Santa Fe Island
Our afternoon visit is to Santa Fe Island, formed by a volcanic uplift. Santa Fe (Barrington) is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the island 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.  The island is home to a colony of sea lions which would be more than happy to join you for a swim.  Santa Fe also has its own sub-species of land iguana.
Possible Activities: Hiking and swimming
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Land Iguanas, giant tunas, sea lions.

Day 4: Tuesday
– AM – Witch Hill
We will visit Witch Hill (Cerro Brujo) in the morning where you will explore one of the nicest beaches in the Galápagos. You’ll be tantalized by the texture and sight of the powdered, soft, white sand. With a colony of sea lions and Blue-footed Boobies, this scenic place is bustling with life. Just beyond the beach is a lagoon, thriving with Egrets and Great Blue Herons. The turquoise water and abundant marine life will invite you to snorkel their midst.
Possible Activities: Hike, dinghy ride, snorkeling & kayaking
Difficulty: Easy walk along the beach
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Beautiful rock formations, sea lions, shore-birds, and land birds: finches and mockingbirds. Snorkeling: spot tropical fish, anemones, sponge coral.

– PM – Pitt Point
In the afternoon we will visit Pitt Point. Pitt Point holds its own as the northeastern most site on Isabela.  After an easy hike, you will be rewarded with a unique treat. Herein lays the only nesting site which hosts all three species of Galápagos Boobies.  Photographers will be thrilled with this intimate natural experience. The attractive volcanic tuff formations will have geologists and laymen alike imagining the forces of nature that possessed the earth to create this land.
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride, snorkeling, kayaking & hike (1.5 mi / 2 ½ km)
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Wonderful landscape, sea lion colony, three possible species of Boobies.

Day 5: Wednesday
– AM – Lobos Island
In the morning we will visit Lobos Island, a rocky bay just a 30 minute walk from Puerto Baquerizo.  Note the beautifully colored plants in the area down by the beach and the enormous colony and nursery that Galapagos sea lions call home.  Sea lions are normality here where dozens can be seen at any time as well as shore birds and marine iguanas.
Possible Activities: 30 minute walk
Difficulty: Easy /Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Sea lion colony, shore birds, unique colored plants, marine iguanas.

– PM – Kicker Rock
In the afternoon you’ll enjoy a dinghy ride and snorkeling around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), known as the Sleeping Lion because of its resemblance, this site is located off the coast of San Cristobal. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea and two vertical rocks rising 500 feet above the ocean, form a small channel that is navigable by small boats.  This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises due to the many tropicbirds, frigate birds and boobies that fill the surrounding air.  Beneath the sea the crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish and invertebrates.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling & Dinghy Ride
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: No Landing
Highlights: Deep water snorkeling: Sharks, tropical fish, turtles, manta rays (occ.), hammerhead sharks, and spectacular rock formations. Sea birds: Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies & frigatebirds.

Day 6: Thursday
– AM – Suarez Point (Española Island)
Española Island is the southernmost island of the Galapagos and is the breeding site of nearly all of the Waved Albatrosses in the entire world. Española is densely populated with mockingbirds, Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, Darwin finches, Galapagos Doves, hawks, red and green marine iguanas, and loads of sea lions.
In the morning we will arrive at Suarez 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 photographic opportunities!
Possible Activities: Hike (1.9 mi / 3 km)
Difficulty: Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Hood mockingbird, Nazca Boobies, Waved Albatross, Red-billed tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos Hawk, Blue-footed Boobies, blow hole, amazing landscape.

– PM – Gardner Bay/Osborn Islet
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.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride, kayaking, and short hike of (0.6 mi/1 km)
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: White sandy beach, sea lions, mockingbirds; snorkeling: colorful fish, sea lion nursery.

Day 7: Friday
– AM – Cormorant/Champion Islet Point (Floreana Island)
We will visit two sites on Floreana Island. Floreana is known for its fabulous snorkeling sites, its vibrantly pink flamingos and its black sand beaches.
We will head to Cormorant Point in the northern part of Floreana. Here, land on a green colored beach from the olivine crystals it is composed of. Enjoy a hike to a salt-water lagoon which is home to flamingoes and other sea birds. The trail continues to another beach known as Flour Beach because of the very fine white-sand particles it is made of, it is also really important to turtles that nest there. You will also get to swim in Champion, one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos Islands.
Possible Activities: Hike, Dinghy Ride & Snorkeling (1.2 mi / 2km)
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Sea lions, flamingoes, rays, olive crystals, rock formations.

– PM – Post Office Bay/Baroness View Point
In the afternoon, we will visit the famous Post Office Bay and Baroness View Point. You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers once placed a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don’t forget your postcards, and don’t be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you even get home!   Baroness View Point offers spectacular views of the coastline and is a great place to learn more about the endemic Mangroves.
Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 mi / 1km) & snorkeling, historical views
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Barrel Post Office, nice sandy beach, Mangrove forest, great views of coastline.

Day 8: Saturday
– AM – Charles Darwin Station
In the morning we start at the Charles Darwin Station- Breeding Center “Fausto Llerena” home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Here you will observe the various sub-species of turtles interacting with each other, and possibly with you. Many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, and will stretch out their heads for a pet. The babies are only kept until they are about four years old, or large enough to survive in the wild. These conservation efforts continue to be extremely successful.
Possible Activities: Walking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights: Giant Tortoises, land and marine iguanas, variety of birds.

After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

Cruise B (Sat– Sat) – 8 days / 7 nights

Day 1: Saturday
– AM – Baltra/Twins Crater
Upon arrival to the airport in Baltra you will be greeted by our staff and taken across the Itabaca Channel to the Island of Santa Cruz.
On Santa Cruz you will see a unique ecosystem, the highlands, which consists of a humid cloud forest where giant tortoises dwell and birds find sanctuary. This ecosystem contrasts with the dry coastal areas of the islands and the beautiful white sandy beaches, characteristics of the volcanic Islands.
Possible Activities: Hike (0.9 mi / 1 ½ km)
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Pit craters, Scalesia Forest, giant cactus, lava lizards, and giant tortoises. Land birds: finches, warblers, and flycatchers.

A delicious box lunch will be served and afterwards we will visit the town of Puerto Ayora before embarking. Once on the Cormorant Yacht you will have time to settle in and make yourself at home.

Day 2: Sunday
– AM – Tintoreras Islet or Sierra Negra (Isabela Island)
In the morning we will visit the Tintoreras Islet or Sierra Negra. Tintoreras is located a short distance from Puerto Villamil and is the home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by White-Tipped reef sharks, Galapagos penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches, surrounded by mangroves is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully.
Sierra Negra boasts the largest volcanic basaltic caldera in Galapagos at 9 x 10km. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finches and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005.
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride, hiking, walking
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: None (Tintoreras), Dry Landing (Sierra Negra)
Highlights: White-Tipped reef sharks, penguins, marine turtles, sea lions, marine iguanas, finches, basaltic caldera, and stunning views.

– PM – Tortoise Breeding Center
The Wetlands of Isabela Island are located just outside of Puerto Villamil. The Wetlands consist of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves, and are home to a variety of unique bird species such as Common Stilts, Whimbrels, White-Cheeked Pintails, and Gallinules. The Wetlands can be visited on foot via a path that winds through the swamps.
Possible Activities: Hiking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Shore Birds, whimbrels, White-Cheeked Pintails, Common Stilts, lagoons, swamps, and giant mangroves. Interactive experiences with the tortoises in the breeding center.

Day 3: Monday
– AM – Moreno Point (Isabela Island)
In the morning we will visit Moreno Point, located south west of Elizabeth Bay. Here, a dry landing onto what was once flowing lava is possible. The lava has left craters in its wake, which formed crystal tide pools. By looking into the pools, you can peer into another world, as the marine life drifts by.  In the brackish pools of this area, you may see pink flamingos, White-Cheeked pintails, and Common gallinules. If you look carefully into the pools you may see White-Tipped reef sharks and some sea turtles.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride & hike (1.2 mi / 2km)
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Flamingoes, gallinules, Pintail ducks, turtles, and White-Tipped reef sharks.

– PM – Elizabeth Bay
The afternoon visit will take us to Elizabeth Bay, a secluded space lacking any landing sites. We will take a traditional ‘panga’, or dinghy ride, passing the red mangroves and amongst the wildlife of the lively bay.  Elizabeth is known for its marine life; you will probably see sea turtles and rays skimming the surface of the water.  You may also see the Brown pelicans diving for fish, Galapagos penguins, Blue-footed Boobies and even possibly spot humpback whales.
Possible Activities: Two-hour dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: No Landing
Highlights: Mangrove forest (unique in Galapagos), sea turtles, penguins, rays, herons, and sea lions.

Day 4: Tuesday
– AM – Mangle Point (Fernandina Island)
In the morning we will head for Mangle Point. A visit to Mangle Point allows visitors to witness the amazing views and wildlife on the Coast of Fernandina Island. This is a small inlet on Fernandina’s coast where you can snorkel to your hearts delight and watch playful sea lions, curious penguins, and also catch a glimpse of where flight less cormorants reside.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: No Landing
Highlights: Flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, A’A lava, sea lions, penguins.

– PM – Urbina Bay
In the afternoon, we will land at Urbina Bay, which presents some fascinating geological formations.  In 1954, an uplift from the sea formed the bay; which has been characterized by the resulting terrestrial coral reef ever since.  Expect to see stingrays and sea turtles swimming near the surface of the water, along with Flightless cormorants, pelicans, and marine iguanas. You will be dazzled by the breathtaking view of Volcano Alcedo.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride & hike, 2 trails: Short (0.6 mi / 1 km), Long (1.9 mi / 3km)
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Land iguanas (the biggest in Galapagos), hawks, coral reef, and giant tortoises. Snorkeling: you may see turtles, rays, and tropical fish.

Day 5: Wednesday
– AM – Espinosa (Fernandina Island)
Fernandina Island: No foreign species have ever invaded this island and therefore it is one of the world’s most pristine island ecosystems. Fernandina is the youngest island in Galapagos. Access to this site is extremely restricted by the Galapagos National Park and you will be one of those very lucky visitors. The volcano “La Cumbre”, dominates the land space with lava fields reaching the ocean.
Crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, we will land at Espinosa Point. After walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, we’ll reach the island’s highlight: the Flightless Cormorant nesting site. This area also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos Hawk.
Possible Activities: Hike (1.2 mi / 2 km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry and slippery at low tide
Highlights: Flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, A’A lava, sea lions, penguins, and the active volcano “La Cumbre”.

– PM – Vicente Roca Point
In the afternoon we will visit Isabela Island once again to Vicente Roca Point.  Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life.  Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola sunfish.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: No Landing
Highlights: Penguins, Blue-Footed boobies, terns, Nazca Boobies, and two types of sea lions, sea turtles, rays, the Mola-mola sunfish, and puffer fish.

Day 6: Thursday
– AM – Egas Point (Santiago Island)
Egas Port is a well-known site in the Galapagos Islands that is also known as James Bay on the western side of Santiago Island.  There are trails that lead to tide pools with lava lizards scattering along the trail and remains of an old salt mine operation that was eventually unsuccessful can be seen on one of the trails.  Fur seals and marine birds can be seen nearby and snorkeling can be enjoyed.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, hiking (1.25km/2mi)
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Unique trails abundant with lava lizards; Galapagos Hawks, fur seals and other marine birds; Distinctive underwater formations, marine iguanas, reef sharks, turtles and rays while snorkeling.

– PM – Buccaneer Cove/Espumilla Beach
Years ago Buccaneer Cove was a safe haven where pirates in the 1600 and 1700’s would stake out on the Northwestern side of Santiago Island.  Sea turtles now take the pirates place and dig their nests for their eggs near the Mangrove trees.  It is a great location for snorkeling and many marine birds and sea lions can be found here.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, hiking
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Historical site, rock formations; tropical fish, sting-rays, turtles while snorkeling.

Espumilla Beach is another famous visitor site in the Galapagos Islands.  After a wet landing, find yourself on a large beach where the guide will lead you on a path through a Mangrove Forest.  After weaving through the Mangroves, find an inland lake where flamingoes, pintail ducks and stilts reside.  The site is mostly inhabited by flamingoes that nest and feed in this location.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, swimming, hiking
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Mangrove Forest hike, flamingoes, pintail ducks, stilts, other marine birds. Snorkeling and swimming at the beach.

Day 7: Friday
– AM – El Barranco (Genovesa Island)
The morning takes us to El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, whose steep, rocky path will lead you up 25 meters (82 ft) to a cliff-face.  After marveling at the view you will have the opportunity to take a (0.9 mi / 2 km) trek through Palo Santo vegetation. Here you will be dazzled by all the birds.  Red-footed Boobies, Short-Eared Lava Owls, Galápagos Swallows, and Galápagos Doves are abundant.
Possible Activities: Hike (0.9 mi / 2 km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry, difficult landing
Highlights: Red-footed Boobies, Short-Eared Lava Owls, Storm-Petrels, Galapagos Doves.

– AM – Darwin Bay
Our afternoon visit will take us to the beach at Darwin Bay. This white-sand coral beach heads a (1/2 mi – 3/4 km) trail that winds down through mangroves that are filled with land birds. You may see Nazca Boobies, Red-Footed Boobies, and Swallow-Tailed Gulls. Further down the path, you may see sea lions playing in tidal pools. You will arrive to a cliff-side and as the spectacular views soak in, the Boobies and iguanas will keep you company.
Possible Activities: Hike (1/2 mi / ¾ km), snorkeling, kayaking & dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Nazca Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, Swallow-Tailed Gulls, mangroves, and white-sand coral beach. Snorkeling: you may see rays, colorful reef fish and hammerhead sharks.

Day 8: Saturday
– AM – North Seymour
The morning visit will lead us to North Seymour Island.  Galapagos Sea Lions, Blue-Footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigate birds are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by series of submarine lavas containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride & hiking (1.5 mi/2.5 km)
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Land & marine iguanas, frigate birds, Blue-Footed Boobies, and sea lions. Snorkeling: you may see rays, reef shark, fish, and garden eels.

After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

 

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