Galapagos Explorer II Day By Day Itinerary

CRUISES CAN BE DIVIDED INTO 3 OR 4 NIGHT PROGRAMS

Cruise 3 Nights / 4 Days from Wednesday to Saturday

Cruise 4 Nights / 5 Days from Saturday to Wednesday

SATURDAY PM: San Cristobal Island - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
The second largest concentration of human population in thearchipelago. Approximately 6,000 inhabitants.

SUNDAY AM: Bartholomew Island
A tiny island of just 1.2 sqkm2, provides spectacular views of the Archipelago. Bartholomew is also a must for the visitor interested in geology. The endemic Galapagos Penguin is common in the bay area. Snorkeling, swimming and relaxing.
PM: Puerto Egas, Santiago Island
Settled in the 20’s by Norwegians, who attempted to establish a fishing and a salt factory. The island is currently uninhabited. Several species of land birds, including 10 species of the Darwin Finches as well as the Galapagos Hawk. The best site in the Archipelago to watch the Galapagos Fur Seal. Snorkeling and swimming.

MONDAY AM: Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island
Fernandina is the westernmost island of the Archipelago. The colossal shield of the still active volcano Fernandina reaches 1,494 m. Impressive island with a variety of wildlife as well as volcanic features. Punta Espinoza at the northeast coast is the only area open to visitors. Harbors one of the largest communities of Marine Iguanas, as well as Californian Sea Lions and Galapagos Flightless Cormorants.
PM: Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island

TUESDAY AM: North Seymour
NOON: Baltra, Turtle Cove
In Turtle Cove you will find Mangroves, Golden Rays and White tipped Sharks

WEDNESDAY AM: Ochoa Beach, Isla San Cristobal
Free time to walk on the beach. You can do snorkeling. Beautiful beach for swimming, sea anemones, beach vegetation, sea birds, seashore birds lagoon birds, mangrove trees.

Alternatives available, depending of the flight schedule:
PM: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Isla San Cristóbal
Visit to the Interpretation Center inaugurated in 1998. State-of-the-art facility offers complete education on both the islands and its human population.
Short visit to the town followed by and transfer to the airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.
Islas Lobos, situated less than an hour's ride from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Lobos Islet is a seasonal nesting location for the Blue-footed Booby. Snorkeling.

THURSDAY AM: Punta Suárez, Española Island
Its rocks count among the oldest in the Archipelago. Some geologists describe the 60 km2 island as the remains of an eroded archaic volcano.
One of the most spectacular sites of the Galápagos
Explore Punta Suarez, looking for Californian Sea Lions surfing the breaking waves and groups of Marine Iguanas basking in the sun.
Further in land, both Masked and Blue-footed Boobies nest beside the trails.
The only site in the Galapagos to spot the Galapagos Albatross (a seasonal sight)
Hike a trail towards the cliffs to the Blowhole, a fissure in the lava cliffs where seawater jets high in the air.
PM: Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz is the second largest island of the Archipelago.
Colonized since the 1920´s, Puerto Ayora is the most important harbor of the islands.
The headquarters of the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Station are also located in this town and the latter is part of our visit.
Option 1: Visit Darwin Station to learn about the research activities conducted on the island. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a Galapagos Giant Tortoise breeding and rearing center. Here tortoises of different subspecies are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. Afterwards, you can stroll through Puerto Ayora, the largest town on the islands.
Option 2: Board a bus for a 45-minute ride through changing vegetation zones to the Santa Cruz Highlands. Here, about 40 Giant Tortoises live in the wild. By approaching quietly, you can find and observe a tortoise turtle on your own. We also hike through tunnels made by cooling lava.

FRIDAY AM: Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island
Genovesa is the only northern island of the Archipelago open to visitors This 14 sq km. island is the tip of a submerged shield volcano that rises 76 meters above the sea level. Its central crater is filled with salt water. Ocean erosion created the Darwin Bay on the southern slope.
Genovesa lacks on reptiles, except for the Marine Iguanas. It is a paradise for sea birds, including large colonies of the Red-footed Boobies and Great Frigatebirds.
Swimming, snorkeling and dingy rides are available.

Prince Phillip's Steps
This is the breeding ground for the tree-loving Red-footed Booby and the ground-nesting Masked Booby. This is also home to four species of Darwin Finches: the Large Ground Finch, Sharp-beaked Ground Finch, Large Cactus Finch and Warbler Finch.
Natural history enthusiasts will recall that Charles Darwin's observation of varied adaptations of finches beaks helped inspire his theories on natural selection. Genovesa is also home to the indigenous Galapagos Mockingbird and the Galapagos Dove. If we have time, we'll snorkel at El Barranco on the west side of Darwin Bay.

SATURDAY: Cerro Brujo. Hiking and swimming, snorkeling is available. Sandy beach Sally-lightfoot Crabs, Brown Pelicans, Blue-footed Boobies.