FRAGATA ITINERARY "C" - 8D /7N
FRIDAY to FRIDAY – 8D/7N
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BALTRA – BACHAS BEACH
Depart from Guayaquil to Galápagos (1½ hours of flight time).
- BALTRA ISLAND: This Island was a strategic point during the Second World War. In this beautiful Island is located the main airport of the Galapagos Islands where tourists and colonists arrive and depart. When arriving at Baltra Airport, our naturalist English speaking guide will assist you.
- BACHAS BEACH: After lunch, we'll land at Bachas Beach located in the North Shore of Santa Cruz. It is one of the main nesting places for sea turtles, and the crystal waters invite you to relax and swim. After visiting Bachas, we'll bring you back to the yacht, you'll have dinner and you'll get ready for a new adventure.
- EL BARRANCO: Also known as Prince Phillip's Steps, El Barranco’s steep, rocky paths lead 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 storm-petrels and Galapagos Doves. Hiking: 2km., dry landing. Lunch on board.
- DARWIN BAY: This enormous bay dominates the island, and like the Prince Philip's Steps, this place is home of a wide variety of seabirds including the famous frigates. Briefing and dinner on board.
BARTOLOME – SANTIAGO
- BARTOLOME: Lava formations and ash cones can be seen on this Island. A beautiful view of the nearest bays is waiting at the high part, after climbing a wood staircase for 30 to 40 minutes to the top (Walk up to the top of volcano 114 meters, 375 wooden steps). This is one of the most visited Islands because of its unique and famous Pinnacle Rock that consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. Time for snorkeling and possible sightings of the Galapagos Penguin. Hiking: 2kms. Dry and wet landings.
- SULLIVAN BAY (SANTIAGO ISLAND): You can swim and snorkel here with seals and penguins. The landing takes place on a beautiful white sand beach where you can see some lava formations. Wet landing. Briefing and dinner on board.
SOUTH PLAZAS ISLAND – SANTA FE ISLAND
- PLAZAS ISLAND: This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. This Island is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. Many birds like the tropicbirds and fork-tailed seagulls rest on the cliffs. 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. Hike: 2 ½ km. Dry landing. Lunch on board.
- SANTA FE: Colonies of sea lions, land iguanas, fork-tailed seagulls, terns and petrels can be observed. A trail will take you into the heart of the island where you can see a forest of giant cactus and palo santo trees. After this visit on land, you can swim and snorkel. Wet landing. Briefing and dinner on board.
SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND – LOBOS ISLAND
- LEON DORMIDO: After breakfast, we'll visit Kicker Rock, a giant rock that was formed by a volcanic eruption. A narrow canal right across Leon Dormido allows the transportation of small boats. On the other hand, this rock is home of many sea birds, and is considered a great snorkeling and diving site. No landing.
- CERRO BRUJO: This site is located on the north shore of San Cristobal Island. This eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its main attraction that is the coral sand beach and its wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of Booby Birds. Lunch on board.
- LOBOS ISLAND: The most important colony of sea lions and blue-footed boobies is on this Island. The scenery is beautiful and it is the perfect spot to snorkel. Briefing and dinner on board. Return to the yacht. Dinner and briefing for next day.
- SUAREZ POINT: Breakfast. This natural place is home of blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, colonies of marine iguanas, fascinating albatross, sea lions, Galapagos doves, and Darwin finches. Nevertheless, there is another natural attraction: the lava blowhole, where you'll be able to see water spurting into the air. Hike: 3km. Dry landing. Lunch on board.
- 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 takes 45 minutes by boat to reach this site. . The white sand beach is home to a group of sea lions. Swimming and snorkeling are excellent possibilities here. Wet landing .
- GARDNER ISLET:Sea lions, marine turtles and finches can be seen here.
- OSBORN ISLET: This small island is located southeast of Española. In Osborn Islet you'll be able to do some snorkeling and swimming. Dinner and briefing for next day.
FLOREANA ISLAND – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
- CORMORANT POINT: Breakfast. This site hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts, White-cheeked Pintails can also be seen. Olivine crystals in the beach make to name as the Green Beach. To the other side of the island, there is very fine white sand beach where marine turtles nest from December to May. Hike: 2km. Wet landing.
- DEVIL’S CROWN: This volcanic crater has been eroded by the waves leaving the northern and southern sides poking out of the water. The coral formations make the underwater scenery impressive for snorkelers where there are schools of multi-colored fish, sharks and sea turtles. No Landing.
- CHARLES DARWIN STATION (SANTA CRUZ ISLAND): The Darwin Station is part of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galápagos Islands, an international non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research in the Galápagos Islands since 1959. This visit offers an excellent introduction to the Islands, their origin and their formation. Learn about the Galapagos giant turtles breeding. Dinner and briefing for next day.
SEYMOUR ISLAND – BALTRA AIRPORT
- NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND: This Island is known for its large number of blue-footed boobies, colonies of magnificent frigate birds, fork-tailed seagulls, marine iguanas and sea lions. This island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone, being Palo Santo – Lignum Vitae - the most remarkable tree in the island.
This is the end of the trip.
• Accommodation on board and/or hotel of Puerto Ayora.
• All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
• Snacks after visits.
• Naturalist bilingual guide (English-Spanish).
• Fresh water to drink, tea, coffee.
• Bus service between airport / Pier or airport / Itabaca channel and vice versa (it will be assumed only if passengers travel on our dates of operation)
• Air flight rate to/from Galápagos.
• INGALA transit card: USD 20
• Wet Suits, for renting 5 days: USD 25 8 days: USD 35.
• Snorkeling gear (mask, tube, fins). For renting 5 days: USD 25 / 8 days: USD 35.
• Extra drinks.
• Personal expenses.
• Special Conditions: Single cabin has an 80% supplement on top of the normal the rate
• Special Itinerary Supplement: 10% over the rate
• Galapagos National Park fee (US$100 per person)
*Rates subject to change with no previous notice