Galapagos Islands on Eden

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Cruise the Galapagos Islands for a unique view of the natural world

Details

Duration: 8 Days
Starts in: Ecuador
Group Size: 1-6

Operated by:

World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.

Itinerary

Fly to Galapagos from Quito/Guayaquil, commence cruise

You can commence your itinerary in the city of Quito, located in the highlands of Ecuador just south of the equator or alternatively you may chose to commence from Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador located on the banks of the Guayas River. From your starting city you fly to the Baltra airport in the Galapagos Islands. You will then be met upon arrival and transferred to your boat to commence your cruise. Motorised dinghy, called ‘Pangas ’will transport you to the motor yacht Eden and our crew will welcome you on board. After departure and lunch, the first island visit is made. It takes around one hour by boat from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to get to Lobos Island. This is a peaceful small area separated by a channel from San Cristobal Island and it is a great place for snorkeling. After a dry landing and a short walk sea lions, marine iguanas and blue footed boobies can be seen in different spot of the island. NOTE: Itineraries are flexible and are subject to change according to weather, local conditions and circumstances beyond our control. Please note the itineraries should be used as a guide only.

Santa Fé (Barrington) Island & South Plazas Island

This island, according to the latest geological studies, shows to be one of the oldest islands on the Archipelago along with Española. The small bay on Santa Fe's northern coast provides one of the most photographed harbors within the archipelago. A large sea lion colony inhabits most of the surrounding landing site and the trail takes you among very tall forest of Opuntia cacti, where large and somewhat pale land iguanas, that are island endemics, can be seen. This island is also home of a variety of finches, the Galapagos mockingbird and a colony of Galapagos hawks. This afternoon we visit South Plazas, home to a large sea lion colony as well as some swallow-tailed gull, land iguanas, lava lizard and marine iguanas.

Santa Cruz (Indefatigable) Island & Charles Darwin Research Station

Santa Cruz is one of the inhabited islands to be visited during this itinerary. Puerto Ayora, with a population of about 25,000 people is the location of the Charles Darwin Research Station and Galapagos National Park main headquarters world famous for their tortoise breeding programs. After touring the Station, journey by bus to the highlands to go for a walk through the giant lava tubes and also have the unique opportunity to see the giant tortoises in the wild quite close to you in their natural surroundings. This afternoon is free time to explore the town of Puerto Ayora.

Isabela, Weeping walls & Centro Crianza Armando Tupiza

The Weeping Wall (Muro de las Lagrimas) and the Wetlands are located some 6km away from Puerto Villamil., the main village of Isabela. The former are the remains of one of the tree jails that used to function during the years of 1946 – 1959 while the latter is an area of saltwater lagoons that provides an excellent opportunity for scenic views and wildlife observation such as flamingos. This afternoon visit Centro Crianza Armando Tupiza, a breeding center for giant tortoises, which provides the opportunity to observe and understand the programs of the Galapagos National Park protection that works in conjunction with the Charles Darwin Research Station. In the Breeding Centre you can see two of the five sub-species of giant tortoises. The center was created to protect individuals in their first years of life from introduced animals such as pigs and donkeys.

Isabela Island, Punta Moreno & Elizabeth Bay

Punta Moreno is situated on the southwest portion of Isabela, one of the youngest island of the Archipelago together with Fernandina. The panga will take you to the rocky landing area but just before reaching this spot You will see many marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies on the rocks. The trail here takes you over a pahoehoe flow field where the visitor can have an idea of the birth of this Archipelago and the amount of magma that a single eruption can produce by these volcanoes. An area where only pioneer plants live and brackish ponds or oasis of life can be found. One of the few areas used by the flamingos to feed. This afternoon visit Elizabeth Bay by dinghy. You will come across a small group of islets known as Mariela that are frequented by Galapagos penguin. Because this area is so sheltered from the currents you can find other species such as green turtles and rays.

Isabela Island, Caleta Tagus (Tagus Cove) & Fernandina Island, Punta Espinoza

Caleta Tagus (Tagus Cove) is a natural harbor where for centuries, whalers and pirates left their ship's names painted or carved on the rocks. Take a walk uphill to Darwin's Crater salt-water lake for a superb view of the bay and other Isabela volcanoes. A trip along the shoreline will let you see penguins, flightless cormorants, boobies, pelicans and sally light foot crabs. This afternoon visit Fernandina Island. Fernandina is the most western island of the entire Archipelago and the youngest as well, but has an abundance of life. Marine iguanas can be found in their thousands. Sea lions especially big bulls are found resting on the beach as well as females with pups. Galapagos hawk juveniles and adults surround this area and can be spotted (with a bit of luck).

Santiago Island, Puerto Egas & Rábida Island.

Puerto Egas is located on the west side of Santiago one of the central island of the Archipelago where fresh water can also be found. On entering the Bay you will have the opportunity to see the Buccaneer Cove, the Sugarloaf cone and the black beach of Puerto Egas. The latter is where we disembark to start the visit. The trail will take you through some tidal pools along the coast where you can see marine iguanas, coastal birds such as the oyster-catcher and pelicans. This is also one of the few places where you will have the opportunity to observe Galapagos fur seals. This afternoon visit Rábida Island. Rábida lies off the southern shoreline of Santiago. The trail here takes you from the beach to a salt water lagoon and wonderful viewpoint from the cliffs.

North Seymour Island. Cruise concludes, fly to Quito/Guayquil

An early morning disembark (dry landing) for a walk along the coast and the interior of the island, observing bird colonies of blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, swallow tailed gulls and also sea lions, marine iguanas and land iguanas. Transfer to Baltra airport in order to catch your flight back to Quito or Guayaquil on the mainland. Upon arrival on the mainland your trip concludes.

Additional Information

Famous for its exceptional and fearless wildlife, the ancient landscape and rare inhabitants of the Galápagos Islands give visitors a unique view of the natural world. Although the islands are volcanic and largely bare of vegetation, they have different geological features that make them dramatic and strangely beautiful. Accompanied by a naturalist guide, this carefully planned eight day cruise aboard the Eden provides ample opportunity to explore this unique wildlife wonderland, where we can appreciate Darwin's theories amongst the numerous species of reptiles, birds and mammals. The Eden is a tourist superior 88 foot, steel-hulled motor vessel, fully air-conditioned and accommodates 16 passengers with private bathrooms. Whether snorkelling with sea lions, searching for giant tortoises or watching the mating dance of the Blue Footed Booby, the Galapagos offers a truly amazing spectacle. This extension can ideally be combined with any of our South American journeys.

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