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Galapagos Vacations | Bartolome Island | Penguins | Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Vacations | Bartolome Island | Penguins | Galapagos Islands
Espumilla beach | Santiago Island | Galapagos
Espinoza Point | Fernandina Island | Galapagos
Chinese Hat | Galapagos Islands
Alya Galapagos Cruise | Luxury Catamaran

Western and Central Galapagos Paradise Loop

A breathtaking journey from the East to the Western Islands enjoying the sea-breeze while smoothly sailing on board your fantastic Luxury Catamaran. Explore the magic of Isabela and Fernandina by encircling them stopping on the most iconic and live-filled sites on the way. Truly a fantastic loop to enjoy the marvels on the Galapagos paradise!

Activity level: Moderate
Ship: Alya Cruise information here

Itinerary
►  DAY 01:  Santa Cruz Island: Highlands
►  DAY 02:  Isabela Island: Moreno Point & Elizabeth Bay
►  DAY 03:  Isabela Island: Urbina Bay & Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point
►  DAY 04:  Isabela Island: Tagus Cove & Vicente Roca Point
►  DAY 05:  Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach & Egas Port
►  DAY 06:  Rabida Island & Chinese Hat 
►  DAY 07:  Santa Cruz: Bachas Beach & South Plaza
►  DAY 08:  San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Center & Transfer out

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    Itinerary
    ►  DAY 01:  Santa Cruz Island: Highlands

    Santa Cruz Highlands Galapagos IslandsArrival to Baltra Islands from Mainland, then meet with your guide and board transportation towards the Highland of Santa Cruz, deep green contrasting beautifully with much of the dry, lower islands. The dominant vegetation in the highlands is the forest of Scalesia trees creating the lush green color. The lava tubes, over half a mile long, are underground and walking through them is a unique, surreal experience.

    Visit to “Los Gemelos” (Twin Craters), located opposite each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative as they’re actual craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The views from the top are breathtaking.

    ►  DAY 02:  Isabela Island: Moreno Point & Elizabeth Bay

    Punta Moreno Galapagos Islands | Galapagos Cruise | Islabela IslandAM: Moreno Point

    Moreno Point is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves create a birdwatcher’s delight:; Flamingos, Pintail Ducks, Gallinules; in the tide pools, white-tip sharks and green sea turtles can be spotted.

    Galapagos Islands SnorkelingPM: Elizabeth Bay
    The bay contents islets which can be visited by dinghy-ride. Penguins and blue-footed boobies can be spotted on the rocky islets along the Mangroves. With an abundance of marine life and clear water, the area is perfect for snorkeling and viewing sea lions, schools of colorful fish, and with luck, sharks; no landing is required on the site.

    ►  DAY 03:  Isabela Island: Urbina Bay & Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point

    Urbina Bay Galapagos Islands | Isabela IslandAM: Urbina Bay
    Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954 causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkeling. Giant tortoises and Land Iguana can be seen here.

    Espinoza Point | Fernandina Island | GalapagosPM: Espinoza Point
    Fernandina Island holds a unique quality: No foreign species have ever invaded the Island, therefore it is one of the world’s most pristine ecosystems. Volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the landscape with lava fields reaching the ocean. The island’s highlight features the flightless cormorant nesting sites. Also great opportunities to see Marine Iguanas, Sea-Lions and Galapagos hawk.

    ►  DAY 04:  Isabela Island: Tagus Cove & Vicente Roca Point

    Tagus Cove | Isabela Island | Galapagos Islands | Galapagos Cruises

    AM: Tagus Cove

    Tagus Cove is located across from Fernandina Island near the Bolivar Channel which divides the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800’s, using the zone as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another lovely beach surrounded by mangroves.

    Vicente Roca | Isabela Island | Galapagos

    PM: Vicente Roca Point

    Located on the northwestern coast of the island and comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (sunfish) may be spotted here. This bay is great for diving and snorkeling.

    ►  DAY 05:  Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach & Egas Port

    Espumilla beach | Santiago Island | Galapagos

    AM: Espumilla Beach

    the site is popular place for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs. The crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey. With an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eels, and sharks, snorkeling is a must!

    Egas Port Santiago Island Galapagos

    PM: Egas Port

    Also known as James Bay, Egas Port is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna: Finches, Oyster Catchers, Turtles and more! Here the Galapagos fur-sea lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site.

    ►  DAY 06:  Rabida Island & Chinese Hat 

    DAY 6 Saturday: Rabida Island & Chinese Hat

    Rabida Island, Galapagos | Galapagos Cruises

     

    AM: Rabida Island

    Rabida Island (Jervis), is one of the most lively and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago and a great snorkeling site. Its famous maroon sandy beach and stunning lookouts provide wonderful landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance, such as large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks, nine varieties of finches and brown pelicans. Snorkeling is also a possibility.

    Chinese Hat, Galapagos Islands

    PM: Chinese Hat

    This small islet is located near the southeast coast of Santiago Island. Its name comes from the distinct shape of the islet’s summit. This small islet is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tubes and lava flows, also a great site for snorkeling.

    ►  DAY 07:  Santa Cruz: Bachas Beach & South Plaza

    Bachas Beach | Santa Cruz Island | Galapagos

     

    AM: Bachas Beach

    Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, Las Bachas is a pristine swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, black necked stilts, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest off the beach.

    South Plazas Island, Galapagos

    PM: South Plaza
    after lunch, you will head towards 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 Sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January), bright red.

    ►  DAY 08:  San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Center & Transfer out

    San Cristobal Interpretarion Center | San Cristobal Island | Galapagos IslandsAM: Interpretation Center

    The Interpretation Center was opened in 1998 as a phase of the project “Interpretation and Environment Education Project.” Visitors enjoy expositions on natural history, human history, and conservation. The conservation efforts represent the movement to protect the wildlife and natural environment through means of population and tourist control. The Interpretation Center has an outdoor stadium, audio-visual equipment, and meeting rooms.

    Afterwards continue to Baltra airport for your flight back to Mainland. End of cruise.

A breathtaking journey from the East to the Western Islands enjoying the sea-breeze while smoothly sailing on board your fantastic Luxury Catamaran. Explore the magic of Isabela and Fernandina by encircling them stopping on the most iconic and live-filled sites on the way. Truly a fantastic loop to enjoy the marvels on the Galapagos paradise!

Activity level: Moderate
Ship: Alya Cruise information here



Itinerary
►  DAY 01:  Santa Cruz Island: Highlands Details

Santa Cruz Highlands Galapagos IslandsDAY 1 Monday: Santa Cruz Island: Highlands

Arrival to Baltra Islands from Mainland, then meet with your guide and board transportation towards the Highland of Santa Cruz, deep green contrasting beautifully with much of the dry, lower islands. The dominant vegetation in the highlands is the forest of Scalesia trees creating the lush green color. The lava tubes, over half a mile long, are underground and walking through them is a unique, surreal experience.

Visit to “Los Gemelos” (Twin Craters), located opposite each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative as they’re actual craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The views from the top are breathtaking.


►  DAY 02:  Isabela Island: Moreno Point & Elizabeth Bay Details

DAY 2 Tuesday: Isabela Island: Moreno Point & Elizabeth Bay

Punta Moreno Galapagos Islands | Galapagos Cruise | Islabela IslandAM: Moreno Point

Moreno Point is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves create a birdwatcher’s delight:; Flamingos, Pintail Ducks, Gallinules; in the tide pools, white-tip sharks and green sea turtles can be spotted.

 

 

 

Galapagos Islands SnorkelingPM: Elizabeth Bay
The bay contents islets which can be visited by dinghy-ride. Penguins and blue-footed boobies can be spotted on the rocky islets along the Mangroves. With an abundance of marine life and clear water, the area is perfect for snorkeling and viewing sea lions, schools of colorful fish, and with luck, sharks; no landing is required on the site.

 

 

 


►  DAY 03:  Isabela Island: Urbina Bay & Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point Details

Urbina Bay Galapagos Islands | Isabela IslandDAY 3 Wednesday: Isabela Island: Urbina Bay & Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point

AM: Urbina Bay
Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954 causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkeling. Giant tortoises and Land Iguana can be seen here.

 

 

 

Espinoza Point | Fernandina Island | GalapagosPM: Espinoza Point
Fernandina Island holds a unique quality: No foreign species have ever invaded the Island, therefore it is one of the world’s most pristine ecosystems. Volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the landscape with lava fields reaching the ocean. The island’s highlight features the flightless cormorant nesting sites. Also great opportunities to see Marine Iguanas, Sea-Lions and Galapagos hawk.

 

 


►  DAY 04:  Isabela Island: Tagus Cove & Vicente Roca Point Details

DAY 4 Thursday: Isabela Island: Tagus Cove & Vicente Roca Point