Experience an unforgettable journey with this majestic 8-days itinerary that includes visits to two must-see islands: Española and Fernandina plus other incredible and life-filled spots in the Western and the Southern part of the Archipelago. All this while cruising on board a high-end motor vessel to be part of a memorable experience.
Activity level: Moderate
Ship: Naturtal Paradise information here
► DAY 01: Baltra Island / Santa Cruz Island: Eden Islet Details
DAY 1 Tuesday: Arrival / San Cristobal
your comfortable cabin and enjoy a delicious welcome lunch on board.
PM: Eden Islet
► DAY 02: Isabela Island / Fernandina Island: Vicente Roca Point & Espinoza Point Details
AM: Vicente Roca Point
PM: Espinoza Point
► DAY 03: Isabela Island: Urbina Bay & Moreno Point Details
AM: Urbina Bay
PM: Moreno Point
► DAY 04: Isabela Island: Sierra Negra Volcano & Wall of Tears, Wetlands & Tortoise Breeding Center Details
AM: Sierra Negro Volcano
The Volcano boasts the largest basaltic caldera in Galapagos at 9 x 10 km. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finch and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005.
PM: Wall of Tears, Wetlands, Tortoise Breeding Center
From 1945-1959, a penal colony hosted prisoners who were forced to build this wall, stone by stone, in isolation. This now historical site, towering at 65 feet (25 m) high, took the lives of thousands during its construction. Locals claim to hear cries emanating from the heavy energy surrounding the site.
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.
This center was created to protect animals in their first years of life from the threats of foreign species such as pigs and donkeys. Giant tortoise eggs are collected and brought to the center where they are hatched and kept for five years before being released to their natural environment.
► DAY 05: Chinese Hat Island / Mosquera Island Details
AM: Chinese Hat
PM: Mosquera Islet
► DAY 06: Floreana Island: Post Office Bay & Cormorant Point / Champion Islet Details
AM: Post Office Bay
PM: Cormorant Point / Champion Islet
Afterwards, visit to Champion Island, named after the whaler Andrew Champion, is a small island located just offshore Floreana Island in the southern part of the Archipelago, considered as one of the most beautiful places on Galapagos for snorkeling and diving plus an excellent opportunity for dolphin watching.
► DAY 07: Española Island: Suarez Point & Gardner Bay Details
AM: Suarez Point
PM: Gardner Bay
► DAY 08: San Cristobal Island / Lobos Island: Transfer out Details
AM: Lobos Island, San Cristobal
It means “Sea Lion Island.” This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.
Continue to San Cristobal Airport to board your flight back to the Mainland.