Monday: Arrival / Baltra
PM: Bachas Beach
AM: Bucaneer Cove
PM: Egas Port
AM: Rabida Island
Some groups here will opt to go for a fascinating dinghy ride along the shores while others may choose to disembark on Rabida Island’s mesmerizing, red-colored beach. The color of this beach is the result of the unusually high levels of iron that are found within its sand. The hike will bring you close to a colony of marine iguanas, sea lions, yellow warblers, mockingbirds and several species of Darwin’s finches; also there is there is the possibility to spot Flamingos.
PM: Bartolome Island
Today’s afternoon activities begin with a wet landing on the golden beach of this famous island, dominated by the imposing Pinnacle Rock. This is another great place for guests to go for a swim and snorkel from the beach. A chance to ride the glass-bottom boat is also offered. After returning to the ship, guests will be split into two groups: the first group will go for a hike to the summit of this relatively small island, the viewpoint of which boasts fantastic views of the archipelago. The second group, in the meantime, will get to explore the rugged and volcanic shoreline aboard the dinghies. The groups will then swap spots so that each one experiences the full beauty of this iconic island.
AM: Prince Philip’s Steps
The morning starts with a short steep climb (90 feet) up a flight of stairs to reach a flat and rocky plateau. Once there, hike around and check out large colonies of Red & Nazca boobies, great frigate-birds and storm petrels. Those not wishing to disembark can enjoy a longer panga ride along the cliffs (weather permitting); kayaking is a great alternative on the site.
PM: Darwin Bay
In the afternoon, wet-landing at the beautiful beach that lines this bay to enjoy some swimming and/or snorkeling. Following this refreshing dip, the excursion will head out to take a stroll and observe hundreds of birds, mainly: Nazca & red-footed boobies, Herons, Frigate-birds, lava gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. Opportunities for snorkeling, kayaking and swimming are available here.
AM: Santa Cruz Highlands
Begin your last morning on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island: head out for one last visit at the Giant Tortoise Reserve. Following a dry landing at a passenger’s wharf and a bus ride to the higher region of the island, guests will get to experience the final highlight of this itinerary: giant tortoises roaming around in the wild. These lush highlands include dense forests consisting of Galapagos daisies, orchids and bromeliads as well as several endemic land birds.
Transfer to airport for your flight to Mainland.