Itinerary B: 8 days - Millenium Catamaran - Galapagos Cruise

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Day by day

Your flight arrives at noon from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Airport. After a short drive you will cross the channel Itabacaand so reach the north of the island of Santa Cruz. Then, we go to the top of the Crocker Hill, over there, on clear days, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the surrounding islands. You will learn about the typical Galápagos vegetation, for example, tree ferns, and visit the famous giant tortoises in El Chato.

Dinner and overnight on board.

Puerto Villamil & Tintoreras

You can reach the fishing village of Puerto Villamil, located in the southern side of Isabela Island. With an area of  4.588 km ², it is more than half the land area of the Archipelago. Nevertheless, it is comparatively little visited because there is no airport and is 5 hours by boat from Santa Cruz.

In the early morning you see on the barrier of the island tintoreras, sea lions and with some luck also white-tip sharks.

Wall of Tears & Wetlands

Then we continue to the Wall of Tears, a man-made monument. This long stone wall was built in the 1940s by convicts of the penal colony settled here once Ecuador took possession of the Islands. Our hike then leads through a wetland of brackish lagoons where flamingos are often seen.

Breeding Center

In the afternoon, we have a visit to a Breeding Center of Galapagos tortoises. Here you will learn more about its intention to protect and safeguard the various species of giant tortoises that inhabit Isabela Island, in order that the population of giant tortoises not decreases.

Sierra Negra Volcano

On days with good weather, there will be an afternoon excursion to the crater of Sierra Negra.

Dinner and overnight on board.

Isla Isabela: Punta Moreno

Punta Moreno is a bay with small lagoons where flamingos often stay. Other water birds live here, including Bahamian ducks.

Fernandina Island: Punta Mangle

In the early afternoon you reach the island of Fernandina, the youngest of the Archipelago. On the south coast is Punta Mangle, one of the best snorkeling sites of all Galapagos, excellent to see penguins.

Dinner and overnight on board.

Fernandina Island: Punta Espinoza 

In the morning we will visit Punta Espinoza in the north of Fernandina, which has fascinating lava scenery with cacti and  mangrove vegetation. Penguins, flightless cormorants, sea lions and the largest marine iguanas of the Galapagos are among its attractions.

Isabela Island: Tagus Cove 

In the afternoon, we will visit Tagus Cove, on the west coast of Isabela. Located at the feet of Darwin volcano, this was a popular anchorage site for pirates and whalers, some of them have written their ship’s names on the rock walls. After a two kilometer walk, you will reach a small cave, whose inscriptions dating from about 1800. Charles Darwin also visited Tagus Cove on his voyage on the Beagle. Here you will find penguins, flightless cormorants, and other marine birds. A steep path through dry forests and cactus, will lead us to the salty green crater lake, called Darwin Lagoon. During this short hike, you will discover once again the beauty of this island. It also offers the opportunity to snorkel, in order to appreciate the unique underwater world of this place.

Dinner and overnight on board.


Santiago Island: Puerto Egas

On Santiago Island, also called James, are still traces of the pirates time. This richly structured volcanic island offers long walks. Puerto Egas, that until the sixties was a salt mine. Some abandoned buildings of that era are still standing. Behind it, begins a natural wonderland. Here we can watch marine iguanas sunning themselves along with the glowing red crabs on the rocks. Three species of Galapagos herons live here with pigeons and oystercatchers. Moreover, this is one of the best places to see migrating shorebirds. At the end of the path will expect us Galapagos fur seals and sea lions. Also you can swim before leaving Puerto Egas.

Chinese Hat islet

In the afternoon you will be at Chinese Hat, an island near to the coast of Santiago. Topped by a perfectly formed crater, this island resembles the silhouette of a “chinese hat”. Only specialized plants can hold between the fragile lava. Sea lions inhabit the white coral beach, fringed by bushes adapted to saline soils.

Dinner and overnight on board.

Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove

At morning the dinghy will take us to explore the brackish lagoon of Black Turttle Cove with its many sea turtles and schools of gold rays and sharks. 

North Seymour Island

After lunch on board, we will anchor on the island of North Seymour; here you can appreciate the largest colony of frigate birds living together with swallow-tailed gulls and pelicans. Norh Seymour is also home to a group of large, old land iguanas that were brought here many years ago from the nearby island of Baltra. A small endemic tree called bursera malacophylla, is found only here and on three small neighboring islands.

In the afternoon you will witness a special spectacle: Sea lions surf on the big, oncoming waves from the west.

Dinner and overnight on board.

Bartolome Island

The small island of Bartolomé, at the east of James Island, is one of the most photographed places in the archipelago because its pinnacle rock. This young island keeps a whole series of dramatic volcanic formations, a moon-like landscape with small tuff cones and lava tubes. The various rocks have served the pilots of the U.S. Air Force as targets for target practice during the Second World War. Bartolomé has two beaches, which are separated by a narrow mangrove belt. In the northern beach you will have the chance of swim and snorkel, there are often penguins swimming too. In the south coast live reef sharks and rays and from January to March nesting green turtles are here.

Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay

Sullivan Bay, at the east of Santiago Island, is known for its distinctive lava formations. In the evening you can once again swim in the sea or snorkel with the sea lions.

Dinner and overnight on board.

A final morning visit takes you to the Bachas beach on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. This is one of the most important  nesting beaches for sea turtles. Behind the dunes, in a small lagoon, flamingos, stilts and bahama ducks can be observed. The wide beach is ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

At midday, the return flight to mainland, to Guayaquil or Quito, will be ready to take off from Baltra Airport.

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Itinerary B: 8 days - Millenium Catamaran | Galapagos Map
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Galapagos, a unique destination
- Kylie Ellis
The excursion was nothing short of perfect, and the whole crew was excellent. I’d suggest going onboard earlier because we went to Millentium at 16h00. Is like the first day lost.
Itinerary B: 8 days - Millenium Catamaran
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