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NATURALIST CRUISE B

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CRUISE B – ITINERARY

 

ITINERARY B – Naturalist Cruise – Western Islands (5 Days/ 4 Nights)
Wednesday A.M. Flight to Baltra Airport Galapagos  
P.M. Santa Cruz Highlands
Thursday A.M. Santiago Sullivan Bay
P.M. Rabida Rabida
Friday A.M. Isabela Punta Vicente Roca
P.M. Fernandina Punta Espinosa
Saturday A.M. Isabela Las Tintoreras
P.M. Isabela Wet Lands
Sunday A.M. Mosquera Mosquera
Flight back to mainland Ecuador

 

 

GEAR AND PACKING

Activities

  • Panga Ride (PR)
  • Snorkeling (SN)
  • Soft Trekking (ST)
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Day 1, Flight to Baltra Airport Galapagos and Santa Cruz Highlands

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
It is the center of the Archipelago with a diversity of wildlife and with amazing vegetation. This is the second largest island after Isabella, the most visited and offers lots of interesting places to visit. Puerto Ayora is the capital and it is in front of the sea, offering a relaxed and peaceful coastal town feeling. The highlands of Puerto Ayora are very interesting, you will see different vegetation, altitudes, weather and fauna. We can also admire the Giant Galapagos Tortoise roaming in its natural habitat. You can also explore a cavernous underground Lava Tunnel where you can view one of the geological wonders of our volcanic islands. You will also be able to explore some of the “backroads” of Santa Cruz on the way to Puerto Ayora.
 
PLACE ACTIVITY DIFICULTY
Puerto Ayora`s Highlands ST Moderate
Puerto Ayora`s Lava Tunnel ST Moderate
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Day 2, Santiago and Rabida Islands

SANTIAGO ISLAND
Santiago or “San Salvador” has an area of 585 square meters and an altitude of 907 meters. Dolphins, sharks, sea lions and flamingos are part of the wildlife of the island. Santiago has evidence of the pahoehoe lava flow. The lava shoreline has provided the island many of its attractions.
 
Quick Facts
  • Tourists can be delighted by the incredible lava formations of Sullivan Bay.
  RABIDA ISLAND
Jervis Island or Rabida Island is located at the south of Santiago, it is relatively a tiny Island with a rocky coastline. Its distinctive red appearance comes through the presence of iron on the surface of the craters that presented in the area. It has an area of 4.9 square kilometers and an altitude of 367 meters. Visitors have the single opportunity to see pelicans. Here nine of the fourteen species of finches are found.
 
Quick Facts
  • The reddish hue of the sand of the soil of the island combined with the amazing flora and fauna, gives as result a beautiful landscape full of wonders
 
PLACE ACTIVITY DIFICULTY
Sullivan Bay ST Moderate
SN Moderate
Rabida ST Moderate
PR Moderate
SN Moderate
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Day 3,Isabela and Fernandina Islands

ISABELA ISLAND
Isabela Island was named in this way in honor of Queen Isabela of Spain. Isabela has an area of 4,640 square kilometers and an altitude of 1,707 meters. This island occupies the 60% of the area of Galapagos making it the largest island of the archipelago. The Equator passes directly through Isabela.   Isabela is one of the inhabited Island in its port, called Puerto Villamil.
 
Punta Vicente Roca:
After breakfast, passengers will explore the island by boat, while a naturalist guide explains different aspects of its geology. This site is very well known, for the bird nesting sites specially for cormorants and Galapagos penguins. The climate will offer to the passengers the possibility of snorkeling in the cliffs of the area that will show you an abundant marine life, many of the times you can see sea turtles and the "sunfish" (mola mola). This is one of the most impressive and beautiful sites in the Galapagos Islands.

FERNANDINA ISLAND
Fernandina is the third largest island of the Archipelago. This island has an area of 642 square kilometers and an altitude of 1,494 meters and offers the opportunity to see small volcanic eruptions; also, this island is the home of Galapagos penguins, sea lions and many other extraordinary species.
  • Punta Espinosa is in the northeast of Fernandina. In this place you will have the opportunity of seeing hundreds of marine iguanas gathered at the sand.
 
PLACE ACTIVITY DIFICULTY
Punta Vicente Roca PR Moderate
SN Moderate
Punta Espinosa ST Moderate
SN Moderate
 
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Day 4, Isabela Island

Quick Facts
  • Las Tintoreras is a small rocky islet where is easy to find white tip fin sharks.
  • The wetlands in this island form a network of trails that are essential for the maintenance of the wildlife of Galapagos
 
PLACE ACTIVITY DIFICULTY
Las Tintoreras ST Moderate
PR Moderate
SN Moderate
Wetlands ST Moderate
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Day 5,Mosquera

Mosquera Mosquera is located between Baltra and North Seymour Islands. Mosquera is a reef of rocks and corals. It is a flat island product of a geological elevation. It has a length of 160 meters and a width of 600 meters.
Quick Facts
  • Mosquera has one of the largest populations of sea lions.
  Transfer to the Airport.
PLACE ACTIVITY DIFICULTY
Mosquera ST Moderate
PR Moderate
SN Moderate
 

JOSE SOLIS

My name is Jose Solis and I am Quiteño - galapagueño. My passion is diving because the underwater encounters make me discover an entire new universe in the ocean at the time that it allows me to have a new way to see the world. I have dedicated a large part of my life to search the simple details that make the sub aquatic experience a trip to enjoy every day in my life with another perspective.
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EDUARDO MAHAUAD

I was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. My father is a mainlander and my mother is an islander. I belong to the 3rd generation of “Galapagueños”. I am a liberal Art student and a man passionate for SCUBA diving and for the nature in general. I work as a naturalist and adventure guide (SCUBA instructor) at the Galapagos Islands. I am an amateur guitar and drum player, keen to music, literature and the mesmerizing experience of discovering the wonders of the nature. Currently, I am living and working on Santa Cruz island.

Additional Info

  • Duration : 5 Days, 4 Nights
  • Availability : 16
  • Price From: $2.720
  • Location : Galapagos Islands

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