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These itineraries indicate some of the wildlife seen on each island, but are not complete lists.


2012 itineraries | 2013 itineraries

Explorer 7 day

Map: Galapagos Explorer (7 day cruise) + A Taste of Ecuador

Day 1(Saturday) Galapagos, Santiago island
Fly from Quito to the Galapagos Islands. Transfer to the Galapagos Explorer ship. In the afternoon, visit the lava fields on Santiago. Walk on the lunar landscape of strange lava formations, where plant life is sparse and only now starting to develop after the last volcanic eruption. On the walk see lava lizards and Galapagos penguins.


Day 2 (Sunday) Galapagos, Bartolome, Espumilla Beach
In the morning, visit the island of Bartolome. Climb up to the summit of this volcanic island, giving wonderful views over the arid landscape towards the surrounding islands and Pinnacle Rock. There is also time to relax on the beach and snorkel in the surrounding sea. After lunch, return to Santiago to visit Espumilla beach. Walk through the mangrove forest where there are greater flamingos; a variety of finches; Galapagos hawks; and flycatchers, along with other birdlife drawn by the fresh water found here. If you are lucky you may see green sea turtles which sometimes use the beach to lay their eggs.


Day 3 (Monday) Galapagos, Isabela, Fernandina
After a long sail, in the morning visit the cliffs of Punta Vicente Roca, off the island of Isabela. There is an opportunity to swim with sea lions, sea turtles and manta rays. The cooler currents of the Pacific here draw an abundance of sea life. The spectacular cliffs at the foot of the Volcano Ecuador are home to blue-footed boobies, masked boobies and marine iguanas. In the afternoon, visit Punta Espinoza on Fernandina. This is the westernmost island and is also the one which has had the least intrusion by man. Walk on the lava and see a large colony of marine iguanas and flightless cormorants, unique to Fernandina.


Day 4 (Tuesday) Galapagos, Isabela
Today, explore Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos. In the morning, visit Tagus Cove, where you climb up for views of Darwin's Lake, a saltwater lagoon in a tuff cone, and the lava fields on the Darwin volcano. There are cave inscriptions of ancient pirates who used the coves of Isabela as shelter. After lunch, take a zodiac ride around Elizabeth Bay. The highly colourful mangroves contrast against the black lava of the Sierra Negra and Alecedo volcanoes. The area has an abundance of marine wildlife, including rays, sharks, sea lions, turtles, penguins and marine iguanas, as well as many sea birds. From June to September, whales are sometimes present.


Day 5 (Wednesday) Galapagos, Floreana
In the morning, visit the historic site of Post Office Bay. Here, visitors over the years have left mail hoping for it to be delivered to its intended address by a future visitor passing that way. You can leave a card yourself or take one to be delivered upon your return home. The site is home to brown pelicans, yellow warblers and warbler finches. In the afternoon, visit Punta Cormorant, where you walk to a lagoon which is home to a population of flamingos. The volcanic beach is a nesting area for sea turtles and it is possible to see stingrays in the waters around the beach. Other excursions are available on this afternoon on Floreana.


Day 6 (Thursday) Galapagos, San Cristobal
After sailing to San Cristobal island, take a bus ride to the Galapagos Tortoise Sanctuary where you will see Galapagos giant tortoises. The area is also home to yellow warblers, Chatham mockingbirds, Galapagos flycatchers, small tree finches and small ground finches. In the afternoon, you can swim with sea lions at Ochoa Beach. The beach is home to hermit crabs, magnificent frigate birds, marine iguanas and brown pelicans.


Day 7 (Friday) Galapagos, Quito
Your final excursion is a short visit to the Gemelos craters on the transfer to the airport. This twin pair of craters, over 100 metres wide and 30 metres deep, were formed when old porous volcanic rock could not support the newer heavier layers above. After your flight to Quito you are met and transferred to your hotel.

   

Explorer 5 day

Map: Galapagos Explorer (5 day cruise) + A Taste of Ecuador

Day 1 (Tuesday) Galapagos, San Cristobal
Morning flight from Quito to the Galapagos. Transfer to the Explorer II, your home for the next 4 nights. In the afternoon, visit Cerro Brujo and swim with sea lions from the beach.


Day 2 (Wednesday) Galapagos, Española
Sail to Española, the most southerly island, and visit Gardner Bay, a beautiful beach with sea lions which is excellent for swimming and snorkelling. After lunch, visit Punta Suarez, walking among the blue-footed boobies and colourful marine iguanas. Waved albatrosses nest here from April to November.


Day 3 (Thursday) Galapagos, Santa Cruz, Rabida
In the morning, visit Eden Bay, where you can see giant tortoises and Galapagos finches. In the afternoon, visit Rabida Island, a small island with a central volcano, with red lava rocks. The clear waters are very good for snorkelling.


Day 4 (Friday) Galapagos, Santa Cruz, South Plaza
In the morning, visit Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Centre, where you can see the work done in the conservation of the flora and fauna of the islands. In the afternoon visit South Plazas Island where you can find frigate birds, land iguanas and the red Sally Lightfoot crabs.


Day 5 (Saturday) Galapagos, Quito
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Quito

Explorer 8 day

Map: Galapagos Explorer (8 day cruise) + A Taste of Ecuador

Day 1 (Saturday) Galapagos, Santiago island
Fly to the Galapagos and transfer to the Explorer II. In the afternoon, walk on the strange lava formations at Sullivan Bay, where you may see lava lizards and Galapagos penguins.


Day 2 (Sunday) Galapagos, Bartolome, Espumilla Beach
In the morning, visit the island of Bartolome. Climb up to the summit of this volcanic island, giving wonderful views over the arid landscape towards the surrounding islands and Pinnacle Rock. There is also time to relax on the beach and snorkel in the surrounding sea. After lunch, return to Santiago to visit Espumilla beach. Walk through the mangrove forest where there are greater flamingos; a variety of finches; Galapagos hawks; and flycatchers, along with other birdlife drawn by the fresh water found here. If you are lucky you may see green sea turtles which sometimes use the beach to lay their eggs.


Day 3 (Monday) Galapagos, Isabela, Fernandina
After a long sail, in the morning visit the cliffs of Punta Vicente Roca, off the island of Isabela. There is an opportunity to swim with sea lions, sea turtles and manta rays. The cooler currents of the Pacific here draw an abundance of sea life. The spectacular cliffs at the foot of the Volcano Ecuador are home to blue-footed boobies, masked boobies and marine iguanas. In the afternoon, visit Punta Espinoza on Fernandina. This is the westernmost island and is also the one which has had the least intrusion by man. Walk on the lava and see a large colony of marine iguanas and flightless cormorants, unique to Fernandina.


Day 4 (Tuesday) Galapagos, Isabela
Today, explore Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos. In the morning, visit Tagus Cove, where you climb up for views of Darwin's Lake, a saltwater lagoon in a tuff cone, and the lava fields on the Darwin volcano. There are cave inscriptions of ancient pirates who used the coves of Isabela as shelter. After lunch, take a zodiac ride around Elizabeth Bay. The highly colourful mangroves contrast against the black lava of the Sierra Negra and Alecedo volcanoes. The area has an abundance of marine wildlife, including rays, sharks, sea lions, turtles, penguins and marine iguanas, as well as many sea birds. From June to September, whales are sometimes present.


Day 5 (Wednesday) Galapagos, Floreana
In the morning, visit the historic site of Post Office Bay. Here, visitors over the years have left mail hoping for it to be delivered to its intended address by a future visitor passing that way. You can leave a card yourself or take one to be delivered upon your return home. The site is home to brown pelicans, yellow warblers and warbler finches. In the afternoon, visit Punta Cormorant, where you walk to a lagoon which is home to a population of flamingos. The volcanic beach is a nesting area for sea turtles and it is possible to see stingrays in the waters around the beach. Other excursions are available on this afternoon on Floreana.


Day 6 (Thursday) Galapagos, San Cristobal
After sailing to San Cristobal island, take a bus ride to the Galapagos Tortoise Sanctuary where you will see Galapagos giant tortoises. The area is also home to yellow warblers, Chatham mockingbirds, Galapagos flycatchers, small tree finches and small ground finches. In the afternoon, you can swim with sea lions at Ochoa Beach. The beach is home to hermit crabs, magnificent frigate birds, marine iguanas and brown pelicans.


Day 7 (Friday) Galapagos, Santa Cruz
A morning visit to the Gemelos craters in the highlands. After lunch, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the work done in the conservation of the flora and fauna of the islands.


Day 8 (Saturday) Galapagos, Guayaquil
A morning visit to Bachas Beach, where sea turtles sometimes nest. You have time for a quick swim before your flight to Guayaquil.

   

Explorer 5 day

Map: Galapagos Explorer (5 day cruise) + A Taste of Ecuador

Day 1 (Saturday) Galapagos, Santa Cruz
Morning flight from Quito to the Galapagos. Transfer to the Explorer II, your home for the next 4 nights. In the afternoon visit Cerro Dragon where land iguanas and flamingos near the two lagoons. You can snorkel here.


Day 2 (Sunday) Galapagos, Genovesa
In the morning, visit Prince Philip’s Steps, with red-footed and masked boobies and short earred owls. After lunch, take a walk in Darwin Bay, where you see frigate birds, storm petrels and marine iguanas. You can snorkel from the coral beach.


Day 3 (Monday) Galapagos, North Seymour, Santa Cruz
North Seymour is home to many marine birds, including magnificent frigate birds and blue footed boobies. After lunch visit the highlands of Santa Cruz where you can see Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat.


Day 4 (Tuesday) Galapagos, San Cristobal
In the morning, visit Punta Pitt, a nesting site for lava lizards and all 3 species of Galapagos booby. After lunch, visit Isla Lobos, home to a colony of sea lions. Snorkelling is possible here


Day 5 (Thursday) Galapagos, Guayaquil
Visit the interpretation centre before your flight to Guayaquil.


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