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Full Itinerary

Highlights

  • Experience up-close encounters with ancient tortoises

  • Hike to the viewpoint on Bartolome Island

  • Observe Blue Footed Boobies & Gibbit birds on North Seymour

  • Swim with Sea lions on Santa Fe / Plazas Islands

  • Visit the Charles Darwin Station on Santa Cruz Island

Expedition Route

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Itinerary Details

Arrival Airport: Seymour Airport Baltra Islands (GPS)

Day 1: Arrive Galapagos  After arriving to the Galápagos Islands, you will be met at the airport by your private transfer.  Check-in to your boutique hotel, and enjoy a free afternoon ( we suggest visiting the nearby Charles Darwin Station), before settling down for a delicious welcome drink and dinner at the hotel. The Galápagos consists of 13 major island and 6 smaller ones, and you will explore many of them over the course of your stay. 

Accommodation: Semilla Verde (D)

Day 2: North Seymour Island Enjoy an early breakfast before departing on a day trip to North Seymour Island, where you will explore the island by both land and sea. Located slightly to the north of Baltra, North Seymour is a low, flat island, formed as a result of the uplift of a submarine lava formation. It is covered with low, bushy vegetation and contains the largest colony of Magnificent frigate birds in the Galapagos. Land iguanas are common here too. There is also a population of blue-footed boobies that perform an amusing courtship dance when nesting conditions are right. This goofy stride, picking-up high their blue feet in a slow motion, wing spreading, whistling and honking is one of the highlights of a visit to this island. Snorkeling and swimming from the beautiful and sandy Bachas beach follows the walk. Return to Semilla Verde in the late afternoon and enjoy a relaxing evening and delicious dinner. 

Accommodation: Semilla Verde (B, L, D)

Day 3: Santa Cruz Island Wake up to another delicious breakfast before departing out on a Highland Tour of Santa Cruz island (cloud forest, pit craters, lava tunnels, wild tortoises).  Return back to the hotel for lunch at Semilla Verde, followed by a free afternoon and evening. In the late afternoon visit the nearby Tortuga Bay Beach for swimming and optional kayaking!

Accommodation: Semilla Verde (B, L)

Day 4: Bartolome Island Bright and early you will depart by boat to Bartolome island (enjoying your breakfast on the boat).  Bartolome Island has a spectacular volcanic landscape and great snorkeling! Climb up a long staircase to the view point on the summit offers breathtaking views over the surrounding islands. Bartolome is famous for its Pinnacle Rock – probably the most famous volcanic landscape in Galapagos. This beach is great for swimming and snorkeling with the opportunity of seeing many different reef fish, penguins, rays and white-tipped reef sharks.  Enjoy a full day on Bartolome Island (with both a land visit and snorkel activities), returning to Semilla Verde in the evening to enjoy a relaxing afternoon and dinner at the hotel. 

Accommodation: Semilla Verde (B, L, D)

Day 5: South Plazas / Santa Fe Island Enjoy breakfast before embarking on a day trip to South Plazas or Santa Fe Island (land visit and snorkel activities). One of a pair of small uplifted islands a short distance from the east coast of Santa Cruz, South Plaza has a unique landscape of colourful Sesuvium plants and Opuntia cacti and provides some of the most interesting wildlife observation spots in Galapagos. Land iguanas are easily seen from the trail. Swallow-tailed gulls, Pelicans and Shearwaters, along with other sea birds use the rising air to glide effortlessly over the escarpment. The protected rocky seashore is prime habitat for a large colony of playful sea lions. Located south of Santa Cruz Island, Santa Fe Island offers the chance of spotting the Santa Fe Land Iguana, that only exists here. Arriving on the sandy beach of a protected bay you will be greeted by tens of sea lions and lava lizards. A short circular trail takes you along the cliff edge where you can most likely spot the iguanas. Snorkeling in the beautiful bay here offers playful sea lions, colorful reef fish and occasionally sea turtles and rays. Return to Semilla Verde in the evening to relax and enjoy a delicious dinner.  

Accommodation: Semilla Verde (B, L, D) 

Day 6: Depart Galapagos This once in a lifetime experience has sadly come to an end. After breakfast, check out of your boutique hotel and transfer to the airport, where you’ll catch your flight home.  (B)

Departure Airport: Seymour Airport Baltra Islands (GPS)

*Ask about the option to extend your trip additional days.


Major Galápagos Islands: 

  • Isla Fernandina—keep an eye out for iguanas as we hike over volcanoes in Punta Espinoza

  • Isla Bartolomé—swim with penguins and journey to the top of Bartolomé's volcanic cone for a stunning view of the surrounding white sand beaches

  • Isla Santiago—explore tide pools and underwater caverns in search of sea lions, sea turtles, and marine iguanas

  • Isla Española—spot Darwin's finches, boobies, and waved albatross in this birder's paradise

  • Isla Santa Cruz—learn about the Darwin Foundation and its giant Galápagos tortoise breeding program; visit the highlands, where wild tortoises forage

  • Isla Isabela—spot dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and the unique Mola Mola sunfish as we explore stunning caves and hidden lagoons

  • Isla Floreana—snorkel among sea lions while keeping an eye out for the endangered Floreana Mockingbird


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