AM: Our first stop is at Los Gemelos (the twins), which are a pair of craters approximately 30m deep. Volcanic action underneath the ground made the magna chambers empty, causing the above ground to cave in. This created several craters, of which Los Gemelos are the largest. However, our main time in the Santa Cruz highlands will be spent at the Tortoise Reserve EL CHATO, where a number of the endemic Santa Cruz subspecies of Giant Tortoise “Geochelone elephantopus porteri” wander freely. The highlands are also home to Scalesia, Miconia, and Pampa vegetation zones. Birds in this area include several species of finch, the vermillion flycatcher, Galápagos rail, Galapagos Dove, and paint-billed cake. We also may have the opportunity to visit the spectacular lava tubes on the island.
PM: Tortuga Bay (Wet Landing): We have an interesting walk to the Turtle Bay beach, which is perhaps the most beautiful beach on the Galapagos. This beach is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. There you can also observe colonies of marine iguanas, pelicans, Darwin's finches, sharks, sharks, sea turtles, the incredible forest Giant Cactus, and the nesting of marine iguanas.