Aida Maria yacht Galapagos tour of the Southern island chain 4 days

Aida Maria yacht Galapagos tour of the Southern island chain 4 days
Take in the highlights of Española and Floreana island in the Galapagos archipelago in just 4 days. Visit giant tortoises in their natural habitat, take the trail to the world's only waved albatross nesting site, snorkel alongside hammer head sharks at the devils crown. Tick off your bucketlist of experiences on a short activity packed cruise on board the intimate Aida Maria yacht.

Day by day

Day 1 : Santa Cruz Island & Baltra Island: Highlands

After shopping in Puerto Ayora and lunch on the boat (guests may dine in town if they desire), you’ll explore the upper region “Highland” of the island, which is a moisture-rich area with fertile volcanic soils. You’ll learn about the vegetation and animal life of this zone, often strikingly different than that found at lower elevations.

Darwin’s Finches, Yellow Warblers, and Bright Red Vermillion Flycatchers will fly in and out of the moss-covered trees. From this high vantage point you’ll be treated to beautiful views of the surrounding archipelago.

In the late afternoon you’ll return to town. For those who wish to check out the nightlife, this is your chance; the boat will be docked in port most of the nigh

Day 2 : Floreana Island: Cormorant Point, Devil's crown & Post office bay

Floreana, one of the greenest islands in the archipelago. Ask your guide to tell you about its mysterious history laden with rumors of witches, murderous baronesses, blackmail, and dubious disappearances.

Your first stop is Punta Cormorant, where you’ll follow a footpath to a lagoon inhabited by flaming-pink flamingos. You will also pass by Carolina Beach, a Sea Turtle nesting area and a superb spot for watching sea birds and sea rays.

Back on the yacht, you’ll skirt the island’s coast until you arrive at La Corona del Diablo (the Devil’s Crown), a sub-marine crater that offers some of the most spectacular snorkeling in the Galapagos. This is a great spot for seeing the wide array of tropical fish, many endemic to the islands, including purple sea stars and spiky sea urchins. The crater’s most thrilling undersea creatures, however, are the white-tipped sharks. As with most of the creatures in the Galapagos they are unperturbed by your presence, so you can swim in their company freely and fearlessly.

After returning to the boat for lunch you’ll sail on to Post Office Bay, where the islands’ original post office (really only a wooden barrel) was established in 1793. The current system still functions as it did three centuries ago: Visitors drop off unstamped letters and postcards AND pick-up whatever mail they can hand deliver themselves when they return home! (Try it, it actually works!).

 

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