You will be flying from Quito to Galapagos on this day. The Galapagos Government requires that a 20 USD fee be paid to obtain the migration card. After a short 4 hour flight with a stop in Guayaquil, enjoy the rest of your trip.
Passengers arriving in Santa Cruz must pass through an airport inspection to ensure that they are not bringing any foreign animals or plants into the island. This is also where you pay the Galapagos National Park entrance fee.
The guide will transport your luggage and pick you up to the ferry that crosses the Itabaca Channel. Then, the passengers are taken to Ranch Manzanillo by bus. Visitors must have comfortable shoes and light clothes, as well as a jacket that is waterproof, sunblock, repellent, and camera. Ranch Manzanillo visit includes picnic and short walk, before getting on the Motor Catamaran. Please follow the instructions to ensure that this trip is completed correctly. Be aware that luggage for passengers will be delivered directly to Seaman Journey's yacht.
PM: Santa Cruz Highlands
As you travel across Santa Cruz to the highlands, visitors will be amazed by the variety of geology and life on the island. The road that travels across Santa Cruz begins at Puerto Ayora and climbs through agricultural land and mist-covered forests. Santa Cruz is home to all the different life zones in the Archipelago. You will be surrounded by birds as you walk along this path. You can find almost all the birds in the Islands here, whether it is the vermillion flycatcher with its bright red feathers or Darwin's Finch.
Santa Cruz is a great place to see the Galapagos tortoises. The highlands are not just for tortoise tracking. You can also explore lava tubes and sinkholes. The M/C Seaman Journey was the next stop after this.
AM, Mangle Point
Mangle Point is located off the east coast of Fernandina. It's a great snorkeling spot and an ideal place to ride in a zodiac or panga through a mangrove grove. It is possible to hike about half a mile. You are sure to spot sea lions as well as tortoises and pelicans. There are also a number of birds, too many to mention.
PM: Moreno Point
Moreno Point lies on the northern coast of Isabela Island, between Cerro Azul and Sierra Negra volcanoes. This trail follows a Pahohoe lava flow (solidified, corrugated lava) to a coastal lagoon complex where you can find several bird species.
AM: Urbina Bay
Urbina Bay lies at the foot of the Alcedo Volcano, on the West Coast between Tagus Cove & Elizabeth Bay. In 1954 the area underwent a significant uplift, causing it to rise by over 16 feet. Marine life was left stranded by the expansion of the coast. The area around this is a wonderful place for snorkeling. Urbina Bay has a pathway that begins with a landing on wet sand. This course, which is 3200m long, is made of coral, vegetation, pumice and lava. This is a great place to spot red and blue crab!
Darwin's Finches can be seen in Bahia Urbina. The land iguanas are the main attractions, as they are bigger than those on South Plaza Island. Galapagos Tortoises are also found in the wild and sometimes, even outside of season, are at the bottom of these islands.
Cotton Darwin is endemic and unique to the Galapagos Islands.
PM: Tagus Cove
Tagus Cove, located on Isabela Island west of Darwin Volcano. It was the favorite place of pirates and whaling crews. They started the tradition of inscriptions of boat names. You will come across inscriptions from the 1800s in a cave at the start of the trail.
The name of the island comes from an 1814 British warship which sailed across it in search of Galapagos tortoises for food.
The substrate is covered with a lot of small volcanic stones of various sizes. The most common of these are the little balls that have rounded shapes, also known as "lapilli", or petrified rainfall.
AM: Espinoza Point
Espinoza Point, also known as Espinoza Point, is famous for the large number of marine iguanas that live there, along with other unique species such as the Galapagos penguins, Galapagos Hawks, and Galapagos Snakes.
PM: Vicente Roca Point
Punta Vicente Roca is one of the most spectacular and impressive places in the enchanted Galapagos Islands. High cliffs, tuffstone and ash formations, and lava give the area a magnificent touch. The two islands are located on the northern coast of the Island. The marine life in this large bay is spectacular.
You can find seahorses here, as well as sea turtles, and strange but fascinating Mola-molas or sunfish. Panga Rides and Snorkeling are great activities to do in this bay.
You can also find: Penguins and Blue-footed Boobies. Terns are another option. Sea Lions too. You can also snorkel to see sea turtles, pufferfishes, and stingrays.
Espumilla Beach is situated on the north coast of Santiago Island, in James Bay. The last El Nino caused sedimentation in one of two lagoons at this location, which led to the loss of an important flamingo colony. Palosanto Forest and nesting baby turtles are two of the main attractions.
PM: Puerto Egas
The island's main attraction is its black beach, which is situated on the western side. The volcanic tuff deposit has favored this black sand formation.
The site was named Puerto Egas because an attempt was made to begin the extraction of salt. This failed, as the salt price on the continent is very low and didn't justify its use in Galapagos. This project and its infrastructure were abandoned.
AM: Rabida Island
Rabida Island has a unique red colour that is present on all the rocks and sand. This island's volcanic rock is porous, so external agents such as sea breeze, rain and salty water have caused it to oxidize.
You can observe land birds like finches, yellow warblers and mockingbirds by taking a short trail behind the beach. A colony of pink flamingos lives in the lagoon.
PM: Chinese Hat
It is located off the southern tip of Santiago Island. This is a volcanic cone that looks like a Chinese Hat when viewed from the North. You can find coral-like heads on the lava in the west. The lava was formed below the ocean and then raised up. It is a great place to learn about geological features like lava tubes or lava flows. Sea lion colonies, Galapagos Penguins and marine iguanas cover the landscape.
AM: Sullivan Bay
Santiago Island (also called James Island or San Salvador Island) is situated in the western central part of Galapagos. The island is fourth in size (after Isabela, Fernandina, and Santa Cruz). Santiago, like some of the larger western volcanoes, Isabela and Fernandina is volcanically active. Many young cones and flows can be found, especially along the east, south and west coasts. They can be seen even from the top of Darwin Volcano or from space. Some historic eruptions are known.
Over the past two centuries, there have been many reports. Santiago is actually two volcanoes that have coalesced: A shield volcano at the northwestern end, and a linear low fissure on the south-eastern end.
PM: Bartolome Island
Bartolome Island lies across Sullivan Bay. From its 114 meter high altitude, we can see some of the most stunning scenery of the Galapagos Islands, including: volcanic cones, moon-like craters and lava fields. This island has very little vegetation. There are two stunning beaches, where you can see marine turtles. At the bottom of the pinnacle is a small Galapagos Penguin colony.
AM: Bachas Beach
Two small, secluded beaches can be found west of Turtle Cove. The sand of these beaches is composed of coral decomposed, giving it its white, soft color. Sea turtles use this sand to nest. A small lagoon with brackish waters is located behind one of the beaches. Here, you can see flamingos, black-necked Stilts, and Whimbrels. Two old abandoned barges were left on the other, longer beach. The USA had used Baltra Island to strategically protect the Panama Channel during World War II.
You will then be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back to mainland.