February 2, 2020
During World War II, Baltra served as a U.S. military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now the cactus-strewn landscapes of Baltra are home to the region's main airport.
Daphne is a satellite volcanic cone located north of Santa Cruz Island. The crater floor is an important breeding site for blue-footed boobies. The cliff shore of the island is home for sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and tropical birds which can be observed during the circumnavigation of the island.
February 3, 2020
Gardner Bay (Espanola)
Tendered 7:00AM to 2:00PM
The beach at Gardner Bay, with its sparkling white sand,offers one of the best places to relax and swim in theGalapagos. It's home to one of the most important colonies of sea lions in the archipelago, and is also a nesting site for sea turtles. Three species of Darwin’s finches and Española mockingbirds may also be seen here.
Tendered 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Española is the oldest island in the Galapagos and home to an abundance of wildlife. At Suarez Point, be greeted by a colony of sea lions upon arrival. This area is also home to nearly the entire world population of Waved Albatross—though they're graceful in the air, their clumsy behavior on land is a sight to see. A cliffside hike leads to a natural lava fissure that spews water like a towering geyser.
February 4, 2020
Cormorant Point, Floreana Island
Tendered 7:00AM to 1:00PM
Floreana was the first capital of the Galapagos, and where Charles Darwin met the islands' Governor. It's small brackish lagoon is often home to flamingos, stilts, and white-cheeked pintail ducks, and one of its beaches is a highly used nesting site for sea turtles. Check out the green-hued sand where you land.
Post Office Bay, Floreana Island
Tendered 1:30PM to 8:00PM
Rich in history, this site is home to the post office barrelestablished in about 1793, where pirates, buccaneers,whalers, and others could leave their mail to be pickedup by outbound ships. The tradition continues today, asvisitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sortthrough left mail to deliver at home.
February 5, 2020
Moreno Point, Isabela Island
Tendered 7:00AM to 12:00PM
Along this beautiful rocky shore, a field of hardenedblack lava flows is pockmarked by shallow pools,which are home to shorebirds and flamingos. Themangrove-lined shore also provides a chance to seemarine iguanas, sea turtles, stingrays, sharks, penguins,and the flightless cormorant.
Urvina Bay, Isabela Island
Tendered 2:00PM to 7:00PM
Composed of five coalesced volcanoes, Isabela is thelargest island in the Galapagos and the most recentlyactive, the latest eruption having occurred in 2015. Herewe will see large land iguanas, finches, and if lucky, agiant tortoise or two. In 1954, the intrusion of magmabelow one of the island’s volcanoes caused part of thebay to be uplifted some 6 meters, and today we canwalk through the remains of what was once a thrivingunderwater reef.
February 6, 2020
Espinoza Point, Fernandina Island
Tendered 7:00AM to 12:00PM
Fernandina is the youngest island in the Galapagos and,as Darwin wrote, it is “covered with immense delugesof black naked lava.” Along with its extraordinary blacklava rocks, this point of land hosts the largest colony ofmarine iguanas in the Archipelago, along with sea lionsand a nesting site for flightless cormorants.
Vicente Roca Point, Isabela Island
Tendered 2:00PM to 7:00PM
The half-collapsed remains of an ancient volcano make for a spectacular setting at this site. Awe-inspiring cliffs, blue waters, and wildlife create a zodiac ride toremember as we search for sea turtles, penguins, furseals, the flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, marine mammals, and the oddly shaped form of the elusive sunfish.
February 7, 2020
South Plaza (Santa Cruz Island)
Tendered 7:00AM to 11:00AM
A small uplifted island just off the northeast coast of Santa Cruz. The island's low-lying landscape is covered with colorful saltbush, scrub, and giant prickly pear cactus. A subspecies of land iguana is found on the island in plentiful abundance and sometimes can be seen munching on the cactus. The southern cliffs are steep and rocky, and home to numerous seabirds as well as a bachelor colony of sea lions. Looking down into the clear blue waters, schools of surgeonfish swim by as birds shoot in and out of the holes in the cliff. A short hike and Zodiac ride provide ample opportunity to observe the beauty and wildlife of the island.
Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)
Tendered 3:00PM to 9:00PM
Dragon Hill, or "Cerro Dragon" is named after its population of land iguanas. The site offers a beautiful view of the landscape and two small brackish lagoons where flamingos and other shore birds occasionally feed. Along the trail, we'll cross a beautiful "white forest" of Palo Santo (incense) trees and Galapagos cotton plants. Excursion options include a high-intensity hike with swimming/snorkeling at the beach, high-intensity snorkeling from a zodiac followed by a short walk and a low-intensity Zodiac ride along the coastline with optional dry landing for animal observation.
February 8, 2020
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island
Tendered 7:00AM to 7:00PM
This is the main population center of the islands, andhome to the National Park Service tortoise-breedingcenter and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Youwill be able to visit the tortoise-breeding center andwalk through the Charles Darwin Research Station.
February 9, 2020
During World War II, Baltra served as a U.S. military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now the cactus-strewn landscapes of Baltra are home to the region's main airport