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  • Day 1 AM Baltra Island Airport Baltra Island Airport account_balance
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    Baltra Island Airport
    Baltra Island Airport

    The first airport here was built by Americans during the 2nd World War - remnants of that military base can be easily observed.  The latest airport here touts itself as the world’s first “green” airport. It opened in December 2012.  The terminal consists of recycled steel tubes taken from oil drilling operations in the Amazon.  It spreads over 6,000 square meters and required an investment of just over $24 million. The new complex uses clean, renewable technologies such as solar energy, wind farms, and seawater desalination, among other environmental innovations.  It is kept cool(ish) simply by design - no air conditioning is required.

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Land Iguana
    Site Rating 28%
    public Iconic Species
    pets Biodiversity
    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Baltra Island Airport

    Baltra Island Airport
    Overall Rating: 28%
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    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    The first airport here was built by Americans during the 2nd World War - remnants of that military base can be easily observed.  The latest airport here touts itself as the world’s first “green” airport. It opened in December 2012.  The terminal consists of recycled steel tubes taken from oil drilling operations in the Amazon.  It spreads over 6,000 square meters and required an investment of just over $24 million. The new complex uses clean, renewable technologies such as solar energy, wind farms, and seawater desalination, among other environmental innovations.  It is kept cool(ish) simply by design - no air conditioning is required.

    Baltra Island Airport

    Baltra Island Airport
    Overall Rating: 28%
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    pets Biodiversity
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    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    The first airport here was built by Americans during the 2nd World War - remnants of that military base can be easily observed.  The latest airport here touts itself as the world’s first “green” airport. It opened in December 2012.  The terminal consists of recycled steel tubes taken from oil drilling operations in the Amazon.  It spreads over 6,000 square meters and required an investment of just over $24 million. The new complex uses clean, renewable technologies such as solar energy, wind farms, and seawater desalination, among other environmental innovations.  It is kept cool(ish) simply by design - no air conditioning is required.

  • Day 1 PM Santa Cruz Island, Bachas Beach Santa Cruz Island, Bachas Beach
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    Santa Cruz Island, Bachas Beach
    Santa Cruz Island, Bachas Beach

    The name originates from the end of WWII when the American army abandoned their barges, of which two floated up onshore. The beach is a good place to spot some of the characteristic Galapagos species such as flamingos, sally lightfoot crabs, marine iguanas as well as migratory and aquatic birds. It is also one of the main nesting sites for sea turtles on Santa Cruz Island.   Landing:  Wet.  Difficulty:  Easy

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Flamingo
    • check Sea turtles
    Site Rating 57%
    public Iconic Species
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    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Santa Cruz Island, Bachas Beach

    Santa Cruz Island, Bachas Beach
    Overall Rating: 57%
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    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    The name originates from the end of WWII when the American army abandoned their barges, of which two floated up onshore. The beach is a good place to spot some of the characteristic Galapagos species such as flamingos, sally lightfoot crabs, marine iguanas as well as migratory and aquatic birds. It is also one of the main nesting sites for sea turtles on Santa Cruz Island.   Landing:  Wet.  Difficulty:  Easy

    Santa Cruz Island, Bachas Beach

    Santa Cruz Island, Bachas Beach
    Overall Rating: 57%
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    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    The name originates from the end of WWII when the American army abandoned their barges, of which two floated up onshore. The beach is a good place to spot some of the characteristic Galapagos species such as flamingos, sally lightfoot crabs, marine iguanas as well as migratory and aquatic birds. It is also one of the main nesting sites for sea turtles on Santa Cruz Island.   Landing:  Wet.  Difficulty:  Easy

  • Day 2 AM Genovesa Island, Darwin Bay Genovesa Island, Darwin Bay
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    Genovesa Island, Darwin Bay
    Genovesa Island, Darwin Bay

    After landing on a white-sand, coral beach, you follow a short trail (800m) that meanders through mangroves to the tidal pools where sea lions are often found frolicking, and up a rocky hill that leads to a point overlooking the cliffs and Darwin Bay. This is one of the few places in the islands where you are pretty much guaranteed to see red-footed boobies, along with other tidal lagoon birds. Landing: Wet. Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.

     

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Nazca booby
    • check Red-footed booby
    • check Sea lions
    • check Sea turtles
    Site Rating 76%
    public Iconic Species
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    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Genovesa Island, Darwin Bay

    Genovesa Island, Darwin Bay
    Overall Rating: 76%
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    After landing on a white-sand, coral beach, you follow a short trail (800m) that meanders through mangroves to the tidal pools where sea lions are often found frolicking, and up a rocky hill that leads to a point overlooking the cliffs and Darwin Bay. This is one of the few places in the islands where you are pretty much guaranteed to see red-footed boobies, along with other tidal lagoon birds. Landing: Wet. Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.

     

    Genovesa Island, Darwin Bay

    Genovesa Island, Darwin Bay
    Overall Rating: 76%
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    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    After landing on a white-sand, coral beach, you follow a short trail (800m) that meanders through mangroves to the tidal pools where sea lions are often found frolicking, and up a rocky hill that leads to a point overlooking the cliffs and Darwin Bay. This is one of the few places in the islands where you are pretty much guaranteed to see red-footed boobies, along with other tidal lagoon birds. Landing: Wet. Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.

     

  • Day 2 PM Genovesa Island, Prince Phillip's Steps Genovesa Island, Prince Phillip's Steps
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    Genovesa Island, Prince Phillip's Steps
    Genovesa Island, Prince Phillip's Steps

    This site is notable for its variety and abundance of birdlife including red-footed and Nazca boobies, short-eared owls, red-billed tropicbirds, Galápagos swallows and Galápagos doves. Upon landing on a steep rocky stairway, visitors are treated to the site of small fur seal colony and a variety of marine life clinging to the rocks.  There are great views of lava plains near the end of the trail.  Landing: Dry (with slippery rocks). Difficulty: Moderate.

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Red-footed booby
    • check Fur seals
    • check Nazca booby
    Site Rating 84%
    public Iconic Species
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    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Genovesa Island, Prince Phillip's Steps

    Genovesa Island, Prince Phillip's Steps
    Overall Rating: 84%
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    pool Snorkeling quality

    This site is notable for its variety and abundance of birdlife including red-footed and Nazca boobies, short-eared owls, red-billed tropicbirds, Galápagos swallows and Galápagos doves. Upon landing on a steep rocky stairway, visitors are treated to the site of small fur seal colony and a variety of marine life clinging to the rocks.  There are great views of lava plains near the end of the trail.  Landing: Dry (with slippery rocks). Difficulty: Moderate.

    Genovesa Island, Prince Phillip's Steps

    Genovesa Island, Prince Phillip's Steps
    Overall Rating: 84%
    public Iconic Species
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    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    This site is notable for its variety and abundance of birdlife including red-footed and Nazca boobies, short-eared owls, red-billed tropicbirds, Galápagos swallows and Galápagos doves. Upon landing on a steep rocky stairway, visitors are treated to the site of small fur seal colony and a variety of marine life clinging to the rocks.  There are great views of lava plains near the end of the trail.  Landing: Dry (with slippery rocks). Difficulty: Moderate.

  • Day 3 AM Marchena Island, Punta Mejia Marchena Island, Punta Mejia
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    Marchena Island, Punta Mejia
    Marchena Island, Punta Mejia

    This rarely visited site is one of the best in the archipelago to snorkel. The calm and clear deep blue water of the north west coast, and the rugged topography of the location give the sensation of witnessing the beginning of our planet and its underwater world. Apart from great fish diversity, when we snorkel we often see rays, reef sharks and sea turtles.

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Sea turtles
    • check Sharks
    • check Rays
    Site Rating 78%
    public Iconic Species
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    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Marchena Island, Punta Mejia

    Marchena Island, Punta Mejia
    Overall Rating: 78%
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    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    This rarely visited site is one of the best in the archipelago to snorkel. The calm and clear deep blue water of the north west coast, and the rugged topography of the location give the sensation of witnessing the beginning of our planet and its underwater world. Apart from great fish diversity, when we snorkel we often see rays, reef sharks and sea turtles.

    Marchena Island, Punta Mejia

    Marchena Island, Punta Mejia
    Overall Rating: 78%
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    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    This rarely visited site is one of the best in the archipelago to snorkel. The calm and clear deep blue water of the north west coast, and the rugged topography of the location give the sensation of witnessing the beginning of our planet and its underwater world. Apart from great fish diversity, when we snorkel we often see rays, reef sharks and sea turtles.

  • Day 3 PM Marchena Island, Playa Negra Marchena Island, Playa Negra
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    Marchena Island, Playa Negra
    Marchena Island, Playa Negra

    Very few ships visit this site - the beach is made of eroded basaltic sand, derived from the Galapagos basaltic shield of volcanoes.  You might spot bottle-nosed dolphins playfully splashing about and marine iguanas diving for algae growing on the lava beds below the serene, calm, blue waters.  A good snorkeling site.  Landing:  N/A  Difficulty:  Easy.

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Rays
    • check Sea lions
    • check Sharks
    • check Sea turtles
    Site Rating 54%
    public Iconic Species
    pets Biodiversity
    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Marchena Island, Playa Negra

    Marchena Island, Playa Negra
    Overall Rating: 54%
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    Very few ships visit this site - the beach is made of eroded basaltic sand, derived from the Galapagos basaltic shield of volcanoes.  You might spot bottle-nosed dolphins playfully splashing about and marine iguanas diving for algae growing on the lava beds below the serene, calm, blue waters.  A good snorkeling site.  Landing:  N/A  Difficulty:  Easy.

    Marchena Island, Playa Negra

    Marchena Island, Playa Negra
    Overall Rating: 54%
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    Very few ships visit this site - the beach is made of eroded basaltic sand, derived from the Galapagos basaltic shield of volcanoes.  You might spot bottle-nosed dolphins playfully splashing about and marine iguanas diving for algae growing on the lava beds below the serene, calm, blue waters.  A good snorkeling site.  Landing:  N/A  Difficulty:  Easy.

  • Day 4 AM Isabela Island, Albemarle Point Isabela Island, Albemarle Point account_balance
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    Isabela Island, Albemarle Point
    Isabela Island, Albemarle Point

    Albemarle Point is a seldom visited site at the northern end of Isabela and if so, often by panga ride. A World War II radar station was built here by the USA. Visitors can walk to the ruins of the radar base. Marine iguanas on the north end of Isabela are some of the largest in the archipelago, and if you spot any penguins, you'll be seeing one of the very few that live in the northern hemisphere.  Landing: N/A Difficulty: Easy

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Flightless cormorant
    • check Galapagos penguin
    Site Rating 70%
    public Iconic Species
    pets Biodiversity
    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Isabela Island, Albemarle Point

    Isabela Island, Albemarle Point
    Overall Rating: 70%
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    Albemarle Point is a seldom visited site at the northern end of Isabela and if so, often by panga ride. A World War II radar station was built here by the USA. Visitors can walk to the ruins of the radar base. Marine iguanas on the north end of Isabela are some of the largest in the archipelago, and if you spot any penguins, you'll be seeing one of the very few that live in the northern hemisphere.  Landing: N/A Difficulty: Easy

    Isabela Island, Albemarle Point

    Isabela Island, Albemarle Point
    Overall Rating: 70%
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    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Albemarle Point is a seldom visited site at the northern end of Isabela and if so, often by panga ride. A World War II radar station was built here by the USA. Visitors can walk to the ruins of the radar base. Marine iguanas on the north end of Isabela are some of the largest in the archipelago, and if you spot any penguins, you'll be seeing one of the very few that live in the northern hemisphere.  Landing: N/A Difficulty: Easy

  • Day 4 PM Isabela, Punta Vicente Roca Isabela, Punta Vicente Roca
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    Isabela, Punta Vicente Roca
    Isabela, Punta Vicente Roca

    Here, the remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a bay that is well protected from ocean swells. This is a popular anchorage from which to take panga rides along the cliffs or to explore a partially sunken cave at the water’s edge. Blue-footed and Nazca boobies perch along the sheer walls, while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline. One of the top rated snorkeling spots in Galapagos. Landing: None: Difficulty: Easy.

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Rays
    • check Red-billed tropicbirds
    • check Sea lions
    • check Sea turtles
    Site Rating 86%
    public Iconic Species
    pets Biodiversity
    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Isabela, Punta Vicente Roca

    Isabela, Punta Vicente Roca
    Overall Rating: 86%
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    Here, the remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a bay that is well protected from ocean swells. This is a popular anchorage from which to take panga rides along the cliffs or to explore a partially sunken cave at the water’s edge. Blue-footed and Nazca boobies perch along the sheer walls, while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline. One of the top rated snorkeling spots in Galapagos. Landing: None: Difficulty: Easy.

    Isabela, Punta Vicente Roca

    Isabela, Punta Vicente Roca
    Overall Rating: 86%
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    Here, the remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a bay that is well protected from ocean swells. This is a popular anchorage from which to take panga rides along the cliffs or to explore a partially sunken cave at the water’s edge. Blue-footed and Nazca boobies perch along the sheer walls, while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline. One of the top rated snorkeling spots in Galapagos. Landing: None: Difficulty: Easy.

  • Day 5 AM Fernandina Island, Punta Espinoza Fernandina Island, Punta Espinoza
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    Fernandina Island, Punta Espinoza
    Fernandina Island, Punta Espinoza

    Only a few hundred thousand years old, and free of invasive species, this is likely the most pristine island you'll see in your lifetime.  Its central volcano dominates the landscape, spreading lava fields all the way to the shore. The island's highlight features the flightless cormorant nesting site, "marine iguana city", penguins and if you're lucky, the Galapagos hawk.  Landing: Dry. Difficulty: Moderate.

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Flightless cormorant
    • check Galapagos hawk
    • check Galapagos penguin
    • check Sea lions
    Site Rating 90%
    public Iconic Species
    pets Biodiversity
    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Fernandina Island, Punta Espinoza

    Fernandina Island, Punta Espinoza
    Overall Rating: 90%
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    Only a few hundred thousand years old, and free of invasive species, this is likely the most pristine island you'll see in your lifetime.  Its central volcano dominates the landscape, spreading lava fields all the way to the shore. The island's highlight features the flightless cormorant nesting site, "marine iguana city", penguins and if you're lucky, the Galapagos hawk.  Landing: Dry. Difficulty: Moderate.

    Fernandina Island, Punta Espinoza

    Fernandina Island, Punta Espinoza
    Overall Rating: 90%
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    Only a few hundred thousand years old, and free of invasive species, this is likely the most pristine island you'll see in your lifetime.  Its central volcano dominates the landscape, spreading lava fields all the way to the shore. The island's highlight features the flightless cormorant nesting site, "marine iguana city", penguins and if you're lucky, the Galapagos hawk.  Landing: Dry. Difficulty: Moderate.

  • Day 5 PM Isabela Island, Urbina Bay Isabela Island, Urbina Bay
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    Isabela Island, Urbina Bay
    Isabela Island, Urbina Bay

    A trail leads away from a pleasant beach and into the arid zone of the island.  Surprisingly, this flat, scrubby area contains old corals on land - the result of a major uplift in 1954.  You might encounter land and marine iguanas and giant tortoises. Closer to the water you may see flightless cormorants.  Landing: Wet. Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Flightless cormorant
    • check Giant tortoise in the wild
    • check Land Iguana
    Site Rating 58%
    public Iconic Species
    pets Biodiversity
    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Isabela Island, Urbina Bay

    Isabela Island, Urbina Bay
    Overall Rating: 58%
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    beach_access Beach quailty
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    A trail leads away from a pleasant beach and into the arid zone of the island.  Surprisingly, this flat, scrubby area contains old corals on land - the result of a major uplift in 1954.  You might encounter land and marine iguanas and giant tortoises. Closer to the water you may see flightless cormorants.  Landing: Wet. Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.

    Isabela Island, Urbina Bay

    Isabela Island, Urbina Bay
    Overall Rating: 58%
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    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    A trail leads away from a pleasant beach and into the arid zone of the island.  Surprisingly, this flat, scrubby area contains old corals on land - the result of a major uplift in 1954.  You might encounter land and marine iguanas and giant tortoises. Closer to the water you may see flightless cormorants.  Landing: Wet. Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.

  • Day 6 AM Isabela Island, Elizabeth Bay Isabela Island, Elizabeth Bay
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    Isabela Island, Elizabeth Bay
    Isabela Island, Elizabeth Bay

    A panga ride site.   A tour around the vary quiet mangrove inlets and adjacent lagoons may reveal Galápagos green turtles, golden cownose rays, spotted eagle rays, and white-tip reef sharks. Galápagos penguins prefer the rocky islets, and marine iguanas enjoy the plentiful algae. Other species seen here include flightless cormorants, pelicans and lava herons. Landing: None (panga ride). Difficulty: Easy.

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Flightless cormorant
    • check Galapagos penguin
    • check Sea turtles
    • check Sharks
    • check Rays
    Site Rating 71%
    public Iconic Species
    pets Biodiversity
    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Isabela Island, Elizabeth Bay

    Isabela Island, Elizabeth Bay
    Overall Rating: 71%
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    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    A panga ride site.   A tour around the vary quiet mangrove inlets and adjacent lagoons may reveal Galápagos green turtles, golden cownose rays, spotted eagle rays, and white-tip reef sharks. Galápagos penguins prefer the rocky islets, and marine iguanas enjoy the plentiful algae. Other species seen here include flightless cormorants, pelicans and lava herons. Landing: None (panga ride). Difficulty: Easy.

    Isabela Island, Elizabeth Bay

    Isabela Island, Elizabeth Bay
    Overall Rating: 71%
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    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    A panga ride site.   A tour around the vary quiet mangrove inlets and adjacent lagoons may reveal Galápagos green turtles, golden cownose rays, spotted eagle rays, and white-tip reef sharks. Galápagos penguins prefer the rocky islets, and marine iguanas enjoy the plentiful algae. Other species seen here include flightless cormorants, pelicans and lava herons. Landing: None (panga ride). Difficulty: Easy.

  • Day 6 PM Isabela Island, Punta Moreno Isabela Island, Punta Moreno
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    Isabela Island, Punta Moreno
    Isabela Island, Punta Moreno

    Step onto the edge of a vast lava field, stretching out to Cero Azul volcano in the distance.  The lava is dotted by numerous green lagoons, where flamingoes, paint-bill crakes, white-cheeked pintails and common gallinules can be seen. This young lava flow is in the process of being colonized by several species of interesting pioneer plants. Landing: Dry. Difficulty: Moderate.

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Flamingo
    Site Rating 60%
    public Iconic Species
    pets Biodiversity
    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Isabela Island, Punta Moreno

    Isabela Island, Punta Moreno
    Overall Rating: 60%
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    Step onto the edge of a vast lava field, stretching out to Cero Azul volcano in the distance.  The lava is dotted by numerous green lagoons, where flamingoes, paint-bill crakes, white-cheeked pintails and common gallinules can be seen. This young lava flow is in the process of being colonized by several species of interesting pioneer plants. Landing: Dry. Difficulty: Moderate.

    Isabela Island, Punta Moreno

    Isabela Island, Punta Moreno
    Overall Rating: 60%
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    Step onto the edge of a vast lava field, stretching out to Cero Azul volcano in the distance.  The lava is dotted by numerous green lagoons, where flamingoes, paint-bill crakes, white-cheeked pintails and common gallinules can be seen. This young lava flow is in the process of being colonized by several species of interesting pioneer plants. Landing: Dry. Difficulty: Moderate.

  • Day 7 AM Floreana Island, Asilo de Paz Floreana Island, Asilo de Paz account_balance
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    Floreana Island, Asilo de Paz
    Floreana Island, Asilo de Paz

    Historically significant, this site is 5 mi from town.  Along the trail to the top of a 1476 ft tall hill, you will pass through a Scalesia tree forest and see a corral where Galapagos tortoises from San Cristóbal Island are kept (the native Floreana tortoises are extinct).  Visitors will discover the caves where some of the first human settlers on Floreana Island stayed and also encounter a fresh water spring.  Landing: Dry.  Difficulty: Easy

    Site Rating 37%
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    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Floreana Island, Asilo de Paz

    Floreana Island, Asilo de Paz
    Overall Rating: 37%
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    Historically significant, this site is 5 mi from town.  Along the trail to the top of a 1476 ft tall hill, you will pass through a Scalesia tree forest and see a corral where Galapagos tortoises from San Cristóbal Island are kept (the native Floreana tortoises are extinct).  Visitors will discover the caves where some of the first human settlers on Floreana Island stayed and also encounter a fresh water spring.  Landing: Dry.  Difficulty: Easy

    Floreana Island, Asilo de Paz

    Floreana Island, Asilo de Paz
    Overall Rating: 37%
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    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Historically significant, this site is 5 mi from town.  Along the trail to the top of a 1476 ft tall hill, you will pass through a Scalesia tree forest and see a corral where Galapagos tortoises from San Cristóbal Island are kept (the native Floreana tortoises are extinct).  Visitors will discover the caves where some of the first human settlers on Floreana Island stayed and also encounter a fresh water spring.  Landing: Dry.  Difficulty: Easy

  • Day 7 PM Floreana Island, La Loberia Floreana Island, La Loberia
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    Floreana Island, La Loberia
    Floreana Island, La Loberia

    This nice beach hosts a colony of sea lions and in the water.  Marine iguanas are also seen along the shores and sea turtles are commonly found  in the rocky reefs of the Bay. The visitors site of Lobería has a path 900 m long that takes you through areas of the National Park. This area is used by locals for recreation. Part of the trail is made up of rocks and other parts, sand.

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Sea lions
    • check Sea turtles
    Site Rating 61%
    public Iconic Species
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    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Floreana Island, La Loberia

    Floreana Island, La Loberia
    Overall Rating: 61%
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    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    This nice beach hosts a colony of sea lions and in the water.  Marine iguanas are also seen along the shores and sea turtles are commonly found  in the rocky reefs of the Bay. The visitors site of Lobería has a path 900 m long that takes you through areas of the National Park. This area is used by locals for recreation. Part of the trail is made up of rocks and other parts, sand.

    Floreana Island, La Loberia

    Floreana Island, La Loberia
    Overall Rating: 61%
    public Iconic Species
    pets Biodiversity
    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    This nice beach hosts a colony of sea lions and in the water.  Marine iguanas are also seen along the shores and sea turtles are commonly found  in the rocky reefs of the Bay. The visitors site of Lobería has a path 900 m long that takes you through areas of the National Park. This area is used by locals for recreation. Part of the trail is made up of rocks and other parts, sand.

  • Day 8 AM Santa Cruz Island, Los Gemelos - Highlands Santa Cruz Island, Los Gemelos - Highlands
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    Santa Cruz Island, Los Gemelos - Highlands
    Santa Cruz Island, Los Gemelos - Highlands

    Los Gemelos (The Twins) are a pair of large pit craters on the road from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. They were created when the surface material covering empty magma chambers collapsed. You can walk along the rim of the craters and enjoy breathtaking views. The trail around the larger crater passes through a Scalesia forest and is good place to see a variety of bird species. Landing: None. Difficulty: Moderate.

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Scalesia forest
    • check Vermillion flycatcher
    Site Rating 62%
    public Iconic Species
    pets Biodiversity
    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Santa Cruz Island, Los Gemelos - Highlands

    Santa Cruz Island, Los Gemelos - Highlands
    Overall Rating: 62%
    public Iconic Species
    pets Biodiversity
    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Los Gemelos (The Twins) are a pair of large pit craters on the road from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. They were created when the surface material covering empty magma chambers collapsed. You can walk along the rim of the craters and enjoy breathtaking views. The trail around the larger crater passes through a Scalesia forest and is good place to see a variety of bird species. Landing: None. Difficulty: Moderate.

    Santa Cruz Island, Los Gemelos - Highlands

    Santa Cruz Island, Los Gemelos - Highlands
    Overall Rating: 62%
    public Iconic Species
    pets Biodiversity
    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Los Gemelos (The Twins) are a pair of large pit craters on the road from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. They were created when the surface material covering empty magma chambers collapsed. You can walk along the rim of the craters and enjoy breathtaking views. The trail around the larger crater passes through a Scalesia forest and is good place to see a variety of bird species. Landing: None. Difficulty: Moderate.

  • Day 8 AM Baltra Island Airport Baltra Island Airport account_balance
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    Baltra Island Airport
    Baltra Island Airport

    The first airport here was built by Americans during the 2nd World War - remnants of that military base can be easily observed.  The latest airport here touts itself as the world’s first “green” airport. It opened in December 2012.  The terminal consists of recycled steel tubes taken from oil drilling operations in the Amazon.  It spreads over 6,000 square meters and required an investment of just over $24 million. The new complex uses clean, renewable technologies such as solar energy, wind farms, and seawater desalination, among other environmental innovations.  It is kept cool(ish) simply by design - no air conditioning is required.

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Land Iguana
    Site Rating 28%
    public Iconic Species
    pets Biodiversity
    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Baltra Island Airport

    Baltra Island Airport
    Overall Rating: 28%
    public Iconic Species
    pets Biodiversity
    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    The first airport here was built by Americans during the 2nd World War - remnants of that military base can be easily observed.  The latest airport here touts itself as the world’s first “green” airport. It opened in December 2012.  The terminal consists of recycled steel tubes taken from oil drilling operations in the Amazon.  It spreads over 6,000 square meters and required an investment of just over $24 million. The new complex uses clean, renewable technologies such as solar energy, wind farms, and seawater desalination, among other environmental innovations.  It is kept cool(ish) simply by design - no air conditioning is required.

    Baltra Island Airport

    Baltra Island Airport
    Overall Rating: 28%
    public Iconic Species
    pets Biodiversity
    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    The first airport here was built by Americans during the 2nd World War - remnants of that military base can be easily observed.  The latest airport here touts itself as the world’s first “green” airport. It opened in December 2012.  The terminal consists of recycled steel tubes taken from oil drilling operations in the Amazon.  It spreads over 6,000 square meters and required an investment of just over $24 million. The new complex uses clean, renewable technologies such as solar energy, wind farms, and seawater desalination, among other environmental innovations.  It is kept cool(ish) simply by design - no air conditioning is required.

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Itinerary Rating
Combined score of all sites visited
Rating: 68%
public Iconic species
pets Biodiversity
photo Striking vistas
beach_access Beach quality
pool Snorkeling quality

Wildlife Sightings
  • check Flamingo
  • check Flightless cormorant
  • check Fur seals
  • check Galapagos hawk
  • check Galapagos penguin
  • check Giant tortoise in the wild
  • check Land Iguana
  • check Nazca booby
  • check Rays
  • check Red-billed tropicbirds
  • check Red-footed booby
  • check Scalesia forest
  • check Sea lions
  • check Sea turtles
  • check Sharks
  • check Vermillion flycatcher