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Itinerary B

Length 8 days

Departs on Friday from San Cristóbal Island Airport
Ends on Friday at Baltra Island Airport

Visitor Sites
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  • Day 1 AM San Cristóbal Island Airport San Cristóbal Island Airport
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    San Cristóbal Island Airport
    San Cristóbal Island Airport

    The only commercial jet airliner airport we know that is located walking distance from town. 

    Site Rating 10%
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    San Cristóbal Island Airport

    San Cristóbal Island Airport
    Overall Rating: 10%
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    The only commercial jet airliner airport we know that is located walking distance from town. 

    San Cristóbal Island Airport

    San Cristóbal Island Airport
    Overall Rating: 10%
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    The only commercial jet airliner airport we know that is located walking distance from town. 

  • Day 1 PM San Cristóbal Island, Interpretation Centre San Cristóbal Island, Interpretation Centre account_balance
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    San Cristóbal Island, Interpretation Centre
    San Cristóbal Island, Interpretation Centre

    The center, which is just outside of the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, was opened in 1998 and features exhibits showcasing the natural and human history of the Galápagos and the ongoing efforts to preserve and protect the islands. Landing: None. Difficulty: Easy

    Site Rating 35%
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    San Cristóbal Island, Interpretation Centre

    San Cristóbal Island, Interpretation Centre
    Overall Rating: 35%
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    The center, which is just outside of the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, was opened in 1998 and features exhibits showcasing the natural and human history of the Galápagos and the ongoing efforts to preserve and protect the islands. Landing: None. Difficulty: Easy

    San Cristóbal Island, Interpretation Centre

    San Cristóbal Island, Interpretation Centre
    Overall Rating: 35%
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    pool Snorkeling quality

    The center, which is just outside of the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, was opened in 1998 and features exhibits showcasing the natural and human history of the Galápagos and the ongoing efforts to preserve and protect the islands. Landing: None. Difficulty: Easy

  • Day 1 PM San Cristóbal Island, Galapaguera San Cristóbal Island, Galapaguera
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    San Cristóbal Island, Galapaguera
    San Cristóbal Island, Galapaguera

    Also known as the Cerro Colorado, the hike from the beach is long, about 5 Km (3 miles) one-way and may be hot.  It is important to note that the walk takes a minimum 3 1/2 hours roundtrip.  A great site for those wanting to stretch their legs.  Do bring water.  The hike takes you to an area renown for the numerous giant tortoises easily spotted in the wild.  There are goats in the interior and it is common to find their droppings along the way.   Landing:  Wet   Difficulty:  Difficult

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Giant tortoise in the wild
    Site Rating 61%
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    San Cristóbal Island, Galapaguera

    San Cristóbal Island, Galapaguera
    Overall Rating: 61%
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    Also known as the Cerro Colorado, the hike from the beach is long, about 5 Km (3 miles) one-way and may be hot.  It is important to note that the walk takes a minimum 3 1/2 hours roundtrip.  A great site for those wanting to stretch their legs.  Do bring water.  The hike takes you to an area renown for the numerous giant tortoises easily spotted in the wild.  There are goats in the interior and it is common to find their droppings along the way.   Landing:  Wet   Difficulty:  Difficult

    San Cristóbal Island, Galapaguera

    San Cristóbal Island, Galapaguera
    Overall Rating: 61%
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    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Also known as the Cerro Colorado, the hike from the beach is long, about 5 Km (3 miles) one-way and may be hot.  It is important to note that the walk takes a minimum 3 1/2 hours roundtrip.  A great site for those wanting to stretch their legs.  Do bring water.  The hike takes you to an area renown for the numerous giant tortoises easily spotted in the wild.  There are goats in the interior and it is common to find their droppings along the way.   Landing:  Wet   Difficulty:  Difficult

  • Day 2 AM Española Island, Gardner Bay Española Island, Gardner Bay
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    Española Island, Gardner Bay
    Española Island, Gardner Bay

    A wonderful white sand beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Famous for the Española mockingbirds, which like to pick at your laces.  Great beach relaxation and swimming.

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Mockingbirds
    • check Sea lions
    Site Rating 79%
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    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Española Island, Gardner Bay

    Española Island, Gardner Bay
    Overall Rating: 79%
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    A wonderful white sand beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Famous for the Española mockingbirds, which like to pick at your laces.  Great beach relaxation and swimming.

    Española Island, Gardner Bay

    Española Island, Gardner Bay
    Overall Rating: 79%
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    A wonderful white sand beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Famous for the Española mockingbirds, which like to pick at your laces.  Great beach relaxation and swimming.

  • Day 2 PM Española Island, Punta Suarez Española Island, Punta Suarez
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    Española Island, Punta Suarez
    Española Island, Punta Suarez

    A wet landing onto a beach with Sea Lions and colourful Marine Iguanas leads on to a 2km trail through Masked and Blue-Footed Booby colonies (be careful not to step on them!) to some magnificent cliffs with a blow-hole. Beyond here is the Galapagos' only Waved Albatross colony (Apr-Dec) - watch their somewhat clumsy attempts to take-off and land. Other animals including the Large cactus finch and Galapagos Hawk may also be seen.

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Galapagos hawk
    • check Giant opuntia cactus forest
    • check Mockingbirds
    • check Nazca booby
    • check Red-billed tropicbirds
    • check Sea lions
    • check Waved albatross
    Site Rating 90%
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    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Española Island, Punta Suarez

    Española Island, Punta Suarez
    Overall Rating: 90%
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    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    A wet landing onto a beach with Sea Lions and colourful Marine Iguanas leads on to a 2km trail through Masked and Blue-Footed Booby colonies (be careful not to step on them!) to some magnificent cliffs with a blow-hole. Beyond here is the Galapagos' only Waved Albatross colony (Apr-Dec) - watch their somewhat clumsy attempts to take-off and land. Other animals including the Large cactus finch and Galapagos Hawk may also be seen.

    Española Island, Punta Suarez

    Española Island, Punta Suarez
    Overall Rating: 90%
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    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    A wet landing onto a beach with Sea Lions and colourful Marine Iguanas leads on to a 2km trail through Masked and Blue-Footed Booby colonies (be careful not to step on them!) to some magnificent cliffs with a blow-hole. Beyond here is the Galapagos' only Waved Albatross colony (Apr-Dec) - watch their somewhat clumsy attempts to take-off and land. Other animals including the Large cactus finch and Galapagos Hawk may also be seen.

  • Day 3 AM Floreana Island, Punta Cormorant - Devil`s Crown Floreana Island, Punta Cormorant - Devil`s Crown
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    Floreana Island, Punta Cormorant - Devil`s Crown
    Floreana Island, Punta Cormorant - Devil`s Crown

    Between two tuff cones, the Punta Cormorant landing is on a beach with green, olivine sand. Trails allow you to explore a brackish lagoon where greater flamingoes wade through the water, sifting shrimp with their curved bills. Stingrays can be seen in the shallows. You may also see pintail ducks, stilts, large-billed flycatchers, and several species of finches. Landing: Wet. Difficulty: Easy.

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Flamingo
    • check Rays
    Site Rating 60%
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    beach_access Beach quailty
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    Floreana Island, Punta Cormorant - Devil`s Crown

    Floreana Island, Punta Cormorant - Devil`s Crown
    Overall Rating: 60%
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    Between two tuff cones, the Punta Cormorant landing is on a beach with green, olivine sand. Trails allow you to explore a brackish lagoon where greater flamingoes wade through the water, sifting shrimp with their curved bills. Stingrays can be seen in the shallows. You may also see pintail ducks, stilts, large-billed flycatchers, and several species of finches. Landing: Wet. Difficulty: Easy.

    Floreana Island, Punta Cormorant - Devil`s Crown

    Floreana Island, Punta Cormorant - Devil`s Crown
    Overall Rating: 60%
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    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Between two tuff cones, the Punta Cormorant landing is on a beach with green, olivine sand. Trails allow you to explore a brackish lagoon where greater flamingoes wade through the water, sifting shrimp with their curved bills. Stingrays can be seen in the shallows. You may also see pintail ducks, stilts, large-billed flycatchers, and several species of finches. Landing: Wet. Difficulty: Easy.

  • Day 3 PM Floreana Island, Post Office Bay Floreana Island, Post Office Bay account_balance
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    Floreana Island, Post Office Bay
    Floreana Island, Post Office Bay

    In the eighteenth century, a group of whalers set up a wooden barrel to collect mail at this site, now known as Post Office Bay. A trail behind the barrel leads through palo santo and palo verde trees to a cave, which is actually a lava tube running down to the sea. Landing: Wet. Difficulty: Easy.

    Site Rating 37%
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    Floreana Island, Post Office Bay

    Floreana Island, Post Office Bay
    Overall Rating: 37%
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    In the eighteenth century, a group of whalers set up a wooden barrel to collect mail at this site, now known as Post Office Bay. A trail behind the barrel leads through palo santo and palo verde trees to a cave, which is actually a lava tube running down to the sea. Landing: Wet. Difficulty: Easy.

    Floreana Island, Post Office Bay

    Floreana Island, Post Office Bay
    Overall Rating: 37%
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    In the eighteenth century, a group of whalers set up a wooden barrel to collect mail at this site, now known as Post Office Bay. A trail behind the barrel leads through palo santo and palo verde trees to a cave, which is actually a lava tube running down to the sea. Landing: Wet. Difficulty: Easy.

  • Day 4 AM Santa Cruz Island, Darwin Station - Tortoise Centre Santa Cruz Island, Darwin Station - Tortoise Centre account_balance
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    Santa Cruz Island, Darwin Station - Tortoise Centre
    Santa Cruz Island, Darwin Station - Tortoise Centre

    The Station is about a ten-minute walk from the center of Puerto Ayora.  It has its own staff scientists but also hosts visiting scientists from around the world.  The archipelago's first tortoise breeding centre is next door, along with land iguana pens.   An open air rest area serves cold drinks and snacks.  Visit the station's new "mini-museum"  and buy a t-shirt to support the station's work.   Landing: No Landing. Difficulty: Easy.

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Mockingbirds
    Site Rating 53%
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    Santa Cruz Island, Darwin Station - Tortoise Centre

    Santa Cruz Island, Darwin Station - Tortoise Centre
    Overall Rating: 53%
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    The Station is about a ten-minute walk from the center of Puerto Ayora.  It has its own staff scientists but also hosts visiting scientists from around the world.  The archipelago's first tortoise breeding centre is next door, along with land iguana pens.   An open air rest area serves cold drinks and snacks.  Visit the station's new "mini-museum"  and buy a t-shirt to support the station's work.   Landing: No Landing. Difficulty: Easy.

    Santa Cruz Island, Darwin Station - Tortoise Centre

    Santa Cruz Island, Darwin Station - Tortoise Centre
    Overall Rating: 53%
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    The Station is about a ten-minute walk from the center of Puerto Ayora.  It has its own staff scientists but also hosts visiting scientists from around the world.  The archipelago's first tortoise breeding centre is next door, along with land iguana pens.   An open air rest area serves cold drinks and snacks.  Visit the station's new "mini-museum"  and buy a t-shirt to support the station's work.   Landing: No Landing. Difficulty: Easy.

  • Day 4 PM 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%
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    Santa Cruz Island, Los Gemelos - Highlands

    Santa Cruz Island, Los Gemelos - Highlands
    Overall Rating: 62%
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    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%
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    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 5 AM Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay
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    Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay
    Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay

    While it doesn’t boast much wildlife, Sullivan Bay provides visitors with an opportunity to walk across a recent lava flow and examine its otherworldly beauty. Don’t worry; the lava isn’t hot, as it was formed in the late 19th century. The trail here crosses pahoehoe lava, dotted with pyroclastic cones. Inland, striking red and yellow tuft cones rise above the flow.  Landing: Dry. Difficulty: Easy.

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Galapagos penguin
    Site Rating 58%
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    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay

    Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay
    Overall Rating: 58%
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    While it doesn’t boast much wildlife, Sullivan Bay provides visitors with an opportunity to walk across a recent lava flow and examine its otherworldly beauty. Don’t worry; the lava isn’t hot, as it was formed in the late 19th century. The trail here crosses pahoehoe lava, dotted with pyroclastic cones. Inland, striking red and yellow tuft cones rise above the flow.  Landing: Dry. Difficulty: Easy.

    Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay

    Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay
    Overall Rating: 58%
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    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    While it doesn’t boast much wildlife, Sullivan Bay provides visitors with an opportunity to walk across a recent lava flow and examine its otherworldly beauty. Don’t worry; the lava isn’t hot, as it was formed in the late 19th century. The trail here crosses pahoehoe lava, dotted with pyroclastic cones. Inland, striking red and yellow tuft cones rise above the flow.  Landing: Dry. Difficulty: Easy.

  • Day 5 PM Bartolomé Island Bartolomé Island
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    Bartolomé Island
    Bartolomé Island

    Bartolomé Island has two visitor sites that are usually combined into one visit.  The first is a swim and snorkel off a nice beach, around the iconic Pinnacle Rock; the underwater world there is really impressive. Snorkelers are in the water with the penguins, marine turtles white-tipped reef sharks, rays and other tropical fish.  The second site is accessible via a long staircase leading up to a spectacular view point from which you can see the manifestations of recent volcanic activity.  Landing: Dry.  Difficulty: Moderate

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Galapagos penguin
    • check Sharks
    • check Rays
    • check Sea turtles
    Site Rating 68%
    public Iconic Species
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    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Bartolomé Island

    Bartolomé Island
    Overall Rating: 68%
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    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Bartolomé Island has two visitor sites that are usually combined into one visit.  The first is a swim and snorkel off a nice beach, around the iconic Pinnacle Rock; the underwater world there is really impressive. Snorkelers are in the water with the penguins, marine turtles white-tipped reef sharks, rays and other tropical fish.  The second site is accessible via a long staircase leading up to a spectacular view point from which you can see the manifestations of recent volcanic activity.  Landing: Dry.  Difficulty: Moderate

    Bartolomé Island

    Bartolomé Island
    Overall Rating: 68%
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    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Bartolomé Island has two visitor sites that are usually combined into one visit.  The first is a swim and snorkel off a nice beach, around the iconic Pinnacle Rock; the underwater world there is really impressive. Snorkelers are in the water with the penguins, marine turtles white-tipped reef sharks, rays and other tropical fish.  The second site is accessible via a long staircase leading up to a spectacular view point from which you can see the manifestations of recent volcanic activity.  Landing: Dry.  Difficulty: Moderate

  • Day 6 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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    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.

     

    Genovesa Island, Darwin Bay

    Genovesa Island, Darwin Bay
    Overall Rating: 76%
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    photo Striking vistas
    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 6 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
    pets Biodiversity
    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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    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.

    Genovesa Island, Prince Phillip's Steps

    Genovesa Island, Prince Phillip's Steps
    Overall Rating: 84%
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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 7 AM Santiago Island, Puerto Egas Santiago Island, Puerto Egas
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    Santiago Island, Puerto Egas
    Santiago Island, Puerto Egas

    This is the jumping off point for two trails. The first leads to fur seal grottos – a stretch of rocky coastline that offers them shade and protection. The second trail leads to the Salt Mine Volcano, a small crater that features a seasonally flooded lagoon, where flamingos and Galapagos hawks can sometimes be spotted. Landing: Wet. Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Fur seals
    • check Galapagos hawk
    • check Flamingo
    Site Rating 71%
    public Iconic Species
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    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Santiago Island, Puerto Egas

    Santiago Island, Puerto Egas
    Overall Rating: 71%
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    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    This is the jumping off point for two trails. The first leads to fur seal grottos – a stretch of rocky coastline that offers them shade and protection. The second trail leads to the Salt Mine Volcano, a small crater that features a seasonally flooded lagoon, where flamingos and Galapagos hawks can sometimes be spotted. Landing: Wet. Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.

    Santiago Island, Puerto Egas

    Santiago Island, Puerto Egas
    Overall Rating: 71%
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    This is the jumping off point for two trails. The first leads to fur seal grottos – a stretch of rocky coastline that offers them shade and protection. The second trail leads to the Salt Mine Volcano, a small crater that features a seasonally flooded lagoon, where flamingos and Galapagos hawks can sometimes be spotted. Landing: Wet. Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.

  • Day 7 AM Santiago Island, Espumilla Beach Santiago Island, Espumilla Beach
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    Santiago Island, Espumilla Beach
    Santiago Island, Espumilla Beach

    This beach is fringed by beautiful palo santo forest and is a sea turtle nesting site. It is a good place to see marine iguanas and colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs and it is an excellent place to snorkel and see octopi, moray eels, and sharks. Take a loop trail inland to a seasonal lagoon where flamingos are sometimes spotted. Landing: Wet. Difficulty: Easy.

    Site Rating 49%
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    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Santiago Island, Espumilla Beach

    Santiago Island, Espumilla Beach
    Overall Rating: 49%
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    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    This beach is fringed by beautiful palo santo forest and is a sea turtle nesting site. It is a good place to see marine iguanas and colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs and it is an excellent place to snorkel and see octopi, moray eels, and sharks. Take a loop trail inland to a seasonal lagoon where flamingos are sometimes spotted. Landing: Wet. Difficulty: Easy.

    Santiago Island, Espumilla Beach

    Santiago Island, Espumilla Beach
    Overall Rating: 49%
    public Iconic Species
    pets Biodiversity
    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    This beach is fringed by beautiful palo santo forest and is a sea turtle nesting site. It is a good place to see marine iguanas and colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs and it is an excellent place to snorkel and see octopi, moray eels, and sharks. Take a loop trail inland to a seasonal lagoon where flamingos are sometimes spotted. Landing: Wet. Difficulty: Easy.

  • Day 7 PM Santiago Island, Buccaneer Cove Santiago Island, Buccaneer Cove
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    Santiago Island, Buccaneer Cove
    Santiago Island, Buccaneer Cove

    In the 1600s and 1700s, Buccaneer Cove was a haven for pirates, who would anchor in the protected bay to stock up on tortoises and firewood and to repair their ships. This is often a cruise-by point, due to the sometimes wet and unsafe landing conditions. But keep an eye on the cliffs above for sea birds. The cove is home to sea lions and can be a good place to snorkel. Landing: Wet. Difficulty: Easy.

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Sea lions
    Site Rating 62%
    public Iconic Species
    pets Biodiversity
    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Santiago Island, Buccaneer Cove

    Santiago Island, Buccaneer Cove
    Overall Rating: 62%
    public Iconic Species
    pets Biodiversity
    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    In the 1600s and 1700s, Buccaneer Cove was a haven for pirates, who would anchor in the protected bay to stock up on tortoises and firewood and to repair their ships. This is often a cruise-by point, due to the sometimes wet and unsafe landing conditions. But keep an eye on the cliffs above for sea birds. The cove is home to sea lions and can be a good place to snorkel. Landing: Wet. Difficulty: Easy.

    Santiago Island, Buccaneer Cove

    Santiago Island, Buccaneer Cove
    Overall Rating: 62%
    public Iconic Species
    pets Biodiversity
    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    In the 1600s and 1700s, Buccaneer Cove was a haven for pirates, who would anchor in the protected bay to stock up on tortoises and firewood and to repair their ships. This is often a cruise-by point, due to the sometimes wet and unsafe landing conditions. But keep an eye on the cliffs above for sea birds. The cove is home to sea lions and can be a good place to snorkel. Landing: Wet. Difficulty: Easy.

  • Day 8 AM Santa Cruz Island, Punta Carrión Santa Cruz Island, Punta Carrión
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    Santa Cruz Island, Punta Carrión
    Santa Cruz Island, Punta Carrión

    This is a great spot to snorkel and swim among rays, sharks and hundreds of colorful tropical fish.  No land excursion.   Landing:  N/A   Difficulty:  Easy

    Wildlife Sightings
    • check Rays
    • check Sharks
    Site Rating 56%
    public Iconic Species
    pets Biodiversity
    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    Santa Cruz Island, Punta Carrión

    Santa Cruz Island, Punta Carrión
    Overall Rating: 56%
    public Iconic Species
    pets Biodiversity
    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    This is a great spot to snorkel and swim among rays, sharks and hundreds of colorful tropical fish.  No land excursion.   Landing:  N/A   Difficulty:  Easy

    Santa Cruz Island, Punta Carrión

    Santa Cruz Island, Punta Carrión
    Overall Rating: 56%
    public Iconic Species
    pets Biodiversity
    photo Striking vistas
    beach_access Beach quailty
    pool Snorkeling quality

    This is a great spot to snorkel and swim among rays, sharks and hundreds of colorful tropical fish.  No land excursion.   Landing:  N/A   Difficulty:  Easy

  • 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: 63%
public Iconic species
pets Biodiversity
photo Striking vistas
beach_access Beach quality
pool Snorkeling quality

Wildlife Sightings
  • check Flamingo
  • check Fur seals
  • check Galapagos hawk
  • check Galapagos penguin
  • check Giant opuntia cactus forest
  • check Giant tortoise in the wild
  • check Land Iguana
  • check Mockingbirds
  • 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
  • check Waved albatross