Tuesday: San Cristóbal Island: Airport / PM San Cristóbal Island: Breeding Center Jacinto Gordillo “Galapaguera” Colorado Hill, Puerto Chino
Wednesday: AM Santa Fe Island / PM South Plaza Island
Thursday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Fausto Llerena Giant Tortoises Breeding Center / PM Santa Cruz Island: Twin Craters
Friday: AM Isabela Island: Sierra Negra Volcano / PM Isabela Island: Wetlands, Wall of Tears, Tortoise Breeding Station
Saturday: AM Isabela Island: Moreno Point / PM Isabela Island: Tagus Cove
Sunday: AM Fernandina Island: Espinosa Point / PM Isabela Island: Vicente Roca Point
Monday: AM Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach or Bucanero Cove / PM Bortolomé Island: Pinnacle Rock
Tuesday: AM North Seymour Island / Baltra Airport
San Cristóbal Airport
In the morning, you will arrive at San Cristobal Island. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by the Majestic staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.
Breeding Center Jacinto Gordillo “Galapaguera” Colorado Hill, Puerto Chino (San Cristóbal Island)
The Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center is a new visitor site in the northeast part of San Cristóbal Island and takes approximately one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. At the Breeding Center you will be able to admire the hatchling turtles, from their birth until they are 4 years old when the grown turtles are taken to their natural habit.
In the afternoon you will visit Puerto Chino located (15,2 miles / 24.5 km) away from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and a few miles from the Breeding Center Cerro Colorado, this walk takes approximately 30 minutes to the beach.
Santa Fe Island
In the morning, you will visit Santa Fe Island (Barrington) which is home to a small, picturesque bay also named Santa Fe. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest.
South Plaza Island
In the afternoon, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colourful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. During the rainy season its colour is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.
Fausto Llerena Giant Tortoises Breeding Center (Santa Cruz Island)
Today you will visit Fausto Llerena Giant Tortoises Breeding Center This is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Subspecies of tortoises interact with one another and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept here until they are about four years-old and strong enough to survive on their own.
The Twins (Santa Cruz Island)
The afternoon visit is to a site called Los Gemelos (The Twins). Los Gemelos wait for you at the end of a short hike. These sinkholes are often referred to as craters, though the term is only descriptive, not literal. They were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The endemic Scalesia forest surrounds the site where you may see vermillion flycatchers, short-eared owls, and finches.
The Sierra Negra Volcano (Isabela Island)
The morning will consist of a visit to The Sierra Negra Volcano which is the largest basaltic caldera in the Galapagos at 9 x 10 km. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finches and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005.
Wetlands, The Wall of Tears, The Tortoise Breeding Station (Isabela Island)
The afternoon visit will head to the Wetlands of Isabela Island which are located just outside of Puerto Villamil. The Wetlands consist of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves and are home to a variety of unique bird species such as common stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails, and gallinules. The Wetlands can be visited on foot via a path through the swamps.
The Wall of Tears (El Muro de las Lágrimas), is 65-feet / 25-meters high and an important piece of the island history. A penal colony existed on Isabella from 1945-1959, and the prisoners were forced to build the wall, stone by stone, while in isolation from the rest of the world and rthousands died during the construction. Many claim to feel the heavy energy of this historical site, and locals claim to hear cries in the wind.
The Tortoise Breeding Station was created to protect animals in their first years of life from the threats of foreign species such as pigs and donkeys. Giant tortoise eggs are collected and brought to the center where they are hatched and kept for five years before being released to their natural environment.
Moreno Point (Isabela Island)
In the morning you will visit Moreno Point located southwest of Elizabeth Bay. Here a dry landing onto what was once flowing lava is possible. The lava has left craters in its wake which formed crystal tide pools. By looking into the pools, you can peer into another world as the marine life drifts by your window. In the brackish pools of this area, you may see pink flamingos, white-cheeked pintails, and common gallinules. If you look carefully into the pools, you may see white-tip reef sharks and some sea turtles.
Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
In the afternoon, you will visit Tagus Cove on Isabela Island which is located across from Fernandina Island, near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s, using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another lovely beach surrounded by mangroves.
Espinosa Point (Fernandina Island)
In the morning you will visit Fernandina Island. No foreign species have ever invaded this island, and therefore it is one of the world’s most pristine island ecosystems. Fernandina is the youngest island in the Galapagos. Access to this site is extremely restricted by the Galapagos National Park, and you will be one of those very lucky visitors. The volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the landscape with lava fields reaching the ocean.
Crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, you will land at Espinosa Point, and after walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, you’ll reach the island’s highlight: the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.
Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island)
In the afternoon, you will head to Isabela Island. which is the largest in the archipelago. This seahorse-shaped island is also one of the youngest and most volcanically active.
The afternoon visit is at Vicente Roca Point. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (or sunfish).
Espumilla Beach or Buccaneer Cove (Santiago Island)
Your morning visit is to Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and the Sally Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkeling is highly recommended as you could find yourself face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark and a variety of other species of tropical fish.
Pinnacle Rock (Bartolomé Island)
In the afternoon you will head for Bartholomew Island, home of the famous Pinnacle Rock. Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. You will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see the Galapagos penguins.
North Seymour / Airport
North Seymour. Here you will be able to see Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent frigatebirds which are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lava containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.
After visiting North Seymour, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Guayaquil or Quito on mainland Ecuador
- Rates are per person based on double occupancy
- Children under 12 have a discount
- Single supplement may apply
Standard Cabin $ 4045.00
**Christmas and New Year holidays have an additional surcharge
The rate includes:
- All meals & excursions
- Transfers in the islands
- Bilingual National Park Guide
- Use of snorkeling equipment
- Harbor Fee Puerto Villamil, Isabela
- Free airport Assistance
- Free transfers
- Roundtrip Airfare to / from Galapagos
- Alcoholic drinks
- $100 Galapagos National Park fee
- $20 Transit Control Card
- Travel / medical insurance
- Personal Expenses