Our 3 nights eastern route heads first to the little-frequented Pitt Point, the easternmost point of the archipelago and only site where blue-footed, red-footed and Nazca boobies gather together. It returns through extraordinary Santa Fe and the popular, really not to be missed highlight South Plaza (both with land iguanas and giant cactus trees). Your visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station will be a nice introduction to this cruise, while it is concluded in the evergreen mangles of Black Turtle Cove on the north coast of Santa Cruz.
Walk at a short distance past nesting boobies and frigatebirds. These almost extinguished volcano islands in the south-west are geologically eldest, where evolution has had enough time to create plenty endemic species. Striking coral sand beaches at azure bays are favourite places for large colonies of Galapagos sea lions. Mind your step when strolling South Plaza, because you may tread on the Galapagos land iguanas that crawl below bizarre giant prickly pear cacti. En route you can also observe endemic marine iguanas, the ‘dragons of Galapagos’ and another miracle of evolution. You will also learn more on the successful captured breeding programs of emblematic giant Galapagos tortoises. Last contrasty morning an adventurous dinghy ride is scheduled in the thriving cradle and bird-rich mangrove inlet, and the ocean seems far away.
• Itinerary is subject to change in case of force majeure caused by exceptional and natural circumstances.
• Approximate departure and navigation times are just indicative and depend on the sea state and decisions of the captain.
• Although Galapagos seldom requires quests for wildlife, observation of specific species can never be guaranteed.