M/Y Coral I: 7 Nights Cruise


Departure: Sunday or Wednesday
Return:Sunday or Wednesday

Day 1 – Sunday, Santa Cruz

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (aprox. 2 and half hour flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport by our guides and taken to the Itabaca canal, then cross to the Island of Santa Cruz and travel to Puerto Ayora.

Santa Cruz (Highlands)
One option is to cross the highlands of Santa Cruz. Passengers will observe the twin pit craters and visit Cerro Chato. You'll be able to observe the famous giant tortoises.
Additionally, travelers can walk inside the dormant lava tubes.

Day 2 – Monday, Española (Suarez Point)

Dry landing. Visitors will learn about the lava terrain and cross the inactive lava fields. Besides the sea lion colonies, this is one of the most important sites for bird watching.
Many species, like the hooded mockingbird and red-billed tropic, can be spotted and observed closely. Past the nesting grounds you'll reach the world's largest colony of waved albatross. From May to December their mating rituals are a highlight of the visit. Later, you'll visit the famous blowhole, where water shoots 23 m (75 ft) into the air.

Day 3 – Tuesday, Floreana (Cormorant Point)

Wet landing on a greenish colored beach. Passengers will hike from black mangrove beds to a lagoon. This large, brackish lagoon holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island is best known for its endemic plant life like the Galapagos millwork, passion flower, and button mangrove.
Novice snorkelers can practice on the main beach with the playful sea lions; experienced snorkelers can roam around Devils Crown.

Floreana (Post office)
Located on the north side of Floreana Island, the bay is so-named because in 1793, Captain James Colnett installed an empty barrel which served as an informal post box for sailors who passed through the Galapagos, taking with them the letters to their destinations.

Day 4 – Wednesday, North Seymour

Dry landing. Guests will encounter swallow tailed gulls and sea lions. This site is a major nesting colony of blue footed boobies and has the largest colony of the magnificent frigate bird. Travelers will also spot both iguana species, the marine iguanas and land iguanas, and then hike around the nesting sites.
Disembark at the docks (Baltra);

Day 5 – Thursday, Rábida (Jervis)

Wet landing. The volcano-formed beach is dark red and frequented by sea lions. It's considered the geographic center of Galapagos because it has the most diverse volcanic rocks on the Islands. You'll hike to a salt water lagoon, where flamingos can sometimes be found. July through September is a good time to observe brown pelicans nesting in the salty bushes. Boobies and 9 species of Darwin's finches can also be observed. You can take a dinghy ride by the reefs, as well as snorkel. Santiago (Egas Port) Wet landing on a dark sand beach. Most of the landscape is tuff-stone layers and lava flows. You can observe hunting herons, great blue herons, lava herons, yellow crowned night herons and oyster catchers.

Day 6 – Friday, Fernandina (Espinosa Point)

Dry landing. Visitors will see the biggest marine iguanas mingling with sally-light foot crabs, as well as flightless cormorants nesting sites, Galapagos penguins, Galapagos hawks, and sea lions. Among the flora and volcanic formations observers will spot brachycereus cactus, and "pa-hoe-hoe" lava and "AA" lava formations. Numerous mangrove beds extend into the sea.

Isabela (Tagus Cove)
Dry landing on Galapagos' largest island. Visitors will learn about the eruption of five volcanoes that formed this island.
The trail leads to Darwin's salt water lagoon and an excellent view of the lava fields and volcanic formations.

Day 7 – Saturday, Bartolomé

Dry landing. Passengers will see volcanic formations such as lava bombs, spatter, and cinder cones. After hiking to the summit you can enjoy a great view of the surrounding islands, including Pinnacle Rock's eroded tuff cone.
On the way to the summit, you'll often see colonies of marine iguanas, lava lizards, tiquilla and various cacti. You'll be able to snorkel and see the Galapagos penguin, sea turtles, and white tipped sharks from a safe distance.

Day 8 – Sunday, Santa Cruz (Charles Darwin Research Station)

Travelers will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, staffed with international scientists conducting biological research and conservation projects. Here you'll be able to admire the giant tortoises involved in the breeding program.
Visitors can also admire the prickly-pear cactus forest and many land birds. Later on, you'll have some free time to walk around town and shop for souvenirs.

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