AQUA NATURALIST ROUTE B

Itinerary B / 8D – 7N / Naturalist

Our 8-day naturalist itinerary aboard M/Y Aqua is the opportunity of a lifetime! Visiting incredible sites such as Dragon Hill, Sullivan Bay, magical Isabela island, and more, your stay in the Galapagos Island will be more than complete. Share our love for all the incredible wildlife inhabiting the islands with us!

Highlights
  • Take incredible photography of “Chinese Hat’s” unique shape!
  • Interact with incredible animals such as: Giant Tortoises, Marine Iguanas, and more!
  • Walk along the remarkable red beach in Rabida Island.
  • Play with sea lion pups in Mosquera.

High chance of spotting

Brown pelican
Brown Pelican Galapagos

American flamingo
American Flamingo Galapagos

Sea lion
galapagos sea lion

Great and American frigatebird
Frigatebird galapagos islands

Galapagos penguin
galapagos penguin

Pacific green turtle
pacific turtle

Marine iguana
iguana marine

Brown pelican
Brown Pelican Galapagos

Land iguana
iguana galapagos islands
Legend

Arrival

Snorkeling

snorkeling galapagos islands

Hike

Kayak

kayak galapagos islands

Departure

VISITORS SITES MAP

Day 1 - Tuesday

AM: Arrival at Baltra airport (GPS)

PM: North Seymour  hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Day 2 - Wednesday

AM: South Plaza hike galapagos islands

PM: Santa Fe hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Day 3 - Thursday

AM: Cormorant Point – Champion Islet hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM: Post Office Bay – Baroness Lookout hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Day 4 - Friday

AM: El Chato Reserve, Twin Craters hike galapagos islands

PM: CC Fausto Llerena hike galapagos islands

Day 5 - Saturday

AM: Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM: Sullivan Bay (Santiago) hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Day 6 - Sunday

AM: Egas Port (Santiago) hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM: Chinese Hat hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Day 7 - Monday

AM: Rabida hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM: Bartholomew hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Day 8 / Tuesday

AM: Mosquera Islet hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands
Tour ends. Transfer to Baltra airport

ISLANDS OVERVIEW AND ACTIVITIES

Itinerary B / Naturalist

Tuesday

AM: Arrival at Baltra Airport

Upon arrival, you will have to pay your Galapagos National Park entrance fee and your luggage will be inspected to make sure no foreign substances are introduced.

Activities:

Difficulty: – –

Baltra Galapagos Islands Aqua Yacht
PM: North Seymour

This islet is one of most visited sites, and it is teeming with birdlife. An easy circular path takes you through the archipelago’s most extensive colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds.

Activities:hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

North Seymour Galapagos Islands Blue-Footed Booby

Wednesday

AM: South Plaza

Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. There are several hybrid iguanas- a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana.

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

South Palza Galapagos Islands
PM: Santa Fe

Santa Fe is home to a number of endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats and one of the two species of lands iguanas of the islands

Activities: hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Santa Fe Galapagos Islands

Thursday

AM: Cormorant Point - Champion Islet

Please don’t expect flightless cormorants at Cormorant Point (they live exclusively in West Galapagos). Instead, you may have the only opportunity in the East to spot Galapagos penguins from the dinghy, or a flamingo lagoon against the pockmarked backdrop of extinct tuff cones and scented palo santo bushes.

Activities: hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Moderate

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PM: Post Office Bay & Baroness Lookout

Baroness Viewpoint is a fantastic place to absorb the environment of the Galapagos. Once inhabited by an indulgent baroness and her three lovers, the history of this island is intriguing.

Activities: hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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Friday

AM: El Chato Reserve – Twin Craters

El Chato Reserve is a protected area and official part of the Galapagos National Park. It extends from Cerro El Chato as far down as the southwestern coast of Santa Cruz Island, where females lay their eggs.

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

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PM: CC Fausto Llerena

A tour at Fausto Llerena Breeding Center you can see the tortoises of Española Island, ending in the tortoise exhibit corral. Tortoises of this corral are accustomed to humans; it is an excellent spot to be photographed with them!

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

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Saturday

AM: Dragon Hill

Thanks to the successful breeding programme, Dragon Hill is still populated by the largest wild population of Galapagos land iguanas on Santa Cruz.

Activities: hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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PM: Sullivan Bay (Santiago)

The arrival in Sullivan Bay is like a moon landing. The desolate, sprawling fields seem to be mostly lifeless, but this island, which is particularly popular among photographers, still offers a lot to see. Green sea turtles burrow in the small white sand beach, where you can also find crabs, blue herons and oystercatchers.

Activities: hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Aqua Yacht Sullivan Bay galapagos

Sunday

AM: Egas Port (Santiago)

You will have a “wet-landing” and take an easy walk along trails and on the beautiful shoreline of the black sand beach, where you can see birds, sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, marine iguanas and Galapagos fur seals.

Activities: hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Egas Port Galapagos Aqua Yacht crab
PM: Chinese Hat

Chinese Hat is a volcanic cone, forming another islet off the rocky coast of Santiago, where a small colony of Galapagos penguins has settled. This is an excellent place to learn more about volcanoes, lava bombs and lava tunnels.

Activities: hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

galapagos islands chinese hat

Monday

AM: Rabida

Oxidised iron particles give the rocks and sand their rusty colour. The beach wall holds a shallow green-fringed lagoon; this oasis is the most fertile place on the otherwise arid islet. The salty pool attracts all kind of aquatic birds, like pintails and sometimes American flamingos.

Activities: hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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PM: Bartholomew

Climb the steps of the Bartholomew Peak Trail and you will be rewarded with panoramic views over volcanic peaks, lunar craters and lava fields. Afterwards, you can refresh yourself at the foot of the famous “Pinnacle Rock” and explore the underwater world in the shallow water while snorkelling.

Activities: hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Bartolome Galapagos Aqua yacht

Tuesday

AM: Mosquera

Galapagos sea lions are true beach lovers and Mosquera offers beautiful white coral sand beaches that contrast with the blue water and attract numerous sea lions. During a beach walk, you can observe numerous species of waders and sanderlings.

Activities: hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Sea lion mosquera islands Aqua yacht
Transfer out to Baltra Airport

Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra, where we will take the airport shuttle. Your guide will accompany you to the check-in counters in the departure hall.

We expect you to return home with stunning pictures and unforgettable lifelong memories!

Activities:

Difficulty: – –

Avianca Galapagos Aqua Yacht diving
DAY 1

Tuesday

AM: Arrival at Baltra Airport

Upon arrival, you will have to pay your Galapagos National Park entrance fee and your luggage will be inspected to make sure no foreign substances are introduced.

Activities:

Difficulty: – –

Baltra Galapagos Islands Aqua Yacht
PM: North Seymour

This islet is one of most visited sites, and it is teeming with birdlife. An easy circular path takes you through the archipelago’s most extensive colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds.

Activities:hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

North Seymour Galapagos Islands Blue-Footed Booby
DAY 2

Wednesday

AM: South Plaza

Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. There are several hybrid iguanas- a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana.

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

South Palza Galapagos Islands
PM: Santa Fe

Santa Fe is home to a number of endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats and one of the two species of lands iguanas of the islands

Activities: hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Santa Fe Galapagos Islands
DAY 3

Thursday

AM: Cormorant Point - Champion Islet

Please don’t expect flightless cormorants at Cormorant Point (they live exclusively in West Galapagos). Instead, you may have the only opportunity in the East to spot Galapagos penguins from the dinghy, or a flamingo lagoon against the pockmarked backdrop of extinct tuff cones and scented palo santo bushes.

Activities: hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Moderate

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PM: Post Office Bay & Baroness Lookout

Baroness Viewpoint is a fantastic place to absorb the environment of the Galapagos. Once inhabited by an indulgent baroness and her three lovers, the history of this island is intriguing.

Activities: hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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DAY 4

Friday

AM: El Chato Reserve – Twin Craters

El Chato Reserve is a protected area and official part of the Galapagos National Park. It extends from Cerro El Chato as far down as the southwestern coast of Santa Cruz Island, where females lay their eggs.

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

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PM: CC Fausto Llerena

A tour at Fausto Llerena Breeding Center you can see the tortoises of Española Island, ending in the tortoise exhibit corral. Tortoises of this corral are accustomed to humans; it is an excellent spot to be photographed with them!

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

Fausto Llerena galapagos islands safe travels Ecuador ATC Cruises Aqua Yacht naturalist itineraries
DAY 5

Saturday

AM: Dragon Hill

Thanks to the successful breeding programme, Dragon Hill is still populated by the largest wild population of Galapagos land iguanas on Santa Cruz.

Activities: hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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PM: Sullivan Bay (Santiago)

The arrival in Sullivan Bay is like a moon landing. The desolate, sprawling fields seem to be mostly lifeless, but this island, which is particularly popular among photographers, still offers a lot to see. Green sea turtles burrow in the small white sand beach, where you can also find crabs, blue herons and oystercatchers.

Activities: hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Aqua Yacht Sullivan Bay galapagos
DAY 6

Sunday

AM: Egas Port (Santiago)

You will have a “wet-landing” and take an easy walk along trails and on the beautiful shoreline of the black sand beach, where you can see birds, sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, marine iguanas and Galapagos fur seals.

Activities: hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Egas Port Galapagos Aqua Yacht crab
PM: Chinese Hat

Chinese Hat is a volcanic cone, forming another islet off the rocky coast of Santiago, where a small colony of Galapagos penguins has settled. This is an excellent place to learn more about volcanoes, lava bombs and lava tunnels.

Activities: hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

galapagos islands chinese hat
DAY 7

Monday

AM: Rabida

Oxidised iron particles give the rocks and sand their rusty colour. The beach wall holds a shallow green-fringed lagoon; this oasis is the most fertile place on the otherwise arid islet. The salty pool attracts all kind of aquatic birds, like pintails and sometimes American flamingos.

Activities: hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Rabida galapagos islands safe travels Ecuador ATC Cruises Aqua Yacht naturalist itineraries
PM: Bartholomew

Climb the steps of the Bartholomew Peak Trail and you will be rewarded with panoramic views over volcanic peaks, lunar craters and lava fields. Afterwards, you can refresh yourself at the foot of the famous “Pinnacle Rock” and explore the underwater world in the shallow water while snorkelling.

Activities: hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Bartolome Galapagos Aqua yacht
DAY 8

Tuesday

AM: Mosquera

Galapagos sea lions are true beach lovers and Mosquera offers beautiful white coral sand beaches that contrast with the blue water and attract numerous sea lions. During a beach walk, you can observe numerous species of waders and sanderlings.

Activities: hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Sea lion mosquera islands Aqua yacht
Transfer out to Baltra Airport

Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra, where we will take the airport shuttle. Your guide will accompany you to the check-in counters in the departure hall.

We expect you to return home with stunning pictures and unforgettable lifelong memories!

Activities:

Difficulty: – –

Avianca Galapagos Aqua Yacht diving