Take a full-day trip to one of the most beautiful uninhabited islands in Galapagos. The ideal spot to observe native Galapagos birds, the island is home to colonies of Blue Footed Boobies and Frigate Birds. This place is the chosen spot for birds mating rituals and nesting depending on the time of the year. North Seymour also hosts a colony of sea lions. Activities during the day-tour include hiking, wild life viewing and snorkeling in Bachas beach. A box lunch is also included as well as pick-up and drop-off from your hotel. A must visit during your Galapagos trip.
The tour starts between 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m when the guide will pick you up at your hotel of stay in Puerto Ayora – Santa Cruz Island (we will inform you the time as soon the tour is confirmed).A bus or truck will take you to a 45 minute ride towards Canal Itabaca to board the motor boat to sail from the channel to North Seymour Island, located 2 km from this site.The tour will begin with a dry landing on slippery black basalt stone, please make sure you bring appropriate shoes as the tour involves some hiking in uneven terrain.The hike takes a short uphill walk over “pillow lavas”, afterwards the terrain becomes more regular and easily to walk.Frigates can be observed along the trail along with other species such as blue-footed boobies, lava gulls, sea lions, brown terns, pelicans, tropical birds.The endemic plant of this island is the lignum vitae tree, an icon of the site. In the summertime they look like dead trees, but after the February rains, they become green overnight.This give the island a very special appearance. Other plant species abundant in the area are the Opuntia cactus, Croton, Castile and Sesuvium. Sometimes you can watch green iguanas taking shade under bushes.A box lunch and a short break will take place before you cotinue exploring the islands.The tour will end with a snorkel in isolated Bachas Beach before returning to the boat and back to Puerto Ayora around 16h30.What to expect:Location: North of Baltra (or South Seymour). The total distance of the trail is 2 miles. Wildlife – Land: Blue-Footed Boobies, Frigatebirds, Colonies of California Sea Lions, Marine Iguanas, Land Iguanas (occassionally), Swallow-tailed Gulls, Red-billed Tropicbirds and Nazca Boobies (occassionally). Marine Wildlife: White-tip Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, Rays, Pelagic and Reef Fish. Difficulty Level: Moderate – some hiking over unpathed and rocky trails. Activities: Hiking, Snorkeling Swimming. IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to fulfill this tour, you must be at Santa Cruz Island (Puerto Ayora) one day prior to departure.