Our 6-night route takes us around the largest, seahorse-shaped island of Isabela, where nature seems to hunt for the greatest. Explore the virtually untouched western end of the Galapagos Islands, which has just been born out of fire. You are just in time for the first thrilling chapters of evolution! Uncover the mystery of how tough pioneer species make barren lava fields habitable; and approach bizarre outgrowths of adaptation such as marine iguanas and flightless cormorants.Highlights • Virgin Fernandina & the isolated west coast of Isabela make you an eyewitness of evolution. • Flightless cormorants, largest marine iguanas and penguins near the equator (!) • Fur seal grottos & a unique tidal channel with whitetip reef sharks & rays. • The archipelago’s largest concentration of American flamingos in bird-rich wetlands.
# DAY VISITOR SITES 1 Saturday AM - Flight to Baltra Airport (GPS) PM - Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz) At Baltra Airport you will have to pay your Galapagos National Park entrance fee and your luggage will be inspected. The most memorable part of the Charles Darwin Research Station will probably be the successful breeding centre and its celebrity ‘Lonesome George’. 2 Sunday AM - Whale Bay (Santa Cruz) PM - Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) El Edén is a paradisiacal tuff cone islet, just off the west coast of Santa Cruz (between Whale Bay and 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. 3 Monday AM - Las Tintoreras PM - Wetlands (Isabela) This group of jagged rocky islets just off the coast of Puerto Villamil forms one of the most stereotypical sites of the Galapagos. Sierra Negra is a large shield volcano at the south-eastern end of Isabela Island in the Galapagos that rises to an altitude of 1124m. The wetlands and brackish lagoons of Isabela are among the best places to spot aquatic, wading and shore birds. 4 Tuesday AM - Punta Morena (Isabela) PM - Urbina Bay (Isabela) Fresh, promising greens of pioneer vegetation contrast strongly with the dead, pitch-black lava flow that once reached the ocean at Moreno Point. On Isabela nature seems to hunt for the largest. The exceptional coastal plain at Urbina Bay attracts prehistoric giants in the very wild, such as the largest land and marine iguanas. 5 Wednesday AM - Punta Espinoza (Fernandina) PM - Tagus Cove (Isbaela) Westernmost Fernandina harbours one of the world’s most virgin, untouched ecosystems, and is another crown jewel of the Galapagos. Tagus Cove is a historical anchorage at the northern entrance of the Bolivar Channel (between Isabela and Fernandina). 6 Thursday AM - Puerto Egas (Santiago) PM - Rabida Puerto Egas is a historical and favourite site on Santiago for wildlife lovers; and it’s even the best place on the archipelago to observe Galapagos fur seals, On landing at this remarkable red beach a large bachelor colony of Galapagos sea lions will usually welcome you. 7 Friday AM - Las Bachas (Santa Cruz) Transfer to Baltra Airport Strolling along its coastline, the blinding white Bachas Beach appears full of natural life. It is one of most important breeding sites for Pacific green turtles. Transfer to Baltra airport