Galapagos M/Y CARINA – AWG 05 | 02 Itinerary


May, 8th

After a 3-hour flight with a middle stop in Guayaquil we arrived in Baltra Island, then a short bus ride to the Itabaca Canal and a ferry we crossed to Santa Cruz getting the M/Y Carina at noon.

In the afternoon we visited The Charles Darwin Station where we saw Lonesome George and Diego from Pinta and Espanola.

May, 9th

In the morning a Panga ride brought us near by Las Tintoreras.  We saw Galapagos pinguins, some blue footed boobies and pelicans.   Once on the Islet a short hike let us approach a marine iguana and a sea lion colonies.

In the afternoon we went to the local Isabela giant tortoise breeding center were we saw babies tortoises and special animals that come from South Isabela.

May, 10th

In the morning an amazing Panga ride in Elizabeth Bay let us to discover the unique Mangrove ecosystem.   We saw black pacific turtles, golden rays, eagle rays, Galapagos penguins and some Flightless cormorants.

The afternoon we moved some miles northen to our next visitor site Tagus Cove.  A 3-mile hike getting on top of this incredible lake approaching the lava fields in the midlle of a Tropical dry forest.

May, 11th

Early in the morning we landed in Punta Espinosa, the only visitor site on Fernandina Island.   A hike through lava, gravel and sand showed us a huge marine iguana colony, some sea lions and lots of crabs.

After a 3 hour sailing we arrived in Vicente Roca point.    In a Panga ride we saw blue footed boobies, some gulls, brown noddies and sea lions.    We had the chance to swim with lots of marine turtles and some sea lions.

Once we left the point we had the chance to see a couple of Mola mola – Sun Fish around the boat.

May, 12th

After a wet landing on a  black sand beach in Puerto Egas we walked to the rocky area to see on of the largest marine iguana colony in a incredible volcanic tuff landscape.   On the rocks at the end some Galapagos fur sea lions were sleeping on the rocks very close from the water level.

In the afternoon a panga ride near by Espumilla beach showed us a beatifull landscape then a wet landing on a long golden sand beach with hundreds of ghost crabs and white checked pintails.

May, 13th

Next morning we visited  Bartholomew Island, the most expectacular Galapagos landscape… 360 steps and almost on top we had the unique show of 8 Galapagos hawks fliying around us… They have never been so tame !

In the afternoon we were behind Charles Darwin steps waliking on a lava hike in Sullivan Bay .   New Pahoe-hoe and AA lava flows that increased the island surface surrounding an old area full with some reddish spatter cones.

May, 14th

We visited the old and unique Sombrero Chino, a new spatter cone near by Santigo where we had the possibility to see some sea lions, lots of fishes and even a white tipped reef shark!

In the afternoon the last Panga ride around El Eden let us to discover more of the Galapagos volcanic origin and of course observe some more blue footed boobies, sea lions and pelicans.

May, 15th

Our final day on the Galapagos!   Last stop at about 1500 ft above sea level Los Gemelos  huge pit craters that were created a long time ago when the old Santa Cruz volcano was very active.

Time to come back to Quito!

Itinerary 12th – 16th april… Archipel II Galapagos


Day 1 – April, 12th – After a 3 hour-flight we arrived in Baltra Island.   Transfer to Itabaca Canal in Public bus and ferry (5 minutes to Santa Cruz).   Once in Santa Cruz we started our first excursion getting in the highland’s forest. We visited El Chato reserve where Giant Tortoises live in the wild.   A couple of huge Tortoises appeared while we were walking through a tropical cloud forest with lots of lichens and endemic plants.  Overnight on board of the M/C Archipell II, at night sail to Isabela – Puerto Villamil (4 hours)

Day 2 – April,13th – In the morning we visited one of the most important marine iguana nesting areas, Las Tintoreras where lots of males and females were mating and juveniles basking on the sun.   A panga ride around the islet made us discover some blue footed boobies, pelicans and Galapagos penguins.

In the afternoon a bus ride brought us to the local giant tortoise breeding centre a place where to know about Galapagos giant tortoises in a controlled area for research purposes. At night we sailed for 5 hours to our next stop Moreno Point.

Day 3 – April,14th – As a next discovery, we started early in the morning to explore the west coast of Isabela Island – Moreno Point.    A lava flow that was originated from Sierra Negra Volcano is an amazing stop for exploring the lava structures and the origin of the Galapagos pioneer plants.   A couple of ponds with some grass and cactus is a landscape unique in this very active place.
In the afternoon we sail to Elizabeth Bay.   A Panga Ride let us to discover some of the most interesting ecosystems in the Galapagos – Mangroves !  Some rays, sharks, penguins, cormorants approached curiously to what we had new for them in this unique flooded region.   A 4-hour sail stopped in front of Tagus Cove for next morning adventure.
Day 4 – April,15th – After breakfast, an early dry landing brought us to an uphill hike to the rim of Darwin’s lake and its dry and rocky surroundings.   Incredible ocean view from the top and further an amazing volcanic landscape with sharp lava and dry tropical forest.   As a second visit in the afternoon we stopped at Espinosa Point, a unique lava area with the biggest Galapagos marine iguanas colony.
Day 5 – April,16th – After 14 hour sail finally we arrived to Bachas beach our last Galapagos visit.   A white sand beach in the north of Santa Cruz where flamingos and migratory birds look around for crustaceans and small fish.
Time to come back to Quito !