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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!