Galapagos M/Y GALAXY – MPG 05 | 12 Itinerary


May, 22 th – San Cristobal | Isla Lobos

After a 3-hour flight from Quito with a middle stop in Guayaquil finally we arrived in Puerto Baquerizo – San Cristobal

A short transfer to the pier and 30 minute- sail to Isla Lobos we started our visit with a Panga ride around the islet then going along the cost of San Cristobal.   Nice place where to see frigate birds, some blue-footed boobies and sea lions.

May, 23 th – Española

The highlight of our trip !! An early visit in the morning in Punta Suarez through a rocky trail where we saw lots o sea lions, swallow tailed-gulls, nazca boobies, blue footed boobies, Galapagos hawks and the unique albatross.  Incredible visit!

Next activity… deep water snorkel near by Gardner Islet, sea lions joined us in the water, playfull animals and very very curious ! We saw many Damsel fishes, King angel fishes, Sargent fishes and the endemic black-stripped Salema.

To finish with this wonderful journey, a wet landing in Gardner Bay… a huge conoly of sea lions and some time for your own… What do you discover there?

May, 24th, Floreana

Post Office Bay in the morning.   We started with a long panga ride around The Baroness view point looking for the most incredible and unique wildlife.   We saw lots of sea lions, some rays, marine turtles and Galapagos pinguins.   Then a wet landing in the Post Office bay where we walk along the beach approaching the mail box established on the Galapagos by Captain Colnett in the 18th century.

Remember the stories about pirates, whalers, Ecuadorians, Norwegians and the most interesting part… Germans ! Dr Rither, the Wittmer family, the Baroness and her lovers …

In the afternoon, the most spectacular snorkel in Devil’s Crown with colorful fishes, sea lions white tip reef sharks and much more!

In the afternoon wet landing on Punta Cormorant walking around to discover the wonders of Floreana.   Green sand beach with olivine cristals, some Darwin daisies, Scalesias, Galapagos Lantanas and to close with this daily adventure… on the south a white sand beach with sting rays and turtles!

May, 25th, Santa Fe + South Plazas

A journey observing Land Iguanas.   In the morning our first visit started with Santa Fe; a rocky trail with an incredible landscape where we saw lots of Opuntia Cactus.   Along the trail some Santa Fe Land Iguanas unique of this ecosystem that have been adapted to those extreme conditions.   Then snorkel with sea lions, sting rays and marine turtles.   Sailing time to South Plazas.

A dry landing on a rock pier where we discover on of the most important colonies of Galapagos Land Iguanas, unique specie in the Islands contrasting with a cactus forest and reddish, greenish Sesuvium.

May, 26th, Santa Cruz

Our last stop visiting the Charles Darwin Station…  Early departure to see the famous Galapagos Giant Tortoises.  Three different species raised in captivity to restore the enormous populations that Galapagos used to have.   Time to take some pictures of Lonesome George, Diego and lots of Santa Cruz Tortoises.

Thank you ! A wonderful OAT Machu Picchu & Galapagos experience! May, 05 | 12


After an incredible discovery in Peru with Inca history and Machu Picchu ruins the next stop: Ecuador & Galapagos came to an end.   8 wonderful days together exploring this unique landscape.    Your interest and the unique place you visited made this a one of a kind trip.

Thanks for sharing with me feelings, photos, wildlife and more on the Galapagos…. fascinating destination for sure !!!

For some of you a dream came true, for others a unique place with extraordinary life… For me a new possibility to show you the place I call home and gives me the change to be the connection between you and this.

I hope that this OAT – Machu Picchu & Galapagos experience exceeded your expectations and you tell soon your family and friends how it was…

Sincerely,

Andres your Galapagos Naturalist

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!

Thank you all my friends of our last OAT Amazon & Galapagos expedition! May, 05 | 02


We spent 8 wonderful days together in the Galapagos.   Your interest and the unique place you visited made this a one of a kind trip.

Thanks for sharing with me feelings, landscapes, wildlife and more on the Galapagos…. fascinating destination for sure !!!

For some of you a dream came true, for others a unique place with extraordinary life… For me a new possibility to show you the place I call home and gives me the change to be the connection between you and this.

I hope that this OAT – Amazon Wilderness & Galapagos exceeded your expectations and you tell soon your family and friends how it was…

Sincerely,

Andres your Galapagos Naturalist

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 !

Dear Overseas Adventure Travellers – AWG 05 | 02 | 2012


Bienvenidos amigos… ( welcome friends !!! )

On behalf of Overseas Adventure Travel, I want to send you a huge welcome greeting before your arrival to my country… Ecuador.

I am Andres Cadena, your Trip Leader on your up coming trip to Galapagos – Ecuador Islands portion which is the second part of your Ultimate Galapagos Explorations & Ecuador’s Amazon Wilds and I hope to exceed all your expectations for this trip. I was born in Quito, the capital of Ecuador and you can have a look with more info at the About myself… link on top of this post. I’ve been part of the OAT Team in Ecuador since 2008. As your Trip Leader, I will be leading and coordinating your activities in the islands.

In the Amazon portion you will have an extra bonus with your local guide Patricio Fernandez, he will join us to bring more information with another point of view becoming this visit more interesting with full of new discoveries. So get ready for the adventure, get ready for the best travel experience !!! Overseas Adventure Travel seeks out unusual experiences in places that are off the beaten track.

Specifically this ecuadorian tour has been carefully designed thinking on all the possible activities for you to discover: my county, my culture, my people and off course the unique wildlife and nature that Ecuador & Galapagos have.

We need from you some extra flexibility and a 100% positive attitude to have during this unique journey the best travel experience. Make sure to be opened and get prepared to leave your comfort zone. We never know what we’ll encounter, from airline delays to unpredictable weather, rough seas and sometimes very choppy waters as we sail at night from one island to the next one; but remember you come here to discover a fascinating new world!!! On the next pages, you’ll find information regarding How Galapagos looks like…,OAT Philosophy & Values…, Tips for Travel…, with a Recommended Packing List which gives you a detailed view of this new adventure that just started…