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Seaman Journey

Boutique catamaran navigating Galapagos' waters with superior comfort, size, style, and stability.

Overview

Have you dreamed of sailing through the Galapagos Islands with the wind in your hair while frigate-birds soar overhead and dolphins race alongside? The twin-hulled catamaran Seaman Journey makes that vision come true for up to 16 passengers in eight cabins.

Life Aboard The Seaman Journey Catamaran

At 90 feet in length, the Seaman Journey is a boutique ship that is big on both style and comfort. The intimate size makes this the ideal vessel for bonding with family and friends and building a sense of camaraderie with fellow sailors. The ship’s spacious sundeck invites you to take a midday nap on a lounge chair, flip through the pages of a good book while keeping an eye out for wildlife spottings, or watch the sun set into the ocean.

Indoors, stop by the well-stocked bar for a beverage before sinking into a plush sofa to reflect on the day’s adventures. With a careful mix of social and quiet areas, you are sure to find your perfect way to unwind between excursions. At the end of each day, be sure to attend the nature lecture hosted by the ships’ English-speaking certified naturist guide. These discussions are a chance to learn about the history and wildlife of the area, ask questions about what you saw during previous excursions and get a sneak peek into the next day’s activities.

Excursions From Your Seaman Journey Galapagos Cruise

Are you hoping to discover specific islands within the Galapagos on a schedule-friendly cruise? The Seaman Journey offers four-, five- and seven-night options, each focusing on a few islands. But, why choose? If you want the ultimate experience of touring the vast majority of the region, combine all the shorter itineraries into one epic 14-night adventure. Your journey could start with a visit to the Interpretation Center at Charles Darwin Center on San Cristobal Islands.

This museum is a must-see for establishing a solid understanding of the Galapagos Islands. During a visit to Suarez Point on Española Island, you may watch the famous blowhole shoot water up to 245 feet into the air and see albatrosses use the cliff face as a launchpad for their soaring flights. Not to be missed is a stop on Rábida Island, where a short walk leads to a secluded lagoon filled with bright pink flamingoes. No matter which route you select, your days will be filled with dinghy rides, snorkeling, kayaking, and time at the beach.

Fine Dining Aboard The Seaman Journey Catamaran

No holiday is complete without exquisite meals, and the crew of the Seaman Journey ensures you are delighted with every bite. The ship’s chef uses top-quality local ingredients to create both international and local specialties. Each meal presents a choice of meat, poultry, or seafood. The chef is also happy to accommodate food allergies and dietary restrictions.

For creating family memories, exploring one of the world’s most sought-after travel destinations, or disconnecting from your hectic day-to-day routine, a Seaman Journey Galapagos cruise is the experience you are craving. The ship’s friendly nine-person crew is ready to welcome you aboard.

Itineraries & Prices

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4 Day - Northern Islands 'A'

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Embarkation

AM: This day you will fly from Quito, Ecuador to the Galapagos. Due to the Galapagos Government, a fee of 20 USD must be paid for the migration control card. Afterward, you will enjoy a 4-hour flight, with a quick stop at Guayaquil. Once in Santa Cruz, passengers must go through an inspection point at the airport to make sure that no foreign plants or animals are being introduced to the archipelago. Also, this inspection point is where passengers have to pay for the entrance to the Galapagos National Park under the following parameters: Passengers Foreigners $100 and Children $50 (under 12 years old). Later on, our guide will pick visitors and will carry the luggage to the bus from the port that transports the passengers to the Catamaran Seaman Journey on a motorized boat called a panga.

PM: North Seymour is an uplifted (as opposed to volcanic) island. Therefore, it is generally at and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing.

Seaman Journey’s 4-Day Itinerary Day One - Swallow-Tailed Gull Sighting.
Location
Santa Cruz - North Seymour
Day
1 / 4

El Barranco & Darwin Bay

AM: The visitor site of El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay from Genovesa Island. The trail is on volcanic rock, consists of 1.5 km, and can be done in about 2 hours. The youngest area of the island, from a geological point of view, lies in this area. The cliff is located in the south, is composed of very fragile lava. The natural erosion in these lava flows has become the ideal place for nesting Storm Petrels. You can see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. One of its main predators is the short-eared owl. The red-footed booby nests only in the outer islands of the archipelago, Punta Pitt, Gardner (Floreana), Wolf, Darwin, and Genovesa. Also present on this island is the masked booby. During the “panga rides” along the cliffs, fur sea lions and several species of seabirds can be seen.

PM: This bay has its origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers that allow the following species to be seen: red footed-booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, yellow-crowned, and black-crowned lava herons, and yellow warblers. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls. Reaching the end of the trail, at the cliff's edge, an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there can be observed.

Seaman Journey’s 4-Day Itinerary Day Two - Red-Footed Booby at Genovesa Island.
Location
Genovesa
Day
2 / 4

Plazas & Santa Fe

AM: Plazas is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plaza's land iguanas are smaller than their relatives found on other islands. Throughout the island are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana, they are unique, recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana's crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food. Swallow-tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs is seen along with other seabirds as Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans.

PM: Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from an uplift instead of a volcanic origin, this is why it is mostly at. Some theories assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is the home of several endemic species like the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats, and one of the two species of land Iguanas of the islands. After disembarking in the beautiful and clear waters you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well giant Prickly pear cactus: gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are great possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fish.

Seaman Journey’s 4-Day Itinerary Day Three - Iguanas at South Plaza.
Location
Santa Cruz - Santa Fe
Day
3 / 4

Disembarkation

AM: In 2004 the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises Jacinto Gordillo, named after a famous settler, was located in Cerro Colorado, San Cristobal Island, to take care of young tortoises. In 2008 an assisted reproduction program started on the island due to the birth of a little turtle in captivity. All of this will be learned at the Jacinto Breeding Center. One can not only learn about breeding processes but as well get engaged and experience why this breeding center does what it does. After the morning excursion, you will be taken to the airport for your flight to the mainland.

Seaman Journey’s 4-Day Itinerary Day Four - Tortoise Sighting.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
4 / 4
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5 Day - Southern Islands 'B'

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Embarkation

AM: This day you will y from Quito, Ecuador to the Galapagos. Due to the Galapagos Government, a fee of 20 USD must be paid for the migration control card. Afterward, you will enjoy a quick 4-hour flight, with a quick stop at Guayaquil. Once in San Cristobal, passengers must go through an inspection point at the airport to make sure that no foreign plants or animals are being introduced to the archipelago. Also, this inspection point is where passengers have to pay for the entrance to the Galapagos National Park under the following parameters: Adult Passengers $100 and Children $50 (under 12 years old) Later on, our guide will pick you up and carry the luggage to the bus from the port that transports the passengers to the Seaman Journey Catamaran on a motorized boat called a panga.

PM: This is an interpretation center with exuberant gardens and stunning ocean views. Visitors at the interpretation center can learn a lot from the geological and human history of the islands, conservation facts, and natural history. This is the oldest museum of Natural History in the Galapagos Islands which attempts to preserve the archipelago. It is indeed inspiring and motivating to watch and learn all of their research and attempts.

Seaman Journey’s 5-Day Itinerary Day One - San Cristobal Beach.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
1 / 5

Galapaguera & Cerro Brujo

AM: A short visit will take place at the Galapaguera, a good place to observe Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat. San Cristobal island has endemic species such as the Mockingbird, lava lizard, Chatham Leaf-toed Gecko, and tortoises. All of these species can be observed in this place, the beach is really big and it works as a nesting zone for marine tortoises. Between January and May, it is common to and the footprints of the female tortoises who have climbed to the dunes to deposit their eggs! This is truly a worth experience to be part of.

PM: Cerro Brujo is a beautiful white coral beach where you can swim and watch birds and sea lions, plus you can snorkel. This is the first coast where Charles Darwin walked on, in 1835. In this marvelous lava landscape, you can watch seabirds like blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigate birds, and shorebirds. The protected bay is well known for its young tortoises which like to swim around. The pools with salty water behind the dunes were used by the fishermen as a salt mine to preserve food for the local population. Among the fauna, you can observe the Chatham Mockingbird and the San Cristobal Lava Lizard, both species are endemic to the island and unique to the area. Furthermore, you will see the Galapagos turtles and with luck, the little bird is known as the Pájaro Brujo in Spanish, an endemic species in San Cristobal Island. The vegetation covers all the route, where you can find species like the candelabrum cactus and carob trees. Located on the north coast of Isla San Cristobal it is a peaceful place with white sand and crystal water, a perfect combination for an incredible stay.

Seaman Journey’s 5-Day Itinerary Day Two - Lava Lizard.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
2 / 5

Gardner Bay & Suarez Point

AM: Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay offers an excellent beach to relax, swim, and even kayak, plus the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here we can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters. At this place, one can see three species of Darwin finches: A subspecies of the large-billed cactus finch, which is similar to the large-billed terrestrial finch; The small beaked ground finch and the singing finch which is another endemic subspecies. Both resident and migratory birds are observed. It is worth noticing that this zone is really important for marine tortoises' nesting.

PM: This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. A beautiful sight on the oceanfront, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air at least from 50 to 75 meters high. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.

Seaman Journey’s 5-Day Itinerary Day Three - Española Island.
Location
Española
Day
3 / 5

Cormorant Point, Post Office Bay & Baroness Lookout

AM: This site offers probably the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. It’s situated between two lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks, and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral.

PM: Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since this time by marines and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Besides, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. We will continue to the north of the island and proceed to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful view at the Baroness' lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa Von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as her house. From this lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos, and wide forest of Palo Santo.

Seaman Journey’s 5-Day Itinerary Day Four - Galapagos Flamingo Sighting.
Location
Floreana
Day
4 / 5

Disembarkation

AM: Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. One of the main attractions is the National Park information center, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding, and the Rearing Center for young tortoises, the famous lonesome George, the last of his kind was cared for in this place and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity. After the morning excursion, you will be taken to the airport for your flight to the mainland. Transfer to Baltra airport.

Seaman Journey’s 5-Day Itinerary Day Five - Galapagos Tortoise.
Location
Santa Cruz - Baltra
Day
5 / 5
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8 Day - Western and Central Islands 'C'

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Embarkation

AM: This day you will y from Quito, Ecuador to the Galapagos. Due to the Galapagos Government, a fee of 20 USD must be paid for the migration control card. Afterward, you will enjoy a quick 4-hour flight, with a quick stop at Guayaquil. Once in Santa Cruz, passengers must go through an inspection point at the airport to make sure that no foreign plants or animals are being introduced to the archipelago. Also, this inspection point is where passengers have to pay for the entrance to the Galapagos National Park under the following parameters: Adult Passengers $100 and Children $50 (under 12 years old) Our guide will pick you up and carry your luggage to the bus that transports the tourists to the ferries to cross the Itabaca Channel. After this, passengers will be taken by another bus to the first visit to Ranch Manzanillo where visitors must wear comfortable walking shoes, light clothing and a waterproof jacket, sun-block lotion, a camera, and repellent for the first activity. The visit to Ranch Manzanillo includes a picnic lunch and a short walk before boarding the Motor Catamaran. It is important to follow these instructions to accomplish this itinerary properly. Please be aware that passenger ́s luggage will be sent directly to the Seaman Journey yacht.

PM: Journeying across Santa Cruz into the highlands visitors are delighted by the island's variety of life and geology. Beginning at the coast and traveling across Santa Cruz the road departs from Puerto Ayora climbing through the agricultural lands and into the mist-covered forests. Santa Cruz possesses all of the various life zones present in the archipelago. Birds will surround you across this path. Whether it's the bright red feathers of a vermillion flycatcher or one of Darwin's Finch almost every bird present in the islands can be found here. Santa Cruz offers excellent opportunities to observe the wild Galapagos Tortoises. Tracking tortoises is not the only exciting activity to be found in the highlands. There are also plenty of lava tubes, sinkholes, and craters ready to be explored. After this visit, they moved to the M / C Seaman Journey.

Seaman Journey’s 8-Day C Itinerary Day One - Darwin Finch.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
1 / 8

Mangle Point & Punta Moreno

AM: Off the eastern coast of Fernandina, Mangle Point can be found, a superior snorkeling site and a beautiful location for riding in a panga or zodiac through a grove of mangrove trees. A hike of about 1/2 miles is possible. While you are on your ride, you are likely to see sea lions, tortoises, pelicans, rays, and birds too numerous to name them all.

PM: Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava ow Pahohoe into a complex of coastal lagoons, where several species of birds can be found around these lakes and mangroves.

Seaman Journey’s 8-Day C Itinerary Day Two - Fernandina Lagoons.
Location
Fernandina
Day
2 / 8

Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove

AM: Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast, between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954, which caused the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place to snorkel. Urbina Bay is a path that starts o with a wet landing. The course is approximately 3200m and made up of sand, pumice, lava, coral, and vegetation where one can observe iguana burrows. It is an ideal place to see red and blue lobster! In Bahia Urbina, you can see Darwin's finches. Its main attraction is the land iguanas, which are larger than in places like South Plaza Island and Galapagos tortoises also in the wild, sometimes even out of season, they are on the bottom of the islands. A large amount of vegetation can be observed such as chamomile and Rosewood, but among all these plants, the beautiful flowers of cotton Darwin, endemic to the Galapagos Islands stand out.

PM: Tagus Cove is located west of Darwin Volcano on Isabela Island. This was a favorite spot for pirates and whalers, and it was them who started the following tradition: the inscription of the names of boats. At the beginning of the trail, you will see a small cave where you will and inscriptions dating to the 1800s. Its name originated from a British warship that went across the islands in 1814 looking for Galapagos Tortoise for food. Due to former eruptions, the substrate has a large number of volcanic rocks of different sizes, among the most common, are little balls of the nearly spherical shape known as the "lapilli" or petrified rain.

Seaman Journey’s 8-Day C Itinerary Day Three - Tagus Cove.
Location
Isabela
Day
3 / 8

Espinoza Point & Punta Vicente Roca

AM: Espinoza Point is a famous place known for its large colonies of marine iguanas and as the habitat of unique species like the flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos hawk, and Galapagos snake.

PM: One of the most impressive and spectacular places of the enchanted Galapagos Islands; with high cliff and stone, ash, and lava formations that give this area a majestic touch, is Punta Vicente Roca. It is located on the north-western coast of the island; comprises two distinct islets. This large bay has spectacular marine life. Here, you can see seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola or sunshine. This bay is a great place to practice Panga Ride and Snorkeling. We can as well and: Penguins, Blue-footed boobies, Terns, Boobies, Sea lions. Also, you can snorkel and observe sea turtles, stingrays, and puer shes.

Seaman Journey’s 8-Day C Itinerary Day Four - Snorkelling with Galapagos Penguins.
Location
Fernandina
Day
4 / 8

Playa Espumilla & Puerto Egas

AM: Espumilla Beach is located on the northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. During the last presence of the El Niño phenomenon, one of the two lagoons in this site, underwent a process of sedimentation, thus causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. The main attractions are the Palo Santo forest and the nesting of baby turtles.

PM: It's a black beach is located on the west side of the island and is the main attraction of the island. Their volcanic deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach. This site is called Puerto Egas because there was an attempt to start the exploitation of salt, which failed. After all, the price of salt in the continent was very cheap and did not justify its exploitation in Galapagos. The project was abandoned and the infrastructure was left abandoned.

Seaman Journey’s 8-Day C Itinerary Day Five - Flamingos Flying.
Location
Santiago
Day
5 / 8

Rabida & Chinese Hat Islet

AM: Rábida Island is unique due to the red color that colors all rocks and sand. The volcanic material in this island is very porous and external factors as rain, salty water, and sea breeze have acted as an oxidizing agent. A short walk along a trail leads you to a coastal lagoon behind the beach which permits you to observe the land birds such as finches, doves, yellow warblers, and mockingbirds. At the lagoon, there is a colony of flamingos.

PM: This is a small islet (1 sq km) located just o the southeastern tip of Santiago Island. It is a recent volcanic cone, shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from the north. On the west you can see lava formations, formed under the sea and raised upwards, this is why coral heads are found on the lava. This is an excellent visit for the interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.

Seaman Journey’s 8-Day C Itinerary Day Six - Rabida Island Shore.
Location
Rabida
Day
6 / 8

Sullivan Bay & Bartolome

AM: Santiago, also called James, or San Salvador Island is located in the west-central part of the Galapagos archipelago. It is the fourth largest island in the archipelago (following Isabela, Fernandina, and Santa Cruz). Along with some of the large western volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina, Santiago is also volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen, particularly along the south, west, and east coasts. These may even be seen from the summit of Darwin Volcano and space. Several historic eruptions have been reported over the last 2 centuries. Santiago consists of two coalesced volcanoes: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano on the southeast end.

PM: Bartolome Island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where we can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos Islands such as Volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island. It has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles exist and at the base of the pinnacle, as well as a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.

Seaman Journey’s 8-Day C Itinerary Day Seven - Galapagos Sea Turtle.
Location
Santiago
Day
7 / 8

Disembarkation

AM: These two small beaches are found to the West of Turtle Cove. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches, there is a small brackish water lagoon, where it is occasionally possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer, but it has two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategic point to protect the Panama Channel. After the morning excursion, you will be taken to the airport for your flight to the mainland.

Seaman Journey’s 8-Day C Itinerary Day Eight - Santa Cruz Beach.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
8 / 8
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8 Day - Northern & Southern Islands 'C1'

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Embarkation

AM: This day you will fly from Quito, Ecuador to the Galapagos. Due to the Galapagos Government, a fee of 20 USD must be paid for the migration control card. Afterward, you will enjoy a 4-hour flight, with a quick stop at Guayaquil. Once in Santa Cruz, passengers must go through an inspection point at the airport to make sure that no foreign plants or animals are being introduced to the archipelago. Also, this inspection point is where passengers have to pay for the entrance to the Galapagos National Park under the following parameters: Passengers Foreigners $100 and Children $50 (under 12 years old). Later on, our guide will pick visitors and will carry the luggage to the bus from the port that transports the passengers to the Catamaran Seaman Journey on a motorized boat called a panga.

PM: North Seymour is an uplifted (as opposed to volcanic) island. Therefore, it is generally at and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing.

Seaman Journey’s 8-Day C1 Itinerary Day One - Swallow-Tailed Gull Sighting.
Location
Santa Cruz - North Seymour
Day
1 / 8

El Barranco & Darwin Bay

AM: The visitor site of El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay from Genovesa Island. The trail is on volcanic rock, consists of 1.5 km, and can be done in about 2 hours. The youngest area of the island, from a geological point of view, lies in this area. The cliff is located in the south, is composed of very fragile lava. The natural erosion in these lava flows has become the ideal place for nesting Storm Petrels. You can see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. One of its main predators is the short-eared owl. The red-footed booby nests only in the outer islands of the archipelago, Punta Pitt, Gardner (Floreana), Wolf, Darwin, and Genovesa. Also present on this island is the masked booby. During the “panga rides” along the cliffs, fur sea lions and several species of seabirds can be seen.

PM: This bay has its origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers that allow the following species to be seen: red footed-booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, yellow-crowned, and black-crowned lava herons, and yellow warblers. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls. Reaching the end of the trail, at the cliff's edge, an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there can be observed.

Seaman Journey’s 8-Day C1 Itinerary Day Two -  Red-Footed Booby at Genovesa Island.
Location
Genovesa
Day
2 / 8

Plazas & Santa Fe

AM: Plazas is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plaza's land iguanas are smaller than their relatives found on other islands. Throughout the island are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana, they are unique, recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana's crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food. Swallow-tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs is seen along with other seabirds as Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans.

PM: Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from an uplift instead of a volcanic origin, this is why it is mostly at. Some theories assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is the home of several endemic species like the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats, and one of the two species of land Iguanas of the islands. After disembarking in the beautiful and clear waters you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well giant Prickly pear cactus: gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are great possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fish.

Seaman Journey’s 8-Day C1 Itinerary Day Three - Iguanas at South Plaza.
Location
Santa Cruz - Santa Fe
Day
3 / 8

Breeding & Interpretation Center

AM: In 2004 the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises Jacinto Gordillo, named after a famous settler, was located in Cerro Colorado, San Cristobal Island, to take care of young tortoises. In 2008 an assisted reproduction program started on the island due to the birth of a little turtle in captivity. All of this will be learned at the Jacinto Breeding Center. One can not only learn about breeding processes but as well get engaged and experience why this breeding center does what it does.

PM: This is an interpretation center with exuberant gardens and stunning ocean views. Visitors at the interpretation center can learn a lot from the geological and human history of the islands, conservation facts, and natural history. This is the oldest museum of Natural History in the Galapagos Islands which attempts to preserve the archipelago. It is indeed inspiring and motivating to watch and learn all of their research and attempts.

Seaman Journey’s 8-Day C1 Itinerary Day Four - Galapagos Tortoise Sighting.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
4 / 8

Galapaguera & Cerro Brujo

AM: A short visit will take place at the Galapaguera, a good place to observe Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat. San Cristobal island has endemic species such as the Mockingbird, lava lizard, Chatham Leaf-toed Gecko, and tortoises. All of these species can be observed in this place, the beach is really big and it works as a nesting zone for marine tortoises. Between January and May, it is common to and the footprints of the female tortoises who have climbed to the dunes to deposit their eggs! This is truly a worth experience to be part of.

PM: Cerro Brujo is a beautiful white coral beach where you can swim and watch birds and sea lions, plus you can snorkel. This is the first coast where Charles Darwin walked on, in 1835. In this marvelous lava landscape, you can watch seabirds like blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigate birds, and shorebirds. The protected bay is well known for its young tortoises which like to swim around. The pools with salty water behind the dunes were used by the fishermen as a salt mine to preserve food for the local population. Among the fauna, you can observe the Chatham Mockingbird and the San Cristobal Lava Lizard, both species are endemic to the island and unique to the area. Furthermore, you will see the Galapagos turtles and with luck, the little bird is known as the Pájaro Brujo in Spanish, an endemic species in San Cristobal Island. The vegetation covers all the route, where you can nd species like the candelabrum cactus and carob trees. Located on the north coast of Isla San Cristobal it is a peaceful place with white sand and crystal water, a perfect combination for an incredible stay.

Seaman Journey’s 8-Day C1 Itinerary Day Five - Lava Lizard.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
5 / 8

Gardner Bay & Suarez Point

AM: Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay offers an excellent beach to relax, swim, and even kayak, plus the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here we can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters. At this place, one can see three species of Darwin finches: A subspecies of the large-billed cactus finch, which is similar to the large-billed terrestrial finch; The small beaked ground finch and the singing finch which is another endemic subspecies. Both resident and migratory birds are observed. It is worth noticing that this zone is really important for marine tortoises' nesting.

PM: This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. A beautiful sight on the oceanfront, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air at least from 50 to 75 meters high. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.

Seaman Journey’s 8-Day C1 Itinerary Day Six - Española Island at Sunset.
Location
Española
Day
6 / 8

Cormorant Point, Post Office Bay & Baroness Lookout

AM: This site offers probably the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. It’s situated between two lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks, and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral.

PM: Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since this time by marines and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Besides, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. We will continue to the north of the island and proceed to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful view at the Baroness' lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa Von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as her house. From this lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos, and wide forest of Palo Santo.

Seaman Journey’s 8-Day C1 Itinerary Day Seven - Flamingo Flying.
Location
Floreana
Day
7 / 8

Disembarkation

AM: Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. One of the main attractions is the National Park information center, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding, and the Rearing Center for young tortoises, the famous lonesome George, the last of his kind was cared for in this place and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity. After the morning excursion, you will be taken to the airport for your flight to the mainland. Transfer to Baltra airport.

Seaman Journey’s 8-Day C1 Itinerary Day Eight - Galapagos Tortoise.
Location
Santa Cruz - Baltra
Day
8 / 8
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11 Day - Northern and Western Islands 'D'

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: This day you will fly from Quito, Ecuador to the Galapagos. Due to the Galapagos Government, a fee of 20 USD must be paid for the migration control card. Afterward, you will enjoy a quick 4-hour flight, with a quick stop at Guayaquil.

Once in Santa Cruz, passengers must go through an inspection point at the airport to make sure that no foreign plants or animals are being introduced to the archipelago. Also, this inspection point is where passengers have to pay for the entrance to the Galapagos National Park under the following parameters: Adult Passengers $100 and Children $50 (under 12 years old).

Our guide will pick you up and will carry your luggage to the bus that transports the tourists to the ferries to cross the Itabaca Channel, after this passengers will be taken by another bus to the first visit to Ranch Manzanillo where visitors should wear comfortable walking shoes, light clothing and to carry a waterproof jacket, sun-block lotion, a camera and repellent for the first activity. The visit to Ranch Manzanillo includes a picnic lunch and a short walk before going on board the Motor Catamaran. It is important to follow these instructions to accomplish this itinerary properly. Also, please be aware that passenger´s luggage will be sent directly to the Seaman Journey yacht.

PM: Journeying across Santa Cruz into the highlands visitors are delighted by the island’s variety of life and geology. Beginning at the coast and traveling across Santa Cruz the road departs from Puerto Ayora climbing through the agricultural lands and into the mist-covered forests. Santa Cruz possesses all of the various life zones present in the archipelago. Birds will surround you across this path. Whether it’s the bright red feathers of a vermillion flycatcher or one of Darwin’s Finch almost every bird present in the islands can be found here. Santa Cruz offers excellent opportunities to observe the wild Galapagos Tortoises. Tracking tortoises is not the only exciting activity to be found in the highlands. There are also plenty of lava tubes, sinkholes, and craters ready to be explored.

Seaman Journey’s 11-Day Itinerary Day One - Darwin Finch.
Location
Baltra - Santa Cruz
Day
1 / 11

Mangle Point & Moreno Point

AM: Off the eastern coast of Fernandina, Mangle Point can be found, a superior snorkeling site and a beautiful location for riding in a panga or zodiac through a grove of mangrove trees. A hike of about 1/2 miles is possible. While you are on your ride, you are likely to see sea lions, tortoises, pelicans, rays, and birds too numerous to name them all.

PM: Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along with a lava flow Pahohoe (solidified lava in the form of corrugated or an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons, where several species of birds can be found around these lakes and mangroves

Seaman Journey’s 11-Day Itinerary Day Two - Fernandina Lagoons.
Location
Fernandina
Day
2 / 11

Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove

AM: Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast, between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954, which caused the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place to snorkel. Urbina Bay is a path that starts with a wet landing. The course is approximately 3200m and made up of sand, pumice, lava, coral, and vegetation where one can observe iguana burrows. It is an ideal place to see red and blue lobster!

In Bahia Urbina, you can see Darwin’s finches. Its main attraction is the land iguanas, which are larger than in places like South Plaza Island and Galapagos tortoises also in the wild, sometimes even out of season, they are on the bottom of the islands.A large amount of vegetation can be observed such as chamomile and Rosewood, but among all these plants, the beautiful flowers of cotton Darwin, endemic to the Galapagos Islands stand out.

PM: Tagus Cove is located west of Darwin Volcano on Isabela Island. This was a favorite spot for pirates and whalers, and it was them who started the following tradition: the inscription of the names of boats. At the beginning of the trail, you will see a small cave where you will find inscriptions dating to the 1800s.

Its name originated from a British warship that went across the islands in 1814 looking for Galapagos Tortoise for food. Due to former eruptions, the substrate has a large number of volcanic rocks of different sizes, among the most common, are little balls of the nearly spherical shape known as the “lapilli” or petrified rain.

Seaman Journey’s 11-Day Itinerary Day Three - Tagus Cove.
Location
Isabela
Day
3 / 11

Espinoza Point & Vicente Roca Point

AM: Espinoza Point is a famous place known for its large colonies of marine iguanas and as the habitat of unique species like the flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos hawk, and Galapagos snake.

PM: One of the most impressive and spectacular places of the enchanted Galapagos Islands; with high cliffs and tuff stone, ash, and lava formations that give this area a majestic touch, is Punta Vicente Roca. It is located on the north-western coast of the island; comprises two distinct islets. This large bay has spectacular marine life.

Here, you can see seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola or sunfish. This bay is a great place to practice Panga Ride and Snorkeling. We can also find Penguins, Blue-footed boobies, Terns, Boobies, Sea lions. Also, you can snorkel and observe sea turtles, stingrays, and pufferfish.

Seaman Journey’s 11-Day Itinerary Day Four - Snorkelling with Galapagos Penguins.
Location
Fernandina - Isabela
Day
4 / 11

Espumilla Beach, Bucanero & Puerto Egas

AM: Espumilla Beach is located on the northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. During the last presence of the El Niño phenomenon, one of the two lagoons in this site, underwent a process of sedimentation, thus causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. The main attractions are the Palo Santo forest and the nesting of baby turtles.

PM: Cerro Brujo is a beautiful white coral beach where you can swim and watch birds and sea lions, plus you can snorkel. This is the first coast where Charles Darwin ever walked on in 1835. In this marvelous lava landscape, you can see seabirds like blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigate birds, and shorebirds. The protected bay is very popular to observe young tortoises and for swimming. The pools with salty water behind the dunes were used by the fishermen as a salt mine to preserve food for the local population. Among the fauna, you can observe the Chatham Mockingbird and the San Cristobal Lava Lizard, both species being endemic to the island and unique to the area as they can be observed nowhere else.

Furthermore, you can find the island canary, the Galapagos turtles and with luck the little bird known as the Pájaro Brujo in Spanish, an endemic species from San Cristobal Island. The vegetation covers all the routes where you can find species like the candelabrum cactus and carob trees. Located on the north coast of Isla San Cristobal, here Cerro Brujo is the place where we can find a relaxing and beautiful place to be at.

Seaman Journey’s 11-Day Itinerary Day Five - Flamingos Flying.
Location
Santiago
Day
5 / 11

Rabida & Chinese Hat Islet

AM: Rabida Island is unique due to the red color that colors all rocks and sand. The volcanic material in this island is very porous and external factors as rain, salty water, and sea breeze have acted as an oxidizing agent.

A short walk along a trail leads you to a coastal lagoon behind the beach which permits you to observe the land birds such as finches, doves, yellow warblers, and mockingbirds. At the lagoon, there is a colony of flamingos.

PM: This is a small islet (1 sq km) located just off the southeastern tip of Santiago Island. It is a recent volcanic cone, shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from the north. On the west you can see lava formations, formed under the sea and raised upwards, this is why coral heads are found on the lava. This is an excellent visit for the interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.

Seaman Journey’s 11-Day Itinerary Day Six - Sea Lions at Rabida Island Shore.
Location
Rabida
Day
6 / 11

Sullivan Bay & Bartolome

AM: Santiago, also called James, or San Salvador Island is located in the west-central part of the Galapagos archipelago. It is the fourth largest island in the archipelago (following Isabela, Fernandina, and Santa Cruz). Along with some of the large western volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina, Santiago is also volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen, particularly along the south, west, and east coasts. These may even be seen from the summit of Darwin Volcano and space. Several historic eruptions have been reported over the last 2 centuries. Santiago consists of two coalesced volcanoes: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano on the southeast end.

PM: Bartolome Island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where we can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos Islands such as Volcanic cones, lunar–like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island. It has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles exist and at the base of the pinnacle, as well as a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.

Seaman Journey’s 11-Day Itinerary Day Seven - Galapagos Sea Turtle.
Location
Santiago - Bartolome
Day
7 / 11

Bachas Beach & North Seymour

AM: These two small beaches are found to the West of Turtle Cove. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches, there is a small brackish water lagoon, where it is occasionally possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer, but it has two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategic point to protect the Panama Channel.

PM: North Seymour is an uplifted (as opposed to volcanic) island. Therefore, it is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing.

Seaman Journey’s 11-Day Itinerary Day Eight - Bachas Beach.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
8 / 11

El Barranco & Darwin Bay

AM: The visitor site of El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay from Genovesa Island. The trail is on volcanic rock, consists of 1.5 km, and can be done in about 2 hours. The youngest area of the island, from a geological point of view, lies in this area. The cliff is located in the south, is composed of very fragile lava. The natural erosion in these lava flows has become the ideal place for nesting Storm Petrels. You can see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava.

One of its main predators is the short-eared owl. The red-footed booby nests only in the outer islands of the archipelago, Punta Pitt, Gardner (Floreana), Wolf, Darwin, and Genovesa. Also present on this island is the masked booby. During the “panga rides” along the cliffs, fur sea lions and several species of seabirds can be seen.

PM: This bay has its origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers that allow the following species to be seen: red footed-booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, yellow-crowned, and black-crowned lava herons, and yellow warblers.

Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls. Reaching the end of the trail, at the cliff’s edge, an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there can be observed.

Seaman Journey’s 11-Day Itinerary Day Nine - Red-Footed Booby at Genovesa Island.
Location
Genovesa
Day
9 / 11

Plazas & Santa Fe

AM: Plazas is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plaza's land iguanas are smaller than their relatives found on other islands.

Throughout the island are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana, they are unique, recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana’s crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food. Swallow-tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs is seen along with other seabirds as Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans.

PM: Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from an uplift instead of a volcanic origin, this is why it is mostly flat. Some theories assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is the home of several endemic species like the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats, and one of the two species of land Iguanas of the islands.

After disembarking in the beautiful and clear waters you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well giant Prickly pear cactus: gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are great possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fish.

Seaman Journey’s 11-Day Itinerary Day Ten - South Plaza Landscape.
Location
Santa Cruz - Santa Fe
Day
10 / 11

Disembarkation

AM: In 2004 the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises Jacinto Gordillo, named after a famous settler, was located in Cerro Colorado, San Cristobal Island, to take care of young tortoises. In 2008 an assisted reproduction program started on the island due to the birth of a little turtle in captivity. All of this will be learned at the Jacinto Breeding Center. One can not only learn about breeding processes but as well get engaged and experience why this breeding center does what it does.

After the morning excursion, you will be taken to the airport for your flight to the mainland.

Seaman Journey’s 11-Day Itinerary Day Eleven - Pair of Tortoises.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
11 / 11
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12 Day - Southern and Western Islands 'E'

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: This day you will y from Quito, Ecuador to the Galapagos. Due to the Galapagos Government, a fee of 20 USD must be paid for the migration control card. Afterward, you will enjoy a quick 4-hour flight, with a quick stop at Guayaquil. Once in San Cristobal, passengers must go through an inspection point at the airport to make sure that no foreign plants or animals are being introduced to the archipelago. Also, this inspection point is where passengers have to pay for the entrance to the Galapagos National Park under the following parameters: Adult Passengers $100 and Children $50 (under 12 years old) Later on, our guide will pick you up and carry the luggage to the bus from the port that transports the passengers to the Seaman Journey Catamaran on a motorized boat called a panga.

PM: This is an interpretation center with exuberant gardens and stunning ocean views. Visitors at the interpretation center can learn a lot from the geological and human history of the islands, conservation facts, and natural history. This is the oldest museum of Natural History in the Galapagos Islands which attempts to preserve the archipelago. It is indeed inspiring and motivating to watch and learn all of their research and attempts.

Seaman Journey’s 12-Day Itinerary Day One - San Cristobal Beach.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
1 / 12

Galapaguera & Cerro Brujo

AM: A short visit will take place at the Galapaguera, a good place to observe Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat. San Cristobal island has endemic species such as the Mockingbird, lava lizard, Chatham Leaf-toed Gecko, and tortoises. All of these species can be observed in this place, the beach is really big and it works as a nesting zone for marine tortoises. Between January and May, it is common to and the footprints of the female tortoises who have climbed to the dunes to deposit their eggs! This is truly a worth experience to be part of.

PM: Cerro Brujo is a beautiful white coral beach where you can swim and watch birds and sea lions, plus you can snorkel. This is the first coast where Charles Darwin walked on, in 1835. In this marvelous lava landscape, you can watch seabirds like blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigate birds, and shorebirds. The protected bay is well known for its young tortoises which like to swim around. The pools with salty water behind the dunes were used by the fishermen as a salt mine to preserve food for the local population. Among the fauna, you can observe the Chatham Mockingbird and the San Cristobal Lava Lizard, both species are endemic to the island and unique to the area. Furthermore, you will see the Galapagos turtles and with luck, the little bird is known as the Pájaro Brujo in Spanish, an endemic species in San Cristobal Island. The vegetation covers all the route, where you can nd species like the candelabrum cactus and carob trees. Located on the north coast of Isla San Cristobal it is a peaceful place with white sand and crystal water, a perfect combination for an incredible stay.

Seaman Journey’s 12-Day Itinerary Day Two - Lava Lizard.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
2 / 12

Gardner Bay & Suarez Point

AM: Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay offers an excellent beach to relax, swim, and even kayak, plus the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here we can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters. At this place, one can see three species of Darwin finches: A subspecies of the large-billed cactus finch, which is similar to the large-billed terrestrial finch; The small beaked ground finch and the singing finch which is another endemic subspecies. Both resident and migratory birds are observed. It is worth noticing that this zone is really important for marine tortoises' nesting.

PM: This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. A beautiful sight on the oceanfront, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air at least from 50 to 75 meters high. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.

Seaman Journey’s 12-Day Itinerary Day Three - Exploring Española Island.
Location
Española
Day
3 / 12

Gardner Bay & Suarez Point

AM: Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay offers an excellent beach to relax, swim, and even kayak, plus the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here we can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters. At this place, one can see three species of Darwin finches: A subspecies of the large-billed cactus finch, which is similar to the large-billed terrestrial finch; The small beaked ground finch and the singing finch which is another endemic subspecies. Both resident and migratory birds are observed. It is worth noticing that this zone is really important for marine tortoises' nesting.

PM: This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. A beautiful sight on the oceanfront, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air at least from 50 to 75 meters high. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.

Seaman Journey’s 12-Day Itinerary Day Four - Galapagos Flamingo Sighting.
Location
Española
Day
3 / 12

Cormorant Point, Post Office Bay & Baroness Lookout

AM: This site offers probably the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. It’s situated between two lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks, and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral.

PM: Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since this time by marines and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Besides, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. We will continue to the north of the island and proceed to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful view at the Baroness' lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa Von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as her house. From this lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos, and wide forest of Palo Santo.

Seaman Journey’s 12-Day Itinerary Day Five - Galapagos Tortoise.
Location
Floreana
Day
4 / 12

Highlands

AM: Journeying across Santa Cruz into the highlands visitors are delighted by the island’s variety of life and geology. Beginning at the coast and traveling across Santa Cruz the road departs from Puerto Ayora climbing through the agricultural lands and into the mist-covered forests. Santa Cruz possesses all of the various life zones present in the archipelago. Birds will surround you across this path. Whether it’s the bright red feathers of a vermillion flycatcher or one of Darwin’s Finch almost every bird present in the islands can be found here.

PM: Santa Cruz offers excellent opportunities to observe the wild Galapagos Tortoises. Tracking tortoises is not the only exciting activity to be found in the highlands. There are also plenty of lava tubes, sinkholes, and craters ready to be explored.

Seaman Journey’s 12-Day Itinerary Day Six - Fernandina Lagoons.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
5 / 12

Mangle Point & Punta Moren

AM: Off the eastern coast of Fernandina, Mangle Point can be found, a superior snorkeling site and a beautiful location for riding in a panga or zodiac through a grove of mangrove trees. A hike of about 1/2 miles is possible. While you are on your ride, you are likely to see sea lions, tortoises, pelicans, rays, and birds too numerous to name them all.

PM: Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava ow Pahohoe into a complex of coastal lagoons, where several species of birds can be found around these lakes and mangroves.

Seaman Journey’s 12-Day Itinerary Day Seven - Tagus Cove.
Location
Fernandina
Day
6 / 12

Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove

AM: Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast, between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954, which caused the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place to snorkel. Urbina Bay is a path that starts o with a wet landing. The course is approximately 3200m and made up of sand, pumice, lava, coral, and vegetation where one can observe iguana burrows. It is an ideal place to see red and blue lobster! In Bahia Urbina, you can see Darwin's finches. Its main attraction is the land iguanas, which are larger than in places like South Plaza Island and Galapagos tortoises also in the wild, sometimes even out of season, they are on the bottom of the islands. A large amount of vegetation can be observed such as chamomile and Rosewood, but among all these plants, the beautiful flowers of cotton Darwin, endemic to the Galapagos Islands stand out.

PM: Tagus Cove is located west of Darwin Volcano on Isabela Island. This was a favorite spot for pirates and whalers, and it was them who started the following tradition: the inscription of the names of boats. At the beginning of the trail, you will see a small cave where you will and inscriptions dating to the 1800s. Its name originated from a British warship that went across the islands in 1814 looking for Galapagos Tortoise for food. Due to former eruptions, the substrate has a large number of volcanic rocks of different sizes, among the most common, are little balls of the nearly spherical shape known as the "lapilli" or petrified rain.

Seaman Journey’s 12-Day Itinerary Day Eight - Galapagos Penguin.
Location
Isabela
Day
7 / 12

Espinoza Point & Punta Vicente Roca

AM: Espinoza Point is a famous place known for its large colonies of marine iguanas and as the habitat of unique species like the flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos hawk, and Galapagos snake.

PM: One of the most impressive and spectacular places of the enchanted Galapagos Islands; with high cliff and stone, ash, and lava formations that give this area a majestic touch, is Punta Vicente Roca. It is located on the north-western coast of the island; comprises two distinct islets. This large bay has spectacular marine life. Here, you can see seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola or sunshine. This bay is a great place to practice Panga Ride and Snorkeling. We can as well and: Penguins, Blue-footed boobies, Terns, Boobies, Sea lions. Also, you can snorkel and observe sea turtles, stingrays, and puer shes.

Seaman Journey’s 12-Day Itinerary Day Nine - Flamingos Flying.
Location
Fernandina
Day
8 / 12

Playa Espumilla & Puerto Egas

AM: Espumilla Beach is located on the northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. During the last presence of the El Niño phenomenon, one of the two lagoons in this site, underwent a process of sedimentation, thus causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. The main attractions are the Palo Santo forest and the nesting of baby turtles.

PM: It's a black beach is located on the west side of the island and is the main attraction of the island. Their volcanic deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach. This site is called Puerto Egas because there was an attempt to start the exploitation of salt, which failed. After all, the price of salt in the continent was very cheap and did not justify its exploitation in Galapagos. The project was abandoned and the infrastructure was left abandoned.

Seaman Journey’s 12-Day Itinerary Day Ten - Rabida Island.
Location
Santiago
Day
9 / 12

Rabida & Chinese Hat Islet

AM: Rábida Island is unique due to the red color that colors all rocks and sand. The volcanic material in this island is very porous and external factors as rain, salty water, and sea breeze have acted as an oxidizing agent. A short walk along a trail leads you to a coastal lagoon behind the beach which permits you to observe the land birds such as finches, doves, yellow warblers, and mockingbirds. At the lagoon, there is a colony of flamingos.

PM: This is a small islet (1 sq km) located just o the southeastern tip of Santiago Island. It is a recent volcanic cone, shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from the north. On the west you can see lava formations, formed under the sea and raised upwards, this is why coral heads are found on the lava. This is an excellent visit for the interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.

Seaman Journey’s 12-Day Itinerary Day Eleven - Pair of Galapagos Sea Turtles Swimming.
Location
Rabida
Day
10 / 12

Sullivan Bay & Bartolome

AM: Santiago, also called James, or San Salvador Island is located in the west-central part of the Galapagos archipelago. It is the fourth largest island in the archipelago (following Isabela, Fernandina, and Santa Cruz). Along with some of the large western volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina, Santiago is also volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen, particularly along the south, west, and east coasts. These may even be seen from the summit of Darwin Volcano and space. Several historic eruptions have been reported over the last 2 centuries. Santiago consists of two coalesced volcanoes: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano on the southeast end.

PM: Bartolome Island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where we can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos Islands such as Volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island. It has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles exist and at the base of the pinnacle, as well as a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.

Seaman Journey’s 12-Day Itinerary Day Twelve - Santa Cruz Beach.
Location
Santiago
Day
11 / 12

Disembarkation

AM: These two small beaches are found to the West of Turtle Cove. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches, there is a small brackish water lagoon, where it is occasionally possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer, but it has two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategic point to protect the Panama Channel. After the morning excursion, you will be taken to the airport for your flight to the mainland.

Location
Santa Cruz
Day
12 / 12
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15 Day - Full Galapagos Journey 'F'

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: This day you will y from Quito, Ecuador to the Galapagos. Due to the Galapagos Government, a fee of 20 USD must be paid for the migration control card. Afterward, you will enjoy a quick 4-hour flight, with a quick stop at Guayaquil. Once in Santa Cruz, passengers must go through an inspection point at the airport to make sure that no foreign plants or animals are being introduced to the archipelago. Also, this inspection point is where passengers have to pay for the entrance to the Galapagos National Park under the following parameters: Adult Passengers $100 and Children $50 (under 12 years old) Our guide will pick you up and carry your luggage to the bus that transports the tourists to the ferries to cross the Itabaca Channel. After this, passengers will be taken by another bus to the first visit to Ranch Manzanillo where visitors must wear comfortable walking shoes, light clothing and a waterproof jacket, sun-block lotion, a camera, and repellent for the first activity. The visit to Ranch Manzanillo includes a picnic lunch and a short walk before boarding the Motor Catamaran. It is important to follow these instructions to accomplish this itinerary properly. Please be aware that passenger ́s luggage will be sent directly to the Seaman Journey yacht.

PM: Journeying across Santa Cruz into the highlands visitors are delighted by the island's variety of life and geology. Beginning at the coast and traveling across Santa Cruz the road departs from Puerto Ayora climbing through the agricultural lands and into the mist-covered forests. Santa Cruz possesses all of the various life zones present in the archipelago. Birds will surround you across this path. Whether it's the bright red feathers of a vermillion flycatcher or one of Darwin's Finch almost every bird present in the islands can be found here. Santa Cruz offers excellent opportunities to observe the wild Galapagos Tortoises. Tracking tortoises is not the only exciting activity to be found in the highlands. There are also plenty of lava tubes, sinkholes, and craters ready to be explored. After this visit, they moved to the M / C Seaman Journey.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F Itinerary Day One - Darwin Finch.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
1 / 15

Mangle Point & Punta Moreno

AM: Off the eastern coast of Fernandina, Mangle Point can be found, a superior snorkeling site and a beautiful location for riding in a panga or zodiac through a grove of mangrove trees. A hike of about 1/2 miles is possible. While you are on your ride, you are likely to see sea lions, tortoises, pelicans, rays, and birds too numerous to name them all.

PM: Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava ow Pahohoe into a complex of coastal lagoons, where several species of birds can be found around these lakes and mangroves.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F Itinerary Day Two - Fernandina Lagoons.
Location
Fernandina
Day
2 / 15

Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove

AM: Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast, between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954, which caused the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place to snorkel. Urbina Bay is a path that starts o with a wet landing. The course is approximately 3200m and made up of sand, pumice, lava, coral, and vegetation where one can observe iguana burrows. It is an ideal place to see red and blue lobster! In Bahia Urbina, you can see Darwin's finches. Its main attraction is the land iguanas, which are larger than in places like South Plaza Island and Galapagos tortoises also in the wild, sometimes even out of season, they are on the bottom of the islands. A large amount of vegetation can be observed such as chamomile and Rosewood, but among all these plants, the beautiful flowers of cotton Darwin, endemic to the Galapagos Islands stand out.

PM: Tagus Cove is located west of Darwin Volcano on Isabela Island. This was a favorite spot for pirates and whalers, and it was them who started the following tradition: the inscription of the names of boats. At the beginning of the trail, you will see a small cave where you will and inscriptions dating to the 1800s. Its name originated from a British warship that went across the islands in 1814 looking for Galapagos Tortoise for food. Due to former eruptions, the substrate has a large number of volcanic rocks of different sizes, among the most common, are little balls of the nearly spherical shape known as the "lapilli" or petrified rain.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F Itinerary Day Three - Entering Tagus Cove.
Location
Isabela
Day
3 / 15

Espinoza Point & Punta Vicente Roca

AM: Espinoza Point is a famous place known for its large colonies of marine iguanas and as the habitat of unique species like the flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos hawk, and Galapagos snake.

PM: One of the most impressive and spectacular places of the enchanted Galapagos Islands; with high cliff and stone, ash, and lava formations that give this area a majestic touch, is Punta Vicente Roca. It is located on the north-western coast of the island; comprises two distinct islets. This large bay has spectacular marine life. Here, you can see seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola or sunshine. This bay is a great place to practice Panga Ride and Snorkeling. We can as well and: Penguins, Blue-footed boobies, Terns, Boobies, Sea lions. Also, you can snorkel and observe sea turtles, stingrays, and puer shes.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F Itinerary Day Four - Pair of Galapagos Penguins.
Location
Fernandina
Day
4 / 15

Playa Espumilla & Puerto Egas

AM: Espumilla Beach is located on the northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. During the last presence of the El Niño phenomenon, one of the two lagoons in this site, underwent a process of sedimentation, thus causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. The main attractions are the Palo Santo forest and the nesting of baby turtles.

PM: It's a black beach is located on the west side of the island and is the main attraction of the island. Their volcanic deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach. This site is called Puerto Egas because there was an attempt to start the exploitation of salt, which failed. After all, the price of salt in the continent was very cheap and did not justify its exploitation in Galapagos. The project was abandoned and the infrastructure was left abandoned.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F Itinerary Day Five - Trio of Flamingos.
Location
Santiago
Day
5 / 15

Rabida & Chinese Hat Islet

AM: Rábida Island is unique due to the red color that colors all rocks and sand. The volcanic material in this island is very porous and external factors as rain, salty water, and sea breeze have acted as an oxidizing agent. A short walk along a trail leads you to a coastal lagoon behind the beach which permits you to observe the land birds such as finches, doves, yellow warblers, and mockingbirds. At the lagoon, there is a colony of flamingos.

PM: This is a small islet (1 sq km) located just o the southeastern tip of Santiago Island. It is a recent volcanic cone, shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from the north. On the west you can see lava formations, formed under the sea and raised upwards, this is why coral heads are found on the lava. This is an excellent visit for the interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F Itinerary Day Six - Rabida Island Shore.
Location
Rabida
Day
6 / 15

Sullivan Bay & Bartolome

AM: Santiago, also called James, or San Salvador Island is located in the west-central part of the Galapagos archipelago. It is the fourth largest island in the archipelago (following Isabela, Fernandina, and Santa Cruz). Along with some of the large western volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina, Santiago is also volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen, particularly along the south, west, and east coasts. These may even be seen from the summit of Darwin Volcano and space. Several historic eruptions have been reported over the last 2 centuries. Santiago consists of two coalesced volcanoes: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano on the southeast end.

PM: Bartolome Island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where we can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos Islands such as Volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island. It has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles exist and at the base of the pinnacle, as well as a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F Itinerary Day Seven - Snorkelling with a Galapagos Sea Turtle.
Location
Santiago
Day
7 / 15

Bachas Beach & North Seymour

AM: These two small beaches are found to the West of Turtle Cove. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches, there is a small brackish water lagoon, where it is occasionally possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer, but it has two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategic point to protect the Panama Channel.

PM: North Seymour is an uplifted (as opposed to volcanic) island. Therefore, it is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges.

Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F Itinerary Day Eight - Red-Footed Booby.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
8 / 15

El Barranco & Darwin Bay

AM: The visitor site of El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay from Genovesa Island. The trail is on volcanic rock, consists of 1.5 km, and can be done in about 2 hours. The youngest area of the island, from a geological point of view, lies in this area. The cliff is located in the south, is composed of very fragile lava. The natural erosion in these lava flows has become the ideal place for nesting Storm Petrels. You can see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. One of its main predators is the short-eared owl. The red-footed booby nests only in the outer islands of the archipelago, Punta Pitt, Gardner (Floreana), Wolf, Darwin, and Genovesa. Also present on this island is the masked booby. During the “panga rides” along the cliffs, fur sea lions and several species of seabirds can be seen.

PM: This bay has its origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers that allow the following species to be seen: red footed-booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, yellow-crowned, and black-crowned lava herons, and yellow warblers. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls. Reaching the end of the trail, at the cliff's edge, an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there can be observed.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F Itinerary Day Nine - Panga Ride.
Location
Genovesa
Day
9 / 15

Plazas & Santa Fe

AM: Plazas is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plaza's land iguanas are smaller than their relatives found on other islands. Throughout the island are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana, they are unique, recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana's crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food. Swallow-tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs is seen along with other seabirds as Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans.

PM: Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from an uplift instead of a volcanic origin, this is why it is mostly at. Some theories assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is the home of several endemic species like the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats, and one of the two species of land Iguanas of the islands. After disembarking in the beautiful and clear waters you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well giant Prickly pear cactus: gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are great possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fish.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F Itinerary Day Ten - South Plaza Photography.
Location
Santa Cruz - Santa Fe
Day
10 / 15

Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center & Interpretation Center

AM: In 2004 the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises Jacinto Gordillo, named after a famous settler, was located in Cerro Colorado, San Cristobal Island, to take care of young tortoises. In 2008 an assisted reproduction program started on the island due to the birth of a little turtle in captivity. All of this will be learned at the Jacinto Breeding Center. One can not only learn about breeding processes but as well get engaged and experience why this breeding center does what it does.

PM: This is an interpretation center with exuberant gardens and stunning ocean views. Visitors at the interpretation center can learn a lot from the geological and human history of the islands, conservation facts, and natural history. This is the oldest museum of Natural History in the Galapagos Islands which attempts to preserve the archipelago. It is indeed inspiring and motivating to watch and learn all of their research and attempts.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F Itinerary Day Eleven - Galapagos Tortoise Walking.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
11 / 15

Galapaguera & Cerro Brujo

AM: A short visit will take place at the Galapaguera, a good place to observe Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat. San Cristobal island has endemic species such as the Mockingbird, lava lizard, Chatham Leaf-toed Gecko, and tortoises. All of these species can be observed in this place, the beach is really big and it works as a nesting zone for marine tortoises. Between January and May, it is common to and the footprints of the female tortoises who have climbed to the dunes to deposit their eggs! This is truly a worth experience to be part of.

PM: Cerro Brujo is a beautiful white coral beach where you can swim and watch birds and sea lions, plus you can snorkel. This is the first coast where Charles Darwin walked on, in 1835. In this marvelous lava landscape, you can watch seabirds like blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigate birds, and shorebirds. The protected bay is well known for its young tortoises which like to swim around. The pools with salty water behind the dunes were used by the fishermen as a salt mine to preserve food for the local population. Among the fauna, you can observe the Chatham Mockingbird and the San Cristobal Lava Lizard, both species are endemic to the island and unique to the area. Furthermore, you will see the Galapagos turtles and with luck, the little bird is known as the Pájaro Brujo in Spanish, an endemic species in San Cristobal Island. The vegetation covers all the route, where you can nd species like the candelabrum cactus and carob trees. Located on the north coast of Isla San Cristobal it is a peaceful place with white sand and crystal water, a perfect combination for an incredible stay.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F Itinerary Day Twelve - Lava Lizard.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
12 / 15

Gardner Bay & Suarez Point

AM: Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay offers an excellent beach to relax, swim, and even kayak, plus the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here we can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters. At this place, one can see three species of Darwin finches: A subspecies of the large-billed cactus finch, which is similar to the large-billed terrestrial finch; The small beaked ground finch and the singing finch which is another endemic subspecies. Both resident and migratory birds are observed. It is worth noticing that this zone is really important for marine tortoises' nesting.

PM: This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. A beautiful sight on the oceanfront, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air at least from 50 to 75 meters high. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F Itinerary Day Thirteen - Española Island Sunset.
Location
Española
Day
13 / 15

Cormorant Point, Post Office Bay & Baroness Lookout

AM: This site offers probably the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. It’s situated between two lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks, and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral.

PM: Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since this time by marines and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Besides, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. We will continue to the north of the island and proceed to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful view at the Baroness' lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa Von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as her house. From this lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos, and wide forest of Palo Santo.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F Itinerary Day Fourteen - Post Office Bay.
Location
Floreana
Day
14 / 15

Disembarkation

AM: Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. One of the main attractions is the National Park information center, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding, and the Rearing Center for young tortoises, the famous lonesome George, the last of his kind was cared for in this place and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity. After the morning excursion, you will be taken to the airport for your flight to the mainland. Transfer to Baltra airport.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F Itinerary Day Fifteen - Disembarkation.
Location
Santa Cruz - Baltra
Day
15 / 15
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15 Day - Full Galapagos Journey 'F1'

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: This day you will fly from Quito, Ecuador to the Galapagos. Due to the Galapagos Government, a fee of 20 USD must be paid for the migration control card. Afterward, you will enjoy a 4-hour flight, with a quick stop at Guayaquil. Once in Santa Cruz, passengers must go through an inspection point at the airport to make sure that no foreign plants or animals are being introduced to the archipelago. Also, this inspection point is where passengers have to pay for the entrance to the Galapagos National Park under the following parameters: Passengers Foreigners $100 and Children $50 (under 12 years old). Later on, our guide will pick visitors and will carry the luggage to the bus from the port that transports the passengers to the Catamaran Seaman Journey on a motorized boat called a panga.

PM: North Seymour is an uplifted (as opposed to volcanic) island. Therefore, it is generally at and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F1 Itinerary Day One - Blue-Footed Booby.
Location
Santa Cruz - North Seymour
Day
1 / 15

El Barranco & Darwin Bay

AM: The visitor site of El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay from Genovesa Island. The trail is on volcanic rock, consists of 1.5 km, and can be done in about 2 hours. The youngest area of the island, from a geological point of view, lies in this area. The cliff is located in the south, is composed of very fragile lava. The natural erosion in these lava flows has become the ideal place for nesting Storm Petrels. You can see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. One of its main predators is the short-eared owl. The red-footed booby nests only in the outer islands of the archipelago, Punta Pitt, Gardner (Floreana), Wolf, Darwin, and Genovesa. Also present on this island is the masked booby. During the “panga rides” along the cliffs, fur sea lions and several species of seabirds can be seen.

PM: This bay has its origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers that allow the following species to be seen: red footed-booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, yellow-crowned, and black-crowned lava herons, and yellow warblers. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls. Reaching the end of the trail, at the cliff's edge, an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there can be observed.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F1 Itinerary Day Two - Red-Footed Booby.
Location
Genovesa
Day
2 / 15

Plazas & Santa Fe

AM: Plazas is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plaza's land iguanas are smaller than their relatives found on other islands. Throughout the island are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana, they are unique, recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana's crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food. Swallow-tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs is seen along with other seabirds as Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans.

PM: Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from an uplift instead of a volcanic origin, this is why it is mostly at. Some theories assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is the home of several endemic species like the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats, and one of the two species of land Iguanas of the islands. After disembarking in the beautiful and clear waters you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well giant Prickly pear cactus: gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are great possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fish.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F1 Itinerary Day Three - Frigatebird.
Location
Santa Cruz - Santa Fe
Day
3 / 15

Breeding & Interpretation Center

AM: In 2004 the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises Jacinto Gordillo, named after a famous settler, was located in Cerro Colorado, San Cristobal Island, to take care of young tortoises. In 2008 an assisted reproduction program started on the island due to the birth of a little turtle in captivity. All of this will be learned at the Jacinto Breeding Center. One can not only learn about breeding processes but as well get engaged and experience why this breeding center does what it does.

PM: This is an interpretation center with exuberant gardens and stunning ocean views. Visitors at the interpretation center can learn a lot from the geological and human history of the islands, conservation facts, and natural history. This is the oldest museum of Natural History in the Galapagos Islands which attempts to preserve the archipelago. It is indeed inspiring and motivating to watch and learn all of their research and attempts.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F1 Itinerary Day Four - Galapagos Giant Tortoise Photography.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
4 / 15

Galapaguera & Cerro Brujo

AM: A short visit will take place at the Galapaguera, a good place to observe Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat. San Cristobal island has endemic species such as the Mockingbird, lava lizard, Chatham Leaf-toed Gecko, and tortoises. All of these species can be observed in this place, the beach is really big and it works as a nesting zone for marine tortoises. Between January and May, it is common to and the footprints of the female tortoises who have climbed to the dunes to deposit their eggs! This is truly a worth experience to be part of.

PM: Cerro Brujo is a beautiful white coral beach where you can swim and watch birds and sea lions, plus you can snorkel. This is the first coast where Charles Darwin walked on, in 1835. In this marvelous lava landscape, you can watch seabirds like blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigate birds, and shorebirds. The protected bay is well known for its young tortoises which like to swim around. The pools with salty water behind the dunes were used by the fishermen as a salt mine to preserve food for the local population. Among the fauna, you can observe the Chatham Mockingbird and the San Cristobal Lava Lizard, both species are endemic to the island and unique to the area. Furthermore, you will see the Galapagos turtles and with luck, the little bird is known as the Pájaro Brujo in Spanish, an endemic species in San Cristobal Island. The vegetation covers all the route, where you can nd species like the candelabrum cactus and carob trees. Located on the north coast of Isla San Cristobal it is a peaceful place with white sand and crystal water, a perfect combination for an incredible stay.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F1 Itinerary Day Five - Sea Lions Kissing.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
5 / 15

Gardner Bay & Suarez Point

AM: Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay offers an excellent beach to relax, swim, and even kayak, plus the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here we can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters. At this place, one can see three species of Darwin finches: A subspecies of the large-billed cactus finch, which is similar to the large-billed terrestrial finch; The small beaked ground finch and the singing finch which is another endemic subspecies. Both resident and migratory birds are observed. It is worth noticing that this zone is really important for marine tortoises' nesting.

PM: This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. A beautiful sight on the oceanfront, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air at least from 50 to 75 meters high. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.

Location
Española
Day
6 / 15

Cormorant Point & Post Office Bay

AM: This site offers probably the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. It’s situated between two lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks, and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral.

PM: Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since this time by marines and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Besides, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F1 Itinerary Day Seven - Galapagos Albatross.
Location
Floreana
Day
7 / 15

Highlands

AM: Journeying across Santa Cruz into the highlands visitors are delighted by the island’s variety of life and geology. Beginning at the coast and traveling across Santa Cruz the road departs from Puerto Ayora climbing through the agricultural lands and into the mist-covered forests. Santa Cruz possesses all of the various life zones present in the archipelago. Birds will surround you across this path. Whether it’s the bright red feathers of a vermillion flycatcher or one of Darwin’s Finch almost every bird present in the islands can be found here.

PM: Santa Cruz offers excellent opportunities to observe the wild Galapagos Tortoises. Tracking tortoises is not the only exciting activity to be found in the highlands. There are also plenty of lava tubes, sinkholes, and craters ready to be explored. 

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F1 Itinerary Day Eight - Post Office Bay.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
8 / 15

Mangle Point & Punta Moreno

AM: Off the eastern coast of Fernandina, Mangle Point can be found, a superior snorkeling site and a beautiful location for riding in a panga or zodiac through a grove of mangrove trees. A hike of about 1/2 miles is possible. While you are on your ride, you are likely to see sea lions, tortoises, pelicans, rays, and birds too numerous to name them all.

PM: Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava ow Pahohoe into a complex of coastal lagoons, where several species of birds can be found around these lakes and mangroves.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F1 Itinerary Day Nine - Galapagos Pelican Flying Overhead.
Location
Fernandina
Day
9 / 15

Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove

AM: Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast, between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954, which caused the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place to snorkel. Urbina Bay is a path that starts o with a wet landing. The course is approximately 3200m and made up of sand, pumice, lava, coral, and vegetation where one can observe iguana burrows. It is an ideal place to see red and blue lobster! In Bahia Urbina, you can see Darwin's finches. Its main attraction is the land iguanas, which are larger than in places like South Plaza Island and Galapagos tortoises also in the wild, sometimes even out of season, they are on the bottom of the islands. A large amount of vegetation can be observed such as chamomile and Rosewood, but among all these plants, the beautiful flowers of cotton Darwin, endemic to the Galapagos Islands stand out.

PM: Tagus Cove is located west of Darwin Volcano on Isabela Island. This was a favorite spot for pirates and whalers, and it was them who started the following tradition: the inscription of the names of boats. At the beginning of the trail, you will see a small cave where you will and inscriptions dating to the 1800s. Its name originated from a British warship that went across the islands in 1814 looking for Galapagos Tortoise for food. Due to former eruptions, the substrate has a large number of volcanic rocks of different sizes, among the most common, are little balls of the nearly spherical shape known as the "lapilli" or petrified rain.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F1 Itinerary Day Ten - Land Iguana Sighting.
Location
Isabela
Day
10 / 15

Espinoza Point & Punta Vicente Roca

AM: Espinoza Point is a famous place known for its large colonies of marine iguanas and as the habitat of unique species like the flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos hawk, and Galapagos snake.

PM: One of the most impressive and spectacular places of the enchanted Galapagos Islands; with high cliff and stone, ash, and lava formations that give this area a majestic touch, is Punta Vicente Roca. It is located on the north-western coast of the island; comprises two distinct islets. This large bay has spectacular marine life. Here, you can see seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola or sunshine. This bay is a great place to practice Panga Ride and Snorkeling. We can as well and: Penguins, Blue-footed boobies, Terns, Boobies, Sea lions. Also, you can snorkel and observe sea turtles, stingrays, and puer shes.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F1 Itinerary Day Eleven - Galapagos Hawk.
Location
Fernandina
Day
11 / 15

Playa Espumilla & Puerto Egas

AM: Espumilla Beach is located on the northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. During the last presence of the El Niño phenomenon, one of the two lagoons in this site, underwent a process of sedimentation, thus causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. The main attractions are the Palo Santo forest and the nesting of baby turtles.

PM: It's a black beach is located on the west side of the island and is the main attraction of the island. Their volcanic deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach. This site is called Puerto Egas because there was an attempt to start the exploitation of salt, which failed. After all, the price of salt in the continent was very cheap and did not justify its exploitation in Galapagos. The project was abandoned and the infrastructure was left abandoned.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F1 Itinerary Day Twelve - Santiago Island.
Location
Santiago
Day
12 / 15

Rabida & Chinese Hat Islet

AM: Rábida Island is unique due to the red color that colors all rocks and sand. The volcanic material in this island is very porous and external factors as rain, salty water, and sea breeze have acted as an oxidizing agent. A short walk along a trail leads you to a coastal lagoon behind the beach which permits you to observe the land birds such as finches, doves, yellow warblers, and mockingbirds. At the lagoon, there is a colony of flamingos.

PM: This is a small islet (1 sq km) located just o the southeastern tip of Santiago Island. It is a recent volcanic cone, shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from the north. On the west you can see lava formations, formed under the sea and raised upwards, this is why coral heads are found on the lava. This is an excellent visit for the interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F1 Itinerary Day Thirteen - Chinese Hat.
Location
Rabida
Day
13 / 15

Sullivan Bay & Bartolome

AM: Santiago, also called James, or San Salvador Island is located in the west-central part of the Galapagos archipelago. It is the fourth largest island in the archipelago (following Isabela, Fernandina, and Santa Cruz). Along with some of the large western volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina, Santiago is also volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen, particularly along the south, west, and east coasts. These may even be seen from the summit of Darwin Volcano and space. Several historic eruptions have been reported over the last 2 centuries. Santiago consists of two coalesced volcanoes: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano on the southeast end.

PM: Bartolome Island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where we can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos Islands such as Volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island. It has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles exist and at the base of the pinnacle, as well as a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F1 Itinerary Day Fourteen - Bartolome.
Location
Santiago
Day
14 / 15

Disembarkation

AM: These two small beaches are found to the West of Turtle Cove. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches, there is a small brackish water lagoon, where it is occasionally possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer, but it has two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategic point to protect the Panama Channel. After the morning excursion, you will be taken to the airport for your flight to the mainland.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F1 Itinerary Day Fifteen - Santa Cruz Island.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
15 / 15
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15 Day - Full Galapagos Journey 'F2'

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM: This day you will fly from Quito, Ecuador to the Galapagos. Due to the Galapagos Government, a fee of 20 USD must be paid for the migration control card. Afterward, you will enjoy a quick 4-hour flight, with a quick stop at Guayaquil. Once in San Cristobal, passengers must go through an inspection point at the airport to make sure that no foreign plants or animals are being introduced to the archipelago. Also, this inspection point is where passengers have to pay for the entrance to the Galapagos National Park under the following parameters: Adult Passengers $100 and Children $50 (under 12 years old) Later on, our guide will pick you up and carry the luggage to the bus from the port that transports the passengers to the Seaman Journey Catamaran on a motorized boat called a panga.

PM: This is an interpretation center with exuberant gardens and stunning ocean views. Visitors at the interpretation center can learn a lot from the geological and human history of the islands, conservation facts, and natural history. This is the oldest museum of Natural History in the Galapagos Islands which attempts to preserve the archipelago. It is indeed inspiring and motivating to watch and learn all of their research and attempts.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F2 Itinerary Day One - Island Landscapes.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
1 / 15

Galapaguera & Cerro Brujo

AM: A short visit will take place at the Galapaguera, a good place to observe Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat. San Cristobal island has endemic species such as the Mockingbird, lava lizard, Chatham Leaf-toed Gecko, and tortoises. All of these species can be observed in this place, the beach is really big and it works as a nesting zone for marine tortoises. Between January and May, it is common to and the footprints of the female tortoises who have climbed to the dunes to deposit their eggs! This is truly a worth experience to be part of.

PM: Cerro Brujo is a beautiful white coral beach where you can swim and watch birds and sea lions, plus you can snorkel. This is the first coast where Charles Darwin walked on, in 1835. In this marvelous lava landscape, you can watch seabirds like blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigate birds, and shorebirds. The protected bay is well known for its young tortoises which like to swim around. The pools with salty water behind the dunes were used by the fishermen as a salt mine to preserve food for the local population. Among the fauna, you can observe the Chatham Mockingbird and the San Cristobal Lava Lizard, both species are endemic to the island and unique to the area. Furthermore, you will see the Galapagos turtles and with luck, the little bird is known as the Pájaro Brujo in Spanish, an endemic species in San Cristobal Island. The vegetation covers all the route, where you can nd species like the candelabrum cactus and carob trees. Located on the north coast of Isla San Cristobal it is a peaceful place with white sand and crystal water, a perfect combination for an incredible stay.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F2 Itinerary Day Two - Lava Lizard.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
2 / 15

Gardner Bay & Suarez Point

AM: Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay offers an excellent beach to relax, swim, and even kayak, plus the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here we can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters. At this place, one can see three species of Darwin finches: A subspecies of the large-billed cactus finch, which is similar to the large-billed terrestrial finch; The small beaked ground finch and the singing finch which is another endemic subspecies. Both resident and migratory birds are observed. It is worth noticing that this zone is really important for marine tortoises' nesting.

PM: This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. A beautiful sight on the oceanfront, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air at least from 50 to 75 meters high. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F2 Itinerary Day Three - Sea Lions Swimming.
Location
Española
Day
3 / 15

Cormorant Point, Post Office Bay & Baroness Lookout

AM: This site offers probably the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. It’s situated between two lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks, and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral.

PM: Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since this time by marines and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Besides, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. We will continue to the north of the island and proceed to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful view at the Baroness' lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa Von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as her house. From this lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos, and wide forest of Palo Santo.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F2 Itinerary Day Four - Galapagos Flamingo on the Beach.
Location
Floreana
Day
4 / 15

Highlands

AM: Journeying across Santa Cruz into the highlands visitors are delighted by the island’s variety of life and geology. Beginning at the coast and traveling across Santa Cruz the road departs from Puerto Ayora climbing through the agricultural lands and into the mist-covered forests. Santa Cruz possesses all of the various life zones present in the archipelago. Birds will surround you across this path. Whether it’s the bright red feathers of a vermillion flycatcher or one of Darwin’s Finch almost every bird present in the islands can be found here.

PM: Santa Cruz offers excellent opportunities to observe the wild Galapagos Tortoises. Tracking tortoises is not the only exciting activity to be found in the highlands. There are also plenty of lava tubes, sinkholes, and craters ready to be explored.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F2 Itinerary Day Five - Darwin Finch.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
5 / 15

Mangle Point & Punta Moreno

AM: Off the eastern coast of Fernandina, Mangle Point can be found, a superior snorkeling site and a beautiful location for riding in a panga or zodiac through a grove of mangrove trees. A hike of about 1/2 miles is possible. While you are on your ride, you are likely to see sea lions, tortoises, pelicans, rays, and birds too numerous to name them all.

PM: Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava ow Pahohoe into a complex of coastal lagoons, where several species of birds can be found around these lakes and mangroves.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F2 Itinerary Day Six - Panga Ride.
Location
Fernandina
Day
6 / 15

Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove

AM: Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast, between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954, which caused the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place to snorkel. Urbina Bay is a path that starts o with a wet landing. The course is approximately 3200m and made up of sand, pumice, lava, coral, and vegetation where one can observe iguana burrows. It is an ideal place to see red and blue lobster! In Bahia Urbina, you can see Darwin's finches. Its main attraction is the land iguanas, which are larger than in places like South Plaza Island and Galapagos tortoises also in the wild, sometimes even out of season, they are on the bottom of the islands. A large amount of vegetation can be observed such as chamomile and Rosewood, but among all these plants, the beautiful flowers of cotton Darwin, endemic to the Galapagos Islands stand out.

PM: Tagus Cove is located west of Darwin Volcano on Isabela Island. This was a favorite spot for pirates and whalers, and it was them who started the following tradition: the inscription of the names of boats. At the beginning of the trail, you will see a small cave where you will and inscriptions dating to the 1800s. Its name originated from a British warship that went across the islands in 1814 looking for Galapagos Tortoise for food. Due to former eruptions, the substrate has a large number of volcanic rocks of different sizes, among the most common, are little balls of the nearly spherical shape known as the "lapilli" or petrified rain.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F2 Itinerary Day Seven - Walking along Isabela Island.
Location
Isabela
Day
7 / 15

Espinoza Point & Punta Vicente Roca

AM: Espinoza Point is a famous place known for its large colonies of marine iguanas and as the habitat of unique species like the flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos hawk, and Galapagos snake.

PM: One of the most impressive and spectacular places of the enchanted Galapagos Islands; with high cliff and stone, ash, and lava formations that give this area a majestic touch, is Punta Vicente Roca. It is located on the north-western coast of the island; comprises two distinct islets. This large bay has spectacular marine life. Here, you can see seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola or sunshine. This bay is a great place to practice Panga Ride and Snorkeling. We can as well and: Penguins, Blue-footed boobies, Terns, Boobies, Sea lions. Also, you can snorkel and observe sea turtles, stingrays, and puer shes.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F2 Itinerary Day Eight - Marine Iguanas.
Location
Fernandina
Day
8 / 15

Playa Espumilla & Puerto Egas

AM: Espumilla Beach is located on the northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. During the last presence of the El Niño phenomenon, one of the two lagoons in this site, underwent a process of sedimentation, thus causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. The main attractions are the Palo Santo forest and the nesting of baby turtles.

PM: It's a black beach is located on the west side of the island and is the main attraction of the island. Their volcanic deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach. This site is called Puerto Egas because there was an attempt to start the exploitation of salt, which failed. After all, the price of salt in the continent was very cheap and did not justify its exploitation in Galapagos. The project was abandoned and the infrastructure was left abandoned.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F2 Itinerary Day Nine - Sitting at Puerto Egas.
Location
Santiago
Day
9 / 15

Rabida & Chinese Hat Islet

AM: Rábida Island is unique due to the red color that colors all rocks and sand. The volcanic material in this island is very porous and external factors as rain, salty water, and sea breeze have acted as an oxidizing agent. A short walk along a trail leads you to a coastal lagoon behind the beach which permits you to observe the land birds such as finches, doves, yellow warblers, and mockingbirds. At the lagoon, there is a colony of flamingos.

PM: This is a small islet (1 sq km) located just o the southeastern tip of Santiago Island. It is a recent volcanic cone, shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from the north. On the west you can see lava formations, formed under the sea and raised upwards, this is why coral heads are found on the lava. This is an excellent visit for the interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F2 Itinerary Day Ten - Rabida Island.
Location
Rabida
Day
10 / 15

Sullivan Bay & Bartolome

AM: Santiago, also called James, or San Salvador Island is located in the west-central part of the Galapagos archipelago. It is the fourth largest island in the archipelago (following Isabela, Fernandina, and Santa Cruz). Along with some of the large western volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina, Santiago is also volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen, particularly along the south, west, and east coasts. These may even be seen from the summit of Darwin Volcano and space. Several historic eruptions have been reported over the last 2 centuries. Santiago consists of two coalesced volcanoes: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano on the southeast end.

PM: Bartolome Island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where we can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos Islands such as Volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island. It has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles exist and at the base of the pinnacle, as well as a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F2 Itinerary Day Eleven - Santiago Island Photography.
Location
Santiago
Day
11 / 15

Bachas Beach & North Seymour

AM: These two small beaches are found to the West of Turtle Cove. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches, there is a small brackish water lagoon, where it is occasionally possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer, but it has two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategic point to protect the Panama Channel.

PM: North Seymour is an uplifted (as opposed to volcanic) island. Therefore, it is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges.

Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F2 Itinerary Day Twelve - Bachas Beach.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
12 / 15

El Barranco & Darwin Bay

AM: The visitor site of El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay from Genovesa Island. The trail is on volcanic rock, consists of 1.5 km, and can be done in about 2 hours. The youngest area of the island, from a geological point of view, lies in this area. The cliff is located in the south, is composed of very fragile lava. The natural erosion in these lava flows has become the ideal place for nesting Storm Petrels. You can see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. One of its main predators is the short-eared owl. The red-footed booby nests only in the outer islands of the archipelago, Punta Pitt, Gardner (Floreana), Wolf, Darwin, and Genovesa. Also present on this island is the masked booby. During the “panga rides” along the cliffs, fur sea lions and several species of seabirds can be seen.

PM: This bay has its origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers that allow the following species to be seen: red footed-booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, yellow-crowned, and black-crowned lava herons, and yellow warblers. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls. Reaching the end of the trail, at the cliff's edge, an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there can be observed.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F2 Itinerary Day Thirteen - Short-Eared Owl.
Location
Genovesa
Day
13 / 15

Plazas & Santa Fe

AM: Plazas is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plaza's land iguanas are smaller than their relatives found on other islands. Throughout the island are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana, they are unique, recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana's crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food. Swallow-tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs is seen along with other seabirds as Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans.

PM: Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from an uplift instead of a volcanic origin, this is why it is mostly at. Some theories assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is the home of several endemic species like the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats, and one of the two species of land Iguanas of the islands. After disembarking in the beautiful and clear waters you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well giant Prickly pear cactus: gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are great possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fish.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F2 Itinerary Day Fourteen - Red-Billed Tropicbird.
Location
Santa Cruz - Santa Fe
Day
14 / 15

Disembarkation

AM: In 2004 the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises Jacinto Gordillo, named after a famous settler, was located in Cerro Colorado, San Cristobal Island, in order to take care of young tortoises. In 2008 an assisted reproduction program started on the island with due to the birth of a little turtle in captivity. All of this will be learnt at the Jacinto Breeding Center. One can not only learn about breeding processes but as well get engaged and experience why they this breeding centre does what it does.

After the morning excursion you will be taken to the airport for your flight to the mainland.

Seaman Journey’s 15-Day F2 Itinerary Day Fifteen - San Cristobal Disembarkation.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
15 / 15
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Sun Deck
Outdoor Sitting Area
Upper Deck
Al Fresco Dining
Indoor Lounge
Dining
Bar

Suites & Cabins

Seaman Journey's Twin Suite. Seaman Journey's Twin Suite.

Twin Suite

Guests
2
Size
15 m² / 161 ft²
Beds
Twin

The Galapagos Seaman Journey has six twin cabins located on the main deck. These cabins offer great comfort with twin beds, a private bathroom, hair dryer, safe, table-lamps and air conditioning. The windows in the cabins offer guests a pleasant panoramic view of the Galapagos landscape.

Seaman Journey's Suite - Double.

Matrimonial Suite

Guests
3
Size
15 m² / 161 ft²
Beds
Queen / Triple

The two matrimonial suites are located on the upper deck. These cabins are ideal for couples or honeymooners due to the Queen beds. These cabins feature their own private bathrooms, hair dryer and each have air conditioning. These cabins have the best panoramic view, allowing guests to enjoy the refreshing and warm air of the Galapagos Islands. The double cabins can be converted into a triple by adding a sofa bed. This option is recommended only for small children up to 12 years old.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Lecture room
  • Wheelchair access
  • Kosher Meals