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Infinity: 8-Day "Itinerary B" Central, Eastern and Western Islands

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8-Day Galapagos Cruise: San Cristobal, Santa Fe, South Plaza, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, Bartholomew and North Seymour Island

See the most of the Galapagos Islands on this 8 day cruise aboard the Infinity Galapagos Yacht. Visit a total of 8 islands on this extensive itinerary. This itinerary will give visitors ample time to visit all the sites of the region and is the one Rainforest Cruises recommends. Starting at Santa Cruz, where you will find blue footed boobies, sea lions and tortoises, we will venture west towards Isabela and Fernandina Islands.

On these islands, you have the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finch and a rich display of vegetation. This itinerary also make its way over to the Eastern-most islands of Santa Fe and San Cristobal. The Eastern islands are ideal for swimming, snorkeling and spotting a variety of maine life. 

Note:

Please note that the itinerary below is dependent on the Galapagos National Park regulations, weather and sea conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.


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DAY 1: Tuesday – San Cristobal Island

This is a new visitor site in the northeast part of San Cristobal Island and can now be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. In the Breeding Center, you will be able to admire the hatchling turtles from their birth until the are 120 days old when the grown turtles are taken to their natural habit.

Possible Activities: Short hike (0,6 mi / 1Km)
Difficulty: Easy / moderate
Type of Landing: Dry
Highlights: Giant tortoises in captivity, snorkeling with sea lions, land and sea birds, blue-footed boobies, hatchling turtles.

Puerto Chino

Located (15.2 miles / 24.5 km) away from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and a few miles from the Breeding Center Cerro Colorado, this walk takes approximately 30 to the beach.

Possible Activities: Hiking, swimming, snorkeling
Type of Landing: Dry
Difficulty: Moderate / difficult
Highlights: White sandy beach, marine birds, snorkeling

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DAY 2: Wednesday – Santa Fe Island and South Plaza Island

Santa Fe (Barrington) is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the island’s northeast coast. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest. 
 

Highlights: Land iguanas, giant tunas
Possible Activities: Hiking
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Moderate

 

In the morning, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is Sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red. 
 

Highlights: Land iguanas, sea lion colony, Audubon's shearwaters, swallow-tailed gulls, Nazca boobies, amazing landscape with cliffs
Possible Activities: Hike (1.5 miles / 2 ½ km)
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Moderate

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DAY 3: Thursday – Santa Cruz Island, Tortoise Breeding Center and Twin Craters

The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own. 

 

Highlights: Giant tortoises in captivity
Possible Activities: Walking
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Easy

 

As afternoon rolls in we will be wandering through the Wetlands of Isabela Island, which are located just outside of Puerto Villamil. The Wetlands consist of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves and are home to a variety of unique bird species such as common stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails, and gallinules. The Wetlands can be visited on foot via a path that winds through the swamps.

 

Highlights: Giant mangroves, shore birds
Possible Activities: Hiking
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Easy

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DAY 4: Friday– Isabela Island, Sierra Negra, Wetlands, Wall of Tears, and Tortoise Breeding Station

Our morning starts off in the Sierra Negra Volcano, which boasts the largest basaltic caldera in Galapagos at 9 x 10 km. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finch and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005.

 

Highlights: Basaltic caldera, stunning views, finches
Possible Activities: Hiking, walking
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Moderate

 

The Wetlands of Isabela Island are located just outside of Puerto Villamil. The Wetlands consist of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves and are home to a variety of unique bird species such as common stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails, and gallinules. The Wetlands can be visited on foot via a path that winds through the swamps.

 

Highlights: Giant mangroves, shore birds
Possible Activities: Hiking
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Easy

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DAY 5: Saturday – Isabela Island, Moreno Point and Tagus Cove

Moreno Point is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves create a birdwatcher’s delight. In the tide pools, green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted.

 

Highlights: Flamingos, gallinules, pintail ducks, turtles, white-tip reef sharks.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride & hike (1.2miles/2km)
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Moderate / difficult

 

In the afternoon, we visit Tagus Cove. Tagus Cove is located across from Fernandina Island near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another lovely beach surrounded by mangroves.

 

Highlights: Penguins, flightless cormorants, Darwin Volcano & Lake Darwin
Possible Activities: Long hike, snorkeling, dinghy ride
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Moderate / difficult

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DAY 6: Sunday – Fernandina Island and Isabela Island

No foreign species have ever invaded Fernandina Island, and therefore it is one of the world's most pristine island ecosystems. The volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the landspace with lava fields reaching the ocean. The island's highlight features the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.
 

Highlights: Flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, 'a'a lava, sea lions, penguins, active volcano “La Cumbre”
Possible Activities: Hike (1.2 miles/2 km)
Type of Landing: Dry and slippery at low tide
Difficulty: Moderate


We will cruise on back to Isabella Island in the afternoon. Located on the northwestern coast of the island and comprised of two separate coves, Vicente Roca Point is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (sunfish) may be spotted here. This bay is great for diving and snorkeling.
 

Highlights: Penguins, blue-footed boobies, terns, Nazca boobies, sea lions; snorkeling: sea turtles, rays and puffer fish.
Possible Activities: Snorkeling & dinghy ride
Type of Landing: No landing
Difficulty: Easy / moderate

 

 

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DAY 7: Monday – Santiago and Bartholomew Island

This morning we will check out Espumilla Beach, a popular place for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs. The crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey. With an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eels, and sharks, snorkeling is highly recommended.
 

Highlights: Snorkeling
Possible Activities: Snorkeling and swimming
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Easy

 

In the afternoon we will visit the home of the famous Pinnacle Rock, Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. A trail of stairs leads to the summit of the volcano, boasting one of the best views of the islands. The beach is perfect for snorkeling and possible sightings of the Galapagos penguin.
 

Highlights: Pinnacle rock, panoramic view, moonlike landscape, penguins, pioneer plants, lava cactus; snorkeling: penguins, reef sharks, rays, and great colorful fish.
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride, snorkeling & hiking (1.2 miles/ 2 km)
Type of Landing: Dry and wet landings
Difficulty: Moderate/difficult. Walk up to the top of volcano 114 meters, 375 wooden steps

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DAY 8: Tuesday – North Seymour Island and Disembarkation

On our last day we will visit the North Seymour Island and disembark. Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lava containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.
 

Highlights: Land & marine iguanas, frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, sea lions; snorkeling: rays, reef shark, fish, garden eels.
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride & hiking (1.5 miles / 2.5 km)
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Moderate / difficult


  • Please note that all cruise itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal weather conditions (and resultant variations in ocean cruising conditions) affecting accessibility to locations. Thus navigation routes, times and excursions may need to be modified at the cruise captain’s discretion.
  • Passengers should also be aware that animal sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the unpredictability of wildlife behavior. 

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