ARCHIPEL II ROUTE A

ITINERARY A / 8D – 7N

The 8 day south-western tour aboard the catamaran Archipel II gives you an extensive overview of the Galapagos Islands. You will have the chance to combine the circumnavigation of the Isabela Island with excursions in the most southern points of the archipelago. You will also be able to snorkel with sea lions in the Loberia and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station in Santa Cruz.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Flightless cormorants, largest marine iguanas and penguins near the equator
  • Galapagos giant tortoises in their natural ambience
  • Snorkelling with sea lions and colourful reef fish (Champion Islet)
  • Crown jewel Santa Fe with mainly endemic species

navigation-hours
±52h
long-passages
6x
hikes galapagos
±5x
dinghy-ride
±5x
snorkelling galapagos islands
±3x
difficulty
Easy Moderate
High chance of spotting

American Flamingo
American Flamingo Galapagos

Sea Lion
galapagos sea lion

Flightless Cormorant
flightless cormorant galapagos islands

Galapagos Penguin
galapagos penguin

Land Iguana
iguana galapagos islands

Galapagos Giant Tortoise
galapagos giant tortoise giant turtle

Marine Iguana
iguana marine

Whitetip reef Shark
whitetip reef shark galapagos

Galapagos Hawk
Galapagos Hawk
Legend

Arrival

Snorkeling

snorkeling galapagos islands

Hike

Kayak

kayak galapagos islands

Dinghy Ride

panga ride galapagos islands

Departure

VISITORS SITES MAP

DAY 1 / MONDAY

AM: Arrival at San Cristóbal Airport

PM: Lobos Islet  hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

DAY2 / TUESDAY

AM: South Plaza hike galapagos islands

PM: Santa Fe hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

DAY 3 / WEDNESDAY

AM: Chinese Hat hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM: Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

DAY 4 / THURSDAY

AM: Charles Darwin Stationhike galapagos islands

PM: Highlands (Santa Cruz) hike galapagos islands

DAY 5 / FRIDAY

AM: Tintoreras Islet hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM: Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Centre(Isabela) hike galapagos islands

DAY 6 / SATURDAY

AM: Moreno Point (Isabela) hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM: Elizabeth Bay (Isabela) panga ride galapagos islands

DAY 7 / SUNDAY

AM: Tagus Cove (Isabela) hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM: Espinoza Point (Fernandina) hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

DAY 8 / MONDAY

AM: Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz) hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands
Transfer out to Baltra Airport (GPS)

ISLANDS OVERVIEW & ACTIVITIES

ITINERARY A

Monday

AM: Arrival at San Cristóbal Airport (SCY)

Arrival at San Cristóbal Airport and transfer in. You will have to pay your Galapagos National Park entrance fee and your luggage will be inspected.

Activities:

Difficulty: – –

Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Lobos Islet (San Cristobal)

The Asylum of Peace hike goes past a mesmerising cave and visits a fascinating freshwater spring. La Loberia beach is an ideal spot to enjoy the ocean, as well as the playful sea lions that live there.

Activities: hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Lobos Islet San Cristobal Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador

Tuesday

AM: South Plaza

Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. There are several hybrid iguanas- a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana.

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

South Plaza Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Santa Fe

Santa Fe is home to a number of endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats and one of the two species of lands iguanas of the islands

Activities:  hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Santa fe Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador

Wednesday

AM: Chinese Hat

Though recently born out of fire the volcanic islet Chinese Hat does not appear to be any more inhospitable than Bartolomé and lunatic Sullivan Bay. This tiny, rusty-coloured islet just begins to sprout. You arrive just in time to witness the next chapter about colonisation by pioneers!

Activities:  hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Chinese Hat Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)

Thanks to the successful breeding programme, Dragon Hill is still populated by the largest wild population of Galapagos land iguanas on Santa Cruz.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Dragon Hill Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador

Thursday

AM: Charles Darwin Research Station

The most memorable part from the Charles Darwin Research Station will probably be the successful breeding centre and its celebrity ‘Lonesome George’.

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

Charles Darwin Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Highlands (Santa Cruz)

Santa Cruz offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild Galapagos giant tortoises, roaming through pastures in the agricultural zone and in the transition zone of adjacent El Chato Tortoise Reserve.

Activities:  hike galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Highlands Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador

Friday

AM: Tintoreras Islet (Isabela)

This group of jagged rocky islets just off the coast of Puerto Villamil forms one of the most stereotypical sites of the Galapagos.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy – Moderate

Las Tintoreras Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center (Isabela)

In the Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Centre you can see hundreds of giant Galapagos tortoises of all sizes (the vulnerable hatchlings are not gigantic at all, even smaller than the size of your hand)!

Activities:  hike galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise breeding center Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador

Saturday

AM: Moreno Point (Isabela)

Fresh, promising greens of pioneer vegetation contrast strongly with the dead, pitch-black lava flow that once reached the ocean at Moreno Point.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Moderated

moreno point Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Elizabeth Bay (Isabela)

At the remote Elizabeth Bay you will enjoy the best dinghy-ride of the Galapagos, which combines a visit to the Marielas Islets in the mouth of the bay, with the highest mangles in its innermost heart.

Activities:  panga ride galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Elizabeth bay Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador

Sunday

AM: Tagus Cove (Isabela)

Tagus Cove is a historical anchorage at the northern entrance of Bolivar Channel (between Isabela and Fernandina).

Activities:  hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Moderated

Tagus Cove Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Espinoza Point (Fernandina)

Westernmost Fernandina harbours one of the world’s most virgin, untouched ecosystems, and is another crown jewel of the Galapagos.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy – Moderated

Espinoza point Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador

Monday

AM: Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)

Strolling along its coastline, the blinding white Bachas Beach appears full of natural life. It is one of most important breeding sites for Pacific green turtles.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Las bachas beach Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
Transfer out to Baltra Airport

Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra, where we will take the airport shuttle. Your guide will accompany you to the check-in counters in the departure hall.

We expect you to return home with stunning pictures and unforgettable lifelong memories!

Activities:

Difficulty: – –

Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
DAY 1

Monday

AM: Arrival at San Cristóbal Airport (SCY)

Arrival at San Cristóbal Airport and transfer in. You will have to pay your Galapagos National Park entrance fee and your luggage will be inspected.

Activities:

Difficulty: – –

Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Lobos Islet (San Cristobal)

The Asylum of Peace hike goes past a mesmerising cave and visits a fascinating freshwater spring. La Loberia beach is an ideal spot to enjoy the ocean, as well as the playful sea lions that live there.

Activities: hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Lobos Islet San Cristobal Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
DAY 2

Tuesday

AM: South Plaza

Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. There are several hybrid iguanas- a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana.

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

South Plaza Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Santa Fe

Santa Fe is home to a number of endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats and one of the two species of lands iguanas of the islands

Activities:  hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Santa fe Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
DAY 3

Wednesday

AM: Chinese Hat

Though recently born out of fire the volcanic islet Chinese Hat does not appear to be any more inhospitable than Bartolomé and lunatic Sullivan Bay. This tiny, rusty-coloured islet just begins to sprout. You arrive just in time to witness the next chapter about colonisation by pioneers!

Activities:  hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Chinese Hat Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)

Thanks to the successful breeding programme, Dragon Hill is still populated by the largest wild population of Galapagos land iguanas on Santa Cruz.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Dragon Hill Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
DAY 4

Thursday

AM: Charles Darwin Research Station

The most memorable part from the Charles Darwin Research Station will probably be the successful breeding centre and its celebrity ‘Lonesome George’.

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

Charles Darwin Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Highlands (Santa Cruz)

Santa Cruz offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild Galapagos giant tortoises, roaming through pastures in the agricultural zone and in the transition zone of adjacent El Chato Tortoise Reserve.

Activities:  hike galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Highlands Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
DAY 5

Friday

AM: Tintoreras Islet (Isabela)

This group of jagged rocky islets just off the coast of Puerto Villamil forms one of the most stereotypical sites of the Galapagos.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy – Moderate

Las Tintoreras Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center (Isabela)

In the Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Centre you can see hundreds of giant Galapagos tortoises of all sizes (the vulnerable hatchlings are not gigantic at all, even smaller than the size of your hand)!

Activities:  hike galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise breeding center Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
DAY 6

Saturday

AM: Moreno Point (Isabela)

Fresh, promising greens of pioneer vegetation contrast strongly with the dead, pitch-black lava flow that once reached the ocean at Moreno Point.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Moderated

moreno point Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Elizabeth Bay (Isabela)

At the remote Elizabeth Bay you will enjoy the best dinghy-ride of the Galapagos, which combines a visit to the Marielas Islets in the mouth of the bay, with the highest mangles in its innermost heart.

Activities:  panga ride galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Elizabeth bay Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
DAY 7

Sunday

AM: Tagus Cove (Isabela)

Tagus Cove is a historical anchorage at the northern entrance of Bolivar Channel (between Isabela and Fernandina).

Activities:  hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Moderated

Tagus Cove Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Espinoza Point (Fernandina)

Westernmost Fernandina harbours one of the world’s most virgin, untouched ecosystems, and is another crown jewel of the Galapagos.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy – Moderated

Espinoza point Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
DAY 8

Monday

AM: Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)

Strolling along its coastline, the blinding white Bachas Beach appears full of natural life. It is one of most important breeding sites for Pacific green turtles.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Las bachas beach Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
Transfer out to Baltra Airport

Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra, where we will take the airport shuttle. Your guide will accompany you to the check-in counters in the departure hall.

We expect you to return home with stunning pictures and unforgettable lifelong memories!

Activities:

Difficulty: – –

Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador