ARCHIPEL I ROUTE A

ITINERARY A / 8D – 7N

The 8 day south-western tour aboard the catamaran Archipel I 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
  • Virgin Fernandina & isolated west coast of Isabela make you eye-witness of evolution
  • Breeding programs of emblematic Galapagos giant tortoises
  • Unique tidal channel with whitetip reef sharks & rays
  • Not to be missed highlight South Plaza (land iguanas & giant cactus forest)

navigation-hours
±52h
hikes galapagos
±11x
dinghy-ride
±5x
snorkelling galapagos islands
±9x
difficulty
Easy Moderate
High chance of spotting

Booby
colonies
Booby footed colonies in Galapagos Islands

Great and American frigatebird
American frigatebird

Flightless
Cormorant
flightless cormorant galapagos islands

Galapagos
Penguin
galapagos penguin

Green sea
turtle
Green sea turtle in the Galapagos

Galapagos Giant Tortoise
galapagos giant tortoise giant turtle

Marine Iguana
iguana marine

Whitetip reef Shark
whitetip reef shark galapagos
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 Cristobal Airport

PM: Interpretation Centre and Frigatebird Hill  hike galapagos islands snorkeling galapagos islands

DAY 2 / TUESDAY

AM: Santa Fehike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM: South Plaza hike galapagos islands

DAY 3 / WEDNESDAY

AM: North Seymour hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM: Chinese Hat hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

DAY 4 / THURSDAY

AM: Twin Craters – El Chato Reservehike galapagos islands

PM: CC Fausto Llerena hike galapagos islands

DAY 5 / FRIDAY

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

PM: Urbina Bay hike galapagos islands snorkeling galapagos islands

DAY 6 / SATURDAY

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

PM: Vicente Roca Point panga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

DAY 7 / SUNDAY

AM: Puerto Egas (Santiago) kayak galapagos islands snorkeling galapagos islands

PM: Rabida hike galapagos islands kayak galapagos islands panga ride galapagos islands snorkeling galapagos islands

DAY 8 / MONDAY

AM: Black Turtle Cove hike galapagos islands kayak galapagos islands panga ride galapagos islands snorkeling galapagos islands
Transfer out to Baltra Airport 

ISLANDS OVERVIEW & ACTIVITIES

ITINERARY A

Monday

AM: Arrival at San Cristobal Airport (SCY)

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

Activities:

Difficulty: – –

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PM: Interpretation Centre and Frigatebird Hill

The Interpretation Centre gives a perfect explanation of this unique archipelago. Its exhibition helps you learn what makes this archipelago so unique. Information panels, pictures, documents, maquettes, and dioramas tell background and conservation stories about the islands.

Activities: hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Interpretation Centre San Cristobal Galapagos Islands

Tuesday

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

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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

Wednesday

AM: North Seymour

North Seymour is another highlight of your cruise. In the archipelago’s most extensive seabird breeding colony you can walk just a short distance from frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

North Seymour Galapagos Islands
PM: Chinese Hat

Though recently born out of the 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 islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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Thursday

AM: Twin Craters - El Chato Reserve

El Chato Reserve is a protected area and official part of the Galapagos National Park. It extends from Cerro El Chato as far down as the southwestern coast of Santa Cruz Island, where females lay their eggs.

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

El Chato reserve Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: CC Fausto Llerena

A tour at Fausto Llerena Breeding Center you can see the tortoises of Española Island, ending in the tortoise exhibit corral. Tortoises of this corral are accustomed to humans; it is an excellent spot to be photographed with them!

Activities:  hike galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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Friday

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

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PM: Urbina Bay

On Isabela nature seems to hunt for the largest. The exceptional coastal plain at Urbina Bay attracts prehistoric giants in the wild, such as the largest land iguanas.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

urbina-bay-galapagos

Saturday

AM: Espinoza Point (Fernandina)

At Fernandina, you will find some of the most bizarre animal species, products of natural selection. Among them is the flightless cormorant, which after thousands of years isolated here lost the ability to fly and turned its wings into fins.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy – Moderated

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PM: Vicente Roca Point (Isabela)

We will enter a dark cave below a spectacular arch, accompanied by the roaring echoes of the waves. The calmer waters inside are well-protected and are a great place for snorkelling amongst various species of sharks, penguins, seahorses and the giant mola-mola.

Activities:  panga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy – Moderated

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Sunday

AM: Puerto Egas (Santiago)

Puerto Egas is historical, and the favourite site on Santiago for wildlife lovers; and it’s even the best place in the archipelago to observe Galapagos fur seals.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Moderated

Puerto Egas Santiago Islands
PM: Rabida

Upon landing at this remarkable red beach, you will usually be greeted by a large bachelor colony of Galapagos sea lions.

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

Difficulty: Easy – Moderated

Rabida Galapagos Islands

Monday

AM: Black Turtle Cove

Black Turtle Cove: At 08:30 AM your last adventure takes place en route to the airport, exploring Black Turtle Cove from the dinghy. The quiet lagoon and surrounding mangrove forest enable the observation of sea turtles and sharks. The visit ends at 09:00 with the disembarking at Baltra airport.

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

Difficulty: Easy

caleta-tortuga-negra
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: – –

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DAY 1

Monday

AM: Arrival at San Cristobal Airport (SCY)

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

Activities:

Difficulty: – –

Baltra Galapagos Islands Arrive ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Interpretation Centre and Frigatebird Hill

The Interpretation Centre gives a perfect explanation of this unique archipelago. Its exhibition helps you learn what makes this archipelago so unique. Information panels, pictures, documents, maquettes, and dioramas tell background and conservation stories about the islands.

Activities: hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Interpretation Centre San Cristobal Galapagos Islands
DAY 2

Tuesday

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
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
DAY 3

Wednesday

AM: North Seymour

North Seymour is another highlight of your cruise. In the archipelago’s most extensive seabird breeding colony you can walk just a short distance from frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

North Seymour Galapagos Islands
PM: Chinese Hat

Though recently born out of the 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 islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Chinese Hat Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
DAY 4

Thursday

AM: Twin Craters - El Chato Reserve

El Chato Reserve is a protected area and official part of the Galapagos National Park. It extends from Cerro El Chato as far down as the southwestern coast of Santa Cruz Island, where females lay their eggs.

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

El Chato reserve Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: CC Fausto Llerena

A tour at Fausto Llerena Breeding Center you can see the tortoises of Española Island, ending in the tortoise exhibit corral. Tortoises of this corral are accustomed to humans; it is an excellent spot to be photographed with them!

Activities:  hike galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

el chato reserve Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
DAY 5

Friday

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: Urbina Bay

On Isabela nature seems to hunt for the largest. The exceptional coastal plain at Urbina Bay attracts prehistoric giants in the wild, such as the largest land iguanas.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

urbina-bay-galapagos
DAY 6

Saturday

AM: Espinoza Point (Fernandina)

At Fernandina, you will find some of the most bizarre animal species, products of natural selection. Among them is the flightless cormorant, which after thousands of years isolated here lost the ability to fly and turned its wings into fins.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy – Moderated

Tagus Cove Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Vicente Roca Point (Isabela)

We will enter a dark cave below a spectacular arch, accompanied by the roaring echoes of the waves. The calmer waters inside are well-protected and are a great place for snorkelling amongst various species of sharks, penguins, seahorses and the giant mola-mola.

Activities:  panga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy – Moderated

Espinoza point Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
DAY 7

Sunday

AM: Puerto Egas (Santiago)

Puerto Egas is historical, and the favourite site on Santiago for wildlife lovers; and it’s even the best place in the archipelago to observe Galapagos fur seals.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Moderated

Puerto Egas Santiago Islands
PM: Rabida

Upon landing at this remarkable red beach, you will usually be greeted by a large bachelor colony of Galapagos sea lions.

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

Difficulty: Easy – Moderated

Rabida Galapagos Islands
DAY 8

Monday

AM: Black Turtle Cove

Black Turtle Cove: At 08:30 AM your last adventure takes place en route to the airport, exploring Black Turtle Cove from the dinghy. The quiet lagoon and surrounding mangrove forest enable the observation of sea turtles and sharks. The visit ends at 09:00 with the disembarking at Baltra airport.

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

Difficulty: Easy

caleta-tortuga-negra
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: – –

Avianca Galapagos ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador