ARCHIPEL I ROUTE A5

ITINERARY A5 / 5D – 4N

Our adventurous 4 nights route runs around the largest island of Isabela. Explore the untouched western end of Galapagos, which has just been born out of fire and the lush highlands. Nutrient rich ocean upwellings are a magnet to all kinds of marine and birdlife. It’s true that accessing this remote, less-frequented region demands longer navigation (mainly overnight), but our stable catamaran enables you to witness Survival of the Fittest, without experiencing it.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Virgin Fernandina & isolated west coast of Isabela make you eye-witness of evolution.
  • Pioneer species colonize barren lava fields
  • Flightless cormorants, largest marine iguanas and penguins near the equator
  • Unique tidal channel with whitetip reef sharks & rays

navigation-hours
±34h
long-passages
3x
hikes galapagos
±7x
dinghy-ride
±2x
snorkelling galapagos islands
±2x
difficulty
Easy Moderate
High chance of spotting

American Flamingo
American Flamingo Galapagos

Flightless Cormorant
flightless cormorant galapagos islands

Galapagos Penguin
galapagos penguin

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 / THURSDAY

AM: Arrival at San Cristóbal Airport

PM: CC Fausto Llerena hike galapagos islands

DAY 2 / FRIDAY

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

PM: Tortoise Breeding Centre & Wetlands hike galapagos islands

DAY 3 / SATURDAY

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

PM: Elizabeth Bay (Isabela) panga ride galapagos islands

DAY 4 / 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 5 / MONDAY

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

ISLANDS OVERVIEW & ACTIVITIES

ITINERARY A5

Thursday

AM: Arrival at San Cristóbal Airport

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: – –

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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: Tintoreras Islet

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: Tortoise breeding centre & wetlands

The wetlands and brackish lagoons of Isabela are among the best places to spot aquatic, wading and shore birds.

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

Thursday

AM: Arrival at San Cristóbal Airport

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: 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 2

Friday

AM: Tintoreras Islet

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: Tortoise breeding centre & wetlands

The wetlands and brackish lagoons of Isabela are among the best places to spot aquatic, wading and shore birds.

Activities:  hike galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise breeding center Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
DAY 3

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 4

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 5

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