ARCHIPEL II ROUTE A5

ITINERARY A5 / 5D – 4N

Our adventurous 4-night route leads around the largest island: Isabela. Explore the pristine western part of the Galapagos Islands that was just recently born out of the fire. Nutrient-rich deep-water impulses are a true magnet for all types of marine life and seabirds. It is true, of course, that access to this remote, less visited region requires longer trips (mainly overnight), but our sturdy catamaran will enable you to see the survival of the fittest – without having to experience it yourself.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Virgin Fernandina & isolated west coast of Isabela make you eye-witness of evolution.
  • Pioneer species colonize barren lava fields
  • Archipelago’s largest concentration of American flamingo in bird-rich wetlands
  • Galapagos giant tortoises in their natural ambience

navigation-hours
±34h
long-passages
3x
hikes galapagos
±4x
dinghy-ride
±3x
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

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 to Baltra Airport hike galapagos islands

PM: Highlands (Santa Cruz) hike galapagos islands

DAY 2 / FRIDAY

AM: Tintoreras Islet (Isabela) hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM: Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Centre(Isabela) 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 Baltra Airport

Arrival at Baltra 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: 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

Thursday

AM: Arrival at Baltra Airport

Arrival at Baltra 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: 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 2

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 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