ARCHIPEL I ROUTE B

ITINERARY B / 8D – 7N

Our 8-day itinerary aboard the yacht Archipel I allows you to combine the seabird colonies of North Seymour and the exclusive Genovesa with the spectacular volcanic islands Bartolome and Charles Darwin Research Station. Moreover, you will have the chance to explore Española, the most southern point of the archipel and swim with sea lions in the Loberia, on Isla Floreana.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Snorkelling with sea lions and colourful reef fish (Lobos Islet)
  • Breeding colony of American flamingos on Floreana
  • Spectacular volcanic landscapes just born out of fire & pioneer colonization
  • Breeding program of emblematic Galapagos giant tortoises

navigation-hours
±44h
long-passages
6x
hikes galapagos
±14x
dinghy-ride
±2x
snorkelling galapagos islands
±10x
difficulty
Easy Moderate
High chance of spotting

Waved Albatross
Galapagos waved albatross

Sea Lion
galapagos sea lion

American Frigatebird
Frigatebird galapagos islands

Galapagos Penguin
galapagos penguin

Land Iguana
iguana galapagos islands

Galapagos Giant Tortoise
galapagos giant tortoise giant turtle

Marine Iguana
iguana marine

Short Eared Owl
Galapagos short eared owl

Blue & Red footed boobies
Blue footed boobies
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 to Baltra Airport

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

DAY2 / TUESDAY

AM: Prince Philip Steps (Genovesa)  hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM: Darwin Bay (Genovesa) hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

DAY 3 / WEDNESDAY

AM: Bartholomew hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM:  Sullivan Bay (Santiago) hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

DAY 4 / THURSDAY

AM: El Chato Reserve – Twin Craters (Santa Cruz) hike galapagos islands

PM: CC Fausto Llerena (Santa Cruz)hike galapagos islands

DAY 5 / FRIDAY

AM: Cormorant Point (Floreana) hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM:

Baroness Lookout – Post Office Bay (Floreana)  hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

DAY 6 / SATURDAY

AM: Gardner Bay (Española) hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM: Suarez Point (Española) hike galapagos islands

DAY 7 / SUNDAY

AM: Pitt Point (San Cristobal)  hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM: Witch Hill (San Cristobal) hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

DAY 8 / MONDAY

AM:  Lobos Islet (San Cristobal) hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands
Transfer out to San Cristobal Airport 

ISLANDS OVERVIEW & ACTIVITIES

ITINERARY B

Monday

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: 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

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Tuesday

AM: Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa)

Not only because of its historical English name (Tower) Genovesa has a royal touch. Follow in the footsteps of Prince Philip – Galapagos lover for many years – and visit this favourite birding spot with the largest breeding colonies of red-footed and Nazca boobies, and look for a remarkable short-eared owl that hunts on foot!.

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

Difficulty: Easy

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PM: Darwin Bay (Genovesa)

As one of the outer islands and most exclusive places on the Galapagos, Genovesa is well worth last night’s longer navigation. This compact site in the heart of its flooded crater shows the extreme varied coastal ecosystems of the Galapagos in miniature; nearly too much for a single day.

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

Difficulty: Easy

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Wednesday

AM: Bartholomew

This tiny volcano islet is just recently born out of fire. Enter its wild romantic setting of spatter cones and craters, and see the most famous panorama of the Galapagos.

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

Difficulty: Easy

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PM: Sullivan Bay (Santiago)

Sullivan bay is incomparable to any other visitor’s site; setting foot at the recently solidified lava flow is like landing on the moon!

Activities:  hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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Thursday

AM: El Chato Reserve - Twin Craters (Santa Cruz)

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

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PM: CC Fausto Llerena (Santa Cruz)

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: Cormorant Point (Floreana)

Please don’t expect flightless cormorants at Cormorant Point (they live exclusively in West Galapagos). Instead, you may have the only opportunity in the East to spot Galapagos penguins from the dinghy, or a flamingo lagoon against the pockmarked backdrop of extinct tuff cones and scented palo santo bushes.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy – Moderate

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PM: Post Office Bay (Floreana)

Bring your postcards and post them in the peculiar traditional barrel on this historic site that seems to be located at the end of the world. These might arrive home quicker than you!

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

Difficulty: Easy

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Saturday

AM: Gardner Bay (Española)

Being one of the crown jewels of the Galapagos, Española gives you the exclusive opportunity to become an eyewitness of evolution.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Moderated

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PM: Suarez Point (Española)

Española’s west tip is a true birdwatcher’s and photographer’s dream. Feel as though you’re within an exciting nature documentary, and hike a short distance from some of the most colourful marine iguanas.

Activities:  hike galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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Sunday

AM: Pitt Point (San Cristobal)

Two wind sculptured tuff cones at Pitt Point constitute the easternmost end of the Galapagos and were the first sight of land of HMS Beagle with Darwin aboard.

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

Difficulty: Moderated

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PM: Witch Hill (San Cristobal)

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the lovely setting of Witch Hill’s crescent-shaped natural beach of soft powdery sand.

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

Difficulty: Easy – Moderated

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Monday

AM: 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 cute 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
Transfer out to San Cristobal Airport

Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to San Cristóbal, 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 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: 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

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DAY 2

Tuesday

AM: Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa)

Not only because of its historical English name (Tower) Genovesa has a royal touch. Follow in the footsteps of Prince Philip – Galapagos lover for many years – and visit this favourite birding spot with the largest breeding colonies of red-footed and Nazca boobies, and look for a remarkable short-eared owl that hunts on foot!.

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

Difficulty: Easy

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PM: Darwin Bay (Genovesa)

As one of the outer islands and most exclusive places on the Galapagos, Genovesa is well worth last night’s longer navigation. This compact site in the heart of its flooded crater shows the extreme varied coastal ecosystems of the Galapagos in miniature; nearly too much for a single day.

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

Difficulty: Easy

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DAY 3

Wednesday

AM: Bartholomew

This tiny volcano islet is just recently born out of fire. Enter its wild romantic setting of spatter cones and craters, and see the most famous panorama of the Galapagos.

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

Difficulty: Easy

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PM: Sullivan Bay (Santiago)

Sullivan bay is incomparable to any other visitor’s site; setting foot at the recently solidified lava flow is like landing on the moon!

Activities:  hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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DAY 4

Thursday

AM: El Chato Reserve - Twin Craters (Santa Cruz)

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

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PM: CC Fausto Llerena (Santa Cruz)

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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DAY 5

Friday

AM: Cormorant Point (Floreana)

Please don’t expect flightless cormorants at Cormorant Point (they live exclusively in West Galapagos). Instead, you may have the only opportunity in the East to spot Galapagos penguins from the dinghy, or a flamingo lagoon against the pockmarked backdrop of extinct tuff cones and scented palo santo bushes.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy – Moderate

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PM: Post Office Bay (Floreana)

Bring your postcards and post them in the peculiar traditional barrel on this historic site that seems to be located at the end of the world. These might arrive home quicker than you!

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

Difficulty: Easy

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DAY 6

Saturday

AM: Gardner Bay (Española)

Being one of the crown jewels of the Galapagos, Española gives you the exclusive opportunity to become an eyewitness of evolution.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Moderated

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PM: Suarez Point (Española)

Española’s west tip is a true birdwatcher’s and photographer’s dream. Feel as though you’re within an exciting nature documentary, and hike a short distance from some of the most colourful marine iguanas.

Activities:  hike galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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DAY 7

Sunday

AM: Pitt Point (San Cristobal)

Two wind sculptured tuff cones at Pitt Point constitute the easternmost end of the Galapagos and were the first sight of land of HMS Beagle with Darwin aboard.

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

Difficulty: Moderated

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PM: Witch Hill (San Cristobal)

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the lovely setting of Witch Hill’s crescent-shaped natural beach of soft powdery sand.

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

Difficulty: Easy – Moderated

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DAY 8

Monday

AM: 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 cute 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
Transfer out to San Cristobal Airport

Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to San Cristóbal, 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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