ARCHIPEL II ROUTE B

ITINERARY B / 8D – 7N

Our 8-day itinerary aboard the yacht Archipel II 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
  • Breeding colony of American flamingos on Floreana
  • Crown-jewel Española with waved albatrosses, marine iguanas and blue footed boobies
  • Postcard view from the summit of Bartolomé
  • Breeding program of emblematic Galapagos giant tortoises

navigation-hours
±44h
long-passages
4x
hikes galapagos
±7x
dinghy-ride
±2x
snorkelling galapagos islands
±9x
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

American Flamingo
American Flamingo Galapagos

Marine Iguana
iguana marine
Galapagos Fur Seal

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: Bartholomew hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM: Buccaneer Cove, Espumilla Beach hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

DAY 3 / WEDNESDAY

AM: Egas Port (Santiago) hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM:  Rabida hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

DAY 4 / THURSDAY

AM: Charles Darwin Research Stationhike galapagos islands

PM: Highland (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 (Espanola) hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM: Suarez Point (Española) hike galapagos islands

DAY 7 / SUNDAY

AM: Pitt Point (San Cristóbal) 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  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 (GPS)

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:snorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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Tuesday

AM: Bartolome

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

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

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PM: Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove

James Bay (Santiago) was where Charles Darwin spent most of his time on the Galapagos Islands. Espumilla Beach has been revived as an important breeding site for turtles. At nearby Buccaneer Cove there is a great snorkelling opportunity in crystal-clear waters.

Activities: snorkeling galapagos islandskayak galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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Wednesday

AM: Puerto Egas (Santiago)

Puerto Egas is a historical and favourite site on Santiago for wildlife lovers.

The highlight is the outstanding fur seal grottos at the beautiful sculptured coastline.

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

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PM: Rabida

Upon landing on this remarkable red beach, a large bachelor colony of Galapagos sea lions will usually welcome you.

Activities: snorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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Thursday

AM: Charles Darwin Research Station

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

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

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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:

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: snorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy – Moderate

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PM: Baroness Lookout & Post Office Bay (Floreana)

Baroness Viewpoint is a fantastic place to absorb the environment of the Galapagos. Once inhabited by an indulgent baroness and her three lovers, the history of this island is intriguing.

Activities: snorkeling galapagos islandskayak galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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Saturday

AM: Gardner Bay (Espanola)

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

Activities: snorkeling 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: snorkeling 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: snorkeling galapagos islands kayak 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:

Difficulty: Easy – Moderated

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Monday

AM: Lobos Islet

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

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Transfer out to San Cristóbal 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 (GPS)

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:snorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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DAY 2

Tuesday

AM: Bartolome

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

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

Bartolome Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove

James Bay (Santiago) was where Charles Darwin spent most of his time on the Galapagos Islands. Espumilla Beach has been revived as an important breeding site for turtles. At nearby Buccaneer Cove there is a great snorkelling opportunity in crystal-clear waters.

Activities: snorkeling galapagos islandskayak galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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DAY 3

Wednesday

AM: Puerto Egas (Santiago)

Puerto Egas is a historical and favourite site on Santiago for wildlife lovers.

The highlight is the outstanding fur seal grottos at the beautiful sculptured coastline.

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

Egas Port ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Rabida

Upon landing on this remarkable red beach, a large bachelor colony of Galapagos sea lions will usually welcome you.

Activities: snorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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DAY 4

Thursday

AM: Charles Darwin Research Station

The most memorable part of 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:

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: snorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy – Moderate

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PM: Baroness Lookout & Post Office Bay (Floreana)

Baroness Viewpoint is a fantastic place to absorb the environment of the Galapagos. Once inhabited by an indulgent baroness and her three lovers, the history of this island is intriguing.

Activities: snorkeling galapagos islandskayak galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

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DAY 6

Saturday

AM: Gardner Bay (Espanola)

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

Activities: snorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Moderated

Gardner Bay Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
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: snorkeling 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: snorkeling galapagos islands kayak 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:

Difficulty: Easy – Moderated

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DAY 8

Monday

AM: Lobos Islet

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

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Transfer out to San Cristóbal 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: – –

Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador