Dreaming about your next vacation? The perfect Galapagos itinerary
Dreaming about your next vacation? If you are at home, you probably miss the last time you are on vacation and dream of when you will go next. We would like to take you on an adventure through this itinerary so that you can get away from it all for a while on an island paradise filled with adventure and comfort.
Galapagos cruise on a yacht takes you to a new horizon each day, giving you access to places in the Galapagos Islands that few people will ever experience, all in the greatest comfort. An adventure on a yacht will allow you to enjoy unparalleled attention to detail and personalized service. A cruise is a perfect opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful and remote regions of the Galapagos Islands. An adventure like this will stay with you all your life.
Visit Black Turtle Cove
Sail on this large mangrove lagoon during this leisurely cruise. You will see pelicans and curious herons. After a while, if you look in the water, you will have your second encounter of the day. Sea turtles, and sea rays swimming peacefully next to you. What a way to start a week!
Visit the island of Genovesa
This island is a paradise for bird watching enthusiasts. So if you are one, it is a must on your cruise itinerary. Going up the path of the island, you will understand its nickname “Tower Island”. But do not worry, it will be worth it as soon as you meet birds nesting in their natural habitat, without being disturbed by human presence. As you advance, you will finally find the coast to meet sea lions while diving along the bay.
Visit Bartolome Island and Sullivan Bay
Prepare to refresh your knowledge of geology, Bartolome is a geological wonder. After climbing the wooden stairs that will take you to the top of this island, take a deep breath as the view will take you away. From Bartolome, it is easy to visit Sullivan Bay which is a fascinating place. You can walk on a recent lava flow of pahoehoe lava, observe the bubbles of lava, the pioneer plants growing directly from the lava, and of course, do not miss the endemic Galapagos penguins along the shore!
Visit Rabida and Dragon Hill
Be ready for the camera when you go to Rabida, this unique island has red sand. It looks like a Martian landscape. Crazy, right? Well, that’s not it. As you slowly explore this island, you will come across yellow warblers, mocking birds and the tiny celebrities of the Galapagos, Darwin’s finches. Due to the distance, Rabida is usually complemented by a visit to Dragon Hill, and if you’re in a hurry to spot flamingos, that’s where you’ll find them.
Visit North Seymour and return to Santa Cruz
We know all Galapagos are incredibly special, but North Seymour is just beautiful. This island must be included in your cruise. You will be overwhelmed by its nature from the moment you set foot on this island. You will see sea lion puppies and their mothers, magnificent frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, and if you continue walking, you will see sea iguanas and swallowed gulls.
After that, go back to Santa Cruz and stay a day or two in town.
Meet the locals
If you’ve decided to follow my advice and stay for a day or two, it’s time to relax. Head to Tortuga Bay and enjoy the beautiful scenery, swim in its crystal clear waters and become one with nature. Go to Las Grietas or Charles Darwin station and spend the day at your own pace, dine at a local restaurant and enjoy every second.
Carlos Beate is the commercial director of Andando Tours. Andando Tours offers exclusive travel experiences, specializing in navigation around the Galapagos Islands and by land along the magnificent avenue of Ecuadorian Andean volcanoes.