Home » EcoGalaxy: Central & Western Galapagos Islands
The new and luxurious 16 passenger Eco Galaxy catamaran will provide you with comfort and space to explore the islands of the Galapagos. Each cabin is equipped with its own private bathroom, cold/hot water, hair dryer and air conditioner. The vessels spacious deck space gives you the perfect vantage point from which to enjoy this spectacular destination.
Duration: 8 Days
Arrive Baltra airport. Reception at airport. Transfer in. Welcome on board Eco Galaxy Cruise.
Charles Darwin Station is located in the main port of Santa Cruz Island. A private bus will be taking us to the entrance of the centre of the breeding area where we can appreciate tortoises and land iguanas in captivity. This centre is the main breeding site of the island, where animals that were in danger of extinction in the different islands are maintained in captivity and thanks to the dedicated work of several institutions some species were saved. Also, it was here where the most famous tortoise, “The Solitary George” the last survivor of the species of Pinta Island, lived.
Located at the south of Puerto Villamil, we will arrive to Tintoreras by a panga. Here you’ll find a small bay with turquoise water where you can appreciate sea lions, marine tortoises, marine iguanas and rays. For the most part of this trail, you will notice that ground of the island is covered in volcanic lava (type AA). Tintoreras is one of places where the introduction of iguana has been successful due to its ability to sustain the specie. Other than this, you will also have the opportunity to see the Galapagos sharks known as: Tintoreras, from which the destination is named after.
After lunch, we will disembark in Moreno Point which is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves create a birdwatcher’s delight. In the tide pools, green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted.
Located on the west coast of Isabela, Elizabeth Point is a marine visitor site. It is known to be one of the island's breeding sites for penguins. Later on we will then be visiting the red mangrove cove where brown pelicans, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays and sea lions are often seen.
This place is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano, between Elizabeth Bay and Tagus Cove (wet landing). Trail length is around 3.20 km; during this walk we will be able to observe land iguanas, hawks, tortoises; also, we may be able to see red and blue lobsters.
Espinoza Point is the only visitor attraction in Fernandina Island. This site is famous for: its big colonies of marine iguanas; known for being the only habitat for flightless Cormorant; Galapagos penguin; hawks; snakes of Galapagos; and many other. From Espinoza Point, you will be able to admire the landscape of Fernandina Island and its volcano, which last erupted on May 2005. This island is the only island that is not inhabited by mammals. Due to its unique animals, its open areas are very fragile especially during nesting time of marine iguanas which occurs from January to June.
Vicente Roca Point is a large bay with spectacular sea life and is comprised of two separate coves. During our tour, you should keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (sunfish).
In this site you will find a black sand beach. At south of this beach there is a volcano called Pan de Azucar, its volcanic deposits have contributed to the formation of this black sand beach. The crater of this volcano has a salt lake which, in warm time, becomes dry and gives tourists the opportunity to appreciate the salt mine. Between 1928 and 1930 there were some explorations to this mine but they didn’t function; additionally, it caused damages to the environment due to the worker’s use of endemic woods. Therefore today, it is not allowed go down to salt mine.
The visitor site is located on the east coast of Rabida Island. The trail is approximately 1.1 km and consists of a red sand beach, a coastal lagoon behind the beach, and a loop trail. Due to the porous volcanic material and other environmental factors (rain, salt water, sea breeze), it has acted as an oxidising agent and therefore altered the colour of the rocks and sand on the beach. Hence the main attraction of the place is the red sand beach, aside from the vegetation of the arid zone and the presence of native and endemic species.
The Black Turtle Cove is situated on the northern part of the Santa Cruz Island. This bay is surrounded by mangroves and is therefore only accessible by dinghy. The superficial cove is a safe refuge for marine life. Such marine life include black-tip reef sharks, marine turtles, and a variety of rays, which are often spotted here.
This beautiful beach is located at the northern part of Santa Cruz Island, with the beach having a total extension of 1 km. The site takes its name from the Second War when the American army left two barges in the beach, the first colonizing people couldn’t pronounce that name correctly: barges, so they called Bachas.
During our hike, you will see that all the road and the island is composed of lava flows which is still apparent due to no erosion in the area. Plants such as the mollugo is evident throughout the island, as it only grows on lava.
We will be walking approximately 114 metres on an upward path where you can observe the unique flora that grows on the island such as tiquilia, chamaesyce, and scalesia. Once we reach the top, you will be able to see its neighbouring islands: Santiago, Rabida and Isabela, as well as penguins on the Pinnacle Rock. After this we will be going through the mangrove swamps and vegetation of dunes to get to the south beach.
Here, we will be trekking where you will be able to find giant tortoises in their natural habitat. After this we will be transferring to the airport for your flight.
2 single beds or 1 double bed, private bathroom, hot and cold water, air conditioning, hair dryer, telephone for internal communication, safety box, loud speaker.