Galápagos Islands Things to Do

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Galápagos Islands Things to Do

  • Diving and Snorkeling

    Galápagos Islands Things to Do

    After visiting the beach at Gardner Bay we went back to Cachalote for a quick change and then went to the panga again to go snorkelling at a small rocky island just off the coast. As we were all eager to see sharks, especially Hammer Head Sharks we first tried to snorkel on the rougher side of the island, but we soon had to abandon that side to go...

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  • Charles Darwin Research Center

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    Much is made of the connection between Charles Darwin and the Galapagos Islands, I found it a little ironic that a center built to protect and nurture the giant tortoise was named for a man who thought nothing of eating them. Tortoises can live for up to a year without eating or drinking so it was quite common to round them up and eat them as the...

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  • Day 2-Santa Cruz highlands

    Day 2 in the morning we docked on Santa Cruz (dry landing), boarded a mini bus and drove to Rancho Manzanillo in the highlands to see the giant tortoises. We all had to put on wellies to do the walk, in parts it was very muddy. The tortoises roam free here and we spotted quite a few, most of which sucked their heads back into their shells upon...

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  • Day 1-North Seymour Island

    On our 1st day, Sunday, we flew from Quito to Baltra, transferred to our ship and set off for North Seymour Island for a hike. On our very 1st afternoon I ticked off a lot of my personal must see list, the wildlife here was so abundant that we were all pretty bowled over. It wasn't like this every day on the trip, in fact in terms of quantity and...

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  • Day 2 Santa Cruz, Tortuga Bay

    After a stop back at the Nemo II for lunch, we docked at Puerto Aroyo and walked to Tortuga Bay. From town the walk took about 50 minutes walking at a pretty good clip to get to the sheltered section of the beach, it's not marked well but once you find the stone path leading to the beach, you can't get lost. Don't think that you are almost there...

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  • Day 6 Rabida Island

    In the morning on day 6 we had a wet landing on Rábida Island (Jervis), we started our visit with a walk on the red sand beach, along the way seeing sea lions, marine iguanas, blue footed boobies and sally lightfooted crabs. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance, such as nine varieties of finches,...

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  • Day 3-Isabela Island Moreno Point

    On day 3 we were on Isabela Island for the whole day, Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos and we would spend all of day 3 and part of day 4 on it. In the morning we stopped at Moreno Point, located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of the island, where we hiked in the morning over lava fields. We saw brilliant coral colored flamingos...

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  • Day 4 Isabela Island Tagus cove

    On day 4 we were still on Isabela's west coast in Tagus Cove, across from Fernandina Island. The morning hike was a fairly strenuous uphill climb for some beautiful views of the island. Just a lone Galapagos iguana that we saw here, sometimes there are flamingos in the lagoons but not on this particular day.After the hike we took a panga ride along...

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  • Day 8 Daphne Island

    On day 8, we got up to watch the sunrise when we realized our ship, and every other ship terminating their cruise that day, was doing a driveby of Daphne Island. The Angelito was traveling a lot faster than us and passed around the island a few times, I met a couple of people on our flight out of Baltra that said they got all excited when they...

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  • Day 5 Santiago Egas Port

    On day 5 in the morning we stopped at Egas Port where we finally got to see the Galapagos fur seals although had I not marked the photo number on my camera, I'm sure I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference between the fur seal and the sea lions we saw on the same island, we saw them bathing in the sun near the tide pools. We also saw a...

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  • Day 5 Santiago Espumilla Beach

    Our afternoon stop on day 5 was at Espumilla Beach where we saw lots of marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs. The crabs attract herons, here we saw the blue herons strolling along the beach looking for dinner

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  • Day 2-Santa Cruz, Charles Darwin...

    Much is made of the connection between Charles Darwin and the Galapagos Islands, I found it a little ironic that a center built to protect and nurture the giant tortoise was named for a man who thought nothing of eating them. Tortoises can live for up to a year without eating or drinking so it was quite common to round them up and eat them as the...

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  • Day 7 Genovesa Island

    On day 7, after my spectacular fall on the lava fields, I was rewarded with my own personal sea day but the rest of the group visited Genovesa Island, Prince Phillip's Steps in the morning with both a hike and a snorkel, my husband came back with photos of a few things I didn't get to see including red-footed boobies and one short-eared lava owls...

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  • Day 6 Santiago Sullivan Bay

    In the afternoon on day 6, we went back to Santiago to Sullivan Bay. Although the other boats in harbor with us headed to a wooden platform, we headed to a different landing spot on a section of the island entirely covered in lava. This is the island where I fell and cut my leg open, we saw no animal life or even vegetation, just lots and lots of...

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  • Day 4 Fernandina

    Day 4 in the afternoon we headed to the island of Fernandina, this is where we did the best snorkeling of the trip. We were lucky enough to see several penguins darting in and out of a school of fish, presumably looking for some lunch. We also saw a lot of green turtles and snorkeled with some sea lions, one who swam right at my husband

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  • Day 3 Isabela Island Urbina Bay

    In the afternoon on day 3, we visited Urbina Bay, located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast, between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. During our hike we saw lots of iguanas and tortoises. The afternoon snorkeling, although listed as being quite good, was not good on the day we visited but it was a nice place to take a swim. We anchored...

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  • Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Isla San...

    Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on Isla San Cristóbal has got a population of more than 5000 inhabitants and it is the second largest town on Galapagos Islands, only Puerto Ayora on Isla Santa Cruz is bigger.2011: We came here on the third day of the cruise with M/S Cachalote. Before lunch, while our guide went to the airport to pick up two new passengers,...

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  • Floreana - Isla Santa Maria

    The 5th day of the cruise with Cachalote (2011) we visited Floreana, also called Isla Santa Maria. In the morning we visited Punta Cormorant, where you can see the Greater Flamingo, and snorkelled at Devil’s Crown. In the afternoon we visited the Post Office Bay, a place where British whalers in the end of the 18th century placed a post office...

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  • Tortoises in the Santa Cruz Highlands

    In the lush green highlands on Santa Cruz Island, in one of several private reserves one can find the huge Galapagos Tortoises. The area is wet and damp, thus you need to watch carefully where you walk to avoid mud or use a pair of rubber wading boots. Apparently the best time to visit is during the winter months as this is the period the female...

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  • Lava Tubes on Santa Cruz Island

    Up in the Highlands on the Island of Santa Cruz are a number of lava tubes where one can climb down and into a lava tube. The tubes are slightly lit, and the entrance is a little tricky as one must negotiate a relatively steep and slippery rock step to get in and out. A few people lost their footing. I couldn't tell you exactly where on the Island...

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  • Beach and Sea Lion Watching - Cerro...

    Cerra Brujo on the Island of San Cristobal is a white (coral) sand beach with hundreds of sea lions in various positions of resting yoga. The beach is nice to swim at, with some small breakers allowing for some body surfing. I felt the water was very comfortable without a wetsuit.

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  • Interpretation Center on San Cristobal

    A short walk from the town at the base of Tijeretas Hill is the Interpretation Center that provides a history of the Islands, mostly in the context of the human interaction. There are a number of exhibits, but you can get through the entire Center in less than 20 minutes. Much of the exhibit is focused on the preservation of the local environment....

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  • Darwin Statue on San Cristobal

    A short walk from the town are trails that lead up to the top of a hill that overlooks several small bays. Off to the side of one of the walks is a large statue of Charles Darwin surrounded by some of the endemic species he studied. While the statue is not all that much, the views are great and it is a great work out climbing the stairs (some...

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  • Kicker Rock aka Leon Dormido

    Located about two hours by boat from San Cristobal island, Kicker Rock is one of the iconic rock formations that make up the Galapagos Archipeligo. In the distance it looks like a rock jutting from the water, but as you get closer it towers 500 feet into the air and with one side split off below the water line allowing for snorklers, divers and...

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  • Watching Blue Footed Boobies Feed

    The fish that are targeted don't appreciate the humor that goes with the name of these dive bombing experts. We visited Elizabeth Bay on the western side of Isabela Island. The Bay was teeming with birds, Blue Footed Boobies, wingless Cormorants, Galapagos Penguins and and even Yellow Warblers. The BFB's were entertaining and a flock would cruise...

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  • Swimming with Green Sea Turtles

    The waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands are swarming with Green Sea Turtles. They seem to realize we were not a turtle predator and pretty much ignored us as the munched away at sea week or just floated by.

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  • Plaza Sur

    The two Plaza islands, North and South (of which only Plaza Sur can be visited) lie just off the east coast of Santa Cruz. Both are uplifted islands, and are quite small, with Plaza Sur, the larger of the two, being just 0.13 km sq, and are long and thin in shape, facing each other across the small bay where cruise boats moor. Consequently a walk...

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  • North Seymour

    The first island we visited on our cruise was North Seymour, on the afternoon of our arrival day. Many cruises do this, as it is very near Baltra where most tourist flights arrive. And it’s a great introduction to the Galápagos !North Seymour is one of the smallest islands, less than 2 square kilometres. It is rather flat and was created by an...

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  • Sombrero Chino

    Early in the morning after our first night at sea, at about 4.00, the Angelito left the sheltered spot where she had been anchored and headed for Sombrero Chino or Chinese Hat, where we arrived at 6.20. After an early breakfast we landed on the island, after a short cruise in the dinghies along the shore of Santiago which it lies very near...

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  • Bartolomé

    Bartolomé was one of the islands I had most wanted to include in our itinerary, as it is generally recognised as having the best views in the archipelago. This view from the top of its peak is the must-have shot. However in the end it proved not to be one of my favourite islands, though that is not to say it isn’t well worth visiting – there are no...

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  • Genovesa

    The journey to Genovesa is a long one, and consequently it is less visited than some of the other islands. The small engines of some of the cheaper cruise boats cannot reach it in a comfortable amount of time, and the larger boats (over 40 passengers) are not able to enter the natural harbour formed by its caldera. But if you find an itinerary that...

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  • Santiago

    We saw quite a lot of Santiago (or St James) as in addition to a landing here on the fourth morning of our cruise, we also snorkelled and had a dinghy ride along its south east shore when moored between here and Sombrero Chino on the second morning. But it was our wet landing on the black volcanic sands of James Bay (Puerto Egas) that was to be one...

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  • Rabida

    We had seen white coral beaches, yellow sand and black lava ones, and now on Rabida we had a landing on a dramatically red one, surrounded by equally red cliffs. The colour is the result of a lot of ferric oxide in the lava that has been emitted from the spatter cones that form much of the island. Rabida (English name Jervis (after an 18th century...

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  • Santa Cruz

    Santa Cruz, also known as Indefatigable, sits right in the centre of the archipelago. It is has largest human population of any of the islands, and is home to the largest town in the Galápagos , Puerto Ayora, on its southern shore, and to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Unlike the barren volcanic landscapes we had seen elsewhere, its interior...

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  • Española

    Española (English name Hood) lies in the far south east of the Galápagos Islands group and is fairly small, at just 61 sq km. There are two very contrasting visitor sites, both of which we were lucky enough to enjoy. In the morning of our visit we made a wet landing on the beach of Gardner Bay. This is one of the few places where it is permitted...

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  • Santa Fe

    It was here at Santa Fe that I had two of my most memorable Galápagos experiences. Known also by the English name of Barrington, this is one of the smaller islands at just 24 km sq, and has a single visitor site with a wet landing. Unlike many of the other islands, it is relatively flat, having been formed by an uplift of land rather than a...

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  • Cruise with the Queen of Galapagos

    TRAVEL TO THE ENCHANTED ISLANDS, THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDSHello I am new to this forum, and the truth is that I'm too excited to tell my experiences in the Galápagos Islands, as you know what is the point of passing the best time of your life if you don´t share it with your friends, families and people who are interested in the subject.6 months ago I...

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  • Charles Darwin Research Station, Puerto...

    Charles Darwin Research Station is situated in the outskirts of Puerto Ayora, at the east end of Avenida Charles Darwin. It was established in 1964 and it is the headquarters of the Charles Darwin Foundation. Here more than 100 scientists, students and volunteers are working with research and conservation projects to protect the Galapagos ecosystem...

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  • Cruise with M/S Cachalote (8d/7n)

    Several months before going to Ecuador I wrote to some travel agencies to ask for ”budget” cruises. The most expensive of the cruises presented to me was an 8days/7 nights-cruise with Daphne Yacht. For June/July 2011 it was $2390, and that included the flight between Quito/Guayaquil and Galapagos Islands. Even if it was more expensive than some...

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  • Isla Santa Cruz

    Isla Santa Cruz is the second largest island in the Galapagos, and it is the most visited. Here the largest town in the archipelago, Puerto Ayora, is situated. There are many visitor sites on Isla Santa Cruz, many of them can be visited independently, and it is easy to do daytrips to some other islands from Puerto Ayora. Charles Darwin Research...

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  • Santa Cruz Highlands

    The vegetation in the highlands is very different to the coast. It is wetter, with green pastures and forests. There are many places of interest to visit in the Santa Cruz Highlands, like the Lava Tunnels, Los Gemelos, Cerro Crocker and El Chato Tortoise Reserve. In Santa Cruz Highlands I have only visited Hacienda Mariposa, a cattle farm owned by...

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  • Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill), Isla Santa...

    After breakfast on the 6th day of the cruise with Cachalote we visited Cerro Dragon on Isla Santa Cruz. The sun was shining and it was a lovely day. As we approached the landing point with the panga we saw some Blue-footed Boobies standing on the rocks. It was a dry landing, and then we walked the short path to the beach, a lovely white sandy...

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  • Black Turtle Cove, Isla Santa Cruz

    Before going to the airport on the last day of the cruise with Cachalote we visited Black Turtle Cove very early in the morning, even before breakfast. The sun was just rising and the light was beautiful . It was a very calm and peaceful morning.Black Turtle Cove is a shallow inlet surrounded by mangrove vegetation, situated on the north coast of...

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  • Isla Española

    Isla Española is the southernmost island in the archipelago, situated about 90km southeast of Isla Santa Cruz. The island is small, around 61 sq km and it is one of the oldest islands. It was formed around 3.3 million years ago by volcanic activity, but it has since than moved away from the geological hot spot and there is no longer any volcanic...

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  • Gardener Bay, Isla Española

    Gardener Bay is situated on the northeast side of Isla Española and here there is a beautiful long white sandy beach and turquoise water. We visited the beach at Gardener Bay on the 4th day of the cruise with Cachalote. After breakfast we took the panga to go ashore and by the beach there is a wet landing.There is no trail at Gardener Bay but you...

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