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Galapagos was named by UNESCO such a World Heritage Place, and it’s well known by naturalist such us the last marvelous island around the world, this archipelago it’s really fascinating and contains the most strengths ecosystems, lets us to coming inside in this volcanoes land and to share the natural life of rare animals and enjoyed the landscapes with clean beaches and blue colors waters.
A.M. BALTRA (SOUTH SEYMOUR) :
Baltra, also known as South Seymour, is located at the north of Santa Cruz Island. It is the home of the archipelago’s main airport. Is a dry island, surrounded by reefs and some beaches. It has interesting vegetation, such as Cactus Opuntia and other small trees. This is the place where touristic programs receive their locals and foreign visitors to begin the adventure exploring the islands. Here you will be able to find private and public transportation. It is used to take the tourist to Puerto Ayora. The ride lasts approximately 45 minutes. While on this trip, you will see amazing vegetation changes. During your trip to Channel of Itabaca, you will be able to observe a great variety of amazing sea animals in the clear water river that separates Baltra from Santa Cruz. There you will find species like sea lions, birds and other several and exotic fauna unique to the Galapagos.
P.M. CALETA TORTUGA NEGRA (BLACK TURTLE COVE)
An isolated mangrove inlet on the north shore of Santa Cruz, Black Turtle Cove’s waters host schools of golden rays, white tipped sharks, and Galapagos sharks. The endemic lava heron flies overhead, as does the yellow warbler. You cannot land on Black Turtle Cove, to explore it, a speedboat ride will be necessary. From there, you will have the opportunity to take amazing pictures of exotic animals in their natural habitat. Those will be memories you will have with you forever to remember this amazing trip.
A.M. ISLOTE PITT (PITT ISLET)
Pitt Islet is pretty near to Pitt Point, in San Cristobal Island. It shares similar characteristics with Kicker Rock and Pitt Point about activities and species that can be seen. It’s a small place, but it’s great to visit because you will find the three subspecies of boobies and the two subspecies of frigate birds. Turtles nest here, and it is a great place to practice snorkeling. Pitt Islet is a small place, but it is full of biodiversity! You can dive here just as in Pitt Point, and discover a new world under the sea. Or you can rest on the surface, watching the many birds that fly showing their beautiful colors.
A.M. PUNTA PITT (PITT POINT)
At the northeastern-most point of San Cristobal, a trail makes its way up and down the side of a volcano until it reaches a coastal point with striking views. Pitt Point, or Punta Pitt, is one of the only places in the world with all three types of booby – blue-footed, Nazca, and red-footed. frigate birds live amongst the surrounding trees and sea lions frequent the beach. If you want to discover the only place in which two species of birds and their subspecies can be found simultaneously, you must visit Punta Pitt. Pitt Point, as it is known in English, is a place in San Cristobal Island made of volcanic tuff, and the species are protected by an experimented staff from non-native animals –such as cats and rats- that could endanger them.
P.M. CERRO BRUJO (WIZARD HILL)
Wizard Hill, or Cerro Brujo, is an eroded hill on San Cristobal’s northwestern tip with one of the most amazing beaches in the Galapagos. This white-sand, almost powder beach is filled with sea lions, pelicans, and boobies, andprovides a great view of the island of Kicker Rock in the distance. You can also catch sight of the endemic Chatham mockingbird and the Chatham lava lizard.
A.M. CERRO TIJERETAS (FRIGATE BIRD HILL)
Frigate bird Hill, or Cerro de Las Tijeretas, is just a short walk from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal. The viewpoint from the hill includes the shoreline on one side and the town on the other. As the name implies, Frigate bird Hill is an excellent places to see both magnificent and great frigate birds. Cacti and red mangroves flank the beach.
A.M. CENTRO DE INTERPRETACION (INTERPRETACION CENTER)
The Interpretation Center, which opened on San Cristobal Island in 1998, embodies efforts to conserve and celebrate the natural setting of the Galapagos by way of tourism, environmental education, and conservation. Informationalplacards and natural exhibits give an overview of the natural and human history of the Galapagos, with particular attention paid to the things visitors can do to help.
P.M. EL JUNCO (EL JUNCO LAGOON)
The only freshwater lake in the Galapagos, El Junco Lagoon is a volcanic crater in the upper highlands of San Cristobal that is now permanently filled with rainwater. At 600 feet above sea level, the lagoon is a sight to behold at 900 feet wide and 15 feet deep. White-cheeked ducks and seven different kinds of Darwin finches call the area home, and frigate birds come to the fresh water to wash the salt from their feet.
A.M. BAHIA POST OFFICE
This bay in on the northwestern tip of Isla Floreana pays tribute to an old island tradition. Whalers stopping off on the island in the 19 th-century developed a system in which they would drop off letters and postcards in a wooden barrel. If
they noticed a letter addressed to somewhere they were headed, they’d pick it up and deliver it on their way. The first “post office” in the Galapagos, this system still exists today. In keeping with tradition, visitors can drop off and pick up mail while enjoying this serene beach.
A.M. MIRADOR DE LA BARONESA (BARONESS VIEWING POINT)
This inland preserve on Isla Floreana features a hike up to the point where a 1930s Austrian baroness lived before her mysterious disappearance. The trails offer an opportunity to experience the interior of Isla Floreana and enjoy view
that extend out to the sea.
P.M. PUNTA CORMORANT (CORMORANT POINT)
Clear waters and coral reefs make for excellent snorkeling at Cormorant Point, and a peaceful lagoon hosts pink flamingos, common stilts, and white-cheeked pintails. The uniquely colored “Green Beach” is known for its olivine crystals,
making for a surreal and colorful seaside visit. Cormorant Point is the right place to see one of the largest flamingo colonies: if you love these pink inhabitants, you will faint from the emotion of looking at a bunch of them. Two beaches, one so different
from the other, will be there for your entertainment. Cormorant Point is the spot for many perfect photos due to its many views: you won’t have enough battery for your camera!
P.M. CORONA DEL DIABLO (DEVIL’S CROWN)
An underwater volcanic crater with a crown-like outcropping, Devil’s Crown is a hotbed for marine and avian wildlife on Isla Floreana’s northeastern corner. Below the surface, a coral reef attracts stingrays, sea turtles, and tropical fish like king angel fish, yellowtail surgeonfish, and needlefish. The visitor site is considered one of the best places to snorkel in the Galapagos. Above water, boobies and pelicans roost on the volcanic rock.
A.M. ESTACION CHARLES DARWIN (CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH
Located on the coast just outside of Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz, the Charles Darwin center provides incredible access to the legendary giant Galapagos tortoises from which the Galapagos get their name. With a hatchery and nursery, as well as ample roaming grounds for adults, you’ll find tortoises ranging from three inches to four feet in size. A tour of the grounds provides insight into the important work conducted by scientists and volunteers, as well as historical insight into Charles Darwin and the development of his theories.
P.M. RANCHO EL CHATO (EL CHATO TORTOISE RESERVE)
Walk or horseback ride through this wildlife sanctuary. This site offers you the opportunity of viewing giant tortoises closely, apart from enjoying lots of vegetation. There are some private farms in which you may enjoy the traditional dishes from the area. It is a place where you will find many giant tortoises in the wild, enjoying the water pools or nesting, but you can also enjoy
viewing many birds fly: Darwin finches, flycatchers, spot short-eared owls or mockingbirds. You could have luck and see Galapagos rails.
A.M. RABIDA ISLAND
This is a Galapagos island famous for the bright red color of its rocks and sand, which is that way due to the iron oxide that forms them. It’s a beautiful place where you can sometimes see flamingos in a salt water lagoon near the beach,
where pelicans and boobies build their nests. In the Rabida Island, there’s a place to dive and swim alongside sea lions,
sharks, stingrays and dolphins. The one that can be seen the most is the bottlenose dolphin and with a bit of luck, you can also see the other two species: the spinner and the common dolphin.
P.M. SOMBRERO CHINO (CHINESE HAT)
As its uncommon name says, this island is shaped in the form of an old Chinese man’s hat. There’s a cone rising out of the clear Galapagos water. It is one of the most emblematic and most recognizable island in the Galapagos archipelago and it’s easy to see why with its distinctive shape. Visitors are usually fascinated by this unique island’s form. Even when it’s one of the smallest islands, it has a wonderful visitor site where visitors can delight in memorable views.
Like most Galapagos Islands, its origin is volcanic which is the reason for its particular shape.
A.M. BAHIA BALLENA (WHALE BAY)
We will disembark (wet landing) at a beautiful olivine beach (a volcanic crystal that forms in fast-cooling lava). The area has historical relevance since a small community lived in this area in the late 1900s, collecting lichen (Rosella
Tictoria), used in the textile industry. The trail leads guests to an old watering hole used by the former settlers. There are also boobies, land birds and beautiful views of the northwest side of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy.
A.M. ISLA EDEN (EDEN ISLAND)
Eden Island has no landing, the main attraction is its incredible marine life with some open water snorkeling, you can expect to spot marine iguanas, reef sharks, & sea lions. Ashore a variety of birds can be seen across mangrove & rocks, blue footed boobies, pelicans, lava gulls, striated herons & frigates.
P.M. CERRO DRAGON (DRAGON HILL)
Named for its prominent land iguana population and its sloping topography on the northwest coast of Santa Cruz, Dragon Hill provides views all the way out to neighboring Rabida and Santiago islands. In addition to the many iguanas,
Dragon Hill hosts yellow warblers, Galapagos doves, and several different Darwin finches. Dragon hill combines decades of Land iguanas preservation with splendid landscapes and rocky surfaces to have a great time while snorkeling.
A.M. DAPHNE ISLANDS
The Daphne Islands (Major and Minor) are two little volcanic islands. Daphne Major is made of a tuff crater, it doesn’t have any trees on its surface and its coastline elevates 120 meters from the sea level. It is right at the north of Santa
Cruz’s main island. It’s one of the most famous Galapagos Islands due to the fact that a couple of scientists of Princeton University (The Grants) have been going to the island for 30 years now to study the birds, especially the boobies.
As a result, they have been able to observe evolutionary processes. This gained them and the location world wide recognition.