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Setting sail from San Cristóbal Island
San Cristóbal is the most easterly of the Galapagos islands, home to the provincial capital and second largest human settlement in the archipelago, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The fantastic wildlife includes fur seals, boobies and the endangered Chatham frigatebird.
Take an underwater camera - the marine life in the Galapagos is spectacular, with sea turtles, penguins, manta rays and more lurking beneath the surface.
Ecuador: Roca León Dormido
The iconic twin lava towers of Kicker Rock sit just off the coast of San Cristóbal, and if you’re lucky with the weather you’ll be treated to a spectacular sunset here. The island is known as Roca León Dormido in Spanish, as the rocks resemble a sleeping lion when viewed from the south.
Ecuador: Bartolomé Island
The summit of Bartolomé Island offers outstanding views of some of the Galapagos archipelago’s most spectacular volcanic scenery, including the much-photographed Pinnacle Rock. The island is also home to penguins, sea lions and turtles, with some great snorkelling spots just offshore.
Ecuador: Santiago Island
Ecuador: Punta Vicente Roca
Punta Vicente Roca is one of the best snorkelling locations off the coast of Isabela, and the waters at the base of the cliffs teem with life, including sea turtles, sea lions and Galapagos penguins. There are also caves where you can see birds including brown noddies and flightless cormorants.
Ecuador: Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)
Punta Espinoza is home to the largest colony of marine iguanas in the Galapagos, and you will see them draped across the black lava rocks sunning themselves during the day. Other species on Fernandina Island include Sally Lightfoot crabs, sea lions and the rare flightless cormorant.
Ecuador: Caleta Tagus
Caleta Tagus is a sheltered cove on the western shore of Isabela, a safe harbour for many sailors over the years, and a great spot for snorkelling and kayaking. You can also take a hike up a path lined with palo santo trees for spectacular views of Isabela’s volcanic landscape.
Ecuador: Bahia Elizabeth
Bahia Elizabeth, on the west coast of Isabela, is an incredible wildlife spot. As your zodiac cruises amongst the islets studding the bay you can expect to see blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants and Galapagos penguins, while the mangroves beyond are home to sea turtles, rays, pelicans and even sharks.
Ecuador: Post Office Bay (Floreana)
Flamingos, cormorants and sea turtles can all be found around Floreana, and the island also has an interesting human history. This is the site of the famous Galapagos ‘post office’, a barrel where sailors would place letters to be transported home by passing ships.
Ecuador: Isla Champion
Ecuador: Punta Cormorant (Floreana Island)
The name is slightly misleading, as you won't find any cormorants here! Instead you'll discover a wonderful white sand beach where turtles and stingrays swim in the shallows, and a brackish lagoon where vivid pink American flamingos nest.
Ecuador: Los Gemelos
Los Gemelos, the ‘twins’, are two huge sinkholes up in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz island. Birds including Darwin finches and mockingbirds can be spotted amongst the foliage, and the nearby Rancho El Manzanillo is the best place on the island to see giant tortoises in the wild.
Ecuador: Cerro Dragón (Santa Cruz)
The aptly named Cerro Dragón, or ‘Dragon Hill’, is known for its population of land iguanas. These creatures were very nearly wiped out by feral dogs in the 1970s, but the conservation efforts of the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park have been very successful in protecting the iguanas and growing their numbers.
Ecuador: Isla Guy Fawkes, Bahía Borrero (Santa Cruz Island)
Ecuador: El Barranco (Genovesa Island)
At El Barranco, also known as Prince Philip’s Steps after the Duke’s visit in 1964, you’ll ascend the lava rock cliffs to a plateau where Genovesa’s amazing birdlife comes to the fore. Look out for species including storm petrels, Nazca and red-footed boobies, magnificent frigatebirds and short-eared owls.
Ecuador: Bahia Darwin (Genovesa)
The horseshoe-shaped island of Genovesa, located in the northeast of the Galapagos archipelago, is best known for its abundant bird life. Red-footed boobies can be found in significant numbers here, along with storm petrels, frigatebirds, mockingbirds and short-eared owls.
Ecuador: North Seymour
North Seymour island, named after the English nobleman Lord Hugh Seymour, is home to some of the biggest sea bird breeding colonies in the Galapagos. This is one of the best places to see the magnificent frigatebirds, along with blue-footed boobies and land iguanas.
Ecuador: Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)
The otherworldly lava fields of Sullivan Bay are formed from rope-like lava known as pahoehoe, and date back to an eruption in 1897. Vivid red Sally Lightfoot crabs are a common sight scuttling across the black rocks, and the bay is home to a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.
Ecuador: Mangle Point (Fernandina Island), Punta Moreno (Isabella Island)
Arriving in San Cristóbal Island
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