We’ll meet you at San Cristobal Island at midday, where we head from the airport to the hotel. We share a short briefing over lunch before heading to the Galapagos Interpretation Center to get an introduction Galapagos, including the unique evolutionary paths of endemic flora and fauna.
Now that we know a little more about the islands, we make our way to our first destination, with a relaxed walk to Frigate Hill along natural lava rock trails. Along the way, our guides will provide insight on the Galapagos cotton, palo santo, acacia, and cacti surrounding us, as well as the blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, pelicans, herons, gulls, warblers, mockingbirds, and finches who make this unique landscape their home. We’ll also take in scenic views of the sea cliffs and the vibrant beach town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
On the way back, we stop for a refreshing snorkel at beautiful Carola Beach, where we will swim with sea turtles and sea lions and take in a gorgeous sunset. After a delicious seafood dinner, we recommend you set out to explore the laid-back town and take a leisurely walk down the boardwalk to view the colony of endemic Galapagos sea lions right next door. (L, D)