Explore the paradisiacal bays and otherworldly landscapes of the volcanic islands that make up the seemingly untouched western region of the Galapagos onboard the first-class EcoGalaxy catamaran.
On this 6-day Western Galapagos Islands cruise, you'll experience the region's highlights in a variety exciting ways - encountering brown pelicans and colonies of marine iguanas on dinghy rides, embarking on scenic strolls along the islands' many nature trails, and visiting the facilities that work to preserve the precious species that inhabit these islands.
Sail to your first site on this EcoGalaxy itinerary after arriving at Seymour Airport on Baltra Island - the Charles Darwin Research Centre on Santa Cruz Island, dedicated to marine life conservation and maintaining biodiversity in the region. With your guide, tour the Breeding and Rearing Center to witness tortoises live in captivity.
Then sail onward to Isabela Island and spend time discovering its highlights on the EcoGalaxy, observing white-tipped reef sharks resting in the calm turquoise waters between the collection of islets of Las Tintoreras. At 4640 sq. km, Isabela Island is the largest, yet one of the youngest islands in the archipelago.
Continue to Moreno Point, where you'll walk its lava fields and explore the tidal lagoons, keeping your eyes peeled for sightings of herons, frigatebirds and green turtles.
The EcoGalaxy sails onward to Elizabeth Bay where you'll have the opportunity to visit the breeding grounds of the Galapagos penguins, and from there, go on to embark on a 3.2 km trail with your naturalist guide to observe land iguanas, tortoises and Darwin's finches at Urbina Bay, and walk the barren landscape of Punta Espinosa on Fernandina Island, observing the large colonies of marine iguana that bask in the sun.
Journey onwards to Vicente Roca Point at the base of Volcán Ecuador to observe the green turtles, seahorses, and the ocean sunfish Mola Mola, and learn how Puerto Egas briefly operated as a salt mining business in the late 1920s.
Explore the striking landscape of Rabida, its surreal red sand beach and matching rust-colored cliffs a result of oxidation. Your seven day Western Galapagos Islands cruise ends with a visit to the tranquil mangrove forests of Black Turtle Cove, where you'll have the opportunity to encounter black-tip reef sharks, marine turtles and numerous varieties of rays.
Following your visit, be transported to Seymour Airport on Baltra Island for your onward flight to Quito or Guayaquil.
This EcoGalaxy itinerary packs in some of the Galapagos archipelago's most popular western highlights in just six days, with unique opportunities to snorkel in pristine waters, conquer sweeping viewpoints and embark on guided walks along sandy beaches.
The catamaran, which was recently constructed in 2014, practices environmental sustainability by operating on low fuel consumption and utilizing biodegradable cleaning materials and energy-efficient LED lights. With modern cabins that accommodate a maximum of 16 guests, a sundeck with shaded areas and welcoming social lounges, EcoGalaxy delivers guests an exclusive experience.