GALAPAGOS & AMAZON

MEDICAL CONFERENCE

5 - 18 SEPTEMBER 2019

We've chartered the luxurious Santa Cruz 2 ship for an 11 day journey through all of The Galapagos, leaving no stone unturned.

The Galapagos Islands is a magical realm where isolation has caused the wildlife to evolve into fascinating forms with unique behaviours. Cormorants have forgotten how to fly, iguanas have learnt to swim, turtles have become gigantic and sharks are mild.  For most people this is a once-in-a-life-time journey so we have selected the itinerary to give you a chance to see as many landscapes, seascapes and types of creatures as possible. For the keen photographers amongst you, opportunities will abound.  We are sure you’ll enjoy the luxuries of our small private ship – the comfy cabins, the gourmet meals, the panoramic lounge, the great service. We look forward to sharing a drink and tales of the day’s adventures on the top deck with you.

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Thursday 5 September 2019

Fly from Australia to Santiago and continue onto Guayaquil, where you will overnight at the Hilton. 


Friday 6 September 2019

Fly from Guayaquil to Baltra Island. 

Arrival in Baltra airport and transfer to the boat. Briefing onboard about the boat and the island.

Mosquera Island

Located between North Seymour and Baltra is the small island of Mosquera. The island consists is a long narrow stretch of white sand, rocks, and tide pools. Created by geological uplift the island has a flat look to it rather than the conical shape of the volcanically formed islands. Mosquera is a great place for visitors to wander without the typical restrictions of the other islands. It is ideal for snorkeling, strolling on the beach, and enjoying the animal life.

Mosquera Island

Saturday 7 September 2019

San Cristobal Island - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

After breakfast, we disembark (dry landing) at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the island's capital, and drive 40 minutes to the island’s southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, we visit the breeding centre for highly endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird, and the San Cristobal lava lizard, both island endemics.

San Cristobal Island
red-footed boobies

San Cristobal Island - Pitt Point

In the afternoon, we disembark (wet landing) on the eastern tip of the island at Punta Pitt, an eroded tuff cone, whose trail provides spectacular views of the shoreline. This is the only site in the Galapagos where the three species of boobies can be found together. We can walk or enjoy a panga ride along the coast. Opportunity for snorkelling, swimming and kayaking.


Sunday 8 September 2019

Santa Fe Island

Santa Fe is a volcanic uplift and hosts a forest of Opuntia cactus, which are the largest of the archipelago, and palo santo. Weathered cliffs provide a haven for swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, and sehar-waters petrels. The Santa Fe species of land iguanas are often seen, as well as lava lizards. There is a picturesque turquoise lagoon and calm waters where you can snorkel amongst sea lions.

Santa Fe Island

South Plaza Island

South Plaza has one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galápagos. It is also home to marine iguanas and a hybrid iguana whose fathers are marine iguanas and mothers are land iguanas. There are cliffs with spectacular views and a rocky trail circumnavigates the island displaying the combination of dry and coastal vegetation zone. The island is home to enormous prickly pear cactus and the endemic succulent sesuvian. 

Land iguanas

Monday 9 September 2019

Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Research Station

The CDRS is an international not-for-profit organization that provides scientific research, technical information and assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galápagos Islands. Visitors can learn about natural history, issues concerning the islands, and see the tortoise breeding and rearing project at work.

Galapagos Tortoise

Santa Cruz Island - Puerto Ayora

Puerto Ayora is the economic centre of the Galápagos Islands with many restaurants, souvenir shops, discotheques, bars, internet coffee shops and other stores. The bay is a good location to spot brown pelicans, golden rays, marine iguanas, herons, lava gulls, frigate birds, Galápagos sea lions, and large numbers of blue-footed boobies. 

Blue footed boobie

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Española Island - Suárez Point

This is one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago, with a long list of species found along its cliffs and sand or pebble beaches. In addition to five species of nesting seabirds there are the curious and bold Española Island mockingbirds, Galápagos doves and Galápagos hawks. Several types of reptiles, including the marine iguana and the oversized lava lizard, are unique to this island.

Suarez Point

Española Island - Gardner Bay

Gardner Bay has a magnificent beach with turquoise waters. Around the small islets nearby, snorkellers will find lots of fish and sometimes turtles and sharks. The bay is also frequented by a transient colony of sea lions which like to swim with you. Birds, like the endemic Hood-mockingbird and different species of Darwin finches, are omnipresent.

Gardner Bay

Española Island - Osborn Islet

This small island to the southeast of Española Island is a marine visit where you can enjoy fantastic snorkeling and swimming. 

Snrokling

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Santa Cruz Island - Eden Islet

Off the western coast of Santa Cruz Island, Eden Islet offers visitors a great chance to see a variety of Galapagos wildlife from the dinghy ride both on shore and under the water.

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North Seymour Island

The 2km trail crosses the inland of the island and explores the rocky coast, passing colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds. Daphne Major and Minor can be spotted in the distance and body surfing sea lions play close to the shore. Along the shoreline marine iguanas, white coral and black lava rocks complete the visit to North Seymour.

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Thursday 12 September 2019

Santa Cruz Island - Dragon Hill

The Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon) visitors’ site was established by the Galápagos Islands National Park administration. A hypersalinic (saltier than the ocean) lagoon behind the beach is often frequented by flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. There is a short walk to the hill, which has rewarding views of the bay and a nesting site of land iguanas. 

flamingos

Friday 13 September 2019

Isabela Island - Vicente Roca Point

Here the remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a bay well protected from the ocean swells. The spot is a popular anchorage from which to explore the cliffs, where masked and blue-footed boobies perch while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline. The upwelling of coldwater currents in this part of the Galápagos give rise to an abundance of marine life.

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Fernandina Island - Espinosa Point

Punta Espinosa is a narrow stretch of land where hundreds of marine iguanas gather largely on black lava rocks. The famous flightless cormorant inhabits this island and Galápagos penguins, pelicans and sea lions are also abundant. Different types of lava flows can be compared and the mangrove forests can be observed.

marine iguanas

Saturday 14 September 2019

Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Research Station

The CDRS is an international not-for-profit organization that provides scientific research, technical information and assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galápagos Islands. Visitors can learn about natural history, issues concerning the islands, and see the tortoise breeding and rearing project at work.

Santa Cruz Island - Puerto Ayora

Puerto Ayora is the economic centre of the Galápagos Islands with many restaurants, souvenir shops, discotheques, bars, internet coffee shops and other stores. A good way to wind down after a Galápagos Islands cruise is to take a stroll through the town of Puerto Ayora. The bay is a good location to spot brown pelicans, golden rays, marine iguanas, herons, lava gulls, frigate birds, Galápagos sea lions, and large numbers of blue-footed boobies. 


Sunday 15 September 2019

Floreana Island - Baroness’ Observatory

This site shows a breath-taking view of La Lobería and the inland features of Floreana Island. You can also learn about the mysterious disappearance of Baroness Eloise Wehrborn de Wagner-Bosquet, an attractive young Austrian, who lived on Floreana with her two lovers. 

Floreana Island - Post Office Bay

The best known site on Floreana is Post Office Bay, a white-sand beach where in the past sailors used to leave and receive their letters in a barrel. The tradition continues - leave your postcard in the barrel and see how long it takes to be delivered, and at the same time if there is a postcard with an address close to your home, please take it with you. 

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Floreana Island - Cormorant Point

Noted for the volcanic green olivine crystals found in the beach, Cormorant Point offers a trail overlooking a saltwater lagoon that is a favourite of flamingos. Beyond the lagoon the trail leads to a magnificent white-sand beach. Green sea turtles lay their eggs in the sands here during the night and their tracks leading to and from the sea mark the beach. 

Floreana Island - Champion Islet

A small island located very near Floreana, snorkeling and diving around Champion can be excellent. The walls are covered with black coral bushes and yellow cup corals and if you take a close look you are likely to find a Pacific seahorse or some of several species of hawkfish, as well as green turtles, salema and surgeonfish. 

Floreana Island 2

Monday 16 September 2019

Disembark in Baltra and transfer to the airport for flight back to Guayaquil where you will overnight at the Hilton.  

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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Fly from Guayaquil back to Santiago and continue on to Australia.