Cruising through and exploring the glorious archipelago known as the Galapagos Islands is a traveler's dream. With 13 main islands, six small islands, and more than 40 islets, the Galapagos is renowned for not just being a beautiful warm-climate get-away hotspot, but also a plentiful location of terrifically diverse fauna sure to impress any naturalist. Luckily, there are more than enough different ways to get the experience you’re looking for through the many available tours. Here are a few day tour ideas.
Day 1: Santa Cruz
The Galapagos’ most populated and main island, Santa Cruz provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy a relaxing day on land. Go snorkeling at Tortuga Bay or snorkeling at Puerto Ayora, then take a stroll over to the Charles Darwin Research Center and say hello to the oldest and last remaining local tortoise subspecies in existence. Also be sure to check out the picturesque canyon Las Grietas, filled to the brim with clear water.
Day 2: Setting sail
With so many different boats offering so many different itineraries, all distinct in their own way, choosing an excursion may be a difficult task. However, a day trip from Puerto Ayora through the Canal del Amor (or the Love Channel) through to La Loberia Island, named after its large sea wolf colony, may be just the trick. You'll also sail to the Port of Punta Estrada to see breathtaking views at Playa de los Perros before returning home .
Day 3: Exploring the wildlife at Espanola
As the oldest island in the Galapagos, Espanola to the far southeast offers a plethora of incredible wildlife that you will not want to pass up. Take a hike through Punta Suarez, where you will undoubtedly encounter colonies of masked and blue-footed boobies, as well as waved albatross and sea lions. Espanola also offers great underwater sites, which you may tour. Take a dive from the cliffs at the island of Islote Gardner and see underwater life from king angel fish, Galapagos garden eels, to hammerheads and Panama graysbys.