On arrival at Baltra airport you will be met by our representative before being transferred by bus to Puerto Ayora to make your first visit on the islands.
We visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre where we will see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the tourists. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be "repatriated"), and adults.
Afterwards we head back to Puerto Ayora, where you will have some time to explore the town and shops before boarding the Mary Anne at around 5:00pm. Once on board, you will be welcomed by the crew and captain, have a short security drill and enjoy dinner and the briefing on the next day’s activities.
NOTE: Please note that the itinerary starts as soon as you arrive on the islands. We recommend that you wear clothes suitable for a visit to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island - comfortable shoes, sun hat, trousers or shorts.
You will be reunited with your luggage at around 5:00pm when you board the ship at Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island).