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Fernandina

Where Land Iguanas Nest in a Volcanic Caldera

Fernandina is pristine island, home to most of the Galapagos penguin population. As your yacht approaches you’ll see them lining the rocky shores, together with hundreds of sunbathing marine iguana. Fascinating to see is the endemic flightless cormorant, the only cormorant in the world which cannot fly, although it does occasionally cross the water to nest on Isabela.

Fernandina is has a significant population of Galapagos neighbouring land iguana, which are a must see species during your trip. They nest on the floor of the caldera, having made the long journey from the rim, and are quite well camouflaged. You will have to hike to see them, and rely on the sharp eyes of your guide.
 
Your walk will start at Punta Espinoza; follow a mass of dry, sandy trails where cacti are the only plant life, through the lava flows to the colony of land iguana and the sea lion nursery. You may see the flightless cormorant and the occasional Galapagos hawk. There are also several tidal pools with a specialised ecosystem and occasionally trap a sea turtle or stingray.
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Accommodation:
MV Origin
Galapagos cruising took a great leap forward when the MV Origin was launched. This state of the art vessel moves swiftly between the islands, maximising your time for exploring, but it is incredibly fuel efficient so as to reduce its environmental impact.
Accommodation:
Santa Cruz II
The finest ship sailing in the Galapagos, the Santa Cruz II is a state of the art expedition vessel ideally suited for exploration in shallow waters. This small cruise ship has superb facilities - not least two hot tubs for relaxing on the deck.
Accommodation:
Silver Galapagos
The Silver Galapagos is the smallest ship in Silversea’s family of exclusive cruise ships. There are 75 crew onboard to service the 100 guests, and the national park certified guides will lead you on an action packed programme that includes hiking, snorkeling, and Zodiac safaris.
Accommodation:
Mary Anne
Discover Darwin’s enchanted Galapagos from the decks of the Yacht SS Mary Anne. This elegant and surprisingly speedy sailing ship is square rigged and really cuts a stunning figure as she sails between the islands, and she has been carefully designed to be environmentally friendly.
Accommodation:
Evolution
The Galapagos Evolution is a classical cruiser with an array of modern comforts. She is small enough to give passengers a personalised and intimate experience, yet large enough to contain everything you need to make this trip through the archipelago special.
Accommodation:
Galapagos Safari Camp
Galapagos Safari Camp offers a truly authentic island experience, bringing the magic of African safari to the Pacific islands. Adventure is at the heart of this camp, but luxury and comfort have certainly not been compromised. This is a stylish camp in an iconic Galapagos setting.
Accommodation:
La Pinta
La Pinta is a truly luxurious yacht; the ideal choice for travellers seeking to cruise the Galapagos in style. The yacht’s extensive crew are on hand to cater to your every need, and the facilities on board are exceptional.