Lying just to the north of Baltra, Seymour is a low island consisting of uplifted submarine lava. The dry landing on black basaltic lava can be slippery. After a short climb over the “pillow lavas” the rest of the trail is flat and easy, apart from some boulders on the frigatebird loop. The landing is rich in wildlife: sea-lions, swallow-tailed gulls, lava gulls, tropicbirds, brown noddy terns and pelicans. The trail is a large loop; you can either go clockwise along the shore or head inland to visit the booby colony first.
Heading along the shore, you traverse a wide expanse of sand criss-crossed with marine iguana trails. These reptiles nest here, so be careful where you tread. Some of the islands’s finest waves pound a boulder beach on your left; young sea-lions often body-surf here. Looking west, there are good views of the two Daphne islands, Major and Minor.
Right of the trail are saltbush clumps on which magnificent frigatebirds nest. Males and females nest in the trees; frigates are unusual for Galapagos seabirds in building a nest of twigs. A side trail goes inland to the breeding area. Here it can get a bit rocky, so watch your step. Another branch turns the other way to a flatter area where blue-footed boobies nest. During courtship they spend hours handing nesting materials (twigs and small stones) to each other, but never actually construct a nest. The area where the eggs are laid is marked by a ring of white guano. The palo santo trees here are an endemic species. During the garua season they look dead, but after the rains in February, they turn green almost overnight. Other endemic plants include Opuntia cactus, Croton, Castela, and Sesuvium. On rare occasions large land iguanas are seen under a shady bush. They were originally from Baltra (or South Seymour), but were brought over here by scientists many years ago to see if they would survive.
WHAT TO SEE ON NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND LAND TOUR
- Marine and Land Iguana
- Magnificent Frigatebird
- Lava Gull
- Spiny Bush
- Hairy Morning Glory
- Galapagos Croton
- Galapagos Sea Lion
- Lava Lizard
- Striped Galapagos Snake
- Great Frigatebird
- Blue-Footed Booby
- Masked Booby
- Brown Pelican
- Swallow-Tailed Gull
- Ground Finches
- Dwarf Palo Santo
- Prickl Pear Cactus
- Puncture Weed
- Galapagos Carpetweed
DETAILS OF THE NORTH SEYMOUR LAND TOUR
The departure times can vary upon the operator we will finally book for your Seymour land tour. The reason is that the Galapagos National Park gives different time frames to different operators. Thus, they can avoid having too many boats on one spot at the same time. This helps us to make your experience even more unique and exclusive.
Price: from $239.00 per person (incl. taxes / without transaction fees)
Departure Time: 7:00-8:00
Departure Location: Depends on the operator – Either hotel or close to the peer in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
Arrival Time: Around 16:00
Arrival Location: Peer of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
Once we got your inquiry about this land tour knowing your travel dates and other details, we can give you more information about specific times and details on this tour.
We are really much looking forward to your questions and inquiry.
- Lunch onboard
- Naturalist Guide (English and Spanish speaking)
- Snorkeling Equipment (Mask, snorkel, fins)
- Snacks / Fruits
Most operators still have them onboard and if you would like to you can rent them for around $5.00 per person
Although most things are included in our tours we would like to give you some advice on what to bring to your North Seymour Land Tour.
- Sun Protection (Sun cream and a cap or hat)
- Wind-proof jacket or sweatshirt
- Light hiking boots / sport shoes
- Refillable water bottle
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