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This 5-day adventure to the Southern Islands provides a unique way to observe the vast wildlife and stunning landscapes of the Galapagos. Snorkel with sharks, turtles, and manta rays on San Cristobal Island; hike through North Seymour looking for blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds, and; meet giant tortoises at Fausto Llerena Breeding Center on Santa Cruz Island. Explore Santiago's coastline and head to Bartholomew Island, home of the famous Pinnacle Rock, a perfect beach for snorkeling and where you may even see Galapagos penguins. On the last day of your trip head to South Plaza Island, home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful iguanas.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal | Embark
Day 2 : North Seymour | South Plaza Island
Day 3 : Rabida | Bartholomew
Day 4 : Santa Cruz
Day 5 : Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra

Highlights

  • Snorkel and Zodiac cruise Kicker Rock's wildlife-rich waters
  • Land on North Seymour for a close interaction with Galapagos sea lions
  • Enjoy a scenic hike in the dry and volcanic Sullivan Bay

Ship

Natural Paradise

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Los Gemelos (Twin Craters)
  • North Seymour
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • Santiago
  • South Plaza Island
  • Sullivan Bay

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sleepy sea lion on a log Enjoy amazing snorkelling Blue footed booby South Plaza Island Galapagos Tortoise close up

Day 1 San Cristobal | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a morning flight from Quito to San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands. You will arrive at San Cristobal Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by the Natural Paradise staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.
In the afternoon, you will visit Kicker Rock. This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and snorkeling allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life.

Day 2 North Seymour | South Plaza Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In North Seymour you will be able to see Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent frigatebirds which are abundant on this island. North Seymour was formed by a series of submarine lava flows containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.
 
In the afternoon, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.

Day 3 Rabida | Bartholomew

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the afternoon you will visit Rabida Island which is one of the most colourful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago, as well as a great snorkeling site. We will start on Rabida’s famous maroon sandy beach, and after an easy hike, you will arrive to a stunning lookout to enjoy the amazing landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance such as nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.
 
In the afternoon, you will head to Bartholomew Island, home of the famous Pinnacle Rock. Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see Galapagos penguins.

Day 4 Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, you will visit Sullivan Bay located on the southeast part of Santiago. This place is interesting for its geology because the area is covered by lava flows. This place has elevations in the form of small volcanoes formed by the lava flows.
 
In the afternoon you will visit Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz. The visitors’ site at Dragon Hill is located on the northwestern part of Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that runs through three different environments although it is only slightly less than a mile long (1,600 meters). The beach is very rocky. At high tide it’s a nice place for snorkeling. At this visiting site you can find vegetation typical of the intertidal and dry zones.
 

Day 5 Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning, you will visit Twin Craters located opposite to each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.
 
After this final visit, be transferred to Baltra’s airport in time for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.
 

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Notes

Please provide your wetsuite size in advance prior to trip

Child Discount

20% discount for children under 12 years of age

Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

Included

  • Accommodations on board Natural Paradise based on double occupancy
  • Meals while in the Galapagos
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Shore Excursions
  • Swimming and Snorkeling
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Wetsuit
  • Sea Kayaking

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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