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Eastern Islands

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Travel to the Eastern Galapagos Islands on this tour aboard the Angelito. Explore islands like Genovesa, Rabida, Santa Cruz and more. Learn about the animals that roam the islands such as blue-footed boobies, sea lions, and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Hike through trails of cactus, snorkel in beautiful waters, and take dinghy rides. Experience the wonders of the Galapagos with your guides on this 8-day adventure!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | North Seymour
Day 2 : Chinese Hat | Bartolome
Day 3 : Genovesa | Prince Phillips Steps | Darwin Bay
Day 4 : Puerto Egas | Rabida
Day 5 : Santa Cruz
Day 6 : EspaƱola
Day 7 : Sante Fe | South Plaza
Day 8 : Black Turtle Cove | Baltra | Disembark


  • Witness a blue-footed booby nesting area
  • Admire the lava tubes on Chinese Hat
  • Take a dinghy ride to look for Galapagos penguins
  • Visit a flamingo lagoon



Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Chinese Hat
  • Darwin Bay
  • Espanola
  • Gardner Bay
  • Genovesa
  • Highlands
  • North Seymour
  • Prince Philip's Steps
  • Puerto Egas
  • Punta Suarez
  • Rabida
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • Santiago
  • South Plaza Island


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

marine iguana espanola Touring Bartolome. Green Sea Turtle Rabida Travelers enjoying their Galapagos adventure near Punta Suarez, Espanola

Day 1 Baltra | Embark | North Seymour

Fly into Baltra and travel to North Seymour. It is a flat uplifted island in the "rain shadow" of the island Santa Cruz. Take a walk around the loop trail and look for sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and marine iguanas. The trail also takes you through the nesting area of the blue-footed boobies and frigatebird colonies.

Day 2 Chinese Hat | Bartolome

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Sombrero Chino or Chinese Hat, an island off the coast of Santiago that gets its name from its shape. This island has a very attractive landscape and you make a wet landing onto a small white coral beach with sea lions on it. Take a short trail along the coast with very fragile lava. Admire the small lava tubes and the few, yet pretty plants. You can also take the opportunity to go snorkeling along the coast. 

Later travel to Bartolome and take a dinghy along the coast to look for Galapagos penguins. Then make a dry landing on a jetty. Take the summit trail to the wooden staircase and climb to the top of the island. Look out and see the breathtaking view of the island. Down at the beach there is another opportunity to snorkel around Pinnacle Rock, a famous landmark of Bartolome. 

Day 3 Genovesa | Prince Phillips Steps | Darwin Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to Genovesa to climb Prince Phillip's Steps. Take the trail at the top to see a small nesting colony of masked boobies and cross through a forest of palo santo trees where red-footed boobies nest. At the edge of the island there are thousands of small petrels that nest in the tubes of the fragile lava. You can also witness a large masked booby nesting colony on both sides of the trail.

Make a wet landing on Darwin Bay, a small white coral beach. Follow a trail through red mangroves and salt bushes. The prickly pear cactus also grows in this area. Also see swallow-tailed gulls, red-footed boobies, and great frigatebirds. The trail leads along small tidepools up to the cliff with an amazing view over the caldera. 

Day 4 Puerto Egas | Rabida

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Make a wet landing in Puerto Egas on a black beach. Walk along while the tide changes to see a variety of interesting fauna. You can often observe lava heron fishing in the tide pools. Also see sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and marine iguanas. Depending on the season there may be an abundance of shore birds. When you reach the turning point see a Galapagos fur seal colony. 

Arrive on the red sand beaches of Rabida. Here find a sea lion colony and a small lagoon tucked behind the vegetation. In the lagoon are flamingos and white-cheeked pintail ducks. 

Day 5 Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning exploring the Charles Darwin Station. Learn about the captive raising programs for different subspecies of the giant tortoises. It also offers a good opportunity to see the giant tortoises close up. 

Drive up to the highlands in a bus. Watch the transition between the different vegetation zones and reach the highest point where the National Park starts again.

Day 6 EspaƱola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Española is one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos. There is a large number of endemic species that can be found there, like the Galapagos albatross.

Take the loop trail on the rocky ground. During the beginning of the walk you can see the colorful marine iguana and sea lions. As you continue also see mockingbirds, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, waved albatross, and lava lizards. Reach a resting spot to watch marine birds fly along the coast. There is also another stop to see the blowhole where seawater is sprayed 80 feet into the air. 

Later travel to Gardner Bay and go swimming and snorkeling. Spend time on the white sandy beaches and observe finches, mockingbirds, and sea lions. 

Day 7 Sante Fe | South Plaza

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Upon reaching Santa Fe you have the option of taking a short trail or a long trail around the island. The short trail leads from a sea lion colony on the beach to a forested cliff with prickly pear cactus and then on to a second beach. The long trail starts with a dry stony creek and a steep climb onto a plateau. You then go through high palo santo trees and pricky pear cactus to get to a beautiful view of the bay. If you look closely you may even be able to see the well camouflaged land iguana. Along with these two trail options you can also go snorkeling in the bay along the rocky coast. 

In South Plaza you can watch a sea lion colony, see the prickly pear cactus, and witness the big colony of land iguanas. Depending on the season, the Sesuvium ground vegetation changes its color from intense green to orange and purple. 

Day 8 Black Turtle Cove | Baltra | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Take a dinghy ride into the big protected mangrove cove. Farther in the motor is turned off so you can row around and observe marine turtles. You may also see spotted eagle rays, golden rays, white-tipped reef sharks, and young Galapagos sharks. 

Travel back to Baltra to start your journey home.


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Standard Cabins with upper and lower bunks, private bath facilities.

Single Supplement

This yacht requires single travelers to pay a supplement for private accommodations unless a roommate can be found.

Child Discount

20% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise.

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


  • Accommodations on board Angelito 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


  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • Fuel Surcharge
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Wetsuit rental available for $5 a day or $25 a week
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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