Enjoy this 8-day cruise through the eastern islands of the Galapagos covering some of the most beautiful islands including San Cristobal, South Plaza, Santa Cruz, and Genovesa. Overflowing with wildlife, volcanic wonders, and breathtaking landscapes, this is the perfect vacation choice. Fill your days with opportunities to snorkel, swim, and wander through the islands of this archipelago. The wildlife here is abundant and the landscape is stunning to behold, making this an incredible vacation.
Day 1 : Baltra - Santa Cruz Day 2 : Santa Fe - South Plaza Island Day 3 : San Cristobal Day 4 : Española Day 5 : Santa Cruz Island Day 6 : Chinese Hat - Santiago Day 7 : Genovesa Day 8 : Santa Cruz - Baltra
Arrive to the Galapagos and transfer to your ship. We travel to Santa Cruz Island where we stop at Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon), the previous site of a land iguana conservation program. Keep your eyes peeled for some amazing Galapagos wildlife!
This morning we travel to Santa Fe Island and anchor alongside a beautiful, turquoise lagoon. Santa Fe is home to a unique species of iguana that have large spikes on their spines and are bright yellow in color.
This afternoon we visit South Plaza Island where we can observe iguanas feeding on prickly pear cactus. We hope to catch a glimpse of some fascinating Galapagos birds, such as the Masked Booby, the Frigatebird and the Brown Pelicans.
Today we set out to explore San Cristobal! First, we travel to Cerro Brujo to admire the unique lava formations and the unique Galapagos flora and fauna. Weather permitting, we visit El Junco Lagoon, the Galapagos' only permanent freshwater lake. If time permits, hike up Tijeretas hill which rewards us with amazing views.
This morning we visit Genovesa Island, starting with a visit to Darwin Bay. Here, observe magnificent Galapagos bird life such as Red-footed Boobies, Frigatebirds, gulls and herons.
In the afternoon we visit El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip's Steps. We climb up the steps in order to get a glimpse at the many Galapagos birds, such as the Masked Booby and the Short-eared Owl.
Day 8 Santa Cruz - Baltra
Today we'll take a dinghy to Black Turtle Cove on Santa Cruz Island. Here we will see a variety of mangroves, and hope to spot some rays, sea turtles and white-tipped sharks!
After our visit, you will be taken to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!