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Enjoy more than just the highlights of San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, and Santa Cruz on this incredible 8-day adventure. Get ready to see an abundance of unique wildlife including flamingos, frigatebirds, iguanas, and playful sea lions. Snorkel in crystalline waters, roam picturesque volcanic landscapes, and observe fascinating native wildlife as you cruise through the beautiful southern archipelago. Enjoy the company of friendly sea lions while snorkeling or hike across volcanic landscapes, making this a truly unique vacation.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - North Seymour
Day 2 : Leon Dormido - San Cristobal - Lobos
Day 3 : Espanola
Day 4 : Santa Fe - South Plaza Island
Day 5 : Santa Cruz Island
Day 6 : Floreana
Day 7 : Chinese Hat-Santa Cruz-Dragon Hill
Day 8 : Santa Cruz Island - Baltra

Ship

Guantanamera

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Devil's Crown
  • Dragon Hill
  • Eden Bay
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Isla Lobos
  • Leon Dormido
  • Los Gemelos (Twin Craters)
  • Mirador de la Baronesa
  • North Seymour
  • Punta Carrion
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza Island
  • Whale Bay
  • Witch Hill

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Santa Fe land iguana Cruising around the Galapagos in a Zodiac Green Sea Turtle Approaching kicker rock Sea Lions on Santa Fe

Day 1 Baltra - North Seymour

Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Guantanamera.

In the afternoon, hike across the visitor trail on North Seymour, a one mile walk through low vegetation. Blue-footed-boobies are abundant on this rocky island.

Day 2 Leon Dormido - San Cristobal - Lobos

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail for Kicker Rock, a striking rock formation which juts out of the water and towers above the ocean. Spot a variety of marine life as your snorkel through the canal between the two formations.

Day 3 Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey to Suarez Point to view Blue-footed Boobies, albatrosses and Nazca Boobies. The most famous attraction on Espanola is a magnificent blowhole which spurts water high into the air. Take a two mile hike across the island.

In the afternoon, travel to Gardner Bay, the breeding site of most of the world´s 12,000 pairs of Waved Albatrosses. Gardner Bay features a large white sandy beach and the reef makes this location ideal for snorkeling and swimming with sea lions.

Day 4 Santa Fe - South Plaza Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, sail for Santa Fe to view its Opuntia cactus forest. Snorkel in the picturesque turquoise lagoon and play with sea lions in the shallows.

After lunch, travel to South Plaza Island to view one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos archipelago. Take a rocky trail which circumnavigates the island and displays a combination of dry and coastal vegetation zones.

Day 5 Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Los Gemelos (The Twins), two volcanic depressions found on the highest part of Santa Cruz. Locate vermillion flycatchers, woodpecker finches, and short eared owls as you walk around the area.

Day 6 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to Floreana to visit Post Office Bay, where an a wooden barrel was placed by 18th century whalers as an unofficial post office. The tradition has continued to this day, and travelers can leave addressed postcards and sort through the barrel for postcards close to their homes. Delivering one of these postcards is a rewarding experience.

In the afternoon, set sail for Cormorant Point which features a large flamingo lagoon. Take an optional hike or swim in the clear waters.

Day 7 Chinese Hat-Santa Cruz-Dragon Hill

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail for Chinese Hat, a small island off the coast of Santiago that is an awesome opportunity to see and interpret geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. Then sail to Dragon Hill to see flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. Take a short walk to the lagoon behind the beach.

Day 8 Santa Cruz Island - Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Make your way to Black Turtle Cove for your last morning's adventure.

In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your connection back to the mainland.

Guantanamera

Per person starting at
$2,925
Guantanamera's Upper Cabins.
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Cabins
Cabins are fully air conditioned, with private bath facilities and either a queen bed or upper/lower berth.

Single Supplement

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

Child Discount

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Guantanamera 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

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
  • Wetsuit rental available for $30/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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