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Take a quick trip to the Galapagos to explore the Southern Islands. This 4-day trip offers chances to see places like Santa Cruz, Espanola, Santa Fe and more. Witness the beautiful plants and animals that call the islands home. Walk along the trails to see marine iguanas, sea lions, and other animals as you learn about your surroundings from your knowledgeable guides. Take the opportunity to snorkel, swim, and hike your way through the Galapagos aboard the Angelito.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | Santa Cruz
Day 2 : Espanola
Day 3 : Santa Fe | South Plaza
Day 4 : Black Turtle Cove | Baltra | Disembark

Highlights

  • Swim and snorkel in Gardner Bay
  • Take a dinghy ride through a protected mangrove cove
  • Watch a blowhole spray seawater up to 80 feet in the air

Ship

Angelito

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Espanola
  • Gardner Bay
  • Highlands
  • Punta Suarez
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza Island

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Colorful South Plaza Island Russ and his new girlfriend Galapagos Hawk on Santa Fe Island Going snorkeling in the Galapagos Sea Lions enjoying the sun

Day 1 Baltra | Embark | Santa Cruz

Fly into Baltra and travel to Santa Cruz. 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 2 Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Espanola 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 3 Santa 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 4 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.

Angelito

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$1,445
Angelito's Double Cabins.
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Standard Cabins with upper and lower bunks, private bath facilities.

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

Included

  • 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

Excluded

  • 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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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!
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