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Discover the Eastern Islands of the Galapagos aboard the Darwin on this 4-day small ship adventure.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark on Baltra / Santa Cruz - Las Bachas
Day 2 : San Cristobal - Punta Pitt & Cerro Brujo
Day 3 : San Cristobal - Leon Dormido & Isla Lobos
Day 4 : Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center - Disembark on Baltra

Ship

Darwin

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Snorkeling in the Galapagos. Can you see them? They're blending. A group of giant tortoises in the Galapagos A giant lagoon with hundreds of giant tortoises- La Galapaguera, San Cristobal Giant tortoise on Santa Cruz

Day 1 Embark on Baltra / Santa Cruz - Las Bachas

Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, meet your guide and transfer via a short bus ride to the port of Seymour. Please note: A park entrance fee of $100 is charged at the airport inspection point.

Embark the Darwin Yacht and meet the Captain and crew. In the afternoon, visit Las Bachas, located in the northern part of Santa Cruz Island. Las Bachas consists of two beaches that have a combined length of about 1 km long. The predominant vegetation is of the coastal zone. This site represents one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) on Isla Santa Cruz. It is a good place to see flamingos, as well as migratory and aquatic birds.

Day 2 San Cristobal - Punta Pitt & Cerro Brujo

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit Punta Pitt, located at the east end of San Cristóbal Island. The trail includes an olivine beach of approximately 90 meters and a trail that ascends to the top of a volcanic tuff hill passing through several natural viewpoints. The trip is 1,400 meters long with an estimated time of two hours.

Punta Pitt is composed of volcanic tuff substrate. High winds present there have led to natural erosion. This is the only site in the Galapagos Islands where you can watch the three species of boobies and two species of frigates nesting in the same area, as there is enough food so there is no competition between them. The blue footed boobies nest in the interior (rare in the cliffs), red-footed boobies nest on bushes, and masked boobies nest in the cliffs. Another added attraction is the presence of sea lions.

This afternoon explore Cerro Brujo, located on the north coast of San Cristóbal Island. The trail at this visitor's site can be done in about three hours, including the panga ride. Its main attraction is the powder-like sandy beach, other than multiple species of flora and fauna. It is an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of lava type a – a. It is formed by low-viscosity lava that contains little gas, breaks while it solidifies, and is pushed by lava continuing to flow from behind. Cerro Brujo offers an excellent landscape, where you can see Kicker Rock (geologic formation), the southern part of Upper San Cristobal, and the coast adjacent to Cerro Brujo.

Day 3 San Cristobal - Leon Dormido & Isla Lobos

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Leon Dormido, also known as Kicker Rock, is a rocky formation or cone eroded volcanic toba of about 114 meters in height. It is a refuge for many sea birds, such as blue-footed boobies, as well as for sea lions. The waters around the rock are home to numerous species of fish, sea turtles, stingrays, and hammerhead sharks.

Next head to Isla Lobos, about an hour by boat from Port Baquerizo Moreno. The length of the trail is 850 meters and the estimated travel time is one hour. There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and common frigate birds nesting on this site. You can observe the two species of sea lions present in the archipelago. During the tour you go through a dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks, and a sandy area. On the panga tour brown pelicans and several species of shorebirds can be observed. While snorkeling, it’s common to see juvenile sea lions, manta rays and sea turtles.

Day 4 Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center - Disembark on Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Your tour starts at the information booth and continues to the Van Straelen Interpretation Center. Proceed to the breeding center and from there begin an elevated circular path made of wood, where you can see tortoises of Española Island, ending in the tortoise exhibit corral. Tortoises of this corral are accustomed to humans; it is an excellent spot for visitors to be photographed with them. The path continues to the CDRS facilities and then to the town of Puerto Ayora.

Return to Baltra for disembarkation.

Darwin

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Darwin's Upper Deck Cabins.
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Upper & Main Deck
Double cabins with berth, private bathroom, hot/cold water and air conditioning. The rooms are located on the Upper and Main Deck.
Darwin's Lower Deck cabin.
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Lower Deck
Double cabins with berth, private bathroom, hot/cold water and air conditioning. The rooms are located on the Lower Deck.

Single Supplement

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

Child Discount

10% discount for children under age 5 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 Darwin 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

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
  • Snorkeling equipment rental available for $10 for 4 days
  • $360 Scuba Diving Option: possible with a minimum of 2 passengers. Included in fare: personal diving equipment, dive master and two immersions
  • Wetsuit rental available for $15 for up to 5 days, $25 for 8 days
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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