This Galapagos cruise takes you through the highlights of the southern islands on this 5 day trip of exploration and adventure! There is an endless list of activities to make this the most memorable trip ever. Kayak and snorkel in crystalline waters, traverse picturesque volcanic landscape, and observe fascinating native wildlife as you cruise through the beautiful southern archipelago.
Day 1 : Baltra - Santa Cruz Island Day 2 : Floreana Day 3 : Espanola Day 4 : San Cristobal - Leon Dormido Day 5 : North Seymour - Baltra
Fly in from mainland Ecuador to Baltra. Here a guide conducts you to a bus, and after a short ride to the pier, you will board the Yacht. Be greeted by the crew and enjoy a light snack before embarking on the first excursion to Dragon Hill. This is a great location or observing land iguanas. Take a walk to a brackish lagoon that is saltier than the ocean. Enjoy viewing flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks, and other species of birds at this unique lagoon. There is an option to enjoy a nice relaxing swim or exploratory snorkeling at this location.
Day 2 Floreana
Post Office Bay is a historic site that recalls the days of the whalers. They presumably placed a wooden barrel here in the 18th century to use it as a post office. It is tradition to leave a postcard and grab another that has been left by previous travelers to deliver at home.
Then take a panga ride on La Lobería of Post Office and observe sea lion rookeries, a main attraction, on the beach and in the bay of the Lobería, sea turtles and marine iguanas. After lunch, visit the Devil’s Crown, a submerged volcano. This is a great location for snorkeling for those who wish to participate. It is one of the best snorkeling sites in the Islands.
Head to Point Cormorant for a short walk to the Flamingo Lagoon of this island. Continue the walk until you reach the beach called "La Picona" to see marine turtles and their spawning grounds. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of snorkeling or swimming. Later return to the Yacht for dinner and nightly orientation.
Day 3 Espanola
Punta Suarez has amazing lava beds to walk to and observe unique colonies of marine birds, including albatross. After lunch make a wet landing in Gardner Bay for a walk on the beach to observe a colony of sea lions. These friendly sea lions inhabit the beach in great quantity during the breeding season. This location is also an important nesting area for sea turtles.
Take a panga ride to Osborn Islet and the islets of Gardner. Here you have the option of swimming or snorkeling in the crystal blue waters. Return to the boat for a delicious dinner and evening orientation.
Day 4 San Cristobal - Leon Dormido
In the morning head out to Punta Pitt in San Cristobal Island. There is a trail here that includes an olivine beach which has an amazing green color. There is also another trail that ascends to the top of a volcanic tuff hill that passes through several natural viewpoints. Punta Pitt is composed of volcanic tuff substrate and the high winds here have led to natural erosion. This area is unique because it is the only site in the Galapagos Islands where you can watch the three species of boobies and 2 species of frigates nesting in the same area.
Later sail around Kicker Rock, a massive tuff-rock that juts abruptly almost 500 feet straight up from the ocean. Many sea birds use Kicker Rock as a nesting place. This is also a great place for swimming and snorkeling if you are in the mood.
Make a wet landing on Cerro Brujo and walk over the beautiful white sand beach. Observe sea lions, brown pelicans, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies while making your way around this incredible island. Have some fun kayaking, snorkeling, or swimming at this location. There are many incredible sites to see. Return to the ship for a nice meal and evening orientation.
Day 5 North Seymour - Baltra
After a delicious breakfast start early and head to North Seymour Island. Take a walk along the coast and interior of the island and enjoy its unique landscape. North Seymour is a low, flat island that was uplifted from the sea by underground seismic activity. Observe the blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, pelicans, frigate birds, shore birds, sea lions, and endemic Palo Santo while wandering around North Seymore. Later, a guide will get you to the airport for the return to the mainland.
Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.