This Galapagos cruise takes you through the highlights of the southern islands on this 5-day trip of exploration and adventure! Kayak and snorkel in crystalline waters, traverse picturesque volcanic landscapes, and observe fascinating native wildlife as you cruise through the beautiful southern archipelago. Swim with sea turtles or take a relaxing stroll across the beautiful sandy beaches. Enjoy the history and unique splendor of these amazing islands.
Day 1 : Baltra - Santa Cruz Island Day 2 : Floreana Day 3 : Espanola Day 4 : San Cristobal - Leon Dormido Day 5 : North Seymour - Baltra
Arrive at the Baltra airport where a guide leads you to a bus that will take you to the pier to 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 for observing land iguanas. Take a walk to a saline lagoon that is saltier than the ocean. View incredible 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.
The historic site of Post Office Bay was established during the days of the whalers. They placed a wooden barrel here in the 18th century to use 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 to La Lobería and observe sea lion rookeries, a main attraction, on the beach. The bay of the Lobería is great for seeing 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 and then continue the walk until you reach the beach called "La Picona". Here there are chances 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.
Punta Suarez is a location filled with amazing lava beds to walk to and observe unique colonies of marine birds, including albatross. Next, 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 quantities 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.
In the morning head out to Punta Pitt in San Cristobal Island where the amazing olivine beaches can be viewed. These beaches are a unique 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 two 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.
Later in the day, make a trip to 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.
Day 5 North Seymour - Baltra
Start out early and head to North Seymour Island and walk along the coast and interior of the island to enjoy its unique landscape. North Seymour is a low, flat island that was uplifted from the sea by underground seismic activity. There is an abundance of wildlife to observe here including the blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, pelicans, frigate birds, shore birds, sea lions, and endemic Palo Santo. Later, a guide will get you to the airport for the return to the mainland.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.