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Embark on a 6-day tour of the Galapagos' wild west! The Sea Star Journey will transport you from one island to the next, featuring the most sought after destinations in the region. Highlights include beautiful Santa Cruz, wildlife-rich Isabela, cliff-laden Fernandina, and volcanic Santiago.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - Charles Darwin Center - Santa Cruz Island
Day 2 : Isabela
Day 3 : Isabela
Day 4 : Fernandina - Isabela
Day 5 : Santiago
Day 6 : Lobos - San Cristobal

Highlights

  • Learn about conservation efforts at the Charles Darwin Center
  • Explore the small islands, the Tintoreras, haven for reef sharks
  • Boat to the largest Galapagos Penguin colony around the Marielas islets
  • Visit Santiago, one of the most active volcanic islands

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Sea Star Journey

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sea lion coming in from a swim With our favorite tortoise Kayak and snorkel in clear blue waters Galapagos Penguins (Santiago)

Day 1 Baltra - Charles Darwin Center - Santa Cruz Island

Begin your adventures in the Galapagos on Baltra Island. Fly into Baltra, an arid, uplifted island dotted with salt bushes, prickly pear cactus, and palo santo trees. Head to the harbor and board your cruise ship.

In the afternoon, travel to Santa Cruz to learn about Galapagos protection and conservation at the Charles Darwin Station. Your understanding of the important conservation efforts taking place across the archipelago will be greatly enhanced by your first-hand experience with the Galapagos' natural wonders and precious wildlife.

Day 2 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning take a zodiac ride to the Tintoreras, a collection of small islands off of the Puerto Villamil coast. Taking their name from the white-tipped reef sharks that inhabit the surrounding waters, the Tintoreras are rich in wildlife and geological features.

This afternoon explore Isabela's famous Sierra Negra Volcano. Land in Puerto Villamil and hike up Sierra Negra's slope to the rim overlooking its impressive 5 mile-wide crater. Take in the breathtaking views from this vantage point before continuing on to Chico Volcano. Chico is a great place to study and observe the lava formations that have shaped the Galapagos' landscape throughout history.

Day 3 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you will visit Punta Moreno on the north coast of Isabela Island. Take a trail along a lava flow into a maze of coastal lagoons that provide habitat for a number of mangrove-loving bird species.

This afternoon travel via zodiac to Elizabeth Bay. Boat around the Marielas islets, home of the largest penguin colony in the Galapagos. Admire the mangroves, observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, schools of Dorado fish, among many others.

Day 4 Fernandina - Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning cruise over to Fernandina Island. Some of the most unique species in the Galapagos are found at Punta Espinoza on the northeastern tip of the island. A favorite resident of Punta Espinoza is the flightless cormorant. This fascinating creature has adapted to its predator-less, island existence, evolving into a marine species capable of finding food in the ocean.

Visit Isabela's Tagus Cove this afternoon, beginning with a zodiac tour of the impressive shoreline cliffs. Land nearby and hike about 30 minutes to a cliff-top that offers views of stunning Darwin Lake, the cove below, and historic cliff-side pirate graffiti.

Day 5 Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you will visit Santiago Island in the west-central part of the Galapagos. Santiago is one of the larger islands in the archipelago, and is also volcanically active. Young lava flows and cones are observable, particularly along the south, west, and east coasts. These flows are not only visible from other islands in the archipelago, they can also be spotted from outerspace!

Day 6 Lobos - San Cristobal

  • 1 Breakfast
Begin your last day in the Galapagos with a visit to Isla Lobos. Home to a representative variety of native wildlife, Lobos is the perfect place to bid farewell to your favorite Galapagos creatures. Traverse the island's vegetative zones, volcanic rocks, and sandy shoreline before returning to San Cristobal for your departing flight.

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Child Discount

20% discount for children under age 12 at the 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 Sea Star Journey 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
  • Sea Kayaking

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
  • Available for rent 5d/4n - $35 and 6d/5n $42
  • Wetsuit rental available 10D/9N - $70 6D/5N -$42, 5d/4N - $35
  • 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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