Experience the best of the Galapagos Islands on a 6-day cruise of the western islands. Snorkel with sea lions, view the famous dance of the blue-footed boobies, and see the giant tortoises which gave this archipelago its name as you travel these historic islands.
Day 1 : Baltra - North Seymour Day 2 : Isabela - Fernandina Day 3 : Isabela Day 4 : Santa Cruz Island Day 5 : Floreana Day 6 : Baltra
Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Santa Cruz II. Familiarize yourself with the ship and your cruise-mates.
Begin your Galapagos tour at North Seymour Island. Take a 1.2 mile hike across the island and explore its rocky coast. Along the way, stop to see colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds. Watch as sea lions body surf in the waves and see if you can spot Daphne Major and Minor in the distance.
In the morning, sail for Vicente Roca Point to see the remnants of an ancient volcano. These two turquoise coves are well protected from ocean swells and are ideal for snorkeling. Explore the cliffs surrounding the bays and view masked and blue-footed boobies.
In the afternoon, journey to Espinosa Point, a narrow stretch of land where hundreds of marine iguanas sun themselves on the lava rocks. Observe the different types of lava flows and mangrove forests which line the area.
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, a non-profit organization which specializes in tortoise conservation. Reach out and encounter the tortoises in their corrals.
Sail for El Chato in the afternoon, a reserve in the highlands of Santa Cruz. See the giant tortoises in the wild and walk around the reserve, offering one of the best places to observe ground birds, tree and ground finches, the vermillion flycatcher, cattle egrets and occasionally Galápagos rails.
Sail for Post Office Bay to view the barrel where whalers and sailors used to leave their mail. Take place in the tradition by leaving an addressed postcard in the barrel. If you sort through those already placed in the barrel and find one close to where you live, feel free to take it and deliver it, yourself!
In the afternoon, visit Baroness’ Observatory for breath-taking views of La Lobería and the inland features of Floreana.
Day 6 Baltra
Transfer to the airport for your connecting flight to the mainland.
Initial deposit is 20% (30% during peak season), and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. Alternatively, you can register online here.
Final payment is due 70 (130 during peak season) prior to departure by bank transfer, check or credit card. All final payments by credit card may be subject to a surcharge and maximum of $20,000 charge.
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!