This 8-day Western Islands cruise on the ship, La Pinta, explores the islands of Isabela, Santa Cruz, Rabida and more.
Day 1 : Baltra - North Seymour Day 2 : Isabela - Fernandina Day 3 : Isabela Day 4 : Rabida - Santa Cruz Island Day 5 : Santa Cruz Island Day 6 : Floreana Day 7 : Santa Fe - South Plaza Island Day 8 : San Cristobal
Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to La Pinta.
Set sail for North Seymour Island and hike across its rocky coast. As you walk, pass colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds. Spot Daphne Major and Minor in the distance and watch sea lions as they body surf near the shore.
In the morning, arrive at Vicente Roca Point, where the remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves. Explore the cliffs and the nesting sites of masked and blue-footed boobies.
Sail for Espinosa Point, a narrow stretch of land where hundreds of marine iguanas gather largely on black lava rocks. View the lava flows and mangrove forests, or relax on the beach and snorkel in the water.
Travel to Urbina Bay to view sea turtles and rays. Take a short trail which leads to a coral reef, providing you with the opportunity to walk in the middle of a coral bed.
In the afternoon, journey to Tagus Cove, named after a British warship which anchored here in 1814. Take a zodiac and tour under the cliffs, or watch marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions along the rocks.
Sail for Red Beach, known for its reddish beach, cliffs, and steep slopes of volcanic cinders. A colony of sea lions lives on the beach. Take a trail inland to see finches, doves, yellow warblers, and mockingbirds.
Travel to Dragon Hill to view a hypersalinic lagoon behind the beach. This pool of water is saltier than the ocean and is frequented by flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds.
In the morning, travel to Cormorant Point to hike a trail which overlooks a saltwater lagoon. A favorite location for flamingos, you may also see green sea turtles. Sail for Champion Islet for snorkeling. Champion Rock is covered with black coral bushes and yellow cup corals.
In the afternoon, visit Baroness’ Observatory and Post Office Bay. Feel free to leave an addressed postcard in the barrel and take one for delivery if the address is close to where you live.
Travel to South Plaza Island to view one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos archipelago. Take a rocky trail which circumnavigates the island and displays a combination of dry and coastal vegetation zones.
In the afternoon, sail for Santa Fe to view its Opuntia cactus forest. Snorkel in the picturesque turquoise lagoon and play with sea lions in the shallows.
Day 8 San Cristobal
Transfer to the airport for your connection to the mainland.
Initial deposit is 25% (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!