Sail the central islands on a 5-day Galapagos cruise. This unique small-ship experience takes you to the islands of Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, South Plaza, North Seymour, and Bartolome. Indulge yourself in the picturesque beauty of the unique landscape, relax on the beach, do some exploratory snorkeling, and wander to the hidden center of the islands.
Day 1 : Baltra - Santa Cruz Island Day 2 : Santa Fe - South Plaza Island Day 3 : North Seymour - Santa Cruz Island Day 4 : Bartolome - Santiago Day 5 : Baltra
View one of the largest populations of land iguanas
Snorkel with penguins in Bartolome
See the floating pier left by American soldiers during WWII
Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Isabela II. Attend a short briefing and familiarize yourself with the boat and the islands.
Begin your Galapagos tour by visiting the Charles Darwin Research Station. This international non-profit organization provides scientific research and technical information to further Galapagos conservation. Learn about the natural history and issues concerning the islands and see the giant tortoises in their corrals.
In the afternoon, travel to Santa Fe, a volcanic uplift which houses a forest of Opuntia cactus. The weathered cliffs of the island provide sea birds with safe nesting grounds and land iguanas are seen resting on the rocks. Swim with sea lions in a picturesque turquoise lagoon.
After lunch, sail for South Plaza to view one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galápagos. Take a trail with circumnavigates the island to see the unique combination of dry and coastal vegetation zones.
Begin your morning by taking a short trail which crosses inland North Seymour Island. This hike takes you through colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds and offers views of Daphne Major and Minor in the distance. Body surf with sea lions close to the shore.
In the afternoon, set sail for Santa Cruz and land on Bachas Beach to go swimming. View the floating pier which was left by American soldiers during World War II.
Sail for Bartolome to view the famous Pinnacle Rock and White Sand Beach. Enjoy some superb snorkeling around Pinnacle Rock where penguins are usually seen. From the highest point on the island, encounter different volcanic formations, including spatter and tuff cones, lava flow, and lava tubes on your way up. At the summit there is a wonderful view of Sullivan Bay. There are opportunities to see sea lions, pioneer plants, reef sharks, rays, and colorful reef fish while touring the island.
Day 5 Baltra
Transfer to the Baltra airport for your connection 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.
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.