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Galapagos Central Islands

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Enjoy the highlights of Baltra, Santa Cruz, Bartolome and Rabida on this incredible 4-day adventure. There is an endless list of activities to make this a very memorable trip. Snorkel in crystalline waters, roam picturesque volcanic landscapes, and observe fascinating native wildlife as you cruise through the beautiful southern archipelago. The wildlife here is abundant and the landscape is stunning to behold. Be entertained by the antics of friendly sea lions and get up close and personal with the incredible giant tortoises on this incredible vacation.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | Charles Darwin Research Station & Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Santa Cruz
Day 2 : Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz | Bartolome
Day 3 : Rabida | Buccaneers Cove | Espumilla Beach, Santiago
Day 4 : Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra

Highlights

  • Learn about Charles Darwin Station´s efforts to preserve the environment
  • Walk by a brackish lagoon and look for feeding flamingos at Dragon Hill
  • Snorkel and swim with sea turtles and white-tipped reef sharks at Bartolome

Ship

Corals

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Buccaneer Cove
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Dragon Hill
  • Espumilla Beach
  • Rabida
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sea lions on beach in Rabida Snorkeling girl Dinghy ride to Pinnacle rock Flamingos in the Galapagos Hiking through cacti in the Galapagos

Day 1 Baltra | Embark | Charles Darwin Research Station & Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Santa Cruz

Arrive to the Galapagos and transfer to your ship, the Corals. On the afternoon cruise to Santa Cruz Island and visit the station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his species) lived for decades. The center is conducted by the Galapagos National Park staff with the collaboration of scientists from the Charles Darwin Station. In addition, the Darwin Station works in several scientific projects, botanical research, providing environmental education to communities, schools within the Islands and tourists. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and a variety of Darwin finches and other land birds. If there is enough time visit the town and shop for souvenirs.

Day 2 Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz | Bartolome

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingoes can be occasionally found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchorage and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galapagos doves.

Land in Bartolome Island and discover a fascinating moonscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones —and hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. Encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies. Enjoy the beach and snorkel and see (perhaps swim with) Galapagos penguins, sea turtles, and white-tipped reef sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best snorkeling experience. Crystal clear water is the perfect spot to appreciate the incredible marine life it has to offer. Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable however, there are pioneer plants including the endemic Tiquilia nesiotica and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes.

Day 3 Rabida | Buccaneers Cove | Espumilla Beach, Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land in Rabida Island and walk through its dark-red sand unique beaches. Rábida is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Nesting brown pelicans are found from July through September as are nine species of the famous Darwin’s finches. Take a dinghy ride along cliffs to observe nesting seabirds, and snorkel off the coast where marine life is particularly active.

In the afternoon visit Buccaneers Cove an amazing location featuring the remains of an eroded shoreline that is home to seabirds, fur seals and the playful sea lions. Its different shapes have been made throughout a process caused by erosion of the waves and the wind. Afterwards, stop at Espumilla Beach, a white-sandy beach in James Bay and a popular place among visitors. There are mangroves and a small palo santo forest that lead to salty-water lagoons that are home to wading birds like flamingos. In the upper dunes you can observe a nesting site for sea turtles. This is an ideal place to snorkel with see rays.

Day 4 Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Discover the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea where four species of mangrove crowd from the shore out into the lagoon, turtles enjoy swimming in the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface, while fish, rays and small sharks circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat. Sea birds, including pelicans, herons and egrets, all feed in the cove. This cove has been declared as a “Turtle Sanctuary”.

Afterwards, head straight to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.

Corals

Per person starting at
$1,660
A standard cabin aboard the Corals
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Standard Cabin
Two on Coral I and one on Coral II. Panoramic skylights, located on the Sea Deck. Average area of 97 sq ft.
A Standard Plus cabin aboard the corals
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Standard Plus Cabins
Eight on Coral I and four on Coral II. Panoramic skylights, located on the Sea Deck. Average size 118 sq ft.
A Junior Cabin
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Junior Cabins
Eight on Coral I and six on Coral II. Two triple cabins available. Panoramic windows, located on Earth & Sky Decks. Average size 129 sq ft.

Child Discount

Children under 12 years old receive 50% discount, or 25% on holiday season sharing cabin with two full-fare paying guests.

Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

Included

  • Accommodations on board Corals 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
  • Snorkeling Equipment

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • Fuel Surcharge
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Wetsuits available - $25 for 4-day and 5-day tours, $50 for 8-day, 11-day and 12 day tours, and $75 for 15-day tours
  • Kayak available for $30/use
  • 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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