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Devil's Crown Galapagos

South East Islands

Example 5 Day Cruise aboard Corals
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This cruise allows you to experience more than just the highlights of the Galapagos' southeast islands. Take a 5-day adventure and travel from beautiful San Cristobal to Española, Floreana, and Santa Cruz. Encounter giant tortoises, snorkel in the crystalline waters ,and view colorful fish, sharks, rays, and sea turtles. The wildlife here is abundant and the landscape is stunning to behold, making this an incredible vacation.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal | Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve | Embark
Day 2 : Cerro Brujo | Pitt Point & Pitt Islet
Day 3 : Suarez Point | Gardener Bay
Day 4 : Champion Islet | Devil´s Crown | Cormorant Point
Day 5 : Highlands | Santa Cruz Island | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Cerro Brujo, an eroding tuff cone composed by lava formations
  • Hike across Española, the oldest and most isolated island in the Archipelago
  • Swim and snorkel at Devil´s Crown, home to sea lions & turtles

Ship

Corals

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Cerro Colorado
  • Champion Inlet
  • Devil's Crown
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Punta Pitt
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • Santa Cruz

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Devil's Crown Galapagos Panga ride to 'the cathedral' See Blue-footed boobies on your Galapagos tour! Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal Overlook at Pitt Point

Day 1 San Cristobal | Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve | Embark

Arrive to the Galapagos and transfer to your ship, the Corals. Land in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and visit the San Cristobal Tortoise Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises; this place is called “Jacinto Gordillo”, located in the vicinity of Cerro Colorado. Learn about the National Park’s conservation programs and also about an assisted reproduction program that started after the birth of a little turtle in captivity. If there is enough time, visit the port village, have a drink, or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.

Day 2 Cerro Brujo | Pitt Point & Pitt Islet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Cerro Brujo, an eroding tuff cone that is composed, in several locations, by lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach which is great for snorkeling and sunbathing. Discover a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen: black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, other sandpiper species, and white-cheeked pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal, and the adjacent coast.

In the afternoon, take a high-intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail goes through several magnificent viewpoints including an olivine beach of 90 meters long and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together: Nazca, blue-footed, and red-footed, as well as the two species of frigate birds and a sea lion colony. It is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.

Day 3 Suarez Point | Gardener Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning visit Española, an island of geological interest. Being one of the oldest in the Galapagos, it has a high percentage of endemism because it is also one of the most isolated in the archipelago. This, and the great variety of wildlife found here makes this site one of the most attractive in the Galapagos. Explore volcanic formations and riveting wildlife: large colonies of sea lion and seabirds including Española mockingbird, Nazca boobies, and the spectacular red-billed tropic bird. You can also encounter singular marine iguanas that have a turquoise color with red in the breeding season, lava lizards, and the colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs.

Hike among Nazca and blue-footed boobies, right up to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birding favorites include Galapagos dove, Galapagos hawk, swallow-tailed gulls, and the world’s largest colony of waved albatross, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (April-December). Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous “Soplador”, a seaward blowhole that shoots water at some 23 m (75 ft.) in the air.

Land in Gardner Bay, a beautiful white coral sand beach guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are no trails, so you must stay along the shore where you can spot Galapagos hawk, American oystercatcher, Galapagos dove, hood mockingbird, yellow warbler, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin finches. Swim and snorkel surrounded by a great variety of Galapagos marine wildlife.

Day 4 Champion Islet | Devil´s Crown | Cormorant Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning visit Champion, a small islet located just offshore Floreana Island. Snorkel or dinghy ride along a nice wall filled with a variety of marine wildlife like the endemic black-striped salema, the blue lobster, long-nose hawkfish, sea horses, coral hawkfish, sea lions, and the famous red-lipped batfish.

Explore Devil’s Crown, considered one of the best sites for snorkeling in the Galapagos; here you can watch sea lions, turtles, sharks, dolphins, and fish diversity. Land on an olivine green sand beach and hike from the black mangrove beds to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. From the beach you can spot sea turtles, blue-footed boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks floating and searching for food along the shoreline. Head back to the olivine beach where you landed and take a swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks.

Land on the north side of Floreana, and walk to the bay of Post Office, named like this because, in 1793, Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through who would take letters with them to their destinations. Place unstamped postcards inside the barrel that should reach their destinations for free. It can take weeks, months, even years, not arrive at all, or even arrive before you! Encounter Darwin finches, yellow warbler, and lava lizards. Snorkel with green pacific sea turtles and on the main beach among playful sea lions.

Day 5 Highlands | Santa Cruz Island | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning reach the Santa Cruz highlands and visit a private farm and natural tortoise reserve “El Chato” / “Primicias”, where giant tortoises are found in their natural habitat, as well as land birds such as tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets. Journey to the reserve and see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems, life, and geology. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense forests of the highlands that emerge from a light fog. Often, tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the agricultural zone. Land birds can also be observed along the excursion. Along this visit you can observe almost every land bird present on the island.

After your visit to the reserve, transfer to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.

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Notes

Not Included in Your Fare: 

• Air ticket from Quito / Guayaquil to Galapagos
• Fuel surcharge: $90 for 3 or 4 night cruises, $180 x 7-10-11 nights, $360 x 14 nights
• CGG Migration Control Card: $20 per person. and service fee not included.
• Shuttle service from Quito/Guayaquil Airport-roundtrip: $20 in combination with GO Cruises.
• Entrance fee to Galapagos: $100 adult, $50 children under 12, to be paid in cash upon arrival in Galapagosa. If requested this tax can be invoiced to be prepaid by GO. 

Child Discount

25% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. A 50% discount is available if child shares with two adults in a triple cabin.

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
  • Wetsuit rental for $25 for up to 5 days, $50 for up to 11 days, and $75 for 15 days
  • Kayak rental 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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