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Eastern Islands II

Example 5 Day Cruise aboard Archipell I
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Enjoy this 5-day cruise through the eastern islands of the Galapagos. Enjoy the unique green sand beaches of Cormorant point, the abundance of wildlife on Española, and the friendly interaction with the island's playful sea lions. Overflowing with wildlife, volcanic wonders, and breathtaking landscapes, this is the perfect vacation choice. Have multiple opportunities to snorkel, swim, and wander through the islands of this archipelago.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | Highlands | Charles Darwin Research Station, Santa Cruz Island
Day 2 : Cormorant Point | Post Office Bay | Baroness Lookout Point, Floreana
Day 3 : Gardner Bay | Suarez Point, Española
Day 4 : Pitt Point | Brujo Hill, San Cristobal
Day 5 : Lobos Island, San Cristobal | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore Charles Darwin Station, where Lonesome George once lived
  • Visit the Post Office Bay´s mailbox used by pirates & whalers
  • Swim and snorkel with sea lions at the small islets near Gardner Bay

Ship

Archipell I

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Highlands
  • Isla Lobos
  • Mirador de la Baronesa
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Pitt
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • Santa Cruz
  • Witch Hill

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sea lion looking off a rock Floreana Island The Galapagos Cruise the Galapagos on the Archipell ship with the sun bathing iguanas

Day 1 Baltra | Embark | Highlands | Charles Darwin Research Station, Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today your guide awaits for you at Baltra Airport and takes you to the Archipell Catamaran which anchors in Puerto Ayora harbor. After arrival on board, check in and receive general information, then enjoy your first lunch on board.

Afterwards get ready for your first excursion visit to the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island, and see incredible areas of vegetation. Later visit the private farm “Las Primicias”. This reserve offers you one of the best possibilities to see giant Galapagos tortoises of Santa Cruz Island in their natural habitat. You can observe them from a very close distance.

Then stop at Charles Darwin Research Station, which features an information center, a museum, a library and a tortoise breeding station. In the tortoise breeding station you can encounter tortoises of different subspecies, which get prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. This was the home of the famous Lonesome George turtle.

Day 2 Cormorant Point | Post Office Bay | Baroness Lookout Point, Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today land at Cormorant Point´s green olivine sand beach. After following a 100 m long path, reach a beautiful lagoon with flamingoes.

In the afternoon visit Post Office Bay, which still keeps the legendary post barrel that whalers historically used to post their mail in. Then go to “Mirador de la Baronesa”(Baroness Lookout Point) where your naturalist guide tells you about the murder and mystery legend of Baronesa. This viewpoint is located on the north of Floreana Island. The climb on the trails is very easy. For security reasons in this area there are placed steps.

Day 3 Gardner Bay | Suarez Point, Española

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore an abundance of natural wildlife on Española Island. It is home to various species of birds such as the hood-mockingbird. Enjoy excellent swimming at Gardner Bay and snorkel to find various species of fish and sometimes turtles and sharks. The bay is also frequented by colonies of sea lions, which swim playfully with people.

Afterwards visit Suarez Point, one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago. An abundance of species are found along its cliffs and beaches.

Day 4 Pitt Point | Brujo Hill, San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning stop at Pitt Point, one of the only two sites where all of the three types of boobies breed and it is also the site where great frigate birds and swallow tailed gulls are seen. You can also spot Galapagos storm-petrels.

Afterwards visit Brujo Hill, one of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin. This fascinating lava landscape is located on the northeast coast of San Cristóbal Island. On the rocks you can observe boobies, sea gulls and some pelicans. The protected bay is very popular for young ocean turtles and rays.

Day 5 Lobos Island, San Cristobal | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
On Lobos Island, enjoy swimming and snorkeling with sea lions. It is also a seasonal nesting location for the blue footed booby and frigate birds. Around midday fly back to mainland Ecuador.

Archipell I

Per person starting at
$3,101
Archipell I & II's Twin Cabin.
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Standard Cabin
8 cabins with twin or double beds. Feature private facilities with hot & cold water, A/C.

Notes

Please reserve your kayak in advance prior to trip

Child Discount

20% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Archipell I 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
  • Sea Kayaking

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Wetsuits available - $10/day per person
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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