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Floreana Island

Southeastern Islands

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Archipell II
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Travel the Galapagos on an 8-day southeastern islands cruise aboard the Archipell II. This voyage takes you along the coast and up into the highlands to admire the diversity and unique scenery of the Galapagos. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound as you traverse the islands, snorkel in crystal clear waters, and swim off pristine shores.  

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | The Twins, Santa Cruz
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 | Galapaguera, San Cristobal
Day 6 : South Plaza Island | Santa Fe Island
Day 7 : Peace Asylum | Loberia, Floreana
Day 8 : Disembark | Baltra

Highlights

  • Enjoy an excursion to The Twins, a visual reminder of the power of nature
  • Relax in Cormorant Point´s green olivine sand beach
  • Swim and snorkel with turtles and sharks in Gardner Bay
  • Visit the Galapaguera and meet giant tortoises in their natural habitat

Ship

Archipell II

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Haven of Peace
  • Isla Lobos
  • La Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado
  • La Loberia
  • Los Gemelos (Twin Craters)
  • Mirador de la Baronesa
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Pitt
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza Island
  • Witch Hill

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Floreana Island Flamingo wading in the water Colorful South Plaza Island Galapagos Tortoise close up Sea lions bask in the sun on the beach

Day 1 Baltra | Embark | The Twins, Santa Cruz

  • 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 enjoy your first excursion to “Los Gemelos” (The Twins), two enormous collapsed lava chambers, inspiring visual reminder of the power of nature. The short, easy hike to each of the Twins is teeming with endemic flora and fauna, including the remaining Scalesia Forest draped in liverwort.

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 | Galapaguera, San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. 

Afterwards, prepare yourself for an excursion to the Galapaguera, which is located in the northeast part of San Cristobal Island. This center has been created to conserve the San Cristobal tortoise species and has the goal to lead and guide the tourists in conservation topics and protection of the environment. An attractive trail native plants leads to meeting giant tortoises in their natural habitat.

Day 6 South Plaza Island | Santa Fe Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
South Plaza has unique Sesuvium plants and Opuntia cactuses scattered across the landscape which provide some of the most interesting wildlife observations available in Galapagos. Land iguanas are easily seen from the trail hiding under the shade of cactuses, waiting for a prickly pear to fall. 

Santa Fe is one of the most entertaining destinations for shore excursions at Galapagos Islands. It has two trail choices for visitors, one of which takes you to the tallest Opuntia cactus in the Galapagos, while the other trail takes you into the highlands where land iguanas can be found. After a long walk, the opportunity to swim in calm waters or snorkel with playful sea lions is pretty tempting.

Day 7 Peace Asylum | Loberia, Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Peace Asylum is a visitor site where an artisan spring is located. This spring attracted pirates, whalers and later settlers to Floreana as it was one of the very few year-round sources of fresh water in the Galapagos. La Cueva de los Piratas (Pirate’s Cave) is quite literally where pirates carved temporary shelter out of soft stone and is also the place where one of the original settlers landed.

La Loberia is a small beach, which is home to a colony of sea lions, as well as some marine iguanas. It’s possible to walk there from town for some recreational snorkeling. If you’re lucky, the sea lions join you! Fortunate snorkelers may spot a ray or a shark.

Day 8 Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Early in the morning after breakfast transfer to Baltra’s airport to take the flight back to the continent.

Archipell II

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Notes

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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 II 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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