South to North Cruise

This 12-day South to North cruise on the ship, Galapagos Voyager, explores the islands of Bartolome, Espanola, Santa Cruz Island and more.

Day 1

    Baltra - Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center

    Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Galapagos Voyager.

    In the morning, head to the Santa Cruz Highlands and hike through its varied terrain. Pass through all seven vegetation zones and view Galápagos flycatchers, small tree-finches, and woodpecker finches.

    In the afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the unique history of the islands and to interact with the giant tortoises who reside in its corrals.

    Day 2


      In the morning, travel to Cormorant Point to hike a trail which overlooks a saltwater lagoon. A favorite location for flamingos, you may also see green sea turtles. Sail for Champion Islet for snorkeling. Champion Rock is covered with black coral bushes and yellow cup corals.

      In the afternoon, visit Baroness’ Observatory and Post Office Bay. Feel free to leave an addressed postcard in the barrel and take one for delivery if the address is close to where you live.

      Day 3


        Explore Suárez Point, one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the Galapagos archipelago. The island is home to five species of nesting seabirds. Marine iguanas and over-sized lava lizard are frequently seen relaxing on the rocks and are unique to the island.

        In the afternoon, travel to Gardner Bay and snorkel with sea lions in its crystal waters.

        Day 4

          Lobos - San Cristobal

          Visit Isla Lobos (Sea Lion Island) to interact with the sea lions which rest on its shores. Home to home to blue-footed boobies, great frigate-birds, brown pelicans, lava gulls, common noddies, yellow warblers and small and medium ground finches, the island is also an ideal location for birders. Snorkel with the sea lions and relax on the beach.

          In the afternoon, travel to Cerro Colorado and stand on the wooden platform which offers amazing views of La Galapaguera, a tortoise rearing center. Learn about the techniques and conservation efforts in the Galapagos.

          Day 5

            North Seymour - Santa Cruz Island - Black Turtle Cove

            Spend the morning on North Seymour Island and explore its rocky coast. Spot Daphne Major and Minor in the distance play with sea lions as they swim in the waters close to shore.

            Set sail for Black Turtle Cove to view black and whitetip reef sharks, sea turtles, golden cownose rays, spotted eagle rays, and the occasional hammerhead shark. The shallow inlet of Black Turtle Cove provides protection for juveniles of several species and is ideal for snorkeling.

            Day 6


              In the morning, sail for Puerto Egas to relax on black sand beaches and visit the old salt mines. Take an inland hike to the salt crater or walk along the rugged shoreline to find iguanas and sea lions. At the end of the trail, hope to find a colony of fur seals and night herons.

              Following lunch, travel to Espumilla Beach and visit its spectacular mangrove forest. You may see nesting sea turtles and flocks of pink flamingos. Snorkel and swim in the shallow water.

              Day 7

                Bartolome - Santiago

                Visit Pinnacle Rock and the White Sand Beach for opportunities to photograph the Galapagos penguin. Snorkel and play with sea lions as they scoot towards you on the sand.

                Day 8

                  Santa Cruz Island - Highlands

                  Journey to the Santa Cruz Highlands and hike through its varied terrain. Pass through all seven vegetation zones and view Galápagos flycatchers, small tree-finches, and woodpecker finches.

                  Day 9

                    South Plaza Island - Santa Fe

                    Travel to South Plaza Island to view one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos archipelago. Take a rocky trail which circumnavigates the island and displays a combination of dry and coastal vegetation zones.

                    In the afternoon, sail for Santa Fe to view its Opuntia cactus forest. Snorkel in the picturesque turquoise lagoon and play with sea lions in the shallows.

                    Day 10

                      Daphne Island - Santa Cruz Island - Bachas Beach

                      In the morning, journey to Daphne Mayor, a restricted area accessible by few visitors each day. Venture up a steep trail to the volcanic crater rim to see the red-billed tropicbirds which nest in the cliffs.

                      After lunch, travel to Bachas Beach to go swimming. View the floating pier which was left after the end of World War II. View the flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels which make Bachas Beach their home.

                      Day 11


                        In the morning, travel to the coral beach of Darwin Bay. Take a short hike which leads you through seabird colonies and a large red-footed booby colony.

                        In the afternoon, take the wooden staircase up Prince Phillip’s Step (El Barranco) for panoramic views of the island.

                        Day 12

                          Mosquera - Baltra

                          Set sail for Mosquera Island's narrow stretch of white sand, rocks, and tide pools. Explore the area on foot or take to the sea to swim in the warm waters.

                          Transfer to the airport for your connection back to the mainland.

                          All itineraries are subject to change due to weather or changes by the National Park Service or yacht operator.

                          Single Supplement

                          This yacht requires single travelers to pay a supplement for private accommodations unless a roommate can be found.

                          Child Discount

                          20% discount for children under the age of 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


                          • Accommodations on board Galapagos Voyager 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


                          • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
                          • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
                          • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
                          • $35 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
                          • $45 International Departure Tax
                          • Diving available at additional charge upon request. Please inquire for details
                          • Wetsuit Rental available for $20 for 4 days, $25 for 5 days, $35 for 8 days, $50 for 12 days, $65 for 15 days
                          • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
                          • Travel Insurance

                          Galapagos Flights

                            Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip

                          • $530 - $590

                            Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

                          • $475 - $520

                          Optional Hospitality Packages