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Southern Islands I

Example 4 Day Cruise aboard Archipell I
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This Galapagos cruise explores the archipelago's beautiful southern islands. This 4-day allows you to experience all facets of the archipelago as you kayak, snorkel and hike your way through the islands! Spot a myriad of native species including sea lions, sharks, marine birds, and sea turtles. Take pleasure in the wide variety of flora and fauna here as well as spectacular scenery.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal | Embark | Galapaguera
Day 2 : South Plazas Island | Santa Fe Island
Day 3 : Peace Asylum | Loberia, Floreana
Day 4 : Disembark | The Twins, Santa Cruz Island | Baltra

Highlights

  • Visit some of the islands' most interesting wildlife observations points
  • Explore La Loberia, a small beach home to a colony of sea lions
  • Observe the Galapagos giant turtles from a very close distance

Ship

Archipell I

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Floreana
  • Haven of Peace
  • La Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado
  • La Loberia
  • Los Gemelos (Twin Craters)
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza Island

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sea Lion resting on Red Sesuvium Cruise the Galapagos on the Archipell ship Galapagos Tortoise close up Opuntia forest, Tortuga Bay Kayak on a beach in the galapagos

Day 1 San Cristobal | Embark | Galapaguera

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today your guide awaits for you at San Cristobal Airport and takes you to the Archipell Catamaran which anchors at Baquerizo Moreno harbor. After arrival on board, check in and receive general information. Enjoy your first lunch aboard and prepare yourself for your first 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 2 South Plazas 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 3 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 4 Disembark | The Twins, Santa Cruz Island | Baltra

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On your last day, visit “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. After this visit be transferred to the Baltra airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.

Archipell I

Santa Cruz - Hotels

Per person starting at
$3,200
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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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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