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Central & Southern Islands

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Explore the Central and Southern Islands of the Galapagos archipelago on this 6-day adventure aboard the Petrel. Visit outstanding wildlife viewing areas and some of the best snorkeling and swimming locations in the islands. Enjoy historic sites and exhibits on natural history, human history, and conservation.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra Island | Santa Cruz - Los Gemelos | Embark
Day 2 : South Plaza Island | Santa Fe Island
Day 3 : San Cristobal - Isla Lobos, Interpretation Center & La Galapaguera
Day 4 : Española - Gardner Bay, Osborn Islet & Suarez Point
Day 5 : Floreana - Cormorant Point, Devil's Crown & Post Office Bay
Day 6 : Santa Cruz - Highlands | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore underground lava tubes at Twin Craters
  • Snorkel around the coral reef at Devil's Crown
  • View the colorful Sesuvium plant on South Plaza Island
  • Walk across the white sand beaches amongst a busy sea lion colony

Ship

Petrel

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Devil's Crown
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Highlands
  • Isla Lobos
  • Los Gemelos (Twin Craters)
  • Osborn Islet
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Interpretation Center
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza Island

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

marine iguana espanola lounging in the harbor - Santa Cruz Santa Fe Giant Land Tortoise, Santa Cruz Kayaking the warm waters of the Galapagos

Day 1 Baltra Island | Santa Cruz - Los Gemelos | Embark

Arrive to the airport and transfer to Santa Cruz to visit the highlands before boarding. Dress appropriately for a hike.

Los Gemelos (Twin Craters) is a place you can walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, white-cheeked pintail ducklings, Darwin finches, and many other species. Come upon the underground lava tubes, which are more than one kilometer (half a mile) long. Local guides provide information and flashlights. Walking through the lava tubes is a unique and surreal experience.

Day 2 South Plaza Island | Santa Fe Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
South Plaza Island features steep cliffs formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.

Santa Fe (Barrington) is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the island’s northeast coast. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest.

Day 3 San Cristobal - Isla Lobos, Interpretation Center & La Galapaguera

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Isla Lobos or Lobos Island is named after the sea lions that rest and play on its rocky shores. It is also home to blue-footed boobies, great frigatebirds, brown pelicans, lava gulls, common noddies, yellow warblers and small and medium ground finches. There is good snorkeling in the clear waters of the channel and this is one of the best sites at which to swim with sea lions underwater.

The Interpretation Center was opened in 1998 as a phase of the project “Interpretation and Environment Education Project.” Visitors enjoy expositions on natural history, human history, and conservation. The conservation efforts represent the movement to protect the wildlife and natural environment through means of population and tourist control. The Interpretation Center has an outdoor stadium, audio-visual equipment, and meeting rooms.

La Galapaguera is a visitor site in the southeast part of San Cristobal Island that can be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds like warbler, finches and mockingbirds, and on the trails, giant tortoises.

Day 4 Española - Gardner Bay, Osborn Islet & Suarez Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Gardner Bay, on the eastern side of the island, is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. It has an ample white sandy beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkeling.

After landing at Osborn Islet, you can walk across a lovely white sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. This small island is a marine visit where you can enjoy fantastic snorkeling and swimming.

Suarez Point is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. A beautiful site on the ocean front, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.

Day 5 Floreana - Cormorant Point, Devil's Crown & Post Office Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cormorant Point hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The “Green Beach” named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the “Four Sand Beach” composed of white coral.

One of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos, Devil's Crown (a volcanic crater) has been eroded by the waves leaving the northern and southern sides poking out of the water. The coral reef in the middle is perfect for attracting marine life. Snorkelers enjoy the variety of marine life and exciting currents that rush through the crown, creating an exhilarating experience.

In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.

Day 6 Santa Cruz - Highlands | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning visit the Highlands, you can walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, White-cheeked Pintail ducklings, Darwin finches, and many other species.


Transfer to the airport after a short and early morning visit before heading back toward the airport for your returning flight to Ecuador’s mainland.

Petrel

Per person starting at
$5,245
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6 Double Staterooms located on both the Main and the Upper Decks: 323 ft² with private balcony and en-suite bath facilities. 1 Single Stateroom located on the Upper Deck: 151 ft² with en-suite bath facilities.
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Suites
2 spacious Suites located on the Main Deck include a sitting area, private balcony and en-suite bath facilities. 463ft²

Notes

* Prices per person, based on a double occupancy

* Please keep in mind that for individual bookings, children must be at least 7 years old to participate in the tour.

 

Please note: This Galapagos cruise itinerary is subject to change without previous notice due to weather conditions and National Park regulations.

Rates Include:
- All shore excursions
- All meals throughout the cruise
- Soft drinks and juices
- Champagne reception
- Complimentary fruit platter
- Galapagos National Park certified Guide
- Use of snorkeling gear and wetsuits
- Kayaks

Rates do not Include:
- Roundtrip airfare to Galapagos (subject to change)
- Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee: $100 (subject to change)
- Galapagos Transit Control Card: $20 (subject to change)
- Tips to crew
- Alcoholic beverages
- Plastic bottled sodas

Child Discount

25% discount for children under 12 years at time of Galapagos cruise traveling with two adults.

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Petrel 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
  • Wetsuit
  • 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
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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