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San Cristobal, Española & Floreana

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On this 4-day introduction to the Galapagos, cruise to San Cristobal, Española, Floreana, and Santa Cruz Islands. Along the way, enjoy fantastic snorkeling and swimming, hike along trails and beaches overlooking turquoise waters, view an amazing variety of marine life and wildlife, and visit interactive research and interpretive centers providing information about the history and biodiversity of the Galapagos.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal Island - Embark
Day 2 : Española - Gardner Bay, Osborn Islet & Suarez Point
Day 3 : Floreana - Cormorant Point, Devil's Crown & Post Office Bay
Day 4 : Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Station / Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and see new and old turtles
  • Snorkel around one of the Galapagos' best snorkeling sites, Devil's Crown
  • Explore the breeding site of waved albatrosses on Gardner Bay

Ship

Petrel

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Devil's Crown
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • San Cristobal Interpretation Center
  • Santa Cruz

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Yellow Warbler Photographing a Masked Booby in the Galapagos Beautiful Galapagos Enjoying a day of snorkeling. sea lions on the beach at San Cristobal

Day 1 San Cristobal Island - Embark

Arrive at the airport and transfer to the Petrel. Attend a briefing on board about the boat and the island.

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 such as warbler, finches and mockingbirds, and on the trails, giant tortoises.

Day 2 Española - Gardner Bay, Osborn Islet & Suarez Point

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  • 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 3 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.

Devil's Crown is one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos. This 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 4 Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Station / Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pet. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Transfer to the airport for your returning flight to Ecuador’s mainland.

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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

Single Supplement

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

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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