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Example 5 Day Cruise aboard Santa Cruz II
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Spend 5 incredible days exploring the Galapagos Islands and its human history and stunning wildlife. Sail towards Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island for an interesting hike through palo santo forests full of famed land iguanas. Cruise around the seahorse-shaped Isabela Island to two great visitor sites: Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island with the fascinating geology of collapsed Ecuador volcano, and then wild and pure Punta Espinosa on Fernandina, one of the most pristine islands in the world, with one of the islands’ densest colonies of marine iguanas and opportunities to see flightless cormorants. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra Island | Embark | Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island
Day 2 : Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island | Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island
Day 3 : Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island
Day 4 : Post Office Bay | Champion Islet, Floreana Island
Day 5 : Baltra Island | Disembark

Highlights

  • Walk across Dragon Hill and enjoy the beautiful view of the western islands
  • Explore the underwater wonders around fantastic Champion Islet
  • Snorkel along Punta Vicente Roca's cliffs to admire its rich marine life
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Centre

Ship

Santa Cruz II

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

The iconic feet of a Blue-Footed Booby Snorkel the crystal, warm waters of the Galapagos archipelago A male frigatebird rests in the trees of the Galapagos Enjoy a blissful snorkeling trip. Land iguana looking out over water

Day 1 Baltra Island | Embark | Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive by plane at Baltra Island and transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II where you receive your welcome introductory briefing, boat drill, and lunch. The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts the fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill). The first part of your walk passes a brackish-water lagoon frequented by shorebirds, ducks, and flamingos, while further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago, as well as the chance of observing land iguanas.

Day 2 Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island | Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, explore Vicente Roca Point the coast by panga while your naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area, a nesting place for several Galapagos highlights: flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, fur seals, boobies, etc. Depending on weather conditions, you can snorkel along the cliffs of this area rich in marine life, seasonally visited by green sea turtles and oceanic sun fish (Mola mola). The afternoon is dedicated to exploring the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina, which boasts a very unique environment with a very high density of marine iguanas, who share their space with sea lions, Sally light-foot crabs, hawks, penguins, and the flightless cormorants.

Day 3 Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning,  disembark (dry landing followed by a brief bus ride) for your visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Centre within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest, home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation, and the National Park administration. Following your visit, board your transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.
 
There are several options available for the afternoon, which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader. Options include beach walks, kayaks, walks along the tortoise reserve, etc.  At the end of the afternoon’s activities, return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz II.

Day 4 Post Office Bay | Champion Islet, Floreana Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
 After breakfast, a panga ride along the maze of channels on Floreana’s north shore can be enjoyed. Follow this visit by continuing to Baroness Cove with its breathtaking views of Floreana. Land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries and where postcards are traditionally left for guests from other vessels to hand-deliver to their destinations. Snorkel off the beach then head back on board for lunch. Following lunch and a siesta,  take the pangas and glass-bottom boat to explore the underwater wonders around Champion Islet, an extinct shield volcano, regarded as one of the best snorkeling spots in the archipelago. From there, it’s on to Punta Cormorant, beginning with a wet landing on the olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk that includes a brackish-water lagoon where bird species such as greater flamingos, pintail ducks, common stilts, herons, sandpipers, and others gather. Continue your walk over to a white-sand beach, where sea turtles emerge from the sea at night to nest (from December to May).

Day 5 Baltra Island | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark at Baltra Island in order to transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

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325 sq. ft Three Darwin Suites on the Panorama Deck, with one large double bed and double picture windows. Can be interconnected with an Explorer double cabin to increase space by another 163 sq ft.

Notes

Please provide your wetsuite size in advance prior to trip

Please remember that the exact route and program may vary according to weather and ocean conditions and the wildlife encountered. It's also subject to change without previous notice due mainly to readjustment of the National Park policies and regulations.

Child Discount

25% discount for children under the age of 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. Valid in low season only

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Santa Cruz 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
  • Wetsuits available - $22 for 5-day and 6-day tours
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $675
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $620

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