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Example 7 Day Cruise aboard Santa Cruz II
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Start this incredible Galapagos adventure in Baltra. Stop at the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Breeding Centre and be introduced to the beauty of the famous Galapagos giant tortoise and to the important scientific work that continues to be performed on the islands. Visit the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. Discover Española Island, voted the #1 island by guides and expedition leaders, which awaits you with its remarkable visitor site of Punta Suarez, home to hundreds of marine iguanas, sea lions, marine birds, and even albatross – a truly stunning site! Explore North Seymour, famous for its land iguanas and sea lions as well as bird colonies of blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and Nazca boobies. Finish at Baltra after a moving and memorable experience.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra Island | Embark
Day 2 : Puerto Baquerizo Moreno | Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island
Day 3 : Santa Fe Island | South Plaza Island
Day 4 : Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island
Day 5 : Punta Suarez | Gardner Bay, EspaƱola Island
Day 6 : Eden Islet, Santa Cruz Island
Day 7 : Baltra Island | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit beautiful Cerro Colorado, home to dozens of endemic bird species
  • Discover idyllic sandy-white beaches populated by friendly sea lions
  • See the waters contrast with the sand and black lava of South Plaza Island
  • Snorkel & kayak at the picture-postcard white coral beach of Gardner Bay

Ship

Santa Cruz II

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sea lions bask in the sun on the beach South Plaza Island Colorful kayaks on the beach Hiking through cacti in the Galapagos Snorkeling at San Cristobal

Day 1 Baltra Island | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive by plane at Baltra Island and transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II. After lunch and your introductory briefing on board, Santa Cruz II relocates only four nautical miles from Baltra to Mosquera Islet, a small volcanic uplift between Baltra and North Seymour. The island is a long and narrow sand bank surrounded by lava reefs.  After a wet landing, your guides lead you past the sea lion colonies, where you can learn more about the fragile marine and terrestrial ecosystems of the Galapagos. The walk is easy as it is restricted to a few hundred meters of flat sandy dunes. This is also a great opportunity for an introduction to snorkeling. 

Day 2 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno | Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, disembark (dry landing) at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the island's capital, and drive 40 minutes to the island’s southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, visit the breeding center for highly endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird, and the San Cristobal lava lizard, both island endemics. In the afternoon, disembark (wet landing) on the eastern tip of the island at Punta Pitt, an eroded tuff cone, whose trail provides spectacular views of the shoreline. This is the only site in the Galapagos where the three species of boobies can be found together. Walk or enjoy a panga ride along the coast. There is an opportunity for snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking.

Day 3 Santa Fe Island | South Plaza Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, take the dinghy over to this idyllic sandy-white beach populated by many sea lions (wet landing). The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the morning walk amid the giant prickly pear cactus. Snorkeling and swimming from the panga rounds off your rewarding experience, or if guests prefer, the glass bottom boat is available for non-snorkelers. Following lunch and a rest, disembark in South Plaza Islands (dry landing) in this channel, whose turquoise waters contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. Beyond, a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-gray land iguanas sit beneath these, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coastline you will find sea lion colonies, while frigates, swallow-tailed gulls, and shearwaters glide, playing with the thermals.

Day 4 Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, disembark (dry landing) for your visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Centre within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest that is 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. Then enjoy several options available for the afternoon, which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader.  At the end of the afternoon’s activities, return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz II.

Day 5 Punta Suarez | Gardner Bay, EspaƱola Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today visit Punta Suarez (dry landing) - An exciting walk awaits at this site, where you can enjoy its unique sea bird colonies, including waved albatrosses (April-December), Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls as well as a view of the Galapagos’ famous “blow-hole”. Also, look out for red-green-black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch. In the afternoon, the picture-postcard white coral beach of Gardner Bay and the nearby islet of Osborn provides a beautiful setting for observing sea lions, mockingbirds, and finches as you relax. Expect great snorkeling in this area. There is an opportunity for swimming and kayaking as well.

Day 6 Eden Islet, Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, a panga ride takes you to Eden Islet, a small islet located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where you can observe blue-footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks, and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel and, if weather conditions permit, ride in the glass-bottom boat and kayak.
 
North Seymour was lifted from the ocean floor by a volcanic event, and its origins as a seabed give the island its low, flat profile. A tiny forest of silver-gray Palo Santo trees stands just above the landing (dry landing), usually without leaves, waiting for the rains to burst into bloom. This is a great introductory site to the islands and their wildlife, full of bird colonies of blue-footed boobies, two species of frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, as well as sea lions and marine iguanas.

Day 7 Baltra Island | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
On your last day, disembark at Baltra Island and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the continent.

Santa Cruz II

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163.2 sq. ft. Three twin cabins on the Panorama deck with picture windows. All cabins can interconnect with Darwin Suites.
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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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