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North Central Islands

Baltra to San Cristobal - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Silver Galapagos
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Nothing can quite compare to the living museum of evolution that is the Galapagos Islands. Darwin was right – these islands reflect an eco-system and illustrate the evolutionary process like nowhere else on earth. Snorkel with turtles and sea lions, marvel at manta rays and witness the behavior of wild flamingos and flightless cormorants in their natural habitat on these extraordinary voyages of a lifetime.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark
Day 2 : El Barranco | Prince Philip Steps, Genovesa Island
Day 3 : North Seymour | Sullivan Bay, Santiago
Day 4 : Rabida | Eden Islet | Santa Cruz
Day 5 : La Galapaguera | Punta Pitt, San Cristóbal
Day 6 : Bahía Gardner | Punta Suárez, Española
Day 7 : The Fausto Llerena Breeding Center | Puerto Ayora , Santa Cruz
Day 8 : San Cristobal | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit “Bird Island”, a name it lives up to in a spectacular way
  • Kayak around Darwin Bay and admire the island’s craggy landscape
  • See blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance called “sky-pointing”
  • Observe Galapagos' giant tortoise, the most emblematic animal in the islands

Ship

Silver Galapagos

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Eden Islet
  • El Barranco
  • Espanola
  • Gardner Bay
  • Genovesa
  • La Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado
  • North Seymour
  • Prince Philip's Steps
  • Puerto Ayora
  • Punta Pitt
  • Punta Suarez
  • Rabida
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Sullivan Bay

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Blue-footed booby mating dance Galapagos Tortoise close up Overlook at Pitt Point Sea Lion resting on Red Sesuvium Boat at South Plaza, Galapagos Islands

Day 1 Baltra | Embark

Embark Silver Galapagos and depart on your exciting North Central Galápagos Expedition. After settling in, attending a mandatory safety drill and setting sail, and your Expedition Team will introduce themselves.

Silver Galapagos then heads for Daphne to do a circumnavigation –usually, only scientists are allowed to land. From the ship watch for Nazca and blue-footed boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, brown noddies and brown pelicans, as well as swallow-tailed gulls and frigatebirds. In the evening enjoy the first of many memorable meals in The Restaurant.

Day 2 El Barranco | Prince Philip Steps, Genovesa Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Genovesa is dubbed “Bird Island”, a name it lives up to in a spectacular way. Huge colonies of seabirds create a bird-watcher’s paradise. Take a walk on the sandy beach of Darwin Bay, home to one of the world’s largest Red-footed Booby nesting colonies. Yellow-crowned Night Herons feed near tidal lagoons, while hundreds of Swallow-tailed Gulls nest in the cliffs. Climb “Prince Philip’s Steps”, a steep path named after the Duke of Edinburgh who visited the island in 1965, and you can be well rewarded with a remarkable spectacle of Nazca Boobies nesting on the ground, Great Frigatebirds with their fiery red sacs, and, if you are lucky, you might even see the elusive Short-eared Owl on a daytime hunt for Storm Petrels, a favourite prey.

After a morning walk, have a chance to enjoy the first snorkeling excursion and experience the diverse, underwater wonderland that surrounds the island.
There is also an opportunity to kayak around Darwin Bay — which is actually a flooded caldera —and admire the island’s craggy landscape.

Day 3 North Seymour | Sullivan Bay, Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
North Seymour is a small up-lifted island close to Baltra filled with a spectacular profusion of wildlife above and below the water’s surface. The Magnificent Frigatebird is an opportunistic breeder and at any month of the year, one may see males displaying their bright-red gular pouch to attract females. Galápagos sea lions snooze in the sand. Blue-footed Boobies perform their courtship dance called “sky-pointing”. Marine iguanas and Galapagos land iguanas patrol the beach, while Brown Pelicans and Brown Noddies look for food in the shallow coastal waters. Walk through this spectacular landscape and afterward take the opportunity to go snorkelling—perhaps even spotting the impressive whitetip reef shark.

Witness the marks Nature has left on the islands through its geological forces. At Sullivan Bay, you can see lava flows dating back to 1897. Here the very high temperature of the molten material, as well as its gas content, had caused the surface to be quite smooth. The appearance this lava has is almost like frail rope and the technical term for it is pahoehoe (a Hawaiian name that suggests the swirls left behind by a paddle (hoe) in the water). Since the lava has not moved equally in all places, the design of the surface texture induces one to see different objects and images in the lava.

Back at the sandy beach, you might want to get ready for snorkeling. Apart from rays in the shallows, turtles are quite fond of the beaches and come there to lay their eggs.

Day 4 Rabida | Eden Islet | Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rabida is a small picturesque island with red cliffs and maroon-colored sand. Here one can see Darwin’s finches, lava lizards and Galápagos Mockingbirds. A short but rewarding hike leads along the cliffs where the red rocks, green Palo Santo trees and the blue turquoise sea create landscapes of stunning contrast. The underwater world teems with colorful tropical species and the vibrant submarine landscape is equally amazing. There is an opportunity to swim or simply stroll along the beach and admire the sea lions snoozing along the shore. One can also go for a stunning snorkel-excursion with sea lions, reef sharks, marine iguanas, colorful anemones and parrotfish, or kayak along the picturesque Rabida cliffs.

Silver Galapagos sails to Eden Islet for snorkeling, kayaking and Zodiac rides. Eden is a small, eroded tuff cone and an excellent example of the unique geology of the Galápagos. It is home to Great Blue Herons, sea lions, and Blue-footed Boobies; while the small tidal areas can be a resting place for reef sharks, eagle rays and green turtles. Eden is also an excellent spot for kayaking

Day 5 La Galapaguera | Punta Pitt, San Cristóbal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The most emblematic animal in the archipelago is the Galápagos giant tortoise. Over-hunting and competition with introduced animals has left its numbers close to extinction. Nonetheless, since the late 1950s, the work of the Galápagos National Park Service and the scientists of the Charles Darwin Research Station has been bringing those numbers back. See these ancient reptiles and their babies, and learn more about current conservation efforts at Galapaguera Cerro Colorado. Breeding and rearing endemic animals in captivity is part of a much broader conservation programme aimed at restoring and protecting the Galapagos Islands’ natural biodiversity.

San Cristóbal is one of the oldest islands in Galápagos and the well-eroded landscape of Punta Pitt creates a dramatic landscape. Three species of boobies can be found there: Red-footed, Blue-footed and Nazca Booby, as well as both the Great and Magnificent Frigatebird. After a wet landing on an olivine beach where sea lions doze, climb up a ravine to view one of the most scenic panoramas in the archipelago. San Cristóbal or Chatham lava lizards guide the way, while Red-footed Boobies and Nazca Boobies fly overhead.

Day 6 Bahía Gardner | Punta Suárez, Española

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bahia Gardner promises a chance to swim with sea lions from its gorgeous beach. Relax on the white sands of this idyllic location. Further out one can snorkel with large schools of colorful tropical fish and an occasional manta ray, while whitetip reef sharks may nap on the bottom. Paddling through crystal-clear waters in a kayak, marveling at the natural wonders, gives another view of the islands’ treasures.

Punta Suárez is at the western point of Española, the oldest island in the Galápagos. Sheer cliffs provide superb thermals for seabirds. Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies, and Blue-footed Boobies can easily be seen. The largest seabird to nest in the islands, the Waved Albatross, may be seen seasonally from April through December and has made Española its home. Mockingbirds, doves, and occasional Galápagos Hawks can also be found, as well as sea lions and colorful marine iguanas.

Day 7 The Fausto Llerena Breeding Center | Puerto Ayora , Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
em>Silver Galapagos cruises overnight to Santa Cruz, an island in the central part of the archipelago with the largest human population. The headquarters of the Galápagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station are located in the small town of Puerto Ayora. At the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, young giant tortoises –both dome-shaped and saddle-backed- up to 5 years old are waiting to be returned to their home island. There is also an exhibit on Galápagos land iguanas; their numbers were once diminished due to introduced animals, but they have had a comeback thanks to the efforts of the National Park Service and Research Station.

There is time to do some sightseeing and shopping in town as well.

South Plaza is a neat little island located close to the eastern coast of Santa Cruz. Its main attraction is a colony of Galápagos land iguanas, but the setting is also a highlight — giant prickly pear cactus, the reddish sesuvium plant, a mat-like ground cover, and a large nesting colony of Swallow-tailed Gulls make this small island an excellent stop. Marine iguanas and Galápagos sea lions are also around.

Day 8 San Cristobal | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Following breakfast, disembark Silver Galapagos for your return flight from San Cristobal Airport.

Silver Galapagos

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$6,660
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Spacious, with a welcoming sitting area, a marbled bathroom and your own private balcony with patio furniture. Silver Suites can accommodate three guests. Twin beds or queen-sized bed. 361 ft² / 34m² including private balcony.
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Deluxe Veranda Suite
The spacious Veranda Suite’s plush comfort with more space to relax. The private balcony with patio furniture vaunts panoramic views throughout the cruise. Three guests can rest comfortably in deluxe elegance. Twin beds or queen-sized bed. 303 ft² / 28m² including private balcony.
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The Veranda Suite is complete with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private balcony with patio furniture. Veranda Suites lavishly accommodate three guests. Twin beds or queen-sized bed. 268 ft² / 25m² including a private balcony.
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Terrace Suite
A quiet sanctuary where large picture windows provide panoramic ocean views. Terrace Suites provide splendid repose for three guests, along with easy access to public observation area with patio furniture. Twin beds or queen-sized bed. 287 ft² / 26.38m².
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Explorer Suite
All Explorer Suites can accommodate at least two guests. Explorer Suites 336, 337, 338, 339, 340, and 341 can accommodate up to three guests. All Explorer Suites on Deck 2 can accommodate up to three guests. Twin beds or queen-sized bed. One bedroom: 250 – 235 ft² / 23 – 22m² with view window One bedroom: DECK 2: 240 – 210 ft² / 22 – 20m² with three portholes.

Notes

Please Note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

Included in your cruise fare:​
  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available from 06:00 to 23:00 
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • Unlimited Free Wifi

Not included in your cruise fare:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise 
  • Pre or post-cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
  • Airfare
  • Optional hotel accommodation,
  • Transfers and luggage handling,
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Optional shore excursions 
  • Meals ashore
  • Accommodation while ashore
  • Security surcharges 
  • Any item or service of a personal nature such as casino gaming, laundry or valet services, purchases from the ship boutiques, childcare services aboard ship, massages, spa treatments, private fitness instruction, hair styling and manicures.
  • Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars are not included in your fare.

Child Discount

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Silver Galapagos 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

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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