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Devil's Crown Galapagos

Galapagos Eastern Island Cruise

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Embark on this 6-day adventure that explores the highlights of the central and eastern islands of the Galapagos. Indulge in the picturesque beauty of the unique landscape, relax on the beach, do some exploratory snorkeling, and wander through the islands of this archipelago. Get ready to see an abundance of unique wildlife including frigate birds and iguanas, and enjoy some friendly interaction with the island's playful sea lions. This will be a memorable vacation that will leave you wanting to come back for more.
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Highlights
  • View the "blowhole", a lava tube that sprays water over 50 ft in the air
  • Leave a postcard at Post Office Bay for another traveler to deliver
  • Cruise along the mangrove-lined shore of Santa Cruz
  • Visit Black Turtle Cove in search of sea turtles, & white-tipped sharks
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: San Cristobal

San Cristóbal Island (Chatham) is the easternmost island of the Galapagos and also one of the oldest.

Cerro Brujo is a white sand beach on the west side of San Cristóbal. Highlights include: Sally Lightfoot crabs, marine iguanas, sea lions, Chatham mockingbirds, lava lizards

Galapaguera and El Junco Lagoon is the only freshwater reservoir in Galapagos and has great views from its altitude of 700m in the highlands of San Cristóbal. Rainwater has been collected in the caldera for hundreds of years and formed this lagoon. Galapaguera is a good area to see tortoises in their natural environment.
Activities: Walking

Day 2: Española

Española Island (Hood): Española is the oldest of the Southern Islands and is the southernmost in the archipelago. Because of its remote location a unique range of endemic species evolved here.

Gardner Bay is located on the northeast of the island, the site has a long and beautiful white sand beach inhabited by sea lion colonies. 
Activities: Walking, Kayaking, Snorkeling

Islote Gardner and Islote Osborn islets are snorkeling sites where visitors will see an abundance of tropical fish, reef sharks, and turtles.

The wildlife at Punta Suarez is plentiful and varied. Along the cliff, visitors can enjoy the blowhole where seawater is forced about 20m into the air. The highlights are the Waved albatross (April-Dec) that are only found on Hood, Galapagos Hawks, blue-footed boobies, Nasca boobies, and Española lava lizards.
Activities: Walking

Day 3: Floreana

Floreana Island is best known for its colorful history of buccaneers, whalers, convicts, and early colonists.

Punta Cormorant has two contrasting beaches and a large inland lagoon where pink flamingoes can be seen.
Activities: Walking, Panga ride, Snorkeling

Devil’s Crown is a snorkeling site located just off Punta Cormorant. The site is a completely submerged volcano that has eroded to create the appearance of a jagged crown.
Activities: Snorkeling

Post Office Bay is one of the few sites visited in its human history. Visit the wooden mail barrel where letters are dropped off and picked up as remains of the Norwegian fishing village.
Activities: Walking, Snorkeling

Day 4: Santa Cruz | Santiago

Dragon Hill is located in the northwestern side of Santa Cruz Island. Some highlights include small lagoons with flamingos, Palo Santo trees, and Opuntia cactus.
Activities: Walking, Snorkeling

Santiago Island (James) is located between Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands. This Island offers a wide variety of seabirds, marine iguanas, and fur seals.

Sullivan Bay is of great geological interest. Highlights: 100-hundred-year-old lava flow field, pahoehoe formations, and lava bubbles.
Activities: Walking, Snorkeling

Day 5: Genovesa

Genovesa Island (Tower) is an eroded flat volcanic island, with a natural harbor, which is actually the submerged caldera of this volcanic island.

In El Barranco, there is a good possibility of seeing the unique “Short-eared owl” at this site. During the dinghy rides along the cliffs fur seals and several species of seabirds can be spotted.
Activities: Walking, Kayaking, Panga ride

Darwin Bay's steep cliffs of this area dominate the island. This area is home to thousands of frigate birds, red-footed boobies, Noddy terns, lava gulls, tropicbirds, doves, storm petrels, and Darwin’s finches.
Activities: Walking, Kayaking, Panga ride, Snorkeling

Day 6: Daphne Mayor Island | Disembark | Baltra

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Daphne Mayor is a small tuff cone island where many species of birds nest. Famous for a 20-year study of Darwin’s Finches conducted by Peter and Rosemary Grant. During the circumnavigation, you will see blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, and other sea life.
Activities: Panga ride
 
Return flight from Baltra to Quito.

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Child Discount

50% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. Child discounts are conditional and may not apply on certain departures. Please contact us for more information.

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.
Included
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling and kayaking equipment is included in the cruise cost and available for your use on board.
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $200 per adult, $100 per child under 12 (fees of $100 per adult and $50 per child valid on arrivals through Aug 1, 2024). Payable upon arrival to the Galapagos, only in cash dollars. Subject to increase by Galapagos Park Service.
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Wetsuits are not included but are available to rent on board - $30/week per person.
  • Fuel Surcharge - to be invoiced separately

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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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