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Embark on this 6-day adventure that explores the incredible western and central islands of the Galapagos. Highlights of the west include beautiful Santa Cruz, wildlife-rich Isabela, cliff-laden Fernandina, and the amazing black beaches of Santiago. Be entertained by the antics of friendly sea lions or get up close and personal with the incredible giant tortoises that make their home here. Spend your days exploring the archipelago, encountering sea lions, Galapagos penguins, frigate birds, flightless cormorants, tortoises, and many more unique native species!
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Highlights
  • Explore Punta Moreno to find coastal lagoons and black lava flows
  • Snorkel at Punta Vicente Roca and see wildlife
  • Visit Puerto Egas and watch fur seals swim along the shore
  • Witness spectacular views of Bartolome
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Day 1: Baltra | Santa Cruz | Isabela

Arrive in the Galapagos and take a ferry to Santa Cruz Island. Transfer to Puerto Ayora and board a boat which takes you to Isabela Island. Afterward, take a water taxi to your ship.

Please Note: This is a unique 6-day itinerary, and it is recommended to arrive at Isabela one night earlier and overnight in a hotel to avoid complications from flight delays. Contact us for more details. After your arrival in Baltra, you'll meet a representative who will assist you in transferring to the ferry to Santa Cruz Island. The transfer from Baltra to Santa Cruz costs $1. The entrance fee to Isabela costs $10. The water taxi to your ship costs $1. 

Day 2: Isabela

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, visit Punta Moreno on Isabela Island. Punta Moreno is known for its coastal lagoons, black lava flows, and a variety of Galapagos birds. If you're lucky, you may even see flamingos!

This afternoon, visit Elizabeth Bay where you will set your sights on various Galapagos wildlife such as the Flightless Cormorant, sea lions, and the Galapagos Heron.

Day 3: Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, explore more of Isabela Island, stopping at Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove. At Urbina Bay, observe marine iguanas, Noddies, and the Galapagos Penguin! At Tagus Cove, keep your eyes peeled for Blue-footed Boobies, Galapagos Penguins, and the Flightless Cormorant, among other unique wildlife.

Day 4: Fernandina | Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, travel to Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island. Punta Espinoza is home to sea lions, Flightless Cormorants, marine iguanas, and pelicans.

In the afternoon, return to Isabela Island and visit Punta Vicente Roca, a fantastic place for snorkeling. This is also a great place for viewing the amazing Galapagos wildlife!

Day 5: Santiago | Bartolomé

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, visit Puerto Egas on Santiago Island, where you will see Galapagos fur seals swimming along the shore. If you're lucky, you will also spot numerous Galapagos birds, such as the Galapagos Dove, the Vermilion Flycatcher, and the Galapagos Hawk!

This afternoon, travel to Bartolomé Island. Here, hike up steep, wooden steps in order to reward ourselves with spectacular views of the islands!

Day 6: North Seymour | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning travel to North Seymour Island, home to one of the largest populations of frigatebirds. You may also see Blue-footed Boobies and Swallow-tailed Gulls.

After your visit to North Seymour, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.

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Notes

Please Note: It is recomended to arrive to the Galapagos one day prior to the begining of the cruise to prevent missing the boat to Isabela Island. 

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, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • 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: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • 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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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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