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Punto Egas, Santiago Island, Galapagos

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The Galápagos Archipelago, Darwin's living laboratory, is home to an abundance of wildlife. Isolated from the mainland for millions of years, it is that rare wilderness where animals have no instinctive fear of humans. Travel aboard the Grand Majestic to experience up-close encounters with unique species such as land iguanas, penguins, reef sharks, rays, and more!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal | Embark
Day 2 : North Seymour Island | Black Turtle Cove
Day 3 : Bartholomew | Santiago
Day 4 : Isabela
Day 5 : Fernandina | Isabela
Day 6 : Santiago
Day 7 : Santa Cruz
Day 8 : San Cristobal | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Isabela Island and discover its colorful flora and fauna
  • Admire Bartholomew's spectacular volcanic formations and colors
  • Explore Tagus Cove, historically used as an anchoring site for pirates
  • Swim at Las Bachas and see flamingos, black necked stilts, and whimbrels

Ship

Grand Majestic

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Bartolome
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Buccaneer Cove
  • Espinosa Point
  • Fernandina
  • Isabela
  • North Seymour
  • Puerto Egas
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Sullivan Bay
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay
  • Vicente Roca Point

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Punto Egas, Santiago Island, Galapagos Galapagos penguin Rabida Exploring the Galapagos Punto Egas, Santiago Island, Galapagos See an abundance of iguanas on your Galapagos tour

Day 1 San Cristobal | Embark

Arrive at the San Cristobal airport this morning and transfer to the boat. Cruise the shores of San Cristobal en route to Galapaguera, located on the southern end of the island. Here view giant turtles living peaceably in the wild.

Day 2 North Seymour Island | Black Turtle Cove

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the arid landscape of North Seymour Island and it's wildlife as blue-footed boobies, the royal frigate birds of Galapagos, and the sea lions.

Black Turtle Cove is situated in the northern part of Santa Cruz. This inlet is surrounded by mangroves and is only accessible by dinghy. The shallow cove is a safe haven for young marine life. Black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.

Day 3 Bartholomew | Santiago

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Home of the famous Pinnacle Rock, Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black, and even green volcanic formations. A trail of stairs leads to the summit of the volcano, boasting one of the best views of the islands. The beach is perfect for snorkeling and possible sightings of the Galapagos penguin.

Land on the black beach of Puerto Egas on the island of Santiago, once home to a salt mining enterprise. Explore this unique beach and its environs including plenty of sea lions and fur seals. Santiago provides habitat for many of the 30-40,000 fur seals that call the Galapagos home, and provides ample photography opportunities for these animals.

Day 4 Isabela

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tagus Cove on Isabela Island is one of the landing spots on the island and was historically used as an anchoring site for pirates and whalers. The trail that goes from Tagus Cove takes you through many different vegetation zones and offers spectacular views of Darwin Lake, which is a saltwater crater lake. Once you get to the top of the trail, you are able to see Darwin Volcano as well as Wolf Volcano, which is the highest point of the islands.

Continue to Urbina Bay, located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954 causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half-a-mile out, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkeling.

Day 5 Fernandina | Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail to Fernandina for a visit to Espinoza Point. Fernandina Island has yet to be invaded by foreign species, making it one of the world's most pristine island ecosystems. The volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the landspace with lava fields reaching the ocean. This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.

Return to Isabela this afternoon and explore Vicente Roca Point, located on the northwestern coast of the island and comprised of two separate coves. This site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (sunfish) may be spotted here. This bay is great for diving and snorkeling.

Day 6 Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today discover three of the most iconic spots on Santiago Island. Start with Buccaneer Cove, a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge for British buccaneers. These pirates would anchor in the protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat, among other things. The steep cliffs, where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red-sand beach, are a magnificent site. 

Then head to Espumilla Beach, a popular place for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs. The crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey. With an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eels, and sharks, snorkeling is highly recommended.

Finally close with a flourish at Sullivan Bay,  where a coral beach landing leads you towards a lava field as far as the eye can see. Hunt and peck over the two distinguished types of lava, pahoehoe and 'a'a, for signs of plant life that have managed to emerge over the past 100 years since the most recent volcanic explosion. A truly amazing volcanic experience…up close and personal!

Day 7 Santa Cruz

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, Las Bachas is a swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest off the beach.

The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3 inches (new hatchlings) to 4 feet long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Day 8 San Cristobal | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning visit Kicker Rock. This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and scuba diving allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life. Continue to the airport for your journey home.

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Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.

Included

  • Accommodations on board Grand Majestic 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
  • Wetsuit
  • Sea Kayaking

Excluded

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

Galapagos Flights

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

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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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