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Punta Suarez, Espanola

Southeastern Islands Cruise

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This incredible 4-day itinerary offers the perfect opportunity to discover the archipelago and connect with the history of this stunning location. A visit to the David Rodriguez Breeding Center provides information about the origin and evolution of the giant tortoise and explains why the center is so vital in safeguarding the future of these incredible creatures. Walking through the trails of the reserve, you can see baby tortoises being reared in semi-natural conditions. The pristine white sandy beach of Gardner Bay dotted with sea lions provides a perfect spot to relax, and kayaking or paddle boarding is a fantastic way to observe a large number of waved albatrosses who use this beach as a breeding site.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal Airport | David Rodriguez Breeding Center | Embark
Day 2 : Suarez Point | Gardner Bay | Osborn Islets
Day 3 : Cormorant Point | Champion Islet | Post Office Bay | The Baroness' Lookout
Day 4 : Mosquera Islet | Disembark | Baltra Airport

Highlights

  • Admire unique EspaƱola Island and observe red and green marine iguanas
  • Snorkel with sea lions and a variety of tropical fish at Osborn Islet
  • Explore Mosquera Islet beautiful and unique surroundings

Ship

M/C Elite

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Champion Inlet
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Mirador de la Baronesa
  • Mosquera
  • Osborn Islet
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Punta Suarez, Espanola viewing tortoises on San Cristobal sea lions on the beach at San Cristobal A Flightless Cormorant found on Fernandina and Isabela Islands in the Galapagos Giant Tortoise

Day 1 San Cristobal Airport | David Rodriguez Breeding Center | Embark

This morning arrive at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island. You'll be met at the airport by staff members and transported to your ship.

In the afternoon, visit the David Rodriguez Breeding Center provides information about the origin and evolution of the giant tortoise and explains why the center is so vital in safeguarding the future of these incredible creatures. Walking through the trails of the reserve, you can see baby tortoises being reared in semi-natural conditions - a brilliant demonstration of the commitment the local people have to preserve the wildlife that makes the Galapagos so special.

Day 2 Suarez Point | Gardner Bay | Osborn Islets

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Suarez Point is packed with wildlife and is best explored by following the circular walking trail. This walk takes you past nesting sites of large colonies of Nazca and blue-footed boobies and mockingbirds. Also, unique to Española island are red and green marine iguanas and the beautiful waved albatrosses, that can be seen majestically launching themselves out across the ocean from the cliffs. Visit a geological highlight, several blow holes, capable of shooting water 25m into the air, that make for a spectacular photo.

The pristine white sandy beach of Gardner Bay dotted with sea lions provides a perfect spot to relax, and kayaking or paddle boarding is a fantastic way to observe a large number of waved albatrosses who use this beach as a breeding site. A short panga ride takes you to the Gardner and Osborn Islets, that are superb locations for snorkeling with young sea lions and a variety of colorful tropical fish and corals.

Day 3 Cormorant Point | Champion Islet | Post Office Bay | The Baroness' Lookout

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cormorant Point features two contrasting beaches: one with green-tinted sand due to the high content of olivine crystals, and another with pure white sand (commonly known as ‘Flour Beach’) derived from pulverized coral. The saltwater lagoon is a must-see as it is frequented by one of the largest population of Galapagos flamingos as well as other shorebirds such as stilts, white-cheeked pintails and large-billed flycatchers.

A panga ride to Champion Islet, an extinct shield volcano, provides a fantastic opportunity for snorkeling in an area that is known for having a high diversity of fish.

Post Office Bay is a man-made site that offers an insight into a remarkable mailing tradition developed by British whalers in the 18th century, that visitors can still take part in today.

The beach provides for good snorkeling and kayaking and it is also possible to descend into and walk through a lava tube. Next, take a panga ride to the Baroness’ Lookout, a volcanic rock formation named after an Australian baroness, who visited the island in the 1930’s and is believed to have mysteriously disappeared. A short trail leads to a brilliant vantage point with panoramic views of the surrounding mangroves and coastline.

Day 4 Mosquera Islet | Disembark | Baltra Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
Mosquera Islet is a small, flat, sandy islet located between Baltra and North Seymour islands. With no fixed trail, you are free to explore the beautiful surroundings on foot, where you can encounter a large population of sea lions, shorebirds and the striking Sally Lightfoot crabs that cling to the dark rocks. 
The numerous coral reefs also make it a fantastic site for snorkeling and catching sight of a range of marine life including sharks, turtles, and rays.

Transfer from the yacht to the airport.

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Child Discount

25% Discount applies when traveling with two adults. Children must be under 12 years old by the time they cruise

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board M/C Elite 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
  • $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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