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Your time in Galapagos can be short but sweet on the M/Y Passion’s 4-day cruise. First, spend a whole day with the world-famous Giant Tortoises in the Santa Cruz Highlands and the Charles Darwin Research Center. Spend time with colorful land iguanas in Plaza Sur and then hang out with sea lions on Santa Fe. Marvel at the geologic formations of the coast of Española and snorkel with some of the world’s most majestic sea creatures.
Stunning view of the Highlands in Santa CruzAn upclose image of a giant tortoise's face.Ocean view on South Plaza during a tour of the GalapagosExploring Espanola IslandSea lions bask in the sun on the beach
Highlights
  • Visit the world recognized Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center
  • Explore one of the oldest docks of the archipelago on colorful South Plaza
  • Snorkel at Osborn islet, a great place to observe great quantities of marine life
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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: Baltra | Santa Cruz Higlands | Embark | Darwin Research Station

After arriving at Baltra airport, be greeted by the personnel and have a short transfer to the Itabaca channel, where you will board a ferry to reach Santa Cruz Island, where another transport will take you to Puerto Ayora, where the M/Y Passion is anchored. Once in Puerto Ayora, board the yacht and have time for a short snack, before departing for your first visit to the islands, the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Here, see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi-natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for visitors. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be "repatriated"), and adults. Afterward,  head back to Puerto Ayora, where you will have some time to explore the town and shops by yourself (this is the only chance of shopping during this itinerary) before boarding the M/Y Passion at around 5:00 p.m. Once on board, the crew and captain will welcome you, have a short security drill, and enjoy dinner and the briefing for the next day´s activities.

Day 2: South Plaza Island | Santa Fe Island

Have a dry landing on one of the oldest docks of the archipelago on colorful Plaza Sur, home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium, and coppery‐orange land iguanas. Impressive seaward cliffs make the perfect perching spot for a variety of coastal birds. This is also a great place to observe the sea lion adult and pups swimming along the shores.
Possible activities: Hiking

After a wet landing on Santa Fe, you will encounter a white beach where sea lions are usually resting. Look for the endemic species of land iguana, which is larger with a deeper shade of yellow than land iguanas on other islands. The biggest prickly pear cacti in the Galapagos are also found here.
Possible activities: Hiking, Kayak, Panga Ride, Snorkel, Paddle Board

Day 3: Gardner Bay | Punta Suarez

Following a wet landing, spend the morning in Española Island’s Gardner Bay, an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the bold Española mockingbird. Close to Española, there is a beautiful array of islets ideal for observing marine life. While snorkeling at one of these locations, come face to face with the marine reserve’s endemic species including the playful sea lions.
Possible activities: Hiking, Kayak, Snorkeling, Paddle Board

After this visit, head to Punta Suarez, one of the most popular landing sites in the Galapagos. The highlights include sea lions near the landing place (sometimes seen body‐surfing in the large breakers) large marine iguanas, with red‐colored males in the breeding season, oystercatchers, blue-footed and masked boobies, Galapagos hawks, Galapagos doves, swallow‐tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds, and three species endemic to Española: the waved albatross (present only from April to December), the Española mockingbird, and the Española lava lizard. The trail ends in El Soplador, a blowhole that sprays water some 25 meters (75 feet) into the air.
Possible activities: Hiking

Day 4: Puerto Ayora | Disembark | Twin Craters

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This is your last day on the islands. After breakfast, disembark in Puerto Ayora to take your transport to the Baltra airport, making a short stop to visit the Twin Craters. The Gemelos are two deep craters located to the side of the road that leads from Puerto Ayora to the other side of the island in order to arrive at the airport. These huge craters were most likely created in a volcanic explosion or by magma chambers having collapsed underneath the island´s surface. This is also an excellent place to see the Galapagos hawk and the Santa Cruz barn owl. The surrounding forests are also filled with birds such as the vermilion flycatcher and the yellow warbler.

After this visit, continue your way to the Baltra airport for the departing flight to mainland Ecuador.

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Included
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 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
  • Tea, coffee, water, and natural juices.
  • Snorkel gear (mask, snorkel, and fins), Short wet suits (shorties), kayak equipment.
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  • 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
  • Fuel Surcharge - to be invoiced separately
  • Alcoholic and bottled beverages
  • Long wetsuits (available for rent)

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