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Eastern Islands

Example 5 Day Cruise aboard M/Y Passion
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This tour takes you to the Eastern islands of the archipelago, to deep, silent coves where green sea turtles swim, to the iconic Pinnacle Rock and to a red sandy beach where yet more sea lions await you. After a delicious breakfast, a panga will take you where red-footed boobies perch on prickly pear cacti, Nazca boobies nest and green sea turtles glide alongside.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Fly to Baltra | Black Turtle Cove
Day 2 : Darwin Bay | El Barranco
Day 3 : Punta Espejo | Sullivan Bay
Day 4 : Bartolome | Dragon Hill
Day 5 : Santa Cruz Highlands | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Black Turtle Cove, a mangrove lagoon on the coast of Santa Cruz
  • Explore Darwin Bay a unique site with a beautiful beach
  • Be amazed by the landscapes covered by sea lions’ colonies at Bartolome

Ship

M/Y Passion

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Wooden boardwalk in Bartolome Pinnacle Rock on Bartolome Island Sea lions on Rabida beach Hiking the highlands of the Galapagos Stunning view of the Highlands in Santa Cruz

Day 1 Fly to Baltra | Black Turtle Cove

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After arriving at Baltra airport, be greeted by your naturalist guide to then board the M/Y WildAid´s Passion and have lunch. After lunch, navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Pelicans and herons roost on the branches, while marine dwellers such as green sea turtles or golden rays may cruise right next to the panga as it makes its way through the mangroves.

Day 2 Darwin Bay | El Barranco

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay (wet landing), a unique site with a beautiful beach, lined with red mangroves and soft‐haired prickly pear cacti where red‐footed boobies and great frigatebirds perch tamely.

At El Barranco (dry landing), climb the edge of a cliff where frigatebirds, masked boobies, and red-footed boobies nest. The trail takes you to the inner part of the island, populated by holy stick trees and cacti.

Day 3 Punta Espejo | Sullivan Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today have the opportunity to observe the abundant marine life of Punta Espejo, on Marchena Island. This site is reserved for snorkeling and diving only, and it is safe to say that it is one of the best spots in the Galapagos for these activities. This location is known for having dolphins and hammerhead sharks, as well as the vast quantities of coral heads, allowing for a much higher concentration of coral than the rest of the archipelago. We will have two snorkeling activities during this morning, to have more time and opportunities to observe marine life.

After snorkeling, return to the yacht for an in-depth briefing about the ocean currents and their effect on the archipelago’s flora and fauna while we navigate to our next destination.

We will have a dry landing in Santiago Island’s Sullivan Bay, where we will walk over a recent lava flow with fresh pahoehoe lava formations, lava bubbles containing crystallized minerals, and pioneer plant fossils.  Along the shoreline, we may find Galapagos penguins and herons going after small fish.

Day 4 Bartolome | Dragon Hill

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Have a dry landing on Bartolome, followed by a mild climb up a set of wooden steps to reach the summit of a spatter cone for a breathtaking panorama of the island’s iconic Pinnacle Rock and views of neighboring Santiago, and other central islands in the distance. Afterward, visit the white sand beach used as a nesting site by sea turtles, followed by snorkeling in the waters of Bartolome Island, where it is not unusual to spot Galapagos penguins.
 
In the afternoon, navigate a short distance to Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz’s northwestern shore with a dry landing to visit a saltwater lagoon, home to greater flamingos, black‐necked stilts, and white‐cheeked pintails. Further inland finds a fantastic land iguana nesting site.

Day 5 Santa Cruz Highlands | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This is your last day on the islands. After breakfast, disembark in Puerto Ayora and board our transport to reach Santa Cruz Highlands. Visit one of the ranches of the area where it is possible to see giant tortoises in their natural hábitat.

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

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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 M/Y Passion 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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This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.
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