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Land Iguana in the Galapagos

Central Islands

Example 5 Day Cruise aboard Calipso
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Embark on this 5-day adventure exploring the highlights of the Central and Eastern Islands of the Galapagos. Soak up the picturesque beauty of the unique landscape, relax on the beach, and do some exploratory snorkeling. Get ready to see an abundance of unique wildlife including frigate birds and iguanas, and enjoy some friendly interaction with the island's playful sea lions. This will be a memorable vacation that will leave you wanting to come back for more.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal Airport | Embark | Witch Hill
Day 2 : Pinnacle Rock | Chinese Hat Islet
Day 3 : Espinoza Point | Tagus Cove
Day 4 : Urbina Bay | Moreno Point
Day 5 : North Seymour | Disembark | Baltra Airport

Highlights

  • Visit Witch Hill, one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos
  • Snorkel at Pinnacle Rock and enjoy one of the best views of the islands
  • Observe North Seymour's natural beauty and wildlife

Ship

Calipso

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Chinese Hat
  • Isabela
  • North Seymour
  • Pinnacle Rock
  • Punta Moreno
  • San Cristobal
  • Santiago
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay
  • Witch Hill

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Land Iguana in the Galapagos Sea lions bask in the sun on the beach Hiking the stunning landscape of the Galapagos Pinnacle rock in Bartolome Giant tortoises in the Galapagos
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Day 1 San Cristobal Airport | Embark | Witch Hill

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by a Calipso staff member and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

Located on the northern coast, Witch Hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkeling.

Day 2 Pinnacle Rock | Chinese Hat Islet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You will head to Bartholomew Island where the famous Pinnacle Rock is found. Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see and swim with Galapagos penguins.

This small islet is located near the southeast coast of Santiago Island. Its name comes from the distinct shape of the islet’s summit. This small islet is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tunnels and lava flows. Some of the lava flows were formed underwater and subsequently raised above sea level. The presence of coral heads on the lava flow indicates this phenomenon.

Day 3 Espinoza Point | Tagus Cove

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, you will land at Espinoza Point, and after walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, you will reach the island’s highlight: the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.

In the morning, you will visit Tagus Cove on Isabela Island which is located across from Fernandina Island, near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s, using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views.

Day 4 Urbina Bay | Moreno Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Urbina Bay is 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.

Moreno Point is located southwest of Elizabeth Bay. Here a dry landing onto what was once owing lava is possible. The lava has left craters in its wake which formed crystal tide pools. By looking into the pools, you can peer into another world as the marine life drifts by your window. In the brackish pools of this area, you may see pink flamingos, white-cheeked pintails, and common gallinules. If you look carefully into the pools, you may see white-tip reef sharks and some sea turtles.

Day 5 North Seymour | Disembark | Baltra Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
In North Seymour, you may see Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent frigate birds which are abundant on this island. North Seymour was formed by a series of submarine lava flows containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

After this final visit, you will disembark and transfer to the Baltra airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.
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6 upper deck cabins and 2 main deck cabins (120 ft²/11.2 m²-140 ft²/13.5 m²), twin beds with the option of a matrimonial bed. Each cabin has a private bathroom, individual climate control, TV, hairdryer, 2 USB plugs, and a storage area.

Child Discount

25% discount for children under 12 years at time of Galapagos cruise traveling with two adults. 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

  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, and kayaks are all included in the cruise cost and are available for you use on board.
  • 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

Excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Diving available on specific 8-day itinerary. 
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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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