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Southern Islands

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Experience the Southern Islands, home to abundant wildlife of the Galapagos on this 4-day journey aboard the Calipso. Explore the islands of South Plaza, Santa Fe, Floreana, and Santa Cruz. Encounter sharks, sea lions, land iguanas, giant tortoises, abundant bird life and more as you hike, snorkel and kayak. Amazing landscapes, colorful snorkeling sites, and relaxing sandy beaches await you on this Galapagos adventure.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra Airport | Embark | South Plaza Island
Day 2 : Post Office Bay | Baroness Viewing Point | Cormorant Point
Day 3 : Santa Fé Island | Fausto Llerena Breeding Center
Day 4 : Disembark | Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center | San Cristobal Airport

Highlights

  • Discover South Plaza home to one of the largest sea lion colonies
  • Visit Baroness Viewing Point, a fantastic place to take in the Galapagos environment
  • Learn more about the volcanic origin of the archipelago

Ship

Calipso

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Floreana
  • Mirador de la Baronesa
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Cormorant
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Interpretation Center
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza Island

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sea lions on Fernandina Island Colorful South Plaza Island A male frigatebird rests in the trees of the Galapagos Unique landscape and cactus found on the Galapagos Islands Giant Tortoise

Day 1 Baltra Airport | Embark | South Plaza Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Baltra Island this morning. 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.

The steep cliffs of South Plaza were formed by rising lava and are now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is Sesuvium. During the rainy season, its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.

Day 2 Post Office Bay | Baroness Viewing Point | Cormorant Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel used as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don’t forget your postcards, and don’t be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you even get home!

Baroness Viewing Point is a fantastic place to absorb the environment of the Galapagos. Once inhabited by an indulgent baroness and her three lovers, the history of this island is intriguing. The legends about this baroness are associated with a fascinating murder mystery. There are easy trails in this area for exploring the flora and fauna of Floreana.

Cormorant Point hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The Green Beach is named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the Four Sand Beach is composed of white coral.

Day 3 Santa Fé Island | Fausto Llerena Breeding Center

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Santa Fe Island (Barrington) is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the island’s northeast coast. The bay has two visitor trails: one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest.

You will visit “Fausto Llerena” Giant Tortoises Creeding Center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity; this is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-foot long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises 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 4 Disembark | Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center | San Cristobal Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark this morning after breakfast and transfer to the Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center. This site is part of an environmental project. The tour of this center will explore the natural history of the islands including human interaction and conservation efforts. The Museum of Natural History explains the volcanic origin of the archipelago, ocean currents, climate, and the arrival of endemic species. The Human History exhibit chronologically describes significant events such as discovery and colonization of the islands.

After this final tour, you will be transferred to the San Cristobal airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

Calipso

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$2,445
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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

  • Accommodations on board Calipso 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
  • Diving available on specific 8-day itinerary
  • 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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