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Western Islands

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This 6-day Western Islands cruise on the ship, the EcoGalaxy, explores the islands of Isabela, Fernandina, Santa Cruz, and more! A great way to observe the unique wildlife and landscapes of the Galapagos!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | Santa Cruz
Day 2 : Moreno Point | Elizabeth Bay
Day 3 : Urbina Bay | Tagus Cove, Isabela
Day 4 : Fernandina, Espinoza Point | Isabela, Vicente Roca Point
Day 5 : Santiago, Puerto Egas | Rabida
Day 6 : Santa Cruz | Baltra

Highlights

  • Learn about conservation and the unique wildlife in Charles Darwin Center
  • Enjoy walking along the base of the Alcedo Volcano on Urbina bay
  • See endemic wildlife on Egas Port
  • Ride around Tagus Cove and see the two volcanic craters

Ship

EcoGalaxy

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Fernandina
  • Isabela
  • Puerto Egas
  • Punta Espinosa
  • Punta Moreno
  • Rabida
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay
  • Vicente Roca Point

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

The beautiful colorful shores of the Galapagos. Snorkel on the Endeavour with the sea lions. Unique landscape and cactus found on the Galapagos Islands Land iguana looking out over water Ray swimming in the Galapagos
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Day 1 Baltra | Embark | Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land in Baltra and transfer to the EcoGalaxy. Enjoy a welcome drink and lunch before beginning your Galapagos adventure! Your first stop is the Charles Darwin Research Center on Santa Cruz, take a private bus to the entrance of the breeding center where you will see tortoises and land iguanas in captivity. This center is the main breeding site on the islands. Animals that were in danger of extinction on the various islands are maintained in captivity. Thanks to the dedicated work of several institutions, some species are being saved. Here lived Lonesome George, the famous last survivor of the giant tortoise species found on Pinta Island.

Day 2 Moreno Point | Elizabeth Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
 In the morning, we will disembark at Moreno Point, which is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along a path through lava rocks leading to tide pools and mangroves, create a birdwatcher’s delight. In the tide pools, green sea turtles and white-tip sharks can be spotted.

In the afternoon visit Elizabeth Bay, one of the island’s breeding sites for penguins. Located along the west coast of Isabela, Elizabeth Point is a marine visitor site. Visit Red Mangrove Cove: Brown pelicans, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays and sea lions are often seen. Dinner

Day 3 Urbina Bay | Tagus Cove, Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning discover Urbina Bay, this place is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano, between Elizabeth Bay and Tagus Cove. Wet landing. Trail length is around 3.20 Km; during this walk, we will observe land iguanas, hawks and tortoises. It is also possible to see red and blue lobsters.

In the afternoon visit Tagus Cove, located to the west of Darwin Volcano on Isabela Island. While walking, we will find several inscriptions (names of pirates) dating back to the 1800’s. From here, we can see Darwin Lake, a saltwater lake with a depth of approximately 9 m. It contains no fish. It is very common to see a variety of bird species.

Day 4 Fernandina, Espinoza Point | Isabela, Vicente Roca Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin today at Espinoza Point on Fernandina. Fernandina is the third biggest island in the Galapagos and has only one visiting site: Espinoza Point, famous for the large colonies of marine iguanas and the home of the flightless cormorant, the Galapagos penguin, snakes, and more. From Espinoza Point, you can admire the beauty of Fernandina Island and its volcano which last erupted in May of 2005. Fernandina is the only island that doesn’t have mammals and the open areas are extremely fragile. From January to June, the nesting period of the marine iguana, you take great care when walking.

After lunch, head to Vicente Roca Point is comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (sunfish).

Day 5 Santiago, Puerto Egas | Rabida

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start the day on the black sand beaches of Egas Port where you may find sea lions and marine iguanas sunbathing on the rocks. The unique color of the sand on this beach is due to volcanic tuff deposits.

The visitor site, located on the east coast of Rabida Island, consists of a red sand beach, a coastal lagoon behind the beach, and a loop trail of approximately 1.1 km length.

The red color of the rocks and sand on the beach is due to the interaction of the very porous volcanic material with environmental factors. Rain, salt water and the sea breeze act as oxidizing agents, creating the red color. The scenery, arid zone vegetation and the presence of native and endemic species add to the beauty of this island.

Day 6 Santa Cruz | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning, visit Black Turtle Cove in northern Santa Cruz. Take a dinghy ride around a beautiful mangrove forest, then into the cove to look for a variety of marine life such as black-tip reef sharks, marine turtles, and a variety of rays.

In the afternoon, transfer to the airport and fly to mainland Ecuador.
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Child Discount

10% discount for children under 12. 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

  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 5 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
  • INGALA Transit Control Card $20
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
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Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!
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