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San Cristobal to Baltra

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Silver Origin
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Nearly 180 years after Darwin was first awed by the Galapagos, the islands still do the same for travelers from around the world. The animals steal the show—the penguins playing around Pinnacle Rock, the sea lions seemingly unfazed by human presence—but there is so much more to discover. Set off to experience the rugged environs here: explore everything from lush mangroves to lava tunnels.Join the 7-day cruise aboard Silver Origin for your great Galapagos adventure.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal | Embark
Day 2 : Bartolomé | Playa Espumilla, Santiago or Caleta Bucanero
Day 3 : Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela | Punta Espinoza, Fernandina
Day 4 : Caleta Tagus | Bahía Elizabeth, Isabela
Day 5 : Post Office Bay | Punta Cormorant | Champion Islet, Floreana
Day 6 : Cerro Dragón | Las Bachas, Santa Cruz
Day 7 : Los Gemelos, Puerto Ayora | Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Santa Cruz
Day 8 : Baltra | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Bartolomé to see the famous Pinnacle Rock
  • Walk around Flour Beach to admire green sea turtles
  • Snorkel in Punta Vicente Roca

Ship

Silver Origin

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Dragon Hill
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Espumilla Beach
  • Fernandina
  • Floreana
  • Isabela
  • Leon Dormido
  • Los Gemelos (Twin Craters)
  • Post Office Bay
  • Puerto Ayora
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Espinosa
  • Punta Vicente Roca (Galapagos)
  • San Cristobal
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Tagus Cove

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Galapagos Penguins Tagus Cove Vicente Roca Point Snorkeling the tropical waters of the Galapagos islands. Blue-footed boobies perched on volcanic rocks Iconic wildlife of the Galapagos sunning themselves

Day 1 San Cristobal | Embark

Embark Silver Origin for your exciting Western Galápagos Expedition. After settling in and attending a mandatory safety drill we will be setting sail. This afternoon you will be introduced to your Expedition Team.

During the late afternoon Silver Origin will circumnavigate Kicker Rock. You will be looking for frigatebirds, Swallow-tailed Gulls and Nazca Boobies. The geological formation and its impressive height can best be seen from the ship and conditions permitting you will be able to observe one of the most beautiful sunsets of the Galapagos Islands.

In the evening you will enjoy the first of many memorable meals in The Restaurant.

Day 2 Bartolomé | Playa Espumilla, Santiago or Caleta Bucanero

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Some of the most spectacular landscapes in the islands come into view. Just off the coast of Santiago, Bartolomé boasts some of the most magnificent landscapes in the islands including the famous Pinnacle Rock, a towering obelisk at the edge of the ocean. Go snorkelling or take a walk along the beach to look for the playful Galápagos Penguin, perched on a rock or zooming underwater.

Beautiful Espumilla Beach is an important nesting site for the East Pacific green sea turtle. You will walk through the arid vegetation zone of the interior where you will see the largest palo santo trees in the Galápagos, the perfect habitat for several species of Darwin’s finches. At times of the year when conditions are not ideal at Espumilla, you will enjoy a visit to Buccaneer’s Cove. This protected cove once served as a safe harbour for pirates as they repaired their ships and replenished their stores. Today, it offers a wealth of water-based activities, including snorkelling with a kaleidoscopic array of tropical fish, whitetip reef sharks, fur seals and even eagle rays. You can embark on a kayak or Zodiac tour and spy some of the beautiful geologic features of the area—red cliffs, natural caves and unique rock formations—while perhaps spotting seabirds like the Brown Noddy that nest in the cliffs.

Day 3 Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela | Punta Espinoza, Fernandina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The arid landscape of Isabela, the largest island in the Galápagos, is pierced by five majestic shield volcanoes. Snorkelling is probably the best although coldest in the islands at Punta Vicente Roca, located at the base of Ecuador Volcano. Half of this volcano collapsed about 100,000 years ago—meaning that visitors now get a spectacular cutaway view of the caldera. Aboard a Zodiac, you will look for Flightless Cormorants and Galapagos Penguins.

The largest colony of marine iguanas in the Galápagos can be seen sunning on the black lava shores of Punta Espinoza at the northeastern corner of Fernandina, the youngest island in the Galápagos,. One of the most pristine islands in the world, Fernandina hosts an impressive array of wildlife including sea lions, colourful Sally Lightfoot crabs and the rare endemic Flightless Cormorant.

Day 4 Caleta Tagus | Bahía Elizabeth, Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A short cruise across the Bolivar Strait brings Silver Origin to Tagus Cove on Isabela Island. Yellow Warblers and Galápagos Mockingbirds may escort your hike between palo santo trees and yellow cordias, passing the briny Darwin Lake along the way. Join the snorkelling tour to look for penguins, cormorants and the shy Brown Noddy along the sheltered cliffs. You may also explore the area on a kayak. 

The tallest red mangrove trees in the Galápagos are found in Elizabeth Bay, an idyllic mangrove lagoon and a fascinating place to observe marine life. You will take a Zodiac through the mangroves where sea turtles swim close to the surface, and pelicans and herons stalk for fish or crab. Sea lions and penguins are also prevalent in this marine sanctuary.

Day 5 Post Office Bay | Punta Cormorant | Champion Islet, Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Floreana has been luring visitors since the 18th century when whalers hunted the island for tortoises and pirates sought shelter in its caves. Sailors established a rustic mailing system still in use today: a box –today a barrel nailed to a pole- where they would drop letters hoping they would be delivered by other mariners sailing home. You can continue the tradition if you choose. Afterwards take a walk along the lovely beach, or go snorkelling in a colourful underwater world.

A sea lion rookery has developed on Floreana’s northern shore. Amid lava rocks that are dotted with prickly pear cacti and sesuvium, a small colony of the creatures thrives. Pups are particularly curious when visitors arrive—they love to go in the water and investigate Zodiacs as they pass through their waters.

As you travel along the coast, you may find many other creatures that look for shelter amid the red and white mangroves: eagle rays, marine turtles, Brown Pelicans and resting Cattle Egrets. Kayaking through the turquoise waters here is a true pleasure, inviting a sense of peaceful solitude and an invigorating feeling of connection to nature.

At Punta Cormorant, one of the most interesting sites in the islands, you will land on the olive-green sand and walk to Flour Beach, a favourite nesting site for green sea turtles, hoping to see flamingos on the way. Floreana also offers some of the best snorkelling sites in the Galápagos.

Day 6 Cerro Dragón | Las Bachas, Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cerro Dragon’s land iguanas have played an important part in the conservation program by the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park. When their numbers declined in the 1970s some animals were taken to breed in captivity, others were put onto the neighbouring islet Venecia. As these programs were successful, you will be heading inland on a trail leading past small saltwater lagoons that periodically feature flamingos to see the reintroduced animals. Once at the hill, you will circle Cerro Dragon, looking for the land iguanas and their burrows.

There might also be the possibility to snorkel near the landing site if time and tides permit.

Silver Origin will relocate to the northern shore of Santa Cruz during the early afternoon. At Las Bachas there will be the chance to swim from one of the two beaches, see White-cheeked Pintails and flamingos at a lagoon behind the beach and look for sea turtles -Las Bachas is one of the major nesting sites for them.

Day 7 Los Gemelos, Puerto Ayora | Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The second largest island in the archipelago is home to both the largest human settlement and the second largest wild tortoise population. You will visit Los Gemelos, two pit craters in the midst of a forest of tall scalesia trees that look like giant daisies and are endemic to the Galápagos. There is a good chance to spot land birds, especially one of the rare and endemic Galápagos Martins. You will also visit a private reserve to see tortoises in the wild.

In the afternoon, the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center gives you the opportunity to see both the domed tortoise and the iconic saddleback tortoise after which the islands were named. There is also the alternative to visit an organic coffee farm, Galápagos coffee is world known for its quality.

Day 8 Baltra | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Following breakfast, disembark Silver Origin for your return flight from Baltra Airport.

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Notes

Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity, and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

Included in your cruise fare:
  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – including champagne, select wines and spirits
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
Not included in your cruise fare:
  • Additional Airfare 
  • Optional hotel accommodation
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Optional shore excursions 
  • Meals ashore
  • Accommodation while ashore
  • Security surcharges 
  • Any item or service of a personal nature such as casino gaming, laundry or valet services, purchases from the ship boutiques, childcare services aboard ship, massages, spa treatments, private fitness instruction, hair styling and manicures.
  • Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars are not included in your fare.

Child Discount

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.

Included

  • Accommodations on board Silver Origin 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

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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