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Northeast and Southern Islands

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Galaxy
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Discover the striking landscapes and vivid wildlife of the Galapagos on this 8-day cruise aboard Galaxy. Explore the Northeast and Southern islands of the archipelago as you cruise from Baltra to Santa Cruz. Swim and snorkel with sea lions and turtles, and look for famous bird species such as blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, and the finches that inspired some of Charles Darwin's theories. 
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Highlights
  • Observe a vast sea lion colony on Mosquera Islet
  • Spot colorful species such as blue-footed boobies and frigate birds
  • Swim and snorkel with marine wildlife around the reefs
  • Explore unique volcanic landscapes
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Baltra Island | Mosquera Islet | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive to Baltra Island and board your ship for a welcome lunch. This afternoon, visit Mosquera islet. Located between Baltra Island and North Seymour, it's home to a large sea lion colony as well as countless birds. Observe the wildlife and enjoy some light hiking along the beach.

Day 2: Santiago Island | Bartolome Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, land at Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island for some exploration of the distinctive landscape, composed of lava flows and unique plants that have adapted to grow in the cooled lava. 

This afternoon, land at Bartolome Island for walking, swimming, snorkeling and photography. Join a guide to walk to an observation point to see pioneering plants, such as tiquilia, chamaesyce, and scalesia. The island has been formed by lava cones, and lava pipes where lava once flowed. From the beach, take a path through mangrove swamps and sand dune vegetation to the south beach. At the north beach, enjoy swimming and snorkeling. From the top of Bartolome, enjoy views of the islands of Santiago, Rabida and Isabela. 

Day 3: Genovesa Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, explore Genovesa Island.

This morning, arrive at Barranco, also known as Prince Felipe's stairs, for some hiking. Spot birds such as petrels, frigate birds, red-footed boobies, doves, and the famous finches. 

This afternoon, land at Darwin bay for short walks, great photo opportunities, and more chances for swimming and snorkeling. Visit the nearby mangrove swamp to see marine iguanas, frigate birds, herons, and several species of finches. Later, enjoy a swim in the bay. 

Day 4: San Cristobal Island Interpretation Center | Lobos Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning visit San Cristobal island. Visit the Interpretation Center to learn about the volcanic formation of the islands, the evolution of the incredible species, the history of human settlement, and the complex systems of conservation that have been put in place to protect this unique ecosystem for generations to come. 

In the afternoon, take a panga ride to Lobos Islands. Here, you can walk along the beaches, swim and snorkel with sea lions, spot marine iguanas and lava lizards, and look for several bird species. 

Day 5: Espanola Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Today explore Espanola Island. This morning, visit Gardner Bay to observe a large sea lion colony and see why they're a favorite species of visitors! Enjoy short walks around the beach, and take the opportunity for swimming and snorkeling with seals, sea turtles, marine iguanas, and countless tropical fish. 

In the afternoon, land at Suarez point for incredible birdwatching. Here, see the famous blue-footed booby birds as they make their distinctive mating dances. Depending on the time of year, you may also see albatrosses, majestically large seabirds with impressive wingspans. Other wildlife here include marine iguanas, zayapas, masked boobies, finches, mockingbirds, and seagulls. Enjoy a scenic walk along the lava rock, spotting distinctive lava tubes and red mangroves. 

Day 6: Floreana Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today explore Floreana Island. In the morning, land at Mail Bay to visit the historic post office, where Captain James Colnett installed an empty barrel to be used as a post office for the whaling fleets that stopped at the Galapagos Islands. You can mail postcards to your friends and relatives here! 

In the afternoon, land at Cormorant Point and visit its famous dark green beach, a result of large quantities of olivine crystals in the sand. Here you can see plenty of marine life, as well as more frigate birds and pelicans. Later enjoy a panga ride to a nearby islet for swimming and snorkeling with a variety of fish species. 

Day 7: Santa Fe Island | South Plazas Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning land at Santa Fe Island to enjoy hiking, swimming, and snorkeling. See colonies of seals, spot land iguanas, crabs, herons, mockingbirds, and more. In the bay, swim and snorkel with marine tortoises, rays, sea lions, and bright tropical fish. Return to the ship for lunch as you navigate to South Plazas islands. 

This afternoon, explore the South Plazas islands. This pair of small islands is home to small land iguanas and a colony of sea lions, and offers a hike along the cliffs with extraordinary views of seabird nesting sites. 

Day 8: Santa Cruz Island | Disembark

Breakfast is very early this morning to ensure time for a final visit at Santa Cruz Island. Here, visit the breeding center where giant tortoises and land iguanas in captivity are studied and cared for to ensure the survival of the species. Once in extreme danger of extinction, several species have been saved thanks to the work of these institutions. From here, say your farewells and transfer to the airport for your journey home.  
 

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Galaxy

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Cruise the Galapagos on the Galaxy ship

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Comfortable cabins with lower beds and port hole windows. Cabins have private bathrooms with hot/cold water and air conditioning.
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Child Discount

10% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. 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
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 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
  • 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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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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