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Enjoy a snapshot of the Southeastern Galapagos Islands on this 4-day cruise. Take a dinghy ride to the shores of Espanola, visit a flamingo lagoon in Punta Cormorant, and navigate around Kicker Rock on your tour aboard the Eden. This quick trip makes you want to come back and explore more!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Santa Cruz Island | Embark
Day 2 : Floreana
Day 3 : Espanola
Day 4 : San Cristobal | Disembark


  • Visit El Chato to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat
  • Travel to a flamingo lagoon at Punta Cormorant
  • Watch sea lions lounge around in tide pools



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  • Small Ship

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Interesting rocks on Santa Cruz Hitchhikers on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Punta Suarez, Espanola Lava tube caves near Punta Cormorant, Floreana Espanola Island

Day 1 Baltra | Santa Cruz Island | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Baltra and your bilingual naturalist guide greets you at the airport. Santa Cruz Island is home to Puerto Ayora where you can shop around. Explore the upper region of the island and learn about the plants and animals. This area is called El Chato which is a giant tortoise reserve and one of the few places open to visitors where giant tortoises are found in their natural habitat interacting with the rest of the Galapagos life.

Day 2 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Punta Cormorant and follow a path to a flamingo lagoon. On your way pass by Carolina Beach, a sea turtle nesting area with countless sea birds and sea rays. 

Next, stop at the Devil's Crown, a sub-marine crater that offers some of the most spectacular snorkeling in the Galapagos. This is a great spot for seeing a wide array of tropical fish and white-tipped sharks.

After lunch sail to Post Office Bay, the island's original post office which is really just a wooden barrel! Drop off unstamped letters and postcards and pick up whatever mail you can hand deliver when you return home. 

Day 3 Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a dingy to the shore of Espanola and watch sea lion pups sunbathing with marine iguanas. Also see blue-footed boobies and the Galapagos hawk. Depending on the season, you may be able to witness the blue-footed booby mating dance. 

As you walk along the island's path, pass hundreds of blue-footed booby nesting sites and one colony of masked boobies. There is also a good chance you see the frigatebird, the red-billed tropic bird, and the swallow-tailed gull. Pass El Soplador, a giant blowhole that explodes to heights of 25 feet. You may also see sea lions lounging in the nearby tide pools. 

After lunch visit Gardner Bay, a perfect place to relax, swim and snorkel near lionfish, flycatchers, and Galapagos hawks. 

Day 4 San Cristobal | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive at San Cristobal, the captial city of the Galapagos. The first site is Kicker Rock, a tuff volcanic cone that has been eroded by the wind and marine currents making it look like a sleeping lion. This site is home to blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and many others.

After navigating around Kicker Rock, continue on to the Interpretation center in Puerto Baquerizo. Your guide explains the formation of the islands and how the flora and fauna arrived. Visit the corrals where there are several species of giant tortoises under the care of the National Park Service. 

Fly back to the mainland. 


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Standard Cabins have lower beds or an upper and lower bed, private bath facilities, air conditioning. 7 twin cabins 2 dbl cabins–queen size bed 2 dbl cabins–queen size bed + additional bed

Child Discount

20% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise.

Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50


  • Accommodations on board Eden 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


  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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