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Southeastern Islands

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Beagle
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Explore the southeastern islands on a Galapagos cruise aboard the Beagle. This voyage circles the Galapagos Islands and treats guests to great snorkeling opportunities, wildlife encounters, and the chance to interact with the giant tortoises which gave this archipelago its name.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | Charles Darwin Center, Santa Cruz Island
Day 2 : Floreana
Day 3 : Española
Day 4 : San Cristobal | Kicker Rock| Islas Lobos
Day 5 : Santa Fe | South Plaza Island
Day 6 : North Seymour | Bartholomew
Day 7 : Chinese Hat | Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz
Day 8 : Santa Cruz Island | Embark | Baltra

Highlights

  • Hike into a lava rock trail to Palo Santo forest on Prince Philip's Steps
  • Observe native and migratory wildlfe on James Bay
  • Cliff to view the volcanic landscapes of Carwin Volcano and Darwin Lake
  • Learn about Galapagos turtles the representative animal of this islands

Ship

Beagle

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Chinese Hat
  • Dragon Hill
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Isla Lobos
  • North Seymour
  • Puerto Velasco Ibarra
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Pitt
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • Santiago
  • South Plaza Island

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Wooden boardwalk in Bartolome Enjoy a blissful snorkeling trip. Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal Galapagos Tortoise close up Kicker rock

Day 1 Baltra | Embark | Charles Darwin Center, Santa Cruz Island

Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Beagle.

Begin your Galapagos journey with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about tortoise conservation in the Galapagos. Reach out to interact with the tortoises which reside within its corrals.

Day 2 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Puerto Velasco Ibarra has the smallest human settlement in the Islands. Floreana was inhabited as early as the 1920's and has a colorful history of pirates, whalers, convicts and colonists. Drive up into the highlands on a dirt road in an open-sided bus known locally as a chiva. You pass through chacras (small land holdings) up to a small fresh-water spring called Asilo de la Paz and visit a tortoise corral.

Reach Punta Cormorant and from there take the dinghy to go for a snorkel at Devil’s Crown, a sunken cone where you’re carried by the current while seeing a superb variety of marine life. At Punta Cormorant you land on a beach with green olivine sand. Several trails allow you to explore a brackish water lagoon with a colony of flamingos who are there most of the year, and white-cheeked pintail ducks, stilts, and other shorebirds feeding alongside the flamingos.

Day 3 Española

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning at Punta Suarez you can see the waved albatross from April to December. Blue-footed bobbies, Nazca boobies, Galapagos hawks, Darwin finches, swallow-tailed gulls, Española mockingbirds, shorebirds, sea lions, marine iguanas and lava lizards are just some of its residents, and an impressive blowhole can be observed from the high cliffs.

Located on the Eastern end of the island, Gardner Bay has a wonderful sandy beach for swimming and observing the Galapagos sea lions.

Day 4 San Cristobal | Kicker Rock| Islas Lobos

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Punta Pitt is in San Cristobal Island and affords impressive views after climbing up a steep narrow path onto a plateau surrounded by reddish hills. Depending on the time of year there may be nesting marine iguanas, redfooted boobies and other marine birds down on the cliffs.
After the visit The Beagle will navigate to Kicker Rock where rocks rise 500 feet out of the ocean and resemble a sleeping lion, hence its name in Spanish, “León Dormido.” While you go around it you'll be able to observe the narrow channel that separates these two rocks.

The afternoon anchorage is at Isla Lobos and, as its name suggests, it has a sea lion colony and also an endemic lava lizard . It's a good site for swimming and snorkeling alongside the sea lion pups, and on the islet you can visit the sea lion colony. Perhaps you'll see the frigate birds displaying and building their nests, if their food supply is good.

Day 5 Santa Fe | South Plaza Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit Santa Fe to snorkel with sea lions and view the plentiful number of birds which reside here. Take a trail which passes salt bushes and giant prickly pear cactus.

Voyage to South Plaza Island to view some of the most interesting species found on the Galapagos. Several hybrid iguanas are found on the island, the result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana. Unique to the island, the iguanas are numerous due to the plentiful tuna in the water.

Day 6 North Seymour | Bartholomew

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to North Seymour, an uplifted and flat island which is strewn with boulders. Walk among frigatebird colonies and view Blue-footed boobies as they perform their courtship dance. Snorkel in shallows and watch sea lions body surf in the waves.

In the afternoon, set sail for Bartolomé Island. The high altitude of the island provides travelers with spectacular views of its lava fields and lunar-like craters. Bartolomé is also home to sea turtles and the Galapagos Penguin.

Day 7 Chinese Hat | Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino) an island full of unique lava tubes and lava flows. The island was named for its unique lava shape and features wonderful snorkeling opportunities.

Cerro Dragon Located on the Northwest coast of Santa Cruz Island, the visit to Cerro Dragon (“dragon hill”) will take you through Palo Santo trees and Opuntia cactus past a couple of lagoons where flamingoes can be seen and the shy land iguana live.

Day 8 Santa Cruz Island | Embark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Your visit to Black Turtle Cove is with the dinghy to permit you to motor through the mangrove inlets. These lagoons provide a refuge to rays, sharks, and sea turtles that are clearly visible alongside the boat. The engine is turned off and you slowly approach the different species that live in this peaceful place.

In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your connection to the mainland.

Beagle

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6 cabins with double accommodations, private bath facilities and air conditioning.

Notes

Please provide your wetsuit size in advance prior to trip

Child Discount

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Beagle 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
  • $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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