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Cruise the Galapagos on the Beagle ship

Islands Circumnavigation

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Embark on an islands circumnavigation 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 | Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island
Day 2 : Genovesa
Day 3 : Santiago
Day 4 : Isabela
Day 5 : Fernandina | Isabela
Day 6 : Isabela
Day 7 : Isabela
Day 8 : Santa Cruz Island, Black Turtle Cove
Day 9 : Floreana
Day 10 : Espanola
Day 11 : San Cristobal, Pitt Point | Lobos
Day 12 : Santa Fe | South Plaza Island
Day 13 : North Seymour | Bartholomew
Day 14 : Chinese Hat | Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island
Day 15 : Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island | Disembark | Baltra

Highlights

  • Climb up a lava rock trail to Palo Santo Forest
  • Observe Tidal pools, marine birds, iguanas and sea lions in James Bay
  • Visit the Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center and see giant tortoises
  • Snorkel with sea lions and penguins in Chinese Hat

Ship

Beagle

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Chinese Hat
  • Darwin Bay
  • Dragon Hill
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Espanola
  • Espinosa Point
  • Fernandina
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Genovesa
  • Isabela
  • Isla Lobos
  • North Seymour
  • Prince Philip's Steps
  • Puerto Egas
  • Puerto Velasco Ibarra
  • Puerto Villamil
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Moreno
  • Punta Pitt
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • Santiago
  • Sierra Negra Volcano
  • South Plaza Island
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay
  • Vicente Roca Point

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Baltra | Embark | Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island

Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Beagle.

Embark on your Galapagos adventure at Bachas Beach and go swimming. View the floating pier which was left by American soldiers after the end of World War II. View the flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels which make Bachas Beach their home.

Day 2 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, take the wooden staircase up Prince Phillip’s Step (El Barranco) for a panoramic views of the island.

In the afternoon, travel to the coral beach of Darwin Bay. Take a short hike through multiple seabird colonies and a large red-footed booby colony.

Day 3 Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, sail for Puerto Egas to relax on black sand beaches and visit the old salt mines. Take an inland hike to the salt crater or walk along the rugged shoreline to find iguanas and sea lions. At the end of the trail, hope to find a colony of fur seals and night herons in the sea caves by the shore.

After lunch The Beagle will start navigating to the West side of Isabela Island.

Day 4 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Punta Vicente Roca offers a dinghy ride, excellent for marine life observation, to a snorkel area where underwater wildlife take full advantage of the nutrient-rich Cromwell current that upswells in this area.
 
Take a 30 minute hike at Tagus Cove. Hope to catch a glimpse of the Galapagos Penguin and take a trail to the top of a cliff to view Darwin Lake. This lake is saltier than the ocean. As you explore the area, pay attention to the graffiti which covers the walls, as it has been written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries.

 

Day 5 Fernandina | Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fernandina is the youngest island of the archipelago. As you disembark at Punta Espinoza, you must be careful not to step on the marine iguanas piled up together to retain body heat. This visiting site is rich in wildlife, sea lions, flightless cormorants, penguins, herons, Sally light-foot crabs and much more, all living side by side on this small point with its mangrove forest.

Located to the South at the foot of the Western side of the Alcedo Volcano, Urbina Bay was uplifted in 1954 from the seabed leaving coral heads sitting out of the water.

Day 6 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Following breakfast, sail for Elizabeth Bay, a marine visitor site with no landing point. Take a zodiac to visit the Marielas islets and view the largest penguin colony in the Galapagos. Also view sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions.

On Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos, you can explore Punta Moreno, a desolate and pristine landscape of impressive black lava flows affording good views of Alcedo and Sierra Azul volcanoes.

Day 7 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Still on Isabela, the largest island in Galapagos, you will explore Punta Moreno, a desolate and pristine landscape of impressive black lava flows affording good views of the Alcedo and Sierra Azul volcanoes.

Visit the Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center, and see the giant tortoises. Lunch is served upon your return to The Beagle, and afterwards, those who wish to can go swimming in one of the Coves of Villamil Port. In the afternoon the boat begins traveling toward Puerto Ayora.

 

Day 8 Santa Cruz Island, Black Turtle Cove

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Go on a bus to the Gemelos, located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. These pit craters are just off the main road that crosses the island to the airport.

Followed by the Darwin Station in the afternoon. Afterwards you may stroll through Puerto Ayora's main street with time to explore the shops.

Day 9 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Puerto Velasco Ibarra has the smallest human settlement on the Islands. Floreana was inhabited as early as the 1920's and has a colorful history of pirates, whalers, convicts and colonists. You will be driven 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.

On returning to The Beagle you motor to Punta Cormorant and from there take the dinghy to go for a snorkel at Devil’s Crown, a sunken cone with exciting snorkeling as you’re carried by the current while seeing a superb variety of marine life.

 

Day 10 Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The quantity and variety of wildlife here are remarkable. 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 11 San Cristobal, Pitt Point | 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 12 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 on the island. 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 13 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 frigate-bird 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 14 Chinese Hat | Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island

  • 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.

Visit Cerro Dragon (“dragon hill”) located on the Northwest coast of Santa Cruz Island, 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 15 Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
The visit to Cerro Dragon Located on the Northwest coast of Santa Cruz Island, takes you through Palo Santo trees and Opuntia cactus past a couple of lagoons where flamingoes can be seen and the shy land iguana live.

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

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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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