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Southern Galapagos Journey

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This Galapagos cruise highlights the best of the southern islands with 6 days of exploration and adventure! Kayak and snorkel in crystalline waters, traverse picturesque volcanic landscapes, and observe fascinating native wildlife as you cruise through the beautiful southern archipelago on the Sea Star Journey.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal
Day 2 : EspaƱola
Day 3 : Floreana
Day 4 : Santa Fe - South Plaza Island
Day 5 : North Seymour - Bachas Beach - Santa Cruz
Day 6 : Mosquera - Baltra

Highlights

  • Walk along the rocky shore of North Seymour Islands
  • Learn about San Cristobal's tortoise population
  • Observe various species of shore birds
  • Snorkel and swim around a reef in Mosquera

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Sea Star Journey

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Witness the beautiful and colorful flamingos. Enjoy a blissful snorkeling trip. Here I come to save the day! Gentle giants roam on Floreana Sea lion by the kayaks (Floreana) Coastline

Day 1 San Cristobal

Upon arrival at San Cristobal airport, visitors must go through an inspection in order to verify that no foreign plants or animals are being introduced to the islands. 

In the afternoon, visit Puerto Chino. It is rife with huge cactus over the trail like trees. Once you get on the beach, enjoy its surroundings with it wildlife. Sea lions share the beach with people so its common see the puppies playing and swimming. Enjoy the deep blue waters with the waves and tide, occasionally there is wildlife to see, especially tortoises.

After, visit the Breeding Center Jacinto Gordillo, also known as the “Galapaguera” is a good place to observe Galapagos tortoises in its natural habitat. San Cristobal island has endemic species such as the Mockingbird  Nesomimus melanotis, lava lizard (Microlophus bivittatus), Chatham Leaf-toed Gecko (Phyllodactylus leei) and the tortoises. All of these species can be observed in this place, the beach is really big and it works as a nesting zone for marine tortoises.
 

Day 2 EspaƱola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning you will cruise to Gardner Bay on the northeastern coast of Española Island. Swim snorkel, kayak, and enjoy the crystal clear waters of the bay.

Move on to Punta Suarez in the afternoon, a rocky outcropping on Española's southern shore. This site provides habitat for the largest, most varied populations of sea birds in the Galapagos. Watch as birds soar along the cliffs, dodging the spectacular water spouts and pounding surf.

Day 3 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, travel to Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island. One of the largest lagoons in the Galapagos is found here, along with one of the strongest colonies of flamingos. Observe various species of shore birds amid the tuff lava cones, and visit the two distinctive beaches of Punta Cormorant: the Green Beach, made up of olivine crystals, and the white coral Flour Sand Beach.

This afternoon visit historic Post Office Bay, landing area for the island's colonists and site of the famous wooden barrel that has served as a post office for mariners and tourists since the 18th century. Continue on to Baroness lookout and be rewarded by stunning views of the island below.

Day 4 Santa Fe - South Plaza Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Santa Fe Island has a unique history in relation to the rest of the Galapagos. It was formed by and uplift, rather than a volcano, and is therefore considerably flatter and distinctive. This morning, explore Santa Fe's trails, spot sea lions, and snorkel along the crystal clear shore.

After Santa Fe, head to South Plaza Island. Although small, South Plaza is home to some of the archipelago's most unique and interesting wildlife species. Notable among these are the marine, land, and hybrid iguanas.

Day 5 North Seymour - Bachas Beach - Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore North Seymour Island this morning. Seymour is another uplifted island whose landscape differs from its volcanic counterparts, being generally flat and boulder strewn. It provides ideal habitat for magnificent frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, and sea lions. Wander through the island and along the rocky shore, taking in the spectacular scenery.

Head to Bachas Beach in the afternoon, located on Santa Cruz Island. Made up of decomposed coral, Bachas' soft, white sand provides a perfect nesting site for sea turtles. An adjacent beach was used by the US as a point of protection for the Panama Canal. Two barges can still be seen there, abandoned after WWII.

Day 6 Mosquera - Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Before departure today, explore Mosquera, a small islet boasting an impressive reef and beautiful white sand beach, ideal for snorkeling and swimming.

Bid farewell to the Galapagos as you cruise back to Baltra for your departing flight.

Sea Star Journey

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$5,499
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Upper Deck. Approximately 35m2.

Child Discount

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

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Sea Star Journey 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
  • 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
  • Wetsuits available for $8/day, or $30 per person for 5-day and 6-day tours
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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