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Galapagos Circumnavigation Cruise

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Travel the Galapagos Islands on a 15-day island circumnavigation tour. This voyage crosses the equator and visits the islands of San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Fernandina, and Santiago. Make friends with playful sea lion snorkeling in the warm water, kayak and paddle board along the shore, take short hikes across the islands, and view the famed Galapagos tortoises on this epic 15-day trip. 
Punta Suarez, Espanolababy tortoise at Charles Darwin Research StationKicker Rock near San Cristobal Island(Espanola) Marine Iguana enjoying the afternoon sunWooden boardwalk in Bartolome
Highlights
  • Cruise around Kicker Rock, a cone formation rising 500 ft from the sea
  • Snorkel or swim off the breathtaking white-coral beaches of Cerro Brujo
  • Encounter giant Galapagos tortoises and sea lions in their natural habitat
  • Hike towards the summit of a dormant volcano to gaze across Bartolome
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Embark in San Cristobal

Arrive at the San Cristobal airport and transfer to the Letty.

San Cristobal is the easternmost island in the Galapagos archipelago and, geologically, one of the oldest. Spot nesting colonies of frigatebirds and cruise around Kicker Rock, a cone formation which rises nearly 500 ft out of the sea.

Day 2: San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Cerro Brujo, and land on its breathtaking white-coral beach. Considered to be one of the most pristine beaches in the Galapagos, Cerro Brujo is ideal for birders and individuals seeking short hikes. Snorkel or swim with the sea lions or take a zodiac ride.

Day 3: Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to Punta Suarez, which offers the highest range of endemic species in Galapagos archipelago. Land on the beach and greet the sea lions on shore. Colonies of blue-footed boobies are often found showing off for future mates. There is also a unique species of marine iguana, identified with traces of red and green colorings.

Day 4: Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Step ashore at Punta Cormorant, one of the only populated islands in the Galapagos archipelago. This island is intriguing and presents a rich human history closely linked to the animals. Hike towards a lagoon which is home to several species of birds, including the greater flamingo. Hope to see sea turtles laying their eggs. Snorkel at Devil’s Crown or Champion, shallow sunken craters known for their fish and aquarium-like coral inhabitants.

Day 5: Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Watch as the scenery changes, eventually covering each of the seven vegetation zones represented in the Galapagos.

Visit Las Primicias, a private farm where you can encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Stop at the tunnels, the largest lava tubes found in Galapagos, before visiting Los Gemelos and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Walk around three tortoise corals and the breeding center.

Day 6: Santa Cruz Island | Bartolome | Chinese Hat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to Bartolome, a uniquely barren island largely inhospitable to most plants and wildlife. Hike for 30 minutes towards the summit of a dormant volcano. Admire lava bombs, spatter, and cinder cones before reaching the top to gaze across the island. Snorkel in the clear water with schools of tropical fish and Galapagos penguins or take a ride on the zodiac.

In the afternoon, sail to the southern tip of Santiago, Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat). Come ashore to walk through sea lion colonies or take a trail through primeval volcanic landscape.

Day 7: South Plaza Island | North Seymour

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit South Plaza, a small geological uplift with tall cliffs offering spectacular views. Take a trail through Prickly Pear or Opuntia, often finding Galapagos land iguanas feeding on cactus leaves. Encounter a colony of bachelor sea lions and observe their various stages of recovery from battles lost over prime beach territory.

Day 8: San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the Interpretation Center and gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of the Islands.

Day 9: Genovesa

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Genovesa, a shield volcano. Rich in birdlife, Genovesa stretches about five miles and is filled with salt water. Hike up Prince Philip's Steps and be rewarded with an extraordinary view of the island.

Day 10: Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Return to Santa Cruz Island.

Day 11: Fernandina | Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Isabela, an active shield volcano that last erupted in 2009. This rocky island is largely inhospitable to animals, but watch oystercatchers and Sally Lightfoot crabs skirt across the rocks.

Day 12: Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Striding the equator, Isabela is the largest of the Galapagos Islands and features flora and fauna that is impossible to compare to anywhere else. Home to more wild tortoises than any of the other islands, Isabela entrances travelers with its close encounters.

Day 13: Santiago | Rabida

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The island of Rábida is covered with red volcanic rocks surrounding a beautiful red sand beach. At this location there is a colony of sea lions and a pelican nesting site. Follow the trail that leads to a salt water lagoon where you can view various types of shore birds. Rábida is considered to be one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos Islands, so enjoy the opportunity to go snorkel.

Day 14: Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Return to Santa Cruz for snorkeling and sun.

Day 15: Disembark in San Cristobal

  • 1 Breakfast
Spend a few hours in port before heading to the airport for departures to the mainland.

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Letty

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Letty ship in the Galapagos
Letty ship in the Galapagos

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Iguana Deck cabins # 9 & 10 have two twin lower beds and one upper berth with porthole windows. These two cabins can be sold as triples.(Cabins average 110 square feet.)
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Cabins #7 & 8 have two twin lower beds and porthole windows. Cabins # 9 & 10 have two twin lower beds and one upper berth with porthole windows. These two cabins can be sold as triples.(Cabins average 110 square feet.)
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Booby Deck
Cabins # 5 & 6 cabins have one double bed and picture windows. (Cabins average 90 square feet.)
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Dolphin Deck
Cabins #1,3 & 4 have two twin lower beds and picture windows. Please inquire to see if rooms can be arranged to have a double bed. Cabin # 2 has one double bed and picture window. (Cabins average 95 square feet.)

Notes

Ecoventura has made arrangements with VERIS, a certified lab in Ecuador to provide a PCR test on Saturday morning for guests who need to show a negative test result within 3 days before their return flight home. The cost is $125 and can be added to your onboard account and paid in cash or credit card. The test results are available on Sunday.

Child Discount

25% discount for children age 11 and younger at time of Galapagos cruise. 15% discount for children age 12-17 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
  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
  • 14 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Please note that your cruise has an open bar policy which includes white, red and sparkling wine, beer, spirits, juice, sodas, coffee and tea 24/7. 
  • 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
  • Snorkeling and kayaking equipment is included in the cruise cost and available for your use on board.
  • Wetsuits are available free of charge on a first come, first serve basis. Reserve a suit for your exclusive use for $25
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
  • If you are traveling to the Galapagos, your crew will work very hard to make your Galapagos adventure most enjoyable.  At the end of the voyage, tips will be collected and distributed among your guide and other members of the crew. Gratuities or tips are always at your discretion.

    For passengers on the MV Origin, it is recommended that you budget a $350-400 gratuity per person, per week. For passengers on the MY Eric & Letty, it is recommended that you budget a $250-300 gratuity per person, per week. This is, of course, if you are pleased with the service on board.

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