Introduce yourself to the Galapagos Islands on this 5-day tour aboard the Isabela II. This cruise travels the best of the Galapagos, stopping at the islands of Floreana, Espanola, San Cristobal and more! Swim with sea lions, learn the history, and view the giant Galapagos tortoises which gave this unique archipelago its name.
Day 1 : Baltra - Santa Cruz Island Day 2 : Floreana Day 3 : Espanola Day 4 : San Cristobal Day 5 : San Cristobal
Take an exploratory panga ride around Gardner Bay
Relax on the white-sand beach of Cerro Brujo
Go to the Charles Darwin Research Station to view giant tortoises
Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Isabela II.
Begin your Galapagos adventure at the Charles Darwin Research Station to view giant tortoises and learn about the scientific research and technical information involved in Galapagos conservation. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know these rare and gentle creatures.
In the morning, arrive at Post Office Bay to partake in the tradition of leaving an addressed letter in the barrel and/or sorting through the mail to find an address which is close enough to your home for you to deliver, yourself! This tradition originated in the 18th century, when whalers placed the barrel on the island and used it as an unofficial post office. Visit the Baroness’ Observatory for stunning coastal and inland views of the island.
In the afternoon, make your way to Cormorant Point and take a trail to the saltwater lagoon which is frequented by flamingos. Take the time to visit Champion Island and snorkel in its clear blue waters.
Sail to Espanola and land at Suárez Point to view one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago. Punta Suárez provides an exciting walk on lava where various unique sea bird colonies can be viewed including the waved albatross.
In the afternoon, arrive at Gardner Bay to swim and snorkel with the sea lions which call this island their home. Also have the chance for a exploratory panga ride or even a glass bottom boat that will make looking underwater that much easier.
Journey to Pitt Point to view lava lizards as they scramble over the rocks and watch red-footed-boobies perform their mating dance. This is actually one of the only site in the Galápagos where the three species of boobies can be found together, as well as the two frigate species, plus a colony of sea lions.
Spend the afternoon at Cerro Brujo (Wizard’s Hill), a beautiful white-sand beach. Snorkel off the beach or relax on the soft sand of San Cristobal.
Day 5 San Cristobal
Transfer to the airport for your connection to the mainland.
Initial deposit is 20% (30% during peak season), and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. Alternatively, you can register online here.
Final payment is due 70 (130 during peak season) prior to departure by bank transfer, check or credit card. All final payments by credit card may be subject to a surcharge and maximum of $20,000 charge.
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!