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This 5-day cruise through the Galapagos offers you the amazing opportunity to explore the highlights of the southern islands. Enjoy the natural history of these amazing islands as you witness the amazing flamingos of Floreana, the playful sea lions of Española, and the friendly giant tortoises of Santa Cruz. There are pristine crystalline waters for outstanding snorkeling and swimming, roam the striking volcanic landscape, and observe fascinating native wildlife as you cruise through the beautiful southern archipelago.
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Day 1: San Cristobal | Embark | Colorado Hill

After your arrival you will be transferred to the boat and will check in. After lunch make a dry landing and head out to Cerro Colorado, where you can see giant Galapagos tortoises in the Breeding Center. View giant tortoises and see them in all their various stages of life.

Day 2: Gardner Bay | Suarez Point

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Gardner Bay is located on the north coast of Española Island. The main attraction here is the colony of sea lions which inhabit the beach in incredible quantity during the breeding season. Both resident and migratory birds are can also be observed at this location. Later head to Punta Suarez and enjoy a walk on this island where you can see sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, Darwin finches, Galapagos hawks, albatrosses, lava lizards, and herons. There is an amazing variety of wildlife making their homes on Punta Suarez.

Day 3: Post Office Bay | Cormorant Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Post Office Bay is one of the few visitor sites that is visited for its human history. Whaling Captain James Colnett established the wooden post barrel in early 1793 at this location. At the time whaling was a big industry, ships were typically gone for 2 years at a time and the Galapagos Islands were a frequent stop for these ships. Outbound ships would drop off letters here after rounding the cape and the ships returning home would mail them. Over the years thousands of ships have stopped to send and receive mail at Post Office Bay. Many have posted a sign of driftwood or other materials memorializing their visit making this the only area in the Galapagos were graffiti is still acceptable.

Later head out to Punta Cormorant to enjoy its sandy olivine beach for walking and swimming. The island also has a flamingo lagoon and a white sand beach where sea turtles nest from December to May.

Day 4: Santa Fe | El Chato, Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy some relaxing snorkeling on the rocky coast of Santa Fe and see a variety of fish and sea turtles. You can see colonies of sea lions, land iguanas, frigate birds, Galapagos doves, and lava lizards. On the island, there is a forest of giant cacti and Palo Santo trees as well.

Afterward, visit El Chato. Santa Cruz also offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild tortoises, both roaming through pastures in the agricultural zone and in the Tortoise Reserve, which is accessible from Santa Rosa or Salasaca. Several farms serve food and allow visitors to explore their grounds in search of tortoises.

Day 5: Twin Craters | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
The Twin Craters are found on either side of the road leading to Puerto Ayora. These impressive formations are not really volcanic craters and were formed by magma domes, which hardened on the outside while the lava continued flowing inside, leaving huge and empty magma chambers that eventually collapsed, leaving two large holes. The craters lie within a lush scalesia cloud forest, a high-altitude plant species that are endemic to the Galapagos. This area is also home to the carpenter finch, which uses tools to search for food. There may also be opportunities to see the vermillion flycatcher, a small red-breasted bird. After that transfer on to Baltra's airport and back to the mainland.

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Child Discount

20% discount for children under age of 12 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
  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Gear Rental: Snorkeling Gear
  • 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
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Wetsuits are not included but are available for rent on board - $35 for 5-day tours, and $49 for 7-day tours.

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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!
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