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Galapagos Southeast Islands

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This cruise allows you to experience more than just the highlights of the Galapagos' southeast islands. Take a 5-day adventure and travel from beautiful San Cristobal to Española, Floreana, and Santa Cruz Islands. Encounter giant tortoises, snorkel in the crystalline waters, and view colorful fish, sharks, rays, and sea turtles. The wildlife here is abundant and the landscape is stunning to behold, making this an incredible vacation. 
Sleepy sea lion on a logBlue footed boobyColorful land iguanaDevil's Crown Galapagos
Highlights
  • Visit Cerro Brujo, an eroding tuff cone composed by lava formations
  • Hike across Española, the oldest and most isolated island in the Archipelago
  • Swim and snorkel at Devil´s Crown, home to sea lions & turtles
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Day 1: San Cristobal Airport | Embark | Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill, San Cristobal

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  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in the Galapagos and transfer to your ship, the Corals. Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Islands. Passengers visit the Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about islands’ history in The Museum of Natural History which displays information about the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, the arrival of the different species and their colonization, among other points of interest. Human history is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and the island’s colonization. Afterward, stop at Tijeretas Hill and join a high-intensity walk amidst beautiful landscapes and a magnificent view at the foot of a frigate bird nesting colony.  

Day 2: Kicker Rock | Cerro Brujo | Pitt Point

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Kicker Rock, this ancient and eroded volcanic tuff lava named Leon Dormido is formed by two rocks approximately 148 m, named for its resemblance of a sleeping lion. Next stop, Cerro Brujo, an eroding tuff cone that is composed, in several locations, by lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach which is great for snorkeling and sunbathing. Discover a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen: black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, other sandpiper species, and white-cheeked pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal, and the adjacent coast.

In the afternoon, take a high-intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail goes through several magnificent viewpoints including an olivine beach of 90 meters long and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together: Nazca, blue-footed, and red-footed, as well as the two species of frigate birds and a sea lion colony. It is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.

Day 3: Suarez Point | Gardner Bay, Osborn or Gardner Islets, Española

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning visit Española, an island of geological interest. Being one of the oldest in the Galapagos, it has a high percentage of endemism because it is also one of the most isolated in the archipelago. This, and the great variety of wildlife found here makes this site one of the most attractive in the Galapagos. Explore volcanic formations and riveting wildlife: large colonies of sea lion and seabirds including Española mockingbird, Nazca boobies, and the spectacular red-billed tropic bird. You can also encounter singular marine iguanas that have a turquoise color with red in the breeding season, lava lizards, and the colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs.

Hike among Nazca and blue-footed boobies, right up to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birding favorites include Galapagos dove, Galapagos hawk, swallow-tailed gulls, and the world’s largest colony of waved albatross, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (April-December). Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous “Soplador”, a seaward blowhole that shoots water at some 23 m (75 ft.) in the air.

In the afternoon land in Gardner Bay, a beautiful white coral sand beach guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are no trails, so you must stay along the shore where you can spot Galapagos hawk, American oystercatcher, Galapagos dove, hood mockingbird, yellow warbler, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin finches. Swim and snorkel surrounded by a great variety of Galapagos marine wildlife.

Day 4: Cormorant Point OR Champion Islet | Post Office, Floreana

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Stop at Champion Point or Champion Islet this morning for a stroll through the black mangrove beds to a brackish lagoon, which is home to one of the Galapagos' greatest flamingo populations. Scalesia villosa, white and black mangroves, and holy stick are some of the island's indigenous vegetation. The walk leads to a lovely white sand beach, which is one of the most significant nesting locations for green Pacific sea turtles. Because of the sting rays that may be hidden on the sand and can be dangerous if stepped on, it is crucial to avoid wandering in the ocean. Sea turtles, blue-footed boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks floating along the shoreline may all be seen from the beach. This coral-sand beach is the conclusion of your trail; return to the olivine beach where you landed to swim or snorkel with sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions, and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. On Floreana, a tiny colony of penguins lives and can be seen on occasion.

In the afternoon land on the north side of Floreana, and walk to the bay of Post Office, named like this because, in 1793, Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through who would take letters with them to their destinations. Place unstamped postcards inside the barrel that should reach their destinations for free. It can take weeks, months, even years, not arrive at all, or even arrive before you! Encounter Darwin finches, yellow warbler, and lava lizards. Snorkel with green pacific sea turtles and on the main beach among playful sea lions.

Day 5: Highlands Tortoise Reserve, Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning reach Santa Cruz and visit the Highlands Tortoise Reserve. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kind of birds, such as: tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos giant tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a birdwatchers’ haven, since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.

After your visit to the reserve, transfer to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.

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Two on Coral I and one on Coral II. Portholes, located on the Sea Deck. Average area of 75 sq ft.
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Eight on Coral I and four on Coral II. Portholes, located on the Sea Deck. Average size 128 sq ft.
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Eight on Coral I and seven on Coral II. Three triple cabins available. Picture windows, located on Earth & Sky Decks. Average size 129 sq ft.

Child Discount

Children under 12 years old receive a 50% discount (25% for holiday season) when sharing a cabin with two full-fare paying guests. 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
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Gear Rental: Snorkeling Gear
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming, Snorkeling and Glass Bottom Boat
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  • 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 to rent on board - $25 for 4-day and 5-day tours, $50 for 8-day, 11-day, and 12 day tours, and $75 for 15-day tours. 
  • Kayak available for $30/use

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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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