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This incredible 8-day cruise through the eastern islands of the Galapagos covers some of the most beautiful islands including Bartolome, North Seymour, San Cristobal, Española, and Floreana. Overflowing with wildlife, volcanic wonders, and breathtaking landscapes, this is the perfect vacation choice. The abundance of unique wildlife including flamingos, frigatebirds, iguanas, and friendly sea lions make this a memorable trip. Fill your days with opportunities to snorkel, swim, and wander through the islands of this archipelago.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | Bartolome Island
Day 2 : South Plaza Islet | North Seymour
Day 3 : Pitt Point | Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
Day 4 : Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve | Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill, San Cristobal
Day 5 : Gardner Bay & Osborn Islets | Suarez Point, Española
Day 6 : Post Office | Cormorant Point, Devil's Crown or Champion, Floreana
Day 7 : Charles Darwin Research Station & Highlands Tortoise Reserve | Ballena Bay or Eden Islet, Santa Cruz
Day 8 : Carrion Point, Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra

Highlights

  • Snorkel among Galapagos penguins, sea turtles and white-tipped reef sharks
  • Stop at North Seymour, a landmass formed by underwater volcanic eruption
  • Head to Pitt Point and take a high-intensity hike on rocky terrain
  • Place an unstamped postcard inside the barrel of Post Office Bay

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Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Cerro Colorado
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Highlands
  • Osborn Islet
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Carrion
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Pitt
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Interpretation Center
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza Island
  • Whale Bay
  • Witch Hill

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Galapagos hawk Photographers on Mosquera A view of the amazing Kicker Rock from Cerro Brujo. Learn at the Breeding Center on your Galapagos cruise See Blue-footed Boobies on your trip to the Galapagos

Day 1 Baltra | Embark | Bartolome Island

Arrive to the Galapagos and transfer by bus to your ship, the Galapagos Legend. In the afternoon visit Bartolome Island and discover a fascinating landscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones — that resembles the moon. Going up to the summit observe impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. You can also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies. Afterwards enjoy some beach time, a great opportunity to do snorkeling and see the famous Galapagos penguins, sea turtles and white-tipped reef sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best snorkeling experience. Crystal clear water is the perfect spot to appreciate the incredible marine life it has to offer. Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable however, there are pioneer plants including the endemic Tiquilia nesiotica and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes.

Day 2 South Plaza Islet | North Seymour

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning travel to South Plaza Islet, located east of Santa Cruz Island. Begin a journey along an impressive cactus forest were colorful yellow and red land iguanas live, the population number is around 300 animals; during the dry season they survive on fruits and flowers of the opuntia cacti. A peculiar thing to see in South Plaza is the hybrid iguana (sea and land). When reaching the highest point, tropicbirds can be seen. During the dry season (June – January) the usually greenish and yellowish vegetation change of color creating a bright red landscape (sesuviumedmonstonei plant).

In the afternoon stop at North Seymour Island. This landmass was formed by a series of underwater volcanic eruptions, which deposited layers of lava on the ocean floor. Take part on an approximately two-hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and sea lions. You can also encounter land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across the endemic Galapagos snake.

Day 3 Pitt Point | Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today explore the island of San Cristobal. In the morning we head to Pitt Point and take a high-intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes a 90 meters long, olivine beach and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together, as well as, 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.

This afternoon stop at Cerro Brujo, an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations and a beautiful white sandy beach, great for snorkeling and sunbathing. There is a lagoon visit 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.

Day 4 Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve | Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill, San Cristobal

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning land at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and visit the San Cristobal Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Enjoy a beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve. You also have the opportunity to visit the village’s port, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.

In the afternoon 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. The human history is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and the island’s colonization. Afterwards, 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 5 Gardner Bay & Osborn Islets | Suarez Point, Española

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning arrive at Española Island and explore Gardner Bay and the Gardner and Osborn Islets. Land on a beautiful white coral sandy beach guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are no trails, so you must stay along the shore where you can spot Galapagos hawks, American oystercatchers, Galapagos ground doves, Hood mockingbirds, yellow warblers, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin’s finches: a subspecies of the large cactus finch, which is similar to the large ground finch, the small ground finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) and the warbler finch (Certhidea Olivacea), another endemic subspecies. Swimming and snorkeling offer a great variety of the Galapagos’ marine wildlife: king angelfish, creole fish, damsel fish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tipped reef sharks.

In the afternoon, travel over to Suarez Point in Española, an island of geological interest, volcanic formations and a riveting wildlife: large sea lion colonies and seabirds including the Española mockingbird, Nazca boobies, and the spectacular red-billed tropicbird. You can also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the colorful Sally lightfoot crabs. Enjoy a lengthy hike that bring you 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 (May-December). Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous “Soplador”, a seaward blowhole that shoots up water up to 23 m (75 ft) in the air.

Day 6 Post Office | Cormorant Point, Devil's Crown or Champion, Floreana

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today explore Floreana Island. Upon arrival, head over to Post Office Bay. Located on the north side of Floreana, the bay was named 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 back to their destinations. Today, visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel, hoping that some other traveler, going to the letter destination, takes it back for free. The chances are that the letter posted can take a long time to arrive at its destination. However, there have been cases where it has arrived before the sender. You may also encounter Darwin’s finches, yellow warbler and lava lizards. As well, the island is best known for its endemic vegetation: Scalesia villosa, Lecocarpus Pinnatifidus, and the Galapagos milkwort. Enjoy some great snorkeling opportunities with green Pacific sea turtles and playful sea lions.

In the afternoon stop at Cormorant Point and Devil's Crown where you can enjoy a hike from the black mangrove beds to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, white and black mangrove, and holy stick. The trail continues to a beautiful white sandy beach, one of the most important nesting sites of green Pacific sea turtles. It is important to avoid walking in the water due to the sting rays that may be hiding in the sand, which can be dangerous if accidentally stepped on. From the beach, one can spot sea turtles, blue-footed boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks floating along the shoreline in the search for food. This coral-sand beach marks the end of your trail, and you must head back to the olivine beach you landed on, to swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be observed as well.

Day 7 Charles Darwin Research Station & Highlands Tortoise Reserve | Ballena Bay or Eden Islet, Santa Cruz

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his species) lived for decades. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to the communities, schools, and tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. Enjoy some free time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs.

Afterwards, explore the highlands of Santa Cruz. 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.

In the afternoon land at Ballena (Whale) Bay, a beautiful green sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach contains plenty of olivine crystals of volcanic origin. The crystals were formed when the magma was still underground. The content is magnesium, iron, and silica. A small population of tortoises from Pinzón Island lived at the site but were probably taken by whalers or previous inhabitants. Snorkel off the coast and have the opportunity to see marine iguanas and sea birds.

Day 8 Carrion Point, Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning cruise to Carrion Point. This rocky cliff offers the great opportunity to explore more the various marine biodiversity of the islands.  Do snorkeling among a variety of colorful fish, stingrays, and if lucky, there could be the chance to see the magnificent white tipped shark.

Afterwards, head straight to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.

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  • Meals while in the Galapagos
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  • Shore Excursions
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