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Come back with de nature in a cruise aboard Fragata. Enjoy 8 days the contac with de nature and surprise along the way, identify why Galapagos Islands are human heritage. In this tour you can visit Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Bartholomew, South Plaza, San Cristobal, Española, Floreana, North Seymour. 
Colorful South Plaza IslandTunnel of LovePinnacle rock in BartolomeGalapagos travel and bird-life found on Genovesa islandSea turtle swimming in the clear water
  • Relax and swim in crystal waters on Bachas beach
  • Hike an extinct volcano on Bartholomew
  • Observe the largest sea lion colonies on South Plaza Island
  • Snorkeling and diving around Kicker Rock
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Baltra | Embark | Bachas Beach

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  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart from Guayaquil to Galápagos (1½ hours of flight time).
Baltra Island was a strategic point during the Second World War. It is the main airport for the Galapagos Islands where tourists and colonists arrive and depart. Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, the naturalist English-speaking guide will assist you. Transfer by bus to the dock (5 mins.) to board the yacht. Welcome and briefing.

After lunch, disembark (wet landing) on Bachas Beach, located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, this is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles and the crystal waters invite you to relax and swim. Return to the yacht. Dinner and briefing for the next day.
Activities: Hiking, Snorkeling

Day 2: Genovesa

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
El Barranco or also known as Prince Phillip's Steps. El Barranco’s steep, rocky paths lead up to a high cliff face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, Galapagos Swallows storm-petrels, and Galapagos Doves. Hiking: 2km., dry landing. Lunch on board.
Activities: Hiking, Snorkeling

Darwin Bay, an enormous bay dominates the island and like the Prince Philip’s Steps, this site is the home of large colonies of frigate birds and a wide variety of seabirds. Briefing and dinner on board.
Activities: Hiking, Snorkeling, Panga Ride

Day 3: Bartolome | Santiago

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lava formations and ash cones can be seen on Bartolome Island. A beautiful view of the nearest bays is waiting at the high part, after climbing a wood staircase for 30 to 40 minutes to the top (Walk up to the top of the volcano 114 meters, 375 wooden steps). This is one of the most visited Islands because of its unique and famous Pinnacle Rock which consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black, and even green volcanic formations. Time for snorkeling and possible sightings of the Galapagos Penguin. Hiking: 2kms. Dry and wet landings. 
Activities: Hiking, Snorkeling

You can swim and snorkel in Sullivan Bay with seals and penguins. The landing is on a beautiful white sand beach where you will see lava formations. Wet landing. Briefing and dinner on board.
Activities: Snorkeling, Swimming

Day 4: South Plaza Island | Santa Fe

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Plazas Island is a small island with steep cliffs that was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. This Island is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. Many birds like the tropicbirds and fork-tailed seagulls rest on the cliffs. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium, during the rainy season, its color is greenish to a yellowish tone, and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red. Hike: 2 ½ km. Dry landing. Lunch on board.
Activities: Hiking

Colonies of sea lions, land iguanas, fork-tailed seagulls, terns, and petrels are observed. A trail leading into the heart of the island takes you to a forest of giant cactus and palo santo trees. After this visit on land, you can swim and snorkel. Wet landing. Briefing and dinner on board.
Activities: Hiking, Snorkeling, Swimming

Day 5: Leon Dormido | Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal | Lobos Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Leon Dormido: After breakfast, visit Kicker Rock a giant rock formed by a volcanic eruption. A narrow canal cuts through it and allows the passage of small boats. This rock is the home of many sea birds and is considered a great snorkeling and diving site. No landing.

The Cerro Brujo site is located on the north shore of San Cristobal Island. This eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its main attraction that is the coral sand beach and its wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of Booby Birds. Lunch on board.
Activities: Hiking, Panga Ride, Swimming

Lobos Island is the most important colony of sea lions and blue-footed boobies on this Island. The scenery is beautiful and it is the perfect spot to snorkel. Briefing and dinner on board. Return to the yacht. Dinner and briefing for the next day.
Activities: Snorkeling

Day 6: Española Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast visit Suarez Point, a natural home for seeing blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, colonies of marine iguanas, fascinating albatross from April to June, sea lions, Galapagos doves, and Darwin finches. There is another natural attraction: the lava blowhole, spurting water high into the air. Hike: 3km. Dry landing. Lunch on board. 
Activities: Hiking

Gardner Bay: On the eastern side of the island, is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of Waved Albatrosses. It takes 45 minutes by boat to reach this site. The white sand beach is home to a group of sea lions. Swimming and snorkeling are excellent possibilities here. Wet landing

Gardner Islet: Sea lions, marine turtles, and finches can be seen here.

Osborn Islet is a small island to the southeast of Española is a marine visit for snorkeling and swimming. Dinner and briefing for the next day.
Activities: Snorkeling, Swimming

Day 7: Floreana Island | Santa Cruz Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, visit Cormorant Point a site that hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts, White-cheeked Pintails can also be seen. Olivine crystals on the beach make to name Green Beach. On the other side of the island, there is the very fine white sand beach where marine turtles nest from December to May. Hike: 2km. Wet landing.

Devil's Crown: This volcanic crater has been eroded by the waves leaving the northern and southern sides poking out of the water. The coral formations make the underwater scenery impressive for snorkelers where there are schools of multi-colored fish, sharks, and sea turtles. No Landing.
Activities: Hiking, Snorkeling

The Darwin Station is part of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galápagos Islands, an international non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research in the Galápagos Islands since 1959. This visit offers an excellent introduction to the Islands, their origin, and their formation. Learn about the Galapagos giant turtles breeding.  Dinner and briefing for the next day.
Activities: Hiking

Day 8: North Seymour | Baltra | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
North Seymour Island is known for its large number of blue-footed boobies, colonies of magnificent frigate birds, fork-tailed seagulls, marine iguanas, and sea lions. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone, palo santo (holy wood) the most remarkable tree on this island. Wet landing.
Activities: Hiking

After this visit, transfer to Baltra Airport for your return flight to Guayaquil/Quito. This is the end of the trip.



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The bridge of the Fragata.
Relax on the sun deck

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Child Discount

10% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. Discount not applicable for holiday departures

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
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  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $200 per adult, $100 per child under 12 (fees of $100 per adult and $50 per child valid on arrivals through Aug 1, 2024). Payable upon arrival to the Galapagos, only in cash dollars. Subject to increase by Galapagos Park Service.
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Wetsuits are not included but are available to rent on board - $30 for 4-day and 5-day tours, and $35 for 8-day tours.
  • Snorkel equipment is not included but is available to rent on board - $20 for 4-day and 5-day tours, and $25 for 8-day tours.


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