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Explore the Galapagos Islands on-board the Galaxy. Sail through the Western Islands and play with sea lions, snorkel with a variety of fish, and relax on sandy beaches.
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Highlights
  • Hike to the highlands of Santa cruz and visit the twin craters
  • Enjoy a walking along the base of the Alcedo Volcano on Urbina bay
  • See endemic wildlife on Egas Port
  • Ride around Tagus Cove and see the two volcanic craters locket the step to open sea
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Arrive Baltra | Embark | Santa Cruz Highlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at the Baltra and transfer to the Galaxy for your Galapagos cruise.

This island is known for being inhabited only by military members. This island is home to one of our main airports on the Galapagos. Your guide will be waiting for you upon arrival. Transfer to Santa Cruz Island, crossing the Itabaca Chanel (approximately 15 minutes from the airport to this channel). Then, we take our private bus to Puerto Ayora. Once we arrive in Puerto Ayora, we will go directly to the Galaxy Yacht: cabin accommodation and lunch. After lunch, our first visit is to the HIGHLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ, where we will go trekking and will find giant tortoises in their natural habitat, which is an amazing natural spectacle. For this visit, we recommend good walking shoes, long pants, a raincoat, hat, and sunblock. Return to Puerto Ayora. In the evening, there will be a welcome cocktail and a formal presentation of the crew by the captain. There will also be a briefing for the following day.

Day 2: Isabela Island: Moreno Point | Elizabeth Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
AM - MORENO POINT: Is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul Volcanoes. The main attractions at Punta Moreno are coastal lagoons amid black lava flows where there are several species of birds. It has a panoramic view of the three most active volcanoes in the Galapagos: The Sierra Negra, the Cerro Azul (Isabela Island), and La Cumbre (Fernandina Island). 

PM - ELIZABETH BAY: This is one of the island’s breeding sites for penguins. Located along the west coast of Isabela, Elizabeth Point is a marine visitor site. Visit Red Mangrove Cove: Brown pelicans, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, and sea lions are often seen

Day 3: Isabela Island : Urbina Bay | Tagus Cove

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
AM - URBINA BAY: This place is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano, between Elizabeth Bay and Tagus Cove. Wet landing. Trail length is around 3.20 Km; during this walk, we will observe land iguanas, hawks, and tortoises. It is also possible to see red and blue lobsters.

PM - ISABELA ISLAND: TAGUS COVE: Located to the west of Darwin Volcano on Isabela Island. While walking, we will find several inscriptions (names of pirates) dating back to the 1800s. From here, we can see Darwin Lake, a saltwater lake with a depth of approximately 9 m. It contains no fish. It is very common to see a variety of bird species.

Day 4: Fernandina, Espinoza Point | Isabela, Albemarle Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
AM - FERNANDINA ISLAND – ESPINOZA POINT: Fernandina is the third largest island in the Galapagos and has only one visiting site: Espinoza Point, famous for the large colonies of marine iguanas and the home of the flightless cormorant, the Galapagos penguin, snakes, and more. From Espinoza Point, we can admire the beauty of Fernandina Island and its volcano, which last erupted in May of 2005. Fernandina is the only island that doesn’t have mammals, and the open areas are extremely fragile. January to June is the nesting period of the marine iguana, and as such we take great care while walking here. Return to Galaxy.

PM – ISABELA ISLAND – ALBEMARLE POINT Is located to the north of the Island, this visiting site is composed of two visiting areas: the first, a mangrove area between lava flows Pahohoe (lava solidified in a wavy or of accordion) and that form coves and channels. This place is ideal for a panga ride. The second point of the visit is the old radar base left by Americans during World War II near the beach.
The marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) of Punta Albermarle and West Isabela are the largest in the Archipelago. It is an ideal place for a panda ride, where you will find non-flying Cormorants (Nannopterum harrisi), marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus), seabirds, and various marine species

Day 5: Santiago, Egas Port | Boucanier Cove

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
AM - EGAS PORT: Here we find a beautiful black sand beach; to the south of the beach is Pan de Azucar Volcano, whose volcanic deposits have contributed to the formation of the black sand beach. The crater of this volcano contains a saltwater lake that dries up during hot weather. Between 1928 and 1930, explorations to develop a salt mine were carried out, but it was decided that a mine was not feasible. The workers’ use of endemic woods also damaged the environment and the development was scrapped. Descent down into the salt mine is not allowed. Return to Galaxy.

PM - SANTIAGO ISLAND: ESPUMILLA BEACH & BOUCANIER COVE: The main attractions include Palo Santo wood, the beach, and the stunning landscape; the beach is a very important site for tortoises, as they use it for nesting. At one point, pigs were the main predators of tortoises’ eggs; thus, pigs were eradicated with the creation of the Isabela Project.

Day 6: Dragon Hill | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
AM - DRAGON HILL: Dragon Hill visitor site is located in the northwestern region of Santa Cruz Island. It consists of a 1,600 m long trail running through 3 different environments. In 1975, it was one of the only places on Santa Cruz Island where healthy land iguanas (Conolophus Subcristatus) could be found. That same year, the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation initiated a program to conserve land iguanas. The lagoons found here contain shrimp (Artemia salina), the food of choice of the flamingos. During certain times of the year, shrimp are more abundant, and therefore the flamingo population increases. Transfer to the airport. 

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Snorkeling girl Sea lions just lion around... Galapagos Tortoise close up Hiking in the fog up to Sierra Negra View of Isabela From Fernandina

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Child Discount

10% discount for children under age 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
  • 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, and kayaks are all included in the cruise cost and are available for you use on board.
  • 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
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675

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