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Central and Western Islands

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Take a Galapagos cruise around the Central and Western islands and snorkel with sea lions, admire lava lizards, and view the famous Galapagos tortoises.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Santa Cruz Island | Embark
Day 2 : Isabela Las Tintoreras | Moreno Point
Day 3 : Isabela, Elizabeth Bay | Urbina Bay
Day 4 : Fernandina | Isabela
Day 5 : Santiago, Egas Port | Espumilla Beach
Day 6 : Daphne Major or Dragon Hill | Black Turtle Cove
Day 7 : Rabida | Chinese Hat
Day 8 : North Seymour | Return Mainland | Disembark

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

Ship

Galaxy

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Chinese Hat
  • Daphne Island
  • Dragon Hill
  • Espumilla Beach
  • Fernandina
  • Isabela
  • Las Tintoreras
  • Los Gemelos (Twin Craters)
  • North Seymour
  • Puerto Egas
  • Punta Espinosa
  • Punta Moreno
  • Rabida
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Tagus Cove

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

White tipped shark Sailing around the Galapagos Islands Snorkeling in the Galapagos sunset, Puerto Villamil (Rabida)

Day 1 Baltra | Santa Cruz Island | Embark

Arrive Baltra and drive to the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Hike in the El Chato reserve looking for the infamous giant tortoises in their natural habitat.

Return to the ship to relax, enjoy a welcome cocktail and presentation from the ship's captain before dinner.

Day 2 Isabela Las Tintoreras | Moreno Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Las Tintoreras to see the colony of white tip sharks which can often be seen resting in a lava canal. Snorkel in the shallows or relax on the beach with a sea lion colony.

In the afternoon, visit Moreno Point. It is only used to take small speedboat trips to observe the wildlife unique to this place. It’s a bay that is located in front of the narrowest site of the Isabela Island: the Perry isthmus, where there’s a water entry that has basically formed a bay within a bay, with calmed waters that are protected and surrounded by mangle which makes it a perfect place for sea turtles. It’s truly a spectacle of nature. 

Day 3 Isabela, Elizabeth Bay | Urbina Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey to Elizabeth Bay, one of the island's breeding sites for penguins. Watch Galápagos hawks soar overhead and see schools of pompana as they swim beneath you. Explore the red mangrove cove looking for Brown pelicans, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, and golden rays.

Sail for Urbina Bay at the base of the Alcedo Volcano to see sea turtles and rays. Take a short hike (3.2km) which leads to a coral reef. The area is abundant with marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and even lobsters.

Day 4 Fernandina | Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail for Tagus Cove west of the Darwin Volcano on Isabela Island. Hike to Darwin Lake passing by pirates graffiti carved into the rocks in the 1800s. Then take a panga trip below the high cliffs of the island. See penguins, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions on shore, and snorkel off the sandy beach.

In the afternoon, visit Espinoza Point to view hundreds of marine iguanas as they gather on the black lava rocks. Walk around to see the various lava flows and hopefully spot the Flightless Cormorant. Admire Fernandina Island from Espinoza Point whose last volcanic eruption was in May 2005.

Day 5 Santiago, Egas Port | Espumilla Beach

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail for Puerto Egas with its black sand beach create by volcanic deposits from the island's volcano, Pan de Azucar. The crater of this volcano is a salt lake.  In 1928 there were explorations into harvesting the salt, but it proved to be too difficult.

After lunch explore the Palo Santo Wood of Espumilla Beach, a very important site for nesting tortoises.

Day 6 Daphne Major or Dragon Hill | Black Turtle Cove

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning sailing around Daphne Major, a volcanic tuff cone that was formed by successive explosions of lava and water.
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Hike Dragon Hill in the northwestern side of Santa Cruz Island, which consists of a trail that runs through three different environments at just 1,600 m long.

Visit Black Turtle Cove, surrounded by mangroves, accessible by panga only. The superficial cove is a safe refuge for marine life. Black-tip reef sharks, marine turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.

Day 7 Rabida | Chinese Hat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning on the red sand beaches of Rabida Island, take a loop trail around the internal lagoon. The red color of the rocks and sand is due to oxidization of the very porous volcanic material.

This afternoon travel to the small, volcanic island of Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat). On the west you can see pillow-type lava formations, which are an indicator that the flows were formed under the sea and have been raised upward, which is why coral heads are found on the lava. This visit provides an excellent opportunity for the interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. Here you will be able to hike around and see magnificent lava tubes and lava flows that cover the island.

Day 8 North Seymour | Return Mainland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Hike across the visitor trail, a one mile walk through low vegetation on North Seymour. Blue-footed-boobies and land iguanas are abundant on this rocky island.

In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your connection back to the mainland.

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10% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise (does not apply for Holiday departures)

Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

Included

  • Accommodations on board Galaxy based on double occupancy
  • Meals while in the Galapagos
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Shore Excursions
  • Swimming and Snorkeling
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Sea Kayaking

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Wetsuits available - $10/day per person
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

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  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $675
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $620

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