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Central Galapagos Islands Cruise

Example 4 Day Cruise aboard Golondrina I
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Venture to the islands of Isabela, Santa Cruz, Rabida and more on this exciting 4-day Galapagos small ship cruise.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Santa Cruz Island
Day 2 : Isabela
Day 3 : Rabida | Santa Cruz Island
Day 4 : Santa Cruz Island | Baltra

Highlights

  • Observe the giant tortoises on Primicias Ranch.
  • Practice ornithology on Isabela and there endemic birds
  • Enjoy the view of the dark red sand beaches on Rabida

Ship

Golondrina I

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Isabela rock with birds Sea lions With our favorite tortoise Beach on Isabela island Traveler's waking on the seal covered beach.
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Day 1 Baltra | Santa Cruz Island

Arrive into the Galapagos at the Baltra airport. Transfer to your ship. Spend the remainder of your day in the highlands of the Santa Cruz Island, exploring the Primicias Ranch, a reserve for giant tortoises.

Day 2 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land in Tintoreras, a small bay of calm turquoise waters where sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, rays and more frolic in the clear waters. A white sand beach and a black stone beach provide a nesting site for marine iguanas.

Visit the Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center located near Puerto Villamil, where several species of tortoises are being cared for. Continue to the wetlands of Isabela, which consist of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves. Here you will find the home to a variety of unique bird species such as common stilts, whimbrels, and gallinules. Then learn about the history of the wall of tears. The wall was constructed between 1946 and 1959 while Isabela was a penal colony.  As punishment, the prisoners were forced to build the wall from huge blocks of lava.  The wall is named for the many convicts that died while building the wall.

Day 3 Rabida | Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rabida is a bird-watchers delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance, such as 9 varieties of finches, large billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans. The dark red sand beaches and a horde of snoring sea lions make for spectacular snorkeling. Also, the island is home to the skinny legged Flamingo, which can be seen in a salt-water lagoon near the beach.

Hike Dragon Hill (Cerro Brujo) on Santa Cruz Island. This site consists of a trail that runs through three different environments along the way. View marine iguanas as well as the Galapagos flamingo.

Day 4 Santa Cruz Island | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Spend the morning at Black Turtle Cove, a mangrove estuary on the northern shores of Santa Cruz Island. Many rays, sea turtles, pelicans and other wildlife live among the mangroves.

Transfer to the Baltra airport for your journey home.
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Golondrina I

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Per person starting at
$1,399
Comfortable double cabins on board the Golodrina I
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Lower Deck Cabins
Double cabins (upper/lower berths) with private bath and air conditioning
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Upper/Main Deck Cabins
Double cabins (upper/lower berths) with private bath and air conditioning

Notes

Solo travelers can opt for a single cabin at 1.8 the posted fare

Child Discount

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

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.

Included

  • Accommodations on board Golondrina I 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

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • Snorkel equipment available - $20 for 4-day and 5-day tours, and $25 for 8-day tours
  • Wetsuits available - $30 for 4-day and 5-day tours, and $35 for 8-day tours
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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