This 8-day Southern Islands cruise on the ship, M/V Origin, explores the islands of Espanola, Santa Cruz, San Cristobal and more. Kayak and paddle board along island shores, swim and snorkel above colorful coral, and enjoys breathtaking views on hikes.
Snorkel or swim with sea lions, tropical fish, and Galapagos penguins
Admire the distinctive biodiversity of the Galapagos
Visit a private farm and see giant tortoises in their natural habitat
Hike through prickly pear or Opuntia and Sesuvium forests with iguanas
San Cristobal is the easternmost island in the Galapagos archipelago and, geologically, one of the oldest. Spot nesting colonies of frigatebirds and cruise around Kicker Rock, a cone formation which rises nearly 500 feet out of the sea.
Arrive at Cerro Brujo, a breathtaking white coral beach. Cerro Brujo is considered to be one of the most pristine in the Galapagos Islands and is ideal for birders and short walks. Snorkel or swim with sea lions or take a Zodiac ride.
Punta Suarez, Espanola, offers the highest range of endemic species in Galapagos. Land on the beach as sea lions greet and observe your movements. Colonies of blue-footed boobies are found engaging in sky-pointing, a technique used to show off for future mates. Snorkel and swim with sea lions in the shallows or sit on the beach and observe Sally Light-foot crabs skirt across the lava rocks.
Step ashore at Punta Cormorant, one of the only populated islands in the Galapagos archipelago. This island is intriguing, presenting a rich human history with that of the animals. Hike along a trail towards a lagoon, home to several species of birds including the greater flamingo. Sea turtles lay their eggs in sand dunes and rays swim and occasionally jump in the shallow water. Snorkel at Devil’s Crown or Champion, shallow sunken craters known for their fish and coral inhabitants.
**Since Aug 2020, yachts are no longer able to visit Darwin Station as regularly listed in the day description below. We expect these restrictions to lift at some point in the future.**
Travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Watch as the scenery changes, eventually covering each of the seven vegetation zones represented in the Galapagos. Visit Las Primicias, a private farm where you can encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Stop at the tunnels, the largest lava tubes found in Galapagos, then visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Day 6: Santa Cruz Island | Bartolome | Chinese Hat
Stop at Bartolome, an island which is largely inhospitable to most plants and wildlife. Hike a 30-minute-trail to the summit of a dormant volcano. Admire lava bombs, spatter, and cinder cones caused by old eruptions. Snorkel in the clear water with schools of tropical fish and Galapagos penguins or take a ride on the zodiac.
Travel to Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat) which owes its name to its unique hat-like shape. Explore a sea lion colony and take a seaside trail through the island's volcanic landscape.
Visit South Plaza, a small geological uplift with tall cliffs, featuring spectacular views. Take a trail through prickly pear or Opuntia and Sesuvium forests, often finding Galapagos land iguanas feeding on cactus leaves. Encounter a colony of bachelor sea lions and observe their rights of power. These dominant bulls are in various stages of recovery from battles lost over prime beach territory.
Day 8: Disembark in San Cristobal
Visit the Interpretation Center and gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of the Islands.
In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your connecting flight to the mainland.
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cabins measure 145 square feet (13.5 square meters) and offer unobstructed views of the ocean with large windows revealing the incredible landscapes of the islands and breathtaking ocean.
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All 10 cabins feature two twin beds that can be converted to one king bed. There are 2 cabins with interconnecting doors.
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Single cabins are limited. A share request may be placed and if matched, the share rate will apply. Otherwise, the single rate will apply.
Ecoventura has made arrangements with VERIS, a certified lab in Ecuador to provide a PCR test on Saturday morning for guests who need to show a negative test result within 3 days before their return flight home. The cost is $125 and can be added to your onboard account and paid in cash or credit card. The test results are available on Sunday.
Children age 17 years and younger at the time of sailing are entitled to a 15% discount off the cruise rate. 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.
Initial deposit is $750 per person ($1500 for singles), and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card.
Final payment is due 70 (100 days for holiday weeks) prior to departure by bank transfer, check or credit card. All final payments by credit card may be subject to a surcharge and maximum of $20,000 charge
If you are traveling to the Galapagos, your crew will work very hard to make your Galapagos adventure most enjoyable. At the end of the voyage, tips will be collected and distributed among your guide and other members of the crew. Gratuities or tips are always at your discretion.
For passengers on the MV Origin, it is recommended that you budget a $350-400 gratuity per person, per week. For passengers on the Letty, it is recommended that you budget a $250-300 gratuity per person, per week. This is, of course, if you are pleased with the service on board.
This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).