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Galapagos Origin Southern Islands

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard M/V Origin, Theory & Evolve
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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. 
Pinnacle rock in BartolomeTravelers enjoying their Galapagos adventure near Punta Suarez, EspanolaKicker rockA Galapagos Penguin Catching some sunSea lion looking off a rock
Highlights
  • 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
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Embark in San Cristobal

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.

Day 2: San Cristobal

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 3: Espanola

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 4: Floreana

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 5: Santa Cruz Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
**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

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 7: South Plaza Island | North Seymour

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • 1 Breakfast
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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M/V Origin, Theory & Evolve

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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.

Notes

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.

Child Discount

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.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, transparent sea kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards are all included in the cruise cost and are available for your use onboard.
  • 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
  • Wifi
  • All non-alcoholic beverages onboard are included in the cost of your cruise, as well as a limited variety of wine, beer, and spirits.
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • 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.

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