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Just a short drive from the golden sands of the Santa Cruz beaches, find yourself in a completely different habitat as you explore the many attractions of the highlands on the Galapagos Islands. Visit a local hacienda, where giant tortoises roam freely, grazing tranquilly on the highland vegetation. Then it's off to the lava tunnels, where you can walk through naturally formed caves left when lava flows hardened. You next stop is a trek through a dense scalesia forest to twin sinkholes that formed when the massive calderas of extinct calderas collapsed. Though it takes just under an hour to cross the entire island of Santa Cruz from the northern Itabaca Channel through the highlands to Puerto Ayora on the southern shore, the highlands are a world of their own, just waiting to be explored. Contact us to start planning!
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10 Best Highland Luxury Tours of Santa Cruz for 2022-2023

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Western Islands$39006Jun 27, 2022Embark the Alya on this 6-day catamaran cruise of the Western Galapagos Islands, visiting some of the most popular sites including the Tortoise …
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Northern Galapagos Catamaran Cruise$48205Jun 28, 2022The Ocean Spray luxury catamaran takes you on a 5-day Galapagos Northern Islands cruise, exploring Genovesa, South Plaza, Mosquero, and Santiago. …
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Complete Galapagos Wildlife Cruise$87508Jun 26, 2022On this comprehensive 8-day tour of the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/V Origin, see unusual wildlife such as marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, …
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North & Central Islands$48205Jun 28, 2022Enjoy an extensive adventure into the unique world of the Galapagos on this incredible 5-day journey. Admire the incredible natural beauty of this …
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Galapagos Origin Southern Islands$87508Jul 3, 2022Explore the Galapagos Islands on an 8-day Southern Islands cruise aboard the luxurious M/V Origin yacht. Kayak, stand up paddle board, and snorkel …
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Private Charter - Beyond Darwin's Footsteps Aboard Grace$1340008Jun 28, 2022Close encounters with nature highlight this 8-day private Galapagos cruise onboard the Grace. The islands are teeming with animals that are eager to …
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Beyond Darwin's Footsteps$81008Jun 25, 2022This 8-day adventure aboard Grace offers close encounters with wildlife. The islands are full of creatures that love to interact with visitors. …
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Central Islands Cruise$85908Jul 2, 2022Discover the highlights of San Cristobal, Española, Floreana, Santa Cruz, Santiago, and Genovesa islands on this incredible 8-day adventure aboard …
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Private Charter - Islands Circumnavigation - West Aboard Ocean Spray$1132208Aug 27, 2022Circumnavigate the Western Islands of the Galapagos on this 8-day private charter cruise aboard the Ocean Spray. Explore striking volcanic landscapes …
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Private Charter - Western Islands Aboard Ocean Spray$864506Jul 16, 2022Experience Galapagos penguins, Elizabeth Bay, and more on a cruise through the Western Islands aboard Ocean Spray. Enjoy hiking, snorkeling and …
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Top 6 Highlands Cruises and Tours Deals for 2022-2023

Trip NameSaveFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Private Charter - Galapagos Origin Southern Islands Aboard Origin & Theory15%$1790008Jul 3, 2022Travel the Galapagos Islands on an 8-day Southern Islands private tour. Kayak, stand up paddle board, and snorkel over coral reefs, taking in the …
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Private Charter - Family Cruise to the Western Islands Aboard Origin & Theory15%$1790008Jun 26, 2022Join this unique 8-day private tour to the Western Islands of the Galapagos, including visits to San Cristobal, Genovesa, Santa Cruz, Fernandina, …
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Private Charter - Complete Galapagos Wildlife Cruise Aboard Origin & Theory15%$1790008Jun 26, 2022Cruise the Galapagos in style on the M/V Origin & Theory Galapagos yachts on this private 8-day tour of the islands of San Cristobal, Genovesa, …
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Private Charter - Family Cruise to the Southern Islands Aboard Origin & Theory15%$1790008Jul 3, 2022Spend 8 days cruising the Southern Islands of the Galapagos on your own private yacht, visiting a variety of islands such as San Cristobal, …
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Family Cruise to the Southern Islands15%$87508Jul 3, 2022Spend 8 days cruising the Southern Islands of the Galapagos and visiting a variety of islands such as San Cristobal, Española, Floreana, and Santa …
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Family Cruise to the Western Islands15%$87508Jun 26, 2022Embark on this unique 8-day tour to the Western Islands of the Galapagos, including visits to San Cristobal, Genovesa, Santa Cruz, Fernandina, …
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Santa Cruz Highlands Travel Guide

Getting to the Highlands
All of our cruises and tours of the Galapagos Islands are all-inclusive, so you will never have to worry about transportation. If you are touring the highlands as your first stop after arriving, then you may meet a taxi after crossing the Itabaca Channel from the Baltra Island airport. The taxi will take you right to your Highlands visitor site. Traveling from Puerto Ayora, you will likely arrive with your travel group on a motor coach or open air bus.

Activities in the Santa Cruz Highlands
  • Los Gemelos- Meaning "Twins," in Spanish, these two massive sinkholes are a sight to behold, where you can hike through a scalesia forest to see the extinct remains of two volcanoes that collapsed.
  • Lava Tunnels - Another impressive volcanic feature of the highlands are the lava tunnels, naturally hollowed out geologic features that created tunnels when the flowing surface lava hardened over hot magma that continued to flow underneath.
  • El Chato Ranch- Walk through the green pastures of this highland hacienda where giant tortoises roam in their natural habitat.
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