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Experience the captivating highlands of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands on our 17 expertly curated tours for 2026. Nestled in this unique archipelago, our tours offer a blend of wildlife encounters, stunning landscapes, and rich biodiversity, providing a deep dive into this remarkable destination. Over 5 to 8 days, you will explore the highlands of Santa Cruz, known for its lush vegetation, volcanic formations, and iconic giant tortoises roaming freely. With opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking, and birdwatching, each day promises new adventures and unforgettable memories. Starting at $6,195 to $259,250, come and discover the magic of the Galapagos Islands' highlands on a tour that will leave you in awe of nature's wonders. To embark on this journey of a lifetime, contact one of Adventure Life's Galapagos specialists for help planning your next seamless trip.
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South Plaza Island
$8,604
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Central East Islands

Baltra - San Cristobal - 5 Day Itinerary aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise
  • Explore the Santa Cruz highlands
  • Hike to Bartolomé's summit
  • Land at South Plaza for forest walk
  • Greet playful sea lions
Starts / Ends:
Baltra / San Cristobal Airport
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience a remarkable 5-day cruise aboard the Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise through the captivating Central East Galapagos Islands. Board the vessel at Baltra then explore Santa Cruz's highlands, witness giant tortoises in their natural habitat, and venture into underground lava tunnels. At …
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Brilliantly colored flamingos
$6,195
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Northern Islands

Baltra roundtrip - 4 Day Itinerary aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise
  • Spot giant tortoises in Highlands
  • Visit Cerro Dragón and see iguanas
  • Explore Genovesa Island's paradise
Starts / Ends:
Baltra / Baltra
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Set sail on a 4-day cruise to the North & Central Galapagos Islands aboard the Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise. Start in Baltra, transfer to meet your guide, and explore Santa Cruz's highlands, encountering Galápagos giant tortoises and lava tunnels. On day two, visit Cerro Dragón …
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Sea lion in galapagos
$11,695
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Southern & Northern Islands

San Cristobal - Baltra - 7 Day Itinerary aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise
  • Enjoy exploring Española Island
  • Discover Floreana's beaches
  • Interact with the playful sea lion
  • Explore Genovesa Island
Starts / Ends:
San Cristobal Airport / Baltra
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 7-day cruise with Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise through the Eastern & Central Islands of the Galápagos. Begin at San Cristóbal Island, exploring Tijeretas and the Galápagos' history at the Interpretation Center. Gardner Bay offers white sandy beaches, Punta …
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Family fun in the Galapagos
$12,995
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Northwestern Islands

Baltra roundtrip - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise
  • Encounter pink flamingos
  • Discover Chinese Hat
  • Explore Genovesa Island
  • Visit Bachas beach
Starts / Ends:
Baltra / Baltra
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Set sail on an 8-day, exciting trip to the Northwestern Galapagos Islands aboard the Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise. Explore Santa Cruz's highlands, see Galápagos giant tortoises in their natural habitat, and delve into underground lava tunnels. Visit Cerro Dragón to witness land …
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Sea Lion resting on Red Sesuvium
$13,644
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Central East & Southern Islands

Baltra roundtrip - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise
  • Explore lava tunnels in Santa Cruz
  • Visit Rábida's red sand beach
  • See marine iguanas at Punta Pitt
  • Encounter wildlife at Isla Lobos
Starts / Ends:
Baltra / Baltra
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on an 8-day Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise to explore the Central East & Southern Galápagos Islands. Witness giant tortoises and lava tunnels on Santa Cruz, discover Rábida's red sand beach and unique palo santo trees and encounter diverse wildlife on South Plaza and Santa …
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Snorkeling near the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
$5,190
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Northern Galapagos Catamaran Cruise

5 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Spray
  • Hike 375 stairs to panoramic views
  • Trek through mangroves
  • Snorkel in search of marinlife
Starts / Ends:
Baltra / Baltra
Activities:
Hiking, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore the northern islands of the Galapagos on this 5 day cruise aboard the Ocean Spray. Once on board cruise to Bartolome Island and hike to the summit of the volcano for panoramic views. You also will trek through mangroves and view tidal pools teeming with sea lions and reef fish on Genovesa …
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Bartolome Island and Pinnacle Rock
$259,250
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Private Charter - Central East & Southern Islands Aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise

8 Day Itinerary aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise
  • Explore lava tunnels in Santa Cruz
  • Visit Rábida's red sand beach
  • See marine iguanas at Punta Pitt
  • Encounter wildlife at Isla Lobos
Starts / Ends:
Baltra / Baltra
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on aprivate8-day Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise to explore the Central East & Southern Galápagos Islands. Witness giant tortoises and lava tunnels on Santa Cruz, discover Rábida's red sand beach and unique palo santo trees and encounter diverse wildlife on South Plaza and …
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Pinnacle rock in Bartolome
$163,490
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Private Charter - Central East Islands Aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise

5 Day Itinerary aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise
  • Explore the Santa Cruz highlands
  • Hike to Bartolomé's summit
  • Land at South Plaza for forest walk
  • Greet playful sea lions
Starts / Ends:
Baltra / San Cristobal Airport
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience a remarkable private5-day cruise aboard the Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise through the captivating Central East Galapagos Islands. Board the vessel at Baltra then explore Santa Cruz's highlands, witness giant tortoises in their natural habitat, and venture into underground lava tunnels. …
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Frigate chick found while touring the Galapagos
$117,705
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Private Charter - Northern Islands Aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise

4 Day Itinerary aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise
  • Spot giant tortoises in Highlands
  • Visit Cerro Dragón and see iguanas
  • Explore Genovesa Island's paradise
Starts / Ends:
Baltra / Baltra
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Set sail on a 4-day privatecruise to the North & Central Galapagos Islands aboard the Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise. Start in Baltra, transfer to meet your guide, and explore Santa Cruz's highlands, encountering Galápagos giant tortoises and lava tunnels. On day two, visit Cerro …
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Colorful Sally Lightfoot crab on volcanic rock
$9,950
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Beyond Darwin's Footsteps

8 Day Itinerary aboard Grace
  • Cruise around Kicker Rock
  • Enjoy friendly sea lions
  • Walk along a green beach
  • Hike to see Galapagos doves
Starts / Ends:
Baltra / Baltra
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Close encounters with wildlife will make your journey a truly memorable one on this 8-day adventure. These islands are swarming with exotic and curious creatures that love to interact with visitors to the islands. Indulge in the wide variety of flora and fauna here as well as spectacular scenery on …
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Land Iguana
$246,905
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Private Charter - Northwestern Islands Aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise

8 Day Itinerary aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise
  • Encounter pink flamingos
  • Discover Chinese Hat
  • Explore Genovesa Island
  • Visit Bachas beach
Starts / Ends:
Baltra / Baltra
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Set sail on aprivate8-day, exciting trip to the Northwestern Galapagos Islands aboard the Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise. Explore Santa Cruz's highlands, see Galápagos giant tortoises in their natural habitat, and delve into underground lava tunnels. Visit Cerro Dragón to witness land …
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Galapagos penguin on a rock
$222,205
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Private Charter - Southern & Northern Islands Aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise

7 Day Itinerary aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise
  • Enjoy exploring Española Island
  • Discover Floreana's beaches
  • Interact with the playful sea lion
  • Explore Genovesa Island
Starts / Ends:
San Cristobal Airport / Baltra
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 7-day cruise with Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise through the Eastern & Central Islands of the Galápagos. Begin at San Cristóbal Island, exploring Tijeretas and the Galápagos' history at the Interpretation Center. Gardner Bay offers white sandy beaches, Punta …
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A pair of friendly sea lions
$5,812
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Northern Islands

5 Day Itinerary aboard La Pinta
  • Observe giant tortoises
  • Snorkel with sea lions
  • Hike to a red-footed booby colony
Activities:
Kayaking, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail the northern islands aboard the La Pinta on a 5-day Galapagos cruise. This small ship adventure takes you to the islands of Santa Cruz, Bartolome, and Genovesa. Experience the sea lions, sea birds, and giant Galapagos tortoises which first made this island archipelago famous.
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Snorkeling girl
$4,800
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Southeast Islands

8 Day Itinerary aboard Samba
  • Observe the giant Galapagos turtles
  • Enjoy a volcanic Olivine beach
  • Snorkel around Gardner Island
  • Take incredible photos of landscape
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This Galapagos tour does more than show the highlights of the archipelago's beautiful southeast islands - this 8-day cruise allows you to experience all facets of the southwestern archipelago as you are immersed in the incredible beauty that surrounds you. Enjoy exciting activities such as …
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A pair of Blue Footed Boobies
$4,000
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North & West Islands

8 Day Itinerary aboard Nemo II
  • Ride a zodiac in Tagus Cove
  • Explore the cliffs of Isabela
  • Climb Prince Phillip's Steps
  • Take a trail to a flamingo lagoon
Starts / Ends:
Baltra / Baltra
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 8-day North & West Islands Galapagos cruise on the Nemo II explores the wildlife-rich shores of Santa Cruz, Isabela, Santiago, Rabida, and more! Enjoy opportunities to hike, snorkel, kayak, or cruise on a panga boat while exploring volcanic landscapes, unique flora and fauna, research …
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Moreno Point, Isabela Island, Galapagos
$4,500
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Northern Islands

8 Day Itinerary aboard Nemo III
  • Take a paga ride on Genovesa
  • Snorkel and kayak at Sullivan Bay
  • Visit a blue-footed booby colony
  • Meet Galapagos giant tortoises
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Cruise the northern portion of the Galapagos archipelago on this 8-day Galapagos cruise. Aboard the motor sailing vessel, the catamaran Nemo III, enjoy first class amenities on board and exciting destinations each day on this Galapagos tour.
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Pinnacle rock in Bartolome
$4,500
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Southern Islands

8 Day Itinerary aboard Nemo III
  • Meet the wildlife of North Seymour
  • Rest on Suarez Point's cliffs
  • Walk on Cormorant Point's beach
  • Meet Galapagos giant tortoises
Starts / Ends:
Baltra / Baltra
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore the Galapagos archipelago aboard the catamaran Nemo III on this 8-day cruise to the southern and eastern islands. Enjoy the convenience of small ship cruising while experiencing the first class amenities on board.
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