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Discover Santa Cruz in 2026 on one of these trips hand selected by the travel experts at Adventure Life. Select any of the below 42 top-rated trips where you will explore Highlands, Charles Darwin Center, Bachas Beach, Black Turtle Cove, and Dragon Hill with an exceptional bilingual guide on a small group or customizable private tour. The most popular things to do in Santa Cruz in are wildlife & safari exploration, wildlife viewing, snorkeling, cruises, and kayaking. Our Santa Cruz trips in 2026 range in price from $4,123 to $259,250 for trips of 5 to 15 days. Contact one of Adventure Life's expert Santa Cruz trip planners for help planning a seamless experience.
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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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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 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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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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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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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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The beautiful colorful shores of the Galapagos.
$5,561
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Hiking Galapagos

Hotel-Based Tour - 9 Day Itinerary
  • Hike Cerro de Las Tijeretas
  • Trek to a fresh water lake
  • Learn about local conservation
  • Explore Tortuga Bay
Activities:
Hiking, Land Exploration, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Moderate
Hike through the archipelago's remarkably surreal landscape on this unique land-based Galapagos adventure. The Hiking Galapagos tour is perfect for the traveler that prefers his or her tours active, while also allowing for plenty of flexibility and time to explore the various sites. The tour …
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Sea lion in the Galapagos
$6,195
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Southern Islands

San Cristobal - Baltra - 4 Day Itinerary aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise
  • Visit Tijeretas Hill bird colony
  • Discover Floreana Island's beaches
  • Snorkel with sea lions
Starts / Ends:
San Cristobal Airport / Baltra
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 4-day cruise through the EasternGalapagos Islands aboard the Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise. Begin at San Cristóbal Island, exploring Tijeretas and the Galapagos' history at the Interpretation Center. Dive into the archipelago's volcanic origins and conservation efforts. …
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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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Wildlife in the Galapagos
$4,690
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Luxury Central Galapagos Islands Cruise

4 Day Itinerary aboard M/C Endemic
  • Discover Bartholomew Island
  • Snorkel around Floreana
  • Explore North Seymour Island
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Beautiful and mysterious, vast and fragile, this itinerary through the Galapagos Islands is an extraordinary 4-day voyage through the natural beauty of the world. This cruise across the central region delivers more than white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. Exploreinteresting rock formations …
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Snorkel the crystal, warm waters of the Galapagos archipelago
$3,245
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North Central Islands

4 Day Itinerary aboard Natural Paradise
  • Admire El Barranco's amazing views
  • Swim with sea lions at Darwin Bay
  • See Bachas Beach's floating pier
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the North Central Galapagos Islands on this 4-day expedition, balancing adventure and relaxation perfectly.Delight yourself withone of the world's premier wildlife-viewing destinationsaboard the Natural Paradise. Explore Rabida Island, one of the most colorful and volcanically varied …
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Floreana Island
$117,705
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Private Charter - Southern Islands Aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise

4 Day Itinerary aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise
  • Visit Tijeretas Hill bird colony
  • Discover Floreana Island's beaches
  • Snorkel with sea lions
Starts / Ends:
San Cristobal Airport / Baltra
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 4-day privatecruise through the EasternGalapagos Islands aboard the Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise. Begin at San Cristóbal Island, exploring Tijeretas and the Galapagos' history at the Interpretation Center. Dive into the archipelago's volcanic origins and conservation …
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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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A kayaking trip to see the local bird life of the Galapagos.
$8,950
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In the Steps of Darwin

8 Day Itinerary aboard Evolution
  • Discover Daphne Major´s birdlife
  • Snorkel on Isabela Island
  • Meet Urbina´s Bay unique wildlife
  • Walk the white beach of Las Bachas
Starts / Ends:
Baltra / San Cristobal Interpretation Center
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Close encounters with wildlife make your journey a truly memorable one on this 8-day adventure. This is an excellent excursion for gaining a true understanding of the history of the Galapagos and the rare and incredible creatures that make their homes here. Indulge in the wide variety of flora and …
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See Blue-footed Boobies on your trip to the Galapagos
$8,102
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Finch Bay EcoHotel

10 Day Itinerary
  • View Giant Tortoises
  • Snorkel along shallow reefs
  • Hike to view sea lions & lizards
  • Choose from a menu of activities
Activities:
Kayaking, Land, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Located on the Galapagos' Santa Cruz island, the Finch Bay Eco-Hotel is a great place to explore the wonders of the Galapagos. This tour allows you to set the pace of your adventure. Spend your days exploring the natural beauty and wildlife of the islands, and spend your evenings relaxing in …
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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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