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Santa Cruz II – Eastern

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Highlights

See all 3 species of boobies at San Cristobal
Yellowish Iguanas photo opportunity at Santa Fe
South Plaza's white sandy beachers & ocean views
Snorkel at Española's Gardner Bay along unique marine life
Visit Santa Cruz's Charles Darwin's research center

Tour Facts

Pricefrom $8,290
Duration7 Days / 6 Nights

Activity Level

Level 1

Starts / EndsBaltra / Baltra
DepartsFriday
Location
Galapagos Islands

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Tour Facts

Pricefrom $8,290
Duration7 Days / 6 Nights

Activity Level

Level 1

Starts / EndsBaltra / Baltra
DepartsFriday
Location
Galapagos Islands

Summary

Day
overnight & activities
1
BaltraIsland|Airport (GPS)|MosqueteraIslet
2
San CristobalIsland|David Rodriguez Breeding Ctr|Punta Pitt
3
Santa FeIsland|South PlazaIsland
4
Santa CruzIsland|Fausto Llerena Breeding Ctr|Highlands
5
EspañolaIsland|Punta Suarez|Gardner Bay
6
Santa CruzIsland|Eden Islet|N. SeymourIsland
7
BaltraIsland|Airport (GPS)

Full Itinerary

Day 1
(Friday)
BaltraIsland|Airport (GPS)|MosqueteraIslet
Welcome upon arrival to the Galapagos Island's Baltra Airport and transfer to the ship.
Mosquetera Islet, a small rocky outcrop, offers a rich biodiversity in its compact space. A haven for seabirds, it's a nesting site for blue-footed boobies, frigate-birds, and brown pelicans. The surrounding waters host a range of marine life, with sea lions, sharks, and rays frequently spotted. Snorkeling here unveils an underwater realm of colorful fish, sea turtles, and intriguing rock formations. This islet's compact size belies its ecological significance, offering an intimate encounter with Galapagos' captivating wildlife and aquatic wonders.
activities
:
Snorkel, Swim, Walk, Zodiac
meals
:
Dinner
Day 2
(Saturday)
San CristobalIsland|David Rodriguez Breeding Ctr|Punta Pitt
San Cristóbal Island, a cornerstone of the Galápagos archipelago, showcases captivating landscapes and unique biodiversity. Its diverse habitats, from arid zones to lush highlands, house a variety of iconic species, such as giant tortoises, frigate-birds, and blue-footed boobies. The island's historic significance resonates through sites like Cerro Tijeretas, where Darwin first stepped ashore in the Galápagos. The island offers opportunities for snorkeling, diving, and exploring the vibrant capital, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Discover its pristine beaches, stunning viewpoints, and the Galápagos National Park Interpretation Center, providing insights into the archipelago's natural and human history.
The David Rodriguez Breeding Center, established in 2004, stands as a vital conservation hub on San Cristobal Island. Named after a pioneering Galapagos conservationist, it's committed to the preservation of endangered species. The center focuses on the breeding and rehabilitation of Galapagos tortoises, particularly the San Cristobal tortoise subspecies. Visitors witness firsthand the dedicated efforts to ensure the survival of these remarkable creatures. The center's informative exhibits and guided tours shed light on the intricate conservation work, making it an essential stop for those seeking to deepen their understanding of the Galapagos' ongoing commitment to biodiversity preservation.
Punta Pitt, a striking promontory on San Cristóbal, is renowned for its unique features and diverse wildlife. Its rust-hued cliffs, formed by ancient lava flows, provide a dramatic backdrop to the rich ecosystem. This site is the only place where all three species of boobies - blue-footed, red-footed, and Nazca - nest together. The trail leading to the viewpoint allows visitors to witness these impressive avian displays, as well as the vibrant hues of marine iguanas and sea lions that thrive in its surroundings.
activities
:
Snorkel, Walk, Zodiac
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
(Sunday)
Santa FeIsland|South PlazaIsland
Santa Fe Island, with its pristine beaches and rich biodiversity. Its turquoise waters and sandy shores create a serene ambiance, providing an ideal spot for snorkeling with playful sea lions and encountering marine life. The endemic Santa Fe land iguana, characterized by its pale coloration and distinct features, roams freely. The island's towering Opuntia cacti and endemic Palo Santo trees showcase its unique flora. Santa Fe is a living testament to the Galápagos' ongoing ecological conservation, inviting visitors to connect with its natural wonders in a profound and responsible way.
South Plaza Island, a masterpiece of evolution. Its dramatic cliffs, sculpted by wind and waves, create a stunning backdrop for a vibrant ecosystem. Land iguanas, unique to South Plaza, bask in the sun amidst carpets of vibrant succulents. The island's exceptional birdlife includes swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds, and the iconic blue-footed boobies engaging in their intricate courtship dance. Sea lions laze on the rocky shores, while the striking contrast between the turquoise waters and the island's reddish-brown terrain creates a breathtaking visual.
activities
:
Walk
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
(Monday)
Santa CruzIsland|Fausto Llerena Breeding Ctr|Highlands
Santa Cruz Island, the central hub of the Galapagos, offers a diverse blend of ecosystems. It's home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where conservation efforts for the iconic giant tortoises take place. High-land areas feature lush vegetation, while its coastline showcases a variety of marine life, including sea turtles and sharks.
The Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, established in 2004, is a vital conservation facility on Santa Cruz Island in the Galápagos. Dedicated to the preservation of native species, it plays a crucial role in breeding and rearing Galápagos giant tortoises before releasing them into the wild. Visitors can observe various tortoise species at different life stages, gain insights into ongoing conservation efforts, and learn about the center's role in ensuring the survival of these iconic creatures and maintaining the delicate ecological balance of the Galápagos Islands.
Santa Cruz' Highlands in Galapagos offer a unique natural landscape. Lush vegetation, giant tortoises roaming freely, and volcanic formations define this area. Explore lava tunnels, witness tortoise habitats, and discover the endemic flora and fauna.
activities
:
Kayak, Snorkel, Swim, Walk, Zodiac
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
(Tuesday)
EspañolaIsland|Punta Suarez|Gardner Bay
Española Island, the oldest of the Galápagos, exudes raw beauty and unique wildlife. Its untamed landscapes feature towering cliffs, pounding surf, and pristine beaches. Home to the world's only waved albatross colony, the island offers an astonishing display of these magnificent birds engaging in elaborate courtship dances. The endemic Hood mockingbird and Española lava lizard are equally captivating. Gardner Bay boasts a powdery white beach frequented by sea lions and marine iguanas. Punta Suarez offers dramatic blowholes and nesting seabirds. Española's isolation has nurtured a distinctive environment, making it a vital haven for endemic species and a must-see for nature enthusiasts.
Punta Suarez is a captivating natural spectacle. This rocky point showcases the island's rugged charm with its towering cliffs and tumultuous waves crashing against the shore. The area hosts the world's only waved albatross colony, where these magnificent birds engage in intricate mating rituals. Visitors witness blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls nesting on the cliffs. The dramatic blowholes create a stunning water display, while the endemic Española marine iguanas add to the island's unique allure.
Gardner Bay offers a pristine sandy beach embraced by turquoise waters. This tranquil haven is a hub of marine life, making it ideal for snorkeling with playful sea lions, colorful reef fish, and graceful sea turtles. The beach serves as a nesting site for green sea turtles, and the shoreline is dotted with curious Galapagos sea lions. Visitors often encounter endemic mockingbirds and lava lizards. The striking combination of white sands, crystal-clear waters, and abundant wildlife showcases the Galapagos' unique charm, making Gardner Bay a serene and enchanting destination.
activities
:
Walk
meals
:
Breakfast
Day 6
(Wednesday)
Santa CruzIsland|Eden Islet|N. SeymourIsland
Eden Islet, situated by Santa Cruz island, is a hidden gem of natural beauty. A small islet surrounded by clear blue waters, it presents a thriving underwater realm for snorkelers and divers. Snorkeling here reveals a tapestry of marine life, including vibrant fish, sea turtles, and graceful rays. A dinghy ride around the islet unveils dramatic volcanic formations and an array of seabirds, including blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate-birds. The tranquil setting and rich biodiversity of Eden Islet offer an immersive encounter with the Galapagos' marine ecosystem.
North Seymour Island, a geological wonder, boasts a captivating blend of wildlife and landscapes. Its flat terrain is sculpted by ancient lava flows, providing a canvas for vibrant displays of flora and fauna. A haven for bird enthusiasts, the island features colonies of blue-footed boobies, frigate-birds, and swallow-tailed gulls engaged in their intricate mating rituals. Land iguanas roam the arid landscape, adding to the diverse ecological tapestry. As you traverse the island's trails, the unique behaviors and interactions of its inhabitants unfold, making North Seymour a captivating destination for ecotourism and nature exploration.
activities
:
Kayak, Snorkel, Walk, Zodiac
Day 7
(Thursday)
BaltraIsland|Airport (GPS)
After a heartfelt farewell from the ship's captain and crew, we will make our way to Baltra's airport, the final stop before our flight to the mainland. If time permits, you can extend your adventure to Ecuador's unique destinations or even Peru's Machu Picchu. Our team will be glad to recommend extension alternatives before or after your Galapagos experience.
end of the itinerary
Important: Daily activities description subject to change

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Pricing Details

Rates shown are per person based on standard double room or cabin occupancy.
Prices in US$ and valid through December 31, 2024
Single occupancy subject to single supplement .
Credit card payments subject to 3% processing fee.

What is Included

Hotels as shown or similar
All meals as shown
Airport transfers as shown
Professional bilingual guides
Excursions as part of a group
Gratuities except to guides

Additional Budget Considerations

International flights
Quito or Guayaquil to Galapagos roundtrip flights (est. $500)
Galapagos park fee and Tourist Card ($120)

Ship Categories

LUXURY CRUISES

Exquisite cruising experience, featuring top-notch amenities and personalized services. Plush accommodations, gourmet dining, and an excellent staff-to-guest ratio.

first class

High-quality cruising experience with a balance of comfort and luxury. Well-appointed cabins, a variety of dining options, numerous onboard activities, and attentive service.

mid-range class

Comfortable cruising experience with a balance between affordability and quality amenities. Ships offer cozy accommodations, a range of dining options, and a good assortment of activities. 

tourist class

Enjoyable cruising experience with basic amenities and services. They provide clean and comfortable accommodations and standard dining options.

budget class

Most affordable cruising option. While amenities and services are basic, these ships still offer clean accommodations and simple dining options.

About Your Adventure

Activity Levels

level 1 - easier

Activities: scenic drives, canoe rides, walks up to 1 hour. Trail conditions: cobblestones, pavement, gravel, or dirt paths. Some days require extended walking.

LEVEL 2 - MODERATE

Most travelers can join level 2 adventures without prior experience. Being generally fit is important. Activities include short hikes up to 3 hours, sea kayaking in calm waters, and rafting on Class I-II rapids.

LEVEL 3 - ACTIVE

Includes 3-6 hours of daily physical activity, like rafting and wilderness camping. Hikes cover 8-10 miles, including steep ascents or descents. Rafting features Class III rapids.

LEVEL 4 - CHALLENGE

Hikes up to 14 miles. Rugged terrain, exposure risk, altitudes over 10,000 ft. Rafting: Class IV-V rapids. Kayaking: 4-5 hrs daily, open water with waves and tides.

LEVEL 5 - extreme

For experienced adventurers. Trekking without vehicle support in rugged terrain above 10,000 feet. Long hikes, up to 12 hours, with significant altitude changes. Rafting in: Class IV-V rapids. Experience and doctor's certificate required.