Eastern Galapagos Cruise- Santa Cruz II
This comfortable ship has expert guiding and offers outstanding wildlife viewing in the Galapagos. Great for families!
Galapagos: Drink It In
This comprehensive journey, starting and ending in Baltra, takes us to the oldest islands in the archipelago. We visit the sea lions of Mosquera Islet before heading to see the red-footed boobies in San Cristobal, the island where Darwin first set foot in the Galapagos. Meet the endemic land iguanas of Santa Fe, observe the colors of South Plaza, and stop in at the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz, before heading on to top-rated Española and North Seymour, with an in-between stop at Eden Islet.
Travel Curator’s Insights:
- • Marvel at wondrously exotic animals who aren't afraid of humans and stand helpfully so you can admire them.
• Snorkeling, kayaking, and viewing the undersea through a glass bottom boat are all available on this program.
• Travel on a meticulously well-organized journey with a veteran Galapagos operator with over 60 years of experience in this region.
From $5,514 per person
Adapting protocols and procedures to reduce risk in every step of the operation. Policies and protocols provided before you book.
Operates Fridays to Thursdays
Operates Fridays to Thursdays
Trip Sustainability Awards
Owns and preserves ~3,200 acres of tropical rainforest
Has invested in and implemented several forms of alternative energy
Utilizes physical and bio sequestration to off set their carbon footprint
Day 1: Baltra Island & Mosquera
We arrive by plane at Baltra Island and transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II where we receive our welcome introductory briefing and lunch. After lunch and your introductory briefing on board, Santa Cruz II will relocate only four nautical miles from Baltra, next to Mosquera Islet, a small volcanic uplift between Baltra and North Seymour. The island is a long and narrow sandbank surrounded by lava reefs.
Our groups will approach the island from its western shore, a long shallow reef, the perfect rookery for young sea lions. After a wet landing, our guides will lead you past the sea lion colonies, where you will learn more about the fragile marine and terrestrial ecosystems of Galapagos. The walk is easy as it is restricted to a few hundred meters of flat sandy dunes. This will also be a great opportunity for an introduction to snorkeling.
Day 2: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal & Punta Pitt
After breakfast, we disembark (dry landing) at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the island’s capital, and drive 40 minutes to the island’s southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, we visit the breeding center for highly endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird, and the San Cristobal lava lizard, both island endemics.
In the afternoon, we disembark (wet landing) on the eastern tip of the island at Punta Pitt, an eroded tuff cone, whose trail provides spectacular views of the shoreline. This is the only site in the Galapagos where the three species of boobies can be found together. We can walk or enjoy a panga ride along the coast. Opportunity for snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking.
Day 3: Santa Fe & South Plaza Islands
After breakfast, we take the dinghy over to this idyllic sandy-white beach populated by many sea lions (wet landing). The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the morning walk amid the giant prickly pear cactus. Snorkeling and swimming from the panga rounds off our rewarding experience, or if guests prefer, the glass bottom boat is available for non-snorkelers. Opportunity for kayaking.
Following lunch and a rest, we disembark (dry landing) in this channel, whose turquoise waters contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. Beyond, a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-grey land iguanas sit beneath these, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters glide, playing with the thermals.
Day 4: Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island
In the morning, we disembark (dry landing) for our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Centre within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Following our visit, we board our transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.
We have several options available for the afternoon, which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader. At the end of the afternoon’s activities, we return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz II.
Day 5: Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay, Española Island
(Dry landing) – An exciting walk awaits at this site, where we enjoy its unique sea bird colonies, including Galapagos albatross (April-December), Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls as well as a view of the Galapagos’ famous “blow-hole”. Also, look out for red-green- black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.
(Wet landing) In the afternoon, the picture-postcard white coral beach of Gardner Bay and the nearby islet of Osborn provides a beautiful setting for observing sea lions, mockingbirds, and finches as we relax. We can expect great snorkeling in this area. Opportunity for swimming and kayaking as well.
Day 6: Eden Islet, Santa Cruz Island & North Seymour Island
After breakfast, a panga ride takes us to Eden Islet, a small islet located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where we can observe blue-footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel and, if weather conditions permit, ride in the glass-bottom boat and kayak.
North Seymour was lifted from the ocean floor by a volcanic event, and its origins as a seabed give the island its low, flat profile. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stands just above the landing (dry landing), usually without leaves, waiting for the rains to burst into bloom. Look for a plethora of wildlife as North Seymour is chock full of bird colonies of blue footed boobies, two species of frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, as well as sea lions and marine iguanas.
Day 7: Baltra Island
On our last day, we disembark at Baltra Island and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the continent.
Please Note: Itineraries for reference only. Routes and programmes may vary according to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety and operational reasons, and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Wetsuit Rental: $70 per person for the 7-day itinerary.
Galapagos Air: Air transportation to / from Galapagos and airport taxes are not included. Rates given at time of booking.
Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee: US$ 100 (subject to change without prior notice)
Special Offer: Book last minute and get the following for free! Valid for departures within the next 60 days on the 7 Days/6 Nights program:
-Free private transfer from the airport to your hotel in Quito
-Free 2-nights of accommodation at a premium hotel in Quito
-Free Scenic Tour of Quito
-Free Shared airport transfers in Galapagos
-Free Domestic airfare to/from the Galapagos Islands
Starting at $3,790 USD per person
I've sent so many happy travelers with this operator. If you're looking for a well run program at a great value, especially for a family with kids, this would be a ship I'd strongly recommend.
Joy Martinello, Founder
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