Galapagos Islands Cruise B - Silver Origin
Possibly the most stylish ship in the Galapagos, the Silver Origin offers a fantastic experience among the beautiful and surprising animals of this region.
Galapagos: Drink It In
Get to know the archipelago Darwin called “a little world within itself”. See wild animals in their natural habitat, including tortoises, sea lions and the 70 species of “Bird Island”. You can also take a scenic Zodiac ride along the coastline, explore lava tunnels and snorkel in crystal-clear waters filled with anemones, parrotfish, reef sharks and more. If your idea of a rewarding holiday includes flora, fauna, kaleidoscopic marine life and rare endemic birds, then you have come to the right place! Join this team of expert national guides and take this journey of a lifetime, aboard the all-inclusive, destination driven Silver Origin.
Travel Curator’s Insights:
- • Discover the Galapagos' spellbinding wildlife in absolute comfort and elegance on this fantastic, brand-new, luxury vessel.
• Learn more about the flora and fauna on shore from, and at meals in casual conversation with highly credentialed guides.
• Enjoy a touring day in Quito pre-cruise plus Relais & Chateaux fine dining and fine wines on your ship on one of the most all-inclusive trips on offer.
From $12,300 per person
Policies and protocols provided before you book.
Departs Every Other Saturday
Departs Every Other Saturday
Trip Sustainability Awards
Fantastic advances in minimizing carbon footprints at locations.
On the East African Energy Renewal Board
Runs local educational facilities for children.
Day 1: San Cristobal
Like so many of the islands in the Galapagos, San Cristobal is formedby dormant volcanoes. It lies to the east of the archipelago and is one of the oldest islands in the group. Approximately 8,000 people live on the island, making their living from tourism, fishing, in government offices, or off the rich volcanic soils with some limited farming existing in the highlands. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the southwestern tip of the island is the capital city of the Galapagos Islands. A statue of Charles Darwin graces the harbor, marking one of
the first places he likely stepped ashore in the 1830s.
Day 2: Prince Philip's Steps & Darwin Bay, Genovesa
Genovesa is one of the northernmost islands of the Archipelago. Genovesa’s southern side of the shield volcano’s crater collapsed and a protected bay known as Darwin Bay was formed. The island is often referred to as the “Bird Island” as the numbers and species of land and seabirds on Genovesa are quite extraordinary. There are two visitor sites, and Prince Philip’s Steps give access to the flat plateau above the bay. Named after Prince Philip who visited the Galapagos on two occasions, the “steps” are mostly natural. The steep
cliffs are home to Red-billed Tropicbirds, while Magnificent
Frigatebirds, Nazca and Red-footed Boobies prefer the top. The plateau above Prince Philip’s Steps has a palo santo forest and an extensive lava field. This is an area where one of the Galapagos’ top predators, the Short-eared Owl, is hunting storm petrels. The Short-eared Owls are extremely well camouflaged and are not always easy to spot in
between the rocks.
At Genovesa Island the ship tucks into Darwin Bay, an ancient volcanic crater now flooded by the sea. Zodiacs land on a picturesque sandy beach where Galapagos sea lions often rest on the fine, white sand. Explorations along the shore may reveal marine iguanas looking like prehistoric dinosaurs in miniature. By heading inland a short distance visitors could encounter seabirds of all shapes and sizes nesting in the vegetation. Scores of immature Red-footed Boobies perch on
branches within an arm’s reach of the path. In addition, watch for Great Frigatebirds and Yellow-crowned Night Herons along the walk. There is also fantastic snorkeling in the waters of Darwin Bay with the opportunity to see large schools of reef fish and brightly colored sea stars.
Day 3: North Seymour & Sullivan Bay, Santiago
The landing at North Seymour Island is onto black lava rock. After a short climb, visitors arrive on the island’s flat plateau where a number of sea lions nurse pups and frigatebirds nest. The island is dry, and so the predominant tree is the prickly pear cactus favored by the Galapagos land iguanas that live here in number. The undulating terrain is littered with red-brown volcanic boulders and large male Magnificent Frigatebirds can be seen inflating their vivid red gular sacs in hopes of impressing females flying overhead. At certain times of the year, pairs of Blue-footed Boobies dance here in a ritualized mating dance that reinforces their pair bond and shows off their vivid blue feet. The snorkeling here is well-known for schools of colorful creole wrasses and parrot fish.
The lava fields of Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island will inevitably remind visitors of the surface of the moon. As brilliant red Sally Lightfoot crabs scuttle along the black volcanic shores, learn about the formation of the islands through geological forces from your guides. The lava flows here are just over one hundred years old and date back to 1897. The lava took on a rope-like appearance and geologists have adopted a Hawaiian word, pahoehoe, as the technical
name for this kind of volcanic rock.
Day 4: Punta Mangle, Fernandina & Punta Moreno, Isabela
Among the impressive new lava fields of Fernandina Island hides a cove surrounded by mangroves. A rewarding place for bird-watching as the bay is the point where the land meets the sea, joining the two environments, with sea birds, shorebirds and land birds all in the same place. The different species of mangroves: Red, White and Black, have formed a root system that serves as a nursery for many species of fish, including juveniles’ sharks and green sea turtles. Snorkeling is
as rewarding with some unique sightings as Marine Iguanas feeding on algae, or flightless cormorants diving for their prey.
Impressive Pahoehoe lava field that lies between two active volcanoes, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul, on the south coast of Isabela Island. The rich waters of Cromwell Current wash the shores, and as a result, you can see the largest marine iguanas of the archipelago basking on the rocks, Flightless Cormorants and Galapagos Penguins diving for food. During the walk you will experience, as an oasis in a desert of lava,
some coastal lagoons in the middle of the field, here you can find shorebirds such as White-cheeked Pintail Ducks, Black-necked Stilts and even sometimes Flamingos.
Day 5: Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz & Isla Santa Fé
Silver Origin will anchor in front of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, where the prestigious Charles Darwin Research Station is located. The station also houses the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center for giant tortoises and land iguanas where guides interpret the centre’s captive breeding and reintroduction programs. In addition to these star species, throughout the station there are huge prickly pear cactus trees being fed upon by the pretty Galapagos Cactus Finch. To round out the stay in Puerto Ayora, enjoy free time in town where local artists have created charming art galleries and corner cafés.
This island is home to a reptile that exists nowhere else in the
world: The Santa Fe Land Iguana. A beach covered by sea lions is the beginning of our adventure where sea lions’ pups welcome the visitors with their naive curiosity. Then a rocky terrain will guide us to explore the island and the view from the cliff becomes a reward by itself. View some of the tallest and the widest prickly pear cactus of the islands. Also known for beautiful snorkelling and kayaking.
Day 6: Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez, Española
Located on the northern coast of Española, the turquoise color water and white sandy beach stand out from far away. This beach is made out of pulverised shells and corals offers a sandy patch of up to 1 kilometre in length. Española is considered one of the oldest in the Galapagos and has thus developed species that are endemic. Along the coast of Gardner a subspecies of colourful Marine iguanas are living
among Hood Mockingbirds. The apex predators Galapagos Hawks commonly visit the coastline and a couple of times a Giant tortoise has been seen here.
Punta Suárez lies at the western point of Española, the oldest island in the Galápagos. Sheer cliffs provide superb thermals for seabirds and you may spot Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies and Blue-footed Boobies on the breeze. The largest seabird to nest in the Galapagos Islands is the Waved Albatross. These ocean wanderers can be seen seasonally here from April through December, when pairs reunite on
Española, going through an elaborate pair-bonding display.
Mockingbirds, doves, and occasional Galápagos Hawks can also be seen on the point, along with sea lions and colorful marine iguanas.
Day 7: Cerro Brujo, San Cristóbal
An impressive tuff cone has been carved by erosion into an outstanding natural sculpture, being a resting place for marine birds such as blue-footed bobbies and brown pelicans. One of the most beautiful white sand beaches of the Galapagos (swim or snorkel). View sea lions, sally light footed crabs, blue-footed bobbies. Behind the dunes, you find a coastal lagoon, which was visited in the past by the locals to
extract salt, today it is home to some shorebirds such as stilts and plovers.
Day 8: San Cristobal Departure.
Offered Activities: Hiking, Snorkeling, Deep Water Snorkeling, Zodiac Excursions, Kayaking, Island Touring the Islands with the Expedition Team
Alternate Itinerary: Please see Galapagos Islands Cruise A for the Silver Origin's alternate itinerary.
Please Note: When travelling in remote regions tide, wind, ice and weather conditions determine the details of our itinerary. While we will do our best to maintain all suggested activities, some of these may be subject to change. Come with an open mind and a great sense of adventure, together we can turn any voyage into a wonderful Expedition.
If you're looking for a truly luxurious, all-inclusive Galapagos adventure where you can immerse yourself in nature and have everything else taken care of for you, the lovely Silver Origin is an excellent choice.
Joy Martinello, Founder
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