5-Day Galapagos Island Cruise: Western Itinerary Aboard 'Santa Cruz II'

Multi-day & Extended Tours, Baltra airport to Baltra airport

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Begin your tour at Baltra where we will board the ship and sail towards Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island for an interesting hike through palo santo forests full of Galapagos’ famed land iguanas. Overnight, we sail round the seahorse-shaped Isabela Island to two great visitor sites: Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island and then wild and pure Punta Espinoza on Fernandina, one of the most pristine islands in the world, From there, we sail back round to Santa Cruz to visit the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station, and then spend the afternoon enjoying a range of active options. The following day finds us on Floreana Island, exploring its human history and stunning wildlife at both Post Office Bay and Punta Cormorant. 
Day 1- Thursday  (-/L/D) We arrive to Baltra Island and transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II where we receive our welcome introductory briefing, boat drill and lunch. Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island): The first part of our walk passes a brackish-water lagoon frequented by shorebirds, ducks and flamingos, while further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago, as well as the chance of observing land iguanas.Day 2- Friday  (B/L/D)  Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island): Explore the coast by panga, while our naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area, a nesting place for several Galapagos highlights: flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, fur seals, boobies, etc. Depending on weather conditions, we can snorkel along the cliffs of this area rich in marine life. Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island): Explore the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina, which, having no introduced mammals, boasts a very unique environment with a very high density of marine iguanas, who share their space with sea lions, Sally light-foot crabs, hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorants.  Day 3 - Saturday  (B/L/D)  Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island): We disembark for our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Centre. 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 such as: beach walks, kayaks, walks along the tortoise reserve, etc.   Day 4 - Sunday  (B/L/D)  Baroness Tower - Post Office Bay (Floreana Island): Panga ride along the maze of channels on Floreana’s north shore can be enjoyed. Continue to Baroness Cove with its breathtaking views of Floreana. We land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as a post office in the archipelago. Snorkelling off the beach.  Champion Islet – Punta Cormorant (Floreana Island): Take the pangas and glass-bottom boat to explore the underwater wonders around Champion Islet, regarded as one of the best snorkelling spots in the archipelago. From there, it’s on to Punta Cormorant, beginning with a wet landing on the beach for a walk that includes a brackish-water lagoon where bird species gather.  Day 5 - Monday (B/-/-)  We disembark at Baltra Island in order to transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

What’s included

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Island sightseeing
  • Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Luggage handling
  • Transfers in Galapagos Islands
  • Medical care on board (but not the cost of medication)
  • Taxes and transfers in the islands
  • In Quito or Guayaquil, shared transfers from main hotels to airport for flights to/from Galápagos
  • If on the Panorama Deck: Internet/Wifi

What’s not included

  • Wet Suits available for rent ($17 USD)
  • Air transportation to/from Galapagos and airport taxes
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (about $100 USD)
  • Migration Control Card (about $20 USD)
  • Internet/Wifi (Due to the Galápagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth)
  • Please note, if you wish to bring bottles of wine and/or spirits aboard the vessels, there is a corkage fee (about $27)
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities (optional), tips, gifts, fuel surcharge (may apply). and additional items. 
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