Galapagos Islands Cruise: 5-Day Eastern Itinerary Aboard the 'Santa Cruz II'

Multi-day & Extended Tours, San Cristobal airport to Baltra Island airport
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Tour description

Begin your tour at San Cristobal. Then head northeast to the famous site of Punta Pitt, where visitors can experience what Charles Darwin saw when he first disembarked in 1835. Following this, travel west to enjoy the lovely bay of Santa Fe Island. See the dramatic cliffs of South Plaza and learn about the cacti, land iguanas, and outstanding wildlife that inhabit the land. The next day begins at the world-renowned Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz. Lastly, tour the visitor site of Punta Suarez on the island of Espanola. Walk through the rocky shoreline, where visitors can see hundreds of marine birds, sea lions, marine iguanas, and sometimes albatross. The day ends at Gardner Bay.

Day 1 - SAN CRISTOBAL (-/L/D) SaturdayPuerto Baquerizo Moreno/Punta Pitt: Arrival by plane to San Cristobal Island and transfer to the Santa Cruz. Cabin assignment, introductory talk, boat drill and lunch.Punta Pitt: In the afternoon, disembark on the eastern tip of the island at Punta Pitt, whose trail provides spectacular views of the shoreline. This is the only site in the Galápagos where the three species of boobies can be found together. You can walk or enjoy a panga ride along the coast.Day 2 - SANTA FE / SOUTH PLAZA (B/L/D) SundaySanta Fe Island/South Plaza Island: After breakfast, take the dinghy over to this idyllic sandy-white beach populated by many sea lions. The endemic land iguana, unique to this island. Snorkeling and swimming from the panga rounds off your rewarding experience, or if guests prefer, the glass bottom boat for non-snorkelersSouth Plaza Island: Following lunch and a rest, disembark in this channel, whose turquoise waters contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. 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 3 - SANTA CRUZ (B/L/D) MondayPuerto Ayora: In the morning, disembark for your 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. Following your visit, board your transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.Santa Cruz Island: There are several options available for the afternoon (hiking, mountain biking or kayaking in Tortuga Bay), which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader.Day 4 - ESPAÑOLA (B/L/D) Tuesday:Punta  Suárez/Gardner Bay: An exciting walk awaits at this site, where you enjoy its unique sea bird colonies, including waved albatrosses (April- January), Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tail gulls as well as a view of the Galápagos famous “blow-hole”. Also, look out for red-green-black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.Gardner Bay: The picture-postcard white coral beach of Gardner Bay provides a beautiful setting for observing sea lions, mockingbirds, finches as you relax. We can expect great snorkeling in this area.Day 5 - BALTRA (B/-/-) Wednesday:Baltra Island: Disembark at Baltra Island and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the continent.

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 (about $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.


  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide