Monday: Baltra Island: Airport / PM Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station
Tuesday: AM Santa Fe Island: Santa Fe Island / PM South Plaza Island: South Plaza Island
Wednesday: AM North Seymour Island: North Seymour Island / PM Santa Cruz Island: Las Bachas beach
Thursday: AM Bartolome Island: Pinnacle Rock / PM Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay
Friday: AM Baltra Island: Baltra airport
We arrive at Baltra Airport and then we take you to the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30-minute bus ride takes us to a restaurant in the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy lunch, and then continue to Puerto Ayora.
Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
After driving down from the highlands, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise. The campus houses the islands’ headquarters of scientific investigation and conservation. Late afternoon we stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking. Captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner.
Santa Fe Island
A stunning anchorage provides our jumping-off point for our visit to this sandy white beach with many sea lion harems. Galapagos hawks are often easily observed. The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the walk. Snorkelling and swimming from the beach, kayaking or a ride in our glass-bottom boat.
South Plaza Island
The turquoise waters of the channel here contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline, while a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus beyond, populated by yellow-gray land iguanas.
North Seymour Island
The morning starts with an enjoyable walk along the coast and the interior of this island, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and marine iguanas. There are opportunities for snorkelling, coastal exploration or glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.
After WWII, US military barges were beached and abandoned here. Today it is an important nesting area for the east Pacific green sea turtle. Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, it is a glorious white beach, with several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. We can swim and/or snorkel from the beach.
This morning, a Galápagos icon awaits for us: Bartolome Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden staircase: the view from the top is worth the effort! Following the walk, we take the dinghies for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock.
Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)
After lunch, we get on board the inflatable dinghies to land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach great for swimming, and with a trail over a lava field that flowed here less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos.
Our journey ends at Baltra Island, where we transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland. Baltra’s flat substrate (due to its uplifted origin) is the reason why the island was chosen back in the 1940s as the location to building an airport.
- Please remember that the exact route and programme may vary according to weather and ocean conditions and the wildlife we encounter
- Itineraries and programme are subject to change without previous notice due mainly to readjustment of the National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes or safety reasons
- Dry landing: guests step from the dinghy onto rocks or a dock
- Wet landing: as the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, guests step into knee-deep water and wade ashore
- We charge guests who wish to bring bottles of wine and/or spirits aboard our vessels a corkage fee
- We can include the Galapagos National Park entrance fee of US$ 100 and Migration Control Card Fee of US$ 20 (subject to change). However, please note that, due to administrative and operational reasons, these fees can only be included when guests travel on the operation departure date. This service does not apply for guests who travel before a departure date (even if the departure is with us).
Master Cabin $ 3628.00
Classic Cabin $ 3468.00
Classic Family Cabin $ 3468.00
Standard Cabin $ 3268.00
**In high season like Christmas and New Year there is a charge of US$ 152 per adult and $110 per child.
**All prices are subject to change without prior notice.
The rate includes:
- Shore excursions
- All meals
- Bilingual naturalist guides
- Conferences and lectures
- Visits to the islands mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation to / from the airport in Galapagos
- Snorkelling equipment
- Internet and WiFi (intermittent and low-bandwidth).
- Airline tickets to/from Galapagos,
- Galapagos National Park admission fee ($100 per person, subject to changes without previous notice)**
- Transit Control Card for Galapagos ($20 per person, subject to changes without previous notice)**
- Wet suits (available for rent)
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Gifts and additional items