Explore the Spectacular Highlights of our Eastern Galapagos Islands Itinerary aboard the Santa Cruz II!

Regardless of when you choose to visit, the Galapagos Islands are consistently teeming with activity and a multitude of things to experience throughout the entire year!

Our Eastern Galapagos Islands Itinerary is one the most comprehensive expeditions that we offer throughout the Galapagos, thanks in large part to its length and multitude of visitor sites it explores. In this blog, we invite you to consider the excellent benefits that this particular Eastern excursion provides when compared to our Western and Northern Galapagos itineraries.

The longer, the better

Española Island Is Visited During The Santa Cruz's Eastern Galapagos Itinerary
Another Lovely Day Enjoying This Paradise.

Galapagos expedition experts have always recommended that a bare minimum of 5-days is what’s recommend for visitors to adequately “get a sense” of what Galapagos has to offer. Anything over this bare minimum will give you a wholly grandiose and complete experience of the Enchanted Islands. This is why we often recommend our 7 day/6 night Eastern Galapagos Itinerary for those looking to get more than just a taste of what Galapagos has to offer. With excellent island coverage and island exclusivity, this itinerary aboard the Santa Cruz II is the way to go. After all, if you’re going to make it this far out, why not make the most of it?

Prepare to visit one of the most secluded destinations on Earth!

You’ll visit the #1 Island to Experience in Galapagos

Punta Suarez Is One Of The Top Visitor Sites Aboard Santa Cruz Galapagos Cruise.
Our Naturalist Guides Will Help You Discover Every Corner Of This Breathtaking Visitor Site.

That’s right, Española Island (otherwise known as the Grand Central Station of Wildlife) in Galapagos consistently ranks as the top island to visit in the archipelago, as per the opinion of our guides, guests, and expedition leaders.

With an astounding diversity of wildlife, an amazing coastline consisting of dramatic cliffs, and as the only island in Galapagos to serve as the home of the majestic waved albatrosses, it’s no wonder that Española is number one on everybody’s list of islands. Speaking of the waved albatrosses….

You’ll get to experience the LARGEST bird in all of Galapagos

Galapagos Albatrosses Are Found On Española Island.
Santa Cruz’S Guests Can Observe The Albatrosses’ Mating Dance In March.

Dazzle your eyes as they witness the largest bird in Galapagos with its majestic wingspan of the Galapagos albatross! You’ll find them nesting beginning in April and, if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see their quirky yet mesmerizing courtship dance that drums up an incredibly cacophonous melody as their beaks rattle against each other!

A Trifecta of Iconic Species (and more)!

You won’t have to worry about whether it’s a Nazca, blue- or red-footed booby that you’ll get to experience, because this Eastern Galapagos Itinerary is an all-footed” boobies experience!

Nazca Booby Flying In Galapagos.
You Will Recognize It By Its Black Mask And Orange Beak That Contrast With Its White Plumage.

Not to mention, you’ll witness all three major species of iguana that the Galapagos are home to: marine, land and Santa Fe. Additionally, you’ll find that two special guests will make an appearance as well: Galapagos fur seals and sea lions! That’s already EIGHT fantastic members of our BIG15 list of iconic species. And it doesn’t stop there, for this entire Eastern itinerary will allow you to see up to THIRTEEN MEMBERS (nearly 90%) of our BIG15 list of iconic species!

Deliberating on Vessel Size? Don’t!

Captivated by the itinerary length, but doubting the larger size of Santa Cruz II?  In a nutshell, however, it all comes down to realizing that, in spite of the larger size of the Santa Cruz II, you’re entitled to:

A multi-guided guided expedition

More guides mean you’ll have more activities to choose from and more specialized groups to be a part of.


The bigger the boat, the more stability you get. Additionally, this Eastern Galapagos Islands itinerary is “seasickness proof” in the sense that it only navigates around islands that are protected from the stronger currents that flow into Galapagos. The Santa Cruz II saves its longest navigations for nighttime, while daytime navigations are only limited to lasting less than a few hours.

Larger recreational spaces

To lounge out on, have some time to yourself, and relish the Galapagos in absolute comfort and solace – why wouldn’t you want to have that extra space?

Santa Cruz Cruise´s Solarium
After A Great Day Of Exploration, Enjoy The Amazing View From Our Solarium!

Charles Darwin was here…

The Punta Pitt visitor site will see you retracing the steps of renowned biologist Charles Darwin! This was one of the places he actually managed to disembark at during his visit in the Galapagos back in 1835.

Updated:May 30, 2023

Published:March 13, 2018


Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands Tour 2024 Package: 12 days / Quito, Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu / From USD 9,598 per person




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National Geographic Traveller

A Font of information, Klaus has spent decades in the field, leading tours in the Amazon, Andes and Galapagos Islands. He hung up his guiding boots a few years back and now creates itineraries for the tour operator, Metropolitan Touring. Adrift in the Pacific Ocean, hundreds of miles from mainland South America, Galapagos is one of the most biodiverse locales on Earth.

Cruise Critic

Santa Cruz II is a replacement for the much-loved Santa Cruz, which plied the waters of the Galapagos for 36 years. It is not a new ship; it was built in 2002 and sailed as Mare Australis under the Australis cruise brand, operating expedition cruises around Cape Horn and to Antarctica. Metropolitan Touring bought the ship in 2015 and completely refurbished it, launching it as Santa Cruz II in October 2015.

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When this modern, minimalist, glass-walled jungle lodge opened in 2012, it changed the accommodation game in South America. Arquitect Alfredo Ribadeneira’s “protective cocoon” would impress in a modern city; in the depths of an Andean cloudforest, it is wild, audacious and beautiful. Though only 70 miles from Quito, Maspi Lodge sits in splendid isolation, perched on a cliff at the end of an unsealed road.

Terms and Conditions

Itinerario de 5 días / 4 noches: Basado en la tarifa regular (4214 USD + impuestos por persona)
Itinerario de 7 días / 6 noches: Basado en la tarifa regular (5672 USD + impuestos por persona)
No reembolsable. Aplica únicamente para residentes ecuatorianos en nuevas reservas directas realizadas, hasta el 30 de junio del 2022, con un ejecutivo de ventas del hotel. Válido para estadías hasta el 31 de agosto de 2022. No puede ser combinada con otros descuentos, promociones u ofertas. El descuento no aplica para otros servicios. El precio no incluye recargo de combustible de $20 por noche de crucero.

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