Pure Shores: Exclusive Visitor Sites in the Galapagos

How exactly should one picture exclusive visitor sites in the Galapagos? Well, imagine yourself walking down an immaculate beach, with shores virtually untouched by humanity. In fact, the only traces of human presence here are the odd string of footprints that dot the beach in random patterns – imprints that fade before your eyes as Galapagos penguins and blue-footed boobies trample over them, sea lions slither around within inches of your ankles and Sally lightfoot crabs skitter across the sandy canvas (drawing their own series of abstract lines in the process). Exclusive visitor sites in the Galapagos are the only places where you’ll find nature and wildlife truly taking the spotlight in this style.

The Galapagos Islands are one of the most coveted destinations in the world. With great popularity, however, comes high demand and considerable crowds. Here aboard the Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise, we offer our guests the ability to partake in nature the way it was always meant to be – virtually free from an overtly dominant human presence.

Live an unforgettable adventure in the exclusive visitor sites of the Galapagos Islands!

“Take nothing but pictures. Leave only footprints behind.”

There’s a popular misconception when it comes to visiting the islands in the Galapagos and this is that single-guided boats get exclusive access to secluded locations in the archipelago. But this idea couldn’t be any further away from the truth.

Well, alright. Logically, you would think that the fewer number of passengers, the better and more “private” the beach you would land on. But let us fill you in on a little secret: The bigger the ship, the more exclusive the beach becomes for all our guests aboard. In fact, an expedition vessel (which also has the added benefit of being a multi-guided vessel) is often the only ship present at certain visitor sites.

Why is this? It’s because each visitor site has its own maximum number of guests permitted at any given time, as regulated by the Galapagos National Park rules. So, in the end, being on a smaller boat will only mean that there will be several other smaller boats present to fill up that quota of maximum visitors. Does a beach crowded with small boats sound like an exclusive beach to you?

Tourist Photographing At The Shore Of The Galapagos Islands.
There Are Plenty Of Opportunities And Places That You’Ll Want To Save Forever. Be Sure To Pack Your Camera To Capture Incredible Moments In The Islands!

Exclusive Visitor Sites in the Galapagos for the Santa Cruz II Galapagos cruise

For some, paradise isn’t where you go – it’s how to feel for a moment in your life. That’s why we invite you to feel as close to nature as you possibly can with the following exclusive visitor sites in the Galapagos available on the Santa Cruz II:


So what are you waiting for, now that you’re all the wiser? Keep researching some more Galapagos travel tips or book your Galapagos Islands tour today and travel to the Galapagos Islands to re-discover the archipelago!

Updated:May 8, 2023

Published:May 3, 2017


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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This small, secret rooftop of the restored Casa Gangotena mansion peers over Plaza San Francisco in the center of Quito’s colonial Old Town, the world’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Order a Cedrón Spritz, a refreshing mix of rum, lemon, sparkling wine, and fresh lemon verbena (cedrón) syrup and leaf, then revel in the mesmerizing, real-time montage of daily life in Ecuador’s capital as it parades past.

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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.

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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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