Our Western Galapagos Cruise Itinerary starts with a tour of Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island, home to Galapagos land iguanas. The next day is spent at Isabela Island and Fernandina Island, the volcanic jewels of the National Park, where one can also spot flightless cormorants and Galapagos penguins.
Afterward, we head to the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station and its giant-tortoise breeding center on Santa Cruz Island. Finally, Floreana Island’s Post Office Bay and Cormorant Point round off the trip with fascinating insights into the human history of the archipelago.
This Galapagos itinerary has been designed to guarantee the best wildlife-viewing opportunities at several of the most gorgeous landscapes in the archipelago.
Fit for every type of traveler, our comfortable and impeccably clean cabins all come with large picture-windows that illuminate their interior, allowing guests to take in the views while providing an elegant and private relaxation space after a day of active exploring.
A total of 50 cabins for 90 guests, 36 of which can be interconnected, offer flexibility for larger groups of guests and families.
Visited on days one and three.
Home of the Charles Darwin Research Station and one of the largest giant tortoise populations in the archipelago. This island provides an exquisite sense of the ongoing conservation efforts underway, and the care native islanders take in protecting the wildlife and the environment. Giant tortoises are also seen in their natural habitat in the lush and verdant highlands.
Visited on day two.
Admire the epic and beautiful coastline of one of the largest islands in the Galapagos. In addition to the dramatic geology found here, you’ll also enjoy the chance to hop aboard our glass-bottom boat or go snorkeling in the presence of green sea turtles, playful sea lions, ocean sunfish, and even penguins, possibly!
Visited on day two.
Fascinate yourself with the mesmerizing canvas of recent lava flows that have amassed across the terrain here. Home to one of the largest colonies of marine iguanas, you’ll definitely want to watch your step, too! Snorkeling is offered here, with the possibility of seeing and even swimming alongside flightless cormorants and penguins.
Visited on day four.
Immerse yourself in the human history of the Galapagos by partaking in the rather unique act of sending mail the way sailors did two centuries ago — through a post office barrel! You’ll also enjoy gorgeous beaches that are frequented by flamingos, herons, and numerous other birds. Snorkeling, glass-bottom boat, kayaking, and paddleboarding are offered here.
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