Santa Cruz II – 4 Nights Eastern Galapagos, Saturday to Wednesday
Eastern Islands Galapagos Itinerary
Our itinerary together begins on San Cristobal Island, the capital of Galapagos Province. From here, we venture east along the northern shores of the island, visiting the fascinating site of Punta Pitt, Galapagos’ furthest eastern tip. We then sail west to the central island of Santa Fe, with its beautiful tranquil bay (great for swimming and snorkelling), before continuing to the wild cliffs of South Plaza with their lofty cacti, land iguanas and stunning marine birds. The following day we visit the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island, the most populous in the archipelago, with a range of activities on offer in the afternoon. Española Island, voted number one island by guides and expedition leaders waits on our last day with its remarkable visitor site of Punta Suarez. Here, we’ll wander along the rugged coastline, home to hundreds of marine iguanas, sea lions, marine birds, and even albatross (between April and December). In the afternoon, Gardner Bay provides a wonderful setting for a combination of beach-time, swimming, snorkelling or exploring aboard the glass-bottom boat.
Wherever we sail, whatever we do, the entire crew aboard the Santa Cruz II will do our utmost to ensure that your Galapagos experience is truly, deeply moving and memorable.
- San Cristobal
- Santa Fe
- South Plaza
- Santa Cruz
- Charles Darwin Research Station
- Kicker Rock
- Española Blowhole
- Galapagos Albatrosses (From April to December)
- Blue Footed Boobies
- Nazca Boobies
- Red Footed Boobies
- Great & Magnificent Frigatebirds
- Galapagos Hawks
- Marine Iguanas
- Santa Fe Land Iguana
- Galapagos Sea Lion
- Galapagos Giant Tortoises
- Galapagos Doves
- Galapagos Mockingbirds
- San Cristobal Mockingbirds
- Española Mockingbirds
- Darwin Finches
- Brown Pelicans
- Swallow – Tailed Gulls
- Lava Gulls
- Lava (striated) Herons
Day by Day
Arrival by plane to San Cristobal Island and transfer to the Santa Cruz, anchored at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the provincial capital of the Galapagos Islands. Cabin assignment, introductory talk, boat drill and lunch.
Punta Pitt (San Cristobal Island)
In the afternoon, Punta Pitt, on the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island awaits! An eroded tuff cone whose trail provides spectacular views of the shoreline, this is the only site in the Galapagos where the three species of boobies can be found together. We can enjoy a panga ride along the coast and some time for snorkelling or swimming.
After breakfast, we take the panga over to this idyllic sandy-white beach populated by many sea lions. The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the morning walk amid the giant prickly pear cactus. Snorkelling and swimming from the panga rounds off our rewarding experience, or if guests prefer, the glass-bottom boat provides an incredible view for non-snorkelers.
South Plaza Island
Following lunch and a rest, we disembark in this channel, whose turquoise waters contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. Beyond, a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-grey land iguanas sit beneath these, waiting patiently for prickly-pears to drop. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters glide.
In the morning, we disembark (dry landing) for our 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. This station is the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park’s administration. Following our visit, we board our transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.
Santa Cruz Island
We have several options available for the midday and afternoon (hiking, mountain biking or kayaking in Tortuga Bay), which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader. At the end of the afternoon's activities, we return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz II.
An exciting walk awaits at this site, where we enjoy its unique sea bird colonies, including Galapagos albatross (April - December), Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tail gulls as well as a view of the Galapagos’ famous "blow-hole". Also, look out for red-green-black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.
Gardner Bay (Española Island)
In the afternoon, the picture-postcard white coral beach of Gardner Bay provides a beautiful setting for observing sea lions, mockingbirds, finches as we relax. We can expect great snorkelling in this area.
On our last day, we disembark at Baltra Island and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the continent.
|Cabin||2017 Price per Person (US $)|
|Horizon Deck | Explorer Family Cabin||$ 3,388|
|Horizon Deck | Explorer Cabin||$ 3,604|
|Horizon Deck | Voyager Cabin||$ 4,156|
|Expedition Deck | Explorer Cabin||$ 3,748|
|Panorama Deck | Explorer Cabin||$ 3,860|
|Panorama Deck | Darwin Suite||$ 4,372|
* Explorer cabins for single use incur a 100% surcharge. Only 5 cabins are available for single use.
- All meals
- Island sightseeing
- Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish (guiding in other languages – French, Italian – is available upon request for groups larger than 10 guests and for German groups is a minimum of 4 guests),
- Snorkelling gear
- Luggage handling
- Medical care on board (not including the cost of medication)
- Transfers in the islands
- Shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Sheraton, Marriott, Dann Carlton) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Hampton Inn, Sheraton) to airport for flights to/from Galapagos are included in these rates. To coordinate these transfers, we must have guests’ hotel contact information.
- Fuel surcharge*
*Fuel surcharge is included on the cruise rate, however, restrictions may apply.
- Wetsuits: Available for rent, NET rate US$ 17 + VAT per guest for 5- or 6-day expeditions;
- Air transportation to / from Galapagos and airport taxes (subject to change without previous notice)
- Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US$ 100 subject to change without previous notice)*
- Migration Control Card (US$ 20 subject to change without previous notice)*
- Fuel surcharge
- Alcoholic **- and non alcoholic beverages
- Internet / Wi-Fi ***
- Gifts and additional items
- Travel insurance
*At your request, 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).
**Please note, we charge guests who wish to bring bottles of wine and/or spirits aboard our vessels a corkage fee of US$ 25+taxes.
*** Internet connections onboard consist in computer stations and wifi in the vessel’s social areas; due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth.
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