- Santa Cruz
- Expedition Ship
- 90 Capacity
- 5 Days
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Summary : The Galapagos Islands are considered one of the most spectacular and pristine National Parks in the world. Visitors delight in the abundant, unusual, and surprisingly approachable wildlife--from Galapagos giant tortoises to playful sea lions to the fascinating blue-footed boobies.
We strongly recommend two pre-cruise nights and one post-cruise night in Quito or Guayaquil. Please inquire about adding these or other services to your trip.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Snorkeling
$2,620 to $4,370
Arrive by plane to San Cristóbal Island and transfer to the vessel.
After lunch, disembark on the eastern tip of the island at Punta Pitt, an eroded tuff cone. Take a zodiac ride or ascend the trail from the beach providing spectacular views of the shoreline. This is the only site in the Galápagos where the three species of boobies (blue, red and masked) can be found together. Keep an eye out for frigates species, and sea lions along the beach.
After breakfast, take a zodiac ride over to an idyllic sandy-white beach with resident sea lions. The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the morning walk amid the giant prickly pear cactus. Enjoy snorkeling and swimming, or a glass-bottom boat ride before returning to the vessel for lunch.
Following lunch and a rest, disembark where turquoise waters meet a brilliant white sand and black lava shoreline. Discover a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serving as groundcover for a grove of green prickly-pear cactus. Along the coastline one finds sea lions, frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters.
Disembark this morning for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise enclosures, where there is an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Following the visit, enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a vastly different ecosystem.
Enjoy one of several options available for the 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, return to Puerto Ayora and embark the vessel.
Explore Punta Suárez on an exciting walk on hardened lava terrain. Watch for waved albatrosses (Apr - Jan), Nazca and blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tail gulls. Discover the Galápagos' famous “blow-hole.” Also keep and eye out for the Hood Island mockingbird, three species of Darwin’s finches and red-green-black marine iguanas.
In the afternoon, disembark at the white coral beach of Gardner Bay and enjoy a short walk where you may observe sea lions, mockingbirds, and finches or just settle in and relax on the beach. There is great snorkeling in this area!
Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the mainland.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes. Read this itinerary as a guide only, as the exact route and the wildlife you encounter may vary.
Shared transfer from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Swissôtel, Marriott, Dann Carlton) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Hampton Inn, Sheraton) to airport for flights to/from Galapagos; cabin accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; all shore activities and excursions; guide and lecture services; sea kayaks; glass-bottom boat outings; snorkeling gear; luggage handling; medical care on board (but not the cost of medication); taxes and transfers on the island. For Darwin Elite cabins only (Boat Deck Standard Plus, Superior, Junior Suite and Master Suite): wine and beer at dinner; use of VIP lounge at departure airport in the Galapagos Islands; explorers’ kit, expedition CD; Internet access in select areas; special edition take-home coffee table book; and wetsuit rental. Subject to change without notice.
Hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee, subject to change without notice; Galapagos Transit Card; international airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; wet suit rental; Internet; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; gifts and personal items; passport expenses; traveler's insurance; laundry service; gratuities to ship staff and crew are left to the discretion of the passenger; fuel surcharge may apply.
Airfare between Quito/Guayaquil and the Galapagos Islands:
The flights between mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) and the Galapagos Islands are an additional cost. To secure your seats on often overbooked flights, ExpeditionTrips must reserve these flights for you at the time of cruise booking. Approximate cost (including service fee): $450-$600 per adult; $250-$325 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).