In this itinerary you will explore deeply the eastern part of Galapagos Islands starting at San Cristobal followed by Española and Santa Maria Islands and finishing at Santa Cruz. During this journey you will experience the beauties of the island, swimming in crystalline and turquoise waters with a unique wildlife. Also, you will be able to do snorkeling or kayaking as well as visiting “The Green Beach” and “The Flour Sand Beach”. If you are interested in birdwatcher, you will have plenty of opportunities to observe endemics and migratory birds as well as learning more of the wildlife at the Charles Darwin Centre. Finally, you will be astonished by the view at the Baroness Lookout and if you like you can send a poster to your friends from the Post Office.
- Experienced professional guides.
- Hike up Baroness Lookout for a magnificent view of the coastlines and landscapes
- Visit to Charles Darwin Station and learn about the conservation of the islands and the Galapagos Tortoises
- Opportunities to spot blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and nazca boobies
- Snorkel into the clear waters of Cerro Brujo and swim with sea lions
ITINERARY IN BRIEF:
Day 1: San Cristobal Airport - Interpretation Center
Day 2: Galapaguera - Cerro Brujo
Day 3: Gardner Bay - Suarez Point
Day 4: Cormorant Point - Post Office Bay - Baroness Lookout
Day 5: Charles Darwin Station - Baltra Airport
NOTE: Long itineraries are the combination of short ones; please let us know if you would like to book a long cruise
San Cristobal Island
AM - Arrive Galapagos Islands
This day you will fly from Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador to the Galapagos. Due to the Galapagos Government, a fee of 20 USD must be paid for the migration control card.
Once in San Cristobal, passengers must go through an inspection point at the airport to make sure that no foreign plants or animals are being introduced to the archipelago. Also, this inspection point is where passengers have to pay for the entrance to the Galapagos National Park under the following parameters: Passengers Foreigners $100 and Children $50 (under 12 years old).
Later on our guide will pick visitors and will carry the luggage to the bus from the port that transports the passengers to the Catamaran Seaman Journey on a motorized boat called panga.
PM: Interpretation Center
This is an interpretation center with exuberant gardens and stunning ocean views. Visitors at the interpretation center can learn a lot from the geological and human history of the islands, conservation facts and natural history. This is the oldest museum of Natural History in the Galapagos Islands which attempts to preserve the archipelago. It is indeed inspiring and motivating to watch and learn all of their research and attempts. (L. D.) (Private Transfer) (Shared Guide)
San Cristobal Island
A short visit will take place at the Galapaguera, a good place to observe Galapagos tortoises in its natural habitat.
San Cristobal island has endemic species such as: the Mockingbird Nesomimus melanotis, lava lizard (Microlophus bivittatus), Chatham Leaf-toed Gecko (Phyllodactylus leei) and the tortoises. All of these species can be observed in this place, the beach is really big and it works as a nesting zone for marine tortoises. Between January and May, it is common to find the footprints of the female tortoises who have climbed to the sand dunes to deposit their eggs! This truly a worth experience to be part of.
PM: Cerro Brujo
Cerro Brujo is a beautiful white coral beach where you can swim and watch birds and sea lions, plus you can snorkel.
This is the first coast where Charles Darwin walked on, in 1835. In this marvelous lava landscape, you can watch seabirds like blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigate birds and shore birds. The protected bay is well known for its young tortoises which like to swim around. The pools with salty water behind the sand dunes were used by the fishermen as a salt mine in order to preserve food for the local population.
Among the fauna you can observe the Chatham Mockingbird and the San Cristobal Lava Lizard, both species are endemic to the island and unique to the area.
Furthermore, you will see the Galapagos turtles and with luck, the little bird known as the Pájaro Brujo in Spanish, an endemic species in San Cristobal Island. The vegetation covers all the route, where you can find species like the candelabrum cactus and carob trees.
Located on the north coast of Isla San Cristobal it is a peaceful place with white sand and crystal water, a perfect combination for an incredible stay. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)
AM: Gardner Bay
Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay offers an excellent beach to relax, swim and even kayak, plus the opportunity to observe sea lions (Zalophus wollebaki),. Here we can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters. At this place one can see three species of Darwin finches: A subspecies of the large-billed cactus finch (Geospiza fuliginosa), which is similar to the large-billed terrestrial finch; The small-beaked ground finch (Geospiza fuliginosa and the singing finch (Certhidea Olivacea) which is another endemic subspecies. Both resident and migratory birds are observed. It is worth to notice that this zone is really important for marine tortoises nesting, specially the (Chelonia mydas).
PM: Suarez Point
This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. A beautiful site on the oceanfront, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air at least from 50 to 75 meters high. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)
AM: Cormorant Point
This site offers probably the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. It’s situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere.
There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks, and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral.
PM: Post Office Bay & Baroness Lookout
Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since this time by marines and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Besides, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. We will continue to the north of the island and procede to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful view at the Baroness lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa Von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as her house. From this lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)
Santa Cruz Island - Depart Baltra Airport
AM: Charles Darwin Station
Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. One of the main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises, the famous lonesome George, the last of his kind was cared for in this place, and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.
Assisted by some crew members, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra airport , where we will take the shuttle back to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil or Quito. (B.) (Shared Guide)
- Type: Motor Catamaran
- Electric system: 2x 50 kw IMO
- Category: Boutique Yacht Naturalist Liveaboard
- Electric power: 110v and 220v AC/DC
- Material construction: Fiberglass
- Cruising Speed: 10 knots
- Length: 90 feet (27.6 meters)
- Water capacity: 3000 gallons
- Beam: 36.08 feet (11 meters)
- Diesel capacity: 2500 gallons
- Draft: 4.75 feet (1.45 meters)
- Passengers: maximum 16
- Year build: 2007
- Crew: 9 members
- Main engines: 2x Cummins 350 hp IMO
Standard Ocean View
Located on the main deck, twin bedding, panoramic windows, private bathroom with hot/cold water, air conditioning, hairdryer & table-lamps.
Upper Deck Suites
Located on the upper deck, one queen bed, one sofa bed, large panoramic windows, private bathroom with hot/cold water, air conditioning with independent controls, hairdryer & table lamp, sofa bed available on request.
Layout: 2 Decks / 8 Cabins
Main deck: Cabin 1,2 = twins or triples
Main deck: Cabin 3,4,5,6 = twins
Upper deck: Cabin 7,8 = suites or triples
Beds layout: Twins, suites, triple
Rooming: Private or shared cabins
Sharing: Allowed / Same sender: Yes
- Accommodation, use of onboard facilities
- All meals, water, coffee & tea
- Pre and post cruise transfers
- All expedition shore excursions
- Bilingual naturalist guide
- Use of kayaks, and snorkelling equipment
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- International and National (Ecuador-Galapagos-Ecuador) flights
- Galapagos National Park Entrance, US $ 100 (To be paid upon arrival, in cash)
- Transit Control Card, US $ 20 (To be paid upon departure from the mainland to Galapagos, in cash)
- Galapagos Airport Transport, if the flight has not been booked together
- If necessary, single room supplement
- Optional wetsuit
- Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks
- Personal expenses, extras & gratuities
- Travel insurance
NOTE: Long itineraries are the combination of short ones; please let us know if you would like to book a long cruise.