A memorable journey from the Central archipelago visiting marvelous Española and the Easter Islands, truly a wonderful expedition in just 7-days, not too long, not too short. Cruise this wonderful itinerary on board an amazing vessel with quality personalized services, the best Ecuadorian and international cuisine and the friendliest and most experience crew to make your journey, a memorable one.
Activity level: Moderate
Ship: Santa Cruz II information here
► DAY 01: Baltra Island / Mosquera Island Details
DAY 1 Friday: Arrival / Baltra
PM: Mosquera Island
After lunch, the Santa Cruz II will sail and relocate just four nautical miles away from Baltra Island, right beside Mosquera Island – a small piece of volcanic uplift that sits between the larger islands of Baltra and North Seymour. Mosquera Island is a long and narrow sand bank that’s surrounded by lava reefs. The excursion group will approach the island from its western shore, which consists of a long shallow reef and acts as the perfect nook for young sea lions. After a wet landing, naturalist guides will lead guests past the sea lion colonies, where they will get the chance to learn more about the fragile marine and terrestrial ecosystems of Galapagos. The walk is easy here, as it only involves walking across a few hundred meters of flat and sandy dunes. This visitor site also allows guests to give snorkeling a go!
► DAY 02: San Cristobal Island: Cerro Colorado & Pitt Point Details
AM: Cerro Colorado
PM: Pitt Point
► DAY 03: Santa Fe Island / South Plaza Island Details
AM: Santa Fe
After breakfast, guests will ride a dinghy and disembark (wet landing) over at this idyllic white sand beach that’s home to plenty of sea lions. The endemic land iguana, which is exclusive to this island, may be spotted during the morning walk, typically sitting among the giant prickly pear cactus. Snorkeling and swimming from the dinghy rounds out this supremely rewarding experience. Alternatively, guests can also opt to hop aboard the Santa Cruz II’s glass-bottom. Kayaking is also offered here.
PM: South Plaza
► DAY 04: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station & Santa Cruz Highlands Details
AM: Charles Darwin Station
In the morning, guests disembark (dry landing) in Puerto Ayora to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. The Station consists of a giant tortoise Breeding Center and an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest that is home to many land birds. The Station also serves as the headquarters for scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Following this visit, guests will board a private transport to head up and enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, which is an entirely different ecosystem.
PM: Santa Cruz Highlands
Guests will have several options to choose from in the afternoon, these of which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader. At the end of the afternoon’s activities, guests will return to Puerto Ayora and hop aboard the Santa Cruz II.
► DAY 05: Española Island: Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay Details
AM: Suarez Point
An exciting walk awaits at this site, where guests are sure to enjoy the unique variety of sea bird colonies present. Galapagos albatross (April-December), Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls are all present here. Guests will also get to experience the Galapagos’ famous “blowhole” geological phenomenon. Red-green-black marine iguanas are also present here. Afterwards, guests will head back on board for lunch.
PM: Gardner Bay
In the afternoon, the postcard-worthy coral beach of Gardner Bay and the nearby Osborn Islet provide a beautiful setting for observing sea lions, mockingbirds, and finches as guests take their time to simply relax or take a dip in the water for some excellent snorkeling. Kayaking activities are available here too.
► DAY 06: Eden Islet / North Seymour Island Details
AM: Eden Islet
After breakfast, a panga ride takes guests on over to Eden Islet – a small islet located off the coast of Santa Cruz. It is here that guests will have the chance to observe blue-footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks swimming around and frigatebirds flapping about. There’s a chance to snorkel and, weather permitting, take a ride aboard the glass-bottom boat or do some kayaking.
PM: North Seymoour
North Seymour is the result of oceanic uplift that resulted from a volcanic event long ago. Its origins as a seabed give the island its low, flat profile. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stands just above the landing site (dry landing). These trees are typically leafless, remain dormant for half of the year and waiting for the rains as their cue to burst into bloom. This is a great site to watch as bird colonies of blue-footed boobies, two species of frigatebirds, and swallow-tailed gulls fly around. Guests will also get the chance to experience sea lions and marine iguanas.
► DAY 07: Baltra Island: Transfer out Details
On the last day, guests disembark at Baltra Island and transfer to the airport to take their flight back to the continent.