Welcome to the captivating Galapagos Islands, where pristine beauty and remarkable wildlife await your exploration.
If you seek a memorable and immersive experience, our Santa Cruz cruise is the perfect choice. Aboard the luxury cruiser, discover the wonders of the northern and central islands, each offering a unique glimpse into the Galapagos' ecological diversity.
Our thoughtfully crafted 6-day itinerary takes you on a seamless journey through the Galapagos' renowned destinations. The Santa Cruz Cruiser, a vessel designed for comfort and adventure, awaits to whisk you away on an unforgettable voyage through this UNESCO World Heritage site.
Welcome to the incredible Galápagos Islands! As you arrive at Baltra Airport, you'll be greeted by the natural wonders that await you. Travelers pass through an airport inspection point to ensure the islands remain pristine and free from foreign plants and animals. Don't forget to pay the park entrance fee of $100, unless it has been prearranged. Our expert guide will be there to meet you, assist with collecting your luggage, and escort you on a short and scenic bus ride to the harbor. From there, step aboard the magnificent M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey, your luxurious vessel for this incredible journey.
In the afternoon, we embark on an adventure to Dragon Hill, a fascinating visitor site on the northwestern coast of Santa Cruz Island. As we follow the trail, we find ourselves amidst a mesmerizing hyper-saline lagoon, frequented by elegant flamingos, pintail ducks, and a variety of other bird species. An exciting conservation effort has reintroduced land iguanas from Seymour, Isabela, and Santa Cruz islands, making this area even more remarkable. Take a short walk to the Hill's summit, offering a breathtaking panorama of the picturesque bay, a perfect way to begin your Galápagos expedition.
Rise and shine for an enchanting morning exploration of Black Turtle Cove. This tranquil red mangrove lagoon on the northern side of Santa Cruz Island serves as a peaceful nursery for a multitude of sharks and rays. As we cruise through the crystal-clear waters, prepare to witness impressive gatherings of white-tip reef, black-tipped reef, and hammerhead sharks, along with golden rays and spotted eagle rays. With no landing sites, we'll explore this magical cove via panga or kayak, where sightings of sea turtles and their mating rituals amidst the mangroves are not uncommon. Keep an eye out for the graceful presence of pelicans and herons, adding to the wonder of this serene habitat.
In the afternoon, we set our sights on Chinese Hat Islet, a small but captivating island off the southeastern tip of Santiago. This recent volcanic cone showcases a unique shape resembling a traditional Chinese hat when viewed from the north. As we explore the west, we encounter fascinating lava formations formed under the sea and later elevated, resulting in an extraordinary sight of coral heads on the lava. The islet's coastline hosts numerous sea lion colonies, alongside marine iguanas and the delightful Galápagos penguins, creating a delightful haven of wildlife encounters.
A remarkable day awaits as we venture to Genovesa Island, also known as "The Bird Island." Our morning takes us to Darwin Bay, a breathtaking location with a fascinating history. This bay originated when the island's crater collapsed below sea level, creating an exceptional habitat for a plethora of bird species. Our wet landing takes us to a picturesque white coral sandy beach, where we'll be surrounded by birdwatchers' delights. Spot red-footed boobies, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, yellow-crowned, black-crowned, and lava herons, along with charming yellow warblers. Follow the trail, gradually ascending to the cliff's edge, where red-footed boobies nest in the magnificent mangrove trees below, a sight to cherish. Birdwatching reaches its pinnacle as we catch glimpses of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galápagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls. This stunning cliff's end reveals an incredible vista of the island, showcasing its diverse avian inhabitants.
In the afternoon, we embark on an exploration of El Barranco, also known as Prince Philip's Steps, offering a truly remarkable journey. Ascend to a plateau that encompasses the stretch of land surrounding Darwin Bay's eastern side. Witness a thriving population of masked boobies and red-footed boobies within the lush trees, while Genovesa's lava flows provide a perfect nesting site for storm petrels and short-eared owls. This island's avian paradise is nothing short of awe-inspiring, making your day in Genovesa truly unforgettable.
As the sun rises, we set sail for Bartolome Island, a mesmerizing location of volcanic splendor and unique landscapes. With an altitude of 114 meters, this island offers one of the most breathtaking sceneries in the Galápagos archipelago. Be captivated by the volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba-formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. Despite its sparse vegetation, Bartolome is home to two stunning beaches where marine turtles thrive, as well as a small yet delightful colony of Galápagos penguins. Prepare to be awe-struck by this extraordinary volcanic wonder.
In the afternoon, we venture to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island, also known as James or San Salvador Island. Witness the island's captivating volcanic activity, with young flows and cones visible along the south, west, and east coasts. This island is a geologist's dream, offering insights into fascinating geological features such as lava tubes and flows. Observe the many sea lion colonies, marine iguanas, and the delightful Galápagos penguins, completing a day of volcanic majesty and wildlife encounters.
As we bid farewell to this paradise, we embark on an enriching morning journey to the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island. The trail from Bellavista leads us through the agricultural zone, near the National Park boundary, and into the Miconia Zone, a fascinating transition of scenery. From the Fern and Sedge zone to rolling hills and extinct volcanic cones adorned with lush greenery all year round, this trail offers a captivating glimpse of the island's diverse landscapes. With a bit of luck and clear weather, the views from this highland region are simply breathtaking.
After the morning excursion, it's time to say goodbye to the Galápagos, carrying with you a treasure trove of unforgettable memories. Your extraordinary journey, filled with wonder, discovery, and encounters with unique wildlife, will forever be etched in your heart. The Galápagos Islands, a true marvel of nature, have left an indelible mark on your soul, reminding you of the importance of conservation and appreciation for Earth's most extraordinary places.
The Santa Cruz cruise in the Galapagos Islands is a 6-day luxury expedition that takes you on a captivating journey to the northern and central islands, offering remarkable wildlife encounters and breathtaking landscapes.
The Santa Cruz cruise itinerary includes visits to Genovesa Island, Santiago Island, Santa Cruz Island, North Seymour Island, and Santa Fe Island. Each island offers unique wildlife sightings and exploration opportunities.
The Santa Cruz cruise offers encounters with diverse wildlife, including blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, land iguanas, marine iguanas, giant tortoises, sea lions, and an array of bird species unique to the Galapagos.
Yes, the Santa Cruz cruise is an excellent choice for first-time visitors, as it showcases some of the Galapagos' most iconic highlights, providing an immersive and unforgettable experience.
Luxurious Accommodations: Experience comfort and elegance on board the Santa Cruz Cruiser, ensuring a relaxing stay throughout your journey.
Expert Naturalist Guides: Our knowledgeable guides are passionate about the Galapagos, providing enriching insights into the islands' unique flora and fauna.
Small Group Experience: To preserve the Galapagos' natural environment, our cruise accommodates a limited number of guests, offering a personalized and intimate adventure.
Sustainable Tourism: We are committed to responsible travel practices, ensuring minimal impact on the Galapagos ecosystem and supporting conservation efforts.
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