4 day 3 night Galapagos cruise vacation on board the Yolita II yacht

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This Galapagos islands 4-day cruise itinerary is great for guests that are combining their visit to Galapagos with a tour of Ecuador or part of a more extensive Latin America trip. The trip starts and ends at Baltra airport off Santa Cruz island, you can easily add on a hotel based stay or scuba diving excursions before or after your cruise voyage.

Short and packed with highlights this itinerary allows travelers to visit some of the iconic locations in Galapagos like Floreana island and its olive sand beach (Cormorant Point), an island the looks like a Chinese hat but offers the opportunity to spot tropical penguins. Walk along the giant tortoises in the wild and spotting marine iguanas is another attraction of this southern islands travel route. Snorkel with sea lions and marine turtles. The Yolita II yacht is one of the more reputable small ships that navigate the Galapagos archipelago, she is comfortable and spacious, a great option that is affordable. Also, available as a private charter yacht, an option that allows exploring the Galapagos in privacy with your small group of friends or family.

4 Day Galapagos Itinerary

Day 1: Quito & Santa Cruz Island

After a 2-hour flight, you are greeted by your naturalist guide. Pick up baggage and transfer to the docks where you will meet the Yolita yacht. Get to know the crew and settle in. This is the beginning of Galapagos 4 day cruise adventure. This afternoon, visit the tortoises of the El Chato Reserve.

Santa Cruz Island

Head to Santa Cruz’s verdant grasslands and the El Chato Reserve, a perfect place to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Explore the reserve’s lagoon and lava tunnels, keeping an eye out for owls that often roost in the tunnels’ entrances. A favorite day trip and a good introduction to the archipelago's endemic wildlife.

During the first evening of your Galapagos cruise, the national park guide will introduce the rest of the crew members, will create the ambiance for fellow travelers to get to know each other. Your guide will also offer a nature lecture answering any questions about the wildlife encounters of your first day tour in the Galapagos Islands.

Dinner is served before the yacht lifts anchor. The captain and crew plan their route carefully to make sure guests enjoy their meals while the vessel is in a quiet bay. Navigation takes place during evenings and every morning's sunrise catches your ship at a different island.

Day 2: Floreana Island: Punta Cormorant

Post Office Bay

Today it is time to visit the Post Office Bay on Floreana island and learn about its unique history. In the late 18th century, English whaling vessels placed a barrel here to be used as a post office. The site became famous as it was the only way to send news back home, every vessel that set anchor at bay would carry the mail to the closest mainland port. Today, the box is used mainly by tourists, who may drop off and pick up un-stamped letters to be carried to far destinations. Continue the tradition –leave a letter and take one to deliver (be sure it makes it to the correct location)!

Devil’s Crown

Enjoy an amazing snorkeling experience at the ‘Devil’s Crown’, an old underwater volcanic cone just north of the Punta Cormorant. Spot large schools of tropical fish, rays, reef sharks, scalloped hammer head sharks, and sea turtles that make their home among the coral reef. Be sure you’re a strong swimmer; the currents can be intense.

Day 3: Santa Cruz Island: Chinese Hat Island & Cerro Dragon

Cerro Dragón

Visit Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill), a popular cruise ship landing site. Here you can enjoy some prime bird watching. Take a short walk from the beach to a hyper saline(saltier than the ocean) lagoon frequented by pink flamingos, common stilts, pin tail ducks, and other types of birds. Pass through a Scalesia tree forest; endemic to the area, there are only 400 specimens of Scalesia trees left in the world. A walk to the hill beyond the lagoon will take you to the nesting grounds of the orange colored land iguanas.

Chinese Hat Island

Explore Chinese Hat’s beautiful landscape and spectacular white-coral sand beach followed by snorkeling with sea lions and penguins and swimming opportunities in the cove. The red vesuvium flowers, and the black lava field contrast beautifully with the turquoise waters in the channel. Just across the bay is Santiago island.

Day 4: Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove

On the last morning of your 4 days Galapagos cruise you will explore the mangrove lagoon at Black Turtle Cove. In the afternoon, transfer for a flight back to Quito or Guayaquil.

Explore the mangroves by panga (zodiac) to find rich marine wildlife between the fresh and salt waters. Keep any eye out for manta rays and sea turtles in this tranquil ecosystem. White tip reef sharks can also be seen gliding by. You can also spot blue footed booby colonies on the ocean rocks that surround cove. Guides are instructed to turn off the zodiac motor while inside the cove. This quiet exploration avoids disturbing marine life and allows for better encounters with animals that nest on the mangroves (brown pelicans and herons).

Itinerary Map

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4 Day Galapagos Itinerary Includes

  • All programed visits as per itinerary with specialized naturalist bilingual guide
  • Accommodation in twin/double cabin with private facilities (surcharge for suite)
  • All meals on board, drinking purified water, coffee and tea
  • Snorkeling equipment (fins, mask & snorkel) & sea-kayaks
  • Transfers within the islands on cruise dates as per itinerary
  • Personalized 24/7 assistance during tour.

4 Day Galapagos Itinerary Does not Include

  • Airfare to/from Galapagos from/to Mainland Ecuador (to be added)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee US$100 per person (in cash only upon arrival)
  • Galapagos Migration Card US$20 in cash per person (at Mainland’s Airport)
  • Alcoholic/soft drinks, personal expenses, extras, and tips
  • All sizes wet-suits for rent on board (in cash)
  • Travel, medical & cancelation Insurance and any services on Mainland
  • Other services not specified in the program.

4 Day Galapagos Itinerary Highlights

  • Look for three different species of Darwin’s Finches as you walk alongside giant tortoises in their habitat
  • Snorkel with playful and curious sea-lions.
  • Send a postcard to your friends and loved ones back home from Post Office Bay.
  • Be on the lookout for Galapagos penguins and marine iguanas as you walk on Chinese hat island
  • Enjoy amazing views while sailing on board your Yacht from its ample sun-deck

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 3 Dinners
  • 4 Lunches
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Best trip ever
- Jermaine
This is by far the best vacation I’ve ever had and visiting the Galapagos was the crown on it all. I enjoyed every day of the cruise
- Ahmed Garba
The recreation on board was just what I needed to ease off. Have a few drinks, play a few games and mingle with people. Snorkeling was fun too
- Dean Fuel
I would certainly book the Yolita II Cruise all over again in a heartbeat. All the other travelers were nice and friendly. The crew wasn’t an exception either. Their attention to detail and ensuring your needs & desires are met is their priority.
Great service
- Ashanti Charles
I must commend the crew and staff for ensuring we all received proper and excellent service. Everything was great
Our South American adventure
- Craig Stack
My girlfriend and I enlisted Voyagers Travel to help us out with our South American adventure. They helped us secure spots aboard the Yolita II, whose staff was very friendly and attentive to ensure everyone had a great time.
Very good service
- Toni Becker
I had the best experience on my cruise. The weather was flawless and the entire crew was friendly, well organized, and tuned in to every day. I also loved their ability to promptly change plans according to conditions and the opportunities available.

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4 day 3 night Galapagos cruise vacation on board the Yolita II yacht
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