The Hood Itinerary 6 Days - Cachalote Explorer Yacht - Galapagos Cruise

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This 6-day, 5-night itinerary takes you to some of the most popular islands in the Galapagos, including San Cristobal, Española, Floreana, Santa Cruz, Santiago, and Genovesa. You will see a variety of wildlife, including marine iguanas, sea lions, tortoises, blue-footed boobies, flamingos, and Darwin's finches. You will also visit some of the most interesting natural features of the islands, such as El Junco lagoon and Darwin Bay. This is a great opportunity to experience the unique beauty and wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.

6 Day Galapagos Itinerary

Day 1: San Cristobal Island: Cerro brujo, Galapaguera & El Junco

San Cristóbal Island

San Cristóbal is the easternmost island of Galapagos and also one of the oldest.

Cerro Brujo

Cerro Brujo is a white sand beach on the west side of San Cristóbal. Highlights include: Sally Lightfoot crabs, marine iguanas, and sea lions, Chatham mockingbird, lava lizards

Galapaguera & El Junco

The lagoon is the only fresh water reservoir in Galapagos and has great views from its altitude of 700m in the highlands of San Cristóbal. Rainwater has collected in the caldera for hundreds of years and formed this lagoon. Galapaguera is a good area to see tortoises in their natural environment.

Day 2: Española Island: Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez

Española Island

Española is the oldest of the Southern Islands and is the southernmost in the archipelago. Because of its remote location a unique range of endemic species evolved here

Gardner Bay

Located on the northeast of the island, the site has a long and beautiful white sand beach inhabited by sea lion colonies.

Islote Garnder and Islote Osborn

These islets are snorkeling sites where visitors will see an abundance of tropical fish, reef sharks, and turtles.

Punta Suarez

The wildlife at Punta Suarez is plentiful and varied. Along the cliff visitors can enjoy the blowhole where seawater is forced about 20m into the air. The highlights are the Waved albatross (April-Dec) that are only found on Hood, Galapagos Hawks, blue-footed boobies, Nascar boobies, and Española lava lizards.

Day 3: Floreana Island: Punta Cormorant & Post Office Bay

Floreana Island

Floreana is best known for its colorful history of buccaneers, whalers, convicts, and early colonists.

Punta Cormorant

Punta Cormorant has two contrasting beaches and a large inland lagoon where pink flamingoes can be seen.

Devils Crown

This is a snorkeling site located just off Punta Cormorant. The site is a completely submerged volcano that has eroded to create the appearance of a jagged crown.

Post Office Bay

This is one of the few sites visited for its human history. Visit the wooden mail barrel where letters are dropped off and picked up and remains of the Norwegian fishing village.

Day 4: Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill & Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay

Santa Cruz Island

Dragon Hill

Dragon Hill is located in the northwestern side of Santa Cruz Island. Some highlights include small lagoons with flamingos, Palo Santo trees, and Opuntia cactus.

Santiago Island

Santiago Island is located between Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands.

This Island offers a wide variety of seabirds, marine iguanas and fur seals.

Sullivan Bay

This site is of great geological interest. Highlights: 100 hundred year old lava flow field, pahoehoe formations, lava bubbles.

Day 5: Genovesa Island: El Barranco & Darwin Bay

Genovesa Island

Genovesa is an eroded flat volcanic island, with a natural harbor, which is actually the submerged caldera of this volcanic island.

El Barranco

There is a good possibility of seeing the unique "Short eared owl” at this site. During the dinghy rides along the cliffs fur seals and several species of seabirds can be spotted.

Darwin Bay

The steep cliffs of this area dominate the island. This area is home to thousands of frigate birds, red-footed boobies, Noddy terns, lava gulls, tropicbirds, doves, storm petrels and Darwin's finches.

Day 6: Santa Cruz Island: Daphne Mayor & Baltra

Daphne Mayor

Daphne Mayor is a small tuff cone island where many species of birds nest. Famous for a 20 year study of Darwin’s Finches conducted by Peter and Rosemary Grant. During the circumnavigation you will see blue-footed boobies, nasca boobies, red-billed tropicbirds and other sealife.


Return flight to Quito

Itinerary Map

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6 Day Galapagos Itinerary Includes

  • Accommodation (sharing double cabins)
  • Meals
  • Excursions led by professional Naturalist guide
  • Use of snorkel equipment
  • Wetsuit
  • Use of kayaks
  • All transport between visitor sites and yacht
  • Tea, coffee, water and natural juices
  • Welcome cocktail

6 Day Galapagos Itinerary Does not Include

  • Air tickets to and from the Galapagos. Tickets have to be bought with Enchanted Expeditions - US$50 dollars net surcharge per pax if not
  • National Park fees (US$100)
  • Transit Control Card (US$20)
  • Bottled beverages on board
  • Isabela Municipal dock fee (US$10 per person)

6 Day Galapagos Itinerary Highlights

  • Land iguanas, marine iguanas, lava lizards, sea lions, giant tortoises, sea lions
  • Variety of fish, sea turtles, eels, rays, invertebrates, possible hammerhead sharks, sea urchins, possible sea horses
  • Waved albatross (March to December), Nazca/ blue footed boobies, swallow tailed gulls, Galapagos hawk, hood mockingbirds
  • Salt bush, algodoncillo, jerusalem thorn, castela, lantana, mangroves, lava cactus, palo santo, manzanillo, yellow cordia, opuntia cactus
  • Walking, hiking, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking (certain sites), relaxing

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 5 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
Estación Científica Charles Darwin | Giant tortoise | Galapagos Islands
Cerro Dragón | Land Iguana | Galapagos Islands
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- Lucia y Manuel
La mejor manera de visitar el archipiélago de Galápagos. Siempre tuve la idea de grandes barcos cuando pensaba en cruceros, pero después de esta experiencia nos pareció muy divertido haber elegido un crucero de este tamaño. Definitivamente lo mejor del viaje fueron las vistas incomparables, los animales, la vegetación. A pesar de haber visto varias fotos de las Galápagos, nada se compara a una experiencia real.
Fue la mejor parte de nuestro viaje en Ecuador
- Grissel Guzmann
Acabo de regresar de Ecuador y estoy pensando cuándo volver. El Cachalote Explorer fue la mejor parte de nuestro viaje. I would recommend the ship for anyone with Galapagos in their 2019 Must-visit list. Saludos desde Uruguay
Snorkeling in Galapagos
- Luzma Revi
My family had lots of fun snorkeling in Galapagos, I is just amazing what you can see underwater. We swim close from sharks with no danger. Cachalote’s staff was also fabulous. They were friendly, considerable, hardworking, and always helpful.

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