On this journey discover some of the most beautiful islands in the Galapagos. This itinerary begins on Santa Cruz Island, the most populous of the archipelago, where you will meet giant tortoises in the wild and then venture to the shores of Eden Islet, Bartolome, Santiago and Genovesa Islands.
About the vessel:
A sophisticated, upscale travel experience for 48 guests in 24 outside cabins that combines modern design, spacious rooms, and gourmet cuisine with top adventure. All cabins have air conditioning and private facilities. Three public decks include an ample bar-salon, dining room, natural history library, sky bar and sundeck. A Jacuzzi and gym complete the on board amenities. Included in your cruise cost are the use of snorkelling equipment, kayaks, wet suits, and excursions on a glass bottomed boat.
Very early this morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Galapagos.
Your Galapagos Cruise include: Accommodation in selected cabin, all meals, Island sightseeing, Naturalist guides and lecture services in English, snorkelling gear, shared transfers in the islands and from main hotels in Quito and Guayaquil.
Please remember that the exact route and program may vary according to weather and ocean conditions and the wildlife we encounter.
There are two types of landings throughout your Galapagos tour:
Dry landing: guests step from the dinghy onto rocks or a dock.
Wet landing: as the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, guests step into knee-deep water and wade ashore.
On arrival in Baltra, you will be picked up at the airport by your naturalist guides and board a bus to the highlands, where you’ll learn about Santa Cruz’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity. Lunch is served at a local restaurant.
After lunch, continue by bus to reach a reserve that is one of the best places in the archipelago to see Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat. The tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around, eating grass and leaves and wallowing in the small pools. There are several lava tunnels in the reserve, too. A short bus ride will take you down to Puerto Ayora to board Yacht La Pinta.
AM: Eden Islet
After breakfast, a panga ride takes you to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where you can observe blue footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel and, if weather conditions permit, to ride in the glass-bottom boat. The volcanic setting of this area is quite stunning due to its variety of volcanic debris, including cinder cones, tuff cones, and semi-eroded lava flows.
PM: Sombrero Chino Islet
The tiny island of Sombrero Chino gets its name from its appearance, reminiscent of a Chinese hat. This islet, formed only fairly recently, makes a beautiful visit as you will explore the wildlife along its 400-metre long trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped white sandy beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkelling opportunities amid White-tipped Reef Sharks and Galapagos Penguins.
AM: Bartolome Island
This morning, a Galapagos icon awaits: Bartolome Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden staircase: the view from the top is worth the effort! Following the walk, take to the dinghies for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, followed by time to enjoy the beach and some snorkelling. You can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.
PM: Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)
After lunch, board the pangas to land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach great for swimming and snorkelling, and with a trail over a lava field that flowed here less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos while observing its wildlife.
AM: Darwin Bay
In the morning, begin your exploration of this island with an easy stroll to observe marine and land birds. There is an optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else you can return to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkelling at this beautiful natural harbour. The more adventurous can snorkel along the cliffs or paddle sea kayaks.
PM: Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa Island)
The afternoon starts with a very interesting panga ride along the cliffs before you disembark for a short but steep climb up a wooden staircase. Once at the top, the land is flat, allowing for a captivating walk of about a mile to the other side of this small island, observing large colonies of Nazca boobies, Frigate birds and Storm Petrels and the elusive Short-eared Owl.
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your ongoing flight.