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Our itinerary together begins at Baltra where we will board the ship and sail towards Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island for an interesting hike through palo santo forests full of Galapagos’ famed land iguanas.
Overnight, we sail round the seahorse-shaped Isabela Island to two great visitor sites: Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island with the fascinating geology of collapsed Ecuador volcano, and then wild and pure Punta Espinoza on Fernandina, one of the most pristine islands in the world, with one of the islands’ densest colonies of marine iguanas and opportunities to see flightless cormorants. From there, we sail back round to Santa Cruz to visit the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station where scientists are involved with research and conservation efforts, the most well-known of which involves a captive breeding program for giant tortoises, and then spend the afternoon enjoying a range of active options.
The following day finds us on Floreana Island, exploring its human history and stunning wildlife at both Post Office Bay and Punta Cormorant.
The next day we say goodbye to the islands after an amazing journey!
The entire crew aboard the Santa Cruz will do our utmost to ensure that your Galapagos experience is truly, deeply moving and memorable.
Amenities & Facilities
Excellent staff camera with an underwater housing
A “Pirates Aboard” program, which includes a kit with multiple family-fun activities.
Kid-sized meals on a kids’ friendly schedule.
Several family games and puzzles that can be found in the boat’s library.
Panga rides, designed specifically for young adventurers.
An opportunity for kids to learn to snorkel with our extra naturalist.
Bridge tours led by the Captain.
Flexibility regarding the language, physical abilities and/or personal interests
Post Office Bay
Charles Darwin Research Station
Tour Itinerary – Western Galapagos – Thursday to Monday
Click in each day to see detailed itinerary
Please remember that the exact route and programme may vary according to weather and ocean conditions and the wildlife we encounter. Our Expedition Team is in charge of planning the daily activities and logistics involved. It’s also subject to change without previous notice due mainly to readjustment of the National Park policies and regulations.
- Dry landing: Guests step from the panga (inflatable dinghy) onto rocks or a dock.
- Wet landing: As the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, guests step into around 20 cm (8 inches) of water and wade ashore.
All meals, island sightseeing, naturalists and lecture services, snorkelling gear and transfers.
Air tickets to/from Galapagos, Galapagos National Park admission fee (US $100 subject to change without notice), transit Control Card for Galapagos (US$ 20 per person), wet suits, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage, tips, gifts, internet* and additional items.
Packing Check List
1 Small backpack
Comfortable walking shoes
Sneakers with rubber soles
Long and short sleeved shirts
Bathing suit – wetsuit for snorkelling in cold months (also available for on board rental)
Hat or cap
Toilette kit (biodegradable shampoo please)
Sun block SPF30 or higher
Sunglasses (polarized glasses recommended)
Binoculars (8 x 42 recommended)
Photo & video equipment
Any medicine you may be taking
Book / notebook
* Due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet signal follows a low-bandwidth satellite service and may be intermittent at certain locations.