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Santa Cruz

Eastern Islands Galapagos 5 Day Cruise (departing Saturdays)

The Santa Cruz was totally refurbished in 1998 and has gained worldwide recognition for her excellent standards in Galapagos cruising, including superb service, an expert crew, the most knowledgeable multilingual guides, and menus that feature the very best international cuisine and celebrated Ecuadorian dishes.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island.

Day 1: San Cristobal

Transfer to the Santa Cruz ship, which will be anchored at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. After lunch, there will be an introductory welcome talk and boat drill. In the afternoon disembark at the eastern tip of the island at Punta Pitt whose trail provides spectacular views of the shoreline. This is the only area where the three species of boobies can be found together. Return to the ship for a welcome cocktail and dinner.

Day 2: Santa Fe Island - South Plaza Island

After breakfast, make a wet landing on a beautiful sandy beach where sea lions like to gather. You may also spot Galapagos hawks and land iguanas. Spend the morning relaxing on the beach, swimming, snorkeling or taking a glass bottom boat ride. After lunch, make a dry landing in the channel between North and South Plaza Islands. The turquoise waters of the channel contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline and is a great place to spot sally light foot crabs and land iguanas. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters glide playing with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but amazing island. Return to the ship for dinner.

Day 3: Santa Cruz Island

Make a morning visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pen, home to some local celebrities including 'Lonesome George'. The impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest is also home to many land birds. Enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem. In the afternoon you may enjoy hiking, mountain biking or kayaking in Tortuga Bay. Return to the ship for dinner.

Day 4: Española Island

After breakfast, land at Punta Suarez on Española Island where you can appreciate some unique sea bird colonies, including the waved albatrosses (April - January), Nazca (masked boobies), blue-footed boobies and swallow-tail gulls as well as the famous blowhole. Among its landbirds, the Hood Island mockingbird and three species of Darwin’s finches are common highlights. Marine Iguanas can also be seen here and there is a rookery of sea lions right at the landing site. After lunch on board the ship, you will make a landing at Gardner Bay, a beautiful white coral beach for a short walk to observe the sea lions, mockingbirds, finches or enjoy the beach. You can also enjoy great snorkeling in this area, or a ride aboard the glass-bottom boat. Return to the boat for a farewell cocktail and dinner.

Day 5: Baltra Island

After your final breakfast on board the Santa Cruz, disembark on Baltra Island for your return journey.

Disembark

Disembark the ship at Baltra Island.

Includes

  • 4 nights' accommodation on board Santa Cruz
  • Full board (from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 5)
  • Transfers in the islands
  • Excusions as listed in the itinerary
  • Naturalists and lecture services
  • Use of snorkeling gear
  • **The itineraries and programme are subject to change without prior notice, due mainly to adjustments in the policies and regulations of the Galápagos National Park, weather conditions, seasonal changes and safety reasons

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks
  • Galapagos National Park admission fee of USD100 per person (subject to change without notice) must be paid upon arrival at the airport in the Galapagos
  • Transit Control Card for Galapagos (USD20 per person)
  • Wet suits
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Fuel surcharge (if fuel prices change dramatically then you may charged an additional fee)
  • Internet and WiFi
 

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