Galapagos on board Santa Cruz II - 5 days eastern

From San Cristobal to Baltra
  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

Have a journey to remember with M/V Santa Cruz II that offers comfortable accommodation for up to 90 passengers. Start in San Cristobal Island and continue to Santa Fe Island, where you can go on a snorkelling adventure. Take pictures of unique sea bird colonies, blue-footed boobies and other Galapagos wildlife in Garden Bay. Head back to Baltra Island where your amazing journey ends.

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Animals are usually curious and fearless towards humans

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
San Cristobal Island

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Arrival by plane to San Cristóbal Island and transfer to the Santa Cruz, anchored at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the provincial capital of the Galápagos Islands. Cabin assignment, introductory talk, boat drill and lunch.
Punta Pitt (San Cristóbal Island)
In the afternoon, we disembark on the eastern tip of the island at Punta Pitt, an eroded tuff cone, whose trail provides spectacular views of the shoreline. This is the only site in the Galápagos where the three species of boobies can be found together. We can walk, swim or enjoy a panga ride along the coast.

Day 2
Santa Fé Island

After breakfast, we take the dinghy over to this idyllic sandy-white beach populated by many sea lions. The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the morning walk amid the giant prickly pear cactus. Snorkelling and swimming from the panga rounds off our rewarding experience, or if guests prefer, the glass bottom boat for non-snorkelers.
South Plaza Island
Following lunch and a rest, we disembark in this channel, whose turquoise waters contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. Beyond, a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-grey land iguanas sit beneath these, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters glide, playing with the thermals.

Day 3
Santa Cruz Island

Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station
In the morning, we disembark (dry landing) for our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise breeding centre within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the national park administration. Following our visit, we board our transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.

Santa Cruz Island
We have several options available for the afternoon, which can be discussed in advance with your rxpedition leader. At the end of the afternoon’s activities, we return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz II.

Day 4
Española Island

Punta Suárez
An exciting walk awaits at this site, where we enjoy its unique sea bird colonies, including waved albatrosses (April-December), Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tail gulls as well as a view of the Galápagos famous “blow-hole”. Also, look out for red-green-black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.
Gardner Bay (Española Island)
In the afternoon, the picture-postcard white coral beach of Gardner Bay provides a beautiful setting for observing sea lions, mockingbirds, finches as we relax. We can expect great snorkelling in this area.

Day 5
Baltra Island Depart

On our last day, we disembark at Baltra Island and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the continent.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 Cabin on board
  • Included Copy 20 Upgrades available
  • Included Copy 20 All meals
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Island sightseeing
  • Included Copy 20 Naturalists and lecture services
  • Included Copy 20 Snorkeling gear
  • Included Copy 20 Luggage handling
  • Included Copy 20 Medical care on board (not including the cost of medication)
  • Included Copy 20 Transfers in the islands
  • Included Copy 20 Taxes
  • Included Copy 7 Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fee USD$100 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Ingala Tourist Card USD$20 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Return flights Quito / Galapagos Islands / Quito approx. USD$550
Santa Cruz II | Galapagos Cruise Ship

90 Passengers

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5 days

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$3,390 USD

Per person, twin share

Departure dates available on request
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