Galapagos onboard the Archipell - 8 day cruise

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

This lovely catamaran has 8 large, beautiful and spacious double cabins on the main deck with ocean views and private facilities for up to 16 passengers, as well as great guest facilities.

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Offers great opportunities for wildlife viewing

Visit a tortoise breeding station on Santa Cruz Island

Stunning landscapes at Bartolome Island with the famous Pinnacle Rock

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Baltra Airport, North Seymour.

Our guide will be waiting for you at Baltra Airport and once the group is completed, they will accompany you to the Archipell Catamaran which is anchored in Puerto Ayora harbour. After arrival on board, we will check in and give you general information. Lunch will be provided. Afterwards, you will start with your first excursion to North Seymour. It is located slightly in the north of Baltra. It is a low, flat island, formed as a result of a submarine lava formation uplift. Covered with low vegetation, it contains the largest colony of magnificent frigate birds in the Galapagos.
There is also a large population of blue-footed boobies that perform an amusing courtship dance when nesting conditions are right. It really is one of the highlights of this island.

Day 2
Genovesa – Darwin Bay - Barranco

Darwin Bay is the only sandy beach found in the caldera of Genovesa Island. Colonies of the great frigates are found along the beach. The males exhibit their red balloon pouch to females in hope of a match. Red-footed boobies nest in the trees in contrast to the other two booby species which nest in the ground.
El Barranco (Prince Philip’s Steps) is a staircase carved out of stone. This will lead you to a wide plateau, where you can observe large colonies of masked boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels and Bahama ducks. During this easy stroll you will cross a little scalesia woodland, in which you can observe the short-eared owl. The same path will lead you back to your catamaran.

Day 3
Bartolome – Santiago: Sullivan Bay

At Bartolomé Island you will ascend to admire the spectacular panorama of the Sullivan Bay and the famous Pinnacle Rock. The beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock are excellent for snorkelling and for discovering the marvelous Galapagos underwater world. In the afternoon, you will visit Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago. We land on a white coral sand beach and begin our walk over lava that flowed less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of the Galapagos.

Day 4
Santa Cruz Island - The Charles Darwin Research Station – Highlands

Charles Darwin Research Station features an information centre, a museum, a library and a tortoise breeding station. In the tortoise breeding station you can encounter tortoises of different subspecies, which get prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. This was the home of the famous Lonesome George turtle.
The Highlands of Santa Cruz have incredible zones of vegetation. There you will visit the private farm “Las Primicias”. This reserve offers you one of the best possibilities to see the giant turtles of Santa Cruz Island in their natural habitat. You can observe them from a very close distance.

Day 5
Floreana – Cormorant Point – Post Office Bay – Mirador de la Baronesa

At Cormorant Point you land on a green olivine sand beach. Following a 100 m long path you will soon reach a beautiful lagoon with abundant flamingos.
In the afternoon you will visit the Post Office Bay, which still keeps the legendary post barrel that whalers historically used to post their mail in. Later we will go to “Mirador de la Baronesa” and your naturalist guide will tell you the murder and mystery legend of the
Baronesa. This viewpoint is located on the north of Floreana Island. The climb on the trail is very easy. Steps are placed in this area for security.

Day 6
Española - Gardner Bay - Suarez Point

At Española Island you will explore a lot of natural wildlife. It is home to a lot of birds, like the endemic Hood-Mockingbird. Gardner Bay provides you an excellent beach for swimming. Around the small islets nearby, snorkelers will find lots of fish and sometimes turtles and sharks. The bay is also frequented by colonies of sea lions, which like to swim with you.
Point Suarez has one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago, with a long list of species found along its cliffs and sandy or pebbly beaches.

Day 7
San Cristóbal – Punta Pitt - Cerro Brujo

Punta Pitt is one of the only two sites where all of the three types of boobies breed and it is also the site where great frigate birds swallow tailed gulls. One can also see Galapagos storm-petrels.
Cerro Brujo was one of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin. This fascinating lava landscape is located on the northeast coast of San Cristóbal island. On the rocks you can observe boobies, sea gulls and some pelicans. The protected bay is very popular for young ocean turtles and rays.

Day 8
San Cristóbal Island – Lobos Island – San Cristobal Airport

Lobos Island, you will enjoy swimming and snorkelling with sea lions in this calm bay. It is also a seasonal nesting location for the blue footed booby and frigate birds. Around midday you will fly back to the mainland of Ecuador.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Accommodation in double cabins with private bathroom, hot water, and air conditioning
Food
  • Included Copy 20 3 meals per day starting with lunch on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day on th
  • Included Copy 20 Tea, coffee and water
  • Included Copy 20 Snacks after each visit
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Naturalist bilingual guide (English Spanish)
  • Included Copy 20 Snorkel equipment
  • Included Copy 20 Assistance at Quito Airport
  • 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
Transportation
Archipell | Galapagos Cruise Ship

16 Passengers

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Duration

8 days

Price from

$5,535 USD

Per person, twin share

Departure dates available on request
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