Golondrina - 4 day cruise

From Santa Cruz Island to Santa Cruz Island
  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

Visit Galapagos on board the Golondrina and discover the uniqueness of this natural wonderland. This short cruise takes in some of the most popular visitor sites and allows you unencumbered access to the famous Galapagos wildlife. Experience the varied landscapes of the Galapagos archipelago from the tropical rain forest of the Santa Cruz highlands, to volcanic Isabela Island, to the turquoise waters framed by white sand, mangroves or imposing lava rocks. You Galapagos cruise includes regular panga cruises and shore excursions where you can get up close to marine iguanas, giant tortoises, sea lions and countless varieties of birds. Kayak or snorkel to encounter rays, reef sharks and a rainbow of tropical fish. 

Golondrina is a comfortable tourist class option for passengers seeking to discover Galapagos without huge costs. Spend your Galapagos Islands vacation on board and have an authentic sailing experience where you rub shoulders with the crew and other guests in a cozy environment. The naturalist guide will make your cruising experience even more memorable as they impart their extensive knowledge of the Galapagos Islands.

 

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Baltra airport Santa Cruz Island

Welcome at the Baltra airport by your guide and transfer to Santa Cruz Island.

Today you will visit Primicias ranch on the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, offering significant natural attractions due to the different climate and vegetation present in this area. This is a tropical rain forest area that offers a very different environment than the lower landscape. Primicias ranch is a privately owned area with over 150 acres adjacent to the territories of the Galapagos National Park. Tortoises migrate from the park to the property at certain times of the year, in search of shade, water or places to incubate their eggs.

After the visit you will be transferred to Golondrina Yacht, check- in and welcome briefing.

Day 2
Isabela Island

After breakfast our first stop will be at Tintoreras, located south of Puerto Villamil. We will arrive by panga or zodiac. There is a small bay with turquoise water where you can appreciate sea lions, marine tortoises, marine iguanas and rays.

After lunch we will visit Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Centre, located 1.5 Km from Puerto Villamil. This place is dedicated to the reproduction of several species of tortoises; we will find 330 tortoises between youthful and adult. The breeding centre has beautiful gardens composed with native plants.

Continue then to Humedales where we will hike some of its paths including The Orchilla Hill, from this viewpoint you can admire the bay, Puerto Villamil, Volcano Sierra Negra, islets and rocks.

Final visit of the day is Wall of Tears, a big wall built by prisoners. If we are lucky we will see land tortoises.

Day 3
Rabida Island Santa Cruz Island

In the morning, we disembark at Rábida Island’s red-coloured beach. A stroll allows us to observe a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach. There will be also possibilities of taking a panga ride, kayaking or ride in our glass-bottom boat.

The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). Our walk includes circling a brackish water lagoon frequented by lagoon birds, while further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago.

Day 4
Santa Cruz Island Depart

This morning we first visit Black Turtle Cove which is situated in the north of Santa Cruz. This bay is surrounded by mangroves and is accessible by dinghy only. The superficial cove is a safe refuge for marine life. Black-tip reef sharks, marine turtles and a variety of rays are often spotted here. Afterwards you will be transferred to Baltra airport for your outward flight from Galapagos.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 On board the Golondrina Yacht on bunk bed cabins
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Included Copy 20 Snacks after visits
  • Included Copy 20 Fresh water, coffee and tea
  • Included Copy 7 Soft and alcoholic drinks
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Naturalist bilingual guide (English, Spanish)
  • 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
  • Included Copy 7 Snorkeling gear (mask, tube, fins). For renting 5 days: USD15
  • Included Copy 7 Tips and personal expenses
Transportation
Golondrina | Galapagos Cruise Ship

16 Passengers

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Duration

4 days

Price from

$1,470 USD

Per person, twin share

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