Golondrina - 8 day cruise

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

Take your time on an extended Galapagos cruise that explores the many islands, bays and volcanic peaks of Santa Cruz, Santiago, San Cristobal islands and more. Visit Galapagos by sea and take every opportunity to immerse yourself in the clear waters and be surrounded by the abundant marine life. Dive or kayak in the open ocean next to the vertical face of Kicker Rock; snorkel in the submerged caldera of Devil's Crown and swim with sea lions and their pups at Espanola Island. Explore by land on your Galapagos Islands vacation as well. Hike to lagoons full of wading birds, scale cliff side steps in search of albatross and Blue-footed boobies and adventure into ancient caves and lava tunnels. Your Galapagos cruise takes you to the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about conservation initiatives and the history of Galapagos Islands.

The setting is cosy and friendly when you visit Galapagos onboard Golondrina. Time for relaxation can be spent on the sun deck and in shared meals. Our naturalist guide joins you throughout the Galapagos cruise to reveal the incredible history and secrets of this natural wonderland.

 

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Baltra airport Santa Cruz Island

You will arrive at Baltra’s Airport in the morning. Afterwards, we visit Las Bachas Beach which is a swimming beach located on the north shore of Santa Cruz. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest on the beach.

Day 2
Genovesa Island

In the morning, you will visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path we find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.

In the afternoon, you will visit El Barranco which is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps. It is a steep, rocky path that leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvellous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

Day 3
Santiago Island Bartolomé Island

The morning visit heads to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island, located on the southeast part of the island. This place is interesting for its geology because the area has elevations in form of small volcanoes, formed by the lava flows.

In the afternoon, you will head to Bartolomé Island, home of the famous pinnacle rock. Bartolomé consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkelling where you may even see Galapagos penguins.

Day 4
South Plaza Island Santa Fé Island

In the morning, you will visit Santa Fé Island (Barrington) which is home to a small, picturesque bay also named Santa Fé. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest.

In the afternoon, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colourful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. During the rainy season its colour is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.

Day 5
San Cristóbal Island

Your morning visit will involve an excursion to Lobos Island which means “Sea Lion Island”. This appropriately named island is ripe with boasting, playful sea lions who will welcome you to their home upon landing on San Cristóbal Island. This island offers great snorkelling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.

Next, you will visit Kicker Rock. This striking rock formation is located a couple of hours off the western shore of San Cristóbal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean, divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and scuba diving allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life.

In the afternoon, you will end up visiting the Pitt Point, situated on the north-eastern tip of the island. Pitt Point hosts frigate birds, storm petrels and all three types of booby birds: the Nazca, blue-footed and red-footed boobies. A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an area with an abundance of birds.

Day 6
Española Island

In the morning, you will visit the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing, you can walk across a lovely white sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. You can also see curious mockingbirds on the beach.

Next visit is the small island in front of Gardner Bay, Gardner Islet. There you will find steep cliffs, large boulders and sandy ledges. For adventure you will find on one end of the island are curvy tunnels and the other are caves that make for a fascinating exploration.

Next up is the Osborne Islet, a marine visitor site on Espanola Island. Osborn Islet is near Española and is a great place to observe sea lions, parrot fish, butterfly fish, coral and possible red-lipped bat fish.

You will end the day visiting Suarez Point, located on the western end of Espanola Island, you will find a large population of albatross, or wild sea birds as well as carnivorous mockingbirds.

Day 7
Floreana Island

In the morning, you will head to Cormorant Point. Here you will enjoy a hike to a salt-water lagoon which is home to flamingos. You will also get to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Devil’s Crown. This extinct volcano peaks out of the waters just off of Floreana’s coast and offers a magnificent snorkelling experience.

Next is the Charles Darwin Research Station, home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Here you have the chance to learn more about these fascinating animals.

Day 8
North Seymour Island Depart

Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lava outbursts containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterised by its arid vegetation zone.

Afterwards, you will transferred to Baltra airport for your returning flight.

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 or 8 days: USD20
  • Included Copy 7 Tips and personal expenses
Transportation
Golondrina | Galapagos Cruise Ship

16 Passengers

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Duration

8 days

Price from

$2,880 USD

Per person, twin share

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