Galapagos: Odyssey | 6 Day Southern Islands

From San Cristobal to Baltra
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Enjoy a small ship cruise in the Galapagos Islands, onboard the Galapagos Odyssey, with only 16 passengers and an expert natural guide, plenty of deck space and an onboard jacuzzi to relax. 

The Southern Islands itinerary offers a great range of experiences in less than a week and the opportunity to see alot of wildlife. Watch the iconic Galapagos giant tortoise able by, walk across sandy white beaches to observe marine iguanas, playful Galapagos seals, and flamingos. The remote Espanola island has an impressive colony of sea birds including Galapagos Albatross, and stunning rocky landscapes. At Floreana Island snorkel the Devils Crown, known as one of the best snorkelling spots in the islands. On Santa Fe Island the photography and walks are not to be missed - see if you can get a Galapagos Hawk, a Santa Fe land iguana and a prickly cacti all in one shot! There is plenty of time to swim from white sandy beaches, snorkel, kayak, or simply relax and listen to the wonderful sounds of nature in the Galapagos. 

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Viva's Best Bits...

Land at two remote uninhabited islands on one day: Santa Fe and South Plaza and meet handsome iguanas!

"One surprise for me was all usual and entertaining bird life - I could watch frigate birds performing their mating rituals all day! " Tara, Team Viva

"I have been lucky enough to do this voyage, there were multiple highlights everyday - snorkelling with turtles, mantra rays and sea lions was just one!" Tara, Team Viva

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
San Cristóbal

Fly from Quito or Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands. A guide will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbour.

Afternoon - Cerro Colorado (San Cristóbal)
Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection, located approximately 40 minutes by bus from the southeast of the island, was built to improve the status of the population of the island tortoises. The centre includes a large corral, a Visitor Centre, breeding centre and an interpretative trail. Along this trail, it is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well as birds like the San Cristóbal mockingbird, yellow warblers, many species of Finches and the Galapagos Flycatcher

Day 2
Española

Morning - Suarez Point (Española)
This rocky land spot sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea affording the visitor spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blow whole where water spouts up to 50-75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf.

Afternoon - Gardner Bay (Española)
Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay provides an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here we can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters.

Day 3
Floreana

Morning - Punta Cormorant (Floreana)
This site offers probably the best Flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. It’s situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral.

Afternoon - Post Office Bay (Floreana)
Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since this time by mariners and tourists as a post of Ice. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Apart from being the Post Office Barrel, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. We will continue to the north of the island and will ascent to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful vista at the Baroness Lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as her House. From this lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo.

Day 4
Santa Fe & South Plaza

Morning - Santa Fe
Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from an uplift instead than a volcanic origin, this is why is mostly flat. There are some theories
which assures this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is the home of a number of endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats and one of the two species of lands Iguanas of the islands. After disembarkation in the beautiful and clear waters you will be in contact with one of
the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well giant Prickly pear cactus, gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands.

Afternoon - South Plaza
South Plaza is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than their relatives found on other islands. There are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana; they are unique, recognisable at first glance by their black/grey color, with a land iguana's crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The large population of iguanas is due to the presence of tuna, their favourite food. Swallow-tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are seen along with other seabirds such as Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds and brown pelicans.

Day 5
North Seymour & Santa Cruz

Morning - North Seymour
Seymour is an uplifted (as opposed to volcanic) island and therefore is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing.

Afternoon -Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)
These two small beaches are found to the west of Turtle Cove. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, and a favourite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there is a small blackish water lagoon, where it is occasionally possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer, but it has two old barges that were abandoned during World War II, when USA used Baltra Island as a strategic point to
protect the Panama Channel.

Day 6
Mosquera Baltra, Depart

Morning - Mosquera
Mosquera Islet is located between Baltra and North Seymour. This is a small islet formed by a geological uplift, with a reef of rocks and coral and a great white sand beach, where lie a big population of sea lions. You can also observe several species of shorebirds. This site offers great snorkeling and swimming. Along the rocks it is common to see the Red Lava crabs and Sally light-foot crabs.

Transfer out to Baltra Airport (GPS)
Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra Airport, where we will take the shuttle back to the airport.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 5 nights on board Galapagos Odyssey
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades
  • Included Copy 31 Solo travellers are able to book a twin cabin on a same sex sharing basis - No surcharge
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All Meals while on board, Filtered water, tea and coffee.
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All guided excursions & activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Included Copy 20 A National Park certified naturalist guide.
  • Included Copy 20 Beach towels & snorkelling gear (snorkel, mask, flippers)
  • Included Copy 31 Optional wet-suits for hire
  • Included Copy 7 Return flights Quito or Guayaquil / Galapagos Islands
  • Included Copy 7 Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fee USD$100 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Ingala Tourist Card USD$20 (Payable locally)
Transportation
Galapagos Odyssey

16 passengers Passengers

Activities

  • Included Swimming and snorkelling
  • Included Excursions by dinghy and walks on land
  • Included See Galapagos fur seals on the seldomly visited island Mosquera
  • Included Visit a Galapagos Giant tortoise breeding center and Colorado Hill
  • Included Fantastic bird watching including one of the best Flamingo lagoons in the islands
  • Included Visit Post Office Bay
  • Included Photography colourful land and marine iguanas, seals playing on the white sandy beaches and more
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Duration

6 days

Price from

$4,595 USD

Per person, twin share

Departs Tuesdays