Galapagos: Treasure of Galapagos | 5 Days

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

Embark on an unforgettable adventure onboard the luxurious Treasure of Galapagos to the southeast Galapagos Islands.

From the pristine shores of Gardner Bay to the cliffs of Suarez Point, each day is filled with wonderful encounters. Snorkel alongside sea lions and uncover the rich history of Post Office Bay on Floreana Island. Other highlights of the cruise are the Cormorant Point or Barrington Bay and the Twin Craters. Encounter booby colonies, Galapagos giant tortoises, land and marine iguanas & many more!

The Catamaran Treasure of Galapagos provides a perfect blend of luxury, comfort, and adventure for travelers seeking an unforgettable experience in the Galapagos Islands. Relax onboard on your private balcony or enjoy the stunning panoramic view from the whirlpool on the Sun Deck.

Viva's Best Bits...

"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

Visit Post Office Bay on Floreana Island and join a centuries-old tradition by leaving letters in the historic post barrel.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
San Cristobal Island

TREASURE 5 day itinerary B

*Galapagos excursions are subject to change without prior notice. Changes in plans may arise due to weather conditions, National Park regulations, or other unforeseen circumstances

Fly from Quito or Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands. Arrival at San Cristobal Airport and transfer in.

Colorado Hill
Colorado Hill Tortoises Protection and Growing Center, located at 40 minutes approximately by bus to the south east of the island. This center was built to improve the status of the population of the island tortoises. The center includes a large corral, a Visitors center, breeding center and an interpretative trail. Along this trail is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well birds as the San Cristobal Mockingbird, Yellow Warblers, and many species of finches and the Galapagos flycatcher.

Day 2
Española Island

Gardner Bay
On the northeast coast of Española Island, Gardner Bay is a wonderful place to cool off in the turquoise water and admire the myriad of colorful reef fish. You will also have the opportunity to snorkel with turtles or enjoy the proximity of playful sea lions. The white-sand beach is also an important breeding ground for green turtles, and its main attraction is the colony of Galapagos sea lions.

Suarez Point
This rocky area is home to the most impressive and diverse seabirds in the archipelago. The Galápagos albatross returns to Española every year for the season. This allows visitors to admire their impressive courtship rituals. Blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, Galapagos gulls, and red-billed tropicbirds are also native to this island. Along the southern coast, huge ocean waves crash against basalt cliffs, forming a spectacular blowhole where water sprays
meters high into the air with spectacular views of soaring birds.

Day 3
Floreana Island

Post Office Bay - Baroness Lookout
Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. The letters found inside the barrel would be picked up and delivered by sailors returning home. There was no postage fee, and, surprisingly, this mailbox and its honor system are still in use today. Although the letters are no longer important messages from sailors to their loved ones, thousands of them are left by tourists nowadays and many of them still make it to their destination. Apart from being the Post Office Barrel, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. 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. You can also relax on the beach, where you might spot not only Galapagos sea lions, green turtles, and golden rays, but also Galapagos penguins. This is the only place in the southeastern archipelago where penguins reside.

Cormorant Point - Champion Islet
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.

Day 4
Santa Fe Island Santa Cruz Island

Barrington Bay
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 assure 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.

El Chato Reserve
Santa Cruz also offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild tortoises, both roaming through pastures in the agricultural zone and in the Tortoise Reserve, which is accessible from Santa Rosa or Salasaca. Several farms serve food and allow visitors to explore their
grounds in search of tortoises.
Descending through the agricultural zone into the Transition Zone where the Tortoise Reserve is located, the introduced vegetation of the farmlands is replaced by native vegetation. The pond at El Chato is surrounded by forest where short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, Vermilion Flycatchers, Yellow Warblers, Galapagos Rails, and Paint-billed Crakes can be seen. As the visitor walks into the forests overgrown with lichens, ferns, and other epiphytes, it is time to listen carefully for the sound of heavy footsteps and the sound of shrubs being slowly crushed as the tortoises make their way through the
brush.

Day 5
Santa Cruz Island Baltra Island Departure

Twin Carters
The Twin Craters are found on either side of the road leading to Puerto Ayora. These impressive formations are not really volcanic craters and were formed by magma domes, which hardened on the outside while the lava continued flowing inside, leaving huge and
empty magma chambers that eventually collapsed, leaving two large holes. The craters lie within a lush scalesia cloud forest, a high-altitude plant species that are endemic to the Galapagos. This area is also home to the carpenter finch, which uses tools to search
for food. There may also be opportunities to see the vermillion flycatcher, a small red-breasted bird.

Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crewmembers, 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 Cabin on board with ensuite
  • 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, water, tea and coffee
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All guided excursions & activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Included Copy 20 National Park certified naturalist guide
  • Included Copy 20 Beach towels & snorkelling gear
  • Included Copy 20 Transfers airport/yacht/airport in Galapagos
  • Included Copy 31 Optional wetsuits for hire
  • Included Copy 7 Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fee & TCT USD$220 (Subject to change)
  • Included Copy 7 Return flights Quito or Guayaquil / Galapagos Islands
Transportation

Treasure of Galapagos

16 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Swimming and snorkelling
  • Included Excursions by dinghy and walks on land
  • 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

5 days

Price from

$3,925 USD

Per person, sharing

Based on a standard cabin

Departs Select Tuesdays