One of the best ways to explore the Galapagos Islands is by vessel. Experience every bit the islands have to offer on this luxurious four day cruise.
By booking a tour to the Galapagos and our local partner you are supporting a variety of community-based ventures including those of the Gravel Farmers and the Perlas del Pacifico Bakery, run by a Galapagos women’s association. Our partner employs, outsource and collaborate with locale farms, small businesses and associations, and partake in a series of social and environmental projects to improve Galapagos Community as a whole.
- Cruise the Galapagos Islands: San Cristobal, Floreana and Santa Cruz.
- Discover the following destinations: La Loberia, Punta Suarez, Cormorant Point, Devil’s Crown, Post Office Bay, Baroness Lookout and Charles Darwin Station.
Galapagos San Cristobal Island
Upon arrival to San Cristobal Island, your guides will meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you on the short bus ride to the harbor. Motorized rafts, called “Pangas” will transport you to the cruise ship and the crew will welcome you onboard. After departure and lunch, the first island visit is made.
PM La Loberia: The beach is 10 minutes from the airport of San Cristobal. It is a coral sand beach with sea lions. La Loberia is a piece of coast that has been named for the large number of sea lions resting on the rocks and sand. Despite being outside the boundaries of the National Park area, due to its great importance, the park staff obliges for its care and maintenance. Besides the sea lions, yellow warblers, frigates and various species of finches can be seen. On the rocks, large Galapagos marine iguanas can be found, unique in the world.
AM Punta Suarez: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 hole where water spouts up to 50-75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf.
AM Cormorant Point: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.
Devil’s Crown: The Devil’s Crown, located just off Punta Cormorant, offers some of the best snorkeling in the Galapagos. In fact, the only way to see the Crown is by water; it is termed a Marine Visitor Site, and no landings are allowed. Sometimes referred to as Onslow Island, this is an almost completely submerged volcano, and erosion has transformed the cone into a series of jagged peaks; as a result, the site really does look like a devil’s crown.
PM 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. It has been used since this time by mariners and tourists as a post office. 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 (30m) 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.
Santa Cruz Island
AM Charles Darwin Station: Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. One of the main attractions are the National Park information centers, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young and adult Galapagos tortoises as well as land iguanas in captivity.
After this visit you will be transported to the airport in Baltra in order to catch your flight back to mainland Ecuador where you will depart to your final destination.
- Meet and greet on arrival at Airport.
- Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner).
- Entrance fees where applicable.
- Tours as indicated in the itinerary.
- Professional English-speaking guide/driver guide.
- Travel Protection is offered on all packages at an additional cost.