Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Quito
Day 2: Quito – Baltra
Day 3: San Cristobal Island
Day 4: Santa Fe & South Plaza Islands
Day 5: Charles Darwin Research Station & Santa Cruz Island
Day 6: Española Island
Day 7: Eden Islet & North Seymour Island
Day 8: Baltra – Quito
Day 9: Depart Quito
Map and Highlights
Discover some of the most beautiful islands of the Galápagos with expert expedition guides throughout providing the best opportunity to see the ‘Galápagos Big 15’
Destinations included in this cruise expedition
Galápagos Islands at a glance
BALTRA ISLANDBaltra is one of the main gateways to the Galápagos and many cruises depart from here. The island has more desolate vegetation than any other including the dramatic cactus tree.
SAN CRISTOBAL ISLANDThe Galápagos’ alternative airport destination. In September 1835 it was the first island Charles Darwin set foot upon in the Galápagos. The island is home to many sea birds, including frigate birds and the blue-footed booby, and large sea lion colonies.
SANTA CRUZ ISLANDLearn about the conservation efforts being undertaken at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forests, many land birds including eight species of Darwin finches and the famous giant tortoises can all be seen here.
GENOVESA (TOWER) ISLANDGenovesa Island is now an extinct eroded volcano. See thousands of birds including frigate birds (courtship Dec-Jun), red-footed boobies and lava gulls.
ISABELA ISLANDThe largest island created by lava flow from six volcanoes, five of which are still active. View giant tortoises, land iguanas, blue-footed boobies, mocking birds, Galápagos penguins, flamingos and pelicans.
BARTOLOMÉ ISLANDA small island, Bartolomé has a wild and unearthly lava landscape and is home to the famous Pinnacle Rock. To get the most breathtaking views and fantastic photographs you will need to take the steep climb, aided by a wooden staircase, to the top.
SANTIAGO (JAMES) ISLANDOne of the larger islands in the archipelago, dramatically covered with lava flows, arid vegetation and volcanic black sand beaches. At low tide the marine iguanas graze upon the emerald green algae. Santiago is great for snorkelling and swimming.
SANTA FE (BARRINGTON) ISLANDThe small bay on Santa Fe provides one of the most picturesque anchorages in the Galápagos, often strewn with California sea lions. Follow a trail past tall opuntia cacti and spot the large endemic land iguanas.
NORTH SEYMOUR ISLANDIn early years, North Seymour Island lay on the ocean bed. Here you can observe bird colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds, swallowtailed gulls, sea lions and marine iguanas.
FERNANDINA (NARBOROUGH) ISLANDThe youngest island in the archipelago has an amazing combination of barrenness and abundant wildlife. Having no introduced mammals, it has a very unique environment, with the highest density of marine iguanas, sea lions, Sally lightfoot crabs, and hawks.
ESPANOLA (HOOD) ISLANDThe most southerly island with the whitest coral beach, complete with a noisy colony of sea lions and excellent snorkelling opportunities. Encounter curious mockingbirds, blue-footed and masked boobies, Sally lightfoot crabs and red bill tropical birds.
FLOREANA (CHARLES) ISLANDIn 1793, the ‘Post Office barrel’ was established by British whalers to send letters to and from England; home to pintail ducks, warblers, stingrays, green turtles and the pinkest flamingos in the world.
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