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Set off for the central and eastern Galápagos islands on the 16-guest Cormorant, a luxury catamaran with kayaking and snorkeling. Offering modern interiors, jacuzzi, sun deck, and elegant staterooms with private balcony, enjoy a high quality, competitively priced Galápagos cruise for the savvy adventurer. This is an excellent cruise to combine with a land program for a more comprehensive Galapagos adventure.
Baltra Island Airport / Santa Cruz Island
Depart from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island. Arrive in the Galápagos where your guides will shuttle you to the yacht. Settle into your cabin before lunch and a welcome briefing.
By afternoon, swim along Bachas Beach on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. See a historical floating dock from World War II, as well as flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, black-necked stilts, whimbrels, and sea turtles.
Bartholome Island / Santiago Island
This morning, visit the infamous Pinnacle Rock on Bartholomew Island. The terrain here is almost entirely covered by colorful red, orange, black, even green volcanic formations. Hike to the summit of an extinct volcano to enjoy one of the best views of the islands. Explore a beautiful beach, surrounded by the island’s only lush vegetation. Snorkel the crystal waters and keep an eye out for Galápagos penguins.
This afternoon, trek to the southeast where Sullivan Bay, covered by Pahoehoe lava flows, offers extraordinary photo opportunities. The lava here has hardened into accordion-like shapes. Small glass-like bubbles of lava, called “hornitos,” can be found throughout this area, as well as imprints of vegetation burned into the rock during volcanic eruptions. Wear thick-soled shoes as the lava is very hot in the sun. Cool off with a swim, or snorkel with the playful sea lions that live on the shores.
South Plazas Island / Santa Fe Island
South Plaza Island is a small island with steep cliffs formed by rising lava. It is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The Sesuvium plant also flourishes on this island. During the rainy season it’s greenish-yellow and in the dry season (end of June through January) it’s bright red.
Santa Fe Island, formed by a volcanic uplift, has a picturesque bay on the northeast coast where you can hike to a scenic viewpoint atop the cliffs or see a tall prickly pear cactus forest. Swim or snorkel the quiet waters of the bay accompanied by friendly sea lions.
San Cristóbal Island
Explore Witch Hill, or Cerro Brujo, in the morning. With powdered, soft, white sand, this is one of the nicest beaches in the Galápagos. This area is bustling with life, from blue-footed boobies, egrets, and great blue herons to the turquoise waters teeming with marine life. Hike the many trails or dive in to see for yourself.
By the afternoon, enjoy an easy hike to Pitt Point. Located on the northeastern-most tip, herein lies the only nesting site for all three species of Galápagos boobies. The volcanic tuff formations create a stunning visual landscape to explore and photograph in this wondrous place like nowhere on earth.
San Cristóbal Island / Departure
This morning visit Lobos Island, a rocky bay just a short walk to Puerto Baquerizo. Exquisitely colored plants cover the island. The beach is home to a large colony of Galápagos sea lions as well as many varieties of shore birds and marine iguanas.
After this final visit, return to to San Cristóbal’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.
NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.