Travel aboard the
See the Galápagos Islands in luxury aboard the newly built Petrel for a 4-night cruise. A proud new addition to the fleet of luxury touring yachts, this elegant ship features spacious suites with private balconies, a comfortable lounge, chic interiors, and an outdoor Jacuzzi. Get up close with blue-footed boobies, iguanas, giant tortoises, whales, and more with knowledgeable guides schooled in the Galápagos’ remarkable natural history. Equipped with kayaks, wetsuits, and snorkel gear, explore carefully chosen sites where contact with wildlife is a given. Named after the petrel, a sea bird common to the Galápagos, this ship is elegant, swift, and silent at sea just like its namesake. Designed for comfort and stability, the Petrel is your perfect gateway to the magic of the Galápagos.
Arrive Baltra / Santa Cruz Island
Arrive in Baltra where you will be greeted by your guides who will take you across the Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island. Start off with a short hike to the Santa Cruz highlands, one of the most popular tourist sites with rich wildlife, lush greenery, and volcanoes. Hike into underground lava tubes for a surreal experience. Spot the many varieties of birds that make their home in the forests and along the shores.
Afterward, board the Petrel, where you’ll have a chance to settle into your cabin and sit down to a specially prepared dinner.
Santiago Island / Bartolomé Island
Start the day on the second Island Charles Darwin visited. With a good source of salt, water, and food, it was popular with whalers and buccaneers centuries ago. Today, it’s popular with tourists who love to see the plentiful Galápagos fur seals that swim along its shores and its unique volcanic landscape. Snorkel the waters of Sullivan Bay, swimming amongst fur seals and a plethora of tropical fish.
After lunch, explore Bartolomé Island, famous for Pinnacle Rock, a multi-layered volcanic rock formation created by an underwater volcano. Walk along the beach surrounding its base where a small population of green sea turtles nest, Galápagos penguins gather, and curious sea lions swim. Of all the islands, this is the most photographed and was featured in the movie “Master and Commander.
Also known as “Bird Island,” Genovesa is home to a wide variety of birds, including rare red-footed boobies that gather here in one large mass. It’s estimated that over 200,000 of these birds live in the trees and bushes on Genovesa. This horseshoe shaped island was formed by a volcanic eruption that left behind large slopes formed by gradual lava flows. Spot the island’s many birds and the marine iguanas that inhabit the waters and shores of Darwin Bay, a partially submerged caldera.
Climb El Barranco, otherwise known as Prince Philip’s Steps, a steep and rocky trail that passes through a Palo Santo forest, home to nesting red-footed boobies, and up to a cliff with a fantastic view of the surrounding islands.
This morning’s trip starts at Egas Port, also known as James Bay. Home to quick-footed Galápagos lava lizards and Galápagos fur seals, the island is spotted with grottos and tide pools that make this a coveted snorkeling site. Snorkel alongside seals and lizards while exploring the island’s underwater architecture and schools of tropical fish that dart in and out.
By the afternoon, you’ll have the chance to snorkel Buccaneer’s Cove. Once known as a refuge for British buccaneers and pirates, this cove also features dramatic underwater formations where many different species of fish gather.
Afterward, visit Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and Sally Lightfoot crabs dot the shoreline.
Santa Cruz Island / Departure
After breakfast, hop aboard a panga or snorkel on your own to explore Carrion Point. This sheltered lagoon with beautiful turquoise water on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island lies at the entrance to the Itabaca Channel. With no beach to land on, you’ll have the chance to explore the water in any manner you wish, from panga ride, snorkeling, to kayaking.
Return to Baltra Airport to catch your flight home.
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.