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Immerse yourself on a Galápagos cruise aboard the luxury yacht, Santa Cruz II. Spend 7 days touring the eastern Galápagos Islands (Santa Cruz, San Cristóbal, Española, Baltra) from the comforts of this 5-deck, 50-cabin ship that easily accommodates up to 90 guests. Enjoy ample-sized social areas both indoors and out, two hot tubs with ocean views, an expansive sundeck, and a classy salon and bar. Experience superb service from knowledgeable naturalist guides who bring you to sites rarely seen by other vessels. Creating a pristine and private adventure into the Galápagos, you’ll interact with wildlife both on land and in the water. Whether you snorkel, swim, kayak, or opt for the novelty of a glass-bottom boat or panga ride, delve into an otherworldly adventure aboard the Santa Cruz II.
Baltra Island Airport / Mosquera Island
Arrive at the airport on Baltra Island where your guides will greet you to transfer you to the Santa Cruz II. Enjoy a warm welcome along with an exquisite lunch as the engines fire up for your first destination.
Travel four miles to Mosquera Island, a small volcanic uplift with a long, narrow sandbank surrounded by lava reefs. Cross paths with young sea lions as your guides lead you to the many sea lion colonies on this island. Learn about the fragile ecosystem of the Galápagos as you walk the flat, sandy dunes. Dive into these turquoise waters with your snorkeling gear as young sea lions accompany you and schools of tropical fish swim by.
San Cristóbal Island
Step onto the shores of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galápagos, on San Cristóbal Island. After a 40-minute drive to the island’s southern shore, you’ll spend the morning at Cerro Colorado, a breeding center for highly endangered giant tortoises. Located in the midst of a glorious deciduous forest, you’ll find dozens of bird species, including the San Cristóbal mockingbird, as well as other unique species, such as the San Cristóbal lava lizard.
This afternoon, explore Punta Pitt, an eroded tuff cone, on the eastern tip of the island. Hike the trails to spot Nazca, red-footed, and blue-footed boobies. This is the only area in the Galápagos where all three species of boobies are found together. Enjoy a panga ride along the coast, or take the chance to snorkel or kayak on your own.
Santa Fe Island / South Plaza Island
This morning, find yourself walking along an idyllic sandy white beach on Santa Fe Island. Populated by many sea lions and land iguanas, hike the trails that pass through giant prickly pear cactus. Submerge yourself in the crystal waters, either snorkeling or swimming amongst tropical fish, or above in a kayak, panga, or glass-bottom boat.
After lunch, disembark on South Plaza Island, noted by the stark contrast between its white sand beaches and black lava shoreline. Beyond, a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents and luminescent green prickly pear cactus brighten the rest of the island’s interior. Yellow land iguanas dot the cactus forests, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coast, find sea lions, frigates, swallow-tailed gulls, and shearwaters.
Santa Cruz Island
Start the morning at the Charles Darwin Research Station, headquarters of the National Park’s conservation and biological research, dedicated to preserving giant tortoises. The breeding center is located inside an impressive giant prickly pear cactus forest, and is home to many land birds. Following your visit, enjoy lunch in the lush Santa Cruz highlands.
This afternoon, you have several options to explore the island, from a bicycle tour to a walking tour of Puerto Ayora, and others. Your tour guides will announce the options available to you in advance so you have time to choose. Return to the Santa Cruz II for a delectable dinner.
This morning’s excursion starts off with a thrilling walk through Española Island, where unique seabird colonies reside, including waved albatrosses (April-December), Nazca and blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls. Watch the ocean spray high in the air through the infamous , naturally-created blow hole in the rock. Also, look out for red, green, and black marine iguanas.
After lunch, tour the picturesque white coral beach of Gardner Bay and nearby Osborn Islet. Both provide a beautiful setting to observe sea lions, mockingbirds, and finches as you relax on the beach or snorkel with playful sea lions and schools of eels, batfish, eagle rays, and peacock flounders. Kayak the shores of Española Island in search of birds nesting in the cliffs.
Santa Cruz Island / North Seymour Island
Take a panga ride to Eden Islet, a small islet located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where you can observe blue-footed boobies and frigates dive into the water. Snorkel alongside salemas and reef sharks, or spot them from the comforts of the glass-bottom boat or your own kayak.
This afternoon, walk along North Seymour Island, an island that was once the seafloor but an earthquake lifted it high above the water to form a new island. See evidence of its origins in the remnants of coral and marine skeletons. A forest of silver-gray palo santo trees, also known as holy stick, stands just above the landing. This area is full of blue-footed boobies, two species of frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, as well as sea lions and marine iguanas.
Baltra Island Airport / Departure
Return to Baltra Island to take 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.