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Southern Galapagos Islands Cruise - TREASURE OF GALAPAGOS M/C

5 days | 4 nights
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Treasure of Galapagos

First Class

Cruise Description

This 5-day Southern Galapagos Islands cruise takes off from San Cristobal Island, easily accessible by flight from Quito or Guayaquil. In an area of 558 sq. km, San Cristobal holds the title as the fifth-largest Galapagos island.

Your journey on the five star Treasure of Galapagos begins with a warm welcome by your expert guide at San Cristobal Airport, where you'll reach your home for the next five days by shuttle and inflatable dinghy.

On your first afternoon, visit Colorado Hill, a breeding center in the highlands of San Cristobal dedicated to preserving the endangered Galapagos giant tortoises.

Then sail to Española Island, a highly anticipated destination for passionate birdwatchers. At about four million years, this classic shield volcano is estimated to be as old as Santa Fe Island.

Spend your morning swimming with schools of tropical fish and splashing with playful sea lions while snorkeling in pristine Gardner Bay, then round out your second afternoon with Treasure of Galapagos by watching the large waved albatrosses use Española Island's rugged cliff as a launching pad to soar into the sky at Punta Suarez, a site recognized for its wide varieties of sea birds that are guaranteed to delight all bird lovers.

Sail onward to Floreana Island, and mail home a postcard from historic Post Office Bay and climb Baroness Lookout for a striking panorama of the Galapagos. Here, you'll also learn about the self-proclaimed Empress of the Galapagos, Baroness Eloisa von Wagner Bosquet, and visit the ruins of her home.

Let the glassy olive green sands of Cormorant Point dazzle you, and embark on a guided walk to observe sea lions, frigatebirds, and pelicans in their natural habitat.

Then set sail to tiny Santa Fe, which boasts a land area of 24 sq. km. At Barrington Bay, observe the island's endemic land iguanas as they feed on giant prickly pear cacti against a picturesque backdrop of turquoise waters. Continue onwards to Tortuga Bay, a dazzling white sand beach named after the black turtles that nest there, and snorkel in a site known for its excellent visibility.

On your final morning onboard the Treasure of Galapagos, you'll visit El Chato to view wild tortoises that roam both through the pastures of the agricultural zone and in the Tortoise Reserve, and explore the forest-fringed pond for opportunities to spot short-eared owls, Vermilion Flycatchers Darwin’s finches and Yellow Warblers that live in the trees.

Spend five days exploring the stark volcanic landscapes and paradisiacal bays of the southern Galapagos by embarking on rewarding hikes and guided nature walks, and encountering wildlife on exciting snorkel sessions.

Then retreat to the 16 passenger Treasure of Galapagos in the evenings, a first-class yacht serviced by nine hospitable staff where you can revel in five-star luxuries. Unwind by sipping on cocktails while you soak in the whirlpool on the sundeck, or retreat to your spacious cabin equipped with a private balcony and sweeping sea views.

Destinations

Galapagos

Trip at a glance

Visits

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND: Cerro Colorado

ESPAÑOLA ISLAND: Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez

FLOERANA ISLAND: Post Office Bay & Punta Cormorant

SANTA FE ISLAND

SANTA CRUZ ISLANDTortuga Bay & Highlands

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVAL - SAN CRISTOBAL

Morning

Arrival at San Cristobal Airport (SCY)

Meet and greet your naturalist guide upon arrival at San Cristobal Airport on San Cristobal Island. Before leaving the airport, you'll pass an inspection point where your Transit Control Card will be stamped. Be sure to store this with your travel documents as you'll need to show it again when you depart the Galapagos Islands. If you haven't already, you'll also pay the Galapagos National Park entrance fee of 100 USD here. You'll then be escorted on board the Treasure of Galapagos where your captain and crew will welcome you.

Afternoon

Cerro Colorado

On an unpaved road to reach the highlands of San Cristobal, you'll pass a sugarcane plantation and row of wind generators along a ridge. Officially, the breeding center on Colorado Hill is named Galapaguero Jacinto Gordillo, though locally, it has adopted the name of the red hill on which it's situated. With your naturalist guide, learn how these endangered species are cared for by the breeding center. Walk the botanical trail and discover the natural history of the Galapagos giant tortoises as you spot a colorful collection of songbirds - Chatham mockingbird, large-billed flycatchers and Yellow Warblers.

Evening

Enjoy dinner and evening on the Treasure of Galapagos.

MEALS
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 2 ESPAÑOLA ISLAND

Morning

Gardner Bay 

Following a wet landing at Gardner Bay this morning, go for a short walk along Española Island's pristine stretch of white sand beach. Though Gardner Bay is an important breeding site for Pacific green turtles, the star of this morning's stop is the colony of lazy sea lions napping in the sun. Hop in the shallow water along the shoreline's rocks for a chance to swim with these playful creatures, and enjoy an afternoon of snorkeling among tropical fish and sea turtles.

Afternoon

Punta Suarez 

Reach Suarez Point by dry landing this afternoon and walk among the island's lava rocks to view its lava tubes. A must-see destination for any passionate birdwatcher, Suarez Point affords the exclusive opportunity for visitors to observe its endangered waved albatrosses in their natural habitat. Time your visit to their mating dances, which takes place primarily between May and November, when waved albatrosses engage in synchronized courtship dances by whistling and bowing. You'll also be able to witness these large birds take flight by using the rugged cliff of Suarez Point as a launching pad. Weighing up to four kilograms, these waved albatrosses are one of the largest birds in the Galapagos, with some 12,000 pairs nesting on Española Island. Enthusiastic birdwatchers will also appreciate sightings of Nazca and blue footed boobies. With your naturalist guide, point out colonies of marine iguanas and hood lava lizards on your morning excursion to Suarez Point.

Evening

Enjoy dinner and evening on the Treasure of Galapagos.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 3 FLOREANA ISLAND

Morning

Post Office Bay

Arrive at Post Office Bay this morning, one of three visitor’s sites on Floreana’s northern shores. Mail home a postcard from the traditional barrel on this historic site, which pays homage to an improvised mail system that was set-up for communication between British whalers and poachers in the 16th century. Learn about the history of the whaling industry here and how this post box revealed the positions of the whaling vessels to the American frigate USS Essex during the Anglo-American War between 1812 and 1815. Climb Baroness Lookout for a striking panorama of the Galapagos, and admire the blue waters of the ocean against lush red mangroves below. From your guide, learn about the self-proclaimed Empress of the Galapagos, Baroness Eloisa von Wagner Bosquet, who was one of the early settlers of this island, and view the ruins of what used to be her home. 

Afternoon

Punta Cormorant 

Situated on the western shores of Floreana Island, Cormorant Point is widely recognized for its olive green sands, due to a surplus of olivine crystals. Following a wet landing, join your naturalist guide on a short trek to observe sea lions, frigatebirds and pelicans in their natural habitat. Punta Cormorant also boasts Flamingo Lagoon, where various species of shorebirds besides flamingos reside.

Evening

Enjoy dinner and evening on the Treasure of Galapagos.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 4 SANTE FE & SANTA CRUZ

Morning

Santa Fe

At an estimated four million years, Santa Fe Island is one of the oldest in the Galapagos archipelago. With a relatively small land area of 24 sq. km, this island situated between Santa Cruz and San Cristobal boasts a diversity of endemic species - the Santa Fe land iguana, Galapagos Mockingbird and rice rat. Its landscape is unique for its population of the large prickly pear cactus, Opuntia Echios, which feeds Santa Fe's land iguanas. Following a wet landing among a sea lion colony at Barrington Bay, enjoy a swim or snorkel in its shimmering waters as hawks fly overhead, keeping your eyes peeled for rays, tropical fish and marine tortoises.

Afternoon

Tortuga Bay 

A dazzling white sand beach, Tortuga Bay is named after the black turtles that nest here. This site is also renowned for its snorkeling opportunities because of its excellent visibility. Keep your eyes peeled for Galapagos sea lions, marine iguanas and the seasonal appearance of mating Pacific green turtles.

Evening

Enjoy dinner and evening on the Treasure of Galapagos.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 5 DEPARTURE DAY

Morning

El Chato

Accessible from Santa Rosa or Salasaca, El Chato offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild tortoises that roam through both the pastures of the agricultural zone and in the Tortoise Reserve. Explore the forest-fringed pond here, and spot short-eared owls, Vermilion Flycatchers Darwin’s finches and Yellow Warblers that live in the trees. Watch for movement in the shrubs as tortoises slowly make their way through the area's lichens and ferns.

Following your visit to El Chato, you'll be transferred to Baltra Airport on Seymour Island for your flight to Quito or Guayaquil.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard

Map

Video

Services

What's included

Accommodation

Nights
4 nights onboard Treasure of Galapagos

Meals

Full board plan
4 breakfasts + 4 lunches + 4 dinners

Transportation

Bus
All transfers from/to Baltra/San Cristobal Airport

Orientation

Guide
Shared English-speaking naturalist guide

What's not included

  • Entrance Fee to Galapagos National Park (100 USD/Person)
  • TCT Ingala Migration Card (20 USD/Person)
  • Domestic Flights
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Wetsuit Rental
  • Extra Meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

Important notes

Each guest must strictly follow the Galapagos National Park Rules: 

  • Remain on marked trails at visitor sites and respect signs at all times for the protection of wildlife
  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet (two meters) from wildlife to avoid disturbing them, even if they approach you
  • Never feed wildlife, as this can cause health problems
  • Flash photography is not permitted when taking photos of wildlife
  • Professional photography and videos recorded for commercial purposes must be authorized by the Galapagos National Park Department
  • It is your responsibility not to introduce food, animals, or plants into the Archipelago. Cooperate fully with all environmental inspection and quarantine officials during your visit.
  • Do not take or buy any products or souvenirs made from banned substances, including black coral, shells, lava rock, animal parts, or any native wood or vegetation prior to leaving Galapagos. This is illegal and must be reported
  • Practice “leave-no-trace” principles in order to maintain the beauty of the environment
  • Pack out all trash and dispose of or recycle it in the populated areas or on your tour boat
  • Smoking and/or campfires are strictly prohibited within the Galapagos National Park
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