Ecuador

Western Galapagos Islands Cruise - TREASURE OF GALAPAGOS M/C

7 days | 6 nights
Shared tour
From 4395USD5195USD per person
Sorry, there are no prices defined for this date. Please contact us by clicking on "Free quote"

Close

Treasure of Galapagos

First Class

Cruise Description

This 7-day Western Galapagos Islands cruise on the luxury Treasure of Galapagos catamaran reaches some of the region's most remote and pristine islands.

With nine spacious cabins, a maximum capacity of 16 guests and 11 attentive crew members, experience the Enchanted Islands in an intimate setting with gracious hospitality.

Your journey begins at Seymour Airport on Baltra Island, where you'll meet and greet your expert naturalist guide and fellow passengers.

Your very first stop on the Treasure of Galapagos is the Charles Darwin Research Center on Santa Cruz Island, a facility dedicated to preserving marine wildlife and biodiversity in the region. Then explore Whale Bay on the island's western shores, one of the oldest whaling camps here, and spot Galapagos hawks, Galapagos sea lions, Darwin's finches as you walk across the bay's unique olivine sands. Explore Dragon Hill on the northwestern shores of Santa Cruz, aptly named for the population of Galapagos land iguanas that populate this island. Observe mini-land dragons roam the sun-drenched sands and jagged boulders, feeding on the fruits and flowers of the Opuntia Cacti.

Then sail onward to Isabela Island and spend time discovering its highlights on the Treasure of Galapagos, observing white-tipped reef sharks resting in the calm waters between the collection of islets of Las Tintoreras. At 4640 sq. km, Isabela Island is the largest, yet one of the youngest islands in the archipelago. Tour the Wetlands for the opportunity to spot the elusive flamingo, and climb the 20-meter walls of The Wall of Tears, a historical reminder of the penal colony Isabela Island once was. Continue on to Moreno Point, where you'll walk its lava fields and explore the tidal lagoons, keeping your eyes peeled for sightings of herons, frigatebirds, and green turtles. From there, you'll embark on a 3.2 km trail with your naturalist guide to observe land iguanas, tortoises, and Darwin's finches at Urbina Bay.

Walk the barren landscape of Punta Espinosa on Fernandina Island, observing the large colonies of marine iguana that bask in the sun, and learn the history of pirates in this region at Tagus Cove.

Learn how Puerto Egas and briefly operated as a salt mining business in the late 1920s, then explore the otherworldly landscape of Rabida, its striking red sand beach and matching rust-colored cliffs a result of oxidation.

Visit the final stop on your seven day Western Galapagos itinerary and see Las Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz Island, where you'll discover the role it played in World War II.

A first-class catamaran equipped with five-star amenities, this week-long journey on the Treasure of Galapagos introduces guests to some of the world's most untouched islands, blending indulgence with natural beauty for an exclusive experience.

Destinations

Galapagos

Trip at a glance

Visits

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND: Charles Darwin Research Station, Whale Bay, Dragon Hill, Las Bachas

ISABELA ISLAND: Tintoreras, Wetlands, Punta Morena, Urbina Bay, Tagus Cove

FERNANDINA ISLAND: Punta Espinoza

SANTIAGO ISLAND: Puerto Egas

RABIDA ISLAND

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVAL - SANTA CRUZ

Morning

Arrival at Seymour Airport on Baltra Island (GPS)

Meet and greet your naturalist guide upon arrival at Seymour Airport on Baltra 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 onboard the Treasure of Galapagos where your captain and crew will welcome you.

Afternoon

Charles Darwin Research Station

Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island this afternoon. As the main breeding site of the Galapagos Islands, this facility is dedicated to marine life conservation and maintaining biodiversity in the region. Learn the story of Lonesome George, the fabled final survivor of the giant tortoise species who lived at the Charles Darwin Research Station for four decades, and tour the information center, the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall and the Breeding and Rearing Center to witness tortoises live in captivity.

Evening

Enjoy dinner and evening on the Treasure of Galapagos.

MEALS
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 2 SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Morning

Whale Bay

On the western shores of Santa Cruz Island is Whale Bay, an olivine beach at the base of Dragon Hill. Its unique color is due to a surplus of olivine crystals that formed from the crystallization of magma. Explore the grounds of one of the oldest whaling camps on this island, and with your expert naturalist guide, identify Galapagos hawks, sea lions, Darwin's finches and marine iguanas on your walk.

Afternoon

Dragon Hill

Visit Dragon Hill after lunch, situated on the northwestern shores of Santa Cruz some 25 km west of Seymour Airport on Baltra Island. Aptly named for the population of Galapagos land iguanas that populate this island, these mini-land dragons spend their afternoons roaming the sun-drenched sands and jagged boulders, feeding on the fruits and flowers of the Opuntia Cacti. Despite their healthy population on Santa Cruz now, these land iguanas were under threat by wild dogs, cats and goats in the 1970s and were transferred to surrounding islands for over a decade to encourage re-population. On a leisurely 2.4 km walk with your naturalist guide, discover the stark desert landscapes of Santa Cruz, winding past Palo Santo trees on your way to the summit of the hill where you'll be met with sweeping views over the bay. Conclude your visit to Dragon Hill with a stop at a saltwater lagoon where you have the opportunity to spot the elusive flamingo.

Evening

Enjoy dinner and evening on the Treasure of Galapagos.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 3 ISABELA ISLAND

Morning

Las Tintoreras

A group of islets just off the shores of Puerto Villamil, Las Tintoreras is the Spanish name for white-tipped reef sharks, which can be commonly spotted resting in the calm and clear waters. As you walk along the nature trail with your guide, keep your eyes peeled for Galapagos penguins and sea lions along the mangrove-lined shoreline.

Afternoon

Wetlands and Wall of Tears 

Journey to the wetlands of Isabela Island on the Treasure of Galapagos this afternoon, and begin by landing in Puerto Villamil. With a population of some 3000 inhabitants, Puerto Villamil boasts the second smallest population in the Galapagos archipelago. Along with your expert guide, visit the Flamingos Lagoon, recognized as the largest coastal lagoon in the Galapagos and an important breeding site for the Greater Flamingo. Then embark on a trail to the Wall of Tears, a historical site constructed by prisoners of this former penal colony between 1946 and 1959. Reaching some 20 meters in height, stroll to the top of the wall and learn from your guide how it was constructed.

Evening

Enjoy dinner and evening on the Treasure of Galapagos.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 4 ISABELA ISLAND

Morning

Moreno Point

Arrive at Isabela Island after breakfast this morning and visit Moreno Point on its western shores. Explore the tidal lagoons and extensive lava fields, keeping your eyes peeled for sightings of herons, frigatebirds and green turtles. Take in the shrub dotted landscape of Moreno Point, where candelabra cacti reach impressive heights of up to seven meters, towering above surrounding mangrove bushes and saltwater lagoons fringed with seagrass. Along the pristine shoreline, keep your eyes peeled for marine iguanas, brown pelicans and a striking panoramic view of the Sierra Negra, Cerro Azul and La Cumbre - the three most active volcanoes in the Galapagos. 

Afternoon

Urbina Bay 

On the western shores of Isabela Island at the base of Alcedo Volcano, Urbina Bay is an area that was a result of an uplift from the sea in 1954, causing the land to rise some five meters in height. Following a wet landing on the beach, you'll follow a 3.2 KM trail with your naturalist guide, observing land iguanas, tortoises and Darwin's finches.

Evening

Enjoy dinner and evening on the Treasure of Galapagos.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 5 FERNANDINA & ISABELA ISLANDS

Morning

Punta Espinoza

As the third largest island in the Galapagos, Fernandina is also the youngest. Visit Espinoza Point, home to the flightless cormorant and recognized for its large colonies of marine iguanas. Free of any introduced species, Fernandina is one of the world's most pristine islands, and despite its barren landscape, the lava cacti thrive here, against a dramatic backdrop of Volcán La Cumbre. Tread with care between January and June, during the nesting period of the marine iguana.

Afternoon

Tagus Cove

This afternoon, the Treasure of Galapagos will cross the Bolivar Channel and reach Tagus Cove on the northwestern shores of Isabela Island. This site was historically frequented by pirates who left their mark by carving the names of their ships onto the cliff faces that surround the cove. Following a 3 km trail with your guide, reach Darwin Lake, a saltwater lagoon reaching nine meters in depth contained within a tuff cone. The cliff faces of Tagus Cove provide a number of nesting sites for sea and coastal birds, where you'll have the opportunity to see flightless cormorants, storm petrels and flocks of blue-footed boobies and brown pelicans.

Evening

Enjoy dinner and evening on the Treasure of Galapagos.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 6 SANTIAGO & RABIDA

Morning

Puerto Egas

Reach Puerto Egas on Santiago Island this morning and disembark on its black sand beach by wet landing, a site named after entrepreneur Hector Egar who opened a salt mine here in the late 1920s. The site, which operated briefly, is now home to white-cheeked pintails and flamingos, though it remains closed to visitors. Admire the view of the 395 meters high Pan de Azúcar, and with your guide, learn the factors that made the salt mine business impractical on this island while roaming its scenic shoreline for a chance to see marine iguanas, sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Here, you'll also have the opportunity to see a colony of Galapagos fur seals bask in the shade provided by the area's rock arches and grottos.

Afternoon

Rabida 

Otherworldly Rabida boasts a landscape of strewn boulders and large prickly pear cacti, as well as a striking red sand beach backed by matching rust-colored cliffs. A result of oxidized iron, sunrise and sunset give these geologic features an intense glow. Outside of the mating season, visitors to the red beach are greeted by a large colony of Galapagos sea lions. Here you will also visit a small saltwater lagoon, and because it's the arid island's most fertile place, it attracts a range of marine wildlife like pintails and flamingos. With your naturalist guide, look for varieties of songbirds in the surrounding mangrove bushes. Rabida is also a favorite stop on this Western Galapagos Islands cruise for its breeding brown pelicans. Watch from the beach as they hover above the surface of the sea and hunt in V-shaped formations, plunge-diving for their prey.

Evening

Enjoy dinner and evening on the Treasure of Galapagos.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard

Day 7 DEPARTURE DAY

Morning

Bachas Beach

Arrive at Santa Cruz Island on the Treasure of Galapagos on your final morning on board and visit the dazzling white sand Bachas Beach on its northern shores. This beach earned its name after World War II when the American army abandoned their barges on the beach. Unable to pronounce "barge" in the English language, "bachas" is the result of a mispronunciation, resulting in the name of the beach. Stroll the pristine coastline where its sands meet the turquoise bay, and orange Sally Lightfoot crabs scurry between the rocks at your feet. Reach a brackish lagoon on your walk, where white-cheeked pintails and hunting herons wade in the water, and catch a glimpse of the American flamingos that inhabit this island. From your naturalist guide, learn about the role Bachas Beach plays as one of the island's main sea turtle nesting sites. 


Transfer to Seymour Airport on Baltra Island

Your visit to Bachas Beach concludes this seven-day Western Galapagos Islands cruise on the Treasure of Galapagos. Your guide and friendly crew members will transfer you by shuttle to Seymour Airport on Baltra Island for your onward journey, and accompany you to the check-in counters and departure hall.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard

Map

Video

Services

What's included

Accommodation

Nights
6 nights onboard Treasure of Galapagos

Meals

Full board plan
6 breakfasts + 6 lunches + 6 dinners

Transportation

Bus
All transfers from/to Baltra 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
Send inquiry

Cookies are small text files downloaded to your computer each time you visit a website.
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website.