Galapagos

Eastern Galapagos Islands Cruise - ARCHIPEL I M/C

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Archipel I

Mid Range

Cruise Description

A visit to the Galapagos National Park, one of the most biodiverse places on earth, is a life-changing experience.

The park includes 97% of the archipelago's islands where half of the land species are endemic. The Galapagos penguins, the Galapagos marine iguanas, or the Galapagos giant tortoises are only some of the curious locals you will get to meet during your stay.

Board the Archipel I cruise ship, a cozy and modern catamaran offering 8 cabins with spacious areas.

On this 4-day tour, you will leave San Cristobal to discover Floreana Island, famous for its iconic free post office, unique in the world, and for hosting a huge number of land and marine species.

Discover the Plaza Islands, home of a unique species of iguana, and the volcanic island of Santa Fe. With plenty of opportunities to swim and snorkel on picture-perfect white-sand beaches along your journey, your final visit will include Charles Darwin Station where you will learn more about this unique wildlife paradise.

Destinations

Galapagos

Trip at a glance

Visits

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND: Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Centre

PLAZA ISLAND

SANTA FE ISLAND

FLOREANA ISLAND: Champion Islet, La Loberia Beach, Asilo De La Paz

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND: Charles Darwin Station

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 Flight to San Cristobal, Cerro Colorado Tortoise Protection & Breeding Center

Morning

Arrival at San Cristobal Airport (SCY)
Upon arrival at the San Cristobal Airport, travelers pass through an airport inspection point to make sure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, and to pay the park entrance fee of $100 (unless it has been prepaid). A guide will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor.

Afternoon

Colorado Hill
Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Centre, located approximately 40 minutes by bus from the southeast of the island, was built to improve the status of the population of island tortoises. The center includes a large corral, a Visitor Centre, breeding center and an interpretative trail. Along this trail, it is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well as birds like the San Cristobal mockingbird, yellow warblers, many species of finches and the Galapagos flycatcher.
On your visit to Colorado Hill, you will be able to discover the amazing and emblematic giant Galapagos tortoises in the tortoise breeding center, and maybe even get to see one hatch (seasonally)! In addition, you will get to see how much hard work is put into saving the last local giants of San Cristóbal.

Evening

Dinner and night onboard.

MEALS
  • Lunch onboard Archipel I
  • Dinner onboard Archipel I

Day 2 The Plaza and Santa Fe Islands

Morning

South Plaza
South Plaza is located to the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of a pair of islands known as “Islas Plazas”. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than their relatives on other islands. Throughout the island there are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a marine iguana with a land iguana.
They are unique and can be recognized at fi¬rst glance by their black/grey color, with a land iguana’s crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of tuna, their favorite food. Swallow tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are seen along with other seabirds as: audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropic-birds, frigate birds and brown pelicans.

Afternoon

Santa Fe
Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from an uplift rather than being of volcanic origin, which is why it is mostly flat. There are some theories which claim that this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is home to a number of endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats and one of the two species of lands iguanas of the islands.
After disembarking into the beautiful and clear waters you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well as the giant prickly pear cactus - gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are many possibilities to snorkel with playful sea lions and tropical fish.

Evening

Dinner and night onboard.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard Archipel I
  • Lunch onboard Archipel I
  • Dinner onboard Archipel I

Day 3 Floreana Island: Champion Islet, La Loberia Beach, Asilo De La Paz

Morning

Champion Islet
Bottlenose dolphins frequently escort our passage to Champion Islet and you can see them from nearby jumping the wakes! Underwater, Galapagos sea lions are playful acro-bats that become the number one attraction. There are also lots of reef fi¬sh, and perhaps a green Pacific turtle.
An inflatable dinghy ride along the shoreline of this islet offers sightings of lots of seabirds that are endemic to the archipelago, including Galapagos penguins, blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds, red-billed tropicbirds, swallow-tailed gulls and lava herons.
A birdwatcher’s wish is to get a glimpse of the Charles mockingbird on top of prickly pear cacti. This mockingbird is a scientific and historic key species, because it put Darwin on track of his theory of ‘adaptive radiation’.

Afternoon

Loberia & Asylum of Peace
The Asylum of Peace Island is of historical interest for guests. This hike goes past a mesmerizing cave and visits a fascinating freshwater spring.
La Loberia beach is an ideal spot to enjoy the ocean, as well as the playful sea lions that live there.

Evening

Dinner and night onboard.

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard Archipel I
  • Lunch onboard Archipel I
  • Dinner onboard Archipel I

Day 4 Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station, Departure

Morning

Charles Darwin Research Station
Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. The main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Staelens Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Centre for young tortoises, and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.

Transfer out to Baltra Airport (GPS)
Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crewmembers, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to the Baltra, where we will take the shuttle back to the airport

MEALS
  • Breakfast onboard Archipel I

Map

Services

What's included

Accommodation

Nights
3 nights onboard M/C Archipel I

Meals

Full board plan
3 breakfasts + 3 lunches + 3 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
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