Galapagos Santa Cruz II Cruise
Some of the most volcanically active Galapagos Islands can be viewed on this modern and luxurious seven-day trip aboard the sophisticated Santa Cruz II vessel. The boat’s numerous areas for socializing and activities can nearly compete with the varied landscapes lush with flora and fauna that have evolved upon this archipelago. A tour complete with snorkeling, beach walks and cultural tours prove that these islands are so much more than just giant tortoises - though we’ll see plenty of those, too!
Starting from $5,180 per person
Pricing includes everything from your international arrival to your departure, with the exception of flights and a few lunches and dinners.
HOW IT WORKS
- Visit Charles Darwin Research Center to get a first-hand look at how the famed giant tortoises are being protected.
- Prior to cruise, a full day dedicated to getting to know Quito, Ecuador. This capital city has both metropolitan as well as traditional touches.
- Snorkel around Isabela Island, the largest and most volcanically active of the Galapagos Islands.
- It may be difficult to imagine, but after a visit to Fernandina Island you’ll have witnessed iguanas and penguins inhabiting the same environment.
- Free afternoon to choose activities from walks along the beach to kayaking the Pacific Ocean; all according to your desired pace.
- Take in the unique shoreline of Cormorant Bay which sparkles green thanks to the high level of olivine crystals.
- Witness a booming population of land iguanas crawl across the desert-like landscape of the aptly named Dragon Hill
Welcome to Quito, the capital city of Ecuador! After a long flight, there’s nothing better than some rest and relaxation. A representative of SA Expeditions will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. With a historical center surrounded by modern districts, you can choose the setting for your night’s stay in the capital city.
Not far from ancient Inca ruins, this is a city that so well balances modern sophistication with traditional culture. Walk through picturesque plazas that remain decorated by 16th and 17th century churches, proudly preserved by the city. Modern buildings and culinary offerings are not far from these architectural gems of yore, nor are views of the Andean mountain peaks that sit in the background.
Take advantage of today right from the start and hop on a morning flight to the Galapagos Islands. You’ll arrive in Baltra and then take a short bus ride to board your elegant vessel, Santa Cruz II. Begin your island exploration along the north shores of Santa Cruz, where landscapes are as diverse as the fauna who call this area home. Rocky Dragon Hill is a marvelous opportunity to spot large land iguanas which, as you’ll notice when you get up close, do in fact look like miniature dragons. A walk past the brackish-water lagoon will allow the island to also show off a variety of bird species, including the American flamingo.
Isabela Island is the largest in the archipelago and one of the most volcanically active places in the world. There are many ways to explore this island’s unique geology, one of which is by snorkeling with the marine life that live on the border of these cliffs. Later in the day you’ll visit the youngest of the Galapagos Islands, Fernandina, where an abundance of Marine Iguanas and Galapagos Penguins can be observed.
The Galapagos Islands are synonymous with giant tortoises, and today is your chance to see a variety of these captivating reptiles. A visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station on the Santa Cruz Island will demonstrate the conservation efforts that have been applied in order to protect one of the island’s most popular residents. Afterwards you’ll be free to choose from various activities including an afternoon stroll along the beach or the tortoise reserve, kayaking through the smooth waters, and more.
A morning trip to the historical Post Office Bay will give you the chance to spot the wildlife that inhabit the narrow channels of water. In the afternoon we’ll head to Champion Islet, an extinct shield volcano. Considered one of the best snorkeling spots in all of the archipelago, there is plenty of marine life for you to see as the current gently takes you on an underwater ride. Next we’ll explore Cormorant Point, notable for an array of plants as well as for its unique green sand thanks to olivine crystals.
After a trip full of marine life and island hopping, it’s time to return to the mainland. After docking at Santa Cruz Island we’ll head to the Baltra airport to catch the return flight to Quito, Ecuador.
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