Ship Name: Santa Cruz -
Expedition Ship - 90
We strongly recommend
two pre-cruise nights and one post-cruise night in Quito
or Guayaquil. Please inquire about adding these or other
services to your trip.
Perfect for families and couples who want
a quality cruise on a larger ship; great guides, comfortable ship,
and a well-planned itinerary.
The Galapagos Islands are considered one
of the most spectacular and pristine National Parks in the world.
Visitors delight in the abundant, unusual, and surprisingly approachable
wildlife--from Galapagos giant tortoises to playful sea lions to
the fascinating blue-footed boobies.
Day 1: San Cristobal Island / Embark
Arrival by plane
to San Cristobal Island and transfer to the Santa Cruz, anchored
at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the provincial capital of the Galapagos
Islands. Enjoy lunch on board and a welcome talk. In the afternoon,
disembark (wet landing) on the eastern tip of the island. Pitt Point
is an eroded tuff cone; the trail that ascends from the beach provides
spectacular views of the shoreline. This is the only site in the
Galapagos where the three species of boobies can be found together,
as well as the two frigate species, plus a colony of bachelor sea
lions along the beach. After the walk, if conditions are favorable,
there is a chance to swim from the beach or snorkel at the nearby
islets. Nightly briefing and dinner.
Day 2: Santa Fe Island / South Plaza Island
make a wet landing on a sandy white beach with many sea lion harems.
Bulls vie for the right of "Beach Master" while smaller males masking
as females make stealthy mating moves. Galapagos hawks are often
easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The giant prickly pear
cactus found here live up to their name with tree-sized trunks!
The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during
the afternoon walk. Enjoy snorkeling and swimming from the beach
before returning to Santa Cruz for lunch on board. Disembark
(dry landing) in the channel between North and South Plaza Islands.
The turquoise waters of the channel contrast brilliantly with the
white sand and black lava of the shoreline. The rocks have grown
thick with green seaweed in places, speckled with bright orange
'Sally Lightfoot' crabs. Further up the shore, a carpet of scarlet
sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent
green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-grey land iguanas sit beneath
these, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coastline
one finds sea lion colonies, while frigates, swallow-tailed gulls
and shearwaters glide playing with the thermals that form along
the cliffs of this small but amazing island. Nightly briefing and
Day 3: Santa Cruz Island
Disembark this morning for
a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise
pens, where there is an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest
home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific
investigation, conservation and the National Park administration.
Following the visit, enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa
Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem. There are several
options available for the afternoon, which can be discussed in advance
with your Expedition Leader:
1. Trek along trails amid miconia
forest in the highlands, home to many elusive birds including the
2. Mountain bike (mostly
downhill) to Garrapatero Beach.
3. Sea kayak
and relax on a beautiful, sandy beach.
Experience sustainable agriculture in an organic coffee plantation.
5. Discover SCUBA diving day in Puerto Ayora. This is a day designed
for people who wish to discover the marine wonders of the archipelago,
but who are not ready to dive in the current-strong Galapagos open
waters. A local diving outfitter is contacted on your behalf. This
activity takes for most of the day and has a cost. Please ask for
At the end of the afternoon's activities, return to Puerto Ayora
and embark the Santa Cruz.
Day 4: Espanola Island
Go on a morning outing at Punta
Suarez (dry landing) for an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain.
Visit unique sea bird colonies, including waved albatrosses (April
- December), Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tail gulls,
as well as a view of the Galapagos famous "blow-hole." Among its
land birds, the Hood island mockingbird, and three species of Darwin's
finches are common highlights. Also, look for red-green-black marine
iguanas. Back on board for lunch.
In the afternoon, disembark (wet landing) at a white coral beach
for a short walk to observe the sea lions, mockingbirds, finches
or enjoy the beach. There is great snorkeling in this area, or one
may ride aboard the glass-bottom boat. Nightly briefing and dinner.
Day 5: Baltra Island
Disembark at Baltra Island. Transfer
to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.
Above rates are per person and based on double occupancy
except in Boat Deck Single Standard cabin.
Galapagos Airfare (Quito or Guayaquil): Approx. $450-$600 per person
Galapagos National Park Fee: $100 per adult; $50 per child under
Galapagos Transit Card: $20 per person
Fuel surcharge may
Single Rate: Double cabins may be used for single
use at 1.5 times the regular rate.
Triple Rate: Per person rate is the same as
the double rate in select Main Deck and Boat Deck Standard cabins.
Child Rate: 25% off for children under 15 years.
One child discount per full paying adult fare. Minimum child age
is 6. Must share cabin with their parents or guardians. Not offered
during peak season.
these times, passengers must pay a surcharge of $137 per adult and
$105 per child. Child rates are not offered during peak season.
No discounts apply. In addition, double cabins for single use are
2 times the regular rate.
We strongly recommend
two pre-cruise nights and one post-cruise night in Quito or Guayaquil.
Please inquire about adding these or other services to your trip.
Shared transfer from main hotels
in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Swissôtel, Marriott, Dann
Carlton) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Hampton Inn,
Sheraton) to airport for flights to/from Galapagos; cabin accommodations
aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; all shore activities and excursions;
guide and lecture services; sea kayaks; glass-bottom boat outings;
snorkeling gear; luggage handling; medical care on board (but not
the cost of medication); taxes and transfers on the island.
For Darwin Elite cabins only (Boat Deck Standard Plus, Superior,
Junior Suite and Master Suite): wine and beer at dinner; use of
VIP lounge at departure airport in the Galapagos Islands; explorers’
kit, expedition CD; Internet access in select areas; special edition
take-home coffee table book; and wetsuit rental. Subject to change
Hotel nights before/after
cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park
entrance fee, subject to change without notice; Galapagos Transit
Card; international airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands;
wet suit rental; Internet; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages;
gifts and personal items; passport expenses; traveler's insurance;
laundry service; gratuities to ship staff and crew are left to the
discretion of the passenger; fuel surcharge may apply.
Airfare between Quito/Guayaquil and the Galapagos Islands:
The flights between mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) and
the Galapagos Islands are an additional cost. To secure
your seats on often overbooked flights, ExpeditionTrips must reserve
these flights for you at the time of cruise booking. Approximate
cost (including service fee): $450-$600 per adult; $250-$325 per
child under 12 (copy of passport required).