Our 4 day cruise of Eastern Galapagos offers a great flavour of this unique eco-system with stops at 7 different sites and the chance to see some of the amazing wildlife that inhabit the islands. Being a shorter cruise it offers a great value way to see the islands as well as room to see other areas of Ecuador and South America in the same holiday.
The itinerary takes in the islands of San Cristobal and Santa Cruz as well as the more remote islands of Espanola and Florena giving a great mix of sites across the 4 days. Each cruise is accompanied by an expert guide who will keep you informed all about what you are seeing and offer a great insight into the islands unique environment.
If you are looking for something longer, have a look at our 5 Day Eastern Galapagos Islands or our even larger range of 8 days cruises.
Morning - Flight to Galapagos from Quito/Guayaquil Airport. Upon arrival at San Cristobal your guides will meet you after you have collected your luggage and escort you on the short bus ride to the harbour. Motorized rafts, called ‘Pangas’ will transport you to your ship and the crew will welcome you onboard. After everyone is on board the ship will depart and lunch will be served.
Afternooon – This afternoon you will visit the Interpretation Center where you will learn more about the fascinating history of the Galapagos Islands. Here you can be informed about nature, species, the discovery and colonisation of this magic archipelago. The centre was inaugurated in 1998 by the former president of Ecuador and offers presentations about the volcanic origins of the island and its development. There is an open air theater surrounded by natural wonders and also an exhibition room.
After your visit to the interperatation centre you can climb Tijeretas Hill for some great views across the island. At one of the viewpoints there is American-made cannon dating from the Second World War which taken by the Ecuadorian Navy in the early 1970s for military exercises. Another viewpoint offers a panoramic view of the north coast of the island from where one can see the Kicker Rock (León Dormido), Cerro Mundo and Cerro Tijeretas.
Morning – This morning the first stop will be at Punta Suarez. This rocky land spot sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea affording the visitor spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blow whole where water spouts up to 50-75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf.
Afternoon – After lunch the ship will continue to Gardner Bay, located on the north-eastern coast of Hood. Gardner Bay provides an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here we can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters.
Morning - Cormorant Point offers probably the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. It’s situated between two lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks, and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral.
The Devil's Crown, located just off Cormorant Point, offers some of the best snorkeling in the Galapagos. In fact, the only way to see the Crown is by water; it is termed a Marine Visitor Site, and no landings are allowed. Sometimes referred to as Onslow Island, this is an almost completely submerged volcano, and erosion has transformed the cone into a series of jagged peaks; as a result, this site really does look like a devil's crown.
Afternoon – This afternoon you make a visit to the famous Post Office Bay. In the 18th century a wooden barrel was placed here by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since by mariners and tourists as a post office where travelers across the world carry the letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Afterwards you will continue to the north of the island and ascend to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful vista at the Baroness lookout. From here, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo.
Morning – Today you will visit the 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. One of the main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises, Lonesome George (turtle from Pinta), and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.
After the morning excursion you will be taken to the airport for your flight to the mainland.
Galapagos itineraries are subject to change at any time. This can be because of a variety of reasons including (but not limited to) regulatory, conservation, climate and sea conditions
M/C Yacht Anahi is a Power Catamaran Yacht built in Guayaquil, Ecuador and launched at the end of 2006 at high standard level of comfort. She offers accommodations in 6 twin (2 can be transformed in a double bed) cabins (14m2 each) located in the main deck and 2 suit cabins (25m2 each) located in the upper deck.
As a Catamaran, the Anahi has great stability and is a good choice for passengers who have little or no experience at sea. The Anahi has an environmental and social friendly operation, ensuring a responsible and sustainable tourism.
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