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Our 5 day cruise of Eastern Galapagos offers a great flavour of this unique part of the world with stops at 8 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 Genovesa and Santa Fe, giving a great mix of sites across the 5 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 eco-system.
If you are looking for something longer, have a look at our range of 8 days cruises.
Morning - The flight from Quito to the Galapagos is approximately 2 ½ hours and upon arrival at Baltra you will be met by your guide who will escort you on the short bus ride to the harbour. Motorized rafts, called ‘Pangas’ will transport you to the ship where you will be welcomed onboard. After departure and lunch, the first island visit is made.
Afternoon – Your cruise will start off with a visit to Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz Island. The sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it soft, white and a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there is a small water lagoon, where occasionally is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels.
Morning - Darwin Bay was created when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers: red footed-booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, yellow-crowned, and black-crowned lava herons, and yellow warblers can be seen in the area.
You may choose to take a trail that gradually climbs to the edge of the cliff seeing Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls. Reaching the end the trail at the cliff's edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.
Afternoon - The visitor site of El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island. The trail is on volcanic rock that has a length of 1.5 km and the tour can be done in about 2 hours. The cliffs located in the south are composed of very fragile lava. The natural erosion that has occurred in these lava flows has become the ideal place for nesting Storm Petrels. You can see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. One of its main predators is the short-eared owl. The red-footed booby nests only in the outer islands of the archipelago, Punta Pitt, Gardner (Floreana), Wolf, Darwin and Genovesa. Also present on this island is the masked booby. During the panga rides along the cliffs fur sea lions can be seen and several species of seabirds.
Morning - Plazas is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two 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 its relatives found at other islands. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food. Swallow tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are seen along with other sea birds as: audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans.
Afternoon – The island of Santa Fe is located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from an uplift instead than a volcanic origin, this is why is mostly flat. There are some theories which assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is the home of a number of endemic species like the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird and one of the two species of Iguanas. After disembarking in the beautiful and clear waters you will be able to see one of the many sea lion colonies.
Morning - Pitt Point is on the north of San Cristobal. Here there are endemic species such as lava lizards and red-footed boobies. The view is impressive when you walk up to the high part of the island. You may be lucky to see the red footed booby. It's also the home of the Chatham mockingbird, only found here on San Cristobal Island.
Afternoon - Kicker Rock is also known as the Sleeping Lion and is located of the coast of San Cristobal. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, the two vertical rocks rising 500 feet from the ocean form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises due to the many tropical birds, frigates, and boobies that fill the surrounding air. Underwater you can enjoy a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish and invertebrates.
Isla Lobos is about an hour away by boat and is home to a small population of blue-footed boobies and common frigate birds. You can observe the two species of sea lions present in the archipelago. During the tour you go through a dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks and a sandy area. During the panga tour brown pelicans and several species of shorebirds can be observed; although, snorkeling, it's common to see juvenile sea lions, manta rays and sea turtles.
Morning – Today you will visit the giant tortoise breeding center. It is located in the South East of San Cristobal and access is by road, the bus ride lasts approximately 40 minutes. It is located in the vicinity of Cerro Colorado, from which it derives its name, which is one of the few places where you can see Calandrinia galapagosa, a plant endemic to San Cristobal in danger of extinction.
The breeding centre has been integrated into a large corral and includes: a visitors' center, breeding center, trails and two houses. 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
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