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Galapagos Santa Cruz Boat 5 or 6 days
Galapagos Santa Cruz Boat 5 or 6 days
6 days
Difficulty: 1
  COD: EC-118
Category: Individual Tours

ITINERARIES M/V SANTA CRUZ  2012

 
 
6 days / 5 nights

EASTERN ISLANDS

Friday to Wednesday

 

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Itinerary highlights:

DAY

AM VISITS

ISLAND

PM VISITS

ISLAND

Friday

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

San Cristóbal

Interpretation Centre and Tijeretas

San Cristóbal

Saturday

Cerro Brujo

San Cristóbal

Punta Pitt

San Cristóbal

Sunday

Santa Fe

Santa Fe

South Plaza

South Plaza

Monday

Charles Darwin Research Station

Santa Cruz

Twin Craters

Santa Cruz

Tuesday

Punta Suárez

Española (Hood)

Gardner Bay

Española (Hood)

Wednesday

Baltra Airport

Baltra



Friday  Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristóbal [Chatham] Island) Friday Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristóbal [Chatham] Island)

The itinerary is a guide only. Our route and programme varies according to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety reasons and the wildlife we encounter.

 
The itinerary is a guide only. Our route and programme varies according to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety reasons and the wildlife we encounter.
Arrival by plane to San Cristóbal Island and transfer to the M/V Santa Cruz, anchored at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the provincial capital of the Galápagos Islands. Cabin assignment and lunch. After lunch, introductory talk.

Interpretation Centre and Cerro Tijeretas (San Cristóbal Island)

In the afternoon, disembark at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (dry landing) and visit the Interpretation Centre where visitors will acquire a greater understanding of Galápagos’ uniqueness throughout informative visual aids. From the Interpretation Centre, we stroll along an easy boardwalk to the north shore of San Cristóbal, to the site considered as the spot where Darwin set foot for first time on Galápagos in 1835. A bust of the naturalist was placed there to commemorate this event. This area is teeming with life: Darwin finches, San Cristóbal mockingbirds, marine iguanas, sea lions, etc. Hills frame this turquoise bay, home to two species of frigates. A staircase leads to the top of Cerro Tijeretas, from where a good portion of northern San Cristóbal is visible: Wreck Bay, Lobos Islet, Punta Carola and the impressive Kicker Rock. Return on board. Welcome cocktail, expedition plan for Saturday and dinner.



Saturday Saturday

Cerro Brujo (San Cristóbal Island)

A dinghy ride along the shores of tuff-stone layers takes guests to Cerro Brujo's white coralline beach (wet landing). The beach is a large expanse, great for walking, with rewarding bird watching with good views of seabirds like blue-footed boobies, brown pelicans, herons, frigate birds, and more shore birds. Also, look out for Galápagos sea lions. Highlights ashore include the Chatham (San Cristóbal) mockingbird, Chatham lava lizard; both species are endemic to this island, and seen nowhere else in the Galápagos. Cerro Brujo is an excellent site for acquainting oneself with snorkelling gear and techniques. Back on board for lunch.

 

Punta Pitt (San Cristóbal Island)

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 Galápagos 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 favourable, there is a chance to swim from the beach or snorkel at the nearby islets. Expedition plan for Sunday and dinner.



Sunday Sunday

Santa Fe Island

After breakfast, a wet landing on a sandy white beach with many sea lion harems. Bulls vie for the right of “Beach Master”, while smaller males masquerading as females make stealthy mating moves. Galápagos 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. Snorkelling and swimming from the beach rounds off the rewarding experience, or if guests prefer, the glass bottom boat for non-snorkellers. Lunch on board.

 

South Plaza Island
Disembark (dry landing) in the channel between North and South Plaza Islands, where the island tilts toward the water, the approach makes for a lavishly colourful sight! 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. Expedition plan for Monday and dinner.


Monday Monday

Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)

Morning disembarkation (dry landing) visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens, including tortoise celebrities like “Lonesome George” within 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. Lunch at the poolside of the Finch Bay Eco Hotel.


Highlands of Santa CruzIsland

After lunch, visit the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, with their impressive Scalesia forest and the geological formation of the twin pit craters known as Los Gemelos.  From December to mid-April a visit to see the giant tortoises in the wild may be included, if weather conditions are good. Return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the M/V Santa Cruz.  Tuesday’s expedition plan and dinner.



Tuesday Tuesday

Punta  Suárez (Española (Hood) Island)

Morning outing at Punta  Suárez (dry landing) for an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies, including waved albatrosses (April - December), Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tail gulls as well as a view of the Galápagos famous “blow-hole”. Among its land birds, the Hood island mockingbird, Galápagos hawks, Galápagos doves and three species of Darwin’s finches are common highlights. Also, look for red-green-black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.

 

Gardner Bay (Española Island)

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 snorkelling in this area, or a ride aboard the glass-bottom boat. Departure briefing,  Farewell Cocktail and dinner.



Wednesday Wednesday

Baltra Island

Disembark at Baltra Island.  Transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the continent.



Important Important

The itineraries and programme are subject to change without prior notice, due mainly to adjustments in the policies and regulations of the Galápagos National Park, weather conditions, seasonal changes and safety reasons.

 
Dry landing: guests step from the dinghy onto rocks or a dock.
Wet landing: as the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, guests step into knee-deep water and wade ashore
 

 



From Wednesday to monday in 6 days

M/V Santa Cruz

6 days / 5 nights

WESTERN ISLANDS

Wednesday to Monday

 
Itinerary highlights:

DAY

AM VISITS

ISLAND

PM VISITS

ISLAND

Wednesday

Baltra Airport

Baltra

North Seymour

North Seymour

Thursday

Punta Vicente Roca

Isabela

Punta Espinoza

Fernandina

Friday

Tagus Cove

Isabela

Urbina Bay

Isabela

Saturday

Charles Darwin Research Station

Santa Cruz

El Chato Tortoise Reserve

Santa Cruz

Sunday

Post Office Bay & Baroness Cove

Floreana

Cormorant Point & Devil´s crown

Floreana

Monday

Baltra Airport

Baltra



from monday to friday in 5 days

M V Santa Cruz

5 days / 4 nights

NORTHERN ISLANDS

Monday to Friday

Itinerary highlights:

DAY

AM VISITS

ISLAND

PM VISITS

ISLAND

Monday

Baltra Airport

Baltra

Las Bachas

Santa Cruz

Tuesday

Buccaneer Cove

Santiago

Puerto Egas

Santiago

Wednesday

Red Beach

Rábida

Bartolomé

Bartolomé

Thursday

Prince Phillip Steps

Genovesa

Darwin Bay

Genovesa

Friday

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

San Cristóbal



Prices a person in USD 2012

YACHT LA PINTA

EASTERN ISLANDS

NORTHERN ISLANDS

WESTERN ISLANDS

FRI/MON

MON/FRI

FRI/FRI

4D/3N

5D/4N

8D / 7N

Twin/ Double

2.427

3.236

5.663

Single*

3.559

4.745

8.304

 

YACHT ISABELA II

CENTRAL ISLANDS

SOUTHERN ISLANDS

NORTHERN ISLANDS

MON/FRI

FRI/TUE

TUE/MON

5D/4N

5D/4N

7D/6N

Master Suite Queen

2.940

2.940

4.409

Classic cabin Twin / Double

2.810

2.810

4.215

Standard Cabin Double

2.649

2.649

3.974

Standard Cabin Single **

3.378

3.378

5.067

 

M/V SANTA CRUZ

NORTHERN ISLANDS

WESTERN ISLANDS

EASTERN ISLANDS

MON/FRI

WED/MON

FRI/WED

5D/4N

6D/5N

6D/5N

Boat Deck Master Suite Double

3.402

4.253

4.253

Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin

2.980

3.725

3.725

Boat Deck Superior Twin/ Double

2.855

3.568

3.568

Boat Deck Single Standard*

3.855

4.819

4.819

Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin

2.744

3.430

3.430

Boat Deck Twin Standard

2.634

3.293

3.293

Upper Deck Twin Standard

2.425

3.032

3.032

Main Deck Twin Standard

2.312

2.890

2.890

 



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