Santa Cruz, Floreana & Espanola Islands
On board M/Y GALAVEN – Tourist Superior
Cruise Length: 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS
Starting From: US$ 2295,00 per person, based in double accommodation (Standard Cabin)
Santa Cruz, Floreana & Espanola Islands: Program Overview
Visits some of the most representative Islands of the Archipelago; Espanola and Floreana Islands. Along the cruise you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station at Santa Cruz Island.
Land in Floreana, one of the earliest settlements in the Archipelago, to visit Punta Cormorant where you can see two plant species endemic from this area. Floreana has some wonderful sites for snorkeling, like the Devil’s Crown; an underwater volcanic cone and coral formations where you can swim with sea lions, penguins, turtles, sharks, dolphins and a big variety of fish. The Post Office, a historic site of Floreana, recalls the days of the whalers, when they came for supplies of Galapagos tortoises and water. Flamingos and Green sea turtles nest are common in the Island from December to May.
You will also visit Española; the oldest island of the Archipelago, it has a large number of endemic species, including its own species of lava lizard, mockingbird, and tortoises. Española is the only place where the Waved Albatross nests, there is also a big colony of Masked and Blue footed boobies.
End your cruise at San Cristobal Island visiting the Interpretation center.
The Galaven is a 88 ft. expedition vessel for 20 passengers accommodated in 11 double cabins, all with private bathrooms, air-conditioning and ocean views. The Galaven offers spacious outdoor seating areas with sun chairs, large interior dining room and a library equipped with a TV & DVD player for daily briefing and presentations. Bilingual Galapagos National Park guides accompany you to all visitor sites.
20 passengers, 9 Crew Members and 2 Naturalist guide.
Itinerary – Day by Day
Day 1: Friday AM Flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island.
Transfer to the boat.
PM EL Chato – Santa Cruz The El Chato reserve is divided into two areas; Caseta and Chato. The trail begins at Santa Rosa (13.7 miles / 22 km) from Puerto Ayora, with the Caseta route being the more challenging. The reserve allows visitors to observe giant tortoises in the wild during the dry season and is also a good place to spot short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, Galapagos rails and paint-billed crakes.
Day 2: Saturday AM Dragon Hill – Santa Cruz
Situated on Santa Cruz Island, Dragon Hill is one of the newest visitor sites accessible to tourists in the Galapagos Islands. One of the lengthier Galapagos walking trails will lead visitors along a beach and up a trail to the lagoon lookout, where bright flamingos, pintail ducks and land iguanas can be spotted.
PM Bachas Beach – Santa Cruz Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, Las Bachas is a swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest off the beach.
Day 3: Sunday AM Post Office Bay – Floreana
In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.
PM Cormorant Point or Devil’s Crown. This site hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The “Green Beach” named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the “Four Sand Beach” composed of white coral. One of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos, this volcanic crater has been eroded by the waves leaving the northern and southern sides poking out of the water. The coral reef in the middle is perfect for attracting marine life. Snorkelers enjoy the variety of marine life and exciting currents that rush through the crown creating an exhilarating experience.
Day 4: Monday AM Suárez Point – Espanola
This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. A beautiful site on the ocean front, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.
PM Gardner Bay – Espanola Gardner Bay, on the eastern side of the island, is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. It has an ample white sandy beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkeling.
Day 5: Tuesday AM Interpretation Center
The Interpretation Center was opened in 1998 as a phase of the project “Interpretation and Environment Education Project.” Visitors enjoy expositions on natural history, human history, and conservation. The conservation efforts represent the movement to protect the wildlife and natural environment through means of population and tourist control. The Interpretation Center has an outdoor stadium, audio-visual equipment, and meeting rooms.
Transfer to the San Cristobal Airport for your flight back to Quito or Guayaquil.”
- All meals scheduled on board, water, coffee and tea.
- English speaking naturalist guide
- Excursions according to the day by day itinerary
- Snorkeling gear and Kayaks
- Galapagos Transit Control Card*
- Galapagos National Park fee * *Exclusive benefit when booking with Latin Roots Travel
- Airfare to/from Galapagos
- Wet suit rental
- Soft and alcoholic drinks
- Travel insurance, medical services and others not specified
- Tips & personal expenses.
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