6 Days Galapagos Galaxy Southern Cruise - A
Day 1 - Monday
DEPARTURE - Ecuador, Quito | Guayaquil
Your trip starts, when your flight departs for Ecuador. On arrival, at Quito or Guayaquil airport you will be met by tour representative, who will arrange transfer from airport to hotel for pre-night stay in (Quito or Guayaquil).
Day 2 - Tuesday
SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
Good morning! After breakfast, check out from hotel and a transfer will be arranged to local airport to board flight for Galapagos. Up on arrival, at San Cristobal Airport you will be met by a cruise representative and transfer to Galaxy Cruise. Welcome a board! Settle down and relax, welcome drink and lunch will be served.
In evening, you will visit the Lobos Island by having Panga ride. After reaching to an island, you can go for hike, swim and snorkel among the seals, frigate birds, marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the small endemic Galapagos snake.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 3 - Wednesday
After early morning breakfast, your first visit to Gardner Bay via Panga Ride. Some activities to do during this visit like short walk, swimming, snorkeling and observation of seal colony. The sea lion is one of the animals that receives a lot of attention from visitors in the Galapagos. They are curious, playful, loving but at times aggressive and lazy. We are going to find, many of them relaxing on the beach and enjoying the sun in Gardner Bay. After taking some pictures and observing these fascinating animals, we will be able to swim with sea lions, sea turtles, a diversity of tropical fish, marine iguanas, etc. We will return to the ship for lunch and short break.
In evening, you will visit Suarez Point. You will be doing activities like Hiking, sight-seeing as well as taking pictures. We recommend athletic shoes, hat or cap, and sunscreen. There is no such color more amazing in this outstanding tropical desert island than the blue-foot boobies. These birds have an impressive form of “greeting,” and it is a real thrill to see their mating dance. The blue-footed boobies can be seen on several islands, as nesting grounds and food are located along several coastal locations. The albatross, an aristocratic bird weighing up to 4Kgs, can be observed here. This is one of the largest birds of the islands, with approximately 12,000 couples nesting on Espanola Island and a smaller number nesting on Silver Island, near mainland Ecuador. This species is considered endemic to this island. During our walk, we will observe these fantastic birds while taking in the beautiful landscapes offered by this island. It is important to note that albatrosses will not be seen between January and March (non-breeding season). We will also see colonies of marine iguanas, zayapas, masked boobies, finches, Española mockingbirds, and seagulls endemic to the islands. Our walk also will be along lava rock, where we will be able to see lava tubes. Red mangroves are found here. After visit, delicious snacks and fresh beverages are waiting for you on the ship.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Thursday
After delicious breakfast served in the morning, today’s first visit will be Post Office also known as “Mail Bay”. You will have activities like short walk and explanation of the mail system. Mail Bay is located on the north side of Floreana Island. Captain James Colnett installed an empty barrel to be used as a post office for the whaling fleets that stopped at the Galapagos Islands. You can leave postcards to your friends and relatives here and/or pick up mail to deliver. After this trip, heading back at the ship, where delicious lunch and beverages await.
In evening, your visit to Cormorant Point by Panga ride. You have beach activities to do like snorkeling and taking beautiful pictures or go for hiking to explore natural beauty . This point is located on western Floreana Island, and it is famous for its dark green beach (due to the large quantity of olivine crystals).You can see many marine invertebrates here, as well as sea lions, sea iguanas, frigate birds and pelicans. After this point, your second visit to Devil’s Crown, where you can do activities like panga ride and optional swimming. Enjoy a panga ride around a small island, a satellite islet of Floreana Island. Here, we will find a group of rocks, that resemble a crown due to the constant erosion caused by the sea. It is one of the better places to snorkel (shallow diving) in and around the crown. Excellent visibility allows guests to admire a great variety of fish and sea animals.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Friday
SANTA FE ISLAND & SOUTH PLAZAS ISLAND
After breakfast, you will be going in Panga ride to visit Santa Fe Island. Activities on this day are hiking, swimming and snorkeling. With 24 km² and 60 m above sea level. This central island is a unique place to visit, It has an incredible bay with turquoise water, protected by a natural barrier of rocks. You will see colonies of seals, while hawks fly overhead. This island is home to one of two species of land iguanas found in the Galapagos. Their main food source is the leaves and fruit, thick cacti found here. Crabs, nocturnal herons, marine iguanas, mockingbirds and land doves are frequently seen. The bay is an excellent place to swim and snorkel with marine tortoises, rays, sea lions and tropical fish are an amazing attraction! Snacks and refreshing beverages are waiting for you aboard the ship.
After Lunch, you will visit South Plazas, two small islands created by uplifting of the land. The land iguanas are smaller here; nesting during the warm season. You can do only hiking and it runs along an extraordinary cliff, where seabirds nest. There are approximately 1,000 sea lions (Zalophus Wollebaeki) located on the south side of Plazas Island. Depending on the season, the Sesuvium ground vegetation changes its colour from green, in the rainy season to orange and purple in the dry season.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Saturday
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
After very early breakfast, Luggage and belongings should be ready for checkout. Our last visit for this tour is Charles Darwin Station. It is located in the main port of Santa Cruz Island; we will take a private bus to the entrance of the breeding center, where we will see tortoises and land iguanas in captivity. This center is the main breeding site on the islands. Animals that were in danger of extinction on various islands, are maintained here in captivity. Thanks to the dedicated work of several institutions, some species are being saved. This is where “Lonesome George” lived, the famous last survivor of the species of giant tortoise found on Pinta Island.
After this visit, it is now time for you to wrap this tour full of good memories of your beautiful vacation. It will be our pleasure, to plan your next tour for any of our world wide tours.
End of services!
- Airport assistance
- 1 Night Hotel Stay at Quito/Guayaquil + 1 Transfer from hotel to Airport + Return Flight To/From Galapagos/Quito
- Transfers in Galapagos
- Accommodation in double cabin (Galaxy First Class Cruise)
- All meals during the cruise (Breakfast and lunch buffet style, Dinner with 2 menu options.)
- Vegan and vegetarian options available.
- Naturalist Bilingual Guide (English/Spanish)
- All visits & excursions according to the itinerary
- Snorkel Gear (mask, tube and fins)
- Unlimited purified water, coffee and tea
- Paddle boards
- Beach towels
Price does not Includes:
- Transfer from Airport to Hotel
- Mandatory Galapagos National Park Entrance fee US $100.00
- Mandatory Galapagos Transit card US $20.00
- Soft and Alcoholic drinks
- Local Taxes
- Travel Insurance
- Services which are not indicated in itinerary