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Santa-Cruz11 Eastern Galapagos

7 days fr £4,151pp

San Cristobel • Santa Fe • Santa Cruz • Espanola • North Seymour • Baltra Island

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TOUR DETAILS
Accommodation:
  • Horizon Deck Explorer fr £4,151pp
  • Expedition Deck Explorer fr £4,313pp
  • Panorama Deck Explorer fr £4,437pp
  • Panorama Darwin Suite fr £5,016pp
Validity (selected dates between):
  • 03/01/2019 - 22/12/2019
Also included:
  • 6 nights cabin accommodation
  • All meals + tea & coffee
  • English speaking guides
  • All shore excursions & island transfers
  • Shared transfers from selected mainland hotels
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee US$ 100 pp
  • Transit Ingala Card $20 USD pp
Not included:
  • International Flights (unless otherwise stated)
  • International & domestic flights
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Internet / Wifi ( except Panorama Deck guests )
  • Wet Suits USD $17 usd per stay
Overview
For lovers of nature or people who seek adventure holidays in remote places there is nothing to beat following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and discovering all that the amazing Galapagos Islands have to offer. On this week long voyage you will see all the fascinating and rare wildlife that have made these islands so famous. Beginning in Baltra, you visit San Cristobel, Sante Fe, Santa Cruz, Espanola and North Seymour seeing so many wonderful sights along the way.
Day 1
Arrival Baltra
On arrival by plane at Baltra Island you are met and taken to your boat - the Santa Cruz 11 - for a welcome briefing and lunch. Then set sail to nearby Mosquera Islet, a small volcanic uplift between Baltra and North Seymour. The island is a long and narrow sand bank surrounded by lava reefs and the perfect rookery for young sea lions. After a wet landing, guides will lead you past the sea lion colonies, where you will learn more about the fragile marine and terrestrial ecosystems of Galapagos.
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Day 2
San Cristobel Island
After breakfast, disembark at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the island's capital, and drive 40 minutes to the southern shore. At Cerro Colorado visit the breeding centre for highly endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species, including the mockingbird, and the San Cristobal lava lizard, both island endemics. Then in the afternoon land on the eastern tip of the island at Punta Pitt to see the three species of boobies. Here you can snorkel, swim or go kayaking.
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Day 3
Santa Fe & South Plaza Islands
Today you take a dinghy over to Santa Fe island with its idyllic sandy-white beach populated by many sea lions. The land iguana, unique to this island, can be spotted during the morning walk amid the giant prickly pear cactus. A glass bottom boat is available for non-snorkelers. In the afternoon land at South Plaza Island whose turquoise waters contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. Yellow-grey land iguanas sit beneath prickly pear trees and there are flocks of exotic birds.
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Day 4
Santa Cruz
Today you visit the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Centre on Santa Cruz island. It stands within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest which is home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Following your visit have lunch in the cooler highlands of the island which has a completely different ecosystem. In the afternoon you can choose your activities.
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Day 5
Espanola Island
Today you make a dry landing at Española Island for an exciting walk past its unique sea bird colonies, including waved albatrosses, Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls as well as getting a view of the Galapagos’ famous “blow-hole”. Back on board for lunch then dock at Gardner Bay with its picture-postcard white coral beach. Here you have great snorkelling and the opportunity for swimming and kayaking as well.
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Day 6
North Semour Island
After breakfast, a panga ride takes you to Eden Islet, a small islet located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where you can observe blue-footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel and ride in the glass-bottom boat. Then in the afternoon land at North Seymour a flat volcanic island full of bird colonies of blue-footed boobies, two species of frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, as well as sea lions and marine iguanas.
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Day 7
Baltra Island
Today your exciting cruise around the Galapagos Islands comes to an end when the Santa Cruz 11 arrives back at Baltra Island. Time to say farewell to the crew and new found friends before being take to the airport for your flight back to the mainland of Ecuador. This wonderful seven day trip makes a great introduction to this unique group of islands and will leave you with so many great memories . . . and lots of stunning wildlife photographs.
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