San Cristobal Island in the south east of the Galapagos is known for its large sea lion colonies and landscapes that will envy all your friends at home. On this 4 day itinerary, see famous Galapagos albatross, boobie birds, hawks, giant sea turtles, and more.
You will be well taken care of when sailing on the Anahi, during the days by your top level naturalist guide leading you through the wilderness, and every moment in between by the kind and professional crew.
Please note that the itinerary below is dependent on the Galapagos National Park regulations, weather and sea conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.
DAY 1: TUESDAY
AM: San Cristobal Island, Embarkation
Upon arrival at San Cristobal, pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands and to pay for the park entrance fee and transit control card which is an identity card that you need. Guides will meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you on the short bus ride to the harbor. Motorized rafts, called ‘Pangas’ will transport you to the M/C ANAHI and our crew will welcome you onboard. After departure and lunch, the first island visit is made.
PM: Santa Cruz Island, Charles Darwin Research Station – dry landing
This center of interpretation exhibits the interesting history of Galapagos Island. Here you can be informed about nature, species, the discovery and colonization of this magic archipelago. Inaugurated in 1998 by the former president of Ecuador Dr. Jamil Mahuad, this place, that is one of the most interesting tourist attractions in Galapagos Island, has the role of maintaining and spreading the information related to the life of these paradise islands. It offers permanent presentations in an open air theater that is surrounded by natural wonders and a showing room where audiovisual material is exhibited about the volcanic origins of the island and its development.
PM: San Cristobal Island, Tijeretas Hill – dry landing
Activities: snorkeling, swimming
It is called Tijeretas because this is the name commonly known for the frigates. It is located within walking distance of Port Baquerizo Moreno. Close to this site operated La Predial, which was a fishing society and who was present on the island between 1952 and 1960. In one of the vistas there is American‐made cannon dating from the Second World War which taken by the Ecuadorian Navy in the early 1970s for military exercises. Another vista offers a panoramic view of the north coast of the island from where one can see the Kicker Rock (León Dormido), Cerro Mundo and Cerro Tijeretas. At the third vista there is a statue of Charles Darwin in honor of his stay in San Cristobal. The upper vista is located on Cerro Tijereta.
DAY 2: WEDNESDAY
AM: Española Island, Punta Suarez – dry landing
This rocky land spot sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea affording the visitor spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blow whole where water spouts up to 50‐75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf.
PM: Española Island, Gardner Bay – wet landing
Activities: hiking, kayaing, panga exploration, snorkeling
Located on the north‐eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay provides an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here we can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters.
DAY 3: THURSDAY
AM: Floreana Island, Cormorant Point – wet landing
Activities: hiking, panga explorations
This site offers probably the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. It’s situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white‐checked pintail ducks, and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral.
AM: Floreana Island, Devil's Crown – no landing
The Devil's Crown, located just off Punta Cormorant, offers some of the best snorkeling in the Galapagos. In fact, the only way to see the Crown is by water; it is termed a Marine Visitor Site, and no landings are allowed. Sometimes referred to as Onslow Island, this is an almost completely submerged volcano, and erosion has transformed the cone into a series of jagged peaks; as a result, this site really does look like a devil's crown.
PM: FLOREANA ISLAND, Post Office Bay – wet landing
Activities: hiking, snorkeling
Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrels that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since this time by mariners and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Apart from being the Post Office Barrel, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. We will continue to the north of the island and will ascent to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful vista at the Baroness lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa Von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as her house. From this lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo.
DAY 4: FRIDAY
AM: Santa Cruz Island, Charles Darwin Research Station – dry landing
Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. One of the main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises, Lonesome George (turtle from Pinta), and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.
AM: Baltra Island, Transfer to the Airport
Be assisted to Baltra airport for your flight to the Ecuador mainland.
- Please note that all cruise itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal weather conditions (and resultant variations in ocean cruising conditions) affecting accessibility to locations. Thus navigation routes, times and excursions may need to be modified at the cruise captain’s discretion.
- Passengers should also be aware that animal sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the unpredictability of wildlife behavior.