Go out and explore the islands and its waters 2 or more times daily with expert guides, and stop by some of the most highlights such as La Galapaguera beach and the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Keep it short and sweet on this 4 day Galapagos cruise aboard the brand new 11-person crew Petrel luxury catamaran.
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: SATURDAY
AM: Baltra Island, Embarkation
Arrival in Baltra airport and transfer to the boat. Welcome drink & briefing onboard about the boat and the island.
PM: Mosquera Island
Activities: hiking, swimming
This islet is located between Baltra Island and North Seymour. Here, find the biggest sea lions colony; also it is possible to observe several species of birds. Enjoy its white sand beach.
DAY 2: SUNDAY
AM: Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay – wet landing
All the roads and the island overall is composed of lava flows that still exist virtually without erosion and they cover an extensive area. Find lava pohoehhoes, hornitos, and mollugos, a plant that grows in the lava. These are lava colonizers. Snacks and refreshing beverages will be available.
PM: Bartholomew Island – wet landing
Activities: hiking, snorkeling
Walk a path to the top (114 m) and see pioneering plants such as Tiquilia, Chamaesyce, and Scalesia in this place. The island is formed by cones and pipes of lava from where lava flowed. Then take a wet landing path to the south beach through mangrove swamps and dune vegetation. Here, go swimming and snorkeling. From the top of the island Bartolome, you will be able to observe the islands such as Santiago, Rabida, and Isabela in the distance. You might also find penguins at Pinnacle Rock!
DAY 3: MONDAY
AM: Genovesa Island, Prince Phillip’s Steps – dry landing
Here, have a walk on Barranco path. Observe tropical birds, petrels, common frigates, red-foot boobies, mask boobies, doves, and finches.
PM: Genovesa Island, Darwin Bay – wet landing
Activities: hiking, snorkeling, swimming
Experience beautiful coral beach! Genovesa is a small island situated to the north of Galapagos. Near the beach we will find a small forest of mangrove swamp where we will discover a colony of Frigates, marine iguanas, red footed boobies and mask boobies, the great terrestrial finch, seagull, herons, and cactus finches. After this land visit, have the option to go swimming in the bay.
DAY 4: TUESDAY
AM: San Cristobal Island, Interpretation Center – dry landing
This center is location in the Main Port of San Cristobal Island. It is the most modern and sophisticated architectural space designed for the Galapagos natural interpretation and where you can learn about the volcanic formation of the islands, the evolution of the species, and more. See the history of Galapagos human settlements to come to understand the archipelago’s complex systems and models of management.
AM: San Cristobal Island, Transfer to the Airport
Be assisted to San Cristobal 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.