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Galaxy: 5-Day Cruise

Galapagos – Superior

5-Day Galapagos Cruise

Five days gives you just enough time to dive beyond the surface of the Galapagos Islands, figuratively and literally. Enjoy 2 or more adventurous excursions every day with the top guides of the Galaxy yacht.

Learn how to send a postcard as sailors did over a century ago, swim with sea lions, hike among verdant foliage, and witness all the natural wonders of this remote archipelago.

 

Note:

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.


Galapagos iguana

DAY 1: TUESDAY

AM: San Cristobal Island, Embarkation

Arrival in airport and transfer to the boat. Welcome drink & briefing onboard about the boat and the island.

PM: San Cristobal Island, Isla Lobos – no landing

Activities: panga exploration, snorkeling, swimming

This is the habitat of seals, frigates, finches, marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the small endemic Galapagos snake. Swim and snorkel at Leon Dormido, formed by two rocks of approximately 148m above sea level named for its resemblance to a lion. Pass between both rocks by boat but we will not disembark.

Snorkeling in Galapagos

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY

AM: Española Island, Gardner Bay, Gardner Islet, Osborn Islet – wet landing

Activities: hiking, snorkeling, swimming

Your first visit will be Gardner Bay to engage in a short walk, swimming, snorkeling, and observation of seal colonies. Sea lions are curious and playful, but at times aggressive; they are nice and loving, but also lazy. In Gardner Bay, find many of them relaxing on the beach enjoying of the sun. Snorkel in the area where you will be able to swim with them too, as well as with sea turtles, a diversity of tropical fish, marine iguanas, and more.

PM: Española Island, Suárez Point – dry landing

Activities: hiking

Be sure to bring with you sun protection and sport-friendly clothing on this excursion. There is no color more amazing and outstanding on this tropical desert island that the azure pigment found on blue-foot boobies or the bright red mangrove vegetation of this island. The boobies have an impressive way to "greet" you and it is a real spectacle to see the ritualistic parade of the entourages. On several islands you can admire this bird due to since their nests and feed areas are located close to the coast. Here, also observe the albatross (not seen between January and March) which weighs 3-4 kilograms and stands more than 2 meters. This creature of aristocratic nature is one of the largest birds of the islands. Around 12,000 couples have their nests on the Española Island! This species is further considered endemic of the Galapagos Islands and during your walk, you will be able to observe these fantastic birds existing as part of the beautiful landscapes of Suárez Point. Important Also you will see colonies of marine iguanas, zayapas, mask boobies, finches, Española cucuves, and seagulls unique to this place. Later find yourself at a lava rock path where you will be able to admire hollow blowers.

Panga excursions

DAY 3: THURSDAY

AM: Floreana Island, Post Office Bay – wet landing

Activities: hiking, snorkeling, swimming

Post Office Bay is situated in the north of Floreana Island and its name is because Capitan James Colnett installed an empty rum barrel to use as a rudimentary post office for whaling fleets that frequented the site for a long time. Today, you can send your own postcards from here to your friends and relatives or interchange them with other posts and deliver them to their destiny! Swim or snorkel at the beautiful beach nearby.

PM: Floreana Island, Cormorant Point – wet landing

Activities: hiking, snorkeling

This point is located in the west of Floreana Island and is famous for its dark green beach due to the great quantity of olivine crystals. You can see many marine invertebrates, as well as also sea lions, sea iguanas, the frigates and pelicans.

PM: Floreana Island, Devil's Crown

Activities: panga exploration

Your second afternoon visit will be to Devil’s Crown. This was a satellite islet of Floreana. Here, we will find a group of rocks that seem like a crown due to the constant erosion caused by the sea. It is one of the better places to do snorkeling in the Galapagos, particularly in the interior and around of the crown. There is excellent visibility for you to admire a great variety of fishes and sea animals.

Guided explorations

DAY 4: FRIDAY

AM: Santa Fe Island – wet landing

Activities: hiking, snorkeling, swimming

At 24 square kilometers and 60 meters above sea level, Santa Fe is a unique place of visit: there is an incredible bay with turquoise water protected by a natural barrier of rocks and from here you can appreciate colonies of seals and hawks flying overhead. It is home of one of the two species of land iguanas in the Galapagos, and their main food is the leaves and fruits of the large and thick cactus. Crabs, nocturnal herons, marine iguanas, cucuves and land doves are also seen frequently. The bay is excellent place to swim and to do snorkeling. Marine tortoises, rays, sea lions and tropical fishes are amazing attractions!

PM: South Plaza Island

Activities: hiking

South Plaza is actually two small islands, created by land uplift. The land iguanas here are known to be smaller; they nest during warm temperatures. The hike goes along an extraordinary cliff where sea birds nest. There are approximately 1,000 sea lions on this island and they are located on the southern side.

Galaxy yacht lounge

DAY 5: SATURDAY

AM: Santa Cruz Island, Charles Darwin Research Center – dry landing 

Activities: hiking

The famous Charles Darwin Station is located in the main port of Santa Cruz Island. After a dry landing, take our private bus to the entrance of the center where you will appreciate giant Galapagos tortoises and land iguanas in captivity. This center is the main breeding site in the archipelago especially for rare and endangered species. Thanks to the dedicated work of several institutions, some species are now bouncing back with success. Also here was where the most famous tortoise Lonesome George lived out his last years. He was the last survivor of his kind, a species of Pinta Island tortoise.

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. 

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