This 4-day Galapagos cruise itinerary takes you on a trip to four impressive islands of the archipelago. Go on and around San Cristobal, Floreana, Española and Santa Cruz.
There are plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with endemic wildlife on the Islands. Keep it short and sweet on this 4 day Galapagos cruise.
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: MONDAY
AM: Airport Departure
Arrival in San Cristobal Airport and Transfer to the boat.
PM: San Cristobal Island, Junco Lagoon– Dry landing
The Junco Lagoon, located about 700 m above sea level, is one of the few permanent freshwater bodies in the Galapagos. Frigate birds are often seen here washing the salt from their feathers as well as white-cheeked pintails and common gallinules. Its name comes from a type of plant that is common in this area called “junco”.
Highlights: One of the few permanent freshwater lakes, frigates, white-cheeked pintails
Activities: Bird watching
Day 2: TUESDAY
AM: Floreana Island, Post Office Bay, Snorkeling– Wet landing
In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.
Highlights: Post office barrel, nice sandy beach
Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 miles/1 km) & snorkeling
PM: Floreana Island, Cormorant Point & Devil's Crown– Wet landing
This site hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The “Green Beach” named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the “Four Sand Beach” composed of white coral.
Highlights: Flamingos, green-colored beach
Activities: Dinghy ride & hike (1.2 miles /2 km)
One of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos, this volcanic crater has been eroded by the waves leaving the northern and southern sides poking out of the water. The coral reef in the middle is perfect for attracting marine life. Snorkelers enjoy the variety of marine life and exciting currents that rush through the crown creating an exhilarating experience.
Highlights: The best snorkeling site in Galapagos Islands with sharks, rays, rock formations, lots of tropical fish.
Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult
DAY 3: WEDNESDAY
AM: Española Island, Suarez Point– Dry landing
This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. A beautiful site on the ocean front, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.
Highlights: Hood mockingbirds, Nazca boobies, waved albatrosses, red-billed tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, blue-footed boobies, blowhole, amazing landscape
Activities: Hike (1.9 miles/3 km)
PM: Española Island, Gardner Bay, Snorkeling– Wet landing
Gardner Bay, on the eastern side of the island, is the breeding site of nearly all of the world's 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. It has an ample white sandy beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkeling.
Highlights: White sandy beach, sea lions, mockingbirds; snorkeling: colorful fish, sea lion nursery
Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride, kayaking, short hike of (0.6 miles/1 km)
Day 4: THURSDAY
AM: Santa Cruz Island, Twin Craters– Dry landing
Los Gemelos, or the Twin Craters, are located opposite each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.
Highlights: Pit craters, Scalesia forest
Activities: Short hiking
PM: Santa Cruz Island, Transfer to the Airport
Be assisted to Balta 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.