M/V Santa Cruz: 3 Nights Cruise


Departure: Friday


Baltra Island
Arrival by plane to Baltra Island and immediate transfer by bus (5 minutes) to the dock to board the MV SANTA CRUZ. Cabin assignment and introductory welcome talk. Later, lunch, and ship's boat drill.

Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island)
Located in the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, Las Bachas consists of several organic white beaches, rich inter-tidal zones, coastal and arid zone vegetation and two brackish lagoons. During World War II, American troops stationed in Galapagos, stranded here some military barges. The locals mispronounced these as badchas, ultimately, Bachas. Remains of these are visible at low tide in the western beach. Today it is a major East Pacific Green Sea Turtle nesting site.


Punta Suarez (Española (Hood) Island)
Morning outing at Punta Suarez (dry landing) for an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies, including the waved albatrosses (April - December), Nazca (masked boobies), blue-footed boobies, swallow-tail gulls, and the famous blowhole. Among its landbirds, the Hood island mockingbird, and three species of Darwin's finches are common highlights. Also, look for red-green-black marine iguanas, and of course a rookery of sea lions right at the landing site. For those planning not to walk the entire trail, a very short walk under easy walking conditions will be possible. Back on board for lunch.


Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)
This morning brings us to the youngest island, Fernandina. Disembark (dry landing) for a one-mile walk. Punta Espinoza has an amazing combination of barrenness with lots of wildlife. Having no introduced mammals, Fernandina has a very unique environment with the highest density of marine iguanas, sharing their island habitat with sea lions, sally-light foot crabs, and hawks. Lava terrain calls for good walking shoes


Santa Cruz Island and Baltra Island
Visiting the famous Charles Darwin Research Station will certainly be a rewarding adventure for this morning's program. Disembark at Puerto Ayora (dry landing) to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the rearing in captivity program for the famous giant tortoises. Here we will get to understand the conservation efforts promoted by this institution, and stroll among an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest where endemic land birds can be seen.

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