M/V Santa Cruz: 7 Nights Cruise

DETAILS

Departure: Monday or Friday
Return:Monday or Friday

MONDAY

Baltra Island
Arrival by plane to Baltra Island and immediate transfer by bus (5 minutes) to the Itabaca Channel, to cross by ferry to the Island of Santa Cruz.
NOTE: Guests should arrive to Galapagos with the proper attire to start their expedition right away.
Puerto Ayora and Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
Cross the Itabaca Channel, between the islands of Baltra and Santa Cruz and disembark at the public dock (dry landing) for a bus ride to the highlands of the Island to view the islands' most famous reptile: the giant tortoises in their wild habitat.

TUESDAY

Bartolomé Island
Disembark at Bartolomé Island (dry landing) for a hike to the summit. Great way to start the day. This is a steep climb aided by a wooden staircase; the view from the top is worth the effort. Panga ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, time to enjoy the beach (wet landing) and snorkeling. Chance to snorkel next to Galápagos Penguins. There is also the possibility to ride on the glass bottom boat for great views of the underwater world. Lunch on board.

WEDNESDAY

Rabida Island (Jervis)
Disembark at Rabida Island (wet landing) on a red-colored beach, due to the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. A gratifying stroll along the beach of this small island (1.9 sq. mi.) allows the observation of a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin's Finches. Very close to the beach, hidden behind a strip of green saltbush, is a salt pond where at times Greater Flamingos migrate to; these spectacular birds feed on the brine shrimp found in this saline pond. From June to November pelicans nest in the surroundings

THURSDAY

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristóbal (Chatham) Island)
Disembark at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. This small attractive port is the provincial capital of the Galápagos Islands (population 4,000), along a crescent-shaped bay. A bus ride takes guests to visit the breeding center for tortoises La Galapaguera at Cerro Colorado. Seeing the semi-saddle back shape of the tortoises can be a great way to understand adaptation to dry-tropical environments.

FRIDAY

Baltra Island
While the ship docks at Baltra Island, guests can enjoy the nearby beach and enjoy snorkeling. Today, new guests will join our voyage.

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.

SATURDAY

Punta Suarez (Espańola (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.

SUNDAY

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. Back on board for lunch. As we sail along the Bolívar Channel, astonishing views of the Galápagos' youngest volcanoes can be seen.

MONDAY

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. Then, a bus ride along the highlands in route to Itabaca Channel, between the islands of Baltra and Santa Cruz to cross by ferry and take the bus to the airport at Baltra Island airport in time for the flight back to the continent.

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