2022 & 2023
SMALL SHIP CRUISE
Endemic Galapagos Cruise 7N B
This lonely archipelago of 18 islands and more than 100 tiny islets, located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Due to its proximity to the equator, volcanic activity, and the influence of three ocean currents (Humboldt, Panama, and Cromwell), the region developed distinctive land and marine ecosystems over four million years.
The steady migration of the Nazca tectonic plate over many ages resulted in generations of volcanic eruptions that formed the Galapagos Islands. These days, every island has a unique landscape, ranging from mountainous regions dotted with shield volcanoes and lava fields to dry areas populated by endemic cacti to stunning white-sand beaches and turquoise oceans. The world’s richest marine biosphere reserve is the group of islands known as the Galapagos.
The extraordinary abundance of indigenous plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world is what truly distinguishes the Galapagos. The Galapagos Islands are home to about 80% of terrestrial birds and mammals, over 90% of reptiles, more than 30% of plants, and roughly 20% of marine species.
WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY
- Dynamic Landscapes
- Guided Hiking Adventures
- Intimate Wildlife Encounters
- Tender rides
- Marine adventures
- Snorkeling & Diving
- Kayaking and Paddle Boarding
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Itinerary in Brief
AM: Arrival at Baltra Island Airport
PM: Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island
After lunch, you will visit Dragon Hill, situated in Santa Cruz island’s northwest. Here, you’ll get the chance to explore the island and see the land iguana. Count yourself among the beautiful reptiles that faced extinction only a few decades ago. A flamingo lagoon, pintail ducks, and other indigenous birds like flycatchers and warblers can also be seen at Dragon Hill.
Amazing views await us up the hill after a short hike and snorkeling in the open ocean before getting back on the boat.
AM: Kicker Rock, off San Cristobal Island / Witch Hill, San Cristobal Island
Kicker Rock, a unique eroded geological phenomenon, is the first place you see in the morning. While the boats cruise around the rock, you can take shots of where seabirds build their nests.
The following sight is Witch Hill, a cone-shaped tuff hill located southwest of San Cristobal. The Spanish name for the bird known as the vermilion flycatcher is where this name originates.
This lovely place includes a white sand beach and stunningly clean waters. A fantastic chance to go snorkeling.
PM: Lobos Island, off San Cristobal Island
You will be brought to Lobos Island in the afternoon, where you can see a small population of blue-footed boobies, frigates, marine iguanas, and excellent frigate bird breeding. The experience includes swimming with sea lions while snorkeling in this serene bay.
AM: Osborn and Gardner Islets, off Española Island / Gardner Bay, Española Island
One of the longest white sand beaches in the Galapagos, Gardner Bay is home to sea lion populations and curious mockingbirds. The waved albatross uses it as one of the most significant nesting grounds in the world. You may snorkel with baby sea lions and a wider variety of tropical fish and corals in the Osborn and Gardner Islets, which are only accessible by small boats.
PM: Suarez Point, Española Island
There is a remarkable variety of fauna in Suarez Point. You can spot Galapagos doves, mockingbirds, and finches grazing close as you go by the nesting sites of Nazca and blue-footed boobies. Additionally, a geyser that may shoot water up to 25 meters into the air will be visible to you. You can enjoy seeing waved albatrosses take off across the water when you finally reach the top of the jaw-dropping cliffs.
AM: Santa Fe Island
This island was formed due to a volcanic uplift millions of years ago and is inhabited by the endemic yellow-green Santa Fe iguana, Galapagos snake, and rice rat. There are two main trails on the island, one that leads to a beach through a forest of tall Opuntia (prickly pear) trees; another that takes you into the highlands and culminates in a stunning clifftop viewpoint where Galapagos hawks can be sighted. It is also possible to snorkel along the shoreline with the highly entertaining sea lions.
PM: Fausto Llerena Breeding Center / Highlands of Santa Cruz Island
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, commonly known as the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center. There is a library, a museum, an information center, and a facility for breeding tortoises here. You may see tortoises of various subspecies ready to be reintroduced to their natural habitats at the tortoise breeding facility. Perhaps the most well-known resident of this Station was the Lonesome George turtle, which passed away in 2012.
Your day will include a trip to the Santa Cruz Highlands to see the renowned giant tortoises in the wild. Seeing these indigenous creatures, which give the Galapagos archipelago its name, is impressive. Since the highlands are home to finches and other Galapagos birds, birdwatching is another available activity. Before returning to the M/C Endemic, we finally enter lava caves to view the gigantic lava flows that created the islands.
AM: South Plaza Island
Unique Sesuvium plants and Opuntia cacti are spread across the area, making for some of the most fascinating wildlife sightings in the Galapagos. Land iguanas are frequently found hiding in the shadow of cacti along the trail, waiting for a prickly pear to fall.
PM: Bartholomew Island
Pinnacle Rock, a ragged spear-like rock that has become a defining characteristic of the Galapagos, can be seen in its best light at this location. You must climb a set of stairs to reach the summit of the now-extinct volcano, where you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view after passing through a variety of colored lava rocks. The sandy bay of the island is a fantastic place for snorkeling as well, with the potential to see rays, reef sharks, and penguins.
AM: Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown, Floreana Island
Two stunning beaches can be found near Cormorant Point, one of which is pristine white and appropriately called «flour beach,» and the other is stained a dazzling green by a high concentration of olivine crystals. One of the most significant concentrations of flamingos in the Galapagos, as well as white-cheeked pintails and common stilts, frequent this saltwater lagoon. Devil’s Crown is a volcanic crater, beautifully cratered and primarily buried in water. It has a wide variety of marine life, making it an attractive location for diving and snorkeling.
PM: Post Office Bay / The Baroness’ Viewpoint, Floreana Island
Discovering the postal system created by British whalers in the 18th century and being able to participate in the tradition that has persisted to this day may be done at Post Office Bay, which offers a fascinating look into the island’s human past. The Baroness’ Viewpoint is named after an Australian baroness who came to the island in the 1930s and raised many questions about how she mysteriously vanished. This viewpoint is excellent for aerial observations of the nearby mangroves and other sites of interest.
AM: Chinese Hat, off Santiago Island
Lava erupted to create this tiny island off the coast of Santiago Island, and the resulting cone oddly resembles a Chinese hat. You will pass past a sea lion colony on the short route that circles the cove, and you may also spot lava lizards, oystercatchers, and eagles there. Additionally, those who want to go snorkeling will find the channel of azure water that connects Santiago Island to be incredibly alluring. Here, you might come across rare Galapagos penguins, rays, and sharks.
PM: North Seymour Island
A relatively flat surface resulted from the elevation of lava beneath the water that created this island. You might witness land iguanas, sea lions, and turtles along the coast. Inland, you can find colonies of blue-footed boobies, which you might be lucky enough to see doing their charming courtship dance. The majestic frigate bird, whose males have recognizable red gular pouches that inflate during the mating season, makes the island its most notable breeding location.
AM: Mosquera Islet
This little, sandy islet, which is halfway between North Seymour and Baltra, is well-known for its unspoiled beauty. A variety of shorebirds, including lava gulls and herons, sea lions relaxing on the beach, and Sally Lightfoot crabs clinging to the rocks, will excite bird lovers. There is no set track on the island, so you can explore a little or dive in for a snorkel to see some sharks, turtles, and rays.
PM: Departure from Baltra Island Airport
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