Galapagos 7
 

5 night southern archipelago cruise


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Day 1

ARRIVAL IN GALAPAGOS & FIRST VISIT TO NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND

Arrive at the airport in Baltra & be transferred to the dock. Check-in to your cabin before attending an introductory briefing & saftey drill. Enjoy lunch before a dry landing at North Seymour Island. North Seymour is a perfect introduction to the Galapagos Islands. Fauna abounds and you will soon find yourself surrounded by frigates and blue footed boobies. Keep an eye out for land iguanas and sea lions too! Return on board for a welcome cocktail and dinner.

Overnight: MV Eclipse


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Day 2

SOUTH PLAZA & SANTA FE ISLANDS

Disembark for an excursion at South Plaza Island. South Plaza Island, although quite small, is actually home to a large Opuntia cacti forest, the endemic plant Sesuvium land iguanas and one of the largest sea lion colonies in the central region of the archipelago. After lunch take an excursion at Santa Fe Island which includes a hike on a trail past salt bushes where Galapagos hawks as well as the Santa Fe land iguanas tend to roam. Playful sea lions may accompany you during your swimming and snorkeling activities.

Overnight: MV Eclipse


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Day 3

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

Hike, snorkel, kayak or take a panga ride at Punta Pitt. You will hike up to a plateau where the view and landscape are so spectacular it is definitely worth the effort. Watch out for the Red Footed Boobies nesting in the cliffs. In the afternoon disembark at Cerro Brujo for beach activities and snorkelling. Cerro Brujo's gorgeous beach is also home to many sea lions and it's also the first coast where Charles Darwin first stepped foot on in the Archipelago!

Overnight: MV Eclipse


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Day 4

FLOREANA ISLAND

Floreana is one of the Galapagos most famous islands due to many strange stories about past settlers. Post Office Bay is home to a unique "post office" inspired by 18th century pirates and buccaneers who used a wooden barrel 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. Floreana is also a magnificent site for swimming and kayaking.

For the more adventurous guests, there is an option for a visit inside a lava tunnel. In the afternoon go snorkeling at Champion Islet followed by an excursion to Punta Cormorant before dinner. Cormorant Point has a large lagoon where everything from Flamingos to Stilts and Pintail Ducks tend to roam.

Overnight: MV Eclipse


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Day 5

ISABELA ISLAND

Take a panga ride to Elizabeth Bay mangroves before returning for lunch on board. We will enter a sheltered cove - a wonderful mangrove ecosystem that is a refuge for sea turtles, rays, blue-footed boobies, penguins, herons and more. In the afternoon land at Punta Moreno for an excursion followed by a panga ride. At Moreno Point observe and learn about different types of lava and pioneer plants while being surrounded by some of the most incredible scenery that Galapagos has to offer. In the tide pools green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted.

Overnight: MV Eclipse


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Day 6

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

After breakfast, disembark for your transfer from the yacht to Puerto Ayora and visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station accompanied by a guide. After a quick yet informative visit to the CDRS, you willl be transfered to Baltra airport for departure back to the mainland. On your visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station you will gain insight into the huge efforts being made by scientists, guides, rangers and park managers to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see the famous Galapagos tortoises that are the islands' namesake.