Travel To Galapagos Islands with superb service on board Santa Cruz Ship. This ship has gained worldwide recognition.
It was completely renovated in 1998, having been redesigned and refurbished inside and out.
Travel to Galapagos Islands on board SANTA CRUZ, a ship that has gained worldwide recognition for its excellent standards, including superb service, expert crew, the most knowledgeable multilingual naturalist/guides and menus that feature the very best international cuisine. It has 46 cabins and its capacity is for ninety guests.
Travel to Galapagos Islands with our Expedition Team that consists of a Chief Naturalist and five experienced SC Naturalists.
All will delight guests with diverse natural history explanations, superb on-deck talks, and eye-catching lectures regarding natural history issues.
Their multimedia presentations and recaps will complement the day's activities. Travel to Galapagos islands with our SC Naturalist who will become the highlight of your voyage.
At night, when pitch-dark starry skies are seen, stargazing is an amazing nocturnal activity. The southern skies are beautifully arranged with exuberant constellations.
On the Boat Deck, there are two master suites with double beds (plus a sofa bed for a child) and a private balcony, and two junior suites with twin beds (plus a sofa bed for a child).
Four Superior-Class cabins have twin or double beds, that together with the remaining Standard Cabins on the Upper and Main decks offer a variety of accommodations, all meeting the same high standard for comfort and style. Travel to Galapagos islands with your family, friends or alone and have ample choice among single, double, triple and quad accommodations.
The Sun Deck features a bar and Jacuzzi, along with the observation platform for dolphin and whale watching.
The dining room, lounge and bar are elegantly appointed, as is the well-stocked library/reading room.
As an alternative to snorkeling, the glass-bottom boat offers another opportunity to
travel to Galapagos Islands and observe the marine life.
Travel to Galapagos islands in this ship which is full air-conditioned. A carefully planned itinerary includes the Galapagos main highlights plus a flexible program allowing guests to enjoy several alternatives for their daily activities aboard the only ship exclusively built to travel to Galapagos Islands safe.
San Cristobal Island.-
When you travel to Galapagos islands you arrive by plane to San Cristobal Island and transfer to the M/V SANTA CRUZ, which will be anchored at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
Cabin assignment, introductory welcome talk and lunch. Afterwards, boat drill, and then first outing to visit the Interpretation Center at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
Then a relaxing stroll in the town of Puerto Baquerizo and board the SANTA CRUZ.
Naturalist's briefing on the next day's activities followed by a welcome cocktail offered by the Captain and dinner.
Travel to Galapagos islands and take a Panga ride around colossal "Pinnacle Rock", time to enjoy the beach (wet landing) and snorkeling. Chance to snorkel next to Galapagos Penguins
There is also the possibility to disembark at Bartolome Island (dry landing) after breakfast for a later walk to the summit or a ride on the glass bottom boat. Scenic navigation to Puerto Egas. Lunch on board.
Puerto Egas, James Island.-
Afternoon mid-length walk at Puerto Egas (wet landing). This is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds and to observe a fur-sea lion colony.
At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds.
Outstanding snorkeling or swimming from the beach after the walk. Recaps and briefing before dinner. Weather permitting, stargazing on deck.
Darwin Bay, Tower Island.-
Early morning cruise into Darwin Bay before breakfast; optional wake-up call. Later, a wet landing for an easy stroll observing hundreds of birds, mainly Great frigate birds, red footed and Nazca (masked) boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds.
If you wish you can continue walking over sharp lava and uneven terrain, or return to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkeling at this beautiful natural harbor.
North Seymour Island.-
North Seymour is an uplifted island. In previous times, this was the ocean's bed. Afternoon outing at North Seymour (dry landing) for a walk along the coast and the interior of the island observing bird colonies of blue footed boobies, frigate birds, swallow tailed gulls and also sea lions and marine iguanas.
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island.-
After breakfast, disembark (dry landing) to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens, an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest and many land birds.
Santa Cruz Island alone has 8 species of Darwin's Finches Then, a stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora. Lunch at the Finch Bay Hotel.
Afternoon in the lush highlands, visiting the Scalesia forest and the twin pit craters Los Gemelos. The vermilion flycatcher will delight all participants with its scarlet feathers against an emerald green forest. Naturalist's briefing and dinner.
Early cruise into the Bolivar Channel where the cool waters will give Galapagos a "not so" tropical landscape. This can be rewarded with the possibility of observing dolphins or whales. The colossal young volcanoes are just breathtaking.
Morning disembarkation at Tagus Cove, a protected natural harbor. A walk uphill takes you around Darwin's salt-water crater lake for a superb view. There you can see the unique fauna of the largest Island in the Archipelago. Galapagos Penguins along the shore are always a highlight.
Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island.-
The afternoon brings us to the youngest island, Fernandina. First, a dinghy ride to observe penguins, as well as flightless cormorants and then disembark (dry landing) for a one-mile walk. Punta Espinoza has an amazing combination of barrenness with lots of wildlife.
Fernandina has a very unique environment with the highest density of marine iguanas, sharing their space with sea lions, sally-light foot crabs, and hawks. Lava terrain calls for good walking shoes.
Urbina Bay (Isabela Island).-
Before breakfast, scenic cruise along Bolivar Channel and possible observation of whales and/or dolphins.
Breakfast and disembarkation (wet landing) for a medium length walk at Urbina Bay to look for giant tortoises and land iguanas.
Travel to Galapagos Islands and meet this place that went through a volcanic uplifting event back in 1954 leaving gaunt marine skeletons, which make the walk remarkably interesting.
The forces of the Galapagos Volcanoes can be easily witnessed here.
Afternoon outing (dry landing) for a medium length walk at Punta Moreno (west of Isabela Island) to observe unique lava flows and small lagoons with bird life. Evening conference and dinner.
Gardner Bay (Hood Island)
After breakfast, disembark at Gardner Bay (wet landing) for a short walk along the cleanest white coral beach you can imagine.
You can either take a short walk and watch the sea lions, mockingbirds, finches, enjoy the beach, snorkel and swim from the beach.
Or you can ride the glass-bottom boat around Gardner and Tortuga islets.
You will experience great snorkeling adventures at these locations.
Punta Suarez (Hood Island).-
Afternoon excursion at Punta Suarez (dry landing) for an exciting walk on lava terrain to visit its "unique" sea bird colonies, including the waved albatrosses (April - December).
Great Galapagos hike for blue-footed boobies, swallowtail gulls, the Hood island mockingbird, red-green-black marine iguanas, and of course a rookery of Galapagos Sea Lions right at the landing site. A shorter walk is also available. Farewell cocktail and instructions for departure.
San Cristobal Island.-
After breakfast, follow the same route of Charles Darwin and navigate right by Kicker Rock (León Dormido), a small islet whose cliffs are home to many sea birds, including frigate birds. Great landscape photography.
Arrival to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno for disembarkation and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the continent.
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