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Treasure of Galapagos 4-Night Itinerary A

Giant Galapagos tortoises, tiny endemic penguins, Blue-footed boobies, and playful seals are just some of the fascinating wildlife that you will be treated to on this wonderful 4-night Galapagos cruise through central, eastern, western and southern islands of the archipelago. Sailing on board the 16-passenger Treasure of the Galapagos catamaran, your adventure will take you to explore the very best on land and in the water, as experienced guides and knowledgeable naturalists will keep you informed every step of the way. Visiting points as diverse as tortoise breeding centers, Post Office Bay and Tortuga Beach, your appreciation of the wonders of the world will be transformed on this amazing Galapagos Islands tour.


“We loved the Galapagos Islands. Both of our hotels on Santa Cruz and Isabella islands were excellent. Our tour guides were knowledgeable and directed us to the most interesting sights and wildlife. Thanks Surtrek for organizing an excellent trip.”Catherine Anne Woodruff


Charles Darwin Research Station, Sullivan Bay, North Seymour Island, South Plazas Island, Cerro Brujo

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Airport Arrival – Santa Cruz Island: Highlands
Day 2: Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island) // Bartolome Island
Day 3: North Seymour Island // South Plaza
Day 4: Pitt Point // Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal Island)
Day 5: Interpretation Center – Airport Departure (San Cristobal Island)
Galapagos Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday
Airport Arrival – Santa Cruz Island: Highlands

AM: In the morning, you will fly from Quito or Guayaquil (on the Ecuadorian mainland) to Baltra Island, in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago and the main point of entrance to this natural paradise. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will need to pay the national park entry fee, which goes to protecting both the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve.  A member of the team will then welcome you and accompany you to your ship, the Treasure of the Galapagos.


PM: We will then visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island, where the lush landscape is a welcome contrast to the arid scenery of the smaller, lower islands. On the way, we will cross through different vegetation zones – from the dry lower region full of cactuses to the scalesia woods in the Highlands.  While in the Highlands you will have a chance to visit a private reserve. This reserve was founded in 1964 to allow visitors observe the island’s huge Galapagos turtles and White herons in their natural habitat. Approaching the enormous and slow-moving reptiles is always an inspiring adventure. You will also be able to walk through nearby underground lava tunnels formed during volcanic eruptions. As the outside of the lava hardened, the inside continued to flow to the ocean, creating these tunnels.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Saturday
Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island) // Bartolome Island

AM: In the afternoon we will land on the fourth largest island in the Galapagos: Santiago Island, also known as “James Island” or “San Salvador Island.” The old rusted machines and run-down buildings of former salt mine workers are still apparent on the island, though the last attempts to populate Santiago Island were given up on forty years ago. We will then proceed to Sullivan Bay, located on the eastern coast of Santiago Island. Its lava field, covered with lava cactuses, has a variety of interesting patterns of important geologic interest, as you will be able to observe the contrasting lava landscapes from an older eruption and a newer one formed during the last quarter of the 19th century.  After exploring these lava flows, you can swim or snorkel with playful sea lions.


PM: Upon arriving on Bartolomé Island, you will discover a fascinating moonscape formed by various volcanic formations — including lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones — as we hike to the island’s summit for striking views of the surrounding islands, Sullivan Bay and the towering Pinnacle Rock. As the beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock boast some of the finest snorkeling in the islands, you can discover a marvelous underwater world here and have a good chance of finding sea turtles gliding gently alongside you. On the rocks beneath Pinnacle Rock, it’s quite possible to spot some of the quick-as-an-arrow Galapagos penguins; at around 25 centimeters tall, these are members of the second smallest species of penguin in the world.  Likewise, you’re likely to see harmless Whitetip reef sharks sunning in these waters. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best of snorkeling experiences, as the water here is generally clear, without too much surf and full of marine life.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Sunday
North Seymour Island // South Plaza

AM: After a dry landing onto North Seymour Island, we will take a short walk along its coast, where you will encounter Swallow-tailed gulls, sea lions and Cliff crabs. This part of Seymour Island is also known for being a major nesting site for Blue-footed boobies and one of the largest colonies of magnificent frigate birds (a species different from the Great frigate bird) As you enjoy this relaxing hike around various nesting sites, you can also spot both of the endemic species of iguanas: marine iguanas and land iguanas.


PM: You will explore South Plaza Island, located east of Santa Cruz Island. On this island so full of life you will encounter colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. On the steep banks you can see a great number of birds such as nesting tropic birds and fork-tailed seagulls. But most of all, enjoying the beautiful view from atop the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is an extremely pleasurable experience. Opuntia cactuses and red coral bushes grow here and the vegetation changes color throughout the year.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Monday
Pitt Point // Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal Island)

AM: In the morning you will visit Pitt Point on the eastern side of San Cristóbal Island. The 1.4 km-long path leads you through colonies of frigate birds, fork-tailed seagulls, masked boobies, and red and blue-footed boobies.


PM: This afternoon we will make a wet landing on San Cristobal Island to visit Cerro Brujo (“Wizard Hill”), a fascinating lava hill located on the northeastern coast of San Cristóbal Island. Here you will find exceptional views of Kicker Rock, as well as the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast. On this site’s rocks, you can observe Blue-footed boobies, seagulls, Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species, White-cheeked pintails and some pelicans. The protected bay is also popular among young sea turtles and rays, which makes swimming and snorkeling here particularly exciting.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Tuesday
Interpretation Center – Airport Departure (San Cristobal Island)

AM: At the port of Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of Ecuador’s Galapagos Province, we will visit San Cristóbal Island’s Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about the nature and settlement history of the archipelago. Here you will discover displays that provide information about the volcanic origins of the islands, the ocean’s currents, the archipelago’s climate, and facts concerning the arrival of different species. The islands’ human history is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and settlements of the Galapagos.


PM: From the dock on San Cristobal Island, we will take a short bus ride to the airport for your flight back to the mainland. Enjoy the last view of the “enchanted islands,” a unique paradise with fascinating natural highlights.

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2023 - Price per person
5 DaysUS$ 3,825 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
Included in the price:
  • Accommodations, as indicated
  • All mentioned meals, filtered water, tea and coffee
  • All guided excursions & activities as mentioned in the itinerary by a National Park certified naturalist guide
  • Beach towels & snorkeling gear (snorkel, mask, flippers / optional wetsuits for rent)
Not included in the price:
  • Round trip flight to the Galapagos Islands
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee & Transit Control Card (currently $120, subject to change)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, extras and tipping.
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