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Treasure of Galapagos 4-Night Itinerary B

This 4-night Galapagos cruise adventure will undoubtedly leave you spellbound. Following this whirlwind route throughout the islands, you will sail on board the 16-passenger Treasure of the Galapagos catamaran, disembarking on islands such as Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristobal to explore, hike, swim, snorkel, and view the extraordinary natural wonders and rich wildlife. On the beaches, you will see the abundance of unique species not found anywhere else, and from the water, you’ll be able to swim among and observe a wealth of marine life, which will undoubtedly make this Galapagos vacation unforgettable.

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“I want to thank you for arranging a perfect tour for me. I know you did not have control over who the other people would be, but it all, on all fronts, was perfect. The itinerary was sensational and the boat fabulous.”Risa Steinberg

Highlights

San Cristobal Island, Española Island, Floreana Island, Santa Cruz Island, Baltra Island

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Airport Arrival – Cerro Colorado (San Cristobal Island)
Day 2: Gardner Bay – Punta Suarez (Española Island)
Day 3: Post Office Bay – Cormorant Point (Floreana Island)
Day 4: Santa Fe Island // Tortuga Bay (Santa Cruz Island)
Day 5: El Chato Tortoise Breeding Center (Santa Cruz Island) // Airport Departure (Baltra Island)
Galapagos Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Tuesday
Airport Arrival – Cerro Colorado (San Cristobal Island)

AM: In the morning you will fly from either Quito or Guayaquil (on the Ecuadorian mainland) to the Galapagos Islands. At the airport on San Cristóbal Island, after you will pay your entrance fee to the national park, a member of the Surtrek team will welcome you and accompany you to your ship, the Treasure of the Galapagos.

PM: One of the main features on the San Cristóbal Island is the Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado Tortoise Breeding Center, where you will see enormous Galapagos tortoises, as well as iguanas. As the natural population of tortoises from San Cristóbal Island is seriously threatened by animals introduced onto the island by humans – mainly wild goats, cats and rats – the center is attempting to increase the number of tortoises as well as eradicate threatening species. Close to the center is an easy trail that covers a distance of 900 meters; along this trail, you will see different species of native and endemic plants of the Galapagos, like cat’s claw, manzanillo, romerillo, and acacia. Be careful not to touch or eat the manzanillo fruits as these are toxic. San Cristóbal Island is also one of the few islands where you can see the plant calandrinia galapagosa, which is in danger of extinction.       

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Wednesday
Gardner Bay – Punta Suarez (Española Island)

AM: Española is the southernmost, oldest and one of the most bio-diverse islands of the Galapagos archipelago. Its English name is “Hood Island,” in honor of the British admiral Samuel Hood.  Because of its isolated position, there is much endemic wildlife to be explored here – in addition to great snorkeling from Española’s remarkably beautiful beaches. On Española Island’s eastern shore, Gardner Bay is noted for its turquoise-colored waters and its magnificent beach, which we will visit in this morning. Around the bay’s small nearby islets, snorkelers will find an abundance of fish, as well as the occasional sea turtle and benign sharks. The bay is also frequented by a transient colony of Galapagos sea lions who love to swim with people. Birds, like the endemic Española mockingbird and different species of Darwin finches, are omnipresent.

PM: After lunch, we will go on an excursion to Suárez Point. One of the archipelago’s most outstanding wildlife areas, this site boasts a long list of species along its cliffs and its sand and pebble beaches. In addition to five species of nesting seabirds, the curious and bold Española Island mockingbirds are found here, as are other birding favorites that include Galapagos doves, Galapagos hawks, Swallow-tailed gulls and the world’s largest colony of Waved albatross – an unequivocal highlight during mating season (May-December). Several types of reptiles are unique to this island, including the marine iguana and the oversized lava lizard. In fact, this is also the only site where you will be able to see “red” sea iguanas. In addition, when heavy swells are running, Suárez Point is the site of a spectacular blowhole whose thundering spray shoots 30 yards up into the air. The trek here is on a stony path about a mile long, though the duration of this excursion is about 3 hours.      

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Thursday
Post Office Bay – Cormorant Point (Floreana Island)

AM: Today we will visit Floreana Island, considered to be one of the most exotic in the Galapagos archipelago.  Countless legends are part of the history of this island, as pirates and buccaneers were drawn to here in search of for food and water. Later the island was colonized by Norwegians, Brits, Germans and others who were in search of ways to make money from what they hoped to discover here. The name Floreana is in honor of Juan José Flores, Ecuador’s first president.  On Floreana, we will visit Post Office Bay, where the legendary post barrel that whalers historically used to put their mail in is still kept. After a wet landing, you can walk just off the beach to leave a letter here in hopes that it will make to its destination via another tourist.  …So don’t forget to bring postcards along. Snorkelers can take a dip on the main beach among the playful sea lions and green sea turtles.

PM: This afternoon’s excursion is to the Cormorant Point visitor site. After a wet landing on the beach, we will go down a 100-meter-long path to a mangrove lagoon that is home to Galapagos ducks, black herons, oystercatchers and plovers.  With a little bit of luck, you might also see flamingos. Another path leads to a small beach that is an important nesting site for sea turtles. In the shallow water there, one can often find stingrays and Whitetip reef sharks.     

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Friday
Santa Fe Island // Tortuga Bay (Santa Cruz Island)

AM: Today we will visit Santa Fe Island, a tiny rocky island covered in small Palo Santo trees and six-meter-high opuntia cactuses. The island is inhabited mainly by large yellow land iguanas, Galapagos buzzards, Blue-footed boobies and pelicans. While snorkeling in the wonderful blue-green bay in which the ship anchors, you can observe the many inhabitants of this underwater world, including countless tropical fish, rays, sea turtles and playful sea lions.

PM: Tortuga Bay is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos. In the afternoon you might spot some local surfers trying to catch the best wave (while popular with locals, this beach is not a scheduled stop). It is also common to sea lions, sea turtles, pelicans, Whitetip reef sharks and marine iguanas in these waters.     

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Saturday
El Chato Tortoise Breeding Center (Santa Cruz Island) // Airport Departure (Baltra Island)

 

AM: We will start the day with a visit to 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.  There one can find two small agricultural communities that grow the famous organic Galapagos coffee. While in the Highlands, you will have the chance to visit the El Chato Tortoise Breeding Center. Approaching these enormous and slow-moving reptiles is always an inspiring adventure. The El Chato tortoise reserve was founded in 1964 to allow visitors to observe the island’s huge Galapagos turtles and White herons in their natural habitat. 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.  

Concluding this amazing experience in the Galapagos Islands, you will then be transferred to the Baltra Island airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland. Enjoy your last look back at the “enchanted islands,” a unique paradise with inspiring natural wonders.     

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Breakfast

Prices

2019 - Price per person
RoomBalcony StateroomMaster Suite
5 DaysUS$ 3,595 PPUS$ 4,494 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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