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Hermes Mega Catamaran 4-Night Itinerary

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Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: BALTRA AIRPORT/ SANTA CRUZ ISLAND (THURSDAY)
Day 2: RÁBIDA ISLAND / BARTOLOMÉ ISLAND (FRIDAY)
Day 3: ISLAS PLAZA / SANTA FÉ ISLAND (SATURDAY)
Day 4: PUNTA PITT / CERRO BRUJO (SUNDAY)
Day 5: LOBOS ISLAND / SAN CRISTOBAL AIRPORT (MONDAY)
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday
BALTRA AIRPORT/ SANTA CRUZ ISLAND (THURSDAY)

Baltra  Transfer to the boat to meet the guide and get on board. In the afternoon, enjoy the highlands. Visit a tortoise ranch and see some of the amazing volcanic formations on Santa Cruz. 

Santa Cruz Highlands Excursion (PM)  Santa Cruz Island   Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz and see the Galápagos giant tortoise in its natural surroundings. Explore the area and its incredible underground lava tunnels – some are more than 1km (.6 mi) long! Wander along the volcanic tubes and keep an eye out for the (mainly) nocturnal barn owls that sometimes roost here. 

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Friday
RÁBIDA ISLAND / BARTOLOMÉ ISLAND (FRIDAY)

This morning we will have an excursion to Rábida its unique reddish landscape, to see a lagoon and a sea lion colony. Continue to Bartolomé for a guided tour to see the dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint. 

Rabida Island Excursion (AM)  Rábida Island  Arrive at a red sand beach at Rábida to explore its trails. A short trail leads to a saltwater lagoon; another trail goes past the lagoon to the interior, where the revered palo santo trees grow. (When burned, the branches of this tree give off a pleasing aroma and ward off mosquitoes.) Head back to the beach to see prehistoric-looking pelicans nesting among low-lying bushes – it's a rare treat to watch parent pelicans return with gullets full of fish for the squawking youngsters. 

Snorkeling (Isla Rábida) (AM)  Rábida Island  Take a panga ride from the beach to a cliff wall that drops off into the water to find one of the best deep-water snorkeling spots in the islands. 

Bartolomé Island Landing (PM)  Bartolomé Island  Hike to Bartolomé's summit for a stronger perspective of the islands' not-too- distant volcanic origins, and enjoy a panoramic view – it’s one of the best among the islands! See other Galápagos Islands in the distance as well as Pinnacle Rock, the island’s famous towering landmark. 

Snorkeling (Bartolomé Island) (PM)  Bartolomé Island  Take the opportunity to swim and snorkel around Pinnacle Rock, one of the most iconic volcanic rock formations on the islands. Home to Galápagos penguins, friendly sea lions, sea turtles, and a huge variety of fish, Bartolomé and its surrounding waters are a fantastic place to explore the natural wonders of the Galápagos. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Saturday
ISLAS PLAZA / SANTA FÉ ISLAND (SATURDAY)

Land at South Plaza in the morning for wildlife spotting opportunities and a walk through the cactus forest. In the afternoon, take a guided walk around Santa Fé to observe wildlife and plentiful marine iguanas. 

South Plaza Island Visit (AM)  South Plaza  Visit South Plaza, one of the smallest islands in the Galápagos, which has one of the largest populations of land iguanas. Walk along a path through a cactus forest and view a combination of dry and coastal vegetation on this lively island, home to a wide range of fauna, including incredible birdlife. Spot red-billed tropicbirds and indigenous swallow-tailed gulls resting on the cliffs, and sea lions playing in the waters. 

Sante Fé Hiking (PM) Santa Fé Island Lace up your hiking boats to explore the island's flora and fauna. Trek toward the cliffs along the island's northern shore to see a forest of giant prickly pear cacti (Opuntia). See endemic land iguanas lounging in their favourite forest, and feasting on Opuntia pads and fruit.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Sunday
PUNTA PITT / CERRO BRUJO (SUNDAY)

Morning landing at Punta Pitt on San Cristóbal Island to observe the marine iguanas and seabirds along the beach and enjoy a snorkelling excursion. On the afternoon, we land at Cerro Brujo to observe the sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds along the beach. 

Punta Pitt Visit (AM)  Punta Pitt  Enjoy amazing wildlife watching and interesting geological formations on this fascinating expedition. Arrive at a quiet cove on the eastern tip of San Cristóbal to explore Punta Pitt. Made up of volcanic tuff substrate, it's the only site in the Galápagos where it's possible to see three species of boobies and two species of frigatebirds. 

Snorkeling (Punta Pitt) (AM)  Punta Pitt  Snorkel around Punta Pitt Island and spot schools of fish swimming below. On the shore admire the nesting birds and sun bathing sea lions.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Monday
LOBOS ISLAND / SAN CRISTOBAL AIRPORT (MONDAY)

In the morning, visit Isla Lobos and be greeted by sea lions frolicking in the waves before transferred to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno airport. 

Isla Lobos Visit (AM)  Isla Lobos  Explore this tiny island by foot and boat for some great wildlife encounters. Take a panga ride to view the sea and shore birds nesting and feeding. Spot a small colony of blue-footed boobies as well as two species of sea lions. 

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2025 - Price per person
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5 DaysUS$ 8,195 PPUS$ 8,195 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
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“The trip was excellent from beginning to end. The Isabella II was a fine ship and the crew and guides were all of the highest quality. I would recommend them to others. For us, the ship was the perfect size – not too small and not too large.”Walter Squire