Day 1 Tuesday: Lobos Island
You will be received by your guide at the airport in San Cristobal (SCY), before noon, where you will land with your flight from mainland Ecuador. (Domestic flights included).
He will escort you to your boat for the next few days, the M/Y Galaxy.
You will be welcomed with a drink, and have lunch onboard.
In the afternoon you will go on a dinghy ride to Lobos island. Here, you can walk, swim and snorkel among the seals, frigates, marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the small endemic Galapagos snake.
In the evening, enjoy a drink on deck while watching the sunset on your first night in the Galapagos.
Day 2 Wednesday: Española - Gardner Bay - Suarez Point
Today, you will head further down south to Española island.
This uninhabited island is very secluded and can only be travelled to by cruise.
After an early breakfast, prepare for your first excursion of the day: Gardner Bay. Here, you can have a walk, swim, snorkel, and observe a seal colony.
In the afternoon, after lunch, prepare for a hike to see the famous blue-footed boobies near Suarez Point.
The albatross also lives here, the biggest bird in the world. A huge colony of around 12000 couples inhabit Espanola. Unfortunately, between January and March, when its non-breeding season, the albatrosses are not around.
But, there’s loads of other animals to discover, like marine iguanas, zayapas, masked boobies, finches, Espanola cucuves, and seagulls unique to the islands. Walking on lava, right next to lava tubes, this is really a spectacular hike.
Day 3 Thursday: Floreana - Post Office Bay - Cormorant Point - Devil’s Crown
Floreana island, today's destination, is one of the 4 islands in the archipelago where people live. It was also the scenery for a famous murder mystery story that happened among german settlers in the 1930s, the ‘Galapagos affair’.
In the morning, you will visit Post Office Bay, where an empty vessel, installed over 200 years ago, serves as a mailbox. You can leave post cards for friends and family without a stamp here, someone will eventually pick them up and hopefully deliver correctly.
In the afternoon you will visit Cormorant Point, famous for its dark green beach, due to the great quantity of olivine crystals. You can see many marine invertebrates, as well as sea lions, sea iguanas, the frigates and pelicans.
Later, you take a quick dinghy ride to Devil’s Crown, a small islet off the coast of Floreana. In the shallow waters in and around this eroding rock formation, where the visibility in the crystal clear waters is magnificent and allows you to observe a large variety of tropical fish.
Day 4 Friday: Santa Fe - South Plazas
Today, you will head north, to Santa Fe and South Plazas island.
In the morning, Santa Fe, with its incredible bay of turquoise water, protected by a natural barrier of rocks, is up first. Colonies of seals sunbathe on the beaches, while hawks fly over your heads.
Also, a species of land iguanas is found here, feeding off the leaves and fruit of the large, thick cactus growing on the island.
The bay is an excellent place for snorkeling, with a vast wildlife all around: Crabs, nocturnal herons, marine iguanas, cucuves, land doves, marine tortoises, rays, sea lions and tropical fish.
South Plazas, your next destination, are actually two islands off the coast of Santa Cruz. You will hike along an extraordinary cliff, where masses of seabirds nest.
In the evening, go ahead and enjoy a cocktail on board on your last night in the Galapagos.
Day 5 Saturday: Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Station
After breakfast, your last big activity is on the agenda: a visit to the famous Charles Darwin Research Station in Santa Cruz’s main town of Puerto Ayora. A private bus will bring you to the entrance, where you will join a guided tour through the station and its breeding center. Here is where Lonesome George lived, the famous last individual of the giant tortoises from Pinta island. Unfortunately, George died in 2012, but the station remains an important place for other near extinct species, being nurtured and bred before being released back to the wild of their original islands.
Here is where your trip ends, and you take a shuttle back to Baltra Airport, where you will catch your flight out of the Galapagos and maybe you take a look back on the amazing trip you had when looking out of the window.
But… Attention!!! This cruise doesn’t have to end here! You can easily combine it with our 4 day itinerary of the M/Y Galaxy. Just give us a call, and it can easily be arranged to extend your cruise to a 9 day adventure!