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Santa Cruz II - Northern Islands

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Overview

On this journey, we invite you to discover the glorious white beach of Las Bachas, Santiago Island (Buccaneer Cove and Puerto Egas), Rábida, Bartolomé, and the sunken crater of Genovesa. We finish in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galápagos Province.

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Trip Code: ECTSSC2N

Travel Style: Small ship cruise

Location: Galapagos Islands - Ecuador

Ship: Santa Cruz II

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise. Contact us today to discuss.

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Encounter the unique wildlife of the Galapagos including marine iguanas, sea lions, turtles, rays, Galapagos penguins, pink flamingos, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and the Galapagos tortoise. 

  • Discover the beauty of the Galapagos, where nop island is the same. On Rabida you will find beaches of bright red sand, at Egas port you will find rocky shores home to hundreds of marine iguanas. This is truly a unique place. 

  • This itinerary is easily combined with other areas of Ecuador or perhaps the greater South America. Journey into the mysteries of the Ecuadorian Amazon, experience authentic culture at an intimate hacienda or even take to the sacred valley and scale the legendary path to Machu Picchu. 

CRUISE ITINERARY

We land at Baltra Island by plane in the morning and transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz, where we receive a welcome introductory briefing, boat drill and lunch.

Las Bachas

This beautiful visitor site is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, a glorious white beach with a couple of brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. You may enjoy swimming at this beach. Welcome cocktail, expedition plan for Tuesday and dinner.

Baltra Island / Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island)

After breakfast, we explore the coastline along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, learning about the area’s distant and recent history. The cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. Enjoy fantastic natural formations such as the “Elephant Rock”, “The Bishop” and an impressive natural cave. This is a great site for snorkeling or panga ride.

Puerto Egas

Once we disembark at the beach, we can enjoy a swim or snorkel amid a rocky shoreline, usually in the company of marine turtles.
From here, we head off to our walk, a great opportunity to see land and marine birds amid landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and we can also observe a colony of fur-sea lions. Non-snorkelers can enjoy a longer walk.

Buccaneer Cove / Puerto Egas

Some groups will go for a fascinating panga ride along the shores while others will disembark on Rábida Island’s red-coloured beach, caused by the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. Our walk brings us close to a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. Very close to the beach, a salt pond hosts migrating greater flamingos at certain times of year. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners as well as for experienced snorkelers, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. Non-snorkelers will enjoy a ride on the glass bottom boat or a panga ride. During navigation to our next island, dolphins are sometimes spotted!

Today’s activities begin with a wet landing on the golden beach of this famous island, dominated by the imposing Pinnacle Rock. There’s great snorkelling and swimming from the beach plus the chance to ride the glass bottom boat. After returning to the ship, we then split into two groups, the first lands for a hike to the summit of this diminutive island that boasts fantastic views of the archipelago.

This is a moderately steep climb aided by a wooden staircase, resting platforms and handrails – the view from the top is worth the effort! The second takes to the pangas to explore the rugged and volcanic shoreline. The groups then swap over.

Rábida Island/Bartolomé Island

The morning starts with a steep climb (90 feet) up some stairs to reach a flat rocky plateau. Along our walk, we can observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red footed boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels. Those not wishing to disembark can enjoy a longer panga ride along the cliffs (depending on weather conditions).

Darwin Bay

In the afternoon, we land at this beautiful beach to enjoy some swimming and/or snorkelling. Following our dip, we take an easy stroll to observe hundreds of birds, mainly frigate birds, red footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds.

Prince Philip Steps/Darwin Bay

We start our last morning at the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. After breakfast, your luggage will be taken to the airport, while you visit the Tortoise Reserve. A dry landing at a passenger’s wharf and a bus ride to the loftier region of the island will provide the last highlight of the cruise: giant tortoises in the wild. The windward slopes of the island are home to two species of giant tortoises. These lush highlands include dense forests of Galapagos daisies, orchids and bromeliads, and several endemic land birds. After this visit we will transfer directly to Baltra airport. Farewell to Galapagos.

Tortoise Reserve/Baltra Airport
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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Upgrade your Ecuador experience by the wonders of the Amazon. Stay in a luxurious eco lodge tightly nestled in the Ecuadorian corner of the Amazon rainforest. Explore by canoe or on foot, search for colourful wildlife including toucans, parrots, monkeys or elusive giant otters. Experience the most diverse set of species on the planet. Find out more.

  • Amend you itinerary to include a stay in Quito. Discover the incredible blend of colonial architecture as well as a modern, pulsating Latin city. Visit indigenous markets, some of which are the largest in South America, all at the base of beautiful snow-capped peaks.Find out more.

  • Experience unique Andean lifestyles and Ecuadorian culture on an authentic and historic Hacienda. Hacienda Zuleta has been owned by the same family for over 100 years. Enjoy Ecuadorian cuisine from the Haciendas organic garden, visit a cheese factory, take a horse ride to an Andean Condor reserve. This offers an intrinsic cultural experience to any Ecuadorian itinerary. Find out more.

Pricing & date

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Important Information

  • All accommodation and meals on board 
    Sightseeing with local English-sepaking guide 
    Transfers from airport 
    Other meals where stated
    Snorkelling gear

    Exclusions

    Flights to/from embarkation and disembarkation cities
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Travel Insurance 
    Beverages
    Personal Expenses
    Galapagos Transit Control Card (USD$20 per person subject to change) 
    Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (USD$100 per person subject to change) 
    Gratuities for crew/guides
    Any items not mentioned as included
    Wetsuits

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.

  • Departure date, season and availability. 

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

The Santa Cruz II follows a number of sustainability initiatives in line with general Galapagos National Park Policy. Fuel consumption is minimised, reusable water bottles are given to all passengers, waste water treatment and minimised consumption help reduce environmental impact when cruising the prisitine. While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE