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M/N Santa Cruz

An upscale 90 passengers vessel exclusively designed to cruise the Galapagos Islands with charm and comfort. Count on high quality services and an experienced crew and staff of naturalist guides -including an underwater guide- .  Adaptability of activities is ensured on most expeditions: for instance, a glass bottom boat allows you to enjoy the marine life even if you don’t enjoy swimming and demanding hikes might exchanged for panga rides; providing the best options for every need. Please feel free to leave any questions here and we will get back to you ASAP:

Description

M/N Santa Cruz

Accommodates only 90 passengers and is  exclusively designed to cruise the Galapagos Islands unique environs at the pace of your choice, supported by knowledgeable guidance and enjoyable company.

The M/N Santa Cruz cabins  are distributed in three different decks that offer you the same service quality and comfort.

The experienced and passionate expedition staff  -including an underwater naturalist guide- will give meaning to this relaxing experience.

There are different lengths of cruises based on the itinerary assigned by the Galapagos National Park authorities and will introduce you to the highlights of this natural history paradise and can be combined into a longer journey.

(Mon-Fri)
Northern Islands

Mon:    Morning: Pick up at  Baltra Airport and transfer to the M/V Santa Cruz. / Afternoon: Visit the beautiful white sand of Bachas Beach on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island and the close-by brackish lagoons where we can see various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. Snorkelling opportunity.

Tue: Morning:  Explore the splendid cliffs of Buccaneer Cove on Santiago Island inhabited by marine birds and sea lions. Snorkeling and panga ride. / Afternoon: Puerto Egas  at Santiago Island offers a chance to snorkel among marine turtles and a hike to observe bird life, fur-sea lions and marine iguanas.

Wed:  Morning: On Rábida Island we’ll have a chance to see various species of Darwin’s finches, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, marine iguanas, and a large colony of sea lions and maybe some migrating greater flamingos. Snorkeling opportunity or glass bottom boat or panga ride where dolphins might be spotted. / Afternoon: On Bartolomé Island we hike to get great panoramas of the archipelago. Afterwards we’ll have a panga or glass bottom boat ride around the magnificent Pinnacle Rock. Snorkelling or just relaxing possibilities.

Thu:  Morning: Enjoy Prince Philip Steps on Genovesa Island, starting by a panga ride and continuing with a walk to observe red footed and nazca boobies, storm petrels and great frigate birds. After the effort, enjoy some snorkeling appreciate the richness of the Galapagos Marine Reserve. / Afternoon: After snorkeling at Darwin Bay, walk around to observe varied bird-life. You can choose between a hike on sharp lava formations that offers spectacular views or a relaxing panga ride.

Fri: Morning: Visit the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Breeding Centre at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristóbal Island. Time to visit the town and later transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

(Sat-Wed)
Eastern Islands

Sat:  Morning: Pick up at  San Cristobal Airport and transfer to the M/N Santa Cruz / Afternoon: Hike on the eastern side of Punta Pitt at San Cristobal Island. Here we can observe the only site in  Galapagos where there are the three species of boobies together. Optional panga ride along the coast.

OJO:Thu: Morning: Hiking on Espinosa Point and snorkeling on the highest endemic marine diversity area of the archipelago on Fernandina Island. (marine iguanas, sally light-foot crabs, Galapagos penguin, flightless cormorants, Galapagos Hawk, Pa Hoe Hoe and AA lava formations) / Afternoon:  Hike on Tagus Cove and learn about the five volcanoes that form Isabela Island and Darwin’s salt-water crater lake. Dinghy ride, snorkeling and kayaking opportunities. (Galapagos penguins, Brown noddies, terns)

Fri: Morning: Dinghy ride along the coast of Elizabeth Bay on Isabela Island.  (flightless Cormorants, Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles) / Afternoon: Short hike on Urbina Bay -with its characteristic black sand beaches- on Isabela Island. Enjoy the view of Alcedo Volcano. (flightless cormorant, coral reef, tropical fishes)

Sat: Buccaneer Cove viewpoint of the entire bay & Espumilla Beach on Santiago Island. (Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and White-checked Pintail) / Afternoon: Hiking and snorkeling at Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island. (ancient lava formations, marine life).

Sun: Visit a private farm, “Primicias”  (El Chato) at Santa Cruz Island to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. (land birds, tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, cattle egrets). Later, transfer to Baltra Airport.

(Sun - Wed)
Central Islands

Sun:   Morning: Pick up at  Baltra Airport and transfer to the assigned M/Y Coral. / Afternoon: Visit the  Fausto LLerena Breeding Center where all the conservation efforts to preserve the Galapagos Archipelago become evident. Visit also the Charles Darwin Research Station and Port Ayora with free time for some souvenir shopping or contemplating the Galapagos peoples weekend at Santa Cruz  (Giant tortoises, Darwin’s finches).

Mon:      Morning:  After hiking in search of endemic land iguanas, a dinghy ride takes us to our snorkeling spot on Santa Fe, kayak opportunity ( Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird)/ Afternoon: Hiking on South Plaza Island (nazca boobies, cactus forest, land and marine iguanas)

Tue:    Morning: Hiking, dinghy ride and snorkeling in North Seymour. (frigate birds, blue footed boobies, sea lions) / Afternoon: Hiking along Bachas Beach, where we find the remains of the II World War US Navy barges that made part of the operation of the Baltra airbase. Snorkeling opportunity.  (sea turtles)

Wed:      Morning: Visit the Interpretation Center on Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and intense hike on Tijeretas Hill on San Cristobal Island. (Natural history). Later, transfer to San Cristobal Airport. (Giant tortoises)

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