South America Galapagos Islands Cruise

Petrel Galapagos Cruises

Petrel Galapagos Cruises are aboard the 16-guest luxury catamaran Petrel, built in 2015. Like her namesake, the Petrel is elegant, swift and silent at sea. Her spacious cabins feature private balconies, her lounge is comfortable and welcoming, and her Jacuzzi and ample deck space offer relaxation between active days. Petrel itineraries are designed with intention, enhancing action-packed days with unique combinations of visitor sites.

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With kayaks, snorkeling, daily off-boat hikes and shore excursions, each Petrel Galapagos Cruise affords close access to the Galapagos Islands’ famed endemic wildlife. Swim and snorkel with playful sea lions, speedy penguins, sea turtles and myriad colorful fish. Hike to iconic landmarks like Darwin Bay, the Wall of Tears, Sierra Negra Volcano and more. Explore volcanic flows and geological features that tell grand histories of wildlife, explorers, pirates and discovery.

Petrel operates two main 8-day Galapagos cruise itineraries, which can be combined into an all-encompassing 15-day cruise, as well as shorter 6-, 5- and 4-day routes. You may also opt for a variation of these main Petrel itineraries, customizing your trip to be 10, 11, 12 or 13 days.

The luxury 16-guest Petrel catamaran offers a perfect home base for this itinerary, with balconies in every cabin, a Jacuzzi, top bilingual naturalist guides, snorkeling opportunities and kayaks on board. Daily activities include hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and riding in dinghies, which combine to create an unforgettable Galapagos experience.

Highlights of the 8-Day Eastern Galapagos Islands itinerary include visiting areas where giant tortoises are often seen on San Cristobal and Santa Cruz Islands, enjoying the white-sand beaches of Espanola and Floreana Islands, snorkeling at Devil’s Crown and hiking to the most famous view in the Galapagos Islands: Pinnacle Rock on Bartolome Island. Explore Genovesa Island, home to over 200,000 red-footed boobies and many bird species, and hike to Darwin Bay and Prince Phillip’s Steps.

On the 8-Day Western Galapagos Islands itinerary, explore the youngest and most volcanically active island, Isabela. Set foot on Fernandina Island, a pristine ecosystem that no foreign species have ever invaded. Discover unique flora like sesuvium plants and prickly pear cactus on South Plaza and opuntia cactus on Santa Fe Island. Visit the Charles Darwin Center and the Santa Cruz Highlands, and cheer on land iguanas, sea lions and blue-footed boobies on North Seymour.

Highlights of the 6-Day Western Galapagos Islands itinerary include exploring the volcanically active, sea-horse-shaped Isabela Island, where the cooler currents allow for more chances to view penguins. Then setting foot on Fernandina, the youngest, westernmost island in the archipelago teeming with the fascinating endemic marine iguanas.

On the 6-Day Southern Galapagos Islands itinerary, visit the Interpretation Center and Charles Darwin Station as well as one of the archipelago’s giant tortoise breeding centers (La Galapaguera on San Cristobal) aimed at the conservation of these endemic giants. Visit the Santa Cruz Highlands for a chance to see giant tortoise in the wild, the magnificent beaches of Espanola and Floreana, and what many call the best snorkeling site in the Galapagos: Devil’s Crown.

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