Blue, yellow & turquoise fish seen snorkelling at the coast of San Cristobal island, Galapagos, on a Santa Cruz II cruise.
Yellow & gray scaly land iguana sits among bright red sesuvium plants during a Santa Cruz II Galapagos small ship cruise.
Colorful cobblestone street in Quito, Ecuador, with bright blue doors & multicolored flags flying from small window balconies.
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South America Galapagos Islands Cruise

Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruises

The 90-guest Santa Cruz II expedition ship sails the Galapagos Islands and features first-class amenities, daily naturalist-led hikes and panga rides, snorkeling and a glass-bottom boat. A wide variety of cabins, many of them interconnected, and ample space on five decks make the Santa Cruz II a great option for Galapagos family cruises

The Santa Cruz II operates one 9-day and two 7-day Galapagos cruise itineraries, the latter of which can be combined to create an 11-day cruise. Contact our Galapagos small ship cruise experts for the inside scoop on which route is best for you. AdventureSmith Explorations’ award-winning crew has personal experience sailing in the Galapagos Islands and can recommend the best options to suit your travel interests and timeline.

Santa Cruz II itineraries are designed by guides who are passionate about wildlife and have created the best combination of wildlife viewing per route. No matter which Santa Cruz II itinerary you choose, expect a tailored experience that prioritizes the best of what the Galapagos has to offer.

Daily activity levels are chosen by the guests aboard Santa Cruz II. Your cruise can be as active as you want it to be, with several levels of excursions offered each day and a highly organized crew to keep all passengers on board engaged and enjoying the Galapagos Islands. A 1-to-1.5 guest-to-crew ratio ensures that no one is ever left behind and that each individual finds the right activity level to experience the Galapagos Islands.

On the Iconic Wildlife & Sublime Scenery (West) Galapagos Islands itinerary, visit Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina and Floreana islands. Floreana is one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos and is rich with marine life and human history. Also on this itinerary are the youngest volcanically active western islands of Isabela and Fernandina.

On the Nature and Wildlife Expedition Cruise (North Galapagos Islands itinerary), swim in the company of sea turtles and discover the impressive cliffs and natural rock formations like Elephant Rock and The Bishop on Santiago Island. Leave footprints along the beaches of Rabida island where sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and Darwin’s finches contrast with the iron-rich, red sandy shores. Spot playful dolphins on the way to Genovesa, a true birder’s island, where Prince Philip’s Steps lead to a rocky plateau and a colony of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigatebirds and storm petrels. Enjoy time beneath the orchids and bromeliads on Santa Cruz Island in search for giant tortoises roaming in the wild.

On the In Darwin’s Footsteps (East) Galapagos Islands itinerary, highlights may include Mosquera Islet, a small volcanic uplift perfectly situated as a sea lion rookery; Punta Pitt, an eroded tuff cone and the only site where Nazca, blue-footed and red-footed boobies can be found together; Punta Suarez where the famous blowhole spouts and waved albatross nest; the perfectly white sandy beach of Gardner Bay; the Charles Darwin Research Station, headquarters for scientific investigation; and North Seymour Island, a small, flat island covered in silver grey palo santo trees that wait for rains so they can burst into bloom.

The Nine of The Best Isles (West+North) Galapagos Islands itinerary combines the two 7-day itineraries back-to-back for a seamless, comprehensive cruise with no repeated landing sites.

The Santa Cruz II offers active itineraries, with numerous options. Enjoy active as well as mellow hikes, options for Zodiac or glass-bottom boat rides, plus swimming and snorkeling for all levels. There is ample time to relax on board after meals or opt out of activities, but note that this is an expedition-cruise style itinerary, so you will be kept busy if you choose!

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Galapagos Islands cruises and Galapagos trips



Itinerary

Nature & Wildlife Expedition Cruise Itinerary

The 7-day Nature and Wildlife Expedition Cruise begins with 2 pre-cruise days in mainland Ecuador before cruising round-trip from Baltra for 5 days. Visit Santa Cruz, Santiago, Rabida, Bartolome and Genovesa islands.

7-day Nature & Wildlife Expedition Cruise on Santa Cruz II operating round-trip from Baltra for 5 days cruising Santa Cruz, Santiago, Rabida, Bartolome and Genovesa islands.
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Day 1
SAT - Arrive Quito, Ecuador

The journey of discovery begins on the Equator in the lush Andean foothills. At 9,350 feet, Quito is the second-highest capital city in the world, and its main draw is the exquisite Old Town, which was founded on an ancient Inca settlement. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is packed with well-preserved Colonial architecture, including colorful plazas, magnificent churches and stately monuments.

In the evening, consider visiting Calle La Ronda, an ancient pedestrian street with links to poets and other artists who have lived here. It’s lined with cafés and shops where there are many handicrafts available to admire and purchase. At night, take in the sparkling city lights that extend into the surrounding hills and mountains—a truly mesmerizing sight!

Accommodations

JW Marriott Hotel Quito

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
SUN - Sangolqui Market & Cotopaxi National Park

Today, visit Cotopaxi National Park, home to one of South America’s most active volcanoes. But first, stop at the photogenic Sangolqui open-air market, to browse colorful stalls with unique handicrafts and sample different local specialties.

Then, walk to the Limpiopungo Lagoon, tucked at 12,800 feet in a high valley within Cotopaxi National Park. It’s common here to see herds of llamas on the slopes, and keep eyes open for birds such as the Andean Gull, several species of hummingbird, and, with some luck, the majestic Andean Condor. Enjoy a tasty lunch prepared by some of the region’s best chefs before returning to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Accommodations

JW Marriott Hotel Quito

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
MON - Fly to Baltra & Embark to Las Bachas (Santa Cruz)

After breakfast, take the short flight to Baltra Island, a part of the spectacular Galápagos Archipelago. Transfer straight to the port, where the comfortable expedition ship MS Santa Cruz II awaits. In the afternoon, land at Las Bachas beach, located on the northern shore of Santa Cruz Island. This glorious white-sand beach with turquoise waters is a great place to spot iconic Galápagos wildlife, such as flamingos and sea turtles. The beach’s name “baches” means “barges” and comes from the sunken barges left after World War II. Swim or snorkel here before heading back to the ship for a welcome cocktail and a briefing about the next day’s adventures.

Accommodations

Santa Cruz II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
TUE - Buccaneer Cove & Puerto Egas (Santiago)

Today, explore Santiago Island’s pristine beaches and picturesque landscapes. Take in the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove on the northwest coast, home to a large number of marine birds and sea lions. Immerse in the scenery through a range of water activities and marvel at fantastic rock formations such as Elephant Rock and The Bishop. In the afternoon, head to Puerto Egas, one of the best visitor sites on the island. Here, have the opportunity to see a colony of fur sea lions and exotic birdlife on an excursion Or, swim or snorkel along the rocky shorelines, typically in the company of marine turtles.

Accommodations

Santa Cruz II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
WED - Rabida & Bartolome

The day starts on tiny Rábida Island, located off the southern shore of Santiago Island. Take a thrilling panga-boat ride along the coast or join an excursion to explore the island’s mesmerizing, red-tinted sand beach. Soak up the sights and sounds of a sea lion colony and keep an eye out for marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches.

In the afternoon, sail to the golden sands of Bartolomé Island, dominated by the imposing Pinnacle Rock. Swim or snorkel from the beach here or discover colorful marine life from the glass-bottom boat. Possibly even spot some Galápagos penguins on the shore. Hike up to the summit of the island for fantastic views.

Accommodations

Santa Cruz II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
THU - Prince Philip's Steps & Darwin Bay (Genovesa)

Today explore Genovesa Island. The morning starts with a steep but short climb—only 90 feet—up a flight of stairs to reach a flat and rocky plateau. At the plateau, walk along comfortably and check out large colonies of Nazca Boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigatebirds and storm petrels. Afterward—or instead—hop into a kayak for an aquatic adventure! In the afternoon, land at the beautiful beach that fringes Darwin Bay for a swim. After this refreshing dip, take a stroll and observe hundreds of island birds. Alternatively, swim, snorkel, kayak, or just relax on the beach.

Accommodations

Santa Cruz II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
FRI - Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz), Disembark Baltra & Return to Guayaquil or Quito, Ecuador

Start the last morning on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. After breakfast, all baggage will be taken to the airport while everyone visits the tortoise reserve. After a dry landing at a passenger’s wharf and a bus ride to the island’s higher region, behold the last highlight of the cruise: giant tortoises in the wild.

The windward slopes of the island are home to two species of giant tortoise. These lush highlands include dense forests of Galápagos daisies, orchids and bromeliads, and several endemic land birds. After this visit, transfer directly to the Baltra Airport. Farewell to Galápagos. Upon arrival in Guayaquil, a representative will assist with the international flight connection. Alternatively continue from Guayaquil to Quito to catch your international flight from there.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Two pre-cruise hotel nights in Quito with breakfast and dinner on Day 2; round-trip economy-class flights from Quito to Baltra and Baltra to Guayaquil; pre-cruise transfer from Quito hotel to Quito airport and transfers in the islands; full-day nature tour to Cotopaxi National Park, with lunch; Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US$ 100); TCT-Galapagos Transit Control Card (US $20); airport lounge access following return from the islands; ship accommodations; all meals on board ship, including house beer and wine, sodas and mineral water; tea and coffee; WiFi on board (limited connection, no streaming); reusable water bottle; English-speaking expedition guides; welcome and farewell cocktails; citizen science; onboard photography guide; activities noted in itinerary; all snorkeling gear and wetsuit on loan for duration of cruise; port fees and taxes, including airport taxes for flights between the mainland and the islands; possible fuel surcharge; laundry service (Darwin Suite guests only).

Exclusions

International flights; luggage handling; travel insurance and insurance of any kind; medical care on board; gratuities; gifts and additional items; peak season/holiday surcharges.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 30 days – 75% of total trip cost
29 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement

To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The North Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise begins in Quito, Ecuador (UIO), and ends in Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE), or back in Quito. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Quito at any time on Day 1. Plan flights to depart Guayaquil no earlier than 9:00pm on disembarkation day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. Note: Your passport must be valid 6 months after your Ecuador trip concludes.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos are included in the cruise price and arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to hike, kayak, ride in a glass-bottom boat, swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee (see Inclusions and Exclusions), and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (inflatable skiffs). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Solo travelers may only book into a dedicated Single cabin (see Rates table).

Families & Children

It is recommended that kids be 6 years and older to enjoy a cruise aboard the Santa Cruz II. Kids under 16 years old at the time of sailing receive 50% off when sharing the cabin with 2 adults or 30% off when sharing the cabin with 1 adult (discounts apply only to one child per adult paying full fare).

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Note that Galapagos Province requires foreign travelers to show proof of medical insurance coverage for entry. If you are traveling to the Galapagos Islands, confirm with your travel insurance provider that your policy contains medical coverage to meet this entry requirement.  Be certain to bring your insurance plan ID documents with you when you travel.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Iconic Wildlife & Sublime Scenery Itinerary

The 7-day Iconic Wildlife & Sublime Scenery cruise begins with 2 pre-cruise days in mainland Ecuador before cruising round-trip from Baltra for 5 days. Visit Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina and Floreana islands.

7-day Iconic Wildlife & Sublime Scenery cruise on Santa Cruz II operating round-trip from Baltra for 5 days cruising Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina and Floreana islands.
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Day 1
TUE - Arrive Quito, Ecuador

The journey of discovery begins on the Equator in the lush Andean foothills. At 9,350 feet, Quito is the second-highest capital city in the world, and its main draw is the exquisite Old Town, which was founded on an ancient Inca settlement. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is packed with well-preserved Colonial architecture, including colorful plazas, magnificent churches and stately monuments.

In the evening, consider visiting Calle La Ronda, an ancient pedestrian street with links to poets and other artists who have lived here. It’s lined with cafés and shops where there are many handicrafts available to admire and purchase. At night, take in the sparkling city lights that extend into the surrounding hills and mountains—a truly mesmerizing sight!

Accommodations

JW Marriott Hotel Quito

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
WED - Sangolqui Market & Cotopaxi National Park

Today, visit Cotopaxi National Park, home to one of South America’s most active volcanoes. But first, stop at the photogenic Sangolqui open-air market, to browse colorful stalls with unique handicrafts and sample different local specialties.

Then, walk to the Limpiopungo Lagoon, tucked at 12,800 feet in a high valley within Cotopaxi National Park. It’s common here to see herds of llamas on the slopes, and keep eyes open for birds such as the Andean Gull, several species of hummingbird, and, with some luck, the majestic Andean Condor. Enjoy a tasty lunch prepared by some of the region’s best chefs before returning to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Accommodations

JW Marriott Hotel Quito

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
THU - Fly to Baltra & Embark to Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz)

After breakfast, take the short flight to Baltra Island, a part of the spectacular Galápagos Archipelago. Transfer straight to the port, where the comfortable expedition ship MS Santa Cruz II awaits. Begin the exploration of the Galápagos Islands in the afternoon. Trace the north shore of Santa Cruz toward the fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill), where the ship will stop for a visit. The first part of the walk here passes by a brackish water lagoon that is frequented by shorebirds and American flamingos. Further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago, as well as the first chance to encounter some land iguanas.

Accommodations

Santa Cruz II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
FRI - Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela) & Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)

The day starts at Punta Vicente Roca, on the northwestern tip of Isabela Island. After breakfast, explore the coast by dinghy as the naturalist guides teach about the area’s dramatic geology. This site is a nesting place for several bird species, so look out for flightless cormorants, Galápagos penguins and boobies. Weather permitting, snorkel beside the cliffs where there may be green sea turtles, oceanic sun fish and even fur seals.

In the afternoon explore Fernandina, an island with a unique environment and a high density of marine iguanas. Scan the coast for sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hawks and penguins.

Accommodations

Santa Cruz II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
SAT - Charles Darwin Research Station & Highlands (Santa Cruz)

Today explore Santa Cruz Island. In the morning, disembark at Puerto Ayora to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. The Station includes a giant tortoise breeding center and an impressive forest of prickly-pear cacti that’s home to an array of land birds. It also serves as the headquarters for the island’s scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. After the visit, head up to the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island for lunch. Choose from several options in the afternoon, deciding with the expedition leader. At the end of the afternoon activities, return to Puerto Ayora and re-join MS Santa Cruz II.

Accommodations

Santa Cruz II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
SUN - Baroness Cove, Post Office Bay, Champion Islet & Cormorant Point (Floreana)

After breakfast, enjoy a panga ride among the channels on Floreana’s north shore before taking in the incredible views of the island from Baroness Cove. Later, land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. After lunch, explore the underwater wonders around Champion Islet in a panga or glass-bottom boat. This is one of the best snorkeling spots in the archipelago.

From there, head to Cormorant Point to walk from an olivine-crystal beach to a brackish lagoon. Along the way, possibly spot American flamingos, pintail ducks and other birds.

Accommodations

Santa Cruz II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
MON - Disembark Baltra & Fly to Guayaquil or Quito, Ecuador

As the expedition cruise comes to a close, it’s time to bid farewell to the amazing wildlife and scenery of one of the world’s most incredible nature destinations. Also say farewell to the wonderful crew and expedition team while disembarking at Baltra Island. Transfer to the airport and fly to Guayaquil. Upon arrival in Guayaquil, a representative will assist with the international flight connection. Alternatively continue from Guayaquil to Quito to catch your international flight from there.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Two pre-cruise hotel nights in Quito with breakfast and dinner on Day 2; round-trip economy-class flights from Quito to Baltra and Baltra to Guayaquil; pre-cruise transfer from Quito hotel to Quito airport and transfers in the islands; full-day nature tour to Cotopaxi National Park, with lunch; Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US$ 100); TCT-Galapagos Transit Control Card (US $20); airport lounge access following return from the islands; ship accommodations; all meals on board ship, including house beer and wine, sodas and mineral water; tea and coffee; WiFi on board (limited connection, no streaming); reusable water bottle; English-speaking expedition guides; welcome and farewell cocktails; citizen science; onboard photography guide; activities noted in itinerary; all snorkeling gear and wetsuit on loan for duration of cruise; port fees and taxes, including airport taxes for flights between the mainland and the islands; possible fuel surcharge; laundry service (Darwin Suite guests only).

Exclusions

International flights; luggage handling; travel insurance and insurance of any kind; medical care on board; gratuities; gifts and additional items; peak season/holiday surcharges.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 30 days – 75% of total trip cost
29 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement

To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The West Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise begins in Quito, Ecuador (UIO), and ends in either Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE), or back in Quito. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Quito at any time on Day 1. Plan flights to depart Guayaquil or Quito no earlier than 9:00pm on disembarkation day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. Note: Your passport must be valid 6 months after your Ecuador trip concludes.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos are included in the cruise price and arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to hike, kayak, ride in a glass-bottom boat, swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee (see Inclusions and Exclusions), and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (inflatable skiffs). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Solo travelers may only book into a dedicated Single cabin (see Rates table).

Families & Children

It is recommended that kids be 6 years and older to enjoy a cruise aboard the Santa Cruz II. Kids under 16 years old at the time of sailing receive 50% off when sharing the cabin with 2 adults or 30% off when sharing the cabin with 1 adult (discounts apply only to one child per adult paying full fare).

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Note that Galapagos Province requires foreign travelers to show proof of medical insurance coverage for entry. If you are traveling to the Galapagos Islands, confirm with your travel insurance provider that your policy contains medical coverage to meet this entry requirement.  Be certain to bring your insurance plan ID documents with you when you travel.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

In Darwin's Footsteps Itinerary

The 9-day In Darwin’s Footsteps cruise begins with 2 pre-cruise days in mainland Ecuador before cruising round-trip from Baltra for 7 days. Visit Mosquera Islet, Osborn Islet, Eden Islet and the islands of Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, South Plaza, Espanola and North Seymour.

7-day In Darwin's Footsteps cruise on Santa Cruz II operating round-trip from Baltra for 7 days cruising Mosquera Islet, Osborn Islet, Eden Islet and the islands of Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, South Plaza, Espanola and North Seymour.
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Day 1
WED - Arrive Quito, Ecuador

The journey of discovery begins in Quito, a city that straddles the equator, and where spring is always in the air. Beautifully situated at 9,350 feet above sea level in a high valley, Quito is the second-highest capital city in the world. Views of the nearby mountains are a constant reminder of this location within the Andes. Quito was founded on an ancient Inca settlement and today is a bustling and modern city. But one doesn’t need to look too far beneath the contemporary façade to find the past and the Old Town, for example, is a showcase of classical Spanish architecture. In fact, the city’s diligent preservation of its history warranted it to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1978.

In the evening, consider visiting Calle La Ronda, an ancient pedestrian street with links to poets and other artists who have lived here. It’s lined with cafés and shops where there are many handicrafts available to admire and purchase. At night, take in the sparkling city lights that extend into the surrounding hills and mountains—a truly mesmerizing sight!

Accommodations

JW Marriott Hotel Quito

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
THU - Sangolqui Market & Cotopaxi National Park

Today see one of Ecuador’s natural wonders up close while visiting an active volcano and walking to a height of almost 12,800 feet. First, stop in at the photogenic Sangolqui open-air market to sample different Andean specialties. The local indigenous people sell their produce here: colorful legumes, fruits and vegetables. At the market one can also purchase clothing and other handicrafts, providing the opportunity to chat with friendly stallholders.

Cotopaxi National Park, set amid gorgeous mountains, is only an hour-and-a-half drive from Quito. This mostly treeless landscape is characteristic of the Andean moorlands, or páramo—one might even see herds of llamas roaming wild. Birdlife includes the Andean Gull, several species of hummingbird and with some luck, the majestic condor. Walk to Limpiopungo Lagoon, a beautiful lake that mirrors the dramatic surrounding peaks.

Meaning “Neck of the Moon” in the local Quechua language, at 20,000 feet high, Cotopaxi has an almost perfectly conical form and is one of the highest volcanoes in the world. Its yawning crater measures 2,620 feet and features one of the few equatorial glaciers in the world. The first recorded eruption of Cotopaxi was in 1534, terrifying both locals and conquistadors alike, and the last major one occurred in 1904.

For lunch, enjoy delicious traditional dishes prepared by some of the region’s best chefs in San Agustin del Callo. In the late afternoon, return to the hotel and enjoy a nice dinner before calling it a night.

Accommodations

JW Marriott Hotel Quito

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
FRI - Fly to Baltra & Embark to Mosquera Islet

After breakfast, take the morning flight  from the Quito Airport, across the Pacific Ocean. After only a couple of hours, land at the Galápagos Ecological Airport on Baltra Island. This airport runs on renewable power and is said to be the world’s most environmentally friendly airport. After landing in the spectacular Galápagos Archipelago, head straight to the port and home away from home for the next few days: the comfortable expedition ship Santa Cruz II. Start the oceanic expedition with a short, mandatory safety briefing. Check in and get settled before meeting for lunch in the restaurant, where the captain will propose a toast and wish everyone an exciting adventure. The cruise gets underway right after lunch.

The first stop is only four nautical miles away, at the southern tip of Mosquera Islet. This small piece of volcanic uplift sits between the larger islands of Baltra and North Seymour. A long, narrow sandbank is surrounded by lava reefs, home to one of the largest colonies of sea lions in the Galápagos. Take a small boat (RIB) to land ashore and see sea lions basking in the sun—the first glimpse of the amazing wildlife diversity and richness of these islands. The islet is filled with many seabirds, including blue-footed boobies, as well as Sally Lightfoot crabs. The walk is easy—only a few hundred yards across flat, sandy dunes. While exploring, learn more about the fragile marine and terrestrial ecosystems of the Galápagos.

Accommodations

Santa Cruz II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
SAT - Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve & Punta Pitt (Santa Cruz)

Today dock in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the archipelago’s capital. It’s a 40-minute drive to Cerro Colorado to visit a breeding center for the highly endangered giant tortoise. This Galápagos icon has a natural lifespan estimated at over 100 years. The Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve is working to boost the numbers of these giant reptiles and bring them back from the brink of extinction. They live in conditions similar to their natural habitat and are able to thrive here. The tortoises amble around under the cover of a 15-acre forest, which is also home to dozens of other endemic species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird and the San Cristóbal lava lizard.

In the afternoon, take the ship’s small boats (RIBs) to Punta Pitt at the eastern tip of the island. This unusual point consists of an eroded volcanic cone. Take the trail here for spectacular views of the coastline. Punta Pitt is the only site in the Galápagos where one might see three species of boobies. The blue-footed booby is easily recognized by its blue feet! Enjoy a nature walk on land or explore the coast aboard the RIBs. The snorkeling and swimming are excellent in the clear water here. See sea lions may be seen performing underwater acrobatics over the reef, so remember to bring a swimsuit and some good walking shoes.

Accommodations

Santa Cruz II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
SUN - Santa Fe & South Plaza

After breakfast, head for an idyllic white-sand beach on the island of Santa Fe for a scenic nature walk. A colony of sea lions calls this island home, as well as the endemic Barrington land iguana, which is usually spotted sitting among giant prickly pear cacti or lounging on rocks in the sun. The island has a blissful feeling about it. Swim or snorkel offshore from the RIBs. For a peek at the underwater world, consider joining a ride in a glass-bottomed boat. Or, take out a kayak and explore this beautiful and wild island at your own pace.

After the excellent onboard chefs whip up a nice, long lunch, head to othe next destination: South Plaza Island. On the way, pass through a channel where turquoise waters line the white-sand beaches, which in turn contrast sharply with the black lava rocks. Along the shore, possibly spot frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters gliding on the breeze. South Plaza Island may be very small, but it hosts a stunning array of flora, particularly the flowering succulent sesuvium and dense patches of prickly pears. Land iguanas laze sleepily by the shore, while marine iguanas slip in and out of the water. With luck, spot a hybrid of the two—the result of intergeneric breeding between the two subspecies—evolution in action!

Accommodations

Santa Cruz II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
MON - Charles Darwin Research Station, Highlands & Activity Choice (Santa Cruz)

This morning head ashore at Puerto Ayora, the largest town in the archipelago, situated on Santa Cruz Island. Here, drop in on the Charles Darwin Research Station, where over 200 scientists and volunteers are working to conserve the wildlife of the Galápagos. Visit the breeding enclosures to see baby tortoises in incubators and look upon Darwin’s famous finches—the birds he used as a basis for his theory of evolution. Try your hand at using a trapiche, a sugarcane grinder used to extract the juice for drinking or fermenting into liquor. To visit the sugarcane mill, either take a bus, or ride a bicycle if you’re feeling more active!

Next, experience the forest of opuntia cactus forest, sometimes called the Galápagos prickly pear. Then enjoy lunch in the highlands. This ecosystem is entirely different from the coastal plains, with green foliage and a moist, cooler climate. It’s also where the most giant tortoises roam. See these giants in their natural habitat. They are certainly not hard to spot as they lumber around, munch on grass and wallow in pools.

After lunch, continue to seek out tortoises in the region or choose from several different activities, including mountain biking or kayaking in Tortuga Bay (conservation measures limit the number of guests in Tortuga Bay, so be sure to coordinate your interest in attending with the Expedition Team). You could also hike the 1.3 miles to a beautiful bay and stop at Playa Brava, a beautiful snow-white sand beach that’s a nesting site for green turtles. On the same walk, Playa Mansa is a secluded natural mangrove cove, with clear and tranquil waters ideal for swimming, snorkeling or kayaking. Or simply enjoy the view from the shade of a mangrove!

Accommodations

Santa Cruz II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
TUE - Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay (Espanola) & Osborn Islet

At four million years old, Española is said to be one of the oldest islands and is the farthest south in the archipelago. A magnet for birders, almost the entire world population of waved albatross breeds here between March and January. Be on the lookout for Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls, which are all present here. Keep eyes peeled for the Española lava lizard, which has a strikingly red hue. Possibly also spot the very colorful marine iguanas, which are an endemic subspecies found only here.

There was some very good wildlife news here in 2020 when a rare tortoise was found to have sired over 900 children. Diego, who is over 100 years old, was on loan from San Diego Zoo and may have almost singlehandedly saved his subspecies from extinction. His remarkable achievement earned him retirement in Española with his extended family. He is expected to live to around 150 years of age! Also get to witness the famous blowhole, El Soplador (meaning “the blower”), which blasts water 75 feet into the air. The effect is caused by waves crashing into a lava fissure at high tide and blowing the water out through a crevice. Afterward, head back on board the ship for another lovely and relaxed lunch.

In the afternoon, visit the postcard-worthy coral beach of Gardner Bay and the nearby Osborn Islet. These are beautiful settings for observing sea lions, mockingbirds and finches, while taking time to relax or slip into the water for some excellent snorkeling. Kayaking activities are available here, too.

Accommodations

Santa Cruz II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
WED - Eden Islet & North Seymour

Eden Islet, off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, is a sliver of volcanic cone poking up through the sea. The wildlife here is abundant. The clear, shallow waters are great for spotting Galápagos green turtles, rays and friendly reef sharks. Remember your swimsuit if you want to do some reef exploration. Weather permitting, also take a trip aboard the glass-bottomed boat or paddle along the coast of Eden on a kayak. Look out for the frigatebirds on shore and their characteristic rubbery red throats.

Later, after lunch on the ship, head to the island of North Seymour. This small and mostly flat piece of land was created when a volcanic eruption lifted up the seabed, which is why it looks so smooth and eroded. There’s a small forest of silver-gray palo santo trees (also known as Saint’s Wood) just above the landing site. These trees are typically leafless and remain dormant for half of the year, waiting for the rains as their cue to burst into bloom. The wood is famously used to make incense—see if you can detect the scent!

This is a great site to observe colonies of blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds and swallow-tailed gulls. Sea lions and marine iguanas also call North Seymour home—they are more than happy to feast on the sea life found in the rich waters here. When a young Darwin first laid eyes on marine iguanas, he described them as “clumsy lizards” and “hideous-looking” but many beg to differ—see for yourself!

Accommodations

Santa Cruz II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
THU - Disembark Baltra & Fly to Guayaquil or Quito, Ecuador

As the expedition cruise comes to a close, it’s time to bid farewell to the bounteous wildlife and amazing scenery of one of the world’s most incredible nature destinations. It’s also time to say farewell to the wonderful crew and expedition team while disembarking at Baltra Island. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Guayaquil. Upon arrival in Guayaquil, a representative will assist with the international flight connection. Alternatively continue from Guayaquil to Quito to catch your international flight from there.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Two pre-cruise hotel nights in Quito with breakfast and dinner on Day 2; round-trip economy-class flights from Quito to Baltra and Baltra to Guayaquil; pre-cruise transfer from Quito hotel to Quito airport and transfers in the islands; full-day nature tour to Cotopaxi National Park, with lunch; Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US$ 100); TCT-Galapagos Transit Control Card (US $20); airport lounge access following return from the islands; ship accommodations; all meals on board ship, including house beer and wine, sodas and mineral water; tea and coffee; WiFi on board (limited connection, no streaming); reusable water bottle; English-speaking expedition guides; welcome and farewell cocktails; citizen science; onboard photography guide; activities noted in itinerary; all snorkeling gear and wetsuit on loan for duration of cruise; port fees and taxes, including airport taxes for flights between the mainland and the islands; possible fuel surcharge; laundry service (Darwin Suite guests only).

Exclusions

International flights; luggage handling; travel insurance and insurance of any kind; medical care on board; gratuities; gifts and additional items; peak season/holiday surcharges.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 30 days – 75% of total trip cost
29 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement

To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The East Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise begins in Quito, Ecuador (UIO), and ends in either Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE), or back in Quito. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Quito at any time on Day 1. Plan flights to depart Guayaquil or Quito no earlier than 9:00pm on disembarkation day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. Note: Your passport must be valid 6 months after your Ecuador trip concludes.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos are included in the cruise price and arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to hike, kayak, ride in a glass-bottom boat, swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee (see Inclusions and Exclusions), and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (inflatable skiffs). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Solo travelers may only book into a dedicated Single cabin (see Rates table).

Families & Children

It is recommended that kids be 6 years and older to enjoy a cruise aboard the Santa Cruz II. Kids under 16 years old at the time of sailing receive 50% off when sharing the cabin with 2 adults or 30% off when sharing the cabin with 1 adult (discounts apply only to one child per adult paying full fare).

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Note that Galapagos Province requires foreign travelers to show proof of medical insurance coverage for entry. If you are traveling to the Galapagos Islands, confirm with your travel insurance provider that your policy contains medical coverage to meet this entry requirement.  Be certain to bring your insurance plan ID documents with you when you travel.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Nine of The Best Isles Itinerary

The 11-day Nine of The Best Isles cruise begins with 2 pre-cruise days in mainland Ecuador before cruising round-trip from Baltra for 9 days. This itinerary pairs the 7-day West and 7-day North itineraries. Visit Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Floreana, Santiago, Rabida, Bartolome and Genovesa islands.

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Day 1
TUE - Arrive Quito, Ecuador

The journey of discovery begins on the Equator in the lush Andean foothills. At 9,350 feet, Quito is the second-highest capital city in the world, and its main draw is the exquisite Old Town, which was founded on an ancient Inca settlement. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is packed with well-preserved Colonial architecture, including colorful plazas, magnificent churches and stately monuments.

In the evening, consider visiting Calle La Ronda, an ancient pedestrian street with links to poets and other artists who have lived here. It’s lined with cafés and shops where there are many handicrafts available to admire and purchase. At night, take in the sparkling city lights that extend into the surrounding hills and mountains—a truly mesmerizing sight!

Accommodations

JW Marriott Hotel Quito

Meals

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Day 2
WED - Sangolqui Market & Cotopaxi National Park

Today, visit Cotopaxi National Park, home to one of South America’s most active volcanoes. But first, stop at the photogenic Sangolqui open-air market, to browse colorful stalls with unique handicrafts and sample different local specialties.

Then, walk to the Limpiopungo Lagoon, tucked at 12,800 feet in a high valley within Cotopaxi National Park. It’s common here to see herds of llamas on the slopes, and keep eyes open for birds such as the Andean Gull, several species of hummingbird, and, with some luck, the majestic Andean Condor. Enjoy a tasty lunch prepared by some of the region’s best chefs before returning to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Accommodations

JW Marriott Hotel Quito

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
THU - Fly to Baltra & Embark to Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz)

After breakfast, take the short flight to Baltra Island, a part of the spectacular Galápagos Archipelago. Transfer straight to the port, where the comfortable expedition ship MS Santa Cruz II awaits. Begin the exploration of the Galápagos Islands in the afternoon. Trace the north shore of Santa Cruz toward the fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill), where the ship will stop for a visit. The first part of the walk here passes by a brackish water lagoon that is frequented by shorebirds and American flamingos. Further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago, as well as the first chance to encounter some land iguanas.

Accommodations

Santa Cruz II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
FRI - Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela) & Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)

The day starts at Punta Vicente Roca, on the northwestern tip of Isabela Island. After breakfast, explore the coast by dinghy as the naturalist guides teach about the area’s dramatic geology. This site is a nesting place for several bird species, so look out for flightless cormorants, Galápagos penguins and boobies. Weather permitting, snorkel beside the cliffs where there may be green sea turtles, oceanic sun fish and even fur seals.

In the afternoon explore Fernandina, an island with a unique environment and a high density of marine iguanas. Scan the coast for sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hawks and penguins.

Accommodations

Santa Cruz II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
SAT - Charles Darwin Research Station & Highlands (Santa Cruz)

Today explore Santa Cruz Island. In the morning, disembark at Puerto Ayora to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. The Station includes a giant tortoise breeding center and an impressive forest of prickly-pear cacti that’s home to an array of land birds. It also serves as the headquarters for the island’s scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. After the visit, head up to the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island for lunch. Choose from several options in the afternoon, deciding with the expedition leader. At the end of the afternoon activities, return to Puerto Ayora and re-join MS Santa Cruz II.

Accommodations

Santa Cruz II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
SUN - Baroness Cove, Post Office Bay, Champion Islet & Cormorant Point (Floreana)

After breakfast, enjoy a panga ride among the channels on Floreana’s north shore before taking in the incredible views of the island from Baroness Cove. Later, land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. After lunch, explore the underwater wonders around Champion Islet in a panga or glass-bottom boat. This is one of the best snorkeling spots in the archipelago.

From there, head to Cormorant Point to walk from an olivine-crystal beach to a brackish lagoon. Along the way, possibly spot American flamingos, pintail ducks and other birds.

Accommodations

Santa Cruz II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
MON - Las Bachas (Santa Cruz)

Relax on board while the ship anchors off Baltra Island. After 4 days of exploring the unique environment of the Galápagos, pause for a while and recharge the batteries for the days ahead. Use the many onboard facilities, flick through the books in the library, or exercise in the gym. Do what you feel.

In the afternoon, land at Las Bachas beach, located on the northern shore of Santa Cruz Island. This glorious white-sand beach with turquoise waters is a great place to spot iconic Galápagos wildlife, such as flamingos and sea turtles. The beach’s name “baches” means “barges” and comes from the sunken barges left after World War II. Swim or snorkel here before heading back to the ship for a welcome cocktail and a briefing about the next day’s adventures.

Accommodations

Santa Cruz II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
TUE - Buccaneer Cove & Puerto Egas (Santiago)

Today, explore Santiago Island’s pristine beaches and picturesque landscapes. Take in the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove on the northwest coast, home to a large number of marine birds and sea lions. Immerse in the scenery through a range of water activities and marvel at fantastic rock formations such as Elephant Rock and The Bishop. In the afternoon, head to Puerto Egas, one of the best visitor sites on the island. Here, have the opportunity to see a colony of fur sea lions and exotic birdlife on an excursion Or, swim or snorkel along the rocky shorelines, typically in the company of marine turtles.

Accommodations

Santa Cruz II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
WED - Rabida & Bartolome

The day starts on tiny Rábida Island, located off the southern shore of Santiago Island. Take a thrilling panga-boat ride along the coast or join an excursion to explore the island’s mesmerizing, red-tinted sand beach. Soak up the sights and sounds of a sea lion colony and keep an eye out for marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches.

In the afternoon, sail to the golden sands of Bartolomé Island, dominated by the imposing Pinnacle Rock. Swim or snorkel from the beach here or discover colorful marine life from the glass-bottom boat. Possibly even spot some Galápagos penguins on the shore. Hike up to the summit of the island for fantastic views.

Accommodations

Santa Cruz II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
THU - Prince Philip's Steps & Darwin Bay (Genovesa)

Today explore Genovesa Island. The morning starts with a steep but short climb—only 90 feet—up a flight of stairs to reach a flat and rocky plateau. At the plateau, walk along comfortably and check out large colonies of Nazca Boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigatebirds and storm petrels. Afterward—or instead—hop into a kayak for an aquatic adventure! In the afternoon, land at the beautiful beach that fringes Darwin Bay for a swim. After this refreshing dip, take a stroll and observe hundreds of island birds. Alternatively, swim, snorkel, kayak, or just relax on the beach.

Accommodations

Santa Cruz II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
FRI - Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz), Disembark Baltra & Return to Guayaquil or Quito, Ecuador

Start the last morning on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. After breakfast, all baggage will be taken to the airport while everyone visits the tortoise reserve. After a dry landing at a passenger’s wharf and a bus ride to the island’s higher region, behold the last highlight of the cruise: giant tortoises in the wild.

The windward slopes of the island are home to two species of giant tortoise. These lush highlands include dense forests of Galápagos daisies, orchids and bromeliads, and several endemic land birds. After this visit, transfer directly to the Baltra Airport. Farewell to Galápagos. Upon arrival in Guayaquil, a representative will assist with the international flight connection. Alternatively continue from Guayaquil to Quito to catch your international flight from there.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Two pre-cruise hotel nights in Quito with breakfast and dinner on Day 2; round-trip economy-class flights from Quito to Baltra and Baltra to Guayaquil; pre-cruise transfer from Quito hotel to Quito airport and transfers in the islands; full-day nature tour to Cotopaxi National Park, with lunch; Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US$ 100); TCT-Galapagos Transit Control Card (US $20); airport lounge access following return from the islands; ship accommodations; all meals on board ship, including house beer and wine, sodas and mineral water; tea and coffee; WiFi on board (limited connection, no streaming); reusable water bottle; English-speaking expedition guides; welcome and farewell cocktails; citizen science; onboard photography guide; activities noted in itinerary; all snorkeling gear and wetsuit on loan for duration of cruise; port fees and taxes, including airport taxes for flights between the mainland and the islands; possible fuel surcharge; laundry service (Darwin Suite guests only).

Exclusions

International flights; luggage handling; travel insurance and insurance of any kind; medical care on board; gratuities; gifts and additional items; peak season/holiday surcharges.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 30 days – 75% of total trip cost
29 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement

To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The West+North Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise begins in Quito, Ecuador (UIO), and ends in either Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE), or back in Quito. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Quito at any time on Day 1. Plan flights to depart Guayaquil or Quito no earlier than 9:00pm on disembarkation day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. Note: Your passport must be valid 6 months after your Ecuador trip concludes.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos are included in the cruise price and arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to hike, kayak, ride in a glass-bottom boat, swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee (see Inclusions and Exclusions), and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (inflatable skiffs). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Solo travelers may only book into a dedicated Single cabin (see Rates table).

Families & Children

It is recommended that kids be 6 years and older to enjoy a cruise aboard the Santa Cruz II. Kids under 16 years old at the time of sailing receive 50% off when sharing the cabin with 2 adults or 30% off when sharing the cabin with 1 adult (discounts apply only to one child per adult paying full fare).

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Note that Galapagos Province requires foreign travelers to show proof of medical insurance coverage for entry. If you are traveling to the Galapagos Islands, confirm with your travel insurance provider that your policy contains medical coverage to meet this entry requirement.  Be certain to bring your insurance plan ID documents with you when you travel.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

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Dec 07 - Dec 15, 2022
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Dec 21 - Dec 29, 2022
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The 90-guest Santa Cruz II is designed to operate in the remote Galapagos Islands and built to preserve the islands’ delicate ecosystem via the latest in sustainable sailing technologies. Choose the Santa Cruz II for her uniquely low guest-to-guide ratio, her sustainable practices and thoughtful ship design.

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Lis Larson • April 10th, 2013
Expert Review: Galapagos M/V Santa Cruz Western Islands Cruise

AdventureSmith's Lis reviews her Galapagos small ship cruise aboard the M/V Santa Cruz, visiting North Seymour, Isabela, Fernandina, Santa Cruz and Floreana islands.

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