Travel aboard the
Take luxury cruising to the next level aboard one of the most eco-friendly yachts in the Galápagos, Origin. Indulge in an 8-day cruise to northwestern islands, exploring San Cristobal, Isabela, Santa Cruz Islands and others on this decadent yacht specially designed for comfort. Featuring spacious staterooms with panoramic windows, world-class cuisine, elegant sundeck with daybeds and hammocks, jacuzzi, bar, boutique, and fitness room, Origin takes you on an unforgettable adventure. Each day, take the opportunity to kayak, stand up paddleboard, or snorkel these crystal waters alongside sea turtles, penguins, sea lions, pelicans, and more under the guidance of your expert naturalist guide.
San Cristobal Island
Arrive in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island. Take a short bus ride to the dock where a boat transfers you to the Origin. Settle into your cabin after a welcome briefing and safety drill, then sit down to a delicious buffet lunch.
In the afternoon, visit La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve where the national park has established a breeding program for the endangered giant tortoise. See these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. Along the trail, spot the native San Cristobal mockingbird and flowering Calandrinia plant. Return to the Origin for the Captain’s welcome cocktail party and specially prepared dinner.
After breakfast, spend your day on Genovesa Island, one of the most spectacular places in the Galápagos for bird watchers. Climb Prince Philip’s Steps where you’ll find red-footed and Nazca boobies nesting in the palo santo trees, storm petrels gathering in the crevices of lava fields, and elusive short-eared owls hiding amongst the bushes.
Enjoy a barbecue lunch aboard the Origin on the sun deck. Then, explore the cliffs where red-billed tropicbirds gather, either from a kayak or stand up paddle board. You can also dive into the turquoise waters for some fantastic deep water snorkeling where you will encounter a myriad of exotic tropical fish.
At nearby Darwin Bay, step onto a coral sand beach inhabited by swallow-tailed and lava gulls. Hike into a forest of prickly pear cactus and mangroves where great frigate birds with their red-throated pouches nest. Relax on the beach or swim with sea lions before returning to the yacht for dinner. Spend the evening basking under the illuminated sky filled with stars.
Santa Cruz Island
This morning, adventure onto Las Bachas on the northern side of Santa Cruz Island. With a long stretch of white sand beach you’ll have an opportunity for some wonderful snorkeling, as well as the chance to explore the nearby lagoons frequented by groups of flamingos.
After lunch you’ll find yourself on Cerro Dragon, or Dragon Hill, where you’ll find a landscape covered in prickly pear cactus, palo santo forests, and the bright yellow cordia plant. You’ll also have an excellent opportunity to see Darwin’s finches, Galápagos flycatchers, yellow warblers, shearwaters, as well as land iguanas. In the saltwater lagoons, find pink flamingos, stilts, pintail ducks, and sandpipers.
This evening, sit down to another exceptional dinner as you set sail for the western islands, crossing the equator for the second time.
Take a Zodiac ride to Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island. Enter a wave-sculpted cave with incredible views of the remaining volcanic walls. Don’t pass up the chance to snorkel around this incredible volcanic formation where penguins and sea turtles also frequent.
At lunch, sail through the Bolivar Chanel, witnessing the dramatic scenery around you. Watch for whales, dolphins, and occasionally the mola, an odd looking giant sunfish, that swim near the ship.
Disembark at Urbina Bay, an incredible piece of land that was once the sea floor. Four miles of coastal seabed uplifted during a volcanic eruption in 1954 leaving a long trail of coral reef bleached white in the sun. Large, colorful Galápagos land iguanas and marine iguanas now climb over these remnants of the reef. Darwin’s finches, brown pelicans, flightless cormorants, and the occasional giant tortoise also reside here.
Return to the Origin for dinner and a restful evening of stargazing.
Fernandina Island / Isabela Island
Step onto Fernandina Island, the youngest and most pristine Island in the Galápagos, at Punta Espinoza. Explore the lava flows that stretch around the coast. Observe sea lion colonies, hundreds of marine Iguanas, and flightless cormorants building their nests close to shore. Snorkel with large sea turtles that frequent this area before returning to the Origin for lunch.
Following lunch, go ashore at Tagus Cove, a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. See where many of them left their marks, dating back to the 1800s, on the rocky cliffs. Hike to a saltwater lagoon and a scenic overlook with a spectacular view of the ocean, lava fields, and rock formations. Take advantage of the secluded cove to explore the shoreline by kayak or paddleboard in search of Galápagos penguins, boobies, and pelicans.
Return to the Origin for a briefing and dinner as you cross the Equator for the last time.
Disembark on Rabida Island, a small island considered the geographic center of the Galápagos. Its volcanic rocks are the most diverse in the archipelago. Because of the high iron content the rocks and sand are dark red. Follow a trail to a saltwater lagoon where flamingos migrate. Spot marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and Darwin’s finches. Snorkel with a colony of sea lions and rays.
After lunch, hop into a Zodiac for a ride to Caleta Tortuga Negra, or Black Turtle Cove, through a series of inlets surrounded by mangroves. See pairs of mating sea turtles between September and February, white-tipped reef sharks, and the spectacular golden cownose rays.
This evening enjoy the Captain’s farewell cocktail party following dinner, as well as a special slide show presentation by your guides.
Santa Cruz Island
Tour Santa Cruz Island, starting at Puerto Ayora, the social heart of the Galápagos. Travel by bus to the highlands, passing through all seven vegetation zones found in the Galápagos. Visit Rancho El Manzanillo, a privately-owned hacienda where giant tortoises roam in their natural habitat. Walk through an underground lava tunnel that leads to Los Gemelos, The Twins, a pair of large craters.
This afternoon, visit the Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena, formerly the Charles Darwin Research Station. See the tortoise breeding center with hatchlings and baby tortoises, as well as a new exhibit honoring Lonesome George, a worldwide icon of conservation as the last surviving tortoise from Pinta Island.
Afterward, you’ll have the chance to shop and stroll through town for souvenirs or a museum tour. Stop at a local chocolate shop to learn how high quality Arriba cacao is produced in Ecuador. You can also kayak Punta Estrada or bicycle around the island if you desire.
You have the option to return to the Origin for dinner or remain on shore to dine on your own at a local restaurant. A Zodiac will shuttle you from the yacht to the main dock throughout the evening.
San Cristobal Island / Depart
Travel by bus to the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal to gain a more complete understanding of the history of the islands. Spend some time exploring this port town before heading to the airport for your flight home.
NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.