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Explore the eastern Galápagos Islands aboard the Passion, an exclusive, intimate yacht fully endorsed by WildAid. Embark on an 8-day cruise adventure to Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Española, among others, aboard this previously private luxury yacht. Retaining most of its original elegance, such as the rose-colored marble bathrooms and teak wood decks, 12 guests travel comfortably, staying in spacious, air-conditioned suites with luxurious bathrooms. Dine on gourmet cuisine from the lavish panoramic sky lounge and bar, or al fresco on one of three decks, including a sun deck with a secluded jacuzzi. Discover the magic of the Galápagos on foot, by kayak, or panga ride at every stop along the way. Treat yourself to world-class personalized service with local guides who specialize in fields you request.
Arrive / Santa Cruz Island
Arrive at Baltra Airport where your guides will greet you and shuttle you to the Passion. Settle into your room, then sit down to lunch on deck.
After lunch you’ll spend the afternoon at Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Take a panga ride through the mangroves where pelicans and herons roost while sea turtles and golden rays cruise alongside the boat. Return to the Passion for a specially prepared dinner and night of exquisite stargazing.
This morning, travel to Genovesa Island where you’ll have the opportunity to explore Darwin Bay. Red-footed boobies and great frigatebirds reside in the red mangroves and soft-haired prickly pear cactus that line the island’s interior.
After lunch climb the cliffs of El Barranco where frigatebirds, masked boobies, and red-footed boobies nest. Follow your guides on a quest for the impressive red-billed tropicbird and Galapagos storm petrels that hide within volcanic crevices.
After breakfast hike the wooden steps on Bartolomé Island. From the summit, take in the breathtaking panoramic view of the island’s well photographed Pinnacle Rock, neighboring Santiago Island, and other central islands in the distance.
Explore the tiny island of Sombrero Chino this afternoon, named for its shape which resembles a Chinese hat. This unique landscape was once the seafloor before seismic activity raised it out of the water. See remnants of coral heads and other marine life in the lava. Swim or snorkel alongside playful sea lion colonies. Kayak or take a panga ride alongside marine iguanas and Galápagos penguins.
Rabida Island / Santa Cruz Island
Today you’ll step onto Rabida Island, the center of the Galápagos. With its deep, red-colored beaches and rocks, it’s only fitting that it should also be known as the heart of the Galápagos. You’ll find Darwin’s finches, Galápagos mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and brown pelicans nesting throughout the island.
Following lunch visit Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz Island. Hike to a saltwater lagoon, home to greater flamingos, black-necked stilts, and white-cheeked pintails. Further inland you’ll find a number of land iguanas nesting.
Santa Cruz Island
Spend the day touring Santa Cruz Island´s most famous sites. Start at Puerto Ayora, then take a bus to the highlands, passing from the island’s coastal region into the lush, humid forests. Visit one of the ranches where giant tortoises reside in their natural habitat. These forests are also filled with Galápagos hawks, barn owls, vermilion flycatchers, and yellow warblers.
Sit down to lunch at the ranch before heading back to Puerto Ayora to visit the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center. See tortoises from the many islands in their different stages of life, from eggs, juveniles, and adults as they are nurtured until they are ready for release.
South Plaza Island / Santa Fe Island
Step on the oldest dock on the archipelago at colorful Plaza Sur. Home to vibrant green prickly pear cactus, deep red Sesuvium, and coppery-orange land iguanas, this impressive landscape is also home to a variety of coastal birds. Take the chance to snorkel or kayak along the shores where adult and pup sea lions swim.
This afternoon you’ll be on Santa Fe Island, a white sand beach where sea lions often rest and several brightly colored land iguana species reside. Hike to see the largest prickly pear cactus in the Galapagos before taking a dip in the crystalline waters.
Spend the morning on Española Island, starting at the outstanding beaches of Gardner Bay. Sea lions, marine iguanas, and the exotic Española mockingbird live here. Dive into Gardner Islet for a chance to play with the sea lions. Snorkel or kayak nearby Osborn Islet, a perfect place to observe the many varieties of vivid tropical fish, rays, and turtles.
After lunch hike the trails of Punta Suarez that lead you to a geyser that sprays water 25 m (75 feet) into the air. Watch as sea lions bodysurf in the waves while Española lava lizards roam the shores. Look for oystercatchers, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, Galápagos hawks, Galápagos doves, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds, and Española mockingbirds. If you’re here between April and December, you’ll be treated to colonies of waved albatross. Kayak or take a panga ride around the island for even more chances to spot the numerous birds and animals living here.
Twin Craters & Baltra Airport
After breakfast step onto Puerto Ayora for a short visit to see Los Gemelos, The Twins, two underground volcanic tubes that stretch to the other side of the island. Glimpse Galapagos hawks, vermilion flycatchers, and yellow warblers nesting in the dense forests.
Return to Baltra Airport for your return 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.