Galapagos Cruise Silver Origin - New Year Cruise

Tour/Activity in San Cristóbal Island, Ecuador

About this activity

Explore the islands of Galapagos Islands with this fantastic new year cruise

Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO

Day 1

Transfer from Baltra Airport to the harbour

Arrival at Baltra Airport and transfer to the harbor to board the ship. Onboard, a briefing will be held and you will be shown to your rooms.

Day 2

Gardner Bay, Española

Morning: Join the colony of sea lions on the beautiful white coral beach. From the shoreline, you can observe the Galapagos hawks, American oystercatchers, Galapagos doves, mockingbirds, gold-warblers, lava lizards, marine iguanas and three different types of Darwin finch! When snorkelling or diving, you have the opportunity to see the diverse underwater world of Gardner Island. Californian angelfish, neon fish, parrotfish, manta rays and white-tip reef sharks all call these waters home.

Punta Suarez, Española

Afternoon: Española is a geologically interesting island where you can explore the volcanic formations and spot a lot more of the Galapagos's unique fauna. Regular sightings include large sea lion colonies and flocks of seabirds, such as the Española mockingbird, the Nazca booby, and the spectacular red-beaked tropicbird. There are also marine iguanas, lizards, and Sally Lightfoot crabs.

A long hike will take you past the world's largest colony of Galapagos albatrosses! During mating season (May to December) you will have the opportunity to see the nesting area of the albatrosses and if you're lucky, you'll even get to witness their courting dance. The courting dance of the albatross is extra special as it is the start of a life-long bond for these birds who mate for life. Other interesting birds include Galapagos doves, Galapagos hawks, whip-tailed gulls.

Make a final stop to admire the dramatic topography of the famous Blow Hole, catapulting seawater an impressive 23 meters into the air.

Day 3

Cerro Brujo, San Cristóbal

Afternoon: Cerro Brujo is a volcanic cone that looks over a beautiful white sandy beach that has plenty of sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and marine iguanas. From atop the hill, you also have a great view over to Leon Dormido. After the hike, cool off with a dip in the perfect aquamarine waters.

Day 4

Free Time

Morning: Today is an opportunity for you to sleep in and to enjoy the wonderful amenities such as the basecamp, the gym and the spa area onboard the Silver Origin. Take your time to recharge before heading to your next adventure

Day 5

Bartolomé Island

Morning: Bartolomé in the northern part of the archipelago was nominated for the World Travel Awards 2012 as the most beautiful beach of South America. Here, you will find a fascinating, lunar-like volcanic landscape. At its centre, the famous landmark of Galapagos: Pinnacle Rock.

A climb to the highest point of the island offers a wonderful view of the landscape. Take a swim together with some of the penguins who play in the waters and on the shores of the bay here.

Buccaneer Cove, Santiago

Afternoon: At the time of piracy in the 16th century, this cave on the north-western coast of Santiago was used by pirates and privateers to rest, get fresh water and replenish their food supplies. From here, it is best to go inland to find water and bring turtles as provisions to the ship, as the ship was well protected and undiscovered in the cave. Today, numerous Galapagos bird species nest on the cliffs of the cave and circle in the skies above the island's red beach. This is also a great place for snorkelling and relaxing on the beach with the odd sea lion or fur seal.

Day 6

Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela

Morning: The sea-horse-shaped island of Isabela is the largest of the archipelago and the most volcanically active. Punta Vicente Roca is considered one of the most impressive and spectacular places of the enchanted Galapagos Islands with high cliffs and tuff stone giving this area a majestic feel.

While you explore the two coves and the large bay with spectacular sea life, keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the weird and wonderful mola-mola, also known as sunfish. In good conditions, Punta Vicente Roca is considered one of the best snorkelling sites in the Galapagos.

Punta Espinoza, Fernandina

Afternoon: Fernandina is the youngest island in the archipelago, at only around 700,000 years old. Surrounded by hills amidst a lava landscape covered with cacti and mangroves is the visitor location Punta Espinoza. Meet sea lions and hundreds of marine iguanas basking on the black lava rocks and on the beach. While snorkeling you might come close to the resident penguins darting quickly through the water. This is a perfect spot for finding the flightless cormorant.

Day 7

Tagus Cove, Isabela

Morning: The historical pirate hideaway of Tagus Cove has been frequented by sailors since the 1800s. The names of visiting ships were often painted and carved into the cliffs surrounding the cove. Trails wind their way around Lake Darwin up to a ridge, offering wonderful views of the landscape and the ocean, with Wolf and Darwin Islands dotting the horizon. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another idyllic tropical beach surrounded by mangroves. You can enjoy a panga ride through the cliffs, observing penguins, flightless cormorants, boobies, pelicans and Sally Lightfoot crabs or return to the cove to relax on the shore or snorkel.

Elizabeth Bay, Isabela

Afternoon: The wide and sheltered Elizabeth Bay, on Isabela's east coast, hosts a bevy of the archipelago's unique wildlife. The mangrove-lined shore contrasts starkly against the surrounding lava fields. The myriad of small islets and rocky reefs make this is a particularly rich area for wildlife.

The waters here are particularly clear, and this makes Elizabeth Bay a great place to spot the rays, sharks, green sea turtles, Galapagos penguins, pelicans, and Galapagos sea lions known to gather here. Nearer to the shores and mangroves you'll see Galapagos flightless cormorants and the sunbathing marine iguanas.

Day 8

Post Office Bay, Floreana

Morning: Floreana offers a wonderful testament to the fascinating human history of the Archipelago. Although paling in comparison to geological history, human history extends far beyond the island's first residents.

At Post Office Bay you can learn about the historic barrel that has served as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. Lonely sailors, away from home for years at a time, would stop at Floreana to restock their supplies of food and water. The homesick sailors devised a clever solution - they left letters in a makeshift 'post box' on Floreana, and when passing ships stopped on the way back to their homeport, they would pick up all the letters destined for that place and deliver them.

To this day, the system is alive and well - each year thousands of visitors continue to leave letters for loved ones, and search for letters to bring home and deliver. To keep the tradition alive, hunt for a letter destined for a town near you and hand-deliver it.

Champion Islet

Afternoon: Champion Islet, located just off Floreana Island, is considered one of the most beautiful snorkelling spots in the Galapagos. Seahorses, green sea turtles and surgeonfish are common to Champion. This is one of the best opportunities for dolphin watching and is one of the last two natural habitats of the Charles Mockingbird.

Punta Cormorant, Floreana

Afternoon: Punta Cormorant is home to two stunning natural beaches. You'll make a wet landing in the first bay, where you'll find a special black sand beach that twinkles green in the sunlight. The shimmering sand is made of olivine crystals, remnants of a long-gone violent volcanic eruption. In the waters here are sea turtles, reef fishes, sea lions, and even reef sharks! There is also a small penguin colony in Floreana where you might have a chance to see on your lucky day.

Following the short trail along the beach, you'll come to a second little bay. Visitors will be delighted by the soft, white powdery sand that feels like walking in fine baking flour. This gorgeous beach certainly earned the name "Flour Beach". In the bay, you will likely spot green sea turtles, and if you wander back from the sandy stretch, you can find a saltwater lagoon that attracts vibrant flamingos and the adorable white-cheeked pintails.

Day 9

Highlands of Santa Cruz

Morning: As you venture into Santa Cruz's higher altitude areas, you will notice the changes in the vegetation as the climate becomes wetter and warmer. The earth in the upper altitudes is rich in minerals. Coffee plantations and fruit orchards line the streets and giant tortoises roam around at ease in their natural environment.

The Scalesia forests in this area offer the opportunity to discover endemic species of the Galapagos Islands, as well as giant cacti and a variety of deciduous trees and edible fruits.

Here you can also visit the twin 'craters' Los Gemelos. While they are not craters in the technical sense, these 70-meter vertical gullies with a carpet of lush vegetation are an impressive sight to behold.

Day 10

Cerro Dragón, Santa Cruz

Morning: You won't find a more fitting place name than Cerro Dragón, "Dragon Hill", located behind a flamingo lagoon.

Dragon-like land iguanas roam across the sun-scorched, boulder-strewn island, grazing freely on the fruits and flowers of their favourite food, the Opuntia Cacti. Cerro Dragón is a great opportunity to get out your camera and capture some of what makes the Galapagos Islands so unique.

Islet Guy Fawkes

Afternoon: Guy Fawkes is a group of four small islands on the north-western side of Santa Cruz Island. They are satellite cones surrounded by deep waters. When they emerge from the depths, they are caught by the strong ocean currents, making the area a place full of life. These small islands have beautiful underwater cliffs covered with all kinds of marine invertebrates such as sponges, corals, starfish and sea urchins - a very colourful place for deep water snorkelling. Due to the conditions mentioned above, huge fish aggregations occur, and because of the depth of the water, it is not uncommon to see sharks or manta rays. Guy Fawkes is one of the most exciting places for deep water snorkelling.

Bahía Borrero, Santa Cruz

Morning: In the north of Santa Cruz Island is Bahía Borrero, a beautiful white coral beach used as a nesting site by green sea turtles. Behind the dunes is a forest with typical vegetation from the dry zone: palo santo, leatherleaf and salty shrubs. This vegetation is home to yellow warblers and some of the most characteristic species of Darwin's finches, such as the cactus finch or the small ground finch. This extinct volcano, due to its altitude, shows the different vegetation zones that go from littoral to dry and then, with more humidity, to the humid zone, finally ending in the dry pampas. It is an impressive landscape to enjoy while swimming in the turquoise waters of the bay or taking a relaxing walk on the beach.

Day 11

Return to the habour of Baltra

The cruise concludes at Baltra, from there you will transfer to the airport for your flight back to the mainland or continue with your planned itinerary in the Galapagos.

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