8 days cruising the south islands of the Galapagos archipelago aboard the Millenium catamaran


A cruise to the Galapagos islands in the south. Discover a range of ecosystems in which giant tortoises and marine iguanas, as well as other animals, are free to roam freely without fear of humans. This route covers all of the highlights in the southern section. The Millenium, a large boat with stable cruising and safe passage, is spacious.
Day 1: Baltra Airport & Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill

Your flight from Quito, Guayaquil to Baltra Airport arrives at noon. The ship departs for the southwest after lunch.

Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill

The first excursion takes place at Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon). These are the Santa Cruz Island's last remaining vegetation land iguanas.

Overnight onboard and dinner.

Day 2: Plaza Island & Santa Fe Island

South Plaza Island

The Plaza Island is reached at dawn. This is due to the Opuntia cacti, which are powerful and bright orange-red sesuvium shrubs. It's a colorful island with land iguanas dominating the field. The cliffs along the south coast are home to a small colony of sea lions. Apart from the brown pelican and tropic birds, there are also frigate birds, swallow-tailed, frigate birds and blue-footed boobies.

Santa Fe Island

Spend an afternoon on Santa Fe Island. This anchorage is where you can swim alongside sea lions or sea turtles. You can stay onboard for dinner and an overnight.

Day 3: San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Center & Lobos Island

Interpretation Center

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the administrative center for the archipelago. It's located at San Cristobal. You will find the new visitor center. The center features a wonderful exhibit about the Galapagos' settlement history and nature.

Lobos Island

Lobos Island can be reached in the afternoon. The islet is located on San Cristobal Island near Playa Ochoa and is home to blue-footed bobies as well as frigate birds. They nest in the salt bushes. Sea lions are also possible to be found here again. You can also find saguaro and cacti in this area.

Overnight onboard and dinner.

Day 4: San Cristobal island: Punta Pitt & Natural Galapaguera

Punta Pitt

You will reach Punta Pitt, the northeastern tip San Cristobal at dawn. You will pass colonies of frigate birds swallow-tailed and gulls, Nazca, red-footed boobies, and Nazca on your way. Punta Pitt is where all three species of booby are found in the Galapagos.

Natural Galapaguera

We will be walking from the beach to the high country and into the field of a Natural Galapaguera in the afternoon. It takes approximately three and a quarter hours to walk this distance (return and return). It can get very hot during the warmer months, as there are no shade trees. You will be rewarded by the chance to see the Galapagos giant tortoises, which can be found in their natural habitat along this route. These giant tortoises can reach up to 200 years of age and weigh up to 300kg.

Overnight onboard and dinner.

Day 5: San Cristobal Island: Cerro Brujo & Kicker Rock

Cerro Brujo

You will arrive at Cerro Brjo, on the west coast of San Cristobal in the morning. There are many pelicans, gulls, and boobies in this amazing crater. The bay is home to young sea turtles, stingrays, and it's a great spot for snorkeling and swimming.

Kicker Rock

Drive along the coast to Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock), a fragmented tuff that serves as a nesting area for seabirds. Keep an eye out for blue-footed bobies, frigate birds and pelicans.

Overnight onboard and dinner.

Day 6: Española Island: Punta Suárez & Gardner Bay

The southern Espanola Island (Hood), is flat and entirely a part of birds. Large colonies of blue-footed and masking boobies nest here, which are still available until December. They join 10,000 albatrosses in March, and other birds such as tropical birds, songbirds, and various gulls.

Punta Suarez

You will spend the morning exploring Punta Suarez. This is one of the most popular spots in the Archipelago. It features many species that can be found on the cliffs and beaches. The place is also home to five marine species. It is also home to bold Galapagos mockingbirds as well as doves, hawks and doves. This is the only spot where you can see red iguanas. You may also see newborn albatross chicks and nests of albatross on the island from May through December. There are many reptiles that you can see on the island, such as the marine iguana or lava lizard. They are very unique. Thunderous jets can be generated by the impact of water on rocks when the waves are high in Punta Suarez. These jets can reach up to 30 meters. The walk will be approximately 2 km long and last for 3 hours.

Gardner Bay

You will find Gardner Bay in the afternoon. This beautiful white sand beach, which measures two kilometers long, is one of the most picturesque bays in Galapagos. Espanola mockingbirds and sea lions relax in the sun, while Espanola hawks are often nearby. Additionally, you will find marine iguanas at the beach's end and bright red crabs walking over the rocks. This area offers amazing snorkeling opportunities.

Overnight onboard and dinner

Day 7: Floreana Island: Punta Cormorant & Post Office Bay

Floreana (Charles) was the first island to be inhabited in 1832. It was home to a wild mix colonists. It was the setting for a Hollywood mature drama in the 1930s that attracted worldwide attention. There were many deaths and the disappearances of others, leaving a puzzle unsolved until today.

Punta Cormorant

We take a walk to Punta Cormorant in the morning. After landing on the beach, we descend 100m along a path to reach a mangrove lagoon. The lagoon is home to Galapagos ducks as well as black storks and gold sandpipers. We may also be able to see flamingos. A second trail leads to a small beach that is a nesting spot for Pacifc sea turtles. It can be found from December through March. Rays can be found in shallow waters, and occasionally reef sharks whitetip too.

Post Office Bay

Next, we will visit the Post Office Bay. This is where you can find the famous post barrel that was used by whalers to send their mail. You can also leave a note here, and it will be delivered to you by another tourist. Don't forget your postcards!

You can snorkel at Punta Cormorant or the Bahia Post Office.

Overnight onboard and dinner.

Day 8: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station & Balta Airport

Santa Cruz, the last island in the Archipelago, was colonized by the Spanish in 1926. The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to over 100 scientists from all over the world. They play an important role in environmental education and nature conservation. A visit to the information centre and the outdoor area, with its turtles- and iguanas enclosures, is a must during any Galapagos vacation.

At midday, you'll fly from Baltra Airport to the mainland to Guayaquil and Quito.

Highlights

  • Land on all of the Southern islands of the Galapagos archipelago exploring endemic wildlife
  • Ride a zodiac, kayak and snorkel amongst the beautiful bays at Floreana island as you spot sea lions, blue footed boobies and possibly penguins
  • Visit the birdlife rich Española island (albatross, mockingbirds, nazca and bluefooted boobies)
  • Find both marine and land iguanas in the wild as you explore Santa Fe, Española, Santa Cruz and South Plazas (Islands where they inhabit)
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