MONSERRAT GALAPAGOS CRUISE ITINERARY B
Baltra Transfer to the boat to meet the guide and get on board. In the afternoon, enjoy the highlands. Visit a tortoise ranch and see some of the amazing volcanic formations on Santa Cruz.
Santa Cruz Highlands Excursion (PM)
Santa Cruz Island (2h-3h) Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz and see the Galápagos giant tortoise in its natural surroundings. Explore the area and its incredible underground lava tunnels – some are more than 1km (.6 mi) long! Wander along the volcanic tubes and keep an eye out for the (mainly) nocturnal barn owls that sometimes roost here
Land at South Plaza in the morning for wildlife spotting opportunities and a walk through the cactus forest. In the afternoon, take a guided walk around Santa Fé to observe wildlife and plentiful marine iguanas.
South Plaza Island Visit (AM)
South Plaza Visit South Plaza, one of the smallest islands in the Galápagos, which has one of the largest populations of land iguanas. Walk along a path through a cactus forest and view a combination of dry and coastal vegetation on this lively island, home to a wide range of fauna, including incredible birdlife. Spot red-billed tropicbirds and indigenous swallow-tailed gulls resting on the cliffs, and sea lions playing in the waters.
Sante Fé Hiking (PM)
Santa Fé Island Lace up your hiking boats to explore the island’s flora and fauna. Trek toward the cliffs along the island’s northern shore to see a forest of giant prickly pear cacti (Opuntia). See endemic land iguanas lounging in their favourite forest, and feasting on Opuntia pads and fruit.
Morning landing at Punta Pitt on San Cristóbal Island to observe the marine iguanas and seabirds along the beach and enjoy a snorkelling excursion. Head to La Galapaguera for opportunities to see giant tortoises.
Punta Pitt Visit (AM)
Punta Pitt Enjoy amazing wildlife watching and interesting geological formations on this fascinating expedition. Arrive at a quiet cove on the eastern tip of San Cristóbal to explore Punta Pitt. Made up of volcanic tuff substrate, it’s the only site in the Galápagos where it’s possible to see three species of boobies and two species of frigatebirds.
Snorkelling (Punta Pitt) (AM)
Punta Pitt Snorkel around Punta Pitt Island and spot schools of fish swimming below. On the shore admire the nesting birds and sun bathing sea lions. Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado Visit (PM) San Cristóbal Island Get up close to giant tortoises at the Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, an area of land reserved for the repopulation of these magnificent ancient creatures. Learn about the life cycle of the tortoises at the small breeding centre and interpretation centre.
San Cristóbal Explore the port town of Puerto Baquerizo, the capital of the Galápagos. Visit the San Cristóbal Interpretation Centre before transferred to the airport.
Interpretation Center Visit (AM)
San Cristóbal Island (1h-2h) Learn about the history of the Galápagos Islands from the very beginning of their volcanic origins through to today’s conservation efforts. Tour the Human History exhibit to learn about the islands’ discovery and colonization, and discover the natural history and variety of flora and fauna that make the Galápagos so fascinating.
Cooking made with Ecuadorian love!
- Our kitchen staff will keep you pampered while you are onboard. From delicious hot/cold snacks waiting for you after your morning and afternoon explorations, to mouthwatering hot lunches and dinners, the Monserrat has you covered
- Our barman/waiter together with our Chef and his assistant will make sure you experience the best from the Ecuadorian and international gastronomy. Your day will start with an ample breakfast spread in the mornings right before your morning landing. Upon your return from your visits to the islands both in the morning and on the afternoon, you will find hot/cold snacks with a refreshing fruit juice. Coffee and hot water for your favorite tea will be available 24 hours.
- Our Barman can help quench your thirst with a cold beer or cater to your palette with our selection of wines. Spirits and cocktails are also available. Be sure to ask our barman for our Galapagos inspired cocktail!
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