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Galápagos Islands: San Cristobal and Española

Do you remember those stunning BBC documentaries about the Galápagos Islands? Waved albatrosses, marine iguanas and wingless cormorants in spectacular surroundings, full of volcanoes and dramatic coastlines … But reality is even better! So join me on an adventurous journey to the most stunning islands along the east coast: San Cristobal and Española.

Tour dates



Easy to moderate

Group size

12 – 14 people


5950 euro


Our local guide, Juan Manuel, awaits us at Baltra airport. He will drive us to the harbor, where we will embark on our ship, The Samba. We discover the jungle surrounding the Galapagos from the Santa Cruz highlands. Darwin finches, mockingbirds, Galapagos vermillion flycatchers, and diverse indigenous plants can be seen. We visit giant tortoises in their natural habitat.

Punta Cormorant contains a lagune where flamingos like to forage. Opposite this point, you’ll find tortoises, stingrays, and reef sharks.

We’ll go snorkeling at noon and take the rubber boat around Champion Island, joined by sea lions, as we look out for the rare Floreana mockingbird.

We end at the legendary Post Office Bay for a walk and kayak trip among sea lions, mangrove forest and blue-footed boobies. 

Punta Suarez is full of life: sea lions, bright-colored iguanas, and elegant red crabs moving across the rocks. Here, you’ll find the only tropical albatrosses in the world, joined by many others like tropicbirds, swallow-tailed gulls, Nazca boobies, and blue-footed boobies. We go snorkeling around Gardner Bay in the afternoon.

Chatham is the first island Charles Darwin entered when he visited the Galapagos islands. The volcanic cliffs of Kicker Rock are over 130 m high at some points; they are a beloved spot for large numbers of seabirds. We swim with Galapagos sharks, tortoises, countless colorful fish, and beautiful eagle rays.

In the afternoon, we sail to Punta Pitt.

Barrington Bay is one of the most picturesque places on the Galapagos: white beaches, a turquoise sea, and giant cacti. Having been isolated from the other islands for a long time, you can find endemic Galapagos iguanas, a real-life yellow dragon. He’s joined by Galapagos hawks, mockingbirds, and Darwin finches.

Further north is South Plaza, with its bright red seaweed, iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, and red-billed tropicbirds.

Chinise Hat is a hotspot for lava tunnels and white beaches surrounding black cliffs. We snorkel and enjoy the view of the present penguins.
In the afternoon, we walk to the top of Bartolomé Island, to admire the view at Pinnacle Rock.

At James Bay, we can see countless coast birds and reptiles – wandering tattlersmarine iguanas, and bright-colored crabs, to name a few.

The grand finale is our visit to the enormous lava tunnels, home of the Galapagos sea bears. We snorkel with the tortoises, reef sharks, and stunning colored fish.

On our last day, we visit North Seamore in the morning for a walk among the largest Galapagos colony of blue-footed booby, swallow-tailed gulls and frigatebirds. 

After breakfast, we leave our ship to go back to Baltra airport. 


In cooperation with Starling Tours


Professional guidance, booking fees, boat rides, all local transport, all meals and nights
on board of Samba, snorkelling gear, drinking water, all land excursions,
entrance fee for the national park entrance, specialised local guides, insurance guarantee fund

Not included

National and international flights, airport taxes, visa costs (if applicable), hotels before and after boat trip, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, cancellation insurance, travel insurance, personal purchases, gratuities for guides and crew

Are you interested in this tour? Send me an email and I’ll get in touch!

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