Sometimes, the best way to go about planning your vacation is doing it ahead of time. This way you can make sure you investigate all the options that are available, save some money on plane tickets, find the most amazing location and book exactly what you’re looking for. We all know how tricky it can be to get a few days off from work each year and that we use them wisely when we do in fact manage to get them. Here at Metropolitan Touring, we are thrilled to announce that, beginning next year with our Santa Cruz II Galapagos cruise, we will offer a brand new Galapagos itinerary that offers big things in a small and convenient package.
Around the Galapagos Bend in a Handful of Days (5 days/4 nights)
This new Galapagos itinerary gives you the opportunity to discover some of the less frequented islands over in the western region of the archipelago, but within in a shorter period of time. Make no mistake, despite their isolation, the islands on this side actually rank among some of the highest rated islands in the Galapagos. This new itinerary allows visitors to spend one whole day in the west by just making a single, long-distance trip overnight. And don’t worry about getting too dizzy at sea during this long excursion: the Santa Cruz II is stable and seaworthy enough to give passengers a journey that almost feels as if it we’re gliding across clouds.
Another added benefit of getting to visit the western side of the archipelago on this new Galapagos itinerary is that you’ll get to check off a greater number of the iconic wildlife. 12 out of our BIG15 iconic species are actually included in this itinerary, which is in fact quite a lot for just how short it is. This includes the famous flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, and the Galapagos giant tortoise.
Something else is that the itinerary begins and ends over on Baltra Island, which means that if you have some extra days you can head over to Puerto Ayora, enjoy the local islander life and stay at the lovely Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel.
New Galapagos Itinerary: Offering You a Number of Places to Go To, and Plenty of Things to See….
The new itinerary begins over in the middle of the archipelago on Baltra Island. Not far from where you’ll be hopping on board is Dragon Hill (over on Santa Cruz Island) that offers guests the chance to take an interesting hike through the native Palo Santo forest while checking out numerous land iguanas along the way. This first night will then see the Santa Cruz II taking it’s longest trip throughout the whole itinerary, headed west for Isabela Island.
Smooth sailing gives guests a comfortable sleep throughout the night that allows them to wake up the next morning refreshed and ready to experience Pedro Vicente Roca over on the north-western part of Isabela Island. This is a great visitor site because it allows guests to examine the awesome geological beauty of the islands – there’s even volcanoes here that have slipped off into the ocean and given us a cross-section view of the sedimentation. The latter half of the day will then be followed up with Punta Espinosa on Fernandina Island, where you’ll get to experience one of the youngest islands in the whole archipelago, home to the largest colony of marine iguanas in the enchanted isles. This portion of the day will present a beautiful combination of things surreal and fantastic, as guests will venture over a land that seems almost completely otherworldly. In fact, Fernandina Island is considered to be one of the most pristine islands in the whole world, and it’s home to the fascinating flightless cormorant too!
After the journey west, the boat will head back to the centre of the archipelago, stopping over at the town of Puerto Ayora. Here, guests can experience the local island life while visiting the world-renowned Charles Darwin Research Station. The Station exhibits the numerous conservation projects that are currently underway thanks to the scientists doing research here. Afterward, guests are free to spend their day at their own leisure or choose from the activities available.
This new Galapagos itinerary then caps itself off with one last trip to Floreana Island, which is home to a long and intricate history involving its first visitors and settlers. Stunning wildlife is the cherry on top as guests get to visit Post Office Bay and Punta Cormorant. The tour ends the following day, at which point we will wish our guests a proper farewell before they leave the Galapagos!
For more information on this new Galapagos itinerary, please be sure to check out the 5 days / 4 nights Western Islands Galapagos.