If you’re on a tight schedule, a five-day cruise may be ideal for you, and will give you a brief introduction to the vast variety of wildlife to be found on the Galapagos Islands. It will give you the chance to see five or six islands, each of which is home to different species.
We’ve put together a selection of our favorite tourist class boats to ensure that you get the chance to enjoy the islands, even if you’re on a budget. Tourist class boats offering five-day itineraries include the Angelito, Encantada, Daphne, Galaven and Nemo I.
This tour includes
· A bilingual (English/Spanish) guide
· All excursions included in itinerary of chosen boat
· Accommodation on board based on double occupancy rates
· All meals while onboard
· Transfers to and from the airport when in the Galapagos Islands
This tour does not include
· Airline ticket to/from mainland Ecuador
· Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park ($100 for adults / $50 for under-12s)
· Tourist Transit Card TCT ($20)
· Fuel surcharge
· Snorkeling gear and wetsuits
· Alcoholic beverages
· Travel insurance
· Any other service not mentioned herein
Sample itinerary (Encantada)
Day 1 (Friday) - Arrival & Santa Cruz Island
Arrival and transfer to Puerto Ayora. Afternoon visit to the Charles Darwin Research Center. Transfer to boat and begin your cruise adventure.
Day 2 (Saturday) - Genovesa Island
Morning visit to Prince Phillip’s Steps on Genovesa Island to visit the Palo Santo forest which is a nesting ground for boobies. Afternoon visit to Darwin Bay, the remains of a crater of a submerged volcano, to hike along a white sand coral beach and trail that winds through mangrove trees filled with Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. You’ll even get a chance to interact with playful sea lions.
Day 3 (Sunday) - Bartolomé & Santiago Islands
Morning arrival at Bartolomé island, a tiny island with red, green and black shades of lava and rocks. This extinct volcano is home to Pinnacle Rock, an iconic visitor site, which affords incredible views of the surrounding landscape. Bartolomé is also a great place for snorkeling and seeing the Galapagos penguin. Afternoon visit to Sullivan Bay to enjoy a walk over lava fields.
Day 4 (Monday) - James & Santa Cruz Islands
Morning visit to Bainbridge Rock (also known as James Bay), where you’ll hike a trail along the coastline to visit tide pools and grottos filled with sea life. You’ll also visit Chinese Hat, just off the southeast tip of the island, this tiny volcano has a wonderful small beach surrounded by lava fields and lava tubes. Here you get a feeling of being in a very remote and special place on earth. It is an excellent spot for snorkeling. Afternoon visit to Black Turtle Cove, a dark lagoon, hidden by a mangrove forest and home to Pacific sea turtles, white tip sharks and rays.
Day 5 (Tuesday) - North Seymour Island & Departure
Morning visit to North Seymour to visit a large breeding colony of fridge birds and blue-footed boobies, while you hike along a trail dotted by land and marine iguanas. It’s a special end to a fabulous adventure. Transfer to Baltra airport for departure.
Choosing the Right Galapagos Tour
Make sure you understand the options when it comes to booking your once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos tour.