ARCHIPEL I ROUTE A4

ITINERARY A4 / 4D – 3N

Our 3 nights route cruises along 3 of the 4 inhabited islands of the archipelago, featuring their intriguing colonization history: San Cristobal, Floreana and Santa Cruz. But we will also land at two untouched islands: the extraordinary crown-jewel of Santa Fe and the popular, really not to be missed highlight South Plaza (both with land iguanas and giant cactus trees).

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Snorkelling with sea lions and colourful reef fish (Champion Islet)
  • Breeding programs of emblematic Galapagos giant tortoises
  • Crown jewel Santa Fé with mainly endemic species
  • Not to be missed highlight South Plaza (land iguanas & giant cactus forest)

navigation-hours
±17h
long-passages
3x
hikes galapagos
±5x
dinghy-ride
±2x
snorkelling galapagos islands
±1x
difficulty
Easy Moderate
High chance of spotting

Galapagos Giant Tortoise
galapagos giant tortoise giant turtle

Sea Lion
galapagos sea lion

Marine Iguana
iguana marine

Land Iguana
iguana galapagos islands

Galapagos Hawk
Galapagos Hawk
Legend

Arrival

Snorkeling

snorkeling galapagos islands

Hike

Kayak

kayak galapagos islands

Dinghy Ride

panga ride galapagos islands

Departure

VISITORS SITES MAP

DAY 1 / MONDAY

AM: Arrival at San Cristóbal Airport

PM: Cc. Tf David Rodríguez  hike galapagos islands

DAY2 / TUESDAY

AM: South Plaza hike galapagos islands

PM: Santa Fe hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

DAY 3 / WEDNESDAY

AM: Champion Islet (Floreana) panga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM: Loberia & Asylum of Peace (Floreana) hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

DAY 4 / THURSDAY

AM: El Chato Reserve – Twin Cratershike galapagos islands

Transfer out to Baltra Airport 

ISLANDS OVERVIEW & ACTIVITIES

ITINERARY A4

Monday

AM: Arrival at San Cristóbal Airport

Arrival at San Cristóbal Airport and transfer in. You will have to pay your Galapagos National Park entrance fee and your luggage will be inspected.

Activities:

Difficulty: – –

Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Cc. Tf David Rodríguez

Located in the southeastern area of San Cristobal, this breeding center was created to increase the population of the island’s giant tortoise. The complex includes everything, from a large enclosure to living quarters for the staff.

Activities: hike galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Cc Tf David Rodriguez ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador

Tuesday

AM: South Plaza

Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. There are several hybrid iguanas- a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana.

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

South Plaza Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Santa Fe

Santa Fe is home to a number of endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats and one of the two species of lands iguanas of the islands

Activities: hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Santa fe Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador

Wednesday

AM: Champion Islet (Floreana)

Floreana offers some of most spectacular snorkelling sites, such as Champion Islet. Galapagos sea lions will be waiting to play with you if you’re lucky. From the dinghy, birdwatchers will have the chance to amplify their growing spot lists with the almost extinct Charles mockingbird.

Activities:  panga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Floreana Champion Islet Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Loberia & Asylum of Peace (Floreana)

The Asylum of Peace hike goes past a mesmerising cave and visits a fascinating freshwater spring. La Loberia beach is an ideal spot to enjoy the ocean, as well as the sea lions that live there.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Loberia Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador

Thursday

AM: El Chato Reserve - Twin Craters

El Chato Reserve is a protected area and official part of the Galapagos National Park. It extends from Cerro El Chato as far down as the southwestern coast of Santa Cruz Island, where females lay their eggs.

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

El Chato reserve Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
Transfer out to Baltra Airport

Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra, where we will take the airport shuttle. Your guide will accompany you to the check-in counters in the departure hall.

We expect you to return home with stunning pictures and unforgettable lifelong memories!

Activities:

Difficulty: – –

Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
DAY 1

Monday

AM: Arrival at San Cristóbal Airport

Arrival at San Cristóbal Airport and transfer in. You will have to pay your Galapagos National Park entrance fee and your luggage will be inspected.

Activities:

Difficulty: – –

Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Cc. Tf David Rodríguez

Located in the southeastern area of San Cristobal, this breeding center was created to increase the population of the island’s giant tortoise. The complex includes everything, from a large enclosure to living quarters for the staff.

Activities: hike galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Cc Tf David Rodriguez ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
DAY 2

Tuesday

AM: South Plaza

Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. There are several hybrid iguanas- a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana.

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

South Plaza Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Santa Fe

Santa Fe is home to a number of endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats and one of the two species of lands iguanas of the islands

Activities: hike galapagos islandskayak galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Santa fe Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
DAY 3

Wednesday

AM: Champion Islet (Floreana)

Floreana offers some of most spectacular snorkelling sites, such as Champion Islet. Galapagos sea lions will be waiting to play with you if you’re lucky. From the dinghy, birdwatchers will have the chance to amplify their growing spot lists with the almost extinct Charles mockingbird.

Activities:  panga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Floreana Champion Islet Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Loberia & Asylum of Peace (Floreana)

The Asylum of Peace hike goes past a mesmerising cave and visits a fascinating freshwater spring. La Loberia beach is an ideal spot to enjoy the ocean, as well as the sea lions that live there.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Loberia Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
DAY 4

Thursday

AM: El Chato Reserve - Twin Craters

El Chato Reserve is a protected area and official part of the Galapagos National Park. It extends from Cerro El Chato as far down as the southwestern coast of Santa Cruz Island, where females lay their eggs.

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

El Chato reserve Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
Transfer out to Baltra Airport

Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra, where we will take the airport shuttle. Your guide will accompany you to the check-in counters in the departure hall.

We expect you to return home with stunning pictures and unforgettable lifelong memories!

Activities:

Difficulty: – –

Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador