ARCHIPEL II ROUTE A

ITINERARY A4 / 4D – 3N

Our 3-night itinerary follows 3 of the 4 inhabited islands of the archipelago, reflecting the exciting history of their successive settlements: San Cristobal, Floreana and Santa Cruz. But we also land on 2 virgin islands: the exquisite crown jewel of Santa Fe and the popular South Plaza (both with land iguanas and huge cactus trees).

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Bird-watching some of the most impressive birds on the Galapagos Islands, such as the red-billed tropicbird with its graceful long tail and spectacular mating fights.
  • Hiking on Colorado and Dragon Hill with the impressive landscape of Chinese Hat.
  • Snorkelling with playful Galapagos sea lions in one the most beautiful beaches of Santa Fe.
  • Memorable visit to the breeding centre and observe the unique Galapagos Tortoises.

navigation-hours
±20h
long-passages
3x
hikes galapagos
±5x
dinghy-ride
±0x
snorkelling galapagos islands
±3x
difficulty
Easy Moderate
High chance of spotting

Sea Lion
galapagos sea lion

Land Iguana
iguana galapagos islands

Galapagos Giant Tortoise
galapagos giant tortoise giant turtle

Marine Iguana
iguana marine

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 Cristobal Airport

PM: Lobos Islet  hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling 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: Chinese Hat hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

PM: Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

DAY 4 / THURSDAY

AM: Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)hike galapagos islands

Transfer out to Baltra Airport 

ISLANDS OVERVIEW & ACTIVITIES

ITINERARY A4

Monday

AM: Arrival at San Cristobal Airport

Arrival at San Cristobal 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: Lobos Islet

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 playful sea lions that live there.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Lobos Islet San Cristobal Archipel 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: Chinese Hat

Though recently born out of fire the volcanic islet Chinese Hat does not appear to be any more inhospitable than Bartolomé and lunatic Sullivan Bay. This tiny, rusty-coloured islet just begins to sprout. You arrive just in time to witness the next chapter about colonisation by pioneers!

Activities:  hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Chinese Hat Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)

Thanks to the successful breeding programme, Dragon Hill is still populated by the largest wild population of Galapagos land iguanas on Santa Cruz.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Dragon Hill Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador

Thursday

AM: Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz)

The most memorable part from the Charles Darwin Research Station will probably be the successful breeding centre and its celebrity ‘Lonesome George’.

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

Charles Darwin 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 Cristobal Airport

Arrival at San Cristobal 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: Lobos Islet

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 playful sea lions that live there.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Lobos Islet San Cristobal Archipel 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: Chinese Hat

Though recently born out of fire the volcanic islet Chinese Hat does not appear to be any more inhospitable than Bartolomé and lunatic Sullivan Bay. This tiny, rusty-coloured islet just begins to sprout. You arrive just in time to witness the next chapter about colonisation by pioneers!

Activities:  hike galapagos islandspanga ride galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Chinese Hat Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
PM: Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)

Thanks to the successful breeding programme, Dragon Hill is still populated by the largest wild population of Galapagos land iguanas on Santa Cruz.

Activities:  hike galapagos islandssnorkeling galapagos islands

Difficulty: Easy

Dragon Hill Archipel ATC Cruises Galapagos Islands Ecuador
DAY 4

Thursday

AM: Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz)

The most memorable part from the Charles Darwin Research Station will probably be the successful breeding centre and its celebrity ‘Lonesome George’.

Activities:

Difficulty: Easy

Charles Darwin 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