Galapagos  Islands cruises

Cruise itinerary

 

M/Y Cruz del Sur

Galapagos Islands cruises, Cruz del Sur yacht

Galapagos Cruz del Sur cruise, dining Galapagos Islands cruises, Cruz del Sur suite

Cruz del Sur is one in a series of ships that  cruises the Galapagos with style. It has air-conditioned cabins with upper and lower berths and hot shower.

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Mon : San Cristobal
Tue : San Cristobal
Wed : Española
Thu : Santa Cruz
Fri : Seymour, Baltra
Sat : Rabida, Bartolome
Sun : Plaza, Santa Fe
Mon : San Cristobal

Rates
HS:
$. 1,250
LS:
$. 1,250
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Activities
snorkeling

M/Y Angelito

Galapagos Islands cruises Angelito yacht

Galapagos Angelito cruise, Angelito bar Galapagos Islands cruises, Angelito cabin

The Angelito was built in 1992. It is almost a floating mini-hotel, with four sundecks that serve as patios, an elegant and well-lit dining deck with barInfo page: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4

Sun : Baltra, Seymour
Mon : Sombrero, Bartolome
Tue : Genovesa
Wed : Santiago, Rabida
Thu : Santa Cruz
Fri : Española
Sat : Santa Fe, Plaza
Sun : Baltra

Rates
HS:
$. 1,065
LS:
$.    650
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Activities
snorkeling

M/Y Nemo

Galapagos Islands cruises, Nemo catamaran

Galapagos Nemo cruise, cabin Galapagos Islands cruises, Nemo lounge

This magnificent catamaran has space for 12 passengers in 6 double cabins, each with private facilities, including hot showers.

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Sun : Baltra, Santa Cruz
Mon : Bartolome, Santiago
Tue : Rabida, Santa Cruz
Wed : Santa Cruz
Thu : Floreana
Fri : Española
Sat : Santa Fe, Plazas
Sun : Seymour, Baltra

Rates
HS:
$. 1,200
LS:
$.    700
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Activities
snorkeling, diving

M/S Sea Cloud

Galapagos Islands cruises, Sea cloud yacht

Galapagos Sea Cloud cruises, cabin Galapagos Islands cruises, Sea cloud cockpit

It cruise accommodates passengers in 4  cabins, each with double lower and single upper berths, private head and hot water shower.

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Wed : Baltra, Seymour
Thu : Santa Cruz
Fri : Española
Sat : Floreana
Sun : Isabela
Mon : Isabela, Fernandina
Tue : Santiago, Bartolome
Wed : Baltra

Rates
HS:
$. 1,575
LS: $. 1,398
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Activities
kayaking, snorkeling

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M/S Samba

Galapagos Islands cruises, Samba boat

Galapagos Samba cruise, cabin Galapagos Islands cruises, Samba dining

It was built in Holland with teak decks in 1996 as a luxury yacht, is now a perfectly well converted cruise boat specialized in Galapagos tours.

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Tue : Baltra, Seymour
Wed : Plaza, Santa Cruz
Thu : Española
Fri : Floreana
Sat : Isabela
Sun : Isabela, Fernandina
Mon : Santiago, Bartolome
Tue : Baltra

Rates
HS:
$. 1,585
LS: $. 1,230
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Activities
snorkeling, diving

M/Y Estrella de Mar

Galapagos Islands cruises, Estrella del Mar yacht

Galapagos Estella de mar cruise, dining Galapagos cruises, Estrella de Mar lounge

Estrella del Mar was built in 1990. It has capacity for 16 passengers in 8 double cabins with private baths and air-conditioning

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Mon : San Cristobal
Tue : Española
Wed : Floreana
Thu : Isabela
Fri : Santa Cruz
Sat : Baltra, Bartolome
Sun : Plaza, Santa Fe
Mon : San Cristobal

Rates
HS:
$. 1,250
LS: $. 1,250
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Activities
 

Archipel

Galapagos Islands cruises, Archipel catamaran

Galapagos Archipel cruise, cabin Galapagos cruises, Archipel restaurant

Archipel accommodates 16 passengers in 10 comfortable double cabins with outside views, private bathroom, hot water, locker and closet.

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Mon : San Cristobal
Tue : Española
Wed : Floreana
Thu : Santa Cruz
Fri : Isabela
Sat : Isabela, Fernandina
Sun : Bartolome,  Seymour
Mon : San Cristobal

Rates
HS:
$. 2,304
LS: $. 1,947
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Activities
kayaking, snorkeling

M/S Cachalote I

Galapagos Islands cruises, Cachalote I

Galapagos Cachalote cruises, bar Galapagos Islands cruises, Cachalote restaurant

Cachalote is equipped with 8 double occupancy cabins, making the total passengers 16. Each cabin has private facilities.

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Wed : Baltra, Plazas
Thu : Santa Cruz
Fri : Española
Sat : Floreana
Sun : Isabela
Mon : Isabela, Fernandina
Tues : Santiago, Bartolome
Wed : Santa Cruz, Baltra

Rates
HS:
$. 1,799
LS: $. 1,619
Book online

Activities
snorkeling

 

Galapagos Islands geology

Galapagos Islands landscapes pictures, Punta Espinosa, FernandinaThe Galapagos are a group of volcanic islands located above a hot spot near the intersection of the Nazca and Cocos tectonic plates.  The dominant type of volcano found on the islands is the shield volcano, some of which contain huge calderas.  Historically recent volcanism has occurred on Alcedo, Cerro Azul, Fernandina, Floreana, Marchena, Pinta, Santiago, Sierra Negra, and Wolf volcano. 

Some islands, such as Santa Cruz and San Cristobal, have been active in recent geologic time, yet also show evidence of volcanism occurring as far back as over two million years ago. Galapagos are one of the world’s most active volcanic areas, with over 50 eruptions in the last 200 years. The largest island, Isabela, is made up of six volcanoes which have flowed into each other, filling the Pacific gap between them.

Fernandina has erupted on a regular basis, every 4-5 years since 1968, with the last eruption being in 1995 when lava flowed into the sea, also Cerro Azul volcano on Isabella has erupted regularly.

Vegetation zones

Pampa Zone: There are virtually no trees or shrubs, and the vegetation consists largely of terms, grasses and sedges. This is the wettest zone, specially during the garua seazon, receiving as much as 2.5 m of rain in some years.

Brown Zone: It is intermediate between the dense Scalesia forest and the Miconia shrubb vegetation. It is an open forest dominated by cat’s law, tournefortia pubescens, and aunistus ellipticus. Trees are heavily drapped with epiphytes, mosses, livertorts and ferms, which give this zone a brown appearance during the dry season. This zone has disappeared because of colonization by man.

Galapagos plants pictures, ScalesiaScalesia Zone: The transition zone merges into the evergreen scalesia forest, which is lush cloud forest, dominated by scalesia pedunculata trees. This type of forest occurs only on the higher islands and, being the richest zone in terms of soil fertility and productivity, has been extensively cut down for agricultural and cattle ranching purposes. The scalesia forest is diverse and has many edemic species.

Transition Zone: It is intermediate in character between the scalesia and arid zones, but dominated by different species than either of the adjacent zones. The forest is still mainly deciduous. It is much more dense and diverse than forest of the arid zones and it is often difficult to say whether any species is dominant.

Arid Zone: Is the most extensive vegetation zone. It is a semi-desert forest dominated by deciduous trees and shrubs. The plants have adaptations to withstand drought. There are great numbers of endemic species. Lichens are abundant in this zone because they are tolerant of dry conditions and are capable of absorbing moisture from the occasional garua mist.

Miconia Zone: The southern slopes of San Cristobal and Santa Cruz are the only places where there is a dense shrubby belt of Miconia Robinsoniana. Native trees are absent from this zone and ferms are abundant in the herb layer. There are also many liverworts than elsewhere.

Coastal Zone: This evergreen zone is based on salt tolerance abilities of certain species at the land/sea interface. The type of vegetation found varies greatly. The mangroves form forest in coves, while on beaches there are vines, grasses and shrubs. Many plants in this zone are adapted dispersal by the sea and few are endemic because of the unstable nature of the environmental and high immigration rates.

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