Sailing from Ecuador
Setting sail from San Cristóbal Island
San Cristóbal is the most easterly of the Galapagos islands, home to the provincial capital and second largest human settlement in the archipelago, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The fantastic wildlife includes fur seals, boobies and the endangered Chatham frigatebird.
Ecuador: Roca León Dormido
The iconic twin lava towers of Kicker Rock sit just off the coast of San Cristóbal, and if you’re lucky with the weather you’ll be treated to a spectacular sunset here. The island is known as Roca León Dormido in Spanish, as the rocks resemble a sleeping lion when viewed from the south.
Ecuador: Bartolomé Island
The summit of Bartolomé Island offers outstanding views of some of the Galapagos archipelago’s most spectacular volcanic scenery, including the much-photographed Pinnacle Rock. The island is also home to penguins, sea lions and turtles, with some great snorkelling spots just offshore.
Ecuador: Playa Espumilla
Ecuador: Punta Vicente Roca
Punta Vicente Roca is one of the best snorkelling locations off the coast of Isabela, and the waters at the base of the cliffs teem with life, including sea turtles, sea lions and Galapagos penguins. There are also caves where you can see birds including brown noddies and flightless cormorants.
Ecuador: Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)
Punta Espinoza is home to the largest colony of marine iguanas in the Galapagos, and you will see them draped across the black lava rocks sunning themselves during the day. Other species on Fernandina Island include Sally Lightfoot crabs, sea lions and the rare flightless cormorant.
Ecuador: Caleta Tagus
Caleta Tagus is a sheltered cove on the western shore of Isabela, a safe harbour for many sailors over the years, and a great spot for snorkelling and kayaking. You can also take a hike up a path lined with palo santo trees for spectacular views of Isabela’s volcanic landscape.
Ecuador: Bahia Elizabeth
Bahia Elizabeth, on the west coast of Isabela, is an incredible wildlife spot. As your zodiac cruises amongst the islets studding the bay you can expect to see blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants and Galapagos penguins, while the mangroves beyond are home to sea turtles, rays, pelicans and even sharks.
Ecuador: Post Office Bay (Floreana)
Flamingos, cormorants and sea turtles can all be found around Floreana, and the island also has an interesting human history. This is the site of the famous Galapagos ‘post office’, a barrel where sailors would place letters to be transported home by passing ships.
Ecuador: Isla Champion
Ecuador: Punta Cormorant (Floreana Island)
The name is slightly misleading, as you won't find any cormorants here! Instead you'll discover a wonderful white sand beach where turtles and stingrays swim in the shallows, and a brackish lagoon where vivid pink American flamingos nest.
Ecuador: Cerro Dragón (Santa Cruz)
The aptly named Cerro Dragón, or ‘Dragon Hill’, is known for its population of land iguanas. These creatures were very nearly wiped out by feral dogs in the 1970s, but the conservation efforts of the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park have been very successful in protecting the iguanas and growing their numbers.
Ecuador: Las Bachas
The beautiful beaches of Las Bachas, on the north coast of Santa Cruz island, are a key nesting site for sea turtles. The name Las Bachas derives from a mispronunciation of the word ‘barges’, after the American army abandoned several barges here at the end of the Second World War.
Ecuador: Los Gemelos
Los Gemelos, the ‘twins’, are two huge sinkholes up in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz island. Birds including Darwin finches and mockingbirds can be spotted amongst the foliage, and the nearby Rancho El Manzanillo is the best place on the island to see giant tortoises in the wild.
Ecuador: Puerto Ayora
Puerto Ayora is the largest town in the Galapagos, on the south coast of Santa Cruz island. From here you can visit the lush highlands where giant tortoises roam free, and you can learn more about tortoise conservation at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Arriving in Baltra
The flat and arid island of Baltra, also known as South Seymour, is home to the Galapagos archipelago’s main airport, formerly a US air base. The island is inhabited by wildlife including boobies and frigatebirds, but there are no sites open to visitors, so if you see anything it will only be in passing as you transfer between airport and ship.
Your home from home
Visiting the Galapagos has to be one of the most magical travel experiences on earth – and to visit on board a ship like Silver Galapagos is surely the icing on the cake.
What we love
The intimate 100 guest Silver Galapagos gives you a supremely comfortable home from home, as you visit places with no tourism infrastructure whatsoever. Without the ship, you simply wouldn't be able to get there. But as it is, you can travel like an intrepid explorer, but without any compromise on comfort.
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Tailor-make your trip
A stay at Mashpi Lodge, in the heart of Ecuador's stunning cloud forest, is a luxurious way to extend your trip to South America.
How about pairing your Galapagos cruise with an overland adventure through Peru to Lake Titicaca, perhaps even crossing the border into starkly beautiful Bolivia.
It's easy to combine your Galapagos cruise with a trip to Machu Picchu, the enigmatic and spectacular Inca city high in the Andes.
Spend a couple of days in Ecuador's charming capital, Quito, exploring the beautiful colonial-era churches of the old town.