This 7-day Western Galapagos Islands cruise on the luxury Treasure of Galapagos catamaran reaches some of the region's most remote and pristine islands.
With nine spacious cabins, a maximum capacity of 16 guests and 11 attentive crew members, experience the Enchanted Islands in an intimate setting with gracious hospitality.
Your journey begins at Seymour Airport on Baltra Island, where you'll meet and greet your expert naturalist guide and fellow passengers.
Your very first stop on the Treasure of Galapagos is the Charles Darwin Research Center on Santa Cruz Island, a facility dedicated to preserving marine wildlife and biodiversity in the region. Then explore Whale Bay on the island's western shores, one of the oldest whaling camps here, and spot Galapagos hawks, Galapagos sea lions, Darwin's finches as you walk across the bay's unique olivine sands. Explore Dragon Hill on the northwestern shores of Santa Cruz, aptly named for the population of Galapagos land iguanas that populate this island. Observe mini-land dragons roam the sun-drenched sands and jagged boulders, feeding on the fruits and flowers of the Opuntia Cacti.
Then sail onward to Isabela Island and spend time discovering its highlights on the Treasure of Galapagos, observing white-tipped reef sharks resting in the calm waters between the collection of islets of Las Tintoreras. At 4640 sq. km, Isabela Island is the largest, yet one of the youngest islands in the archipelago. Tour the Wetlands for the opportunity to spot the elusive flamingo, and climb the 20-meter walls of The Wall of Tears, a historical reminder of the penal colony Isabela Island once was. Continue on to Moreno Point, where you'll walk its lava fields and explore the tidal lagoons, keeping your eyes peeled for sightings of herons, frigatebirds, and green turtles. From there, you'll embark on a 3.2 km trail with your naturalist guide to observe land iguanas, tortoises, and Darwin's finches at Urbina Bay.
Walk the barren landscape of Punta Espinosa on Fernandina Island, observing the large colonies of marine iguana that bask in the sun, and learn the history of pirates in this region at Tagus Cove.
Learn how Puerto Egas and briefly operated as a salt mining business in the late 1920s, then explore the otherworldly landscape of Rabida, its striking red sand beach and matching rust-colored cliffs a result of oxidation.
Visit the final stop on your seven day Western Galapagos itinerary and see Las Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz Island, where you'll discover the role it played in World War II.
A first-class catamaran equipped with five-star amenities, this week-long journey on the Treasure of Galapagos introduces guests to some of the world's most untouched islands, blending indulgence with natural beauty for an exclusive experience.