Galapagos Islands – Baltra to San Cristobal – Silver Origin
2021-23 – Every other Thursday Year-round
DURATION: 10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS
EMBARK: BALTRA, GALAPAGOS
DISEMBARK: SAN CRISTOBAL, GALAPAGOS
SHIP: SILVER ORIGIN
*Includes 10% savings. Rates vary by departure date.
BOOK BY MAY 31 TO SAVE 10%
There is a reason why we keep returning to the Galapagos Islands. They offer so much for the interested traveler; a biological wonderland that is visually stunning and educationally fascinating, the Galapagos is where time has stood still. From giant tortoises to lava tunnels, tidal pools to mangrove forests, take the journey of a lifetime and truly discover the distant islands that Darwin made famous.
- Climb Prince Philip’s Steps to see a thriving seabird colony and search for the Galápagos Short-eared Owl.
- Observe sea lion families and the famed giant tortoises and marvel at the fearless behavior of wildlife.
- Admire the antics of Red-footed and Blue- footed Boobies.
- Hike up the sides of an extinct volcano and hike across lava flows.
- See the Waved Albatross (depending on the season — April to December).
- Swim and snorkel in tranquil, clear waters.
- Photograph colorful marine iguanas.
- Cruise by Zodiac along scenic coastlines.
- Learn about conservation efforts at the “Fausto Llerena Breeding Center”.
- Visit “Bird Island” home to over 30 bird species.
The Galápagos All-Inclusive Experience Includes:
•7-night Galápagos Expedition aboard Silver Origin
•Round trip Economy Air between Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands •Two-night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast at the Quito JW Marriott •Evening tour of Quito’s historic city highlights
•All transfers in Quito, Galapagos and Guayaquil
•Post-cruise hotel day room at Hotel Oro Verde in Guayaquil *
•National Park, Ingala Transit Card and porterage
•Round trip Economy Air to Ecuador
*For guests with flights after 10pm
**Flights are available only for guests traveling from select US/Canadian gateways
- Travel Insurance
THU - ARRIVE QUITO, ECUADOR.
Meet and transfer to your included hotel.
Arrive earlier to explore more of this wonderful, diverse country. Visit the Amazon region and stay at a fabulous wildlife center. See the colorful birds of Ecuador’s Cloud Forest near Quito. We can make all the arrangements for you.
FRI - FREE DAY TO EXPLORE QUITO
Take in some of the numerous museums, and explore the beautiful historic district, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This evening enjoy a night walking tour of old Quito, where the historic buildings are illuminated.
SAT - EMBARK SILVER ORIGINS, ISLA DAPHNE
This morning you will be transferred to the Quito airport for your included flight to Baltra and the Silver Origin. After settling in, attending a mandatory safety drill and setting sail, you will be introduced to your Expedition Team. Silver Origin will then head for Isla Daphne to do a circumnavigation – usually only scientists are allowed to land. From the ship we will watch for Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, frigate birds, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Brown Noddies and Brown Pelicans, as well as Swallow-tailed Gulls.
SUN - GENOVESA
El Barranco, Prince Philip Steps, Genovesa Island
is dubbed “Bird Island”, a name it lives up to in a spectacular way. Huge colonies of seabirds create a birdwatcher’s paradise.
Take a walk on the sandy beach of Darwin Bay, home to one of the world’s largest Red-footed Booby nesting colonies. Yellow-crowned Night Herons feed near tidal lagoons, while hundreds of Swallow-tailed Gulls nest in the cliffs.
MON - NORTH SEYMOUR
North Seymour is a small up-lifted island close to Baltra filled with a spectacular profusion of wildlife — above and below the sea. Two species of frigate birds nest here; one of which, the Magnificent Frigate bird, is an opportunistic breeder. At any month of the year we may see males displaying their bright-red gular pouch to attract females. Galápagos sea lions snooze in the sand. Blue-footed Boobies perform their courtship dance called “sky-pointing”. Marine iguanas and Galapagos land iguanas patrol the beach, while Brown Pelicans and Brown Noddies look for food in the shallow coastal waters. We will walk through this spectacular landscape, and afterwards have an opportunity to go snorkeling—perhaps even spotting the impressive whitetip reef shark.
SULLIVAN BAY – SANTIAGO
Coming ashore on the east coast of Santiago Island, we will witness the marks Nature has left on the islands through its geological forces. Our landing will be on a white sandy beach or directly onto lava — depending on the conditions. In either case we will see the lava flows that are not much older than a hundred years — dating back to 1897.
TUE – PUNTA MANGLE, FERNANDINA
Among the impressive new lava fields of Fernandina Island hides a cove surrounded by mangroves. A rewarding place for bird-watching as the bay is the point where the land meets the sea, joining the two environments, with sea birds, shorebirds and land birds all in the same place.
PUNTA MORENO, ISABELA
Impressive Pahoehoe lava field that lies between two active volcanoes, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul, on the south coast of Isabela Island. The rich waters of Cromwell Current wash the shores, and as a result, you can see the largest marine iguanas of the archipelago basking on the rocks, Flightless Cormorants and Galapagos Penguins diving for food. During the walk you will experience, as an oasis in a desert of lava, some coastal lagoons in the middle of the field, here you can find shorebirds such as White-cheeked Pintail Ducks, Black-necked Stilts and even sometimes Flamingos.
WED - PUERTO AYORA (SANTA CRUZ)
Silver Origin will anchor in front of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, where the prestigious Charles Darwin Research Station is located. The station also houses the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center for giant tortoises and land iguanas where guides interpret the center’s captive breeding and reintroduction programs. To round out the stay in Puerto Ayora, enjoy free time in town where local artists have created charming art galleries and corner cafés.
ISLA SANTA FÉ
This island is home to a reptile that exists nowhere else in the world: The Santa Fe Land Iguana. A beach covered by sea lions is the beginning of our adventure where sea lions’ pups welcome the visitors with their naive curiosity. Then a rocky terrain will guide us to explore the island and the view from the cliff becomes a reward by itself. View some of the tallest and the widest prickly pear cactus of the islands. Snorkel and kayak.
THU - ESPAÑOLA - BAHÍA GARDNER
Don’t miss a chance to swim with sea lions from the gorgeous beach at Gardner Bay. Relax on the white sands of this idyllic beach as the water laps gently in front of you.
In the afternoon we will visit Punta Suárez at the western point of Española, the oldest island in the Galápagos. Sheer cliffs provide superb thermals for seabirds. Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies and Blue- footed Boobies can easily be seen. The largest seabird to nest in the islands, the Waved Albatross, may be seen seasonally from April through December, and has made Española its home.
FRI - RODRIGUEZ BREEDING CENTER, SAN CRISTÓBAL
Like so many of the islands in the Galapagos, San Cristobal is formed by dormant volcanoes. It lies to the east of the archipelago and is one of the oldest islands in the group. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the southwestern tip of the island is the capital city of the Galapagos Islands. A statue of Charles Darwin graces the harbor, marking one of the first places he likely stepped ashore in the 1830s.
CERRO BRUJO, SAN CRISTÓBAL
An impressive tuff cone has been carved by erosion into an outstanding natural sculpture, being a resting place for marine birds such as blue-footed bobbies and brown pelicans. One of the most beautiful white sand beaches of the Galapagos (swim or snorkel). View sea lions, sally light footed crabs, blue-footed bobbies. Behind the dunes, you find a coastal lagoon, which was visited in the past by the locals to extract salt, today it is home to some shorebirds such as stilts and plovers.
SAT - SAN CRISTOBAL
Following breakfast, disembark Silver Origin for your return flight from San Cristobal Airport to Guayaquil and connect with your flight home, or to other adventures in Ecuador, Peru, or other South American attractions.
The most elegant ship ever to sail the Galapagos.
The first destination specific ship built by Silversea, Silver Origin is the height of experiential travel in the Galapagos. Never before have the islands been so superbly presented: a team of Ecuadorian national expert guides, the highest crew-to-guest ratio in the Galapagos, 8 Zodiacs, seamless hybrid spaces that offer an extraordinary voyage – for extraordinary people. All-suite accommodation, Horizon Balconies, butler service, sophisticated interiors, interactive base camp, Ecuadorian inspired cuisine … no aspect of Silver Origin has been left to chance. The most environmentally conscious ship we have ever built, take a vertical leap and transform your idea of travel with Silver Origin.
PROTECTING THE GALAPAGOS, TODAY AND TOMORROW
We also know that our guests are more aware of the impact their travel has on the planet. In order for Silver Origin to have the lowest possible carbon footprint, we designed her to include state-of-the-art technology, a dynamic positioning system that protects the delicate seabed and an advanced propulsion system. We also made sure all suites feature a fresh water purification system that will significantly reduce plastic bottle usage. Finally, we created the Silversea Fund for the Galápagos; a fund dedicated to safeguarding the archipelago for generations to come.
YOUR DESTINATION BEGINS ON BOARD
No matter where you are on Silver Origin, you will feel like the Galápagos is right there with you. The natural beauty of the archipelago makes it one of the best destinations in the world and Silver Origin makes sure that no view is left unseen. The ship features 24-hour sweeping views over the Galápagos, thanks to large floor-to-ceiling windows that extend throughout the ship, while the Observation & Stargazing Platform offers uninterrupted views, which follow you to your suite. And you might spot a sea lion relaxing on shore through the glass horizon balcony or private ocean-view shower!
BECOME AN EXPEDITION EXPERT
Preparation is key to enjoying the archipelago, and we know our guests are hungry for as much information as possible. This is why we ensure all our guides – more per guest than any other ship – are not only experts in their field but are certified by the National Park of the Galápagos. For the same reason, we are also proud to introduce Basecamp. A welcoming and innovative “knowledge lounge”, Basecamp features materials and tools that provide a wealth of inside knowledge. Opening out directly onto the Marina, Basecamp gives easy access to the Zodiac® deck. In fact, with the highest number of Zodiacs® per guest in the region, Silver Origin provides the most personalized on-shore experience possible.
Authentic Local Culture
AUTHENTICITY IS EVERYTHING
Throughout our many years of sailing the Galápagos, one thing has remained constant: the love our guests feel for local customs and cuisine. What are the ingredients that make up our signature dishes? How to prepare local recipes like our world-famous ceviche at home? Which is why we made sure Silver Origin provides only the most authentic culinary experience possible. In the kitchen, we bring them truly authentic Ecuadorian recipes using only the freshest local ingredients, accompanied by the best regional wine. And in our live gourmet preparation sessions and seminars, why not experience for yourself how to create and recreate all the flavors Ecuador and the Galápagos have to offer.
Comfort And Service
THE LUXURY YOU EXPECT, THE SERVICE YOU DESERVE
After a busy day of discovery, Silver Origin’s careful and attentive crew is more welcome than ever. Sink back into the unparalleled luxury and industry-leading personalized service that Silversea is famous for. And did you know that Silver Origin is the only ship in the entire Galápagos region to offer butler service in every suite? In fact, with the highest ratio of crew per guest in the area, we are happy to give our guests that personal touch that makes their stay on board as enjoyable as their visit to the islands themselves.