4 day 3 night Galapagos cruise vacation on board the Yolita II yacht Cruise Tour

This Galapagos islands 4-day cruise itinerary is great for guests that are combining their visit to Galapagos with a tour of Ecuador or part of a more extensive Latin America trip. The trip starts and ends at Baltra airport off Santa Cruz island, you can easily add on a hotel based stay or scuba diving excursions before or after your cruise voyage.
Short and packed with highlights this itinerary allows travelers to visit some of the iconic locations in Galapagos like Floreana island and its olive sand beach (Cormorant Point), an island the looks like a Chinese hat but offers the opportunity to spot tropical penguins. Walk along the giant tortoises in the wild and spotting marine iguanas is another attraction of this southern islands travel route. Snorkel with sea lions and marine turtles. The Yolita II yacht is one of the more reputable small ships that navigate the Galapagos archipelago, she is comfortable and spacious, a great option that is affordable. Also, available as a private charter yacht, an option that allows exploring the Galapagos in privacy with your small group of friends or family.
Day 1: Quito / Galapagos flight / Santa Cruz Island

Baltra Airport

After a 2-hour flight, you are greeted by your naturalist guide. Pick up baggage and transfer to the docks where you will meet the Yolita yacht. Get to know the crew and settle in. This is the beginning of Galapagos 4 day cruise adventure. This afternoon, visit the tortoises of the El Chato Reserve.

Cloud Forest Giant Tortoises Visit

Head to Santa Cruz’s verdant grasslands and the El Chato Reserve, a perfect place to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Explore the reserve’s lagoon and lava tunnels, keeping an eye out for owls that often roost in the tunnels’ entrances. A favorite day trip and a good introduction to the archipelago's endemic wildlife.

During the first evening of your Galapagos cruise, the national park guide will introduce the rest of the crew members, will create the ambiance for fellow travelers to get to know each other. Your guide will also offer a nature lecture answering any questions about the wildlife encounters of your first day tour in the Galapagos Islands.

Dinner is served before the yacht lifts anchor. The captain and crew plan their route carefully to make sure guests enjoy their meals while the vessel is in a quiet bay. Navigation takes place during evenings and every morning's sunrise catches your ship at a different island.

Day 2: Punta Cormorant (Floreana Island)

Post Office Bay Visit

Today it is time to visit the Post Office Bay on Floreana island and learn about its unique history. In the late 18th century, English whaling vessels placed a barrel here to be used as a post office. The site became famous as it was the only way to send news back home, every vessel that set anchor at bay would carry the mail to the closest mainland port. Today, the box is used mainly by tourists, who may drop off and pick up un-stamped letters to be carried to far destinations. Continue the tradition –leave a letter and take one to deliver (be sure it makes it to the correct location)!

Snorkeling (Corona del Diablo)

Enjoy an amazing snorkeling experience at the ‘Devil’s Crown’, an old underwater volcanic cone just north of the Punta Cormorant. Spot large schools of tropical fish, rays, reef sharks, scalloped hammer head sharks, and sea turtles that make their home among the coral reef. Be sure you’re a strong swimmer; the currents can be intense.

Day 3: Chinese Hat Island / Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz Island)

Cerro Dragón Visit

Visit Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill), a popular cruise ship landing site. Here you can enjoy some prime bird watching. Take a short walk from the beach to a hyper saline(saltier than the ocean) lagoon frequented by pink flamingos, common stilts, pin tail ducks, and other types of birds. Pass through a Scalesia tree forest; endemic to the area, there are only 400 specimens of Scalesia trees left in the world. A walk to the hill beyond the lagoon will take you to the nesting grounds of the orange colored land iguanas.

Chinese Hat Visit

Explore Chinese Hat’s beautiful landscape and spectacular white-coral sand beach followed by snorkeling with sea lions and penguins and swimming opportunities in the cove. The red vesuvium flowers, and the black lava field contrast beautifully with the turquoise waters in the channel. Just across the bay is Santiago island.

Day 4: Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island)

Baltra Island

On the last morning of your 4 days Galapagos cruise you will explore the mangrove lagoon at Black Turtle Cove. In the afternoon, transfer for a flight back to Quito or Guayaquil.

Black Turtle Cove Excursion

Explore the mangroves by panga (zodiac) to find rich marine wildlife between the fresh and salt waters. Keep any eye out for manta rays and sea turtles in this tranquil ecosystem. White tip reef sharks can also be seen gliding by. You can also spot blue footed booby colonies on the ocean rocks that surround cove. Guides are instructed to turn off the zodiac motor while inside the cove. This quiet exploration avoids disturbing marine life and allows for better encounters with animals that nest on the mangroves (brown pelicans and herons).


  • All programed visits as per itinerary with specialized naturalist bilingual guide
  • Accommodation in twin/double cabin with private facilities (surcharge for suite)
  • All meals on board, drinking purified water, coffee and tea
  • Snorkeling equipment (fins, mask & snorkel) & sea-kayaks
  • Transfers within the islands on cruise dates as per itinerary
  • Personalized 24/7 assistance during tour.

Not Included

  • Airfare to/from Galapagos from/to Mainland Ecuador (to be added)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee US$100 per person (in cash only upon arrival)
  • Galapagos Migration Card US$20 in cash per person (at Mainland’s Airport)
  • Alcoholic/soft drinks, personal expenses, extras, and tips
  • All sizes wet-suits for rent on board (in cash)
  • Travel, medical & cancelation Insurance and any services on Mainland
  • Other services not specified in the program.


  • Look for three different species of Darwin’s Finches as you walk alongside giant tortoises in their habitat
  • Snorkel with playful and curious sea-lions.
  • Send a postcard to your friends and loved ones back home from Post Office Bay.
  • Be on the lookout for Galapagos penguins and marine iguanas as you walk on Chinese hat island
  • Enjoy amazing views while sailing on board your Yacht from its ample sun-deck