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Baltra to San Cristobal

10th December 2022 FOR 7 NIGHTS | Silver Origin

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Includes international flights, roundtrip flights between Ecuador and the Galapagos, two night pre-cruise hotel stay in Quito and one post-cruise day use hotel* in Guayaquil, Quito by night tour, overseas transfers and luggage handling, National Park and immigration fees, highly-qualified Expedition Team, guided Zodiac, land and sea tours and shore-side activities, enrichment lectures by the Expedition Team, complimentary backpack, water bottle, snorkelling mask and snorkel, complimentary use of wetsuits and snorkelling fins | Includes 10% early booking bonus – pay in full to receive these prices

WHY WE RECOMMEND South America CRUISES

South America offers a spectacular range of sights and experiences on a luxury cruise. You could tour beachfront cities like Rio de Janeiro and get into Brazil’s carnival spirit, or head to secluded tropical ports that act as gateways to the rich jungle wildlife of the Amazon. Learn to tango in Buenos Aires, see the sunset in beautiful Lima, or head far to the south instead, for rugged mountain landscapes as breath-taking as they are remote.

Cruises around South America take place year-round, with itineraries ranging anywhere from 7 nights to 62 or more. Shore excursions here offer a huge variety of sights, from city life in Buenos Aires to historic ruins in Machu Picchu. With so many different landscapes, cultures and colonial influences to see, a luxury cruise around South America offers an incredible choice of adventures that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

With warm weather year-round, there is no one time to enjoy the best cruises around South America. Itineraries range from 7-night Galapagos voyages to month-long tours along the east and west coasts – or you could even opt for a South American cruise that includes Antarctica, Europe, the Caribbean or the Pacific too.

A cruise around South America offers a range of different ways to see the continent. Along with its mix of modern cities, traditional villages and ancient civilisations, the continent is also home to some of the most spectacular landscapes and wildlife on Earth. A cruise to the jungle city of Manaus can open the doors to the Amazon rainforest, while many alternative cruises set sail from Ecuador for the legendary wildlife of the Galapagos.

You will find plenty of exotic and exciting luxury cruises to South America at SixStarCruises, offering you the chance to set sail on the holiday of a lifetime with one of the world's most popular luxury cruise lines. Call our Cruise Concierge team today and they will help you find your ideal voyage, so you can start looking forward to your next great adventure.

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Baltra Island, Galápagos

Baltra Island, also known as South Seymour, is truly the entrance to the Galapagos Islands. Despite not being considered as part of the National Park proper, Baltra definitely offers a taste of the weird and wonderful nature that thrives on the islands. The island is located in the central part of the archipelago. At just eight sq. mi it is one of smallest islands, yet its flat, volcanic rock surface and central location in the archipelago makes it an ideal place for one of the islands’ two airports. The airport was built by the US Air Force, who used it as an army base during WWII. As a travel destination in itself it offers few attractions, and all travellers who come here are just passing through, either on either way to or from the islands. There is no tourism infrastructure (save a few agencies that offer tours of the islands) or shops on Baltra and any purchases that you might wish to make should be done at the airport if they can. However, land iguanas and Galapagos finches are popular sights, and the iguanas are often seen running across the runway itself. As you cross the Itabaca Channel to or from Santa Cruz, be on the lookout for some other Galapagian locals: giant turtles and playful sea lions completely oblivious to the humans around.

10 Dec 2022

2

El Barranco, Genovesa Island, Galápagos

Genovesa is one of the northernmost islands of the archipelago. Genovesa’s southern side of the shield volcano’s crater collapsed and a protected bay known as Darwin Bay was formed. The island is often referred to as the “Bird Island” as the numbers and species of land and seabirds on Genovesa are quite extraordinary. There are two visitor sites, and Prince Philip’s Steps give access to the flat plateau above the bay. Named after Prince Philip who visited the Galapagos on two occasions, the “steps” are mostly natural. View less The steep cliffs are home to Red-billed Tropicbirds, while Magnificent Frigatebirds, Nazca and Red-footed Boobies prefer the top. The plateau above Prince Philip’s Steps has a palo santo forest and an extensive lava field. This is an area where one of the Galapagos’ top predators, the Short-eared Owl, is hunting storm petrels. The Short-eared Owls are extremely well camouflaged and are not always easy to spot in between the rocks.

11 Dec 2022

3

North Seymour Island, Galapagos

The landing at North Seymour Island is onto black lava rock. After a short climb, visitors arrive on the island’s flat plateau where a number of sea lions nurse pups and frigatebirds nest. The island is dry, and so the predominant tree is the prickly pear cactus favored by the yellow Conolophus land iguanas that live here in number. The undulating terrain is littered with red-brown volcanic boulders and large male Magnificent Frigatebirds can be seen inflating their vivid red gular sacs in hopes of impressing females flying overhead. View less At certain times of the year, pairs of Blue-footed Boobies dance here in a ritualized mating dance that reinforces their pair bond and shows off their vivid blue feet. The snorkeling here is well-known for schools of colorful creole wrasses and parrot fish.

12 Dec 2022

4

Mangle Point, Fernandina Island, Galápagos

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. The different species of mangroves: Red, White and Black, have formed a root system that serves as a nursery for many species of fish, including juveniles’ sharks and green sea turtles. View less Snorkeling is as rewarding with some unique sightings as Marine Iguanas feeding on algae, or flightless cormorants diving for their prey.

13 Dec 2022

5

Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz

14 Dec 2022

6

Gardner Bay, Española Island, Galápagos

Isla Champion is a small islet off Floreana Island’s northeast coast. To cruise by it reveals a bare, rocky island without much allure, but to enter the infinitely blue waters around this small landmass is to discover a spectacular underwater realm. The visibility is generally impressive and thanks to this water clarity snorkelers often spot reef sharks patrolling the reef wall, cruising Pacific green turtles, and playful Galapagos sea lions. Encounters in the blue with thousands of small silver minnows, large tuna fish, or oceanic sunfish are not unheard of either.

15 Dec 2022

7

Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos

16 Dec 2022

8

San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos

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 lightfooted 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. The vegetation (as it is one of the oldest islands) shows some endemic species such as Scalesia incisa (flowering plant) only found on this island.

17 Dec 2022

(This holiday is generally suitable for persons with reduced mobility. For customers with reduced mobility or any medical condition that may require special assistance or arrangements to be made, please notify your Cruise Concierge at the time of your enquiry, so that we can provide specific information as to the suitability of the holiday, as well as make suitable arrangements with the Holiday Provider on your behalf).

ACCOMMODATION

Alternative sailing dates

Flexible with departure dates? Alternative sailing dates for this itinerary are available in the list below

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1st Apr 2023

- 7 Nights

Silver Origin

Baltra to San Cristobal

ID: 294893

Daphne Major, Baltra (Galapagos), Darwin Bay (Genovesa), Prince Philip's Steps, North Seymour, Sullivan Bay (Santiago), Punta Moreno, Isabela, Punta Mangle, Fernandina, Santa Fe Island, Breeding Center, Pto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Gardner Bay (Espanola), Punta Suarez (Espanola), Cerro Brujo, San Cristóbal, San Cristobal, Ecuador

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18th Feb 2023

- 7 Nights

Silver Origin

Baltra to San Cristobal

ID: 294804

Daphne Major, Baltra (Galapagos), Darwin Bay (Genovesa), Prince Philip's Steps, North Seymour, Sullivan Bay (Santiago), Punta Moreno, Isabela, Punta Mangle, Fernandina, Santa Fe Island, Breeding Center, Pto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Gardner Bay (Espanola), Punta Suarez (Espanola), Cerro Brujo, San Cristóbal, San Cristobal, Ecuador

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£8549

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4th Feb 2023

- 7 Nights

Silver Origin

Baltra to San Cristobal

ID: 294921

Daphne Major, Baltra (Galapagos), Darwin Bay (Genovesa), Prince Philip's Steps, North Seymour, Sullivan Bay (Santiago), Punta Moreno, Isabela, Punta Mangle, Fernandina, Santa Fe Island, Breeding Center, Pto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Gardner Bay (Espanola), Punta Suarez (Espanola), Cerro Brujo, San Cristóbal, San Cristobal, Ecuador

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21st Jan 2023

- 7 Nights

Silver Origin

Baltra to San Cristobal

ID: 294935

Daphne Major, Baltra (Galapagos), Darwin Bay (Genovesa), Prince Philip's Steps, North Seymour, Sullivan Bay (Santiago), Punta Moreno, Isabela, Punta Mangle, Fernandina, Santa Fe Island, Breeding Center, Pto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Gardner Bay (Espanola), Punta Suarez (Espanola), Cerro Brujo, San Cristóbal, San Cristobal, Ecuador

FROM

£22289

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7th Jan 2023

- 7 Nights

Silver Origin

Baltra to San Cristobal

ID: 294983

Daphne Major, Baltra (Galapagos), Darwin Bay (Genovesa), Prince Philip's Steps, North Seymour, Sullivan Bay (Santiago), Punta Moreno, Isabela, Punta Mangle, Fernandina, Santa Fe Island, Breeding Center, Pto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Gardner Bay (Espanola), Punta Suarez (Espanola), Cerro Brujo, San Cristóbal, San Cristobal, Ecuador

FROM

£8899

PP

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10th Dec 2022

- 7 Nights

Silver Origin

Baltra to San Cristobal

ID: 294740

Daphne Major, Baltra (Galapagos), Darwin Bay (Genovesa), Prince Philip's Steps, North Seymour, Sullivan Bay (Santiago), Punta Moreno, Isabela, Punta Mangle, Fernandina, Santa Fe Island, Breeding Center, Pto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Gardner Bay (Espanola), Punta Suarez (Espanola), Cerro Brujo, San Cristóbal, San Cristobal, Ecuador

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26th Nov 2022

- 7 Nights

Silver Origin

Baltra to San Cristobal

ID: 294796

Daphne Major, Baltra (Galapagos), Darwin Bay (Genovesa), Prince Philip's Steps, North Seymour, Sullivan Bay (Santiago), Punta Moreno, Isabela, Punta Mangle, Fernandina, Santa Fe Island, Breeding Center, Pto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Gardner Bay (Espanola), Punta Suarez (Espanola), Cerro Brujo, San Cristóbal, San Cristobal, Ecuador

FROM

£7769

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12th Nov 2022

- 7 Nights

Silver Origin

Baltra to San Cristobal

ID: 294862

Daphne Major, Baltra (Galapagos), Darwin Bay (Genovesa), Prince Philip's Steps, North Seymour, Sullivan Bay (Santiago), Punta Moreno, Isabela, Punta Mangle, Fernandina, Santa Fe Island, Breeding Center, Pto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Gardner Bay (Espanola), Punta Suarez (Espanola), Cerro Brujo, San Cristóbal, San Cristobal, Ecuador

FROM

£20039

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29th Oct 2022

- 7 Nights

Silver Origin

Baltra to San Cristobal

ID: 293912

Daphne Major, Baltra (Galapagos), Darwin Bay (Genovesa), Prince Philip's Steps, North Seymour, Sullivan Bay (Santiago), Punta Moreno, Isabela, Punta Mangle, Fernandina, Santa Fe Island, Breeding Center, Pto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Gardner Bay (Espanola), Punta Suarez (Espanola), Cerro Brujo, San Cristóbal, San Cristobal, Ecuador

FROM

£20039

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15th Oct 2022

- 7 Nights

Silver Origin

Baltra to San Cristobal

ID: 293785

Daphne Major, Baltra (Galapagos), Darwin Bay (Genovesa), Prince Philip's Steps, North Seymour, Sullivan Bay (Santiago), Punta Moreno, Isabela, Punta Mangle, Fernandina, Santa Fe Island, Breeding Center, Pto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Gardner Bay (Espanola), Punta Suarez (Espanola), Cerro Brujo, San Cristóbal, San Cristobal, Ecuador

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