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Our Galápagos Cruising Routes

Western Route and Eastern Route

For 2012 and beyond, the Galápagos National Park has reorganized all yacht cruising/sailing routes. We are very excited that the Integrity and Reina Silvia have been granted two of the strongest possible cruising routes by the Galápagos National Park. One focuses more on the western islands, the other focuses more on the eastern islands.

The two yachts sail on similar routes. They sometimes explore visitor sites in a different order to preserve the intimacy of the experience.

Each route is a one-week cruise. To experience all the visitor sites on both routes, we recommend our 18-day Ultimate Galapagos adventure.

 

 

What you will likely see on the Western Route that you are not likely to see on the Eastern Route:

Flightless Cormorants, Flamingos (3 possible sites), Mangrove Finch, Medium Tree Finch, fur seals sleeping that you can approach closely, more human history (Wittmer's Cave on Floreana, Post Office Barrel, ancient mariner graffiti, salt mine ruins), possible giant tortoises in the wild, greater variety of lava flows, younger islands, giant uplifted coral beds, more Brown Noddy Terns, higher likelihood of seeing marine iguanas feeding, more variety of beaches, higher likelihood of whales and dolphins, possible giant sunfish.

What you will likely see on the Eastern Route that you are not likely to see on the Western Route:

Waved Albatross, Red-footed Boobies, Large-beaked Ground Finch, Large Cactus Finch, dense colonies of land iguanas, the largest giant opuntia cactus, El Junco—the fresh water lake on San Cristóbal, more opportunity to swim with penguins and see sharks while snorkeling, more nesting frigatebirds, more Swallow-tailed Gulls, more Red-Billed Tropicbirds, swarms of petrels at Genovesa and Short-eared Owls hunting them, iconic Bartolomé peak at sunset.

What you'll likely see on both routes:

Santa Cruz and Puerto Ayora (tortoises in the highlands, lava tubes, Los Gemelos, Charles Darwin Research Station), marine iguanas, land iguanas, frigatebirds, Nazca Boobies, Blue-footed Boobies, penguins, mockingbirds, finches, flycatchers, Yellow-crested Night Herons, American Oystercatchers, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Lava Gulls, Galápagos Hawks, Brown Pelicans, aa and pahoehoe lava, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, lava lizards, Galápagos Sea Lions, reef fish, sea turtles, sharks, and many more animals, plants and geologic features. Almost daily snorkelling opportunities.

 

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Integrity and Reina Silvia Western and Eastern route maps

 

Integrity Eastern Route

Day-by-day descriptions

Day

 

Integrity eastern route visitor sites

Saturday

PM

Santa Cruz — Embark Puerto Ayora

Sunday

AM

Española — Gardener Bay, Islets Gardner and Osborn

PM

Española — Punta Suarez

Monday

AM

San Cristóbal — Baquerizo Moreno, El Junco, Cerro Tijeretas

PM

San Cristóbal — Cerro Brujo, Leon Dormido

Tuesday

AM

Santa Fé

PM

South Plazas

Wednesday

AM

Genovesa — El Barranco

PM

Genovesa — Darwin Bay

Thursday

AM

Santiago — Sullivan Bay

PM

Bartolomé

Friday

AM

Rábida

PM

Sombrero Chino

Saturday

AM

Baltra — Disembark

 

Integrity Western Route

Day-by-day descriptions

Day

 

Integrity western route visitor sites

Saturday

PM

Santa Cruz — Embark Puerto Ayora

Sunday

AM

Floreana — Punta Cormorant, Champion, Post Office Bay

PM

Floreana — Asilo de La Paz, Black Beach

Monday

AM

Isabela — Punta Moreno

PM

Isabela — Elizabeth Bay

Tuesday

AM

Isabela — Urbina Bay

PM

Fernandina — Punta Espinoza

Wednesday

AM

Isabela — Tagus Cove

PM

Isabela — Punta Vicente Roca

Thursday

AM

Santiago — Puerto Egas

PM

Santiago —Espumilla, Buccaneer Cove

Friday

AM

Santa Cruz — Black Turtle Cove, Las Bachas

PM

North Seymour

Saturday

AM

Baltra — Disembark

 

Reina Silvia Eastern Route

Day-by-day descriptions

Day

 

Reina Silvia eastern route visitor sites

Saturday

PM

Santa Cruz — Embark Puerto Ayora

Sunday

AM

Española — Gardener Bay, Devil's Crown

PM

Española — Punta Suarez

Monday

AM

San Cristóbal — Isla Lobos, Leon Dormido

PM

San Cristóbal — Punta Pitt

Tuesday

AM

Santa Fé

PM

South Plazas

Wednesday

AM

Genovesa — Darwin Bay

PM

Genovesa — El Barranco

Thursday

AM

Santiago — Sullivan Bay

PM

Bartolomé

Friday

AM

Rábida

PM

Sombrero Chino

Saturday

AM

Baltra — Disembark

 

Reina Silvia Western Route

Day-by-day descriptions

Day

 

Reina Silvia western route visitor sites

Saturday

PM

Santa Cruz — Embark Puerto Ayora

Sunday

AM

Floreana — Punta Cormorant, Champion, Post Office Bay

PM

Floreana — Asilo de La Paz

Monday

AM

Isabela — Punta Moreno

PM

Isabela — Elizabeth Bay

Tuesday

AM

Isabela — Urbina Bay

PM

Fernandina — Punta Espinoza

Wednesday

AM

Isabela — Tagus Cove

PM

Isabela — Punta Vicente Roca

Thursday

AM

Santiago — Espumilla, Buccaneer Cove

PM

Santiago — Puerto Egas

Friday

AM

Santa Cruz — Las Bachas

PM

North Seymour

Saturday

AM

Baltra — Disembark