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San Cristobal to Baltra - OR220730007 Silver Origin departing 30 Jul 2022

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From hiking the lava shores to relaxing around the on deck fire pit, it’s time to experience the Galapagos as never before. Set sail for an extraordinary voyage aboard an extraordinary ship. Silver Origin is the first destination ever to be built by Silversea and oh boy have we gone to town! Including a team of expert guides, 8 Zodiacs and seamless hybrid spaces that offer your most immersive voyage ever, Silver Origin is the Galapagos of the future.

Silver Origin
Ship
Cruise Line
Embark
30 Jul 2022
Duration
7 Nights
From / To
San Cristobal, Ecuador / Baltra, Galapagos, Ecuador
Ports of call
San Cristobal, Ecuador - Kicker Rock, Ecuador - Bartolome, Ecuador - Buccaneer Cove, Santiago - Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Ecuador
Rating

Suite from £8,550pp

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Itinerary

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Date Date
Location Location
 
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Date 30/07/2022
Location San Cristobal, Ecuador
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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.

Date 30/07/2022
Location Kicker Rock, Ecuador
In 12:00
Out

From hiking the lava shores to relaxing around the on deck fire pit, it’s time to experience the Galapagos as never before. Set sail for an extraordinary voyage aboard an extraordinary ship. Silver Origin is the first destination ever to be built by Silversea and oh boy have we gone to town! Including a team of expert guides, 8 Zodiacs and seamless hybrid spaces that offer your most immersive voyage ever, Silver Origin is the Galapagos of the future.

Date 31/07/2022
Location Bartolome, Ecuador
In
Out

From hiking the lava shores to relaxing around the on deck fire pit, it’s time to experience the Galapagos as never before. Set sail for an extraordinary voyage aboard an extraordinary ship. Silver Origin is the first destination ever to be built by Silversea and oh boy have we gone to town! Including a team of expert guides, 8 Zodiacs and seamless hybrid spaces that offer your most immersive voyage ever, Silver Origin is the Galapagos of the future.

Date 31/07/2022
Location Buccaneer Cove, Santiago
In 12:00
Out

From hiking the lava shores to relaxing around the on deck fire pit, it’s time to experience the Galapagos as never before. Set sail for an extraordinary voyage aboard an extraordinary ship. Silver Origin is the first destination ever to be built by Silversea and oh boy have we gone to town! Including a team of expert guides, 8 Zodiacs and seamless hybrid spaces that offer your most immersive voyage ever, Silver Origin is the Galapagos of the future.

Date 01/08/2022
Location Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Ecuador
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Punta Vicente Roca is one of the marine sites Isabela Island has to offer. On the southern side of Ecuador Volcano, the tip of land on the western end of Isabela is named after Vicente Ramon Roca, President of Ecuador from 1845-49, who as Prefect of Guayas had proposed the Ecuadorian annexation of the Galapagos Islands in 1831. The geological formations, the underwater caves and lava tubes offer fascinating views of the coastline. View less

The South Equatorial Countercurrent hits this part of the archipelago from the west and the water offers abundant food sources for different marine life and seabirds. It is normal to see Pacific green turtles, but sharks, rays, whales and dolphins can also be expected, apart from a small colony of fur seals. Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Brown Noddies and other seabirds nest in the cliffs and both the endemic Galapagos Penguins and Flightless Cormorants have established small colonies nearby. Marine iguanas also like this area because of the rich variety of seaweeds growing underwater along the western coast of Isabela. As a marine site, deepwater snorkeling is also possible at Punta Vicente Roca.

Date 01/08/2022
Location Punta Espinoza, Fernandina, Ecuador
In 12:00
Out

With the gentle slopes of La Cumbre volcano in the distance, the low, lava-forged coast of Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island is a spectacular sight. Hundreds of marine iguanas rest on the black rock of recent lava flows absorbing heat from the stone and defending their territories against one another. Galapagos sea lions and their pups also take shelter here, resting on the beach and playing in the shallow tide pools sprinkled along the coast. View less

Walk past high sandy areas where marine iguanas lay their eggs and along low, shallow mangrove ponds ringed with bright red Sally Lightfoot crabs and Flightless Cormorants drying their stubby wings in the sunshine.

Date 02/08/2022
Location Tagus Cove, Ecuador
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Out

Tagus Cove is bordered by a steep rocky coastline and has for centuries offered shelter for ships and yachts. The cove is named after the British frigate HMS Tagus visiting the Galapagos in 1814. Already by the 1830s other ships had their visits recorded by painting or scratching their name onto the rocks. On approach Galapagos Penguins and Flightless Cormorants –both birds mainly found on Isabela’s west coast and neighboring Fernandina- are often seen. View less

From the landing a trail through an incense tree forest leads past Darwin Lake to a viewpoint on top of a splatter cone. During the hike several land birds including Medium Ground-Finches, Galapagos Hawks, Yellow Warblers as well as Large-billed and Vermilion Flycatchers are often present. Brown Noddies and Blue-footed Boobies prefer the rocks along the shore.

Date 02/08/2022
Location Elizabeth Bay, Ecuador
In 12:00
Out

Elizabeth Bay is one of the marine sites on Isabela’s west coast. South of Alcedo Volcano and north of Sierra Negra, Elizabeth Bay is found at Isabela’s narrowest east-west extension where the lava flows of these two volcanoes have connected each other. Elizabeth Bay’s shores show mangroves and specifically the easternmost part, a cove which can only be entered via a narrow channel, has red, white and black mangroves. Different animals prefer different parts of Elizabeth Bay.

Las Marielas, three rocks at the entrance to the bay, are favored by Blue-footed Boobies, Flightless Cormorants and Galapagos Penguins as a resting place, while the mangrove area is preferred by Great Blue Herons for hunting or the Magnificent Frigatebirds for perching. The bay is used by turtles, rays and even sharks for feeding or resting. The shallow water and the root system of the mangroves in the small inlet allow smaller fish to hide from bigger predators.

Date 03/08/2022
Location Post Office, Floreana, Ecuador
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Floreana’s Post Office Bay has received its name as the site was used to leave mail for retrieval by others who were thought to stop at the Galapagos Islands or might be heading for the addressee’s direction. First mentioned by Porter in 1813 as “Hathaway’s Postoffice”, HMS Beagle’s captain FitzRoy stated that it was not in use in 1835 as the island was already settled at that time. Floreana had been the first island to be settled by Ecuadorians in 1832. View less

Today a barrel instead of the original box is used by visitors who leave their own postcards and retrieve mail for hand-delivery. Apart from the beach and mail barrel the bay offers good swimming and snorkeling. The area holds remains of a failed Norwegian fish canning plant and settlement dating back to the 1920s. A lava tube in the vicinity can also be explored. Although Floreana is inhabited, the number of residents is reduced because of the difficult access to water. A track from Post Office Bay connects with the only road from Puerto Velazco Ibarra on the west coast to a spring in the highlands.

Date 03/08/2022
Location Islote Campéon, Floreana, Ecuador
In 12:00
Out

From hiking the lava shores to relaxing around the on deck fire pit, it’s time to experience the Galapagos as never before. Set sail for an extraordinary voyage aboard an extraordinary ship. Silver Origin is the first destination ever to be built by Silversea and oh boy have we gone to town! Including a team of expert guides, 8 Zodiacs and seamless hybrid spaces that offer your most immersive voyage ever, Silver Origin is the Galapagos of the future.

Date 03/08/2022
Location Punta Cormorant
In 15:00
Out

Floreana Island’s northernmost point is called Punta Cormorant – named after the British naval vessel HMS Cormorant and dating back to the late 19th century. From the landing beach a short track leads to a shallow lagoon that is famous for its flamingos. The brilliantly pink birds skim the salty waters for shrimp and tend to chicks on the nest. The trail then scales a low hillside through scattered Palo Santo trees to reveal an idyllic white-sand beach on the other side of the point. View less

Standing at the edge of the lapping waves, you might spot mammoth female sea turtles hauling themselves out of the sea to lay eggs in the sugar sand dunes that lay high above the tide line. Before returning to the landing site your guides may also point out White-cheeked Pintails, Blue-footed Boobies, Yellow Warblers, and Medium and Small Ground Finches.

Date 04/08/2022
Location Santa Cruz Highlands, Ecuador
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Los Gemelos (The Twins) is a visitor site in the Santa Cruz highlands. Found some 15 kilometers northwest of Puerto Ayora, the road leading from Puerto Ayora in the south of Santa Cruz to Itabaca in the north dissects the twin pit craters. Pit craters are formed when the roof of an underground void collapses. The smaller pit crater is on the eastern side of the road, while the larger one is on the western side. See from above, the two openings in the ground are not at all identical. View less

Their layout might imply an elongated magma chamber or a lava tube leading further west and the larger twin actually having formerly been two small pit craters whose connecting wall collapsed as well. Trails through a Scalesia forest not only give access to good views of the pit craters, but also permit to observe some of the smaller land birds. Vermilion Flycatchers, Yellow Warblers, Galapagos Doves, Medium Ground Finches and several other finch species can often be seen there.

Date 04/08/2022
Location Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Puerto Ayora
In
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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 centre’s captive breeding and reintroduction programs. In addition to these star species, throughout the station there are huge prickly pear cactus trees being fed upon by the pretty Galapagos Cactus Finch.

To round out the stay in Puerto Ayora, enjoy free time in town where local artists have created charming art galleries and corner cafés.

Date 05/08/2022
Location Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz, Ecuador
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Cerro Dragón’s land iguanas once played an important part in a conservation program headed by the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park. When the reptiles’ numbers declined in the 1970s, some animals were taken to breed in captivity and were released back into undeveloped areas. Today, it is an honor to see the success of this program firsthand at Cerro Dragón. Walk inland on a trail past small saltwater lagoons that periodically feature flamingos, to see the reintroduced animals.

In a periodic local phenomenon, during rainier times the salinity in the lagoons drops with the inflow of freshwater. As a consequence crustacean populations decline, which in turn means the shorebirds become scarce.

Date 05/08/2022
Location Isla Guy Fawkes
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Out

From hiking the lava shores to relaxing around the on deck fire pit, it’s time to experience the Galapagos as never before. Set sail for an extraordinary voyage aboard an extraordinary ship. Silver Origin is the first destination ever to be built by Silversea and oh boy have we gone to town! Including a team of expert guides, 8 Zodiacs and seamless hybrid spaces that offer your most immersive voyage ever, Silver Origin is the Galapagos of the future.

Date 05/08/2022
Location Bahía Borrero, Santa Cruz
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Out

From hiking the lava shores to relaxing around the on deck fire pit, it’s time to experience the Galapagos as never before. Set sail for an extraordinary voyage aboard an extraordinary ship. Silver Origin is the first destination ever to be built by Silversea and oh boy have we gone to town! Including a team of expert guides, 8 Zodiacs and seamless hybrid spaces that offer your most immersive voyage ever, Silver Origin is the Galapagos of the future.

Date 06/08/2022
Location Baltra, Galapagos, Ecuador
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Out

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.

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