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Santa Cruz

An Island with a Fascinating Geology

Travelling around the Galapagos, you will see the importance of conservation work firsthand. But to meet the scientists and learn in detail about their research, you need to come to Santa Cruz. The Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park both have their headquarters here, and you can also visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Santa Cruz is a dormant volcano with a giant lava tunnel 2 km long. You can walk through this natural tunnel, and if you are interested in the island’s geology, your guide will take you to see Los Gemelos, the two huge holes formed when the magma chamber collapsed.
 
Black Turtle Cove is within a mangrove estuary on Santa Cruz, and it is strictly protected by environmental regulations. You can sail here in a dinghy so long as the engine is switched off, and will be surrounded by pelican, sea turtle, and ray. The island is also home to the El Chato Tortoise Reserve, part of the national park, where you can see giant tortoise in the wild.
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Accommodation:
MV Origin
Galapagos cruising took a great leap forward when the MV Origin was launched. This state of the art vessel moves swiftly between the islands, maximising your time for exploring, but it is incredibly fuel efficient so as to reduce its environmental impact.
Accommodation:
Santa Cruz II
The finest ship sailing in the Galapagos, the Santa Cruz II is a state of the art expedition vessel ideally suited for exploration in shallow waters. This small cruise ship has superb facilities - not least two hot tubs for relaxing on the deck.
Accommodation:
Silver Galapagos
The Silver Galapagos is the smallest ship in Silversea’s family of exclusive cruise ships. There are 75 crew onboard to service the 100 guests, and the national park certified guides will lead you on an action packed programme that includes hiking, snorkeling, and Zodiac safaris.
Accommodation:
Mary Anne
Discover Darwin’s enchanted Galapagos from the decks of the Yacht SS Mary Anne. This elegant and surprisingly speedy sailing ship is square rigged and really cuts a stunning figure as she sails between the islands, and she has been carefully designed to be environmentally friendly.
Accommodation:
Evolution
The Galapagos Evolution is a classical cruiser with an array of modern comforts. She is small enough to give passengers a personalised and intimate experience, yet large enough to contain everything you need to make this trip through the archipelago special.
Accommodation:
Galapagos Safari Camp
Galapagos Safari Camp offers a truly authentic island experience, bringing the magic of African safari to the Pacific islands. Adventure is at the heart of this camp, but luxury and comfort have certainly not been compromised. This is a stylish camp in an iconic Galapagos setting.
Accommodation:
La Pinta
La Pinta is a truly luxurious yacht; the ideal choice for travellers seeking to cruise the Galapagos in style. The yacht’s extensive crew are on hand to cater to your every need, and the facilities on board are exceptional.