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Santiago

Enjoy the Views from the Peak of a Volcano

At 585 sq km, Santiago Island is pretty large by Galapagos standards. It’s also relatively high: climbing to the top of the shield volcano will bring you to a height 907 m above sea level, with commanding views not only of Santiago but also of the nearby islands in the archipelago.

Puerto Egas, the bay on the western side of Santiago, has a long lava shoreline with numerous curious rock formations. Sally lightfoot crab swim in the rock pools, and sea lion and marine iguana bask on the rocks and sand. There’s some good snorkeling here, too, and you can see plenty of tropical fish in the clear bay waters.
 
Turtle come to Sullivan Bay to nest, and fur seal come ashore here, too. Scrambling over the rocks gives you a good vantage point, and you might well be able to see the dolphin and shark which come close to the island. In the skies, there are Galapagos hawk, plus flamingo and Darwin finch.
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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.