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South America / Galapagos

Cruises to Ecuador

Cerro Dragon, Ecuador. Picture by commons.wikimedia.org

Ecuador Ports of Call


Bartolome

Bartolome, the star island of the Galapagos, is located to the east of Santiago Island facing Sullivan Bay. It is the most photographed island in the chain due to its 350 ft. summit and its magnificen..

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Cerro Brujo

Possibly one of the nicest beaches in the Galápagos, Cerro Brujo is a huge white expanse found on the west side of the island. The sand here feels like powdered sugar. A colony of sea lions and b..

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Cerro Dragon

The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). Known by its flamingo lagoon that gives a colorful touch to the scene. The trail leads to a small hill where land iguanas live and nest...

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Daphne Islands

Daphne Minor, a tuff cone (giant pile of compressed volcanic ash shaked like a cone), sits off the north coast of Santa Cruz Island, west of Baltra Island and North Seymour Island. There are no visito..

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Darwin Bay

Located on Genovesa Island this bay is actually the caldera of an extinct, partially eroded volcano, with the surrounding cliffs forming the inner portion of the rim. Filled with birds and their activ..

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Elizabeth Bay

An extremely interesting area for its prolific mangrove Eco-system and for its marine life of many different forms. It is a spectacular place for snorkeling and dinghy rides. The species more commonly..

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Galapagos Baltra

Baltra, also referred to as South Seymour Island, is one of the smaller islands of the Galapagos, with an area of roughly 8 square miles. The island lies in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, about 600 miles ..

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Gardner Bay

Gardner Bay, located on the eastern side of Espanola(Hood) Island, has a long and beautiful white sand beach with a large sea lion colony. Rocks off the coast offer great snorkeling with reef sharks a..

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Guayaquil

Guayaquil is a tropical city surrounded by hills as well as situated on the banks of an arm of the ocean and the majestic Guayas River, a setting which will captivate you with its magic of the South P..

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Isla de la Plata

Isla de la Plata is located in the Pacific Ocean, just a 45 minute boat ride from Porto Lopez, Manabi Ecuador. It is a part of Ecuador's only coastal National park, Parque Nacional Machalilla. It is h..

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La Galapaguera

It is located in the South East of San Cristobal, to 22.4 km from Port Baquerizo Moreno. Access is by road, the bus ride lasts approximately 40 minutes. It is located in the vicinity of Cerro Colo..

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Las Bachas

Located to the west of Black Turtle Cove on Santa Cruz Island, its sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft. These islands are favorite nesting for sea turtles...

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Leon Dormido Kicker Rock

A magnificent rock in the middle of the sea, rising 500 feet from the ocean, this giant uplifted rock has a shape of a sleeping lion. It has a split with towering walls on either side, forming a narro..

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Machala

Machala is a city in south-west Ecuador. It is the capital of the El Oro Province and located near the Gulf of Guayaquil on fertile lowlands. Machala has a population of 241,606 (2010 census),it is al..

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Manta

Manta, the country's second largest port, with its extensive hotel facilities, is Manabí's major city. Its main beach, Murciélago, has a modern boardwalk with a variety of restaurants offeri..

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North Seymour Island

North Seymour Island, also referred to as Seymour, is a small island to the North of Baltra. This island was formed years ago as a result of the uplift of a submarine lava formation. Because of the ci..

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Pitt Point

Located to the northwest side of San Cristobal Island. The main attraction of Pitt Point is that it is the only place in the Galapagos where you can find three species of booby birds nesting in the sa..

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Post Office Bay

Located on Floreana Island, Post Office Bay, where 18th century whalers used a barrel as an unofficial mail drop, can be visited today. The idea behind the barrel was that British whalers or passer-by..

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Prince Phillip's Steps

Located on Genovesa Island, this dry landing leads to a steep set of natural stairs that are the only access to the high cliffs surrounding Darwin Bay. The rocky trail winds its way through several co..

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Puerto Ayora

The largest settlement area, offering the most services in the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora is a port town situated along Academy Bay on Isla Santa Cruz. Most yachts offering cruises of the Galapagos hail ..

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Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Located on the west side of Isabela Island, Punta Moreno means źdark point,╗ taking its name from the very dark, new rocks formed by the lava flow from a fairly recent volcano eruption. Punta Moreno h..

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Puerto Egas

A visit to Puerto Egas begins with a wet landing on the dark sand beaches of James Bay. The visit begins with a walk along the rocky coast giving visitors the opportunity to view some of the Galapagos..

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Punta Cormorant

Punta Cormorant boasts of a larger lagoon with flamingos and other water birds. A trail leads to a sandy beach where turtles, rays and seabirds can be seen. Off the coast is Devil's Crown, a half subm..

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Punta Espinoza

Punta Espinosa is a narrow stretch of land where some of the most unique Galapagos species can be seen: marine iguanas conglomerate here in larger groups than in any other island. Following the trail ..

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Punta Moreno

Located on the west side of Isabela Island, Punta Moreno means źdark point,╗ taking its name from the very dark, new rocks formed by the lava flow from a fairly recent volcano eruption. Punta Moreno h..

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Punta Suarez

Located on Espanola(Hood) Island, Punta Suarez has a trail leading through masked and blue-footed boobies colonies to a blow hole, where sea water is forced some 20m up into the air. Also the most col..

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Punta Vicente Roca

In the north of Isabela there is a small promontory known as Punta Vicente Roca, on the southwestern edge of Volcano Ecuador. The point presides over a pair of jewel-like coves. The coves lie on eithe..

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Rabida Jervis Island

Located just south of Santiago Island, Rabida, also known as Jervis Island, is a small island just over 2 km in width and 400 meters above sea level at its highest point. It is one of the most volcani..

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South Plaza

This enchanted Subtropical island is comprised of two small islets that are uplifted from the coast of Santa Cruz Island. Despite its slightly smaller size, the unique vegetation and location of Plaza..

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Sullivan Bay

On the east side of Santiago island sits yet another body of water, Sullivan Bay, famous for its conelike volcano and various types of lava rock which have been studied by many for years. The glazed b..

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Tagus Cove

Tagus Cove is situated directly east of Fernandina on the west coast of Isla Isabela. It is a beautifully well protected cove sheltered by the shoulders of two volcanic craters and has been used as an..

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Urvina Bay

Noteworthy because it is an area that was elevated from sea level in 1950's during the eruption of the Alcedo volcano. A part of the shoreline was raised more than 4 meters, and now the visitor can wa..

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