Galapagos


Galapagos Islands

“Far out into the equatorial waters of the easter Pacific the sea breaks agains the cliffs of a group of lonely islands. These are The Galapagos Islands, an eerie and strangely forbidding part of the world”. (Roger Perry)

MARY ANNE

Mary Anne is among the most beautiful and popular of the Islands’ motor sailboats. She is 66 meters (216 feet) long and accommodates 16 guests, with enough room to offer 8 single cabins. Accommodations are located on the cabin deck, each cabin with private bathroom and hot water. Her spacious main deck and sun deck are favourite gathering places for guests.

On Mary Anne you will explore the unique landscapes of the Islands and meet face to face with the fabled wildlife. Your highly trained naturalist guide will make this an exceptional educational opportunity.

Mary Anne carries 9 crew members plus your guide She is owned and operated by Fiddi Angermeyer, who was born and grew up on the Galapagos Islands.

Mary Anne

MARY ANNE

Eastern Itinerary Overview

10 Days / 9 Nights Eastern Islands

Day 1 – FRIDAY

ARRIVE AT ANY TIME AT QUITO – ECUADOR

Day 2 – SATURDAY

BALTRA AIRPORT – BLACK TURTLE COVE SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Day 3 – SUNDAY

AM – DARWIN BAY (GENOVESA ISLAND)
PM – EL BARRANCO (GENOVESA ISLAND)

Day 4 – MONDAY

AM – BARTOLOME ISLAND
PM – SOMBRERO CHINO ISLAND

Day 5 – TUESDAY

AM – RABIDA ISLAND
PM – CERRO DRAGON (SANTA CRUZ ISLAND)

Day 6 – WEDNESDAY

AM – HIGHLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
PM – CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION

Day 7 – THURSDAY

AM – SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND
PM – SANTA FE ISLAND

Day 8 – FRIDAY

AM – PUNTA SUAREZ (ESPAÑOLA ISLAND)
PM – GARDNER BAY (ESPAÑOLA ISLAND)

Day 9 – SATURDAY

AM – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
TRANSFER TO BALTRA AIRPORT – FLY TO QUITO

Day 10 – SUNDAY

DEPART AT ANY TIME
CONTACT US FOR AN EXTENSION OF YOUR TOUR


MARY ANNE

Detailed Eastern Itinerary

Day 1 – FRIDAY

Arrive at any time at Quito.

INCLUDED MEALS: None
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
SERVICES: Transfer from the airport

Day 2 – SATURDAY – QUITO – GALAPAGOS

PM: After arriving at Baltra airport we will be greeted by an Angermeyer Cruises representative to then board the Mary Anne and have lunch. After lunch, we will navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island.  Pelicans and herons roost on the branches, while marine dwellers such as green sea turtles or golden rays may cruise right next to the panga as it makes its way through the mangroves.

INCLUDED MEALS: Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Mary Anne Sailing Yacht
SERVICES: Guided tour in English, assisted transfer from the airport.

Day 3 – SUNDAY – GENOVESA ISLAND

AM: We travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay (wet landing), a unique site lined with red mangroves and soft‐ haired prickly pear cacti where red‐footed boobies and great frigatebirds perch tamely.

PM: At El Barranco (dry landing), we climb the edge of a cliff where frigatebirds, masked boobies, and red‐footed boobies nest. We will be seeking out the impressive red‐billed tropicbird amidst Galapagos storm petrels.  

Day 4 – MONDAY – BARTOLOME AND CHINESE HAT ISLANDS

AM: Dry landing at Bartolome to climb up the wooden steps and reach the summit of this spatter cone for a most breath‐ taking panorama of the island’s well photographed Pinnacle Rock and views of neighbouring Santiago and many other central islands in the distance.

PM: Less than a quarter of one square kilometer in size, this island gets its name from being shaped like a Chinese hat. The hat shape is best appreciated from the north side. Lava formations can be seen on the western side of the island, formed under the sea and raised upward and for this reason it is possible to observe coral heads on the lava. Be amazed by the landscapes covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Mary Anne Sailing Yacht
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 5 – TUESDAY – RABIDA AND SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS

AM: Wet landing onto Rabida’s deep‐red beaches to explore the red island’s fascinating interior and saltwater lagoon. Darwin’s finches, Galapagos mockingbirds and yellow warblers feed off the vegetation. Given the right time of the year we may see brown pelicans nesting on saltbushes that fringe the beach.

PM: We head across to Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz’s northwest shore (dry landing) to visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, black‐necked stilts and white‐cheeked pintails. Further inland we find a fantastic land iguana-nesting site.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Mary Anne Sailing Yacht
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 6 – WEDNESDAY – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

AM: We will spend this day visiting Santa Cruz Island´s most famous highlights. We will have a dry landing at the dock of Puerto Ayora to then board our transportation and head to the island’s highlands. This area, in contrast to the coastal region, has lush vegetation and forest due to the humidity in the higher regions.

We will visit one of the ranches of the area where it is possible to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. As these animals migrate from the coastal area to the highlands and back, the chosen ranch will depend on the presence of the tortoises since they roam free and change locations.   This is also a good place to see the Galapagos hawk and barn owl of this island and the surrounding forests are filled of birds such as the vermilion flycatcher or the yellow warbler.  

PM: We will enjoy lunch at the ranch to then head back to Puerto Ayora for our second visit of the day, the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center. Here, we will see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi‐natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the visitors. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be “repatriated”), and adults.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Mary Anne Sailing Yacht
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 7 – THURSDAY – SOUTH PLAZA AND SANTA FE ISLANDS

AM: Dry landing on one of the oldest docks of the archipelago, colorful Plaza Sur is home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium and coppery‐orange land iguanas. Impressive seaward cliffs are excellent for a variety of coastal birds. This is also a great place to observe the adult and pup sea lions swimming along the shores.  

PM: After a wet landing on Santa Fe onto a white beach where sea lions are usually resting, we will be looking for the endemic species of land iguana, larger and yellower than land iguanas on other islands. The largest prickly pear cacti in the Galapagos are also found here.  

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Mary Anne Sailing Yacht
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 8 – FRIDAY – ESPAÑOLA ISLAND

AM: In the morning we will head to Punta Suarez The trail is about 4 km (2 miles) long and the walk takes about 2 hours. A geyser near the trail sprays water some 25 m (75 feet) into the air. This is one of the most popular landing sites in Galapagos.

The highlights include: sea lions near the landing place, sometimes to be seen body‐surfing in the large breakers; large marine iguanas, with red‐coloured males in the breeding season; oystercatchers; blue‐footed and Nazca boobies; Galapagos hawk; Galapagos dove; swallow‐tailed gull; red billed tropicbirds in flight; and three species endemic to Española – waved albatross (present only from April to December), Española mockingbird, and Española lava lizard.

PM: We will spend the day in fantastic Española, starting with Gardner Bay (wet landing), an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the intrepid Española mockingbird.
Close to Española there is a good spot for snorkeling called Gardner Islet. While snorkeling, there is a good chance playful sea lions will join you. Get ready for more snorkeling at Osborn islet, a great place to observe great quantities of marine life.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Mary Anne Sailing Yacht
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 9 – SATURDAY – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND – BALTRA ISLAND

AM: This is our last day in the islands. After breakfast we will disembark in Puerto Ayora to take our transport to the Baltra airport, making a short stop to visit the Twin Craters. The Gemelos (twins) are two deep craters located to the side of the road that leads to Puerto Ayora from the other side of the island. Magma chambers collapsing underneath the island´s surface probably created these huge holes.  

This is also a good place to see the Galapagos hawk and barn owl of this island and the surrounding forests are filled of birds such as the vermilion flycatcher or the yellow warbler. Something worth mentioning is the contrast of the vegetation of the highlands with the arid coastal zones.

After this visit we will make our way to the Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.  

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

In addition to the land visits The Mary Anne offers a good balance of other activities such as snorkelling, panga rides and kayaking.

Day 10 – SUNDAY – DEPARTURE

Depart any time.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION:
SERVICES: Transfer to the airport.

Note: Please contact us for an extension of your tour.

Price in USD from $5,010.00 per person


EXPEDITION INCLUSION/ EXCLUSIONS

INCLUDED

Accomodation of board
All meals while on board
Island sightseeing
Naturalist guides and lecture services in English
Wet suit rental and snorkelling gear
Two nights accommodation in a hotel in Ecuador

NOT INCLUDED

Galapagos National Park admission fee (US$ 100 subject to change without notice)
Transit Control Card for Galapagos (US$ 20 per person)
Alcoholic drinks
Tips
Gifts and additional items
Airfare to/from Galapagos
International Airfare
Travel insurance

Mary Anne

MARY ANNE

Western Itinerary Overview

10 Days / 9 Nights Western Islands

Day 1 – FRIDAY

ARRIVE AT ANY TIME AT QUITO – ECUADOR

Day 2 – SATURDAY

BALTRA AIRPORT – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Day 3 – SUNDAY

AM – PUNTA CORMORANT (FLOREANA ISLAND)

PM – POST OFFICE BAY (FLOREANA ISLAND)

Day 4 – MONDAY

AM – ASILO DE LA PAZ (FLOREANA ISLAND)

PM – NAVIGATION TO ISABELA ISLAND

Day 5 – TUESDAY

AM – PUNTA MORENO (ISABELA ISLAND)
PM – URBINA BAY (ISABELA ISLAND)

Day 6 – WEDNESDAY

AM – TAGUS COVE (ISABELA ISLAND)
PM – PUNTA ESPINOZA (FERNANDINA ISLAND)

Day 7 – THURSDAY

AM – PUERTO EGAS (SANTIAGO ISLAND)
PM – BUCCANEER COVE (SANTIAGO ISLAND)

Day 8 – FRIDAY

AM – SULLIVAN BAY (SANTIAGO ISLAND)
PM – NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND

Day 9 – SATURDAY

AM – MOSQUERA ISLET
TRANSFER TO BALTRA AIRPORT

Day 10 – SUNDAY

DEPART AT ANY TIME

CONTACT US FOR AN EXTENSION OF YOUR TOUR


MARY ANNE

Detailed Western Itinerary

Day 1 – FRIDAY

Arrive at any time at Quito.

INCLUDED MEALS: None
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
SERVICES: Transfer from the airport

Day 2 – SATURDAY – QUITO – GALAPAGOS

After arriving at Baltra airport you will be greeted by an Angermeyer Cruises representative and then board a bus that will take you to Puerto Ayora for the first visit on the islands: Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center. Here, you will see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the tourists. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be “repatriated”), and adults. Afterwards you will head back to Puerto Ayora, where you will have some time to explore the town and shops by yourselves before boarding the Mary Anne Sailing Yacht at around 5:00 p.m. Once on board, the crew and the captain will welcome you, have a short security drill and enjoy dinner. Afterwards you will have the briefing for the next day´s activities.  

INCLUDED MEALS: Dinner
ACCOMODATION: Mary Anne Sailing Yacht
SERVICES: Guided tour, in English

Day 3 – SUNDAY -FLOREANA ISLAND

AM: You will spend the day on Floreana, legendary homestead of infamous Baroness Eloise Von Wagner de Bousquet. Wet landing onto the olivine beaches of Punta Cormorant were you will see Greater Flamingos on our way to another special beach with the finest sand you’ll set foot on, a sea turtle nesting ground where sharks and rays also visit regularly.   You will end the outing with a short panga ride to Devil’s Crown, a key snorkelling site.
PM: After lunch you will visit Post Office Bay (wet landing), where you can drop your postcards in the barrel as the whalers did centuries ago and select cards to hand deliver when you return home.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMODATION: Mary Anne Sailing Yacht
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 4 – MONDAY – FLOREANA ISLAND

AM: This morning we will visit Floreana Island´s Black Beach to learn about the intriguing human history of the island and its first inhabitants. Floreana was the first island in the archipelago to be inhabited, since it has one of the very few fresh water sources.   We will visit this fresh water source known as Asilo de La Paz, as well as the caves that served as hideouts for pirates and where the first Galapegueño was born, according to the stories of Floreana, which involve the infamous Baroness Eloise Wagner von Bousquet and her lovers who mysteriously began to disappear after settling on the island.  

PM: After our visit, we will have the best opportunity for a not‐so‐common yet well beloved activity in the archipelago, a full afternoon navigation to look for whales and dolphins. The waters of the Galapagos form the second largest marine reserve in the world very rich in wildlife.   The biggest representatives of the underwater fauna are the different species of whales and dolphins found here. We will navigate form Floreana to Isabela Island while looking for these fascinating creatures, which are commonly seen in this area.   This afternoon is completed by the impressive landscapes of Isabella and the Cerro Azul volcano.  

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Mary Anne Sailing Yacht
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 5 – TUESDAY – ISABELA ISLAND

AM: We arrive at Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos. After breakfast, we step ashore at Punta Moreno (dry landing) onto a superb pahoehoe lava flow surrounded by giant shield volcanoes, some of which are still active! From here we will do a short hike to a lagoon where flamingos are usually present.  

PM: We disembark at Urbina Bay (wet landing) onto a black sand beach, nesting site for green sea turtles. We take a brief hike inland in search of land iguanas and giant tortoises (seasonal) that migrate to and from the highlands.   At the beach, we will admire the remains of a geological uplift exposing coral heads and marine fossils and if the sea conditions and time are on our side, we will also snorkel in these waters.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Mary Anne Sailing Yacht
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 6 – WEDNESDAY – ISABELA ISLAND

AM: Dry landing near Tagus Cove, historic pirate hideaway where names of countless ships are recorded for posterity on the cliff face. Hike through beautiful Galapagos landscapes to Darwin Lake, a salt‐water crater lagoon surrounded by tuff stone.

PM: We cross Bolivar Channel to Fernandina Island, one of the world’s most unspoilt sites, and disembark (dry landing) at Punta Espinosa.   Strolling along the shoreline, we will be on the lookout for flightless cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos penguins and hawks, sooty‐colored marine iguanas and bright red‐orange Sally Lightfoot crabs.   

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Mary Anne Sailing Yacht
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 7 – THURSDAY – SANTIAGO ISLAND

AM: At Puerto Egas (wet landing) we disembark on a dark sand volcanic beach with an interesting history of human settlement. Sleepy Galapagos fur seals lounge under arches of lava carved by the ocean and occasionally dip into the crystalline pools, also known as “grottos”. Walk along the shore and observe the abundant marine life.  

PM: At Buccaneer Cove we will take a panga ride around the beautiful coastline. This place got its name due to the fact that used to be a refuge for British Buccaneers during the time they would anchor here to collect supplies and clean their ships among other activities.  The cove is very scenic with views of the cliffs and a dark beach. Do not forget to look for two unusual rock formations known as ‘the monk’ and ‘elephant rock’. After three days exploring the fabulous western islands, we head to central Santiago to disembark at Espumilla (wet landing), onto a golden‐colored sand green sea turtle nesting site.    A forest trail will take us through some of the largest specimens of Palo Santo on the islands to observe yellow warblers, the unbelievably tame Galapagos flycatcher and the ever‐intriguing Darwin finches.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Mary Anne Sailing Yacht
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 8 – FRIDAY – SANTIAGO AND NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND

AM: We head across to Sullivan Bay (dry landing) in Santiago to walk over a recent lava flow, including very fresh pahoehoe lava formations, lava bubbles containing crystallized minerals and pioneer plants. Along the shoreline, we may find Galapagos penguins and herons going after small fish.

PM: We disembark on North Seymour (dry landing), a small uplifted island, where we will walk right up to bird nesting colonies of the two species of frigate birds, blue‐footed boobies and swallow‐tailed gulls, and experience, depending on season, spectacular mating ritual displays.  

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Mary Anne Sailing Yacht
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 9 – SATURDAY – BALTRA ISLAND

AM: Mosquera is a small islet located between Baltra Island and North Seymour measuring about 160 meters across and 600 meters long. It is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies and is also a haven for shorebirds. Orcas occasionally come to the islet to feed on the sea lions.

After this visit, the ship will sail to Baltra where passengers ending their trip will disembark and passengers beginning their cruise will join us on board.  

In addition to the land visits we offer a good balance of other activities such as snorkeling, panga rides and kayaking.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
SERVICES: Guided tour in English, assisted transfer to the airport.

Day 10 – SUNDAY– DEPARTURE

Depart at any time.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION:
SERVICES: Transfer to the airport.

Note: Please contact us for an extension of your tour.

Price in USD from $5,010.00 per person one-week itinerary


EXPEDITION INCLUSION/ EXCLUSIONS

INCLUDED

Accomodation on board
All meals while on board
Island sightseeing
Naturalist guides and lecture services in English
Wet suit rental and snorkelling gear
Two nights accommodation in a hotel in Ecuador

NOT INCLUDED

Galapagos National Park admission fee (US$ 100 subject to change without notice)
Transit Control Card for Galapagos (US$ 20 per person)
Alcoholic drinks
Tips
Gifts and additional items
Airfare to/from Galapagos
International Airfare
Travel insurance

THE BEAGLE

The Beagle is named for HMS Beagle, the ship on which Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands during the historic voyage that led to his ground-breaking theory of evolution, which was inspired to a great extent by his observations in this extraordinary archipelago.

The Beagle has carried famous scientists such as Richard Dawkins and Robert Winston, as well as guests who simply want to enjoy the magic of the islands in comfort.

The Beagle is owned and operated by a local family that has worked in the tourism industry since 1981. They are deeply involved in the conservation of the islands, and all products that they serve on board are 100% local to support the local economy.

The Beagle is 32 meters (105 feet) long, with plenty of space on deck for dining, lounging, sightseeing, and enjoying the company of the other guests. A large, comfortable lounge below deck offers cool comfort for reading and chatting. This boat is ideal to travel with a group of friends or family.

The Beagle has 6 double cabins, each with a double lower bunk and a single upper. A smaller seventh cabin has a single bunk. All cabins are air-conditioned with private bathrooms and hot water.

The Beagle offers two week-long itineraries exploring different parts of the archipelago with a highly trained naturalist guide. You can choose one week or both weeks.

The Beagle

THE BEAGLE

North-West Itinerary Overview

8 Days / 7 Nights Northwest Islands

DAY 1 – TUESDAY

BALTRA AIRPORT –
LAS BACHAS (SANTA CRUZ ISLAND)

DAY 2 – WENESDAY

AM – PRINCE PHILIP’S STEPS (GENOVESA ISLAND)
PM – DARWIN BAY (GENOVESA ISLAND)

DAY 3 – THURSDAY

AM – JAMES BAY (SANTIAGO ISLAND)
PM – NAVIGATION TO ISABELA ISLAND

DAY 4 – FRIDAY

AM – PUNTA VICENTE ROCA (ISABELA ISLAND)
PM – PUNTA VICENTE ROCA (FERNANDINA ISLAND)

DAY 5 – SATURDAY

AM – TAGUS COVE (ISABELA ISLAND)
PM – URBINA BAY (ISABELA ISLAND)

DAY 6 – SUNDAY

AM – ELIZABETH BAY (ISABELA ISLAND)
PM – PUNTA MORENO (ISABELA ISLAND)

DAY 7 – MONDAY

AM – SIERRA NEGRA VOLCANO (ISABELA ISLAND)
PM – TORTOISE BREEDING CENTER (ISABELA ISLAND)

DAY 8 – TUESDAY

AM – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
TRANSFER TO BALTRA AIRPORT


THE BEAGLE

Detailed North-West Itinerary

DAY 1 – TUESDAY – QUITO – GALAPAGOS

Your Expedition among the Galapagos Islands, one of the world’s great treasures, starts today. At Baltra airport you will be met by The Beagle’s naturalist guide, who will assist you with collecting your luggage and accompany you on a short bus ride to the harbour where you will board The Beagle.

After a light lunch The Beagle will navigate to Las Bachas on the northern shore of Santa Cruz Island. Las Bachas is a white sand beach that is a major nesting site for green sea turtles. The name Las Bachas (“potholes”) refers to the indentations left in the sand by laying turtles or departing hatchlings. On the shore there are marine iguanas, and in the lagoon area flamingos are common. You are welcome to swim from the beach and have your first snorkel experience in the islands.

INCLUDED MEALS: Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMODATION: The Beagle
SERVICES: Guided tour, in English

Day 2 – WEDNESDAY – GENOVESA ISLAND

After a dry landing you climb up the fairly steep Prince Philip’s Steps that take you onto a lava rock trail leading you through Palo Santo forest full of nesting birds. There’s a good chance of seeing the unique short-eared owl at this site.

After lunch and a snorkel along the amazing cliff sides of the collapsed caldera that forms the bay, you visit the beach area of Darwin Bay, home to frigate birds, red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, flycatchers, lava gulls, storm petrels, and Darwin’s finches, to mention some of the birds found in this bay.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMODATION: The Beagle
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

DAY 3 – THURSDAY – SANTIAGO ISLAND

After a wet landing at James Bay onto a black beach, an easy stroll takes you near the coastline to observe tidal pools, marine birds, iguanas, and sea lions; migratory birds are often present in this area as well. This a good place to observe the Galapagos hawk. The trail ends at the fur sea lion grottos. Being nocturnal feeders, the fur seals sleep in and around the grottos during the day. On returning to the beach visitors may snorkel or swim.

After lunch The Beagle will start navigating to the west side of Isabela Island.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: The Beagle
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 4 – FRIDAY – ISABELA AND FERNANDINA ISLANDS

Punta Vicente Roca offers a dinghy ride, excellent for marine life observation, to a snorkel area where underwater wildlife take full advantage of the nutrient-rich Cromwell Current that upwells in this area.

Fernandina is the youngest island of the archipelago. As you disembark at Punta Espinoza, you must be careful not to step on the marine iguanas piled up together to retain body heat. This site is rich in wildlife such as sea lions, flightless cormorants, penguins, herons, Sally light-foot crabs, and much more, all living side by side on this small point with its mangrove forest.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: The Beagle
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 5 – SATURDAY – ISABELA ISLAND

The 30 minute hike at Tagus Cove takes you to the top of a cliff to view the volcanic landscapes of Darwin Volcano and Darwin Lake, the latter an uplifted ultra-saline lake saltier than the sea. Historically used as an anchorage site by pirates and whalers, this site is again an excellent place for marine and land birds.

Located to the south at the foot of the western side of Alcedo Volcano, Urbina Bay was uplifted in 1954 from the seabed leaving coral heads sitting out of the water. There is a large colony of land iguanas here, even larger now that the feral dogs and goats have been controlled through Project Isabela. The site also affords an opportunity to see the Alcedo Volcano tortoise in its natural habitat.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: The Beagle
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 6 – SUNDAY – ISABELA ISLAND

Elizabeth Bay is a marine visitor site, so the excursion is made by dinghy to the Mariela Rocks, where there is an important colony of Galapagos penguins. The dinghy ride takes you into a cove surrounded by red mangrove. Here in these quiet lagoons there may be green sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans, small sharks, and flightless cormorants.

A walk across the lava takes you to a series of lagoons with plenty to see along the way. Darwin’s finches, Galapagos doves, penguins, blue-footed boobies, mockingbirds, and flightless cormorants are some of the abundant wildlife.

Still on Isabela, the largest island in Galapagos, you will explore Punta Moreno, a desolate and pristine landscape of impressive black lava flows affording good views of Alcedo and Sierra Azul volcanoes.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: The Beagle
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 7 – MONDAY – ISABELA ISLAND

After breakfast, passengers head for the Sierra Negra volcano, the second largest volcanic crater in the world. It sits in the southern part of Isabela Island. Transportation is available to the end of the road, followed by a 45-minute walk on a trail to the top of the volcano from where the caldera can be viewed.

Upon returning from the hike, passengers visit the Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center to see the giant tortoises.

Lunch is served upon return to The Beagle, and afterward, those who wish to can go swimming in one of the coves of Villamil Port.

In the afternoon the boat begins traveling toward Puerto Ayora.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: The Beagle
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 8 – TUESDAY – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

The guests will be transported by bus to visit the highlands of Santa Cruz on the way to the airport.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION: The Beagle
SERVICES: Guided tour in English, assisted transfer to the airport.

Price in USD from $4,200.00 per person based on double board


EXPEDITION INCLUSION/ EXCLUSIONS

INCLUDED

Accomodation on board
All meals while onboard
Island sightseeing
Naturalist guides and lecture services in English
Wet suit rental and snorkelling gear
Airfare to/from Galapagos

NOT INCLUDED

Galapagos National Park admission fee (US$ 100 subject to change without notice)
Transit Control Card for Galapagos (US$ 20 per person)
Alcoholic drinks
Tips
Gifts and additional items
International Airfare
Travel Insurance

The Beagle

THE BEAGLE

Central-South Itinerary Overview

8 Days / 7 Nights Central & South Islands

DAY 1 – TUESDAY

BALTRA AIRPORT –
CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION (SANTA CRUZ ISLAND)

DAY 2 – WENESDAY

AM – ASILO DE LA PAZ (FLOREANA ISLAND)
PM – PUNTA CORMORANT (FLOREANA ISLAND)

DAY 3 – THURSDAY

AM – PUNTA SUAREZ (ESPAÑOLA ISLAND)
PM – GARDNER BAY ESPAÑOLA ISLAND)

DAY 4 – FRIDAY

AM – PUNTA PITT (SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND)
PM – ISLA LOBOS (SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND)

DAY 5 – SATURDAY

AM – SANTA FE ISLAND
PM – SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND

DAY 6 – SUNDAY

AM – NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND
PM – BARTOLOME ISLAND

DAY 7 – MONDAY

AM – CHINESE HAT ISLAND
PM – CERRO DRAGON (SANTA CRUZ ISLAND)

DAY 8 – TUESDAY

AM – BLACK TURTLE COVE (SANTA CRUZ ISLAND)
TRANSFER TO BALTRA AIRPORT


THE BEAGLE

Central-South Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – TUESDAY – QUITO – GALAPAGOS

Your Expedition among the Galapagos Islands, one of the world’s great treasures, starts today. At Baltra airport you will meet your guide, who will help you with the transfer from Baltra Island to Santa Cruz Island, where the boat will be ready for your arrival. As soon as you arrive on board you will be allocated your cabin and have a snack before going to the Charles Darwin Station in the afternoon. Afterward you may stroll through Puerto Ayora’s main street with ample time to shop and explore.

The Charles Darwin Research Station is on Santa Cruz Island, the main inhabited island in the archipelago, with a population of approximately 16,000. A visit to the station will increase your understanding of the work being done by the foundation and the importance of preserving the archipelago’s ecosystems. A series of walkways takes you through the captive breeding program where you will see juvenile and adult tortoises from different islands in captivity for conservation purposes.

INCLUDED MEALS: Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: The Beagle
SERVICES: Assisted transfer from the airport, Guided tour in English.

Day 2 – WEDNESDAY- FLOREANA ISLAND

Puerto Velasco Ibarra has the smallest human settlement in the Islands. Floreana was inhabited as early as the 1920’s and has a colorful history of pirates, whalers, convicts and colonists. You will be driven up into the highlands on a dirt road in an open-sided bus known locally as a chiva. You’ll pass through chacras (small land holdings) up to a small fresh-water spring called Asilo de la Paz and visit a tortoise corral. On returning to The Beagle you’ll motor to Punta Cormorant and from there take the dinghy to go for a snorkel at Devil’s Crown, a sunken cone with exciting snorkeling as you’re carried by the current while seeing a superb variety of marine life.

At Punta Cormorant you land on a beach with green olivine sand. Several trails allow you to explore a brackish water lagoon with a colony of flamingos who are there most of the year, and white-cheeked pintail ducks, stilts, and other shorebirds feeding alongside the flamingos. The trail then goes over a hill and dunes to a stunning white beach consisting of ground coral, where the green sea turtles nest.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: The Beagle
SERVICES: Guided tour in English, assisted transfer from the airport.

Day 3 – THURSDAY – ESPAÑOLA ISLAND

Hood Island is one of the most popular and attractive of the archipelago’s islands. The quantity and variety of wildlife here are remarkable. At Punta Suarez you can see waved albatrosses from April to December. Blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, Galapagos hawks, Darwin finches, swallow-tailed gulls, Española mockingbirds, shorebirds, sea lions, marine iguanas, and lava lizards are just some of its residents, and an impressive blowhole can be observed from the high cliffs.

Located on the eastern end of the island, Gardner Bay has a wonderful sandy beach for swimming and observing the Galapagos sea lions.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: The Beagle
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 4 – FRIDAY – SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

Punta Pitt on San Cristobal Island affords impressive views after you climb up a steep, narrow path onto a plateau surrounded by reddish hills. Depending on the time of year there may be nesting marine iguanas, red-footed boobies, and other marine birds down on the cliffs. After the visit The Beagle will navigate to Kicker Rock, where rocks rise 500 feet out of the ocean and resemble a sleeping lion, hence its name in Spanish, “León Dormido.”

The afternoon anchorage is at Isla Lobos, which, as its name suggests, has a sea lion colony and also an endemic lava lizard. It’s a good site for swimming and snorkeling with the playful sea lion pups, and on the islet you can visit the sea lion colony. Perhaps you’ll see the frigate birds displaying and building their nests if their food supply is good.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: The Beagle
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 5 – SATURDAY – SANTA FE AND PLAZAS ISLANDS

One of the most beautiful of all the visitor sites in the Galapagos, Santa Fe has a turquoise cove sheltered by a rocky peninsula extending from the shore covered in Opuntia cactus and sea lions. This island was formed by an uplift caused by tectonic activity. You can see land iguanas, sea turtles, Galapagos hawks, sea lions, and a forest of giant Opuntia cactus, and it’s lovely to swim and snorkel in the clear turquoise blue sea.
South Plaza is one of the best spots in the archipelago to see land iguanas and swallow-tailed gulls, both indigenous to the Galapagos. There are iguana nests scattered all over the hill. The sheer cliffs of the southern shore are a perfect nesting habitat, making it an unparalleled bird observatory especially for swallow-tailed gulls, Audubon shearwaters, and red-billed tropical birds.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: The Beagle
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 6 –SUNDAY–NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND AND BARTOLOME ISLAND

North Seymour is home to several species of marine birds: swallow-tailed gulls, blue-footed boobies, noddy terns, and both the great and the magnificent frigate birds compete for nesting sites. Land iguanas are found alongside marine iguanas, and there are the ever-present vocal sea lions as well. North Seymour is a low, flat island located north of Baltra that was uplifted from the sea by underground seismic activity.

Bartolome Island is a small island located to the east of James Island. Famous for its Pinnacle Rock, it is home to a small rookery of Galapagos penguins. You can swim and snorkel around Pinnacle Rock, or walk to the other side of the island to see sea turtles nesting (from January to March) and sharks swimming close to shore. You can also climb to the highest point of the island, a climb which gives you the chance to see plants that live in lava and ash and many interesting lava formations. On this island we also see sea lions, Galapagos penguins, pelicans, Galapagos hawks, turtles, and sharks.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: The Beagle
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 7 – MONDAY – CHINESE HAT ISLAND AND CERRO DRAGON (SANTA CRUZ ISLAND)

Chinese Hat is a little island shaped as its name implies that sits off the southeastern tip of James Island. Its small white beaches have a sea lion colony. Snorkeling is usually very good, and with luck you will see the Galapagos penguins in the water.

CERRO DRAGÓN

Located on the northwest coast of Santa Cruz Island, the visit to Cerro Dragon (“dragon hill”) will take you through Palo Santo trees and Opuntia cactus past a couple of lagoons where flamingoes can be seen and shy land iguanas live.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: The Beagle
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 8 – TUESDAY – BLACK TURTLE COVE – BALTRA ISLAND

Your visit to Black Turtle Cove is with the dinghy to permit you to motor through the mangrove inlets. These lagoons provide a refuge to rays, sharks, and sea turtles that are clearly visible in the clear, shallow water. The engine is turned off and you slowly drift among the different species that live in this peaceful place.
Your guide will take you to the airport in a bus, a ten-minute ride.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION:
SERVICES: Guided tour in English
END OF SERVICES

Price in USD from $4,200.00 per person based on double board


EXPEDITION INCLUSION/ EXCLUSIONS

INCLUDED

All meals while onboard
Island sightseeing
Naturalist guides and lecture services in English
Wet suit rental and snorkelling gear
Airfare to/from Galapagos

NOT INCLUDED

Galapagos National Park admission fee (US$ 100 subject to change without notice)
Transit Control Card for Galapagos (US$ 20 per person)
Alcoholic drinks
Tips
Gifts and additional items
International Airfare
Travel Insurance

THE REINA SILVIA

The Reina Silvia, 28 meters long and 7 meters in beam (90 ft. x 22 ft.), accommodates 12-16 passengers in luxurious comfort.

The Reina Silvia has 6 staterooms, all with en suite facilities and air conditioning. The four smaller staterooms on the lower deck can be arranged as either two twin beds or one king bed. Each also has a Pullman-style berth in the bulkhead, ideal for those traveling with children. A larger stateroom on the upper deck can be arranged as one king bed or two twin beds.

One stateroom on the main deck is perfect for guests who prefer not to walk up or down stairs because the dining area, salon, and swimming platform are on the same deck. The swimming platform is waiting for you anytime you want to jump into the crystal-clear water for a swim.

The extended platform is a great spot for whale and dolphin watching. The generous shaded lounge area on the upper deck is the perfect place to rest, relax, and gather for refreshments and to watch the spectacular sunsets.

The Reina Silvia

REINA SILVIA

Eastern Itinerary Overview

8 Days / 7 Nights Eastern Islands

DAY 1 – SATURDAY

BALTRA AIRPORT – HIGHLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
PM – CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION

DAY 2 – SUNDAY

AM – GARDNER BAY (ESPAÑOLA ISLAND)
PM – PUNTA SUAREZ (ESPAÑOLA ISLAND)

DAY 3 – MONDAY

AM – ISLA LOBOS (SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND)
PM – PUNTA PITT (SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND)

DAY 4 – TUESDAY

AM – SANTA FE ISLAND
PM – SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND

DAY 5 – WEDNESDAY

AM – DARWIN BAY (GENOVESA ISLAND)
PM – PRINCE PHILIP’S STEPS (GENOVESA ISLAND)

DAY 6 – THURSDAY

AM – SULLIVAN BAY (SANTIAGO ISLAND)
PM – BARTOLOME ISLAND

DAY 7 – FRIDAY

AM – RABIDA ISLAND
PM – SOMBRERO CHINO ISLAND

DAY 8 – SATURDAY

AM – TRANSFER TO BALTRA AIRPORT


REINA SILVIA

Detailed Eastern Itinerary

Day 1 – SATURDAY – QUITO – GALAPAGOS – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

AM: Arrival in Baltra, Highlands of Santa Cruz

After arrival in Baltra, visit of the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a special opportunity to view the islands’ most famous reptile: the giant tortoises in their wild habitat. What a privilege to see an endangered species roving in this lush environment! The vegetation of the area includes the Scalesia Forest (an endemic giant daisy tree) and birds such as the vermilion flycatcher will delight everyone with its scarlet feathers against an emerald green forest. Look for Darwin’s finches (most of them from the tree-finch group), particularly the famous Woodpecker Finch.

PM: Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)

We will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and Galápagos National Park headquarters to learn first hand of the conservation and research efforts in the islands. There, you’ll see several subspecies of adult tortoises, lots of hatchlings, and learn of the repatriation programs that are saving several subspecies of tortoises and iguanas from extinction.

INCLUDED MEALS: Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Reina Silvia
SERVICES: Guided tour in English, assisted transfer from the airport.

Day 2 -SUNDAY- ESPAÑOLA ISLAND

AM: Gardner Bay

We usually spend part of a day on the great white sand beach at Gardner Bay. This is the place where you can have time alone to reflect, take a long walk, jog in the surf, swim, snorkel, or stretch out on the sand for a snooze. Sea Turtles nest on this beach and sea lions conduct helpful snooze workshops as part of their compelling “Live Like a Sea Lion” programs.

Islote Gardner is a small island in front of Gardner Bay and is lined with vertical cliffs that drop to sandy ledges and large boulders.

Islote Osborn is a small Island, about 3 Km from Española Island perfect for swimming and snorkeling, depending of National Park regulation.

PM: Punta Suarez

At the Punta Suárez visitor site, on the north-western corner of the island, birds are everywhere—underfoot, on the trail, overhead, diving into the sea, taking off from cliffs, engaging in ritual mating dances, sitting quietly, and hatching eggs. As the panga driver guides us in through the surf to the landing, sea lions are often seen “hanging 10” on the waves. A great tangle of marine iguanas, stretched out in the sun on the beach, is usually present when we land.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Reina Silvia
SERVICES: Guided tour in English.

Day 3 – MONDAY– SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

AM: Isla Lobos, Leon Dormido

Isla Lobos is about an hour by boat from Port Baquerizo Moreno. There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and common frigate birds nesting on this site. You can observe the two species of sea lions present in the archipelago. During the tour you go through a dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks and a sandy area. Located some miles offshore, Leon Dormido is a huge monolith that split apart creating a narrow passage that only the most skilful yacht captains can negotiate. Blue Footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds nest along the ledges.

PM: Punta Pitt

This most easterly point in the archipelago is one of only a few visiting sites in Galapagos where red-footed boobies can be observed. All three boobies (blue-footed, red-footed and Nazca) are known to nest here, and at Islote Pitt which is a small islet near the anchorage. Blue-footed boobies can often be seen plunge-diving for fish while frigate birds soar overhead. The trail at Punta Pitt winds up through eroded volcanic tuff formations to a plateau for a spectacular view of the island, and Islote Pitt. Along the trail are endemic plants and wildlife unique to San Cristobal, such as the San Cristobal mockingbird and the San Cristobal lava lizard. The beach is frequented by sea lions. Snorkeling with sea lions is a prime attraction at Islote Pitt.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Reina Silvia
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 4 – TUESDAY– SANTA FE AND SOUTH PLAZA ISLANDS

AM: Santa Fe Island

We spend a fascinating half-day on Santa Fé, the island home to a small population of very large land iguanas, and the largest of the Opuntia cacti. The lagoon appears like a scene from “South Pacific” and is ideal for swimming and snorkelling; sea lions and colourful fish abound here and sometimes we see sea turtles. You may snorkel from the beach to the yacht with your guide, provided the bull sea lions are not overly aggressive. Please stay with your guide when snorkelling here. The climb to the bluff is challenging but the payoff comes when you spot a couple of huge land iguanas. This is a lovely, restful site.

PM: South Plaza Island

This is a small, but very rewarding island to visit. Here you see lots of land iguanas munching on Opuntia blossoms and leaves, defending territories, and just looking sinister. On the upper edge, at the windward side, you will see the Swallowtail Gulls nesting place. It is a treat to watch these beautiful birds manoeuvre in the tricky air currents as they set up to land on the cliff face. The shrieks of the Red-billed Tropicbirds, flying overhead in tight formation, will linger in your memories of Galápagos. Giant chitons cling to rocks at sea level and Audubon Shearwaters nest along the cliff face. From the bluff you can see schools of Yellowtail Mullet, occasionally a shark, and lots of birds flying back and forth

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Reina Silvia
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

DAY 5 –WEDNESDAY –GENOVESA ISLAND

AM: Darwin bay (Genovesa Island)

On arrival in Darwin’s Bay, a protected bay in a volcanic crater that long ago broke open to the sea, we host a “welcoming committee” of juvenile Red-footed Boobies. They come on board to inspect us and perch on the railings (the crews love this!). On the beach we can observe these entertaining tree-nesting Red-footed Boobies, displaying male Great Frigatebirds, mockingbirds, Swallow-tailed Gulls and finches. At certain times of the year, the male frigatebirds sit in the green saltbushes with their great red, chest pouches all puffed up, looking skyward. Any time a female flies over, they put on a compelling show of yodeling, wing flapping, and beak waving, always with great hopes that they will be chosen by the passing lady! This season generally runs from February to May. There is always great commotion on this island as the nesting Red-footed Boobies are being constantly hassled by the kleptoparasitic frigatebirds for both their food and nesting materials.

PM: Prince Philip’s steps (Genovesa Island)

We explore the cliffs on a long tender ride en route to Prince Phillip’s Steps, also known as the El Barranco. We may see the white tails of the Red-billed Tropicbirds sticking out of cliff face nests. After a climb up to the plateau (it is a flat island) we see nesting Nazca and Redfooted Boobies and Frigatebirds. A few white variations of the normally brown Red-Footed Boobies may be roosting in the Palo Santo trees. This is one of the best places to see the Large-Beaked Ground Finch. Millions of Galápagos Storm Petrels nest here in the lava tubes. Short-eared Owls live off these petrels so you may see one or two of them. Swallow-tailed Gulls, pelicans and fur seals live along the cliffs. You may see hammerhead sharks lazing along, just below the surface, and you’ll hear Red-billed Tropicbirds shrieking as they race along the cliffs. This island is one of the most interesting to visitors.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Reina Silvia
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

DAY 6 –THURSDAY–SULLIVAN BAY (SANTIAGO) AND BARTOLOME ISLANDS

AM: Sullivan bay
At Sullivan Bay, just across a narrow channel from Bartolomé, on the eastern end of Santiago, you will walk on recent, black pahoehoe lava flows. You will see some of the early colonizing plants—mollugo and brachycereus—struggling to gain a foothold in tiny cracks in the lava. Small cinder cones stand out where this black blanket flowed gracefully around them. You get a sense of the primordial, the beginnings of the planet, as you wander around on this primitive flow. Occasionally, a colorful Galápagos Grasshopper (actually a locust) flits ahead of you, over the flow. You may wonder how it makes a living out in this austere environment.

PM: Bartolomé

This is an exceptional place to observe volcanic island geology and to snorkel. Among the many colourful species you will see Bi-color Parrotfish, Streamer Hogfish, and Flag Cabrilla. Sometimes you get a special treat—a penguin “snorkelling” right around you in hunt of fishy treats. Most likely it will be a member of the small colony of Galápagos Penguins that nest in crevices at the base of the much photographed lava spire. The long climb up the wooden steps to the pinnacle of this cinder cone takes you through cinders and rough volcanic formations, a veritable moonscape. The lower slopes are graced with a light sprinkling of the delicate, silvery Taquilia, a ground hugging plant adapted to this harsh spot. On top you will enjoy the spectacular view of Bartolomé, Santiago, and several other nearby islands. From this height you can make out old submerged craters at the water’s edge 

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Reina Silvia
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

DAY 7 –FRIDAY– RABIDA AND SOMBRERO CHINO ISLANDS

AM: Rábida Island

This is a “small red island,” the color of the volcanic cinders. It is located just across a small channel from the south side of Santiago, near the center of the archipelago. The red beach is usually well populated with sea lions and pups. At times the low saltbushes are loaded with nesting Brown Pelicans. It is amazing that pelican chicks are just as bizarre looking as their parents. Just behind the beach, in a brackish lagoon, we usually see Bahamas White-cheeked Pintail Ducks, migratory shore and wading birds, and Greater Flamingos. Flamingos need the presence of a dozen or two other flamingos to stimulate their synchronous mating dance. If our timing is right, (i.e. lucky) we will be able to observe this highly entertaining ritual. Two species of boobies nest along the cliffs. The snorkeling is very good along the cliff face where Galápagos Penguins may swim with you; you can count on swimming with sea lion youngsters.

PM: Sombrero Chino

Sombrero Chino is a tiny island just off the southeast tip of Santiago. Its name (Chinese Hat) describes the island’s shape. Those visitors who travel to the island will find its special landscape worth the visit. Though centrally located it is one of the least visited sites in the area. The lava rock is very fragile and tends to break off when people walk over it. The sharp outcroppings caused from these breaks make it necessary to bring good shoes. Patches of pahoehoe lava, cracked lava and lava tubes can be found on the island. While the path does not lead up the striking red rust sides of the Sombrero to the caldera, it does venture high enough on the island to offer some spectacular views of the waves crashing below. White-tipped sharks frequent the area, as do the playful Galapagos Penguins and sea lions.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Reina Silvia
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

DAY 8 – SATURDAY – BALTRA ISLAND

After breakfast we will make our way to the Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.  

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION:
SERVICES: assisted transfer to the airport with your guide.

Please contact us to reserve The Reina Silvia yacht, as is only available to charter the yacht.


EXPEDITION INCLUSION/ EXCLUSIONS

INCLUDED

Seven nights cruise in the Galápagos Islands aboard the Motor Yacht Reina Silvia.
Naturalist escorted group transfer with luggage and tour from the Baltra Airport by boat/barge and by bus or van to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island through the Santa Cruz Highlands to view flora, fauna and geological phenomena including a search for giant tortoises, a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, visit to the village of Puerto Ayora, embarkation of the Yacht in the harbor of Puerto Ayora, and transfer from the Yacht to the Baltra airport at the end of the cruise including check-in for the return flight to the mainland. The length of the tour and time of day of the transfer to the Yacht will be governed by the actual arrival time of the group’s aircraft.
Naturalist Guide

All meals while on board the Yacht plus lunch on the day of arrival in the Galápagos.
Transfer from main pier in Puerto Ayora to the Yacht.
Transfer from the Yacht at the end of the cruise to the Baltra airport.
Soft drinks, water and draft beer at all times while on board the Yacht.
Flight reservations to and from the Galapagos Islands from mainland Ecuador, if requested by the charterer.​

NOT INCLUDED

Any land services other than those noted above under “Price Includes.”
Any international airfare.
Galapagos airfare
Any insurance of any kind.
Galápagos National Park entry fee which is presently $100 per person for adults and $50 for children under the age of 12, which must be paid in cash USD on arrival in Galápagos.
Transit/Migration Control Tax, currently $20 USD (cash) per person, payable upon departure from mainland Ecuador for flight to the Galápagos.
Tips for yacht crew and naturalist.
Items of a personal nature including, but not limited to, laundry, alcoholic beverages (excluding draft beer), excess baggage charges, satellite telephone charges while on board the Yacht.

The Reina Silvia

REINA SILVIA

Western Itinerary Overview

8 Days / 7 Nights Western Islands

DAY 1 – SATURDAY

BALTRA AIRPORT – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

DAY 2 – SUNDAY

AM – PUNTA CORMORANT (FLOREANA ISLAND)
PM – POST OFFICE BAY (FLOREANA ISLAND)
PM – ASILO DE LA PAZ (FLOREANA ISLAND)

DAY 3 – MONDAY

AM – PUNTA MORENO (ISABELA ISLAND)
PM – ELIZABETH BAY (ISABELA ISLAND)

DAY 4 – TUESDAY

AM – URBINA BAY (ISABELA ISLAND)
PM – PUNTA ESPINOZA (FERNANDINA ISLAND)

DAY 5 – WEDNESDAY

AM – TAGUS COVE (ISABELA ISLAND)
PM – PUNTA VICENTE ROCA (ISABELA ISLAND)

DAY 6 – THURSDAY

AM – ESPUMILLA BAY (SANTIAGO ISLAND)
PM – PUERTO EGAS (SANTIAGO ISLAND)

DAY 7 – FRIDAY

AM – LAS BACHAS (SANTA CRUZ ISLAND)
PM – NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND

DAY 8 – SATURDAY

AM – TRANSFER TO BALTRA AIRPORT


REINA SILVIA

Detailed Western Itinerary

Day 1 – SATURDAY – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

After arrival in Baltra, you will visit the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a special opportunity to view the islands’ most famous reptile: the giant tortoises in their wild habitat. What a privilege to see an endangered species roving in this lush environment! The vegetation of the area includes the Scalesia Forest (an endemic giant daisy tree) and birds such as the vermilion flycatcher will delight everyone with its scarlet feathers against an emerald green forest.

Look for Darwin’s finches (most of them from the tree-finch group), particularly the famous Woodpecker Finch.

PM: Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)

We will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and Galápagos National Park headquarters to learn first hand of the conservation and research efforts in the islands. There, you’ll see several subspecies of adult tortoises, lots of hatchlings, and learn of the repatriation programs that are saving several species of tortoises and iguanas from extinction.

INCLUDED MEALS: Dinner
ACCOMODATION: Reina Silvia
SERVICES: Transfer from the airport, Guided tour in English

Day 2 – SUNDAY -FLOREANA ISLAND

AM: Punta Cormorant, Champion (Floreana Island)

Penguins are often seen swimming near the yacht anchorage at Punta Cormorant, on the eastern tip of the southern island of Floreana. In the large, brackish lagoon the usual crowd includes Pink Flamingos, Black necked Stilts, Bahamas White-cheek Pintail ducks, Ruddy Turnstones, and other wading birds. One the prettiest scalesias, scalesia villosa, grows only near this lagoon. From the white sand beach, we often see rays skimming along just below the surface, sea lions, and squadrons of Blue-footed Boobies plunge-diving for fish. This is an important sea turtle nesting site and we frequently see the evidence, bulldozer-like trails running up the beach from the surf to craters in the sand where egg pits were dug. Just offshore is Devils Crown, a remnant volcanic tuff cone whose crater is half-open to the sea. This is a favourite location for snorkelling with sea lions and viewing marine life. A small island off the coast of Floreana, Champion is one of the top snorkelling spots in the islands (the island itself is off-limits to visitors). Occasionally, dolphins are sighted as the boats approach the shore.

PM: Post Office bay, Black beach, Asilo de la Paz (Floreana Island)

We usually make a visit to the nearby historic Post Office Barrel where we drop off postcards to friends back home, and learn more about the islands on a tender ride through tiny islets where we see more birds and animals. Sometimes there are sizable flocks of whimbrels “farming” the beach on this bay. We may cruise west to Black Beach where we may visit Margret Wittmer’s family homestead. Margret Wittmer was perhaps the oldest living (she was in her 90’s when she died in 1999), and longest resident in Galápagos. We are going up into the Floreana Highlands to see where, on her arrival from Germany in 1932, she and her family set up housekeeping in a cave located close to a rare fresh water source. They were not the first arrivals and spicy stories about her life on Floreana are replete with mystery and intrigue, especially during those very early years. Your naturalist will share some of them with you as you head down the coast.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMODATION: Reina Silvia
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 3 – MONDAY – ISABELA ISLAND

AM: Isabela, Punta Moreno (Isabela Island)

Punta Moreno is a rather barren lava flow with interesting plants and a small pond where we may see flamingos, ducks, and Great Blue Herons. It is an enjoyable walk to the pond and a great place to stretch your legs.

PM: Elizabeth Bay (Isabela Island)

Elizabeth Bay is a pristine mangrove lagoon, like Caleta Tortuga. On the approach, we pass tiny islets (submerged rocks) where penguins are often standing, sometimes braying to their brethren. The entry to the enclosed lagoon is through a narrow passage lined with giant red mangroves. Once inside, the guide poles the tender along quietly while we watch sea turtles, golden rays, small sharks, herons and other shorebirds fishing from the mangrove roots. Pelicans and egrets also nest in the mangroves. This is sort of a “sea turtle Ft. Lauderdale” where hundreds and hundreds of green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas agassiz) come to mate before nesting. Here, in this quiet setting, the problems of the world move off towards infinity.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Reina Silvia
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 4 – TUESDAY – ISABELA AND FERNANDINA ISLAND

AM: Urbina bay (Isabela Island)

Bahía Urbina, at the foot of Volcan Alcedo, was created in the late 1800’s when a geological event uplifted a big chunk of sea floor to the surface overnight. The shoreline is a rough jumble of huge marine corals and new lava. Flightless Cormorants, pelicans and marine iguanas are prevalent here. Not far inland is a small colony of large land iguanas. You may see them digging nests (burrows) during the mating season. Often, you can see a giant tortoise that has chugged down from Volcan Alcedo. The vegetation is varied and several species of birds nest here. It’s one of the most rewarding visitor sites.

PM: Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)

This very scenic, and the most westerly, island is the youngest and most volcanically active of the Galápagos Islands. It is located over the birthplace of all of the Galápagos Islands, the geologic “hotspot,” where the Nazca, Cocos, and South American tectonic plates grind into one another. Ashore, we stroll over the black “pahoehoe” lava among hundreds of marine iguanas that are piled up together, “taking in the sun.” During the mating season you will see “mama iguanas” vigorously protecting their shallow nests in the gray gravel where the warm sun will hatch the wee iguanas.

You will see the endemic Flightless Cormorant, drying their vestigial wings (or what used to be wings), being teased by sea lion youngsters, and waddling along the seashore lava beds, emitting their odd hoots. Many shorebirds feed in these tide pools; you can swim with playful sea lion youngsters.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Reina Silvia
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 5 – WENESDAY – ISABELA ISLAND

AM: Tagus Cove

Tagus Cove is a deep, secluded bay, surrounded by high cliffs. There is a scenic and challenging trail up through the fascinating dry zone vegetation. At the end of the trail there is a fine view of Isabela’s coastline and picturesque Fernandina, just across the Bolivar Channel. Through the centuries this cove has been an anchorage for whaling and sealing ships, pirate ships, warships, and a parade of commercial and private vessels. Many crews left graffiti on the cliff faces noting their presence. You can find names and dates going back a long way.

PM: Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)

Punta Vicente Roca is a huge rock that foots the northwest corner of Isabela. Boobies and other seabirds nest on its slopes. Feral cats live there and poach the eggs and the young. There is no landing at this site; rather we explore the cliff faces by tender and putt-putt in to a huge marine cave where we explore the interesting marine life.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Reina Silvia
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 6 – THURSDAY – SANTIAGO ISLAND

AM: Espumilla Bay, Bucanero cove (Santiago Island)

Espumilla Beach is located on the eastern side of James Bay. It is a lovely place for a stroll. In the lagoon behind the beach, we may see flamingos, ducks, wading birds, and sometimes even a stranded sea turtle. Large-billed Flycatchers (Maria) are frequently seen in the trees around the lagoon. The Galapagos Flycatcher is a colorful, curious, and very territorial little red and black bird that will study you from several vantage points. Galápagos Hawks are likely to come around to look you over; after all you are in their territory. Another Bay that we will see on our journey is: Buccaneer Cove, on the north side of Santiago, was a legendary hideout for pirate ships preying on the Spanish Galleons ferrying Inca gold and treasure to Spain. Although they posed a threat to the Spanish Fleet, they had little success and never captured a real treasure ship. This is a secret cove with a tiny beach and a modestly interesting visitor site.

PM: Puerto Egas, Salt Mines (Santiago Island)

Santiago is large, varied, and dramatic. Black lava flows and volcanic cinder cones, their gray slopes dotted with silvery Palo Santo trees, combine to create a stunning geologic panorama. At Puerto Egas, on are remnants of several failed fish drying enterprises. Nearby there is an abandoned, open pit salts mine. Here we visit the fur seal grotto and usually see a number of fur seals sleeping in the sun. At low tide, marine iguanas graze on exposed seaweed among Sally Lightfoot crabs, while American Oystercatchers and whimbrels search out tidbits. We will see marine iguanas feeding and swimming in the surf. Santiago has a huge Galápagos Hawk population and you may discover one hovering around or sitting on a branch looking you over. Lava lizards are everywhere, often in bright colors.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Reina Silvia
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 7 – FRIDAY – SANTA CRUZ AND NORTH SEYMOUR ISLANDS

AM: Las Bachas

Las Bachas is a small beach on the northern side of Santa Cruz, not far from Baltra and Caleta Tortuga. We will see playful sea lions and have time for swimming and snorkeling. In the tiny lagoon behind the white sand beach, we sometimes see Flamingos and Great Blue Herons. Sea turtles nest here from December to April. If we anchor here for the night during the hatching season, with a flashlight we can easily spot hatchlings swimming frantically for open sea.

PM: North Seymour Island

This small, flat, uplifted island has dense colonies of Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds living together. About 1930, a few land iguanas were moved here from Baltra. (The endemic population on Baltra has since disappeared—see below.) For reasons not understood, they were able to reproduce here and not on Baltra. Crafty scientists from the Darwin Station (mainly Howard and Heidi Snell) collected their eggs, and then figured out how to hatch and successfully rear these iguanas. Recently some of these juvenile iguanas have been repatriated to Baltra. You will see lots of sea lions and an occasional Yellow-crowned Night Heron.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Reina Silvia
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 8 – SATURDAY – BALTRA ISLAND

After breakfast we will make our way to the Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.  

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION: Reina Silvia
SERVICES: assisted transfer to the airport with your guide.

Please contact us to reserve The Reina Silvia yacht, as is only available to charter the yacht.


EXPEDITION INCLUSION/ EXCLUSIONS

INCLUDED

Seven nights cruise in the Galápagos Islands aboard the Motor Yacht Reina Silvia.
Naturalist escorted group transfer with luggage and tour from the Baltra Airport by boat/barge and by bus or van to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island through the Santa Cruz Highlands to view flora, fauna and geological phenomena including a search for giant tortoises, a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, visit to the village of Puerto Ayora, embarkation of the Yacht in the harbor of Puerto Ayora, and transfer from the Yacht to the Baltra airport at the end of the cruise including check-in for the return flight to the mainland. The length of the tour and time of day of the transfer to the Yacht will be governed by the actual arrival time of the group’s aircraft.
Naturalist Guide

All meals while on board the Yacht plus lunch on the day of arrival in the Galápagos.
Transfer from main pier in Puerto Ayora to the Yacht.
Transfer from the Yacht at the end of the cruise to the Baltra airport.
Soft drinks, water and draft beer at all times while on board the Yacht.
Flight reservations to and from the Galapagos Islands from mainland Ecuador, if requested by the charterer.​

NOT INCLUDED

Any land services other than those noted above under “Price Includes.”
Any international airfare.
Galapagos airfare
Any insurance of any kind.
Galápagos National Park entry fee which is presently $100 per person for adults and $50 for children under the age of 12, which must be paid in cash USD on arrival in Galápagos.
Transit/Migration Control Tax, currently $20 USD (cash) per person, payable upon departure from mainland Ecuador for flight to the Galápagos.
Tips for yacht crew and naturalist.
Items of a personal nature including, but not limited to, laundry, alcoholic beverages (excluding draft beer), excess baggage charges, satellite telephone charges while on board the Yacht.

SANTA CRUZ II

The Santa Cruz II offers a memorable cruise expedition for those who want to sail on a larger vessel.

This locally owned ship is just over 70 metres long (230 ft.), with 50 cabins accommodating 90 guests and features large social areas indoors and out. The owner and crew have decades of experience working in the islands, allowing guests to make the most of their Galapagos expedition.

The Santa Cruz II carries 7 multilingual naturalist guides and 1 expedition leader to enable the small-group experience that will make your cruise so memorable. Guests are divided the groups by languages, with an average of 11 guests per guide.

The ship has the following facilities and amenities:

•  Bar and lounge
•  Restaurant
•  Outdoor terrace / BBQ
•  Gift shop
•  Fitness room
•  Reading room and natural history library
•  Multiple purpose room
•  Hot tubs (2)
•  Air conditioning throughout
•  Satellite telephone
•  24/7 coffee station (free coffee, tea, and water)
•  Safe deposit box in each cabin
•  Hair dryer
•  Snorkelling equipment
•  Wetsuit rental
•  Glass bottom boat
•  Kayaks
•  Pangas (inflatable dinghies for coastal exploration)

Santa Cruz II

SANTA CRUZ II

Western Itinerary Overview

7 Days / 6 Nights Western Islands

DAY 1 – WEDNESDAY

ARRIVE AT ANY TIME AT QUITO – ECUADOR

DAY 2 – THURSDAY

BALTRA – CERRO DRAGON (SANTA CRUZ ISLAND)

DAY 3 – FRIDAY

AM – PUNTA VICENTE ROCA (ISABELA ISLAND)
PM – PUNTA ESPINOZA (FERNANDINA ISLAND)

DAY 4 – SATURDAY

AM – CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION (SANTA CRUZ ISLAND)
PM – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

DAY 5 – SUNDAY

AM – POST OFFICE BAY (FLOREANA ISLAND)
PM – PUNTA CORMORANT (FLOREANA ISLAND)

DAY 6 – MONDAY

TRANSFER TO THE BALTRA AIRPORT – FLY TO QUITO

DAY 7 – TUESDAY

DEPART AT ANY TIME
CONTACT US FOR AN EXTENSION OF YOUR TOUR


SANTA CRUZ II

Detailed Western Itinerary

Day 1 – WEDNESDAY

Arrive at any time at Quito.

INCLUDED MEALS: None
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
SERVICES: Transfer from the airport

Day 2 – THURSDAY

Baltra Island

Your Expedition to the Galapagos Islands starts with an early departure from Quito, when you arrive to Baltra Island you will meet your guides that will assist you with the transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II where we receive our welcome introductory briefing, boat drill and lunch.

Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) (Santa Cruz Island)

The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts the fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). The first part of our walk passes a brackish-water lagoon frequented by shorebirds, ducks and flamingos, while further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago, as well as the chance of observing land iguanas.

INCLUDED MEALS: Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Santa Cruz II
SERVICES: Transfer from the airport, Guided tour in English

Day 3 – FRIDAY

Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)

After breakfast, we explore the coast by panga, while our naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area, a nesting place for several Galapagos highlights: flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, fur seals, boobies, etc. Depending on weather conditions, we can snorkel along the cliffs of this area rich in marine life, seasonally-visited by green sea turtles and oceanic sun fish (Mola mola)

Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)

The afternoon is dedicated to exploring the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina, which, having no introduced mammals, boasts a very unique environment with a very high density of marine iguanas, who share their space with sea lions, Sally light-foot crabs, hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorants.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Santa Cruz II
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 4 – SATURDAY

Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)

In the morning, we disembark (dry landing followed by a brief bus ride) for our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Centre within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest, home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Following our visit, we board our transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.

Santa Cruz Island

We have several options available for the afternoon, which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader. Options include beach walks, kayaks, walks along the tortoise reserve, etc.  At the end of the afternoon’s activities, we return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz II.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMODATION: Santa Cruz II
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 5 – SUNDAY

Baroness Tower – Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)

After breakfast, panga ride along the maze of channels on Floreana’s north shore can be enjoyed. We follow this visit by continuing to Baroness Cove with its breathtaking views of Floreana. We land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries and where postcards are traditionally left for guests from other vessels to hand-deliver to their destinations. Snorkelling off the beach. We then head back on board for lunch.

Champion Islet – Punta Cormorant (Floreana Island)

Following lunch and a siesta, we take the pangas and glass-bottom boat to explore the underwater wonders around Champion Islet, an extinct shield volcano, regarded as one of the best snorkelling spots in the archipelago. From there, it’s on to Punta Cormorant, beginning with a wet landing on the olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk that includes a brackish-water lagoon where bird species such as American flamingos, pintail ducks, common stilts, herons, sandpipers, and others gather. We continue our walk over to a white-sand beach, where sea turtles emerge from the sea at night to nest (from December to May).

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Santa Cruz II
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 6 – MONDAY

Baltra Island

We disembark at Baltra Island in order to transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
SERVICES: Guided tour in English. Transfer to the airport and to the Hotel in Quito.

Day 7 – TUESDAY

Depart at any time.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION:
SERVICES: Transfer to the airport.

Note: Please contact us for an extension of your tour.

Price in USD from $3,420.00 per person


EXPEDITION INCLUSION/ EXCLUSIONS

INCLUDED

All meals on board
Accommodation on board Horizon deck cabin
2 Nights Accomodation in first class hotel in Ecuador
Island sightseeing
Naturalist guides. Conferences and lectures.
Snorkelling equipment
Kayaks and Glass bottom boat


NOT INCLUDED

Galapagos National Park admission fee (US$ 100 subject to change without notice)
Transit Control Card for Galapagos (US$ 20 per person)
Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverage and gratuities
Laundry or valet services
Wetsuit rental
Gifts and additional items
Airfare to/from Galapagos
International Airfare
Travel insurance

Itineraries for reference only. Our routes and programmes may vary according to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety and operational reasons, and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Santa Cruz II

SANTA CRUZ II

Northern Itinerary Overview

7 Days / 6 Nights Northern Islands

DAY 1 – SUNDAY

ARRIVE AT ANY TIME AT QUITO – ECUADOR

DAY 2 – MONDAY

BALTRA – LAS BACHAS (SANTA CRUZ ISLAND)

DAY 3 – TUESDAY

AM – BUCCANEER COVE (SANTIAGO ISLAND)
PM – PUERTO EGAS (SANTIAGO ISLAND)

DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY

AM – RABIDA ISLAND
PM – BARTOLOME ISLAND

DAY 5 – THURSDAY

AM – PRINCE PHILIP STEPS (GENOVESA ISLAND)
PM – DARWIN BAY (GENOVESA ISLAND)

DAY 6 – FRIDAY

TORTOISE RESERVE (SANTA CRUZ ISLAND)
TRANSFER TO THE BALTRA AIRPORT – FLY TO QUITO

DAY 7 – SATURDAY

DEPART AT ANY TIME

CONTACT US FOR AN EXTENSION OF YOUR TOUR

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – SUNDAY

Arrive at any time at Quito.

INCLUDED MEALS: None
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
SERVICES: Transfer from the airport

Day 2 – MONDAY

Baltra Island

Your Expedition to the Galapagos Islands starts with an early departure from Quito, when you arrive to Baltra Island you will meet your guides that will assist you with the transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II, where we receive a welcome introductory briefing, boat drill and lunch.

Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island)

This beautiful visitor site is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, a glorious white beach with a couple of brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. You may enjoy swimming and or snorkelling at this beach too. Welcome cocktail, expedition plan for Tuesday and dinner.

INCLUDED MEALS: Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Santa Cruz II
SERVICES: Transfer from the airport, Guided tour in English

Day 3 – TUESDAY

Buccaneer Cove (Santiago Island)

After breakfast, we explore the coastline along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, learning about the area’s distant and recent history. The cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. Enjoy fantastic natural formations such as the “Elephant Rock”, “The Bishop” and an impressive natural cave. You can choose one of these activities here: snorkelling, and a ride on the panga or glass-bottom boat.
 
Puerto Egas (Santiago Island)

Once we disembark at the beach, we can enjoy a swim or snorkel amid a rocky shoreline, usually in the company of marine turtles. From here, we head off to our walk, a great opportunity to see land and marine birds amid landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows.  At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and we can also observe a colony of fur seals. After the visit, we had some time for swimming and snorkelling.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Santa Cruz II
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 4 – WEDNESDAY

Rabida Island (Jervis)

Some groups will go for a fascinating panga ride along the shores while others will disembark on Rabida Island’s red-coloured beach, caused by the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. Our walk brings us close to a colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. Very close to the beach, a salt pond occasionally hosts American flamingos. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners as well as for experienced snorkelers, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. During navigation to our next island, we can sometimes spot dolphins!

Bartolome Island

Today’s afternoon activities begin with a wet landing on the golden beach of this famous island, dominated by the imposing Pinnacle Rock. There’s great snorkelling and swimming from the beach plus the chance to ride the glass bottom boat. After returning to the ship, we split into two group: the first lands for a hike to the summit of this diminutive island that boasts fantastic views of the archipelago. This is a moderately steep climb aided by a wooden staircase, resting platforms and handrails – the view from the top is worth the effort! The second takes to the pangas to explore the rugged and volcanic shoreline.  The groups then swap so that each one experiences the full beauty of this island.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMODATION: Santa Cruz II
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 5 – THURSDAY

Prince Philip Steps (Genovesa Island)

The morning starts with a steep climb (only 90 feet) up some stairs to reach a flat rocky plateau. Along our walk, we can observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels. Those not wishing to disembark can enjoy a longer panga ride along the cliffs (depending on weather conditions). Kayaking is optional.

Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)

In the afternoon, we land at this beautiful beach to enjoy some swimming and/or snorkelling.  Following our dip, we take an easy stroll to observe hundreds of birds, mainly frigate birds, red-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds.  You will have here the opportunity for snorkelling, kayaking and swimming.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Santa Cruz II
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 6 – FRIDAY

Tortoise Reserve – Baltra airport

We start our last morning at the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. After breakfast, your luggage will be taken to the airport, while you visit the Tortoise Reserve. A dry landing at a passenger’s wharf and a bus ride to the loftier region of the island will provide the last highlight of the cruise: giant tortoises in the wild. The windward slopes of the island are home to two species of giant tortoises. These lush highlands include dense forests of Galapagos daisies, orchids and bromeliads, and several endemic land birds.

After this visit we will transfer directly to Baltra airport. Farewell to Galapagos

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
SERVICES: Guided tour in English. Transfer to the airport and to the Hotel in Quito.

Day 7 – SATURDAY

Depart at any time.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION:
SERVICES: Transfer to the airport.

Note: Please contact us an for extension of your tour.

Price in USD from $3,420.00 per person


EXPEDITION INCLUSION/ EXCLUSIONS

INCLUDED

All meals on board
Accommodation on board Horizon deck cabin
2 Nights Accomodation in first class hotel in Ecuador
Island sightseeing
Naturalist guides. Conferences and lectures.
Snorkelling equipment
Kayaks and Glass bottom boat


NOT INCLUDED

Galapagos National Park admission fee (US$ 100 subject to change without notice)
Transit Control Card for Galapagos (US$ 20 per person)
Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverage and gratuities
Laundry or valet services
Wetsuit rental
Gifts and additional items
Airfare to/from Galapagos
International Airfare
Travel insurance

Itineraries for reference only. Our routes and programmes may vary according to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety and operational reasons, and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Santa Cruz II

SANTA CRUZ II

Eastern Itinerary Overview

9 Days / 8 Nights Eastern Islands

DAY 1 – THURSDAY

ARRIVE AT ANY TIME AT QUITO – ECUADOR

DAY 2 – FRIDAY

BALTRA – MOSQUERA ISLAND

DAY 3 – SATURDAY

AM – PUERTO BAQUERIZO MORENO (SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND)
PM – PUNTA PITT (SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND)

DAY 4 – SUNDAY

AM – SANTA FE ISLAND
PM – SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND

DAY 5 – MONDAY

AM – CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION (SANTA CRUZ ISLAND)
PM – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

DAY 6 – TUESDAY

AM – PUNTA SUAREZ (ESPAÑOLA ISLAND)
GARDNER BAY (ESPAÑOLA ISLAND)

DAY 7 – WEDNESDAY

AM – EDEN ISLET
PM – NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND

DAY 8 – THURSDAY

BALTRA AIRPORT – FLY TO QUITO

DAY 9 – FRIDAY

DEPART AT ANY TIME
CONTACT US FOR AN EXTENSION OF YOUR TOUR

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – THURSDAY

Arrive any time at Quito.

INCLUDED MEALS: None
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
SERVICES: Transfer from the airport

Day 2 – FRIDAY

Baltra Island

We arrive by plane at Baltra Island and transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II where we receive our welcome introductory briefing and lunch.
Mosquera

After lunch and your introductory briefing on board, Santa Cruz II will relocate only four nautical miles from Baltra, next to Mosquera Islet, a small volcanic uplift between Baltra and North Seymour. The island is a long and narrow sand bank surrounded by lava reefs. Our groups will approach the island from its western shore, a long shallow reef, and the perfect rookery for young sea lions. After a wet landing, our guides will lead you past the sea lion colonies, where you will learn more about the fragile marine and terrestrial ecosystems of Galapagos. The walk is easy as it is restricted to a few hundred metres of flat sandy dunes. This will also be a great opportunity for an introduction to snorkelling.

INCLUDED MEALS: Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Santa Cruz II
SERVICES: Transfer from the airport, Guided tour in English

Day 3 – SATURDAY

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal Island)

After breakfast, we disembark (dry landing) at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the island’s capital, and drive 40 minutes to the island’s southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, we visit the breeding centre for highly endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird, and the San Cristobal lava lizard, both island endemics.

Punta Pitt (San Cristobal Island)

In the afternoon, we disembark (wet landing) on the eastern tip of the island at Punta Pitt, an eroded tuff cone, whose trail provides spectacular views of the shoreline. This is the only site in the Galapagos where the three species of boobies can be found together. We can walk or enjoy a panga ride along the coast. Opportunity for snorkelling, swimming and kayaking.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Santa Cruz II
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 4 – SUNDAY

Santa Fe Island

After breakfast, we take the dinghy over to this idyllic sandy-white beach populated by many sea lions (wet landing). The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the morning walk amid the giant prickly pear cactus. Snorkelling and swimming from the panga rounds off our rewarding experience, or if guests prefer, the glass bottom boat is available for non-snorkelers. Opportunity for kayaking.
South Plaza Island

Following lunch and a rest, we disembark (dry landing) in this channel, whose turquoise waters contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. Beyond, a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-grey land iguanas sit beneath these, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters glide, playing with the thermals.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Santa Cruz II
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 5 – MONDAY

Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)

In the morning, we disembark (dry landing) for our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Centre within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Following our visit, we board our transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.

Santa Cruz Island

We have several options available for the afternoon, which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader. 

At the end of the afternoon’s activities, we return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz II.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Santa Cruz II
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 6 – TUESDAY

Punta Suarez (Española Island)

(Dry landing) – An exciting walk awaits at this site, where we enjoy its unique sea bird colonies, including Galapagos albatross (April-December), Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls as well as a view of the Galapagos’ famous “blow-hole”. Also, look out for red-green-black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.

Gardner Bay – Osborn Islet (Española Island)

(Wet landing) In the afternoon, the picture-postcard white coral beach of Gardner Bay and the nearby islet of Osborn provides a beautiful setting for observing sea lions, mockingbirds, and finches as we relax. We can expect great snorkelling in this area. Opportunity for swimming and kayaking as well.
INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: Santa Cruz II
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 7 – WEDNESDAY

Eden Islet (Santa Cruz Island)

After breakfast, a panga ride takes us to Eden Islet, a small islet located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where we can observe blue-footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel and, if weather condition permits, ride in the glass-bottom boat and kayak.

North Seymour Island

North Seymour was lifted from the ocean floor by a volcanic event, and its origins as a seabed give the island its low, flat profile. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stands just above the landing (dry landing), usually without leaves, waiting for the rains to burst into bloom. This is a great introductory site to the islands and their wildlife, full of bird colonies of blue-footed boobies, two species of frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, as well as sea lions and marine iguanas.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Santa Cruz II
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 8 – THURSDAY

Baltra Island

On our last day at the Galapagos Islands, we disembark at Baltra Island and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the continent.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
SERVICES: Transfer to the airport and to the Hotel in Quito.

Day 9 – FRIDAY

Depart at any time.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION:
SERVICES: Transfer to the airport.

Note: Please contact us for an extension of your tour.

Price in USD from $4,350.00 per person


EXPEDITION INCLUSION/ EXCLUSIONS

INCLUDED

All meals on board
Accommodation on board Horizon deck cabin
2 Nights Accomodation in first class hotel in Ecuador
Island sightseeing
Naturalist guides. Conferences and lectures.
Snorkelling equipment
Kayaks and Glass bottom boat


NOT INCLUDED

Galapagos National Park admission fee (US$ 100 subject to change without notice)
Transit Control Card for Galapagos (US$ 20 per person)
Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverage and gratuities
Laundry or valet services
Wetsuit rental
Gifts and additional items
Airfare to/from Galapagos
International Airfare
Travel insurance

Itineraries for reference only. Our routes and programmes may vary according to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety and operational reasons, and wildlife viewing opportunities.

YACHT LA PINTA

La Pinta is for travellers who are looking for a luxury experience. It is 64 meters (210 feet) long with 24 cabins with twin or queen-size beds. Its cabins are the largest of any Galapagos expeditions vessel, with floor-to-ceiling windows in all cabins and panoramic windows in common areas.

La Pinta carries 3 Galapagos naturalist guides and offers a wide variety of aquatic activities including snorkeling, kayaking, and a glass-bottom boat.

The three decks have an ample salon, dining room, natural history library, sky bar, and sundeck, as well as a fitness room and hot tub for those who want to keep up with their daily exercise routine.

La Pinta offers guests complementary wet suits, free soft drinks, and free consultation with the medical officer, who is on call 24/7.

Yacht La Pinta

YACHT LA PINTA

Northern Itinerary Overview

7 Days / 6 Nights Northern Islands

DAY 1 – SUNDAY

ARRIVE AT ANY TIME AT QUITO – ECUADOR

DAY 2 – MONDAY

BALTRA AIRPORT – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

DAY 3 – TUESDAY

AM – EDEN ISLET (SANTA CRUZ ISLAND)
PM – SOMBRERO CHINO ISLAND

DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY

AM – BARTOLOME ISLAND
PM – SULLIVAN BAY (SANTIAGO ISLAND)

DAY 5 – THURSDAY

AM – DARWIN BAY (GENOVESA ISLAND)
PM – PRINCE PHILIP’S STEPS (GENOVESA ISLAND)

DAY 6 – FRIDAY

TRANSFER TO BALTRA AIRPORT – FLY TO QUITO

DAY 7 – SATURDAY

DEPART AT ANY TIME
CONTACT US FOR AN EXTENSION OF YOUR TOUR


YACHT LA PINTA

Detailed Northern Itinerary

Day 1 – SUNDAY

Arrive any time at Quito.

INCLUDED MEALS: None
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
SERVICES: Transfer from the airport

Day 2 – MONDAY

Baltra Airport

Following our morning arrival at Baltra Airport, we transfer to the Itabaca Channel, taking a small ferry across the channel to the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. We board our bus to the highlands, where we’ll learn about Santa Cruz’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity. Lunch is served at a local restaurant.

Highlands (Santa Cruz Island)

After lunch, we continue by bus to reach a reserve that is one of the best places in the archipelago to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around, eating grass and leaves and wallowing in the small pools. There are several lava tunnels in the reserve, too. A short bus ride takes us down to Puerto Ayora to board Yacht La Pinta.

INCLUDED MEALS: Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Yacht La Pinta
SERVICES: Transfer from the airport in, Guided tour in English

Day 3 – TUESDAY

Eden Islet (Santa Cruz Island)

After breakfast, a panga ride takes us to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where we can observe blue footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel and, if weather conditions permit, to ride in the glass-bottom boat. The volcanic setting of this area is quite stunning due to its variety of volcanic debris, including cinder cones, tuff cones, and semi-eroded lava flows.

Sombrero Chino Island

The tiny island of Sombrero Chino gets its name from its appearance, reminiscent of a Chinese hat. This islet, formed only fairly recently, makes a beautiful visit as one explores the wildlife along its 400-metre long trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped white sandy beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities amid white-tipped reef sharks and Galapagos penguins.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Yacht La Pinta
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 4 – WEDNESDAY

Bartolome Island

This morning, a Galapagos icon awaits: Bartolome Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden staircase: the view from the top is worth the effort! Following the walk, we take to the dinghies for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, followed by time to enjoy the beach and some snorkelling. We can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.

Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)

After lunch, we board the pangas to land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach great for swimming and snorkelling, and with a trail over a lava field that flowed here less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos while observing its wildlife.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMODATION: Yacht La Pinta
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 5 – THURSDAY

Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)

In the morning, we begin our exploration of this island with an easy stroll to observe marine and land birds. There is an optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else we can return to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkelling at this beautiful natural harbour. The more adventurous can snorkel along the cliffs or paddle sea kayaks.

Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa Island)

The afternoon starts with a very interesting panga ride along the cliffs before we disembark for a short but steep climb up a wooden staircase. Once at the top, the land is flat, allowing for a captivating walk of about a mile to the other side of this small island, observing large colonies of Nazca boobies, frigate birds and storm petrels and the elusive short-eared owl.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Yacht La Pinta
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 6 – FRIDAY

Baltra Island

The Expedition of the Galapagos Islands ends at Baltra Island, where we transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland. Baltra’s flat substrate (due to its uplifted origin) is the reason why the island was chosen back in the 1940s as the location to building an airport.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
SERVICES: Transfer to the airport, Guided tour in English

Day 7 – SATURDAY

Depart at any time.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION:
SERVICES: Transfer to the airport.

Note: Please contact us for an extension of your tour.

Price in USD from $4,200.00 per person


EXPEDITION INCLUSION/ EXCLUSIONS

INCLUDED

Accommodation
All meals
Soft drinks *
​Island sightseeing
2 Nights accommodation in first class Hotel in Ecuador
Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only
​Wet suit rental and snorkelling gear
Internet **

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare to/from Galapagos
Galapagos National Park admission fee (US$ 100 subject to change without notice)
Transit Control Card for Galapagos (US$ 20 per person)
Alcoholic drinks
Tips
Gifts and additional items
International Airfare
Travel insurance

Please note:
 
* Soft drinks include juices and carbonated drinks, not “virgin” cocktails.
** Internet connections aboard consist of 2 computer stations in the library and Wi-Fi in the yacht’s social areas; due to the Galapagos’ remote location; internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth.

Yacht La Pinta

YACHT LA PINTA

Eastern Itinerary Overview

7 Days / 6 Nights Eastern Islands

DAY 1 – WEDNESDAY

ARRIVE AT ANY TIME AT QUITO – ECUADOR

DAY 2 – THURSDAY

BALTRA AIRPORT – SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND

DAY 3 – FRIDAY

AM – SANTA FE ISLAND
PM – CERRO COLORADO (SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND)

DAY 4 – SATURDAY

AM – PUNTA PITT (SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND)
PM – CERRO BRUJO (SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND)

DAY 5 – SUNDAY

AM – PUNTA SUAREZ (ESPAÑOLA ISLAND)
PM – GARDNER BAY (ESPAÑOLA ISLAND)

DAY 6 – MONDAY

AM – CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION (SANTA CRUZ ISLAND)
TRANSFER TO BALTRA AIRPORT

DAY 7 – TUESDAY

DEPART AT ANY TIME
CONTACT US FOR AN EXTENSION OF YOUR TOUR

YACHT LA PINTA

Detailed Eastern Itinerary

Day 1 – WEDNESDAY

Arrive any time at Quito.

INCLUDED MEALS: None
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
SERVICES: Transfer from the airport

Day 2 – THURSDAY

Baltra Airport

Your Expedition to the famous Galapagos Islands begins with a morning flight from Quito to Baltra Island and immediate transfer to the dock to board Yacht La Pinta. There’s a welcome introductory briefing, boat drill, cabin assignment and then lunch. We weigh anchor and start sailing for our first afternoon outing.

South Plaza Island

The turquoise waters of the channel here contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline, while a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus beyond, populated by yellow-grey land iguanas. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while sea birds play with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but spectacular island.
INCLUDED MEALS: Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: Yacht La Pinta
SERVICES: Transfer from the airport, Guided tour in English

Day 3 – FRIDAY

Santa Fe Island

We take the dinghy over to this idyllic sandy-white beach populated by colonies of sea lions. Galapagos hawks are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The Santa Fe land iguana, unique to just this island, may be spotted during the walk. Following the walk, we can snorkel and swim along a natural wave barrier or ride the glass-bottom boat.
Cerro Colorado Tortoise Habitat.

After lunch, we disembark at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the island’s capital, and drive 40 minutes to the island’s southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, we visit the breeding centre for highly endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird, and the San Cristobal lava lizard, both island endemics.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Yacht La Pinta
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 4 – SATURDAY

Punta Pitt (San Cristobal Island)

We land at the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island this morning. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline; we can observe frigates, plus a colony of bachelor sea lions. After the walk, if conditions are favourable, there is a chance to swim from the beach and snorkel.

Cerro Brujo

In the afternoon following lunch on board, a dinghy ride along the shores of tuff-stone layers takes us to Cerro Brujo’s expansive, white coral beach, great for walking, with rewarding bird-watching featuring seabirds and shore birds. Also, look out for Galapagos sea lions. These are the same shores that Charles Darwin walked upon, back in September 1835.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMODATION: Yacht La Pinta
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 5 – SUNDAY

Punta Suarez

Our morning outing at Punta Suarez provides an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies, including the Galapagos albatross (April – January), boobies, swallow-tail gulls, and the famous “blowhole” lava formation. Also, look for red-green-black marine iguanas. Many regard this site as the best in the Galapagos. Back on board for lunch.

Gardner Bay

In the afternoon, we set down at this beautiful, white coral beach for a short walk to observe the sea lions, mockingbirds, finches, or enjoy the beach. There is great snorkelling in this area, or else there’s time to kayak or ride the glass-bottom boat.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Yacht La Pinta
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 6 – MONDAY

Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island) / Baltra Airport

Disembarking in the morning, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the captive rearing program for the giant tortoises. Here we witness the efforts and results of Galapagos fieldwork and study done in the name of science. We transfer via bus across Santa Cruz Island and a short ferry ride to Baltra. Our journey ends at Baltra Island, where we transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland. Baltra’s flat substrate (due to its uplifted origin) is the reason why the island was chosen back in the 1940s as the construction site for an airport.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
SERVICES: Guided tour in English, transfer to the aiport.

Day 7 – TUESDAY

Depart at any time.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION:
SERVICES: Transfer to the airport.

Note: Please contact us for an extension of your tour.

Price in USD from $4,200.00 per person


EXPEDITION INCLUSION/ EXCLUSIONS

INCLUDED

Accommodation
All meals
Soft drinks *
​Island sightseeing
2 Nights accommodation in first class Hotel in Ecuador
Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only
​Wet suit rental and snorkelling gear
Internet **

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare to/from Galapagos
Galapagos National Park admission fee (US$ 100 subject to change without notice)
Transit Control Card for Galapagos (US$ 20 per person)
Alcoholic drinks
Tips
Gifts and additional items
International Airfare
Travel insurance

Please note:
 
* Soft drinks include juices and carbonated drinks, not “virgin” cocktails.
** Internet connections aboard consist of 2 computer stations in the library and Wi-Fi in the yacht’s social areas; due to the Galapagos’ remote location; internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth.

Yacht La Pinta

YACHT LA PINTA

Western Itinerary Overview

9 Days / 8 Nights Western Islands

DAY 1 – TRURSDAY

ARRIVE AT ANY TIME AT QUITO – ECUADOR

DAY 2 – FRIDAY

BALTRA AIRPORT – NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND

DAY 3 – SATURDAY

AM – PUNTA VICENTE ROCA (ISABELA ISLAND)
PM – PUNTA ESPINOZA (FERNANDINA ISLAND)

DAY 4 SUNDAY

AM – URBINA BAY (ISABELA ISLAND)
PM – TAGUS COVE (ISABELA ISLAND)

DAY 5 – MONDAY

AM – RABIDA ISLAND
PM – CERRO DARGON (SANTA CRUZ ISLAND)

DAY 6 – TUESDAY

AM – CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION (SANTA CRUZ ISLAND)
PM – HIGHLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

DAY 7 – WENESDAY

AM – POST OFFICE BAY (FLOREANA ISLAND)
PM – CORMORANT POINT (FLOREANA ISLAND)

DAY 8 THURSDAY

AM – BALTRA AIRPORT – FLY TO QUITO

DAY 9 – FRIDAY

DEPART AT ANY TIME
CONTACT US FOR AN EXTENSION OF YOUR TOUR

YACHT LA PINTA

Detailed Western Itinerary

Day 1 – THURSDAY

Arrive any time at Quito.

INCLUDED MEALS: None
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
SERVICES: Transfer from the airport

Day 2 – FRIDAY

Baltra Island

Your adventure to the Galapagos Islands begins with a morning flight to Baltra Island and immediate transfer to the dock to board Yacht La Pinta. There’s a welcome introductory briefing, boat drill, cabin assignment and then lunch.

North Seymour Island

Following an afternoon disembarkation, you will enjoy a walk along the coast and the interior of the beautiful flat island, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and land iguanas. There are opportunities for coastal exploration by dinghy. Evening briefing, welcome cocktail and dinner.

INCLUDED MEALS: Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Yacht La Pinta
SERVICES: Transfer from the airport in, Guided tour in English

Day 3 – SATURDAY

Saturday: Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)

Since there is no landing site at this location, the coastal exploration is by dinghy, while the naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area, with remains of lava flows and tuff stone layers. There is abundant wildlife and, depending on the conditions of the ocean, you’ll be able to snorkel along the cliffs, hopefully in the company of green sea turtles.

Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)

In the afternoon, you will visit the youngest and most pristine island of the archipelago, Fernandina, one of many people’s all-time favourites. Punta Espinoza has an amazing combination of barrenness and abundant wildlife. Highlights include hawks, penguins, the flightless cormorant and astounding views of the surrounding volcanic landscapes.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Yacht La Pinta
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 4 – SUNDAY

Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)

After breakfast, disembark at Urbina Bay, on the western side of Isabela Island, the result of an uplifting of the ocean floor. Here you can find corals, shells, and large and very colourful Galápagos land iguanas, giant tortoises (occasionally). Navigating the Bolívar Channel, there are good chances of spotting species of whales according with their season.

Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)

On the northwest of Isabela, secluded Tagus Cove provided a favourite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries, and today makes a great visitor site. An uphill hike takes us to the back of Darwin Crater, filled with salt water. You can snorkel or ride kayaks amid the dramatic landscape before our hike.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Yacht La Pinta
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 5 – MONDAY

Rábida Island (Santa Cruz Island)

In the morning, you will disembark at Rábida Island’s red-coloured beach. A stroll along the beach allows you to observe marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach. For those non-snorkelers, can ride the glass-bottom boat for a submarine exploration.

Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill) (Santa Cruz Island)

The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts the fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill). The walk includes circling a brackish water lagoon frequented by lagoon birds, while further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago, as well as the chance of observing land iguanas.
INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION: Yacht La Pinta
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 6 – TUESDAY

Puerto Ayora & Charles Darwin Research Station

The morning visit heads to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. A delicious lunch is served at the poolside of the Finch Bay Eco Hotel.

Highlands of Santa Cruz Island

After lunch, you will be transported to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island by vehicle. This is a great place to look for the brilliant Vermilion Flycatcher and the endemic Scalesia trees. From December to mid-April and July to December is possible to observe giant tortoises in the wild, if weather conditions are good.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Yacht La Pinta
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 7 – WEDNESDAY

Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)

After breakfast, you will land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. Panga rides along the maze of channels on Floreana’s north shore can also be enjoyed. There’s great snorkelling from the beach as well.

Champion Islet & Punta Cormorant (Floreana Island)

Before disembarking at Punta Cormorant you can snorkel or ride our glass-bottom boat along the coast of an extinct cone called “Champion Islet”.
The visit to Punta Cormorant takes in an olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk by a brackish water lagoon where bird species like greater flamingos may be observed. On the other side of the island, you come to a white-sand beach where sea turtles come out at night to nest.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Yacht La Pinta
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 8 – THURSDAY

Baltra Island

Our journey ends at Baltra Island, where we transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland. Baltra’s flat substrate (due to its uplifted origin) is the reason why the island was chosen back in the 1940s as the location to building an airport.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
SERVICES: Transfer to the airport out.

Day 9 – FRIDAY

Depart at any time.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION:
SERVICES: Transfer to the airport.

Note: Please contact us for an extension of your tour.

Price in USD from $6,250.00 per person


EXPEDITION INCLUSION/ EXCLUSIONS

INCLUDED

Accommodation
All meals
Soft drinks *
​Island sightseeing
2 Nights accommodation in first class Hotel in Ecuador
Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only
​Wet suit rental and snorkelling gear
Internet **

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare to/from Galapagos
Galapagos National Park admission fee (US$ 100 subject to change without notice)
Transit Control Card for Galapagos (US$ 20 per person)
Alcoholic drinks
Tips
Gifts and additional items
International Airfare
Travel insurance

Please note:
 
* Soft drinks include juices and carbonated drinks, not “virgin” cocktails.
** Internet connections aboard consist of 2 computer stations in the library and Wi-Fi in the yacht’s social areas; due to the Galapagos’ remote location; internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth.

YACHT ISABELA II

Isabela II, with just 20 staterooms, offers the perfect space for exploring Darwin’s islands in a comfortable and convivial atmosphere.

Isabela II carries a crew of 26, 1 medical officer, 2 Galapagos naturalist guides, and 1 expedition leader. Each naturalist leads a group of about 11-14 guests for an intimate learning experience.

Isabela II is known for delicious cuisine, excellent service, and great facilities including a hot tub, fitness room, bar, and outside deck for alfresco meals, drinks, and sunbathing.

In addition, the yacht offers a glass-bottom boat, kayaks, and snorkel equipment for aquatic activities.
Wet suits are available for rental.

Yacht Isabela II


YACHT ISABELA II

Central Itinerary Overview

7 Days / 6 Nights Central Islands

DAY 1 – SUNDAY

ARRIVE AT ANY TIME AT QUITO – ECUADOR

DAY 2 – MONDAY

BALTRA AIRPORT – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

DAY 3 – TUESDAY

AM – SANTA FE ISLAND
PM – SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND

DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY

AM – NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND
PM – LAS BACHAS (SANTA CRUZ ISLAND)

DAY 5 – THURSDAY

AM – BARTOLOME ISLAND
PM – SULLIVAN BAY (SANTIAGO ISLAND)

DAY 6 – FRIDAY

AM – TRANSFER TO THE BALTRA AIRPORT – QUITO

DAY 7 – SATURDAY

DEPART AT ANY TIME
CONTACT US FOR AN EXTENSION OF YOUR TOUR

YACHT ISABELA II

Detailed Central Itinerary

Day 1 – SUNDAY

Arrive any time at Quito.

INCLUDED MEALS: None
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
SERVICES: Transfer from the airport

Day 2 – MONDAY

Baltra Island Airport & Santa Cruz Island


Early in the morning you will have the transfer service to the airport and you will arrive at Baltra airport and then we take you to the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30-minute bus ride takes us to a restaurant in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy lunch, and then continue to Puerto Ayora. Depending on local weather conditions up in the highlands, we may include a short hike, which will be a great introduction to some Galapagos wildlife. Our Expedition Team will advise accordingly.
Note: Please dress with comfortable shoes and clothes, bring a small backpack with any medicine you might be taken, sunblock, insect repellent and anything you need during the excursion as you will go on board Yacht Isabela II and the end of the day.

Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station


After driving down from the highlands, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Late afternoon we stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking on Yacht Isabela II. We review the expeditions plan for next day, and enjoy the Captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner.

INCLUDED MEALS: Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Yacht Isabela II
SERVICES: Transfer from the airport, Guided tour in English

Day 3 – TUESDAY

Santa Fe Island


A stunning anchorage provides our jumping-off point for our visit to this sandy white beach with many sea lion harems. Galapagos hawks are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the walk. Snorkelling from our skiffs, kayaking or a ride in our glass-bottom boat rounds off the rewarding experience.

South Plaza


The turquoise waters here contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline, while a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus beyond, populated by Galapagos land iguanas. Keep an eye open for the remarkable beaks of cactus finches. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while sea birds play with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but amazing island.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Yacht Isabela II
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 4 – WEDNESDAY

North Seymour Island


The morning starts with an enjoyable walk along the coast and the interior of this island, a favourite of many visitors, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and marine iguanas. There are opportunities for snorkelling and coastal exploration with chances of spotting fur seals along the rocky coastline. This uplifted island is also home to a nesting colony of frigatebirds, and provides great views of the surrounding islands due to its central location in the archipelago.

Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island)


After WWII, US military barges were beached and abandoned here. Locals referred to the beach as the “barges” beach, a name that morphed to “bachas”. Today it is an important nesting area for the east Pacific green sea turtle. Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, it is a glorious white beach, with several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. We can swim and/or snorkel from the beach. In the evening, Thursday’s expeditions plan briefing and dinner.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMODATION: Yacht Isabela II
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 5 – THURSDAY

Bartolome Island


This morning, a Galapagos icon awaits for us: Bartolome Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden staircase: the view from the top is worth the effort! Following the walk, we take the dinghies for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, followed by time to enjoy the beach and do some snorkelling. Explore the shores and look for Galapagos penguins too. We can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.

Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)


After lunch, we get on board the pangas to land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach great for swimming with a trail over a lava field that flowed here a little over 120 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos while observing its wildlife. Many label this location as an open textbook of geologic wonders.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Yacht Isabela II
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 6 – FRIDAY

Baltra Island Airport


After breakfast, we leave for the airport to take the flight back to the mainland. At your arrival to Quito you will be transported to your hotel.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
SERVICES: Transfer to the airport, English-speaking guide

Day 7 – SATURDAY

Depart at any time.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION:
SERVICES: Transfer to the airport.

Note: Please contact us an for extension of your tour.

Price in USD from $3,350.00 per person


EXPEDITION INCLUSION/ EXCLUSIONS

INCLUDED

Accommodation
All meals
​Island sightseeing
2 Nights accommodation in first class Hotel in Ecuador
Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only
​Snorkelling gear
Internet *

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare to/from Galapagos
Galapagos National Park admission fee (US$ 100 subject to change without notice)
Transit Control Card for Galapagos (US$ 20 per person)
Soft drinks
Alcoholic drinks
Tips
Gifts and additional items
International Airfare
Travel insurance
Wet suit rental

Please note:
 
* Internet connections aboard consist of 2 computer stations in the library and Wi-Fi in the yacht’s social areas; due to the Galapagos’ remote location; internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth.

Yacht Isabela II

YACHT ISABELA II

Southern Itinerary Overview

7 Days / 6 Nights Southern Islands

DAY 1 – THURSDAY

ARRIVE AT ANY TIME AT QUITO – ECUADOR

DAY 2 – FRIDAY

BALTRA AIRPORT – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

DAY 3 – SATURDAY

AM – POST OFFICE BAY (FLOREANA ISLAND)
PM – PUNTA CORMORANT (FLOREANA ISLAND)

DAY 4 – SUNDAY

AM – PUNTA SUAREZ (ESPAÑOLA ISLAND)
PM – GARDNER BAY (ESPAÑOLA ISLAND)

DAY 5 – MONDAY

AM – PUNTA PITT (SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND)
PM – CERRO BRUJO (SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND)

DAY 6 – TUESDAY

AM – TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT LOCATED IN PUERTO BAQUERIZO MORENO (SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND) – QUITO

DAY 7 – WEDNESDAY

DEPART AT ANY TIME
CONTACT US FOR AN EXTENSION OF YOUR TOUR

YACHT ISABELA II

Detailed Southern Itinerary

Day 1 – THURSDAY

Arrive any time at Quito.

INCLUDED MEALS: None
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
SERVICES: Transfer from the airport

Day 2 – FRIDAY

Baltra Island Airport & Santa Cruz Island

Early in the morning you will have the transfer service from the hotel in Quito to the airport to take the plane to Baltra airport. At your arrival we will take you to the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30-minute bus ride takes us to a restaurant in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy lunch, and then continue to Puerto Ayora. Depending on local weather conditions up in the highlands, we may include a short hike that will be a great introduction to some Galapagos wildlife. Our Expedition Team will advise accordingly.

Note: Please dress with comfortable shoes and clothes, bring a small backpack with any medicine you might be taking, sunblock, insect repellent and anything you need during the excursion as you will go on board Yacht Isabela II and the end of the day.

Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station 

After driving down from the highlands, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Late afternoon we stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking on Yacht Isabela II. We review the expeditions plan for next day, and enjoy the Captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner.

INCLUDED MEALS: Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Yacht Isabela II
SERVICES: Transfer from the airport, Guided tour in English

Day 3 – SATURDAY

Post Office Bay & Baroness Cove (Floreana Island)

After breakfast, we land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as an informal post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. Snorkelling off the beach.

Punta Cormorant (Floreana Island) 

Our visit to Punta Cormorant takes in an olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk by a brackish water lagoon where bird species like stilts and American flamingos may be observed. On the other side of the island, we come to a white-sand beach where sea turtles come out at night to nest. Snorkeling will happen at lovely “Champion Islet” site, or ride in the panga or glass-bottom boat.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Yacht Isabela II
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 4 – SUNDAY

Punta Suarez (Española Island) 

Our morning outing at Punta Suarez provides an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies, including the Galapagos albatross (April – January), boobies, swallow-tail gulls, mockingbirds, and the famous “blowhole”. Also, look for red-green-black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.

Gardner Bay (Española Island) 

In the afternoon, we set down at this beautiful, white coral beach for a short walk to observe Galapagos sea lions, finches, maybe a hawk or just enjoy the beach. There is great snorkelling in this area, or else there’s time to kayak, or enjoy the glass-bottom boat. The turquoise colour of the waters at this location will be a favourite one to photograph.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMODATION: Yacht Isabela II
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 5 – MONDAY

Punta Pitt (San Cristobal Island) 

In the morning, we land on the eastern tip of the island. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline and is the only site in the Galapagos where the three species of boobies can be found together, joined by the two-frigatebird species plus a colony of bachelor sea lions. After the walk, if conditions are favourable, there is a chance to swim, kayak or snorkel from the beach or hop onto the panga for a ride along the coast.

Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal Island)

In the afternoon, following lunch on board, we set out on a panga ride along the shores of tuff-stone layers which take us to Cerro Brujo’s expansive, white coraline beach, great for walking, with rewarding birdwatching including good views of both sea and shore birds. Also, keep your eyes open for Galapagos sea lions. These are the same shores that Charles Darwin walked upon, back in September 1835. After the walk, there is a chance to swim and snorkel.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Yacht Isabela II
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 6 – TUESDAY

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristóbal- Chatham Island)

After breakfast, we depart to the pier and airport for our flight back to the mainland.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
SERVICES: Transfer out, English speaking guide

Day 7 – WEDNESDAY

Depart at any time.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION:
SERVICES: Transfer to the airport.
Note: Please contact us for an extension of your tour.

Price in USD from $3,350.00 per person


EXPEDITION INCLUSION/ EXCLUSIONS

INCLUDED

Accommodation
All meals
​Island sightseeing
2 Nights accommodation in first class Hotel in Ecuador
Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only
​Snorkelling gear
Internet *

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare to/from Galapagos
Galapagos National Park admission fee (US$ 100 subject to change without notice)
Transit Control Card for Galapagos (US$ 20 per person)
Soft drinks
Alcoholic drinks
Tips
Gifts and additional items
International Airfare
Travel insurance
Wet suit rental

Please note:
 
* Internet connections aboard consist of 2 computer stations in the library and Wi-Fi in the yacht’s social areas; due to the Galapagos’ remote location; internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth.

Yacht Isabela II

YACHT ISABELA II

Northern Itinerary Overview

9 Days / 8 Nights Northern Islands

DAY 1 – MONDAY

ARRIVE AT ANY TIME AT QUITO – ECUADOR

DAY 3 – TUESDAY

PUERTO BAQUERIZO MORENO AIRPORT – SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
CERRO COLORADO – SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY

AM – PRINCE PHILIP’S STEPS (GENOVESA ISLAND)
PM – DARWIN BAY (GENOVESA ISLAND)

DAY 4 – THURSDAY

AM – BUCCANEER COVE (SANTIAGO ISLAND)
PM – PUERTO EGAS (SANTIAGO ISLAND)

DAY 5 – FRIDAY

AM – PUNTA ESPINOZA (FERNANDINA ISLAND)
PM – TAGUS COVE (ISABELA ISLAND)

DAY 6 – SATURDAY

AM URBINA BAY (ISABELA ISLAND)
PM PUNTA VICENTE ROCA (ISABELA ISLAND)

DAY 7 – SUNDAY

AM – RABIDA ISLAND
PM – CERRO DRAGON (SANTA CRUZ ISLAND)

DAY 8- MONDAY

AM – BALTRA AIRPORT

DAY 9 – TUESDAY

DEPART AT ANY TIME
CONTACT US FOR AN EXTENSION OF YOUR TOUR

YACHT ISABELA II

Detailed Northern Itinerary

Day 1 – MONDAY

Arrive any time at Quito.

INCLUDED MEALS: None
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
SERVICES: Transfer from the airport

Day 2 – TUESDAY

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal Island)


Early in the morning you will have the transfer service from the hotel in Quito to the airport to take the plane to the Galapagos Islands. At your arrival to San Cristobal Island you will be transfer to Yacht Isabela II for cabin assignment, introductory briefing and lunch.

Cerro Colorado Breeding Centre


After lunch, we land back at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and drive 40 minutes to the island’s southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, we visit the breeding centre of the highly endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species and the endemic San Cristobal lava lizard.

INCLUDED MEALS: Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Yacht Isabela II
SERVICES: Transfer from the airport, Guided tour in English

Day 3 – WEDNESDAY

Prince Philip’s Steps (Tower/Genovesa Island)


Overnight, we navigate northbound to the incredible bird haven on Genovesa Island, crossing the equator on the way. The morning starts with a panga ride along the cliffs of this dramatic island, followed by a dry landing with a steep climb (90 feet) up some stairs to reach a flat plateau. Along our walk, we can observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigatebirds and storm petrels. Coastal exploration along the cliffs (depending on weather conditions) will let us see more wildlife, including Galapagos fur seals. We can also enjoy snorkelling and kayaking.

Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)


In the afternoon, we land at the beach for an easy stroll observing hundreds of birds, mainly frigatebirds, red-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. There’s an optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else we can return to the beach to enjoy snorkelling at this beautiful natural harbour.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Yacht Isabela II
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 4 – THURSDAY

Buccaneer Cove (James/Santiago Island)


After breakfast, we enjoy a coastal exploration along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer’s Cove, learning about the area’s distant and recent history. The cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. Enjoy fantastic natural formations such as the “The Bishop” and an impressive natural cave. This is a great site for snorkelling or ride in our glass-bottom boat.

Puerto Egas (Santiago Island)


This is a wonderful opportunity to see land and marine birds amidst a landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and we can also observe a colony of fur seals. Back at the beach where we land, there’s very good snorkelling and swimming here.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMODATION: Yacht Isabela II
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 5 – FRIDAY

Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)


In the morning, we visit the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina. Punta Espinoza has an amazing combination of barrenness and abundant wildlife. Highlights include hawks, penguins, flightless cormorants, and some of the densest colonies of marine iguanas. Snorkeling here usually bring unexpected marine encounters.

Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)


Across the narrow Bolivar Channel, we anchor at this cove on the northwest of Isabela. It provided a favourite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. An uphill hike takes guests to the rim of Darwin Crater, filled with salt water and to a dramatic viewpoint. After our walk, we take a panga ride to spot local wildlife, including some Galapagos penguins with the possibility of swimming, kayaking or snorkelling.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Yacht Isabela II
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 6 – SATURDAY

Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)


After breakfast we disembark at Urbina Bay, the result of an uplifting of the ocean floor in 1954. Here you can find corals, shells and many other calcareous organisms exposed above water. This area is also home to large and very colourful Galapagos land iguanas, and occasionally to giant tortoises. Along the shoreline, after the hike, guests may encounter flightless cormorants and see penguins while snorkelling.

Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)

Since there is no landing site at this location, the coastal exploration is by skiff, while naturalists explain the dramatic geology of the area, with remains of lava flows and tuff stone layers. There is abundant wildlife and, depending on the conditions of the ocean, we’ll be able to snorkel along the cliffs, hopefully in the company of green sea turtles and penguins. Expedition plan for Sunday and dinner.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Yacht Isabela II
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 7 – SUNDAY

Rabida Island (Jervis Island)


In the morning, we disembark at Rabida Island’s red-coloured beach. A stroll allows us to observe a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach. We can also enjoy a panga ride, kayaking or ride in our glass-bottom boat.

Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill) (Santa Cruz Island)


The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill). Our walk includes circling a brackish water lagoon frequented by lagoon birds, including ducks, stilts and some few flamingos. Further inland, the trail brings us to the nesting area of land iguanas, and then it offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
ACCOMODATION: Yacht Isabela II
SERVICES: Guided tour in English

Day 8 – MONDAY

Baltra Island

Our journey ends at Baltra Island where we transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMODATION: Hotel Hilton Colon or similar
SERVICES: Transfer to the airport. Arrival to Quito, transfer to your hotel.

Day 9 – TUESDAY

Depart at any time.

INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION:
SERVICES: Transfer to the airport.

Note: Please contact us for an extension of your tour.

Price in USD from $4,990.00 per person


EXPEDITION INCLUSION/ EXCLUSIONS

INCLUDED

Accommodation
All meals
​Island sightseeing
2 Nights accommodation in first class Hotel in Ecuador
Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only
​Snorkelling gear
Internet *

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare to/from Galapagos
Galapagos National Park admission fee (US$ 100 subject to change without notice)
Transit Control Card for Galapagos (US$ 20 per person)
Soft drinks
Alcoholic drinks
Tips
Gifts and additional items
International Airfare
Travel insurance
Wet suit rental

Please note:
 
* Internet connections aboard consist of 2 computer stations in the library and Wi-Fi in the yacht’s social areas; due to the Galapagos’ remote location; internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth.