Galapagos Classic – Northwestern

Galapagos Cruise

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  • Motor Yacht
  • 18 Capacity
  • 8 Days
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Summary : Cruise the islands aboard an elegant motor yacht with a high quality education program, great service, Jacuzzi, kayaks, and sun deck. The Galapagos Islands are considered one of the most spectacular and pristine National Parks in the world. Visitors delight in the abundant, unusual, and surprisingly approachable wildlife--from Galapagos giant tortoises to playful sea lions to the fascinating blue-footed boobies.

We strongly recommend two pre-cruise nights and one post-cruise night in Quito or Guayaquil. Please inquire about adding these or other services to your trip.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling

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Itinerary
Day 1
Baltra Island / Santa Cruz Island

Arrive at Baltra Island this morning. Enjoy a briefing and welcome from your guides before continuing to Whaler's Bay.

Explore a stretch of white sandy beach set against a shallow turquoise bay, bounded by black volcanic rocks. This was once a staging area for the tall ships that visited the west coast of Santa Cruz Island in search of giant sea going mammals. One can still find pottery shards from those who passed this way and inhabited the former tiny outpost at the edge of the world. This is one of archipelago’s few archeological sites. Enjoy a late afternoon snorkel and/or a panga ride keeping an eye out for blue-footed and masked boobies.

Day 2
Santa Fe Island / South Plazas Island

Santa Fe Island may well be the oldest island in the Galapagos and has one of the most beautiful and sheltered bays in the archipelago as well as some of the best snorkeling. Look to the shore as it is usually covered in sea lions. Keep an eye out for land iguanas too.

South Plaza was formed by uplifted lava and is covered by Opuntia cacti growing over patches of Sesusvium. Explore the island and discover land iguanas, sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls and red-billed tropic birds.

Day 3
Genovesa Island

Genovesa is one of the most fantastic islands because of delightful wildlife, landscape, remoteness and unspoiled nature. At Prince Phillip’s Steps, climb to a plateau that is part of the stretch of land that surrounds Darwin Bay on its eastern side. Observe masked boobies, red-footed boobies, and thousands of storm petrels. Snorkeling can be done at the beach or alongside the cliffs.

Darwin Bay Beach is filled with frigate birds and their bustling activity. Along the trail are pairs of swallow-tailed gulls, the only nocturnal gulls in the world and red-footed boobies, with their contrasting red feet and blue bills.

Day 4
Fernandina Island / Isabela Island

Fernandina is the youngest and westernmost island in the Galapagos. Explore Punta Espinosa, a narrow stretch of land where some of the most unique Galapagos species can be seen. Keep an eye out for penguins, Sally Lightfoot crabs, herons, sandpipers, and very large groups of marine iguanas. Enjoy as this is one of the few places to watch iguanas feed underwater.

Visit Urbina Bay which is very interesting in that it is a perfect example of the geological activity of the islands. In 1954, over 3 miles of marine reef at the edge of the shore was uplifted by 13 feet. Walk amongst the dried coral heads, mollusks and other
organisms that formed the ocean floor.

Day 5
Isabela Island

On the way to Tagus Cove, sail through the coldest, most productive waters of Bolivar Channel where dolphins and whales are frequently seen. Enjoy the cove’s quiet waters ideal for a panga ride where blue-footed boobies and pelicans make their nests up in the cliffs, and flightless cormorants and penguins inhabit the lava ledges.

Explore Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island this morning. Located at the ‘mouth’ of the head of the sea horse, which forms the northern part of the islands, is Punta Vicente Roca. Here, the remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a bay well protected from the ocean swells. Take a panga ride along the cliffs or explore a partially sunken cave at the water’s edge. Keep an eye out for masked and blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants.

Day 6
Santiago Island

Visit Espumilla Beach on Santiago Island. Explore inland on foot for views of mangroves, a lagoon and flamingos, or snorkel at the beautiful beach. Anchor at Buccaneers Cove to discover steep cliffs, calm waters and a reddish-purple sand beach.

James Bay on the northwestern side of Santiago offers adventures to sites like the black beach of Puerto Egas and extraordinary wildlife sightings of marine iguanas, painted crabs, oystercatchers and possibly sea turtles.

Day 7
Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz is the second largest island in the Galapagos, and the small town of Puerto Ayora is the economic center of the archipelago. Six different zones of vegetation can be seen here. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and discover the huge efforts that scientists, park rangers and park managers are making to preserve and protect the Galapagos Islands. Observe some of the tortoises at the breeding and rearing center, where tortoises of different subspecies are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats.

In the afternoon, travel to a lush highland forest and notice its contrast to the arid scenery of the lower islands. Experience the famed lava tunnels and the Twin Craters. Weather permitting, take a hike through unique vegetation rich with birdlife.

Day 8
San Cristóbal Island

Visit the San Cristóbal Interpretation Center, which explains the natural history of the Galapagos with a great emphasis on human history and conservation. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the mainland.

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

This operator offers three different cruise styles: Naturalist, Active and Family. Please contact ExpeditionTrips to confirm cruise style of your preferred departure date.

Naturalist Cruises are the most popular way to experience the Galapagos Islands. For those souls that are in close contact with our planet, these departures put you into the most intimate contact possible with nature. This is the ideal departure for bird watchers, wildlife lovers and photographers.

Active Cruises are great for adventure-seeking adolescents, adults, families and groups who are looking for a challenge aside from a restful trip. These departures feature longer hikes, more opportunities to snorkel and go kayaking and even the possibility for occasional diving. How much, or how little activity you pack into each day is entirely up to you.

Family Cruises are filled with activities for the whole family so that you can relax together and take in all the wonders that surround you. Children are especially enriched by the natural living legacy of the archipelago, where science suddenly becomes fun, accessible and unforgettable. Special features include: Child-oriented guides, children's menu, snorkeling, kayaking, star-gazing nights, movie nights, board games, video games, and children’s expedition journal.

Included:
Cabin accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; soft drinks, juice, coffee and tea consumed throughout the cruise; all shore activities and excursions; service of naturalist guides; transfers and baggage handling between island airport and ship; kayaking; use of snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins); use of wetsuits.

Not Included:
Hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee $100 per person ($50 per child under 12) subject to change without notice; Galapagos Transit Card ($10 per person); international airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; gratuities to ship crew and naturalists are left to the discretion of the passenger; alcoholic beverages; travel insurance; passport expenses; personal expenses such as laundry; fuel surcharge may apply.

Airfare between Quito/Guayaquil and the Galapagos Islands:
The flights between mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) and the Galapagos Islands are an additional cost. To secure your seats on often overbooked flights, ExpeditionTrips must reserve these flights for you at the time of cruise booking. Approximate cost (including service fee): $450-$600 per adult; $250-$325 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).

We are happy to add hotels, air and land arrangements as requested, and you will be quoted for services.