Galapagos In-Brief – Western

Galapagos Cruise

  • Galapagos Grand Odyssey
  • Motor Yacht
  • 16 Capacity
  • 6 Days
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  • Price from
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Summary : 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

Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, a representative of the Odyssey will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a bus ride to the Itabaca Channel and then transfer to Puerto Ayora.

Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. The Charles Darwin Station on Santa Cruz Island offers a chance to learn more about the Galapagos Islands.

Day 2
Isabela Island

A delightful area reached by a nice zodiac ride: “Tintoreras” are small islands in front of Puerto Villamil coast. See Galapagos penguins and sea lions that often pop out on shore. White-tipped reef sharks are fairly common in the archipelago. Their name in Spanish is Tintorera, thus the name of this site, as they are always found here resting in the shallow waters.

Isabela Island is the largest and one of the youngest islands in the Galapagos archipelago. Land in Puerto Villamil and travel to the highlands to Sierra Negra slope. Later, do some hiking on uneven terrain until arriving at the Sierra Negra volcano rim. Sierra Negra is the second widest crater in the world. From this viewpoint, you have fantastic sights to the 6 x 5-mile-wide crater, the rest of the volcanoes, and Perry Isthmus, a 6-mile-wide lava field. From here, hike to Chico Volcano to watch the striking lava formations, examples of the geological occurrences that have created the Galapagos Islands.

Day 3
Isabela Island

Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava flow Pahohoe (solidified lava in the form of corrugated or an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons. Its main attraction are several species of birds which can be found around the lakes and mangroves.

Elizabeth Bay is a marine visitor site, where the excursion is carried out in a Zodiac. Your zodiac ride starts with a visit to the Marielas islets where there is the largest and most important penguin colony in the Galapagos Islands. The excursion continues into the cove that is surrounded by red mangroves where you can admire their red roots and green leafs. It is here that you are able to observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions. Frequently visitors have been able to see Galapagos Hawks soaring overhead while schools of Pompano and Dorado fish swim below.

Day 4
Fernandina Island / Isabela Island

Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and has a single visitor site: Punta Espinoza, located at the northeastern tip of the island. Just across Tagus Cove, is a visitor site where some of the unique species of the Galapagos can be seen. Marine iguanas gather in larger groups here than on any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore and sometimes block the way at the landing dock. Among the unique species found here, is the Flightless Cormorant: A bird that due to the lack of predators, had to adjust their way of survival and improve their skills of finding food in the ocean. Their wings, tails and feet progressively adapted for swimming. To see these birds, is to witness evolution happening right in front of you.

In the afternoon, at Tagus Cove, a tour along the cliffs in a Zodiac will give a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant, and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30-minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where you can view Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra-saline lake that's saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this location. Look carefully at the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove; it has been written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries.

Day 5
Santiago Island

Espumilla beach is located on the northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. The main attractions here are the Palo Santo forest and a marvelous beach, which is an important site for nesting marine turtles. In the afternoon, explore Puerto Egas, a site with a black beach located at the west side of the island. The volcanic tuff deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach.

Day 6
San Cristobal Island

See Isla Lobos this morning. This little island is reached in approximately one hour by Zodiac from Port Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Island. The trail will lead across a dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks and sandy areas. There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds, which nest in this site. At the beach you will see a large colony of sea lions. After your visit to Isla Lobos, transfer to the airport in San Cristobal for a flight back to Quito or Guayaquil.

Notes

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

Cruise Only Included:
Cabin accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; water, coffee and tea; all shore activities and excursions; English-speaking guide; snorkeling equipment; kayaking equipment; transfers in the Galapagos.

Cruise Only Not Included:
Hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee, USD$100 (children under 12 subtract $50), subject to change without notice; Galapagos Transit Card ($10 per person); international airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; wetsuit rental; alcoholic beverages and soft drinks; passport expenses; traveler's insurance; gratuities to ship staff and crew are left to the discretion of the passenger.

If you are booking a cruise only program, we are happy to add hotels, air and land arrangements as requested, and you will be quoted for services.

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-$550 per adult; $250-$275 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).