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Galapagos Classic – Eastern Islands

Galapagos Cruise

  • WildAid's Passion
  • Motor Yacht
  • 12 Capacity
  • 8 Days
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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.

Each voyage aboard WildAid's Passion donates to Galapagos conservation.

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, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Baltra Island / Santa Cruz Island

After arriving at Baltra Airport, be greeted by your cruise representative and then transfer to the Passion and board in timre for lunch. After lunch, navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove.

Beautiful and tranquil Black Turtle Cove is the ideal spot for panga exploration. 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 they makes their way through the mangroves.

Day 2
Genovesa Island

Travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay, a unique site lined with red mangroves and soft-haired prickly pear cacti where red-footed boobies and great frigatebirds perch.

In the afternoon at El Barranco, climb the edge of a cliff where frigatebirds, masked boobies, and red-footed boobies nest. Seek out the impressive red-billed tropicbird amidst Galapagos storm petrels.

Day 3
Bartolome Island / Chinese Hat

Formed by dramatic volcanic landscapes, Bartolome has one of the most photographed landscapes of the Galapagos. See a moonlike landscape of spatter, tuff cones and small lava tubes where the only plants are pioneer species as the Tiquilia and Chamaesyce. Continue to climb on a wooden stairway, built to prevent erosion that leads to the summit (approx. 374 feet above sea level). The view is formed below by two beaches separated by a narrow band of mangroves and Pinnacle Rock.

Next visit an island that 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.

Day 4
Rabida Island / Santa Cruz Island

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 salt bushes that fringe the beach.

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.

Day 5
Santa Cruz Island

Spend this day visiting Santa Cruz Island's most famous highlights. Land at the dock of Puerto Ayora and then board 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. 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 look for the Galapagos hawk, owl, vermilion flycatcher and yellow warbler.

This trip is a longer trip composed of a shorter trip option. Therefore you may have passengers who may embark/disembark part-way through the trip.

Enjoy lunch at the ranch and then head back to Puerto Ayora for your second visit of the day, the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center. Here you can see tortoises from different islands divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be "repatriated"), and adults.

Day 6
Plaza Sur Island / Santa Fe Island

Land 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.

In the afternoon, land on Santa Fe where sea lions are usually resting. Be on the lookout 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.

Day 7
Española Island

Spend the day in fantastic Española, starting with Gardner Bay, an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the intrepid Española mockingbird. Close to Española there is a good spot for snorkeling at Gardner Islet. There is a good chance playful sea lions will join you.

Head to Punta Suarez for a hike along a trail that is about 2 miles long and takes about 2 hours. A geyser near the trail sprays water some 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 which may be bodysurfing in the large breakers, large marine iguanas with red-colored males in the breeding season, oystercatchers, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, Galapagos hawk, Galapagos dove, swallow-tailed gull, red-billed tropicbirds, waved albatross (present only from April to December), Española mockingbird, and Española lava lizard.

Day 8
Santa Cruz Island / Baltra Island

After breakfast, disembark in Puerto Ayora to transfer to Baltra Airport, doing a short stop on the way to visit the Twin Craters found in the highlands. These huge holes were probably created in a volcanic explosion or by magma chambers underneath the island's surface. After you visit, make your way to the Baltra airport for your flight to mainland Ecuador.

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes. Read this itinerary as a guide only, as the exact route and the wildlife you encounter may vary.

This trip is a longer trip composed of a shorter trip option. Therefore you may have passengers who may embark/disembark part-way through the trip.

Included: 
One night hotel at Casa Gangotena in Quito (2018 dates only); transfer from Baltra Airport to ship; cabin accommodations aboard ship; meals aboard ship; tea, coffee and natural juices; VIP/Master Suites include open bar and use of the VIP lounge (departure date only) at the Baltra airport; visits to the islands with certified guide; use of snorkeling gear (wetsuit, mask, snorkel and fins); kayaking. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included: 
Airfare; hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; items of a personal nature such as laundry, massage; alcoholic and bottled beverages except if mentioned as included; gratuities to ship staff is left to the discretion of the passenger; traveler’s insurance; travel health insurance (required to enter Ecuador); 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): $500-$700 per adult; $300-$450 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).

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