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Galapagos In-Brief – Eastern Islands

Galapagos Cruise

  • WildAid's Passion
  • Motor Yacht
  • 12 Capacity
  • 5 Days
  • 2017, 2018 View Departure>
    • 2017
    • Oct 28 Sat
    • Nov 11 Sat
    • Nov 25 Sat
    • Dec 9 Sat
    • Dec 23 Sat
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    • Feb 3 Sat
    • Feb 17 Sat
    • Mar 3 Sat
    • Mar 17 Sat
    • Apr 14 Sat
    • May 12 Sat
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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 and board the Passion for lunch.

After lunch, 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.

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.

At Prince Philip Steps, 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. Climb up the wooden steps (approx. 374 feet above sea level) and reach the summit of this spatter cone for a breathtaking panorama of the island’s well photographed Pinnacle Rock and views of neighboring Santiago and many other central islands in the distance.

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

A striking and beautiful red landscape, Rabida was produced by oxidized iron giving this island the nickname of “mars on earth”. Disembark on 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, you may see pelicans nesting on salt bushes that fringe the beach.

Head across to Cerro Dragón 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 find a fantastic land iguana nesting site.

Day 5
Santa Cruz Island / Baltra Island

Spend the day visiting Santa Cruz Island´s most famous highlights. Land in Puerto Ayora and board bus transportation 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. 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, Galapagos Owl, Vermilion Flycatcher and Yellow Warbler.

This trip is part of a longer 8-day trip option. Therefore you may have passengers who will remain on the trip after you disembark.

Continue to the Baltra Airport for your flight back 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 part of a longer 8-day trip option. Therefore you may have passengers who will remain on the trip after you disembark.

Included: 
One night hotel at Casa Gangotena in Quito (2018 dates only); transfer by private group van 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 at the Baltra airport (departure date only); visits to the islands with certified guide; snorkeling gear (wetsuit, mask, snorkel, and fins); kayaking. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included: 
International 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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