Golondrina Galapagos Cruise
Economy Class Motor Yacht
The Golondrina yacht makes an exemplary option to explore the islands with a great comfort level. It is an older yacht, smaller in size than other tourist superior class cruises, but with a great reputation for cruise quality and service. It boasts of reasonably large cabins with good service, good food along with a charismatic guide in economy prices, for an amazing Galapagos experience.
Not more than 22 m in length, the yacht features a large sundeck at the front to let you observe the vast sea that surrounds the ship, a TV room, and a carpeted living room where you can relax. There is also a bar and a small yet inviting dining area where you can quench your appetite. Also, Golondrina I boasts of seven exotically furnished double cabins each equipped with bunk beds, AC and a private bathroom. There is also a provision for hot water.
Besides making a room for 14 passengers on board, Golondrina also includes five crew members, i.e., captain, engineer, cook, sailor and a naturalist guide who can speak two languages- Spanish and English. The Golondrina I yacht also complies with all the safety and security regulations that allow for a secure journey.
Golondrina I offers two 8 days/7nights cruises apart from two 5 days/4 nights and one 3 days/4nights cruises. Golondrina unleashes your Snorkeling fantasies by allowing you to dive into the water and observe the marine life in one of those suits provided on board. Apart from this there are also a few kayaks and dingys to take you to the land where you can explore the rich flora and fauna of Galapagos.
| 14 passengers Capacity
||Great for Groups and Students||
||Comfortable and Affordable|
|Hiking & Snorkeling Itineraries
||Bunk-Bed Cabins, private facilities||
||Bilingual Naturalist Guide
Golondrina Cruise Information
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8 days – 7 nights
|Day 1||Baltra & Bachas Beach|
|Day 2||Genovesa Island: El Barranco & Darwin Bay|
|Day 3||Bartolome Island &– Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay|
|Day 4||South Plazas Island & Santa Fe Island|
|Day 5||San Cristobal Island: Lobos Island, Kicker Rock & Cerro Brujo|
|Day 6||Española Island: Suarez Point & Gardner Bay|
|Day 7||Floreana Island: Cormorant Point, Devil’s Crown & Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station|
|Day 8||Seymour North Island – Baltra Airport|
|Day 1: altra & Bachas Beach|
Depart from Guayaquil to Galápagos (1½ hours of flight time). Baltra Island. – This island was a strategic point during the…Read More
Depart from Guayaquil to Galápagos (1½ hours of flight time). Baltra Island. – This island was a strategic point during the Second World War. It is the main airport for the Galapagos Islands where tourists and colonists arrive and depart. At the Arrival at Baltra Airport, our naturalist English speaking guide will assists you. Transfer by bus to the dock (5 mins.) to board the yacht. Welcome and briefing.
Bachas Beach.- After lunch, disembark (wet landing) in the Bachas Beach, located in the north shore of Santa cruz, this is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles and the crystal waters invite you to relax and swim. Return to the yacht. Dinner and briefing for next day.
|Day 2: Genovesa Island: El Barranco & Darwin Bay|
This is one of the most important islands because of the number of colonies of birds found here, that is the reason why it is…Read More
…called the Bird Island. The boat excursion to Genovesa is a little long but very worthwhile, because many different natural attractions are seen.
El Barranco.- Also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, El Barranco’s steep, rocky paths lead up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, Galapagos Swallows storm-petrels and Galapagos Doves. Hiking: 2km., dry landing. Lunch on board.
Darwin Bay.- This enormous bay dominates the island and like the Prince Philip’s Steps, this site is the home of large colonies of frigate birds and a wide variety of seabirds. Briefing and dinner on board.
|Day 3: Bartolome Island &– Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay|
Bartolome. – Lava formations and ash cones can be seen on this Island. A beautiful view of the nearest bays is waiting at…Read More
Bartolome. – Lava formations and ash cones can be seen on this Island. A beautiful view of the nearest bays is waiting at the high part, after climbing a wood staircase for 30 to 40 minutes to the top (Walk up to the top of volcano 114 meters, 375 wooden steps). This is one of the most visited Islands because of its unique and famous Pinnacle Rock that consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. Time for snorkeling and possible sightings of the Galapagos Penguin. Hiking: 2kms. Dry and wet landings.
Sullivan Bay.- You can swim and snorkel here with seals and penguins. The landing is on a beautiful white sand beach where you will see lava formations. Wet landing. Briefing and dinner on board.
|Day 4: South Plazas Island & Santa Fe Island|
Plazas Island.- This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. This Island…Read More
…is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. Many birds like the tropicbirds and fork-tailed seagulls rest on the cliffs. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium, during the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red. Hike: 2 ½ km. Dry landing. Lunch on board.
Santa Fe. – Colonies of sea lions, land iguanas, fork-tailed seagulls, terns and petrels are observed. A trail leading into the heart of the island takes you to a forest of giant cactus and palo santo trees. After this visit on land, you can swim and snorkel. Wet landing. Briefing and dinner on board.
|Day 5: San Cristobal Island: Lobos Island & Cerro Brujo|
Leon Dormido. – After breakfast we visit Kicker Rock a giant rock was formed by a volcanic eruption. A narrow canal…Read More
…cuts through it and allows the passage of small boats. This rock is the home of many sea birds and is considered a great snorkeling and diving site. No landing.
Cerro Brujo. – This site is located on the north shore of San Cristobal Island. This eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its main attraction that is the coral sand beach and its wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of Booby Birds. Lunch on board.
Lobos Island. – The most important colony of sea lions and blue-footed boobies is on this Island. The scenery is beautiful and it is the perfect spot to snorkel. Briefing and dinner on board. Return to the yacht. Dinner and briefing for next day.
|Day 6: Española Island: Suarez Point & Gardner Bay|
Suarez Point.- Breakfast. This natural is home for see blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, colonies of marine…
…iguanas, fascinating albatross from April to June, sea lions, Galapagos doves and Darwin finches. There is another natural attraction: the lava blowhole, spurting water high into the air. Hike: 3km. Dry landing. Lunch on board.
Gardner Bay. – On the eastern side of the island, is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of Waved Albatrosses. It takes 45 minutes by boat to reach this site. . The white sand beach is home to a group of sea lions. Swimming and snorkeling are excellent possibilities here. Wet landing
Gardner Islet. – Sea lions, marine turtles and finches can be seen here.
Osborn Islet.- This small island to the southeast of Española is a marine visit for snorkeling and swimming. Dinner and briefing for next day.
|Day 7: Floreana Island: Cormorant Point, Devil’s Crown & Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station|
Cormorant Point.- Breakfast. This site hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts, White-cheeked…Read More
…Pintails can also be seen. Olivine crystals in the beach make to name as the Green Beach. To the other side of the island, there is very fine white sand beach where marine turtles nest from December to May. Hike: 2km. Wet landing.
Devil’s Crown.- This volcanic crater has been eroded by the waves leaving the northern and southern sides poking out of the water. The coral formations make the underwater scenery impressive for snorkelers where there are schools of multi-colored fish, sharks and sea turtles. No Landing.
Charles Darwin Station (SANTA CRUZ ISLAND).- The Darwin Station is part of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galápagos Islands, an international non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research in the Galápagos Islands since 1959. This visit offers an excellent introduction to the Islands, their origin and their formation. Learn about the Galapagos giant turtles breeding. Dinner and briefing for next day.
|Day 8: Seymour North Island – Baltra Airport|
North Seymour Island. – This Island is known for its large number of blue-footed boobies, colonies of magnificent frigate…Read More
…birds, fork-tailed seagulls, marine iguanas and sea lions. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone, been palo santo (holy wood) the most remarkable tree in this island. Wet landing.
After this visit, transfer to Baltra Airport for your return flight to Guayaquil/Quito.
This is the end of the trip.
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5 days – 4 nights
|Day 1||Baltra – Mosquera Islet|
|Day 2||Isabela Island: Vicente Roca Point – Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point|
|Day 3||Isabela Island: Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove|
|Day 4||Santiago Island: Egas Port & Sombrero Chino|
|Day 5||Santa Cruz Island (Charles Darwin Research Station) – Transfer out|
|Day 1: Baltra – Mosquera Islet|
Baltra Island. – This island was a strategic point during the Second World War. It is the main airport for the Galapagos…
…Islands where tourists and colonists arrive and depart. At the Arrival at Baltra Airport, our naturalist English speaking guide will assists you. Transfer to the yacht. Welcome and briefing.
Mosquera Islet. – After lunch, disembarkation at Mosquera Island (wet landing) located between North Seymour and Baltra. The island consists is a long narrow stretch of white sand, rocks, and tide pools. Created by Geological uplift the island has a flat look to it rather than the conical shape of the volcanically formed islands. It is a great place for snorkeling, strolling on the beach, and enjoying the animal life without the tourist crowds common at many of the more popular islands. This islet is actually home to a huge population of sea lions and is also home to many shorebirds.
Briefing and dinner on board.
|Day 2: Isabela Island: Vicente Roca Point – Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point|
Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island).- After breakfast, panga ride visit to Vicente Roca Point. Comprised of two separate…Read More
…coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life, observing seahorses, sea turtles, rays, puffer fish, the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (or sunfish), we see also penguins, blue-footed boobies and nazca boobies. Lunch on board.
Espinoza Point (Fernandina Island).- In the afternoon disembarkation (dry landing). Walk (600m. round trip, 1½h, flat, sandy and rocky path) to see lava flows, a colony of marine iguanas (nesting time: January to June), penguins, pelicans and colonies of cormorants, lava cactus. Time for snorkeling. Briefing and dinner on board.
|Day 3: Isabela Island: Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove|
Urbina Bay (Isabela Island).- After breakfast, disembarkation at Urbina Bay (wet landing), located in the west of Isabela…
…Island, at the food of the Alcedo volcano. Walk on a sandy and rocky defined path (1 km. round trip. 2h, flat), observing calcareous organisms (shells, corals) exposed above water. In this area we see a large colony of land iguanas, Darwin’s finches, giant tortoises (between June – September) and flightless cormorants. After the hike, time for snorkeling along the shoreline where guests may observe penguins and flightless cormorants.
Tagus Cove (Isabela Island).- After lunch visit to Tagus Cove that was a port where whaling ships arrived and left their ships’ names in a cave in 1800. In the high part is the Darwin Lake, a round salt water crater. Disembark (dry landing). Walk begins from the shore by a wooden stairway that rises to the dusty trail passing through Palo Santo Forest to reach the Darwin Lake. Continue on the trail around the lake through the dry vegetation zone. Panoramic views to the Darwin and Wolf volcanoes. (2kms round trip, 2h / starts at 0m, ascending to 50mts). Later, panga ride through the cliffs to observe the historical graffiti, penguins, flightless cormorants, boobies, pelicans and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Snorkeling time in the cove. Briefing and dinner on board.
|Day 4: Santiago Island: Egas Port & Sombrero Chino|
Egas Port.- Breakfast. The visit to Puerto Egas begins with a wet landing on the dark sand beach of James Bay. Walk along…
…a rocky trail to the salt crater (1.7km. round trip, 1½ h, start at 0m, ascend 30m), observing Darwin Finches, the endemic Galapagos hawks, marine iguanas, sally light root crabs and fur seals and sea lions. Time for swimming and snorkeling.
Sombrero Chino. – After lunch, disembark (wet landing) for a short walk of 200m. (30mins. round trip, flat and rocky), observing lava tunnels, lava cactus, Galápagos Sesuvium. Time to swim and snorkel. Return to the yacht. Dinner and briefing for next day.
|Day 5: Santa Cruz Island (Charles Darwin Research Station) – Transfer out|
Santa Cruz Island (Charles Darwin Research Station).- After breakfast, walk for about 20 minutes to the Charles Darwin…Read More
…Station, to observe the Galapagos giant turtles breading. T he Darwin Station is part of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galápagos Islands, an international non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research in the Galápagos Islands since 1959. After this visit transfer to Baltra Airport by bus for your return flight to Guayaquil.
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4 days – 5 nights
|Day 1||Santa Cruz Island: Baltra Island & Hacienda Primicias|
|Day 2||Isabela Island: Tintoreras, Breeding Center Arnaldo Tupiza, Humedales & Wall of Tears|
|Day 3||Rabida Island & Santa Cruz Island: Cerro Dragon|
|Day 4||Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove – Transfer out|
|Day 1: Santa Cruz Island: Baltra Island & Hacienda Primicias|
Baltra Islad.- This island was a strategic point during the Second World War. It is the main airport for the Galapagos Islands…
…where tourists and colonists arrive and depart. At the Arrival at Baltra Airport, our naturalist English speaking guide will assists you. Transfer to the yacht. Welcome and briefing.
Hacienda Primicias. – After lunch, visit to Hacienda Primicias to see the giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around eating grass and leaves and wallowing. Some highland birds, like cattle egrets, mockingbirds, finches or flycatchers can be seen here. After the hike return to the yacht. Dinner and briefing for next day.
|Day 2: Isabela Island: Tintoreras, Breeding Center Arnaldo Tupiza, Humedales & Wall of Tears|
Tintoreras. – After breakfast, Tintoreras is located south of Puerto Villamil. It has a small bay of completely calm turquoise…Read More
…waters, where you can appreciate sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, rays, etc. The bay is connected to a crevice of crystal clear water, that’s shallow and when the tide is low, the entrance closes. In this crevice, you can see how reef sharks swim along with other small fish and sea lions. Lunch on board.
Breeding Center Arnaldo Tupiza. – This center has a captive breeding program for tortoises from the populations of southern Isabela.
Humedales.- Disembark (dry landing), walk for about 30 mins. This area is characterized by sandy beaches, rocky shores, and mangroves. The area has a number of trails where you can see all four species of mangroves found in Galapagos and also migratory birds: whimbrel, short-billed dowitcher, wilson’s phalarope, common tern, blue-winged teal, osprey, black-bellied and semipalmated plovers, greater and lesser yellowlegs to name a few.
Wall of Tears. – By bus to Wall of tears a sad reminder of the history of Isabela. The wall was constructed between 1946 and 1959 while Isabela was a penal colony. As punishment the prisoners were forced to build the wall from huge blocks of lava. The wall is named for the many convicts that died while building the wall. Dinner and briefing for next day.
|Day 3: Rabida Island & Santa Cruz Island: Cerro Dragon|
Rabida: After breakfast disembark (wet landing) in one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the…
…archipelago as well as a great snorkeling site. We will start on Rabida’s famous maroon sandy beach and after an easy hike (1 km aprox) will arrive to a stunning lookout to enjoy the amazing landscapes.
The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance, such as nine varieties of finches, Large-billed Flycatchers, Galapagos Hawks and Brown Pelicans. Lunch on board.
Cerro Dragon.- After lunch, dry landing at a dock, the walk takes you to a hypersalinic (saltier than the ocean) lagoon behind the beach, often frequented by flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. There is a short walk to the hill, which rewards with a great view of the bay and a nesting site of land iguanas. Many of the Iguanas that nest here have been repatriated by the Charles Darwin Research Station. Dinner and briefing for next day.
|Day 4: Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove – Transfer out|
Black Turtle Cove.- After breakfast a dinghy (panga) visit to Black Turtle Bay (Caleta Tortuga Negra). This is very close…
…to Baltra. It is very special due to its lovely beach with sea lions and its clear, calm water. Black (Pacific Green) Turtles and many different types of birds can be seen feeding here as you are paddled around the beautiful lagoons hidden in the mangroves. After this visit transfer to Baltra Airport by bus for your return flight to Guayaquil/Quito
This is the end of the trip.
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- Type: Motor Yacht
- Lenght: 22.22m
- Beam: 5.09m
- Generators: 2 Kohler 13 Kw, 10 Kw
- Speed: 8 Knots
- 4 Mile Furuno Radar, Gps, Satelliite Navigator, Echo Sounder, Furuno 1000 Ft. Speed And Distance Log, Compasses, Barometer, Clock.
- Epirb (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacom)
- Life Jackets, Flares And Signals, Fire Smoke Detectors, Complete Fire System.
- 4 Mile Furuno Radar, Gps, Satelliite Navigator, Echo Sounder, Furuno 1000 Ft. Speed and Distance Log, Compasses, Barometer, Clock.
Golondrina fits perfectly on our budget, it make our dream possible… Travel to the Galapagos Inslands. The crew helped my girlfriend when she had sea sickness. She was great again and we had a unforgettable trip
It fits my budget
The ship was older and a bit smaller in size compared to the Mary Anne ship I used two years ago, but what it lacked in size, it made up for in service and quality. Everything on this cruise from meals to the facilities were perfect.
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