Amazing short journey circling from Santa Cruz to Genovesa and the best nature-filled sites in the Central Islands; this on board a high-end Motor-Yacht that complements the perfect journey in only four days. A friendly and experienced crew will definitely make you feel right at home on board this spectacular boat.
Activity level: Moderate
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► DAY 01: Baltra, Santa Cruz Island Details
DAY 1 Saturday: Baltra, Santa Cruz Island
Arrive to Baltra and transport by bus from Puerto Ayora with visit to the highlands of Santa Cruz. The dominant vegetation in the highlands is the forest of Scalesia trees creating the lush green color. The lava tubes, over half a mile long, are underground and walking through them is a unique, surreal experience.
PM: Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Island
The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.
► DAY 02: Genovesa Island: El Barranco & Darwing Bay Details
DAY 2 – Sunday: Genovesa Island: El Barranco & Darwing Bay
AM: El Barranco, Genovesa Island
Known as “Prince Phillip’s Steps”, El Barranco is steep, rocky paths leads up to a high cliff-face from where incredible views can be appreciated; is also home to “palo santo” vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, Galapagos swallows, short-eared lava owls and Galapagos doves.
PM: Darwing Bay, Genovesa Island
This white sand coral beach heads a half mile trail that winds through mangroves filled with land birds like Red-footed & Nazca boobies and swallow-tailed. Further down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end, there is a cliff with amazing panoramic views. Possibility to spot hammerhead sharks when snorkeling.
► DAY 03: Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach & Egas Port Details
DAY 3 Saturday: Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach & Egas Port
AM: Espumilla Beach, Santiago Island
Is a special and popular settlement for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs. The crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey. With an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eels, and sharks, snorkeling is a must on the site. A visit to Buccaneer Cove is also a great highlight of the island.
PM: Egas Port, Santiago Island
Also known as James Bay, the site is home to the splendid Galapagos hawks and sneaky Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur sea lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site and swim with playful sea-lions.
► DAY 04: Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach & Transfer out Details
DAY 4 Thursday: Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach & Transferout
AM: Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island
Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, Las Bachas is a swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest off the beach.
Continue to Baltra Airport to board your flight back to the Mainland.
- See endemic Galapagos tortoises in semi-wild state.
- Enjoy delicious Ecuadorian-style dishes every day in your Yacht.
- Incredible snorkeling in the most biodiverse zones of the Central Archipelago.
- The marvels of Genovesa: Red-footed Boobies, Galapagos Hawks and more.
- See history first hand at Buccaneer Cove, an ancient refugee for British vessels.
All programed visits as per itinerary with specialized naturalist bilingual guide;
Accommodation in twin/double cabin with private facilities (some with balcony), all meals on board, drinking purified water, coffee and tea;
Snorkeling equipment (fins, mask & snorkel), Wet-suits & sea-kayaks;
Transfers within the islands on cruise dates as per itinerary;
Personalized 24/7 assistance during tour.
CRUISE DOES NOT INCLUDES
Airfare to/from Galapagos from/to Mainland Ecuador (to be added);
Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee US$100 per person (in cash only upon arrival);
Galapagos Migration Card US$20 in cash per person (at Mainland’s Airport);
Alcoholic/soft drinks, personal expenses, extras, tips and other services not specified in the program;
Travel, medical & cancelation Insurance and any services on Mainland.
2019 Departures & Rates
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