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Amazing Nine Days East & Central Islands Boat Journey

Truly a majestic and one of a kind 9 days boat tour discovering the many marvels that the East and the North Archipelago can offer with a carefully crafted itinerary filled with wonderful highlights. This amazing journey is definitely more enjoyable when you are cruising a spectacular Deluxe medium-size boat like La Pinta, offering quality and personalized services on board plus the promise of a memorable adventure.

Activity level: Moderate
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Itinerary
►  DAY 01: Baltra Island / South Plaza Island  Details

Baltra Island Galapagos IslandsDAY 1 Thursday: Arrival / Baltra

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (2 ½-hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our natural guides and taken to a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board your Yacht.

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Plazas Island, GalapagosPM: South Plaza

The turquoise waters of the channel here contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline, while a carpet of scarlet Sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus beyond, populated by yellow-grey land iguanas. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while sea birds play with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but spectacular island. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


►  DAY 02: Santa Fe Island / San Cristobal Island: Cerro Colorado Details

Santa Fe Island | GalapagosAM: Santa Fe

In the morning, take the dinghy over to this idyllic sandy-white beach populated by large colonies of curious sea lions; majestic Hawks are often observed perched atop salt bushes. Santa Fe’s Land Iguana is unique to this island and can be spotted during the walk. We can also enjoy snorkeling and swimming along a natural wave barrier or a great ride on board the glass-bottom boat.

 

 

 

 

Cerro Colorado San Cristobal GalapagosPM: Cerro Colorado

After lunch, we disembark at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Galapagos’ capital; take a 45-minute drive to the southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, we visit the breeding center for highly endangered Giant Tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird, and the San Cristobal lava lizard.

 

 

 

 


►  DAY 03: San Cristobal: Pitt Point & Witch Hill Details

Pitt Point | San Cristobal Island | GalapagosAM: Pitt Point

Landing at the eastern part of San Cristobal Island, the trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline; we can observe frigate birds and a colony of juvenile sea lions. After the walk, if conditions are favorable, there is a chance to swim from the beach and snorkel. 

 

 

 

 

 

Witch Hill Galapagos IslandsPM: Witch Hill

In the afternoon, a relaxing dinghy ride along the shores of tuff-stone layers takes us to Cerro Brujo’s expansive, white coral beach, great for walking, with rewarding bird-watching featuring seabirds and shore birds. Also, look out for Galapagos sea lions. These are the same shores that Charles Darwin walked upon, back in September 1835.

 

 

 

 


►  DAY 04: Española Island: Suarez Point & Gardner Bay Details

Española Island, GalapagosAM: Suarez Point

Our morning outing at Punta Suarez provides an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies, including the waved albatrosses (April – January), boobies, swallow-tail gulls, and the famous “blowhole” lava formation; also, look for red-green-black marine iguanas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PM: Gardner Bay

In the afternoon, we set down at this beautiful, white coral beach for a short walk to observe the sea lions, mockingbirds, finches, or enjoy the beach. There is great snorkeling in this area, or else there’s time to kayak or ride the glass-bottom boat.

 


►  DAY 05: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station & Highlands Details

AM: Charles Darwin Station

The morning visit heads towards the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora; These are the Galapagos’ headquarters of scientific investigation, Tortoise breeding center, conservation and the National Park administration. A delicious lunch is served at the poolside of the Finch Bay Eco Hotel.

 

Marine Iguana | Dragon Hill | Santa Cruz IslandPM: Santa Cruz Highlands

After lunch, we head up to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island by vehicle. This is a great place to look for the emblematic Darwin’s Finches and the endemic Scalesia trees. The highlands are also great for exploring the exuberant vegetation where giant tortoises roam in the wild.

 

 

 

 


►  DAY 06: Chinese Hat Island: Eden Islet & Chinese Hat Details

Eden Islet | Santa Cruz Island | GalapagosAM: Eden Islet

In the morning a panga ride takes us to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where we can observe blue footed boobies diving into the water for food, frigates and also reef sharks. There is the chance of snorkeling and, if weather conditions permit, to ride in the glass-bottom boat. The volcanic setting of this area is quite stunning due to its variety of volcanic debris, including cinder cones, tuff cones, and semi-eroded lava flows. 

 

 

 

 

Chinese Hat Galapagos Islands | Galapagos CruisesPM: Chinese Hat

The small island of Sombrero Chino gets its name from its appearance, reminiscent of a Chinese hat. This islet, formed only fairly recently, makes a beautiful visit as one explores the wildlife along its 400-metre long trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped white sandy beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities amid endemic Penguins and white-tipped reef sharks.

 

 

 

 


►  DAY 07: Bartolome Island / Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay Details

Bartolome Island | GalapagosAM: Bartolome

On this morning, a great way to start the day with a steep climb up a wooden staircase: the view from the top is worth the effort! Following the walk, we take to the dinghies for a ride around immense Pinnacle Rock, followed by time to enjoy the beach and some snorkeling or discover marine life on board he glass-bottom boat. . 

 

 

 

 

Sullivan Bay | Galapagos Islands | Galapagos IslandsPM: Sullivan Bay

After lunch, we board the pangas to land at Sullivan Bay (east coast of Santiago); wet-landing at  a white coral sand beach great for snorkeling, and with a trail over a lava field that flowed here less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos while observing its wildlife. 

 

 

 

 

 


►  DAY 08: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay & Prince Philip’s Steps Details

Snorkeling, Stunning Galapagos TourAM: Darwin Bay

In the morning, we begin our exploration of this island with an easy stroll to observe marine and land birds. There is an optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else we can return to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkeling at this beautiful natural harbour. The more adventurous can snorkel along the cliffs or Paddle Sea kayaks. 

 

 

 

 

PM: Prince Philip’s Steps

Our afternoon starts with a very interesting panga ride along the cliffs before we disembark for a short, yet steep climb up a wooden staircase. Once at the top, the land is flat, allowing for a captivating walk of about a mile to the other side of this small island, observing large colonies of Frigate birds, Nazca boobies, storm petrels and the elusive short eared owl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


►  DAY 09: Baltra Island: Transfer out Details

Baltra Island Galapagos IslandsAM: Baltra

After a nostalgic farewell Breakfast, we prepare for transfer to the airport for flight back to Mainland, carrying great memories of this unforgettable experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hiking

Photography

Snorkeling

Kayaking

Swimming

Panga-ride

Wildlife spot

Sea Star Journey | Itinerary A | Galapagos Cruise

Highlights

  • Delight to your senses as you enjoy Ecuadorian and International cuisine on the many dining areas of your boat.
  • Snorkel with Penguins, Sea lions and school of fishes at Bartolome.
  • Pristine white coral beaches and clear ocean waters to recreate an Eden-like scenario.
  • Explore the long trail of Chinese Hat filled with untamed and fearless wildlife.
  • Wonderful picture opportunity in Española at the amazing blow-hole and Waved-albatrosses.
  • Land Iguanas, Hawks and large Sea Lion colonies in such small terrain at Santa Fe Island.
  • A paradise of adventure awaits in Sullivan Bay with unreal volcanic landscapes and a pristine sandy beach.
  • Fantastic opportunity for birdwatching at Pitt Point and Witch Hill.

CRUISE INCLUDES

  All programed visits as per itinerary with specialized naturalist bilingual guide;
  Accommodation in twin/double Deluxe Suite with private facilities, all meals on board, drinking purified water, coffee and tea;
  Cruise Fuel Surcharge;
  Snorkeling equipment (fins, mask & snorkel) & 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);
  All sized Wet-suits for rent on board;
  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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START DATE CABIN PRICE
June 06 DELUXE $7,899
June 20 DELUXE $7,899
July 04 DELUXE $7,899
July 18 DELUXE $7,899
August 01 DELUXE $7,899
August 15 DELUXE $7,899
August 29 DELUXE $7,899
September 26 DELUXE $7,899
October 24 DELUXE $7,899

All departures and prices are subject to availability. Please Contact Us to confirm preferred departure

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