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Itinerary: Deluxe Western & Southern Vessel Expedition Voyagers Travel Specialists
Itinerary: Deluxe Western & Southern Vessel Expedition Voyagers Travel Specialists
Itinerary: Deluxe Western & Southern Vessel Expedition Voyagers Travel Specialists

Deluxe Western & Southern Vessel Expedition

Experience an unforgettable journey with this majestic 8-days itinerary that includes visits to two must-see islands: Española and Fernandina plus other incredible and life-filled spots in the Western and the Southern part of the Archipelago. All this while cruising on board a high-end motor vessel to be part of a memorable experience.

Activity level: Moderate
Ship: Naturtal Paradise information here



Itinerary

►  DAY 01: Baltra Island / Santa Cruz Island: Eden Islet Details

Itinerary: Deluxe Western & Southern Vessel Expedition Voyagers Travel SpecialistsDAY 1 Tuesday: Arrival / San Cristobal

Arrive by plane to the charming Capital of Galapagos in San Cristobal Island. Meet the friendly crew and settle in
your comfortable cabin and enjoy a delicious welcome lunch on board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary: Deluxe Western & Southern Vessel Expedition Voyagers Travel SpecialistsPM: Eden Islet

Visit a small islet near Santa Cruz via dinghy ride to spot reek sharks, endemic “salemas” and colorful Nazca and blue-footed boobies.

 

 

 

 

 

►  DAY 02: Isabela Island / Fernandina Island: Vicente Roca Point & Espinoza Point  Details

Itinerary: Deluxe Western & Southern Vessel Expedition Voyagers Travel SpecialistsAM: Vicente Roca Point

Located on the northwestern part of Isabela, is comprised of two separate coves; the site is a wide bay with amazing sea life: Sea turtles, Seahorses and the strange “Mola-“mola (sunfish) may be spotted here. This bay is great for diving and snorkeling.

 

 

 

 

Itinerary: Deluxe Western & Southern Vessel Expedition Voyagers Travel SpecialistsPM: Espinoza Point

No foreign species have ever invaded Fernandina Island, and therefore it is one of the most pristine ecosystems in the World. Volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the landscape with lava fields reaching the ocean. The island’s highlight features the flightless cormorant nesting site and marine Iguanas. This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.

 

 

 

 

 

►  DAY 03: Isabela Island: Urbina Bay & Moreno Point Details

Itinerary: Deluxe Western & Southern Vessel Expedition Voyagers Travel SpecialistsAM: Urbina Bay

Strategically located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954 causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out leaving marine life stranded on the new shore; it is a magnificent snorkeling site.

 

 

 

 

Itinerary: Deluxe Western & Southern Vessel Expedition Voyagers Travel SpecialistsPM: Moreno Point

Is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela. The overabundance of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves create a birdwatcher’s delight. In the tide pools, pintail ducks, green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted.

 

 

 

 

►  DAY 04: Isabela Island: Sierra Negra Volcano & Wall of Tears, Wetlands & Tortoise Breeding Center Details

Itinerary: Deluxe Western & Southern Vessel Expedition Voyagers Travel SpecialistsAM: Sierra Negro Volcano

The Volcano boasts the largest basaltic caldera in Galapagos at 9 x 10 km. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finch and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary: Deluxe Western & Southern Vessel Expedition Voyagers Travel SpecialistsPM: Wall of Tears, Wetlands, Tortoise Breeding Center

From 1945-1959, a penal colony hosted prisoners who were forced to build this wall, stone by stone, in isolation. This now historical site, towering at 65 feet (25 m) high, took the lives of thousands during its construction. Locals claim to hear cries emanating from the heavy energy surrounding the site.
The Wetlands of Isabela Island are located just outside of Puerto Villamil. The Wetlands consist of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves and are home to a variety of unique bird species such as common stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails, and gallinules. The Wetlands can be visited on foot via a path that winds through the swamps.
This center was created to protect animals in their first years of life from the threats of foreign species such as pigs and donkeys. Giant tortoise eggs are collected and brought to the center where they are hatched and kept for five years before being released to their natural environment.

 

►  DAY 05: Chinese Hat Island / Mosquera Island Details

Itinerary: Deluxe Western & Southern Vessel Expedition Voyagers Travel SpecialistsAM: Chinese Hat

This small islet is located southeast of Santiago Island. Its name comes from the distinct shape of the islet’s summit. This small islet is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tubes and lava flows.

 

 

 

 

Itinerary: Deluxe Western & Southern Vessel Expedition Voyagers Travel SpecialistsPM: Mosquera Islet

Located between Baltra and North Seymour islands, this reef of rocks and coral is just 160 meters across at its narrowest width; it has one of the largest populations of sea lions and is home to many shorebirds. You can spot wildlife during the interesting dinghy ride.

 

 

 

►  DAY 06: Floreana Island: Post Office Bay & Cormorant Point / Champion Islet Details

Itinerary: Deluxe Western & Southern Vessel Expedition Voyagers Travel SpecialistsAM: Post Office Bay

In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box; this tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home

 

 

 

 

Itinerary: Deluxe Western & Southern Vessel Expedition Voyagers Travel SpecialistsPM: Cormorant Point / Champion Islet

Cormorant This site hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails can also be seen. It houses the “Green Beach” named so due to the high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the “Four Sand Beach” composed of white coral.

Afterwards, visit to Champion Island, named after the whaler Andrew Champion, is a small island located just offshore Floreana Island in the southern part of the Archipelago, considered as one of the most beautiful places on Galapagos for snorkeling and diving plus an excellent opportunity for dolphin watching.

 

 

►  DAY 07: Española Island: Suarez Point & Gardner Bay Details

Itinerary: Deluxe Western & Southern Vessel Expedition Voyagers Travel SpecialistsAM: Suarez Point

One of the best sites, great for spotting waved-albatrosses, mockingbirds, blue-footed and Nazca boobies. A beautiful site on the ocean front, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.

 

 

 

 

Itinerary: Deluxe Western & Southern Vessel Expedition Voyagers Travel SpecialistsPM: Gardner Bay

Situated 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 has an ample white sandy beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing and taking pictures; its rocky shores make this site a great place for snorkeling too.

 

 

 

 

►  DAY 08: San Cristobal Island / Lobos Island: Transfer out Details

Itinerary: Deluxe Western & Southern Vessel Expedition Voyagers Travel SpecialistsAM: Lobos Island, San Cristobal

It means “Sea Lion Island.” This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.

Continue to San Cristobal Airport to board your flight back to the Mainland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hiking

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Photography

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Snorkeling

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Kayaking