North Central Itinerary - Letty Yacht - Galapagos Cruise

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The North Central itinerary aboard the Letty Yacht offers a comprehensive exploration of the Galapagos Islands, focusing on their diverse ecosystems, unique wildlife, and stunning landscapes. This five-day journey includes activities such as hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, and wildlife observation, providing an immersive experience of the archipelago's natural wonders.

Guests will visit several key islands, including Bartolomé, Genovesa, Plazas, and Santa Fe, as well as notable sites on Santa Cruz Island. Each location showcases unique geological features, diverse flora and fauna, and ongoing conservation efforts. The itinerary offers opportunities to observe various species, including giant tortoises, land iguanas, and numerous bird species, while also highlighting the islands' rich biodiversity and ecological significance. This balanced mix of activities and destinations ensures a deep and enriching encounter with the Galapagos Islands' unparalleled natural beauty.

5 Day Galapagos Itinerary

Day 1: Bartolome Island

A.M. Baltra Airport

Our first stop is Baltra, where we will transfer.

P.M. Bartolomé 15:00 - 18:00

Afterward, we'll head to Bartolomé, an uninhabited island situated in Sullivan Bay to the east of Santiago Island. Bartolomé is famous for Pinnacle Rock, a volcanic cone formed from an underwater volcanic eruption. Visitors might recognize this island and Pinnacle Rock from the 2003 blockbuster film *Master and Commander*. Tourists can choose between two spots: one involves a hike to a spectacular viewpoint, and the other is a beach where they can enjoy snorkeling and swimming. Bird enthusiasts should keep an eye out for Galapagos Penguins, Herons, and Galapagos Hawks.

Activities: TK / PR / SN

Day 2: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay & Prince Philip's Steps

It's an island in the northeastern part of the Galapagos archipelago, shaped like a horseshoe. Formed by the eruption of a shield volcano and subsequent collapse of one side of the caldera, Genovesa shows evidence of ongoing lava flows along its volcano's edges. Nicknamed 'The Bird Island,' Genovesa is renowned for its diverse and abundant bird species, including frigatebirds, Nazca and red-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, storm petrels, red-billed tropicbirds, finches, and mockingbirds. Visitors can explore two main sites: one along the beach popular for snorkeling and swimming, and another at the point where the two sites converge.

A.M. Darwin Bay 08:00 - 12:00h

The highlight of the morning is Darwin Bay, a small sandy and coral beach accessible by foot. Here, visitors can observe red-footed boobies in two plumage variations, along with frigatebirds, Nazca boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, finches, and mockingbirds. Genovesa's reputation as a bird sanctuary is underscored by the presence of Galapagos penguins and herons.

P.M. Prince Philip's Steps 14:00 - 18:00h

After lunch, we proceed to Prince Philip's Steps (El Barranco). Named after Prince Philip, who visited the island in 1965 and 1981, this Galapagos attraction offers views of marine life through cracks in the lava cliffs. The trail continues inland through Palo Santo forests, passing additional nesting colonies of boobies. Finally, visitors can marvel at a rocky lava plain inhabited by wedge-rumped storm petrels and short-eared owls.

Activities: TK / KY / PR

Day 3: Plazas Islands & Santa Fe Island

A.M. Plazas 08:00 - 12:00h

Located off the east coast of Santa Cruz, the Plazas Islands consist of two small crescent-shaped islets: North Plaza and South Plaza. South Plaza is renowned for its diverse wildlife and stunning flora. Conservation efforts focus on addressing the decline of the cactus population, crucial for the survival of land iguanas. The long-term objective is to restore the cactus forest while ensuring a healthy population of land iguanas.

Activities: TK / KY / PR

P.M. Santa Fe

Santa Fe Island, a small uninhabited island in the Galapagos archipelago, lacks freshwater and has never been inhabited by humans. It is inhabited by a large population of goats, which have adapted to drinking seawater. The island features two snorkeling sites in the landing bay and another in the adjacent bay, making it a popular destination for snorkeling and diving.

Activities: TK / KY / PR

Meals: B - L - D

Day 4: Santa Cruz Island: El Chato, Twin Craters & Charles Darwin

A.M. El Chato - Twin Craters 08:00 - 12:00h

Located in Santa Rosa, approximately 21.7 kilometers from Gus Angermeyer, El Chato offers visitors a chance to observe giant tortoises, owls, Darwin's finches, and lava tunnels. Nearby, there's a lava tunnel formed by around 400 meters of solidified lava.

Following that, we'll visit Los Gemelos (Twin Craters): These two large sinkholes along the road between Puerto Ayora and Baltra were created by collapsed magma chambers. Visitors can explore them by stopping at the roadside and walking around their rims. A circular trail leads through the scenic Scalesia forest to the larger crater, offering opportunities to observe land birds like the Galapagos Dove, Vermilion Flycatcher, Short-eared Owl, and various finch species.

Activities: TK

Charles Darwin

This well-known national park site northeast of Puerto Ayora hosts over 200 scientists and volunteers engaged in research and conservation efforts, notably including captive breeding programs for giant tortoises.

Among the arid zone vegetation, visitors can observe Galapagos giant tortoises in enclosures. There's also a nursery equipped with incubators where baby tortoises are cared for until they reach about 1.5 kg or four years old, after which they are returned to their native islands.

Activities: TK

Meals: B - L - D

Day 5: Santa Cruz Island: Borrero Bay

Although it's our last day, we're eager to have fun! We begin at Borrero Bay, a white coral beach frequented by green turtles. Yellow warblers and Darwin's finches are drawn to the area's palo santo trees, leatherleaf, and salt-tolerant plants. The elevation of the extinct volcano showcases various vegetation zones, ranging from littoral to arid, humid, and dry pampas. This breathtaking landscape can be appreciated while swimming in the bay's azure waters or taking a leisurely walk along the beach.

Activities: TK

Meals: B

Transfer to the airport.

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5 Day Galapagos Itinerary Includes

  • Accommodation in Twin/DoubIe/Triple Standard cabin with private bathroom and complete amenities.
  • One Bilingual licensed Naturalist Guide (English — Spanish) for all excursion and activities during cruise; expert Spanish-speaking crew on board during cruise.
  • All meals during cruise (from Lunch on Day 1 to Breakfast on last day), snacks, natural juices, soft drinks, coffee, tea and fresh drinking water.
  • Bus ticket from Baltra to Santa Cruz Island (and vice verse) Airport to Itabaca Channel & Ferry crossing fee.
  • Complete Snorkeling Gear: mask, fins & snorkel. Double Sea-Kayaks available.
  • WiFi Internet service
  • Transfers between Islands and visitor sites; all shore excursions on board Zodiak from the Yacht
  • Airport transfers in Galapagos with Bilingual guide exclusively with operation flights from/to Mainland Ecuador
  • 24/7 assistance in Ecuador Mainland and in the Galapagos Islands

5 Day Galapagos Itinerary Does not Include

  • Flight tickets to & from Galapagos from/to Quito or Guayaquil: USS 550.00 per adult (rate for Children between 6 & 11 years-old upon request).
  • Mandatory Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (in cash upon arrival to Islands): US$200 per adult & US$100 per child (between 6 & 11 years-old); mandatory Migratory Control Card (in cash at Airport before Check-In in Quito or Guayaquil): US$20 per adult and/or child.
  • Personal expenses, extras, alcoholic drinks and other items of personal inature.
  • Wet-Suit rental on board for only US$20 per person for all cruise lengths.
  • Tips for Guide and Crew: recommended USA 15 in cash per person per day for Guide and USS 15 in cash per person per day for the entire Crew.
  • Travel and personal Insurance: We highly recommend for guests to purchase insurance that covers: trip cancellation, international flight delay/cancelation, trip interruption, medical coverage and baggage loss/damage coverage.

5 Day Galapagos Itinerary Highlights

  • Trek up to iconic Pinnacle Rock, formed from an underwater volcano, offering breathtaking views.
  • Witness a bird paradise with red-footed boobies and frigatebirds amid stunning volcanic landscapes.
  • Explore two crescent-shaped islets renowned for their diverse wildlife and ongoing conservation efforts.
  • Encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat and walk through scenic lava tunnels.
  • Enjoy pristine white beaches, swim alongside green turtles, and relax amidst Galapagos' serene natural beauty.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 4 Dinners
  • 5 Lunches
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North Central Itinerary - Letty Yacht
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