M/Y GALAPAGOS CORAL CRUISE B (WED) : WEST
( 5 Days and 4 Nights )

  • Low season: Jan 06 – Mar 28 / Dec 01 – Dec 19
  • High season: Mar 29 – Nov 30
  • Holiday season: Jan 01 – Jan 05 / Dec 20 – Dec 31

NOTES
Children under 12 years old, 25% discount sharing the cabin with 2 adults
Single supplement 50% except for Christmas, New Year and Easter Holidays
80% supplement for Christmas, New Year and Easter Holidays

5D / 4N – WEST
(WED)
Feb-11 Feb-25
Mar-11 Mar-25
Apr-08 Apr-22
May-06 May-20
Jun-03 Jun-17
Jul-01 Jul-15
Jul-29 Aug-12
Aug-26 Sep-09
Sep-23 Oct-07
Oct-21 Nov-04
Nov-18 Dec-02
Dec-16 Dec-30

DAY 1: WEDNESDAY – BALTRA AIRPORT

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/Y Corals.

PM – BALLENA BAY / EDÉN ISLET (SANTA CRUZ)

Wet landing. Whale Bay is a beautiful green sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach contains a large amount of olivine crystals of volcanic origin. The crystals were formed when the magma was still underground. The content is magnesium, iron and silica.
A small population of tortoises from Pinzón Island lived at the site, but were probably taken by whalers or previous inhabitants. Opportunity to see marine iguanas and sea birds followed by snorkeling.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming

DAY 2: THURSDAY –PUERTO VILLAMIL (ISABELA)

Dry landing. Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island is one of the few inhabited areas of the Galapagos; we will visit four spots: Tintoreras, Humedales (lagoons of Villamil), Muro de las Lágrimas (the Weeping Wall), and the tortoise breeding center.
Tintoreras: The islet of the Tintoreras is situated to the south of Puerto Villamil; it has a small bay of beguiling turquoise water where we may find sea lions, marine iguanas, rays and reef sharks.
The Wetlands (Humedales): These lagoons are the best site in the entire archipelago to observe migratory birds, where more than 20 species can be observed in a single spot.
Muro de las Lágrimas: Of important historical interest, this site in Isabela Island was a penal colony from 1944 to 1959; it became renown due to the extreme cruelty and torture on prisoners. The famous Weeping wall was constructed during that period.
Tortoises breeding center: this center has captive breeding programs for tortoises from the populations of southern Isabela.

Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: flat
Duration: 3 hours walk

PM – PUERTO VILLAMIL

Sierra Negra Volcano: this volcano is considered to be the oldest on Isabela Island. The caldera of Sierra Negra is 10 km in diameter and it’s the second largest in the world, a fascinating sight!
Difficulty level: difficult and steep
Type of terrain: muddy
Duration: 3 hours walk

DAY 3: FRIDAY – MORENO POINT (ISABELA)

Dry landing. The main attractions at Punta Moreno are coastal lagoons amidst black lava flows where bird life is particularly interesting. It has a panoramic view of three volcanoes, the most active of the Galapagos: Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul on Isabela Island and La Cumbre, on Fernandina Island. Mangrove forest, lava formations, coastal and migratory birds, usually flamingos, can be seen, lava cactus, sea turtles, lagoons and tidal pools,candelabra cactus are other highlights

Difficulty level: difficult
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2h30 walk

PM – ELIZABETH BAY (ISABELA)

We take a dinghy ride along the coast surrounded by mangrove forest for an opportunity to spot Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos Penguins, and resting
area for sea turtles.
Duration: 1 hour

DAY 4: SATURDAY – TAGUS COVE (ISABELA)

Dry landing on Galapagos’ largest island, where we will learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that form it. The trail leads to Darwin’s salt-water crater lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations.
We will return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife, where we will admire a variety of seabirds, such as Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, terns, Flightless Cormorant and depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins which are only 35 cm. tall; the only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the northern hemisphere along the equator. They are monogamous and lay their eggs in small cracks of lava, on the lower parts of the island near the shoreline not reached by the ocean waves.
The population of penguins on the islands is about 2,000 individuals, most of which live on this western portion of Isabela; others are scattered further south on the island. We will have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water.
Graffiti believed to have been left by19th-century pirates is a curious reminder of an intriguing past.

Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: flat and steep
Duration: 1 hour walk / dinghy ride 40 minutes / deep water snorkeling: 1 hour

PM – ESPINOSA POINT (FERNANDINA)

Dry landing. Espinosa Point is the only spot that we visit on Fernandina, and from it we can see the island of Isabela across the Bolívar Channel, an area

that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. The largest, most primitive-looking race of marine iguanas are
found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot Crabs; a wonderful opportunity to encounter Flightless Cormorants at their nesting sites, Galapagos Penguins and the “King” of predators on the Islands, the Galapagos Hawk. “Pa-hoe-hoe” and “AA” lava formations cover the majority of the terrain.
Vegetation is thus scarce inland, but we encounter Brachycereus cacti and extensive mangrove beds lining the shores.

Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk / 1 hour snorkeling

DAY 5: SUNDAY – BALTRA AIRPORT

In the morning you will go straight to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito

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RATES INCLUDE:
All-inclusive cruises sharing double accommodation in sea view cabins with air-conditioning & private facilities.
All meals, welcome & farewell cocktails, water, 24-hour coffee station.
Air Ticket Quito or Guayaquil to/from Galapagos
Two daily visits to different islands with multilingual naturalist guide (upon request).
Snorkeling and kayaking opportunities.
Activities on board, briefings, lectures.

NOT INCLUDED:
$100 Galapagos National Park entrance fee
Galapagos Transit Control Card ($20)
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Cancellation/medical insurance
Wet suits rental: US$ 25 net per person per each short cruise.
Fuel surcharge US$ 90 net per person for a 3 or 4-night cruise, US$ 180 for a 7
Wet suits rental: US$ 25 net per person for a 3 or 4-night cruise, US$ 50 for a 7
Internet available US$ 32 net per 10 min.
Tips & personal expenses.

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