M/Y GALAPAGOS CORAL CRUISE D (WED) : NORTH
( 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
    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 /4 N – NORTH
(WED)
Feb-04 Feb-18
Mar-04 Mar-18
Apr-01 Apr-15
Apr-29 May-13
May – 27 Jun-10
Jun-24 Jul-08
Jul-22 Aug-05
Aug-19 Sep-02
Sep-16 Sep-30
Oct-14 Oct-28
Nov-11 Nov-25
Dec-09  Dec-23

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DAY 1: WEDNESDAY – SAN CRISTÓBAL AIRPORT

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristóbal (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 – CERRO COLORADO TORTOISE RESERVE (SAN CRISTÓBAL)
Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristóbal giant tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s
conservation programs. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the port village, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Duration: 40 minutes bus drive to the Reserve / 1 hour visit

DAY 2: THURSDAY – CERRO BRUJO (SAN CRISTÓBAL)

Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of aa lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach, great for
snorkeling and sunbathing. We visit a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other
sandpiper species and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent
coast.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling

PM– PITT POINT & PITT ISLET (SAN CRISTÓBAL)
Wet landing followed by a high intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes an olivine beach of 90 meters long and a path that climbs to the top
of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen
together: Nazca, Blue-footed, and Red-footed; as well as two species of frigatebirds and a sea lion colony; it is also excellent for dinghy rides and
snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.
Difficulty level: difficult
Type of terrain: rocky and steep
Duration: 2h30 walk

DAY 3: FRIDAY – ESPUMILLA BEACH & BUCCANEER COVE (SANTIAGO)

Wet landing. This visitor site is surrounded by mangrove forest, which makes for a pleasant walk, taking us to a magnificent viewpoint of the entire bay. We
will see Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and White-checked Pintail. There’s also a lagoon where Flamingos can occasionally be seen.
Buccaneer Cove was a safe haven for pirates, sailors and whalers during the 18th and 19th century. It is very scenic with steep cliffs made of tuff
formations and the dark reddish-purple sand beach. You can see two of the more recognizable rock formations are known as the “monk” and “elephant
rock”.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: flat / steep
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour deep water snorkeling / 30 minutes dinghy ride

PM – EGAS PORT (SANTIAGO)
Wet landing on a beach of black volcanic sand, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first part of the trail is comprised of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other
half of the trail is partially uneven terrain, comprised of volcanic basaltic rock that lounges the shoreline.
The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago’s shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds, including the bizarre Yellow-crowned
Night Heron and astounding array of marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally Lightfoot Crabs.
Colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks. Snorkeling here offers rarities such as octopus or squid.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: the first part flat and then semi rocky
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming

DAY 4: SATURDAY – BARTOLOME

Dry landing. We discover a fascinating moonscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones —as we hike to
the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We also encounter marine iguanas and lava
lizards.
Beach time is a great opportunity to snorkel and see (perhaps swim with) Galapagos Penguin, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Shark, among a great
variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best of snorkeling experiences; the water here is generally clear, without too much
surf and full of marine life.
Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable. Pioneer plants are observed, so called because they are the first
to establish roots on new ground. They include Tiquilia nesiotica (which is endemic to the island) and Chamaesyce(known as sand mat or spurge in
English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes. Behind the beach we have dunes covered by mangroves.
Difficulty level: intermediate.
Type of terrain: trail made of steps (370 steps)
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming

PM – SULLIVAN BAY (SANTIAGO)
Wet landing. This visitor site located at the southeastern portion of Santiago Island, and of important geologic interest, features extensive lava flows
believed to have been formed during the last quarter of the 19th century.
Difficulty level: difficult, 1.5 km path.
Type of terrain: flat volcanic lava
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming

DAY 5: SUNDAY – EL CHATO (SANTA CRUZ)

Dry landing. We will reach the Santa Cruz highlands and visit a private farm, Primicias (El Chato), where giant tortoises are found in their natural habitat.
The road to the reserve is one of the best places to observe land birds. Tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers and Cattle Egrets inhabit the area.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: flat & muddy sometimes (depending on season)
Duration: 45 minutes drive / 1h30 walk

BALTRA AIRPORT
Disembark at docks in Baltra, transfer by bus to the airport for flight back to Quito via Guayaquil.

END OF SERVICES


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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