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Cruising Galapagos 4 Days (M/C Seaman)

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,727
  • MC Seaman
  • Sundeck
  • MC Seaman Twin berth
  • Daily life in the Galapagos

See the Galapagos through expert eyes on this luxurious cruise.


Nowhere embodies the spirit of eco-travel like the Galapagos Islands. They have inspired nature lovers all the way back to Charles Darwin, and today draw visitors from all parts of the globe. As the world’s second largest marine reserve after the Great Barrier Reef, the Islands are perhaps best experienced on a guided cruise. See Blue-footed Boobies, sea lions, and the famed Galapagos Tortoise. On this 4 day trip, relax after each day’s discoveries aboard your dedicated first class vessel, M/C Seaman.

Birdwatchers are in for a treat at your first stop, Genovesa Island, home to tattlers, boobies, petrels, short-eared owls and herons among many others. Thousands descend upon Darwin Bay every day, including Red-footed Boobies which nest in Mangrove trees at the base of nearby cliffs.

Despite its small size, Santa Cruz Island is home to many of the Galapagos’ most famous and interesting creatures including land iguanas and the Galapagos Tortoise. In the southeastern islands, Santa Fe holds a large number of endemic birds, snakes, and two more species of land iguana. Its biggest attraction though is its sea lion colonies. You’ll even have a chance to snorkel right alongside these playful mammals.

Return to the Charles Darwin Center on Santa Cruz to learn more about the geological and human history of these spectacular islands before you depart.

Click here for the Galapagos Nature Calendar. A complete listing of which species is doing what and when in the Galapagos!


 

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,727

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Mainland to Galapagos

The flight from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos is approximately 2.5 hours. Upon arrival at Baltra, you will pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands. Guides will meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you on the short bus ride to the harbor. Motorized rafts, called 'Pangas' will transport you to the Seaman Journey and your crew will welcome you onboard. After departure and lunch, the first island visit is made.

PM: North Seymour

An uplifted (as opposed to volcanic) island and so is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Day 2

Genovesa

AM: El Barranco

The visitor site of El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island. The trail is on volcanic rock that has a length of 1.5 km and the tour can be done in about 2 hours. The youngest area of the island, from a geological point of view, lies in this area. The cliffs located in the south are composed of very fragile lava. The natural erosion that has occurred in these lava flows has become the ideal place for nesting Storm Petrels. You can see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. One of its main predators is the short-eared owl. Also present on this island is the masked booby. During the "panga rides" along the cliffs fur sea lions can be seen and several species of seabirds.

PM: Darwin Bay

This bay was created when the crater of the island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers as red footed-booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, yellow-crowned, and black-crowned lava herons, and yellow warblers can be seen in the area.

Continuing on the trail, climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls. Reaching the end the trail at the cliff's edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Santa Cruz and Sante Fe

AM: Plazas

The Plazas are located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than its relatives found at other islands. Throughout the island are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana, they are unique, recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana's crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food. Swallow tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are seen along with other sea birds such as audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans.

PM: Santa Fe

Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from an uplift instead than a volcanic origin, this is why is mostly flat. Santa Fe is the home of a number of endemic species like the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats, and one of the two species of lands Iguanas of the islands. After disembarking in the beautiful and clear waters you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well giant Pickly pear cactus. You will have an opportunity to snorkel with the alongside the playful sea lions and tropical fishes.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Galapagos to Mainland

AM: Interpretation Center

Travel this morning to the Interpretation Center. The lush gardens and sweeping ocean views stand in strong contrast to the 1960's style buildings at the Charles Darwin Center. Visitors to the Interpretation Center can learn about both the geological and human history of the islands, conservation issues, and natural history. The older Museum of Natural History attempts to preserve the natural history of the islands.

After the morning excursion you will be taken to the airport for your return flight to the mainland.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2017: Apr 14, 28; May 12, 26; Jun 9, 23; Jul 7, 21; Aug 4, 18; Sep 1, 15, 29; Oct 13, 27; Nov 10, 24; Dec 8, 22

2018: Jan 5, 19; Feb 2, 16; Mar 2, 16, 30; Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 26; Nov 9, 23; Dec 7, 21.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Nightly on board accommodation
  • All meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Local guides
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee
  • Visitors ticket
  • Domestic flights

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International Airfare and taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Meals and beverages not listed
  • Quito transfers
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Vaccination costs
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Border taxes or fees

OTHER INFORMATION:

M/C Galapagos Seaman Journey is a first class expeditionary catamaran offering superior comfort, size, style, and stability. The Galapagos Seaman Journey’s different itineraries include amazing land tours on most of the Galapagos Islands where guests encounter the many endemic species like Galapagos Giant Tortoises, Penguins, Land and Marine Iguana’s, Frigate Birds, Blue Footed Boobies, and much more! 

With a maximum capacity of 16 passengers, spacious sun decks, mini library, bar and lounge and air conditioned cabins with private facilities Make the Seaman the perfect choice for your intimate Galapagos Cruise.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

The domestic flights Quito - Galapagos - Quito (approx. $550 USD), Galapagos Park entrance fee of $100 USD and visitors ticket of $20 USD are included in the trip price. (Subject to change).

Itineraries: Due to government regulations designed to control and protect the impact of tourism, each vessel, based on length of cruise has its own distinct itinerary.  The itineraries are designed to allow visitors to visit all regions of the islands and we suggest you request the advice of Goway's Latin specialists as to which itinerary would suit you best.

Prices are “from” per person and based on twin share based on current exchange rates and subject to change. Single rates available on request. Subject to availability, limited seats available, seasonal surcharges may apply.

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