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Cruising Galapagos 5 Days (M/C Seaman)

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,589
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  • 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 5 day trip, relax after each day’s discoveries aboard your dedicated first class vessel, M/C Seaman.

Start on San Cristobal, from which you’ll explore Kicker Rock, the remnants of a lava cone eroded by sea. Today it’s home to numerous birds and surrounded by crystal clear waters filled with tropical fish. You’ll also visit nearby Isla Lobos, where Blue-footed Boobies and two species of sea lions welcome you to one of the world’s greatest wildlife regions. Continue your exploration at Cerro Brujo, an eroding tuff cone known for fascinating lava formations and a wide variety of birds including pintails, Whimbrels and stilts. Visit Pitt Point, where you’re likely to see the rare Red-footed Booby.

Another sea lion colony greets you at Gardner Bay, where a lack of trails allows you to roam free, spotting Galapagos Hawks, American Oystercatchers, lava lizards, marine iguanas and other species. Go on to Punta Suarez, a favourite area with local sea lions. Cormorant Point hosts the Galapagos’ most impressive Flamingo lagoon. Learn about the human side of Galapagos history at Post Office Bay and drop an unstamped postcard into the barrel that has served as the local ‘post office’ since the 1700’s. In true period style, there are no guarantees on speed or delivery, though we understand it does happen!

For your final day, journey to the Santa Cruz highlands bound for Charles Darwin Station. This is an ideal spot to see the Islands’ giant tortoises and to learn about the work being done to preserve their habitat. Visit the birds that frequent the Gemelos – a spectacular pair of twin volcanic craters 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
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,589

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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: Kicker Rock

Also known as the Sleeping Lion because of its resemblance to a snoozing feline, it is located off the coast of San Cristobal. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, the two vertical rocks rising 500 feet from the ocean form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. This natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises due to the many tropical birds, frigates, and boobies that fill the surrounding air. Looking down, the nearly crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish and invertebrates.

Lobos Island

Isla Lobos is about an hour by boat from Port Baquerizo Moreno. The length of the trail is 850 meters and the estimated travel time is one hour. There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and common frigate birds nesting on this site. You can observe the two species of sea lions present in the archipelago. During the tour you go through a dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks and a sandy area. During the panga tour brown pelicans and several species of shorebirds can be observed. It is also common to see juvenile sea lions, manta rays and sea turtles.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 Nights
Day 2

San Cristobal

AM: Cerro Brujo

Cerro Brujo beach is a white coral beach. It was the first coast where Charles Darwin first walked in September 1835. In this fascinating landscape of lava, we can observe boobies, gulls and pelicans. The sheltered bay is popular for young sea turtles and rays and there are excellent opportunities for swimming. The salt water pools behind the sand dunes were once used by fishermen as a salt mine and the local people to preserve food. Among the most attractive fauna you may be able to see is the Chatham mockingbird and San Cristobal lava lizard, both species endemic to this island, and not seen anywhere else in the Galapagos. You can also find the Canary of the Islands, the Galapagos Flycatcher and hopefully the Vermilion Flycatcher, a small red and black bird that is called Pajaro Brujo in Spanish (a San Cristobal's endemic subspecies that gave the name to this visitor's site). The vegetation covers the whole path, where you can find species such as candelabra cactus, chala, carob, Muyu, palo santo, hawthorn and arrayancillo. Cerro Brujo Beach is special for being in calm and in peace. The white sand and water clarity are the perfect combination to enjoy an incredible break.

PM: Pitt Point

This place is on the north of San Cristobal. Here there are endemic species such as lava lizards and red-footed boobies. The view is impressive when you walk up to the high part of the island. You may be lucky to see the red footed booby, the least seen of the bunch. It is also the home of the Chatham mockingbird, only found here on San Cristobal Island.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Espanola

AM: Gardner Bay

Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay provides an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here, you can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters.

PM: Punta Suarez

This rocky land spot sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea affording the visitor spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blow hole where water spouts up to 50-75 feet into the air depending on the intensity of the surf.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Floreana

AM: Cormorant Point

This site offers probably the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos. It is situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe. Besides flamingos, the most frequent are common stilts and white-checked pintail ducks. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: "The Green Beach" (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the "Flour Sand Beach" which is made up of coral.

PM: Post office bay and Baroness Lookout

This site is home to a wooden barrel that was placed there in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since by mariners and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Apart from being the site of the Post Office Barrel, this area was the landing sport for some of the first colonists. Continue to the north of the island and ascend an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful vista at the Baroness lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa Von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as her house. From this lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby Islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Galapagos to Mainland

AM: Charles Darwin Station

Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. One of the main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.

Twin Craters

The Gemelos are a pair of craters approximately 30 meters deep located on either side of the road to Baltra. It is speculated that the holes were created because of a volcanic explosion or because of magma chambers inside the earth. It is a good place to see the Galapagos hawk and barn owl is on this island. The surrounding forest is full of birds such as the vermilion flycatcher or the yellow warbler.

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

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2017: Apr 3, 17; May 1, 15, 29; Jun 12, 26; Jul 10, 24; Aug 7, 21; Sep 4, 18; Oct 2, 16, 30; Nov 13, 27; Dec 11, 25.

2018: Jan 8, 22; Feb 5, 19; Mar 5, 19; Apr 2, 16, 30; May 14, 28; Jun 11, 25; Jul 9, 23; Aug 6, 20; Sep 3, 17; Oct 1, 15, 29; Nov 12, 26; Dec 10, 24.

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:

NOTE: 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.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

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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11 Dec 2017
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