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Cruising Galapagos 6 Days (M/C Endemic)

Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,360

Venture through a world of soaring frigate birds, dozing sea lions, and delightful penguins on this Galapagos Islands vacation. Travelling aboard a luxury yacht, you’ll enjoy deluxe accommodations and expert service as you visit the diverse Galapagos Islands and see highlights like the Green Beach and Dragon Hill.


This 6-day Galapagos vacation takes you through the islands aboard a luxury yacht.

Your Ecuador vacation showcases the wonders of the Galapagos Islands, the world’s most biodiverse set of islands. The M/Y Endemic will be your base on your journey through the islands. As the Galapagos’ newest catamaran, the M/Y Endemic carries a maximum of 16 passengers and offers large interiors, high-end amenities, and gorgeous social areas. Enjoy air-conditioning in your cabin and experience a service ratio of crew to passengers that is almost one-to-one, which guarantees personalized and attentive service.

Your journey through the Galapagos begins on Bartholomew Island, where you can see Galapagos penguins and experience the panoramic views of Sullivan Bay and famous Pinnacle Rock. Pass on to Floreana Island, where you’ll explore the Green Beach at Cormorant Point, which runs a deep green due to the olivine crystals in its sand. Head out onto the water to see the Devil’s Crown, an underwater crater that looks like a sinister crown. Then head back onto land at Post Office Bay, where you’ll see the Post Office Barrel that has served as a mailbox since the 18th century. Complete your exploration of Floreana Island by climbing to Baroness Lookout where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the island.

Continue to Santiago Island and visit Chinese Hat, a small islet to its southeast that resembles a rice-picking hat when viewed from land. You’ll find plenty of sea lions and iguanas on Chinese Hat. Head southeast to North Seymour Island, a tiny island covered in low brush that’s home to the largest frigate bird colony in the islands. Watch these birds fly high through the air. The next day, pass on to Mosquera Island, a tiny islet between Baltra and North Seymour that’s home to sea lions and gulls who colonize the lava fields.

Pass onto Santa Cruz Island, where you’ll climb Dragon Hill, crossing through a rocky landscape populated by land iguanas on route to a lagoon covered with flamingos. Pass on to Genovesa Island where you’ll stroll along the sandy beach of Darwin Bay and climb the stone staircase of El Barranco, which leads to a plateau of masked boobies and storm petrels. Return to Santa Cruz Island to explore the famous Twin Craters before continuing to Santiago Island, where you’ll pass over the volcanic landscape of Sullivan Bay and see a white-coral sand beach.


 

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,360

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Day 1

Baltra Airport - Bartholomew Island

Upon arrival, reception and assistance at the airport, transfer from Baltra Airport to the M/C Endemic.

After lunch, you will discover Bartholomew Island. Once here, you will ascend to admire the spectacular panorama of the Sullivan Bay and the famous Pinnacle Rock. The beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock are excellent for snorkeling from which you can discover the marvelous underwater world.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration5 Nights
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M/V Endemic

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    M/V Endemic



    The M/C Endemic is the newest Galapagos Catamaran. This luxury catamaran has a capacity for 16 passengers, eleven crew members including the Cruise Service Officer plus guide, offering a service ratio of almost one to one. Being the first catamaran of a new generation of ...

    The M/C Endemic is the newest Galapagos Catamaran. This luxury catamaran has a capacity for 16 passengers, eleven crew members including the Cruise Service Officer plus guide, offering a service ratio of almost one to one. Being the first catamaran of a new generation of catamarans, the Endemic gathers elegant exteriors, spacious areas for high-end accommodation, social, and open areas. Navigations between the islands are sleek and fast due to Endemic's design which delivers transverse stability when cruising around the archipelago.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Balcony
    • Panoramic Views
    • Private Bathroom

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Day 2

Floreana Island Cormorant Point - Devil's Crown - Post Office Bay - Baroness' Lookout

In the morning, after breakfast, the first spot to be visited is Cormorant Point. You will land on a green olivine sand beach. Following a 100 meters long path you will soon reach a lagoon with flamingoes.

Later, the next visit will take place to Devil's Crown that is an underwater volcanic crater, almost covered completely by Galapagos waters. Just a small portion of the rock formation can be seen from above and it looks like a crown. The underwater world is very rich in coral reefs, abundant marine species. Birds are also part of this visitor point due to its location in open waters.

In the afternoon you will visit the Post Office Bay, which keeps the legendary post barrel that whalers historically used to post their mail in.

Then, you will go to the Baroness' Lookout (Mirador de la Baronesa).This viewpoint is located on the north of the Floreana Island. The way up and trail is very easy, steps are placed in this area for security. Your naturalist guide will tell the murder and mystery legend of the Baroness.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Santiago Island Chinese Hat - North Seymour Island

In the morning, after breakfast you will visit Chinese Hat, which is a small islet off the south coast of Santiago, with a maximum elevation of 160 feet (52 meters). Though within easy reach of Santa Cruz, Sombrero Chino is typically only visited by those aboard a Galapagos Cruise.

In the afternoon, North Seymour Island will be discovered. It is located slightly to the north of Baltra. It is a low, flat island, formed by submarine lava formation uplift. Covered with low, bushy vegetation, it contains the largest colony of magnificent frigate birds in the Galapagos. There is also a large population of blue-footed boobies that perform an amusing courtship dance when nesting conditions are right.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Mosquera Islet - Santa Cruz Island Dragon Hill

In the morning, you will visit Mosquera, a small islet found between Baltra & North Seymour Islands. Lava gulls, sea lions, Sally light foot crabs inhabit this sand bank with an extension of over 600 meters. It also hots the largest populations of sea lions and orca whales can be seen occasionally depending on the season you visit the islet.

In the afternoon, the visit to Dragon Hill will take place, which is located in the north-western part of Santa Cruz Island. Here you will have the opportunity to walk into the island and view the land iguana. Be among these magnificent reptiles that just a few decades ago were on the brink of extinction.

Moreover, at Dragon Hill you will see a flamingos' lagoon, pintail ducks and other endemic birds including flycatchers and warblers. After a short trek, amazing view awaits us up the hill. Offshore snorkeling before returning to the yacht.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Genovesa Island Darwin Bay - El Barranco (Prince Philip's Steps)

In the morning, visit to Darwin Bay, which is the only sandy beach found in the caldera on Genovesa. Colonies of the Great Frigates are found along the beach. Male exhibit their red balloon pouch to females for hope of a match.

Red-footed boobies nest in the trees in contrast to the other two booby species which do so on the ground.

In the afternoon, we will go to El Barranco (Prince Philip's Steps), a carved out of stone stair. This will lead you to a wide plateau, where you can observe large colonies of masked boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels and ducks. During this easy stroll you will cross a little Scalesia wood, in which you can observe the short-eared owl. The same path will lead you back to your boat.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Santa Cruz Island: Twin Craters - Baltra Airport

In the morning, after breakfast, the Twin Craters will be visited. Located in the highlands of Santa Cruz on the road to Baltra airport from Puerto Ayora, the Scenic Twin Craters are approximately 30 meters deep. These two huge land depressions are surrounded by a Scalesia Forest with abundant birds such as yellow warbler and the Vermilion Flycatcher. Gorgeous views of the leafy green highlands forest are also part of the visit. Then we will continue our journey to board the M/C Endemic.

After this last visit, transfer to Baltra airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador.
Assistance and farewell at the airport.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Western Islands:
2018: 
Aug 21; Sep 18; Oct 16; Nov 13; Dec 11
2019:  Jan 8; Feb 5; Mar 5; Apr 2, 30; May 28; Jun 25; Jul 23; Aug 20; Sep 17; Oct 15; Nov 12; Dec 10, 24 

Eastern Islands: 
2018:
Aug 16; Sep 13; Oct 11; Nov 8; Dec 6
2019: Jan 3, 31; Feb 2; Mar 28;  Apr 25; May 23; Jun 20; Jul 18; Aug 15; Sep 12; Oct 10; Nov 7; Dec 19

PRICE INCLUDES: 

  • Cruise aboard the M/Y Endemic
  • Island transfers
  • Tours as listed in the itinearary
  • Local guides
  • Meals as indicated
  • Domestic airfare
  • Park entrance fee and tourist ticket

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare & airfare taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional Excursions
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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