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Cruising Galapagos: M/C Endemic: 6 Days

Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,656

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$ 6,656

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Day 1

Baltra Airport - Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay

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

In the afternoon, you will visit Sullivan Bay, located on the east coast of Santiago Island. We land on a white coral sand beach and begin our walk over lava that flowed less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos. Also in this area you will admire flora that grows in lava fields.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration5 Nights
Accommodation

M/V Endemic

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    M/V Endemic



    The M/V 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/V 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

Isabela Island: Sierra Negra Volcano - Wetlands - Wall of Tears - Breeding Center

Isabela Island is the largest of the archipelago with a surface of 4588 square kilometers. It encompasses more than the half of the total land area of Galapagos.

In the morning, the first spot to be visited is Sierra Negra Volcano, one of largest craters in the archipelago with a diameter of five kilometers. It offers mesmerizing views with great contrast in colors between lava fields, vegetation and fumaroles.

After lunch, you will be transported to the Wetlands (Humedales), that are a complex of trails of 6 kilometers long, located south of Isabela Island. They have a wide variety of flora and abundant bird life, including gallinules, finches, stilts and ducks among others.

On the way up to Orchilla hill, giant tortoises and marine iguanas will appear. From the viewpoint the spectacular scenery of the bay, the town of Puerto Villamil, volcanoes, islets and rocks can be appreciated. Isabela wetlands has endemic and introduced species.

You will also visit the Wall of Tears. This is a man-made monument which has been built in the 40's by prisoners, since Isabela island was once an Ecuadorian penal colony and building up the wall was part of the punishment.

Finally, at the Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center of Isabela, infant and juvenile giant tortoises can be seen until they are ready to be released and survive in the wild. On the way back to the yacht, be ready to spot flamingos and other water birds.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Isabela Island: Elizabeth Bay - Urbina Bay

In the morning, you will discover Elizabeth Bay that is a marine visitor site. The excursion is carried out in a zodiac and so there is no landing point. Your zodiac ride starts with a visit to the Marielas islets where there is the largest and most important penguin colony in the Galapagos Islands. The excursion continues into the cove that is surrounded by red mangroves where you can spot sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions.

In the afternoon, Urbina Bay will be visited. Here you can see coral formations, large colored land iguanas. The possibility of seeing giant turtles, flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies, penguins and marine iguanas is excellent.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Isabela Island: Tagus Cove - Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point

After breakfast, Tagus Cove will be the first attraction to see. A ride along the cliffs in a zodiac will give visitors a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30-minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where you can view Darwin Lake, a saline lake saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this location.

After lunch, Espinoza point will be visited, which is one of Fernandina's visit points. Located within a fascinating lava scenery with Lava-Cactuses. On the surface of the lava, mangroves thrive. The highlights are sea lions, penguins, the flightless cormorant (especially in spring and summer), and one of the biggest iguana colonies of Galápagos.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach & Buccaneer Cove - Rabida Island

In the morning the visit to Espumilla Beach will take place. It is a pristine sandy beach and a popular place for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. The crabs attract the hunting herons, performing the dance of predator and prey. With an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eel, and shark, snorkeling is recommended and available.

In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to discover the Buccaneer Cove that is located just north of James Bay. It was known as a safe haven in the 17th and 18th century for pirates to stash their loot, take on fresh water and capture tortoises for food. It is a nice place for a zodiac ride, snorkeling and kayaking. Blue-footed, Nazca boobys, fur seals, and Galapagos hawks can be seen flying overhead.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove - Baltra Airport

After breakfast, enjoy the visit to Black Turtle Cove, which is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz. It is a living illustration of how mangroves alter the marine environment to create a rich and unique habitat. Three mangrove species crowd the area from the shore out into the lagoon, which reaches almost a mile inland.

As you drift through quiet waters in the zodiac, you are likely to see spotted eagle rays and diamond shaped mustard rays, which swim in a diamond formation. White-tipped reef sharks slip beneath the boat and Pacific green sea turtles come to the surface for air and to mate. Waterfowl, including pelicans, herons and egret, all feed in the cove. This is a peaceful place that will make you feel calm.

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:
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: 
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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