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Cruising Galapagos 8 Days (M/C Seaman)

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8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,466
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  • Dinner on board

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 ultimate 8 day trip through the Islands, relax after each day’s discoveries aboard your dedicated first class vessel, M/C Seaman.

Spend your first day on Santa Cruz, with many opportunities to spot the famous Galapagos Tortoise. The geology and bird life of this island also make it a spectacular start to your journey. On Isabela Island, you’ll experience both the natural and human sides of the Galapagos. Visit penguins, sea lions and White Tipped Reef Sharks in the morning, then explore the historic Wall of Tears in the afternoon, built during the Islands’ days as a penal colony.

Day three is for the birds – or more so, their admirers – visiting Punta Moreno and Elizabeth Bay, home to the Marielas Islets and the Islands’ most important penguin colony. Brown pelicans, cormorants and Galapagos hawks also inhabit the region, but don’t forget to look underwater for sea turtles and several types of rays. You’ll have another chance to see many bird species on day four before visiting Urbina Bay, where you’ll be able to make out some centuries old graffiti written by pirates and whalers.

Marine turtles utilize James Bay on Santiago Island as a nesting sight. You’ll visit here, along with Puerto Egas, a beautiful black sand beach. By contrast, red volcanic sands await at Rabida, which is also home to many birds including a large flamingo lagoon. One of the Galapagos’ most fascinating curiosities is the Chinese Hat, an islet that despite its small size, boasts sea lion colonies, marine iguanas, penguins and fascinating volcanic formations.

You’ll spend some time exploring the fascinating volcanic formations on Santiago (it’s still an active island!) then cross to Bartolome. At 114 meters above sea level, this is an ideal spot for views over the Islands before you visit colonies of marine turtles and Galapagos penguins. On your final day, visit North Seymour, one of the few non-volcanic islands in the archipelago which is home to Blue-footed Boobies and sea lions. Then return to the airport for your flight back to the mainland.

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
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,466

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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: Santa Cruz Highlands

Journeying across Santa Cruz into the highlands visitors are delighted by the island's variety of life and geology. Beginning at the coast and traveling across Santa Cruz the road departs from Puerto Ayora climbing through the agricultural lands and into the mist covered forests. Santa Cruz possesses all of the various life zones present in the archipelago. As you travel through these zones birders are enchanted. Whether it is the bright red feathers of a vermillion flycatcher or one of Darwin's Finch almost every bird present in the islands can be found here. Santa Cruz offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild Galapagos Tortoises. There are also plenty of lava tubes, sinkholes and craters to explore. Theses eerie formations offer a fascinating hike into the belly of the island to view its volcanic make-up.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration7 Nights
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M/C Galapagos Seaman Journey

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    M/C Galapagos Seaman Journey



    M/C Galapagos Seaman Journey is a first class catamaran that began sailing the Galapagos Islands in January 2008. It is a Boutique Yacht Catamaran offering superior comfort, size, style, and stability. The Galapagos Seaman Journey makes it possible to enjoy several cruises in the Galapagos ...

    M/C Galapagos Seaman Journey is a first class catamaran that began sailing the Galapagos Islands in January 2008. It is a Boutique Yacht Catamaran offering superior comfort, size, style, and stability. The Galapagos Seaman Journey makes it possible to enjoy several cruises in the Galapagos with different itineraries that include amazing land tours on most of the Galapagos Islands. During these Galapagos Cruises, guests encounter many endemic species like Galapagos Giant Tortoises, Penguins, Land and Marine Iguana's, Frigate Birds, Blue Footed Boobies, and much more!

    Facilities

    • Bar/Lounge
    • Dining Room
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Fernandina

AM: Mangle Point

Off the eastern coast of Fernandina is Mangle Point a superior snorkeling site and a beautiful location for riding in a panga or zodiac through a grove of mangrove trees. A hike of about 1/2 miles is possible. Whether you hike, snorkel, or stay in your panga for a ride through the red mangrove trees, this second site of Fernandina Island is equally memorable. While you are on your ride, you are likely to see sea lions, tortoises, pelicans, rays and birds too numerous to name them all.

PM: Punta Moreno

Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava flow Pahohoe (solidified lava in the form of corrugated or an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons, its main attraction are several species of birds which can be found around this lakes and mangroves

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Isabela

AM: Urbina Bay

Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast, between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954, causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkeling. Urbina Bay is a path that starts at the beach where a landing is made wet, the course is approximately 3200m, and substrates through the sand, pumice, lava, coral and vegetation in a coastal area suffered an uprising and the listener can appreciate iguana burrows. It is an ideal place to see red and blue lobster.
In Bahia Urbina you can see a lot of Darwin's finches. Its main attraction is the land iguanas, larger than in places like South Plaza Island, Galapagos tortoises also in the wild, sometimes even out of season they are on the bottom of the islands.
Also in this area stands a large amount of vegetation, chamomile and Rosewood, but among all these plants stand out the beautiful flowers of cotton Darwin, endemic to the Galapagos Islands.

PM: Tagus Cove

Tagus Cove is located west of Darwin Volcano on Isabela Island. This was a favorite spot for pirates and whalers, a tradition is still observed that has continued since that time: the inscription of the names of boats. At the start of the walk, going up and passing the staircase, is a small cave where you will find inscriptions dating to the 1800s.
Its name originated from a British warship that went through the islands in 1814 looking for Galapagos Tortoise for food.
Due to explosive eruptions must have occurred at the site, the substrate has a large amount of volcanic rocks of different sizes, among the most common are little balls of nearly spherical shape known as the "lapilli" or petrified rain.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Isabela

AM: Espinoza Point

Espinoza Point is a place famous for its large colonies of marine iguanas and as the habitat of unique species like the flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos hawk, and Galapagos snake.

PM: Urbina Bay

Navigate along the cliffs in a zodiac where you 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, an uplifted ultra saline lake saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this location. Look carefully at the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove. It has been written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers and dates back centuries.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Santiago

AM: Playa Espumilla/Bucanero

Espumilla beach is located in northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. During the last presence the El Nino phenomenon, one of the two lagoons in this site, underwent a process of sedimentation, thus causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. The main attractions are the palo santo forest and the marvelous. The beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles.

PM: Puerto Egas

The black beach is located on the west side of the island and is the main attraction of the island. The volcanic tuff deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach. This site was named after a failed attempt by Hector Egas to mine salt from the area. Although the project failed, the last vestiges of the infrastructure remain.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 6

Rabida and Chinese Hat

AM: Rabida

Rabida Island is unique because the red color of the rocks and sand. The volcanic material in this island is very porous and external factors as rain, salt water, and sea breeze have acted as an oxidizing agent. A short walk along a trail lead you to a coastal lagoon behind the beach which permits you to observe the land birds such as finches, doves, yellow warblers, and mocking birds. At the lagoon there is a colony of flamingos.

PM: Chinese hat

This is a small islet (1 sq km) located just off the southeastern tip of Santiago Island. It is a recent volcanic cone, shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from north side. On the west you can see lava formations, formed under the sea and raised upward, this is why coral heads are found on the lava. This is an excellent visit for interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Santiago

AM: Sullivan Bay

Santiago, also called James, or San Salvador Island, is located in the western part of the Galapagos archipelago. It is the fourth largest island in the archipelago (following Isabela, Fernandina and Santa Cruz). Along with some of the large western volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina, Santiago is also volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen, particularly along the south, west, and east coasts. These may even be seen from space. A number of historic eruptions have been reported over the last 2 centuries. Santiago actually consists of two coalesced volcanoes, a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano on the southeast end.

PM: Bartolome

Bartolome Island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where you can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos Islands including volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island. It has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles exist and at the base of the pinnacle, as well as a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Galapagos to Mainland

AM: 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.

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

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Dec 15, 29.

2018: Jan 12, 26; Feb 9, 23; Mar 9, 23; Apr 6, 20; May 4, 18; Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 7, 21; Oct 5, 19; Nov 2, 16, 30; Dec 14, 28.

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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