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Cruising the Galapagos 8 days: M/C Tip Top II

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,105

The Galapagos Islands are a trip that will never been forgotten, and a must-do for wildlife lovers. This Galapagos cruise offers two distinct itineraries aboard the compact but very comfortable M/C Tip Top II.


These 8-day Galapagos Islands cruises each follow a distinct itinerary, but both bring you in close proximity to some of the world’s most colourful and unique creatures.

Step aboard the M/C Tip Top II, a small vessel that sleeps just 16 passengers, plus a crew of eight, including your multi-lingual guide. As you sail between different islands, you’ll encounter colonies of endemic birds including Galapagos hawks, finches, flamingos, and the famous Galapagos boobies. You’ll even have the opportunity to swim or snorkel in some of the sheltered coves and bays around the islands. In addition, you’ll make stops at some of the sites where humans have influenced the Islands’ history, such as Buccaneer Cove or Post Office Bay. Both trips include time at Charles Darwin Station, where you’ll learn about the conservation work being done to protect this unique environment.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,105

Itinerary

Day 1

Baltra

Fly from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra, arriving at 09:20 a.m. approximately. Your guide conducts you to a bus and after a short 5-kilometer ride to the pier; you board the Yacht without delay. As the crew youighs anchor, you greet you with your first orientation and a light snack. After navigating, you disembark on Playa Las Bachas, a place where you can appreciate a Flamingos lagoon. During all walks, your guide will explain details about the lives of the birds and animals.

Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel, in the evening you have an orientation about the Galapagos Islands in general: their origin and evolution. A welcome cocktail with the entire crew, and dinner.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration7 Nights
Accommodation

M/C Tip Top II

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    M/C Tip Top II



    The new Tip Top II is a first class yacht with a crew of 8, the captain, a multi-lingual guide, engineer, international cook, barman, waitress, and two sailors, all catering to your needs. The catamaran accommodates up to 16 passengers with social areas such as ...

    The new Tip Top II is a first class yacht with a crew of 8, the captain, a multi-lingual guide, engineer, international cook, barman, waitress, and two sailors, all catering to your needs. The catamaran accommodates up to 16 passengers with social areas such as a bar, dining room, lounge and sun deck.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Dining Room
    • Lounge
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Sullivan Bay to Bartholomew Islands

After breakfast you make a landing on Sullivan Bay, a perfect place to get a feel of the volcanic origin of the islands.

Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel.

You return to the boat for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, is a dry landing on Bartholomew Island, to hike to the summit; during the hike you will observe colonies of marine iguanas and lava lizards. At the summit you see an impressive view of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock. Return to the yacht for a delicious dinner and the nightly orientation.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Barranco to Darwin Bay

After breakfast, you take a panga ride and make a dry landing on Prince Phillips's Steps (Barranco), Walk and observe the interesting lives of the birds here. Return aboard for a delicious lunch. Later in the afternoon, land at Darwin Bay and walk to observe frigate birds, herons, mockingbirds, boobies, shorebirds, turtles, marine iguanas, etc.

Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. Dinner on the Yacht, and then orientation about conservation efforts undertaken to protect the Islands.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Puerto Egas to Buccaneer Cove

Landing on James Bay (Puerto Egas), to walk and observe sponges, snails, hermit crabs, a variety of shore birds, barnacles and the endemic four-eyed blenny, marine iguanas and sea lions.

Optional: time for those who would like to swim or snorkel.

You return to the boat for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, navigate around Buccaneer Cove (Caleta Bucanero), an area of steep cliffs and dark beaches. The cliffs and pinnacle are used as nesting areas by several species of seabirds. This was a popular place for 17th & 18th century buccaneers to careen their vessels.

Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. Return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Punta Vicente to Punta Espinoza

After breakfast, take a panga (zodiac) ride to Punta Vicente Roca to observe plenty of sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed and masked boobies, and flightless cormorants.

Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel.

Return aboard for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, make a dry landing on Punta Espinoza to observe and see a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas and the flightless cormorants and clumps of lava cactus. Return to the Yacht for dinner and the nightly orientation.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Urbina Bay to Elizabeth Bay

Today visit Urbina Bay to take a walk and observe a large coral area, land iguanas, flightless cormorants and giant tortoises.

Optional: time for those who would like to swim or snorkel.

Return to the Yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, take a panga ride around the islets of Elizabeth Bay to see marine iguanas, penguins, marine turtles, seabirds and shorebirds, herons and blue-footed boobies.

Return to the Yacht for dinner and the nightly orientation.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Isabela to Humedales

After breakfast, you will visit Sierra Negra Volcano, considered the oldest of the volcanoes on Isabela Island. The crater of Sierra Negra has a 10 km diameter and is the second largest in the world; its last eruption occurred in 2005. The Sulfur, iron and the cooled magma make up a colorful landscape.

The adventure begins with a 45 minutes ride on a bus to the highlands of Isabela, where you arrive at "Paradero Sierra Negra", from here, walk up the slopes of the Volcano. The trail takes you viao Volcan Chico (on the northeast of Sierra Negra Volcano), a fissure composed of lava. This fissure had its last eruption on 1979 and the volcanic activity lasted for a week.

From here you have an amazing view of the north of the island and if the day is clear you have a majestic view of the Perry Isthmus, a surrounding island.

In the afternoon you visit Humedales, where you can see series of lagoons, mangrove species, flamingos and numerous migratory birds. After that, you visit the Breeding Center "Arnaldo Tupiza", where you can observe tortoises of different ages and sizes (In total there are 330 between juvenile and adult tortoises) and where you can learn about the reproduction of the giant tortoises. Return to the Yacht for a delicious dinner and the nightly orientation.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Charles Darwin Station to Baltra

After breakfast you visit the Charles Darwin Station and its Interpretive Center. Then the bus takes you directly to the airport (Baltra). Your guide accompanies you.

Board your flight back to the main land where services end.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Itinerary One:
2016: Aug 19; Sep 2, 16, 30: Oct 14, 28; Nov 25; Dec 9
2017: Jan 6, 20; Mar 31; Apr 14; May 26; Jul 21; Aug 18; Sep 1; Oct 13; Nov 10; Dec 8

Itinerary Two:
2016: 
Aug 12,26; Sep 9, 23, 30: Oct 7; Nov 4, 18; Dec 16
2017: 
Jan 13, 27; Mar 24; Apr 21; Jul 14, 28; Aug 25; Oct 20; Nov 17; Dec 15

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Island transfers
  • Tours
  • Local guides
  • Land meals as indicated
  • Domestic airfare
  • Park entrance fee and tourist ticket

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International Airfare and taxes
  • Transfers from Quito or Guayaquil hotels to / from Quito / Guayaquil airport
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Visa fees if applicable

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based Twin share. Other accommodation options available on request and subject to availability.

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.

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