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Cruising Galapagos 8 Days (M/V Cormorant)

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 8,445
  • Cormorant
  • Suite
  • Galapagos Wildlife
  • BBQ on board
  • Great Views

Embark on an 8 day cruise of the Galapagos Islands, staying on board the Comorant, a luxurious catamaran. Enjoy the unique and incredible wildlife that makes these islands world famous.


For itinerary details please click the itinerary tab.

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 8,445

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Mainland to Galapagos - Bachas Beach

You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim you will be met by Cormorant staff and begin a trek to the Santa Cruz Highlands. The Highlands offer a lush contrast to the beaches and arid lowlands found elsewhere on the island. Stop at the twin craters Los Gemelos is one of the first sights on your highlands tour. A visit to the Moreno family farm, Las Primicias, provides the opportunity to marvel at the celebrated Giant Galapagos Tortoise roaming in its natural habitat. You will also be able to explore some of the "backroads" of Santa Cruz on the way to Puerto Ayora where you are transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration7 Nights
Day 2

Bartholomew Island and Sullivan Bay

Your morning visit includes the Bartholomew Island, home of the famous Pinnacle Rock. Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. You will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach, surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see the Galapagos penguins.

In the afternoon you will head for Sullivan bay. This site, located southeast of Santiago Island, is of great geological interest. The area is covered by Pahoehoe lava flows (solidified lava in corrugated or accordion form). It was very active in the last 25 years of the nineteenth century. The Sullivan lava formed in 1897. This flow is a geologically very young. The magma formed is flat, but the movement of underground lava, the rapid cooling and other eruptions led to the break in many places. 200 m around the landing, you can see patterns of vegetation that were burned during the eruption. A visit to this area of black lava is preferable in the afternoon because the temperature is more pleasant and the light is better for photographs.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

South Plazas Island and Santa Fe Island

In the morning, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.

Your afternoon visit is to Santa Fe Island. Santa Fe (Barrington) is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the island northeast coast. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Witch Hill and Pitt Point

You will visit Witch Hill (Cerro Brujo) in the morning where you will explore one of the nicest beaches in the Galapagos. You'll be tantalized by the texture and sight of the powdered, soft white sand. With a colony of sea lions and Blue-footed Boobies, this scenic place is bustling with life. Just beyond the beach is a lagoon, thriving with Egrets and Great Blue Herons. The turquoise water and abundant marine life will invite you to snorkel their midst.

In the afternoon you will visit Pitt Point. Pitt Point holds its own as the northeastern most site on Isabela. After an easy hike, you will be rewarded with a unique treat. Herein lays the only nesting site which hosts all species of Galápagos Boobies. Photographers will be thrilled with this intimate natural experience. The attractive volcanic tuff formations will have geologists and laymen alike imagining the forces of nature that possessed the earth to create this land.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Lobos Island and Kicker Rock

Lobos Island is named after the sea lions that rest and play on its rocky shores. It is also home to blue-footed boobies, great frigate-birds, brown pelicans, lava gulls, common noddies, yellow warblers and small and medium ground finches. There is good snorkeling in the clear waters of the channel. It makes for a great opportunity to swim with sea lions underwater.

In the afternoon, a panga ride and snorkeling around the Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido) known as the Sleeping Lion because of its resemblance, this site is located off the coast of San Cristobal. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, two vertical rocks rising 500 feet above the ocean, form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises due to the many tropicbirds, frigatebirds and boobies that fill the surrounding air. Beneath the sea the crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish and invertebrates.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Suarez Point and Gardner Bay

Espanola Island is the southernmost island of the Galapagos and is the breeding site of nearly all of the Waved Albatrosses in the entire world. Espanola is densely populated with mockingbirds, Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies, Darwin finches, Galapagos Doves, hawks, red and green marine iguanas, and loads of sea lions.

In the morning, you will visit Suarez Point on a trail where you will have the chance to see Blue-footed Boobie, albatrosses and Nazca Boobies. You will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! It is the breeding site of nearly all of the world's 12,000 pairs of Waved Albatrosses. You'll have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts water into the air. The landscape is great for photography.

Later,head to the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing, you can walk across a lovely white sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups.

In the afternoon, you will visit Suarez Point on a trail where you will have the chance to see Blue-footed Boobie, albatrosses and Nazca Boobies. You will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! You'll have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts water into the air. The landscape is great for photography.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Cormorant Point, Post Office Bay and Baroness View Point

You will visit three sites on Floreana Island. Floreana is known for its fabulous snorkeling sites, its vibrantly pink flamingos and its black sand beaches.

The first visit of the day will be to Cormorant Point. Here you will enjoy a hike to a salt water lagoon which is home to flamingoes. You will also get to swim in Champion, one of the best snorkeling site in the Galapagos Islands.

In the afternoon, head to Post Office Bay. You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don't forget your postcards, and don't be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you even get home!

Baroness Viewpoint is a fantastic place to absorb the environment of the Galapagos. Once inhabited by an indulgent Baroness and her three lovers, the history of this island is intriguing. The legends about this baroness are associated with a fascinating murder mystery. There are easy trails in this area for exploring the flora and fauna of Floreana.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Charles Darwin Research Centre and Departure

In the morning you start at the Charles Darwin Station Breeding Center "Fausto Llerena" home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Here you will observe the various sub-species of turtles interacting with each other, and possibly with you. Many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, and will stretch out their heads for a pet. The babies are only kept until they are about four years old, or large enough to survive in the wild. These conservation efforts continue to be extremely successful.

After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra's airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

Other Information

DEPARTURES: 

Saturdays

PRICE INCLUDES:

7 night cruise aboard the M/V Cormorant, island transfers, tours, local guides, and meals as indicated. Domestic airfare, Park entrance fee and tourist ticket

PRICE EXCLUDES:

International Airfare and taxes, Travel Insurance, Gratuities unless otherwise stated, Items of a personal nature, Optional excursions, Beverages unless otherwise stated, Visa fees if applicable

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.

Any promotional pricing is not reflected in the "from" pricing. Please contact your travel specialist for more information.

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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30 Dec 2017
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