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Cruising Galapagos: M/C Cormorant: 8 Days

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 7,598
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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.


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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 7,598

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Day 1

Mainland to Galapagos - Twin Craters and Highlands

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 they will take you on your first visit. Remember to wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

You will be taken to visit is a site called Los Gemelos (The Twins Craters). It is a short hike between your landing point and Los Gemelos. Although, they are called craters, Los Gemelos are actually large sinkholes. They were created by the collapse of surface material into underground fissures and chambers. The endemic Scalesia Forest surrounds the site, where you may see Vermillian Flycatchers, Short-eared Owls, and finches.

Continue to the highlands of Santa Cruz where you will walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises. You will come upon the lava tubes, some of which run more than one kilometer (half a mile) long underground. Local guides will provide information and flashlights as you traverse these giant cave like structures.

After this visit you will be transported to the boat for lunch. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

In the afternoon you will have time to visit Puerto Ayora.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration7 Nights
Accommodation

M/C Cormorant

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    M/C Cormorant


    The M/C Cormorant incorporates the very best of a Galapagos Catamaran design. The modern and ample accommodation includes jacuzzi, huge sun deck and a private balcony for each of the spacious staterooms. Kayaks are also available for use.

    The M/C Cormorant incorporates the very best of a Galapagos Catamaran design. The modern and ample accommodation includes jacuzzi, huge sun deck and a private balcony for each of the spacious staterooms. Kayaks are also available for use.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Jacuzzi
    • Lodge
    • Restaurant
    • Sundeck
    • Water sports/ Equipment

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Day 2

Tintoreras Islet or Sierra Negra and Breeding Center or Wetlands

In the morning, visit the Tintoreras Islet, located a short distance from Puerto Villamil. Tintoreras Islet is home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches, surrounded by mangroves is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully. Continue to the Sierra Negra Volcano which boasts the largest basaltic caldera in Galapagos at 90 square kilometers. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe finches and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005.

In the afternoon, visit the wetlands located on the south of Isabela, outside of Puerto Villamil. The area is a series of lagoons, swamps and mangrooves known for their migrant bird populations. The wetlands site is made up of a complex of trails which form a spectacular scenery.

The breeding center Arnaldo Tupiza is where giant tortoises are raised on Isabela. It is located 1.5 kilometers from Puerto Villamil, this important center has a captive breeding program for tortoises from the populations of southern Isabela.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Moreno Point and Elizabeth Bay

In the morning, make a dry landing on the lava flows of Moreno Point, located south west of Elizabeth Bay. The lava has left craters in its wake, which formed crystal tide pools. By looking into the pools, you can peer into another world, as the marine life drifts by your window. In the brackish pools of this area, you may see pink flamingos, White-Cheeked Pintails, and Common Gallinules. If you look carefully into the pools you may see white tip reef sharks and some sea turtles.

The afternoon visit will take you to Elizabeth Bay, a secluded space lacking any landing sites. Take a traditional panga ride, passing the red mangroves and amongst the wildlife of the lively bay. Elizabeth is known for its marine life; you will probably see sea turtles and rays skimming the surface of the water. You may also see the Brown Pelicans diving for fish, penguins, Blue-footed Boobies and if you are lucky, humpback whales.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Mangle Point and Urbina Bay

In the morning, you will head for Mangle Point on Fernandina Island. No foreign species have ever invaded Fernandina Island and therefore it is one of the world's most pristine island ecosystems. The volcano, La Cumbre, dominates the landspace with lava fields reaching the ocean. This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos Hawk.

In the afternoon, make a wet landing at Urbina Bay which presents some fascinating geological formations. In 1954, an uplift from the sea formed the bay; which has been characterized by the resulting terrestrial coral reef ever since. Expect to see stingrays and sea turtles swimming near the surface of the water, along with Flightless Cormorants, pelicans, and marine iguanas. You will be dazzled by the breathtaking view of the Alcedo Volcano.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Espinosa Point and Vicente Roca Point

This morning, return to Fernandina Island to visit Espinosa Point. After crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, make a dry landing at Espinosa Point, and after walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, reach the island's highlight: the Flightless Cormorant nesting site. This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos Hawk.

The afternoon visit is to Vicente Roca Point. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (pacific sunfish).

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Egas Port, Buccaneer Cove and Espumilla Beach

Also known as James Bay, Egas Port is home to the curious Galapagos Hawks and Quick-footed Galapagos Lava Lizards. It will be the place of your first visit today. The trail leads to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos Fur Sea Lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site.

Espumilla Beach is 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 highly recommended.

Years ago Buccaneer Cove was a safe haven where pirates in the 1600 and 1700's would stake out on the Northwestern side of Santiago Island. Sea turtles now take the pirates place and dig their nests for their eggs near the Mangrove trees. It is a great location for snorkeling and many marine birds and sea lions can be found here.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

El Barranco and Darwin Bay

The morning will see you making a dry landing at Genovesa Island to visit El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip's Steps. The steep, rocky path will lead you up 25 meters (80mi) of cliff face. After enjoying the view, you will have the opportunity to take a (0.6mi / 1km) trek through Palo Santo vegetation. Here, you will see birds like Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Owls, Galapagos Storm Petrels, and Galapagos Doves.

This afternoon, visit the beach at Darwin Bay. This white sand coral beach heads a trail that winds through mangroves that are filled with land birds. You may see Nazca Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls. Further down the path, you may see sea lions playing in tidal pools.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

North Seymour Island and Departure

The morning visit will take you to North Seymour Island. Galapagos Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigate birds are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by series of submarine lavas containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

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

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DEPARTURES: 

Cormorant A
2019: 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

Cormorant B

2019: Jan 5, 19; Feb 2, 16; Mar 2, 16, 30; Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8, 22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 26; Nov 9, 23; Dec 7, 21

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 night cruise aboard the M/V Cormorant
  • Island transfers
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Local guides
  • Meals as indicated
  • Domestic airfare
  • Park entrance fee
  • 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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23 Nov 2019
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