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Cruising Galapagos Isabela II

Duration
5-7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,038

There is no wildlife adventure on earth like the Galapagos. Protected from the mainland, this unique ecosystem supports more endemic species than any other destination, and is a once in a lifetime holiday.


This 7-day cruise through the Galapagos takes you to many of the most intriguing islands, visiting the most colourful and unique species of this vibrant archipelago.

Check into your accommodation aboard the Isabela II for an introductory briefing and lunch, then explore San Cristobal island, home to a giant tortoise breeding centre, plus dozens of bird and lizard species. This is a taste of what’s to come, as you go on to Genovesa Island, where a steep climb is rewarded with a visit to large colonies of boobies and other birds. The island is also noted for impressive lava formations. Go on to Santiago Island, which has a rich human history that includes whalers and pirates, not to mention Charles Darwin. Santiago has also been reclaimed from feral animals, allowing native birds and sea lions to flourish.

Head to Fernandina, geologically the youngest island in the archipelago. It supports a wide variety of iguanas, sea lions, penguins, and other birds. That afternoon, sail to Isabela Island and Tagus Cove, home to some early pirate graffiti, along with six volcanos. You’ll even have the chance to swim, snokel or kayak for a close look at the wildlife. This is one of the larger islands, so an extra day lets you explore it properly, with hiking opportunities and, conditions permitting, the chance to snorkel along the cliffs of a partly sunken volcano. Marine birds, fur seals, and penguins are just some of your animal companions on the island.

Visit the flamingos of colourful Jervis island, then keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and even whales on the way to Santa Cruz. The conditions on this island are a bit more arid, encouraging land iguanas and a spectacular range of birds. Return to Baltra Island for your flight back to the mainland.


 

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Duration
5-7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,038

Itinerary

Day 1

Mainland to the Galapagos

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal Island)
Upon arrival at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno's airport you will be transferred to the dock and Isabela II for check in, an introductory briefing and lunch on board.

Galapaguera Cerro Colorado (San Cristobal Island)
After lunch, dry landing at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, and a 40-minute bus ride to the south shore of the island, passing the historical highlands of San Cristobal island. At Cerro Colorado, visit the breeding centre of the highly endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species and the endemic San Cristóbal lava lizard. Back on board late afternoon for a welcome cocktail, briefing and dinner.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration6 Nights
Accommodation

Isabela II

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    Isabela II



    Yacht Isabela II offers the perfect, intimate space for exploring Darwin's islands in comfort. With just 20 guest cabins, the yacht's convivial atmosphere leads to a close-up experience of this unique world. On board, guests find delicious cuisine, faultless service and excellent facilities, including a ...

    Yacht Isabela II offers the perfect, intimate space for exploring Darwin's islands in comfort. With just 20 guest cabins, the yacht's convivial atmosphere leads to a close-up experience of this unique world. On board, guests find delicious cuisine, faultless service and excellent facilities, including a Jacuzzi, fitness room, bar and outside deck for al fresco meals, drinks, and sunbathing. Expect to experience top facilities and equipment, delicious meals, and safe and stimulating expert-planned expeditions on the islands.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Boutique(s)
    • Jacuzzi
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 2

Galapagos Islands

Prince Philip's Steps (Tower/Genovesa Island)
Overnight navigation northbound to the incredible bird island, Genovesa, crossing the equator on the way. The morning starts with a very interesting panga ride along the cliffs and then disembark (dry landing) on rocks for a steep climb (90 feet) up some stairs. Once at the top of the stairs, the land is flat, allowing for a stimulating walk of about a mile to the other side of this small island, observing large colonies of Nazca boobies, red footed boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels. Those not wishing to disembark can enjoy a longer panga ride along the cliffs. Snorkelling is possible, paddling kayaks, or riding the glass bottom boat are available, before returning to the ship for lunch.

Darwin Bay (Tower/Genovesa Island)
In the afternoon, a wet landing for an easy stroll observing several species of birds, mainly frigate birds, red footed boobies, Nazca boobies, lava gulls, swallow-tailed gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. Optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else return to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkelling at this beautiful natural harbour. Return to the ship to receive the expedition plan for Thursday and dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Galapagos Islands

Buccaneer Cove (James/Santiago Island)
After breakfast, enjoy a coastal exploration along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove. Learn about the history of Santiago Island, its relevance for the whalers, pirates and early researchers, including Darwin's epic voyage in 1835, and the conservation projects aimed at eradicating feral species (a fence stretched along the rocky outcrop is visible to save native plants from the once existing enormous goat population). Today the island is free of feral goats, and the cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions and inter tidal organisms. Enjoy fantastic natural formations such as the "Elephant Rock", "The Bishop" and an impressive natural cave. This is a great site for snorkelling too!, before heading back to the ship for lunch.

Puerto Egas (James/Santiago Island)
Puerto Egas was only briefly inhabited in the 20th century in an attempt to commercialize salt from a deposit inside a tuff cone. Today, Puerto Egas is one of the most impressive coastal walks in Galapagos (wet landing). Most of the landscape is tuff stone layers and lava flows. This is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and there is also a colony of fur-sea lions which can be observed up-close. Opportunity for snorkelling and swimming from the beach after the walk. Return to the ship to receive the expedition plan for Friday and dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Galapagos Islands

Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)
During the night the yacht sails over to the north shore of Isabela Island, crossing the equator twice in the process. The morning brings you to the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina. Disembark (dry landing) for a one-mile walk. Punta Espinoza has an amazing combination of barrenness with lots of wildlife. Having no introduced mammals, Fernandina has a very unique environment with the highest density of marine iguanas, sharing their space with sea lions, sally light-foot crabs, hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorant. Snorkelling is a refreshing reward near the lava shores of Fernandina. Lunch will be severed on board.

Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
Across the narrow Bolivar Channel, on the northwest of Isabela, lies secluded Tagus Cove. The deep cove provided a favourite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. Old graffiti is still found carved on its walls. The vegetation in the area includes the fragrant palo santo (torchwood) trees. These white-barked trees are leafless and look dead most of the year. They leaf and spring back to life in the wet season. An optional uphill hike takes guests to the back of Darwin Crater, filled with salt water. The view at the end of the trail is worth the climb. Darwin is one of Isabela's six volcanoes, a remarkable contrast to the lower islands to the east of the archipelago. All guests will enjoy a panga ride along the volcanic cliffs of Tagus Cove, teeming with life (boobies, flightless cormorants, penguins, martins, terns, iguanas and sea lions) Possibilities to swim, snorkel or ride kayaks. There is no beach in the area, so pangas are employed. Return to the ship to receive the expedition plan for the next day and dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Galapagos Islands

Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)
After breakfast (wet landing) disembark at Urbina Bay, located at the foot of volcanoes Alcedo and Darwin, western Isabela Island, the result of an uplifting of the ocean in 1954. Here you can find corals, shells, and many other calcareous organisms exposed above water. This area is also home to large and very colourful Galapagos land iguanas, giant tortoises (occasionally); a good spot to observe Darwin's finches. Along the shoreline, after the hike, guests may encounter flightless cormorants and see penguins while snorkelling in this beautiful cove. Returning to the ship for lunch.

Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)
Depending on the conditions of the ocean, it will be possible to schedule a snorkelling outing along the cliffs of partly sunken Ecuador Volcano, on the northern tip of Isabela Island. Since there is no landing site at this location, the coastal exploration is by dinghy, while the naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area with remains of lava flows and tuff stone layers. This is the nesting place for flightless cormorants, the only existing marine birds in the world other than penguins that have changed their condition of flying birds to diving birds. Wildlife here also includes sea lions, Galapagos fur seals, Galapagos penguins, blue footed and Nazca boobies and noddy terns. This area boasts an impressively rich marine life, and is seasonally visited by green sea turtles and oceanic sun fish (Mola mola). If conditions are good, snorkelling can be done at the cliffs of a tuff cone. Return to the ship to receive the expedition plan for Sunday and dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Galapagos Islands

Rabida Island (Jervis)
Disembark at Rabida Island (wet landing) on a red-coloured beach, due to the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. A gratifying stroll along the beach of this small island (1.9 sq. mi.) allows the observation of a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin's finches. Very close to the beach, hidden behind a strip of green saltbush, is a salt pond where at times greater flamingos migrate. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners as well as for experienced snorkelers, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. Non snorkelers will enjoy the glass bottom boat, a panga ride along the coast or paddle out on a sea kayak. During navigation to our next island, dolphins and/or whales are often spotted. Lunch on board today.

Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) (Santa Cruz Island)
The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). Dry landing and a walk that includes a brackish water lagoon frequented by lagoon birds, including stilts, pintail ducks, sandpipers, sanderlings, and more. Further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago. This area is a natural nesting site for land iguanas, constantly monitored and assisted by the Charles Darwin Research Station. The arid-zone vegetation can be a rewarding location for bird watching, where Darwin's finches, Galapagos mockingbirds, the endemic Galapagos flycatcher, and yellow warblers are regular sightings. Snorkelling or swimming is possible out of the beach near the landing site. Returning to the ship for a farewell cocktail and departure briefing before dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Galapagos Islands to Mainland

Baltra Island
After breakfast, you depart for the airport to take your flight back to the mainland.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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PRICE INCLUDES:

All accommodation, 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:

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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18 Dec 2018
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