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Cruising the Galapagos: M/C Petrel

Duration
5-8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,538

With four available itineraries ranging from 5 to 8 days, the M/C Petrel offers a luxurious way to see the Galapagos Islands. Come aboard this 5-star vessel and enjoy state of the art facilities, along with the expertise of naturalists well-versed in evolution’s greatest natural laboratory.


The M/C Petrel offers detailed Galapagos Islands cruise itineraries ranging from 5 to 8 days, exploring a mix of islands populated with the colourful wildlife that has made the Galapagos Islands famous, and those that have felt the touch of human interaction over the centuries. Explore nature’s greatest untouched playground aboard the M/C Petrel.

Departing from Baltra Island, each of the four itineraries is unique while offering a consistently high standard of service and comfort. Options are as follows:

5-Day Itinerary
Santiago – Bartholomew – Genovesa – Santiago
Set out for Santiago Island, where over 30,000 fur sea lions once thought extinct now thrive. On nearby Bartholomew Island, take in the view over the moon-like volcanic landscape from Pinnacle Rock. See the birds that nest in the volcanic sea cliffs of Genovesa, a birder’s paradise, and visit the red-footed boobies of Darwin Bay. Go snorkelling in the shadow of pirates at Buccaneer Cove and come face to face with octopus, moray eels, and tropical fish.

6-Day Itinerary A
Isabela – Fernandina – Isabela – Santa Cruz
See the enormous sea lion and frigate bird colonies of tiny North Seymour Island before sailing on to Isabela Island. The largest land mass in the Galapagos, Isabela is also one of the most volcanically active, supporting five subspecies of giant tortoise. Stop in briefly at Fernandina, an island untouched by foreign species, famous for its flightless cormorant nesting site. Then return to Isabela to explore historic Tagus Cove and Urbina Bay. Round the island to visit the mangroves of Elizabeth Bay and the wildlife-rich lava flows of Moreno Point, and hike through the some of the island’s most recent (but safe) lava fields. See The Wall of Tears, built by prisoners once held here, before transferring back to Santa Cruz for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station before you depart.

6-Day Itinerary B
Santa Cruz – South Plaza – Santa Fe – San Cristobal – Lobos – Espanola – Floreana 
Begin on Santa Cruz, the most populated of the Galapagos Islands before setting sail for South Plaza, populated by sea lions and yellow and red land iguanas, who feed on abundant prickly pear trees. Stop in at Santa Fe to see some of the largest iguanas on the islands, then call into San Cristobal, where Darwin first landed in 1835 before sailing on to Lobos islet, which despite its tranquility, flourishes with life including sea lions and giant tortoises. Your next stop, Espanola Island, is the breeding site for nearly all of the world’s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses, and is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Floreana is an island bubbling with human history, including Post Office Bay, where an old 18th century barrel still ensures the mail gets through, at least most of the time! It also offers some of the best snorkelling in the Galapagos. Finally, visit Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about work being done to preserve the giant tortoise.

8-Day Itinerary
North Seymour – Isabela – Fernandina – Santa Cruz – South Plaza – Santa Fe – San Cristobal
Combine two itineraries for an adventure that uncovers the Galapagos Islands at their best. The 8-day itinerary visits the same islands as the 6-day A and B above, with the exception of Espanola and Floreana Islands, instead transferring to the airport from Lobos islet.


 

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Duration
5-8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,538

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Day 1

Arrival to Baltra Island (Galapagos)

Assistance will be provided upon your arrival by a Petrel representative after passing through immigration and baggage claim. When ready, you will be transferred to the yacht. You will then be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before the welcome briefing and lunch.

North Seymour Island was named after English nobleman Lord Hugh Seymour. Formed by uplifted submarine lava, the island is home to a huge colony of about 2,500 land iguanas and large populations of sea lions, blue-footed boobies, common noddies and frigatebirds. Along the coast it is possible to see land and marine iguanas and the biggest colony of Magnificent Frigatebirds.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration5 Nights
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M/C Petrel

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    M/C Petrel


    The best way to see the Galapagos Islands is on board a luxury cruise, the Petrel. The Petrel offers a deluxe way to visit these magical islands. Named after a sea bird common to Galapagos, the Petrel is like its namesake: elegant, swift and silent ...

    The best way to see the Galapagos Islands is on board a luxury cruise, the Petrel. The Petrel offers a deluxe way to visit these magical islands. Named after a sea bird common to Galapagos, the Petrel is like its namesake: elegant, swift and silent at sea. A motorized catamaran, the Petrel is designed for comfort and stability and is outfitted with spacious cabins, a comfortable lounge, and Jacuzzi. Guests travel in comfort to the different islands, where they have up-close encounters with blue-footed boobies, iguanas, giant tortoises, whales and more.

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    • Jacuzzi
    • Lounge
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Isabela Island - Vicente Roca Point - Fernandina Island - Espinosa Point

Isabela Island is the largest of all the Galapagos Islands, about 120 km long, and is peculiarly shaped like a sea-horse! It is one of the few islands that are populated. The last census that was taken estimated about 2,200 people living on the Southern part of the Island. The island was formed by 6 different shield volcanoes from North to South that erupted continuously, eventually joining together to form on entire land mass. Of all the islands in the archipelago, Isabela is the most active with the latest eruption coming from Wolf Volcano in May of 2015. There are lots of unique wildlife on Isabela such as the pink iguana, and more wild tortoises than any other island with a different type of species near each of the 6 volcanoes.

On Vicente Roca Point the geological formations are simply outstanding and it is a great place to view various bird species such as blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, gulls, storm petrels, and brown noddy terns. Activities here are all done on the water by either dinghy or panga, or snorkeling. On this western part of the island the Cromwell Current provides cold water and many nutrients. Due to this it is possible to see various feeding frenzies of an assortment of animals such as whales, dolphins, sea lions, and marine birds diving. At times it may also be likely to see fur seals.

No foreign species have ever invaded Fernandina Island and therefore it is one of the world's most pristine island ecosystems. It is one of the most active islands and is the westernmost island in the archipelago. The volcano "La Cumbre" dominates the landscape with lava fields reaching the ocean. The Cromwell Current also flows on the west making the cold and nutrient rich water an ideal habitat for the Galapagos Penguin and Flightless Cormorant that nests here.

Espinosa Point is an area on Fernandina also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos Hawk. Land iguanas are found on the inner parts of the island near the volcanoes caldera and marine iguanas will nest on the coast during certain times of the year. There is only one visitor site to Fernandina which may involve a hike or snorkeling opportunity, making the rest of the island unspoiled in a most natural state.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Isabela Island - Tagus Cove - Urbina Bay

Tagus Cove is a visitor site that is located on the upper west part of the island and was named after and English war ship that used to pass the islands in the 1800's. This was a famous spot for many pirates and sailors who have even left their names and the names of the ship inscribed on volcanic rock. There are many different characteristics of the island here from various volcanic activities such as large volcanic rocks or small little balls of petrified rain. On the hike the path leads to Darwin Lake with a tuff cone.

A bit more south of Tagus Cove is Urbina Bay. Urbina Bay is an interesting site due to the uplifts of the island caused by volcanic and tectonic activity. When it rose, so did the corals and reefs that were under the surface. You can still see them although they are beginning to deteriorate due to air exposure. There are chances of seeing giant tortoises, land iguanas, and more flightless cormorants near the coast.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Elizabeth Bay - Moreno Point

A visitor site on the way down to the southern parts of Isabela Island is Elizabeth Bay. There are a series of islets, a lagoon and mangroves surrounding it. The mangroves provide a great place to observe many birds and at the lagoon it is possible to see sea turtles resting and feeding.

On the South Western point of Isabela Island is Moreno Point. With striking black geological features it is home to endemic species known only to the barren lava flows found here. Various activities are possible such as a hike, a panga ride to better see various sea birds, geological features, and snorkeling to view the vibrant underwater life.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Volcano Chico and Sierra Negro Volcano - Wall of Tears/Wetlands

Volcano Chico and Sierra Negro are located on the South of the Island and are two of the oldest of all Isabela's volcanoes. A hike will show different types of vegetation and geological zones and possibly inside the caldera where petrified lava is present. Volcano Chico is easier to reach and recent lava flows from the 70's can even be walked on.

The Wall of Tears is an interesting visitor site where mangroves and a white sand beach are passed on the way. The "wall" was built by previous prisoners kept on the island as a cruel way to keep them busy. The wall is about 3 meters wide, 100 meters long, and 5-6 meters high. The Wetlands are comprised of lagoons, swamps, and various mangroves that are home to unique bird species.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Santa Cruz Island - Transfer to Baltra Station

Today Santa Cruz is one of the most popular tourist sites. With a population of about 12,000 Galapagos natives, it has the longest paved road in the entire archipelago. One of the biggest conservation efforts is to eliminate all non-native plants and animals that are destroying native and endemic species on the island. There is no longer any volcanic activity but that does not mean there is no evidence. Santa Cruz means holy cross, but it's English name comes from the British vessel - Indefatigable.

Charles Darwin Research Station conducts many different research projects and provides assistance to other researchers and governmental institutions and agencies, especially the Galapagos National Park. Many of the results are later published online, in magazines, and popular scientific journals. The research station also plays a big part in educating the community and public schools in Galapagos. There is also the longtime running Giant Tortoise restoration program that includes various stages of the giant tortoise from eggs, hatchlings and adults.

Your cruise has officially come to an end. We hope you enjoyed your Galapagos Cruise! We will now transfer you to your scheduled departure from Baltra Airport to mainland Ecuador. Safe travels!

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES: 

Itinerary

 

2019

5 Day Jul 29; Aug 12, 26; Sep 9, 23; Oct 7, 21; Nov 4, 18; Dec 2, 16, 30
6 Day - Itinerary A Aug 2, 30; Sep 27; Oct 25; Nov 22; Dec 20
6 Day - Itinerary B Aug 7; Sep 4; Oct 2, 30; Nov 27; Dec 25
8 Day Aug 16; Sep 13; Oct 11; Dec 6

2020

5 Day

Jan 13, 27; Feb 10, 24; 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

6 Day - Itinerary A  Jan 17; Feb 14; Mar 13; Apr 10; May 8; Jun 5; Jul 3, 31; Aug 28;
Sep 25; Oct 23; Nov 20; Dec 18
6 Day - Itinerary B  Jan 22; Feb 19; Mar 18; Apr 15; May 13; Jun 10; Jul 8; Aug 5; Sep 2;
Oct 28; Nov 25; Dec 23
8 Day  Jan3, 31; Feb 28; Mar 27; Apr 24; May 22; Jun 19; Jul 17; Aug 14;
Sep 18; Oct 9; Nov 6; Dec4

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All site excursions
  • All meals and accommodation during cruise
  • Regular soft drinks and juices
  • Champagne reception
  • Galapagos National Park bilingual Guide
  • Use of snorkeling gear and wet-suits
  • Kayaks
  • Flights to and from the Galapagos from mainland Ecuador
  • Park Fee
  • Visitors 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.

TERMS AND 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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20 Dec 2019
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