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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) - Santa Cruz Island - Twin Craters

Upon arrival to the airport in Baltra you will be greeted by our staff and taken across the Itabaca Channel to visit the Island of Santa Cruz before boarding. The visit includes a short hike. Dress appropriately with sturdy shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt due to the climate of this area. You will visit a site called Los Gemelos (The Twins Craters).

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.

The Twin Craters or Gemelos, meaning twins in Spanish, are two caved in magma chambers of a previous volcano. After years of erosion and extinction, the once full chambers caved in leaving two similar craters that can be seen on a short hike that passes by a Scalesia forest.

After the visit to the Twin Craters 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.

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.

    Facilities

    • Jacuzzi
    • Lounge
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

South Plaza Island - Santa Fe Island

South Plaza is one of the smallest islands with a visitor site, but is home to an incredible amount of diverse flora and fauna. It has a large population of Sesuvium plants like the prickly pear cactus tree that is an important source of food for the land iguana. Just a few years ago mice were finally eradicated from the island, helping the population of land iguanas grow healthily once more.

Santa Fe Island is home to the unique Santa Fe land iguana and is the only place to find Opuntia cactus. Giant tortoises were once native to this island but after the many years of pirates and buccaneers visiting the island and taking the tortoises aboard as food, they became extinct. The Island is also called Barrington Island, named after British Admiral Samuel Barrington. Large numbers of sea lions can be found on the landing beach and Galapagos hawks can also sometimes be seen.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

San Cristobal Island - Lobos Island - Interpretation Center

San Cristobal Island is the fifth largest island in the Galapagos and lies farthest East. It is where Darwin first landed back in 1835 and where the first permanent settlements were founded. Today the main port Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the capital of the Galapagos province and houses many government offices, the Ecuadorian Navy, and an airport with daily flights to the mainland of Ecuador. Conservation challenges the island faces include invasive plants like blackberry and guayaba and insects like the blackfly.

Lobos Island is an islet about an hour away from San Cristobal. Blue-footed boobies will nest here seasonally. In recent years frigate birds have begun to nest here. Sea lions are abundant, as well as marine iguanas. It is a very calm and tranquil site with beautiful views, including Kicker Rock off in the distance.

The Interpretation Center has been open to the public since 1998 and offers extensive information about the history of Galapagos, all ecosystems, geology, and flora and fauna. Giant tortoises are also bred here and roam about in a semi-natural habitat created by the centers employees. Inside the center there are meeting rooms, interpretational panels, auditoriums, exhibits, and much more.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Espanola Island - Gardner Bay - Suarez Point

Espanola Island: Here lies the southernmost island in the Galapagos, as well as the oldest. It is estimated to be about four million years old. Because it is so far away from the other islands it has the most endemic species. It is a wonderful opportunity for some great photography of endemic bird species that are found only on Espanola and awesome landscapes created by millions of years of erosion.

Gardner Bay/Osborn Islet/Gardner Islet - Visit one of the best beaches in the Galapagos. The white sandy beach is home to a large colony of friendly and playful sea lions. Three different types of finches can be seen. The Espanola Mockingbird is very friendly, but probably looking for food. At one point in time, tourists must have given it water or food, which taught them bad habits. The site is also where green sea turtles will come to nest their eggs between January and March.

Suarez Point is a phenomenal site where you will get to see many of Espanola Island's endemic species. The trail will pass by the only Waved Albatross breeding site. If you are lucky you might see a young albatross take off for its first flight for up to five years at sea. Older birds stay at sea for months at a time, only coming back to breed. They have the same mate for life and will meet each other each year, only here to reproduce. Other species that can be seen are marine iguanas that stay brightly colored year round, Galapagos doves, Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, and Darwin finches.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Floreana Island - Devil's Crown - Cormorant Point - Post Office Bay - Baroness Lookout Point

Floreana Island is one of the most interesting when it comes to human history. The first Galapagos resident was an Irishman who lived on Floreana from 1807 to 1809. It is the site of the first post office within the islands created by whalers in the 1700's. Later it became the first island to be colonized by Ecuadorians, but to this day is still very isolated. Surrounded by mystery, in the 1930's various disappearances occurred and is thought to be because of tension between a baroness and her three servants who arrived after an already settled husband and wife, who gave birth to the first to be born in Galapagos and another couple of a doctor and female companion who lived of the land from their garden. The small population of today lives off the land with home grown farms and gets their water from rain filled ponds during the rainy season. There is one hotel with the only phone in the port of Velasco Ibarra where most residents live, the rest live up in the highlands. Transportation is limited and is only available every two weeks.

Devil's Crown is a visitor site that boasts the best snorkeling opportunities. Below the surface are amazing volcanic structures that have submerged over time. Hundreds of different colorful fish species can be found here among the coral reefs. Sharks, rays, sea turtles, hammer head sharks and sea lions are also common visitors. It is an underwater spectacle that cannot be missed.

Cormorant Point is another fun and interesting visitor site. Two beaches can be visited and flamingoes can be seen wading through brackish lagoons looking for shrimp, which gives them their bright and vibrant colors. One of the beaches look green because of olivine crystals and the other is appropriately called Flour Beach a powdery white, made from fine pulverized coral.

A completely human influential site, Post Office Bay is the first official post office created by passing whalers in the 1700's. To this day visitors continue the tradition as many leave addressed messages on post cards in the barrel to be sent by future visitors while picking up post cards left behind by previous visitors to send when they return home. It is a fun exchangeable activity many visitors enjoy.

On the northern part of the island, Baroness Lookout Point has a beautiful landscape and historic view. It was named after the supposed Austrian Baroness that was the subject of many mysterious disappearances and well-known stories of loathing by those on Floreana.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Transfer to Baltra Airport

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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27 Nov 2019
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