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Cruising Galapagos: M/C Treasure of the Galapagos: 5 Days

Duration
5-7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,890

Board the M/C Treasure of the Galapagos and explore the biological diversity of the Galapagos Islands. Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin on the lava fields of Santiago, spot hybrid marine/land iguanas on South Plaza Island, and enjoy the comforts of an eclectic catamaran in your downtime.


This 5-day tour takes you throughout the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/C Treasure of the Galapagos.

Embark on a journey to some of the most biologically diverse islands on the planet on this yacht adventure with Goway. Cruise aboard the M/C Treasure of the Galapagos to traverse lava fields, search for land iguanas, and follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin. M/C Treasure of the Galapagos is an eclectic yacht with a committed crew ready to take you throughout these amazing islands. Its 9 suites have comfortable beds and air-conditioning to handle the humid temperatures of the region, while the luxury master suite has a massive king-sized bed and private balcony to supply the best in accommodation. The art deco design makes the yacht stand out from its contemporaries, while the expert guides offer essential insight into this island chain.

Start your Galapagos tour at the Charles Darwin Research Station to see Galapagos tortoises on Isla Santa Cruz and learn about over a century of scientific research conducted on the islands. At Sullivan Bay on Santiago, witness a volcanically-active landscape before heading to the nearby islet, Bartolome, to examine lava fields, volcanic cones, and a Galapagos penguin colony. See where frigate birds and blue-footed boobies nest on North Seymour Island before witnessing sea lions bodysurf across the breaking waves off the shore. Snorkel through the coral reefs around Mosquera and witness rare hybrid iguanas on South Plaza Island, the only place you’ll find them in the world, before closing out your adventure through the Galapagos Islands with a visit to the coral sand beaches of Cerro Brujo.


 

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Duration
5-7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,890

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Day 1

Flight to Baltra Airport and Charles Darwin Station

AM - Flight to Baltra Airport (GPS)

Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, you will pass through an airport inspection point to ensure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands. A guide will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor.

PM - Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)

Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. The main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises, and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration6 Nights
Accommodation

M/C Treasures of the Galapagos

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    M/C Treasures of the Galapagos



    An eclectically styled yacht, the Treasure of the Galapagos fuses subtle art deco elements with contemporary ones. All rooms have a private bathroom, hot water, air-conditioning, vanity dressers and security boxes.

    An eclectically styled yacht, the Treasure of the Galapagos fuses subtle art deco elements with contemporary ones. All rooms have a private bathroom, hot water, air-conditioning, vanity dressers and security boxes.

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    • Jacuzzi
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Whale Bay and Dragon Hill

AM - Whale Bay (Santa Cruz)

The visitor site of whale Bay is a cove of green sand at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach contains a large amount of olivine crystals, the same that originate from volcanic materials. The crystals were formed when the magma was still underground.

Near the beach there are ceramic relics, which reflect the same antiques of human settlements that were close to the beach in 1846. According to the accounts of the French captain Genie, a path originated from this site to the top of the island, which was used to collect fresh water. It is thought that in this place lived a group of people who were dedicated to the collection of lichen, used for tinting.

PM - Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)

The visitor site at Dragon Hill has been open for visits since 1993. This site is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that lead to a hyper-saline lagoon behind the beach, frequented by flamingos, pintail ducks and other species of birds. This site has been re populated with land iguanas from Seymour, Isabela and Santa Cruz islands. There is a short walk to the Hill, which offers a beautiful view of the bay.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Las Tintoreras and Wetlands

AM - Las Tintoreras

A delightful place to be reached by a nice zodiac ride. "Tintoreras" are small islands in front of Puerto Villamil coast. There is Heron lava on the lookout on mangrove branch, and Galapagos Penguin and sea lion often pop out on shore. White-tipped reef sharks are fairly common in the archipelago. Their name in Spanish is Tintorera, thus the name of this site as they are always found here resting in the shallow waters.

PM - Wetlands (Isabela)

Isabela Island is the largest and one of the youngest islands in the Galapagos archipelago. Land in Puerto Villamil, which has the second smallest population in Galapagos with approximately 3,000 inhabitants. First you will visit the Flamingos Lagoon; this place is the largest coastal lagoon found in Galapagos and is one of the main reproductive sites for the greater Flamingos. Afterwards you will follow a trail to the "The Wall of Tears"; from 1946 to 1959 Isabela was designated a penal colony by the Ecuadorian government. Prisoners were obligated to build a wall with enormous blocks of lava. Due to the arduous labour and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived, this site is known as "El Muro de las Lagrimas". There are a number of interesting sites along this route, such as the cerro Orchilla, El Estero, Poza Escondida, Playa del Amor and Pozas Verdes.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Punta Morena and Urbina Bay

AM - Punta Morena (Isabela)

Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava flow Pahohoe (solidified lava in the form of corrugated or an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons, its main attraction are several species of birds which can be found around this lakes and mangroves

PM - Urbina Bay (Isabela)

Urbina Bay is located along the west coast of Isabela, between Elizabeth Bay and Tagus Cove. It is close to the base of the Alcedo Volcano. The coastline has undergone a major uplift in 1954, which caused the shore to expand three quarters of a mile out. Here you will be able to find corals, shells, and many other calcareous organisms exposed above water. Urbina Bay is home to large and colorful land iguanas and giant tortoises of the Alcedo Volcano population. A lot of Darwin finches can be seen as well.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Punta Espinoza and Tagus Cove

AM - Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)

Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and has a single visitor site: Punta Espinoza located at the northeastern tip of the island. Marine iguanas conglomerate in larger groups than in any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore and sometime block the way at the landing dock. Among the unique species found here, is the Flightless Cormorant. This bird had to adjust its way of survival and perfection its skills of finding food in the ocean. Their wings, tails and feet progressively adapted for swimming. To see these birds, is to witness evolution happening right in front of you.

PM - Tagus Cove (Isabela)

Tagus Cove, a tour along the cliffs in a zodiac will give the visitors a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30 minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where you can view Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra-saline lake saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this location. Look carefully at the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove, it has been written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Puerto Egas and Rabida

AM - Puerto Egas (Santiago)

Puerto Egas is a black beach is located at the west side of Santiago Island. Volcanic tuff deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach and this is the main attraction of the Island. This site is called Puerto Egas, because there was an attempt of company of Hector Egas, to start the exploitation of salt, which failed because the price of salt on the continent was very cheap, and did not justify its exploitation in Galapagos. The project was abandoned and they left their infrastructure.

PM - Rabida

Rabida Island is unique because the red color of the rocks and sand. The volcanic material in this island is very porous and external factors as rain, salt water and sea breeze have acted as an oxidizing agent. A short walk along a trail lead you to a coastal lagoon behind the beach which permits the observation of land birds as finches, doves, yellow warblers and mocking birds. At the lagoon there is a colony of flamingos.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Las Bachas

AM - Las Bachas (Santa Cruz)

These two small beaches are found to the West of Turtle Cove. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there is a small brackish water lagoon, where occasionally is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer, but it has two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War, when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategically point to protect the Panama Channel.

Transfer to Baltra Airport (GPS) for your flight back to Guayaquil or Quito.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2020

Itinerary A- 5 Days

Aug 7, 21; Sep 4, 18' Oct 16; Nov 27; Dec 11, 25

Itinerary B- 5 Days Jul 14; Aug 11, 25; Dec 15
Itinerary C- 7 Days

Jul 4, 18; Aug 1, 15, 29; Sep 12, 26; Oct 10, 24; Nov 7, 21; Dec 5, 19

2021

Itinerary A- 5 Days

Jan 8; Apr 2, 16; May 28; Jul 9; Oct 1; Nov 26; Dec 10, 24

Itinerary B- 5 Days Jan 12; Apr 20; Jun15; Jul 13, 27; Dec 28
Itinerary C- 7 Days

Jan 2, 16, 30; Feb 13, 27; Mar 13, 27; Apr 10, 24; May 8, 22;
Jun 5, 19; Jul 3, 17, 31; Sep 25; Oct 9, 23; Nov 6, 20; Dec 4, 18


PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All accommodation
  • Domestic airfare
  • Island transfers
  • Tours
  • Local guides
  • Park entrance fee
  • Tourist ticket and meals as per itinerary
  • Snorkeling gear

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

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 South and Central America specialists as to which itinerary would suit you best.

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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