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Cruising the Galapagos: M/V Natural Paradise

Duration
4-8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 7,290

Head on an unforgettable eco-tour with this cruise through the Galapagos Islands. Traversing the islands aboard a brand-new yacht, the M/V Natural Paradise, you'll cross volcanic caldera, spot giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies, and snorkel beneath the waves to experience the biodiverse bounty of the islands' warm waters.


This 4 to 8-day Galapagos Cruise takes you across the incredible Galapagos Islands aboard the newest yacht in the region, the M/V Natural Paradise.

With multiple itineraries stretching from 4 to 8 days, your Ecuador vacation allows you to choose how to explore the Galapagos Islands, the most biologically-diverse set of islands on the planet. The Galapagos have long fascinated nature lovers and scientists alike; in the past, they helped Charles Darwin formulate his groundbreaking theories, while today, they remain one of the most incredible eco-tourism locations in the world. You'll cruise the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/V Natural Paradise, a comfortable yacht that's the newest in the Galapagos. The vessel accommodates a maximum of 16 passengers, ensuring you experience the islands in a private group with personalized attention from the crew. When you're not heading on island excursions, you can take advantage of the Jacuzzi on the teak sundeck, enjoy gourmet meals in the al fresco dining area, or savour a drink in the main lounge.

Aboard the M/V Natural Paradise, you'll explore these incredible islands. Visit the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center at Charles Darwin Station to see the giant tortoises that fascinated the biologist over a hundred years ago. Climb the Prince Phillip Steps on Genovesa Island to enjoy stunning views of Darwin Bay and spot the red-footed boobies, herons, and whimbrels that call the bay home. On North Seymour Island, traverse a dried lava landscape to see over 2,500 land iguanas as well as the biggest colony of Magnificent Frigate birds in the islands. On Fernandina Island, spot lava flows and new volcanic cones at Darwin Volcano, one of the few active volcanoes in the region. Later, stroll along Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island to see flamingos, pintail ducks, and countless other exotic birds as well as enjoy spectacular views of the water. During your free time, take advantage of the yacht's on-board equipment to snorkel through the waters and witness the world beneath the waves.

An 8-day itinerary combines all of these island excursions into one unforgettable adventure. An alternative 8-day itinerary takes you to other popular spots like the Sierra Negra Volcano, which has one of the three largest volcanic craters in the world, as well as Floreana Island, where you can stroll along Green Beach, which glows a bright green due to the olivine crystals in the sand.

No matter which itinerary you choose, you'll experience one of the world's greatest natural environments.


 

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Duration
4-8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 7,290

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Galapagos

Fly to the Galapagos. Assistance will be provided upon your arrival by a 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.

This afternoon you will see Eden island. There is no landing, the main attraction is its incredible marine life with some open water snorkeling, you can expect to spot marine iguanas, reef sharks and sea lions. Ashore a variety of birds can be seen across mangrove and rocks, blue footed boobies, pelicans, lava gulls, striated herons and frigates.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration7 Nights
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Natural Paradise

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    Natural Paradise



    Elegant and comfortable, the Natural Paradise is the newest yacht in Galapagos. Her social areas include a beautiful teak sundeck with Jacuzzi and a cozy al fresco dining. On the main deck you will find a spacious lounge and dining room. Snorkelling equipment, wetsuits and …

    Elegant and comfortable, the Natural Paradise is the newest yacht in Galapagos. Her social areas include a beautiful teak sundeck with Jacuzzi and a cozy al fresco dining. On the main deck you will find a spacious lounge and dining room. Snorkelling equipment, wetsuits and sea kayaks are available on board.

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    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Dining Room
    • Jacuzzi
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Galapagos

This morning excursion takes you to 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.

Your afternoon visit takes you to Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island. This island is the third largest island in the archipelago and has a single visitor site: Punta Espinoza, located at the northeastern tip of the island. Just across Tagus Cove, is a visitor site where some of the unique species of Galapagos can be seen. 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. A bird that due to the lack of predators, had to adjust their way of survival and improve their 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. Stay within 2m of the cormorants and penguins.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Galapagos

This morning you will visit Isabela Island - Urbina Bay. A bit more south of Tagus Cove is Urbina Bay. This 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.

This afternoon you will visit Isabela Island - Moreno Point: 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 4

Galapagos

This morning visit Sierra Negra Volcano. This volcano is located on the South of the Island and is one 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. This volcano presents one of the 3 biggest craters in the world.

This afternoon you will visit the Wall of Tears/Wetlands. 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 5

Galapagos

This morning you will visit Chinese Hat. This is a small islet (1 sq. km) located just off the southeastern tip of Santiago Island. It is a recent volcanic cone, shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from north side. On the west side lava formations may be observed, formed under the sea and raised upward, this is why coral heads are found on the lava. This is an excellent visit for interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lion's colonies, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins.

This afternoon visit Mosquera. It is an Islet located between Baltra and North Seymour. This is a small islet formed by a geological uplift, with a reef of rocks and coral and a great white sand beach, where a population of sea lions can be found. You can also observe several species of shorebirds. Along the rocks are commonly running Red Lava crabs or Sally light-foot crabs.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Galapagos

This morning excursion takes you to Post Office Bay, Floreana Island. 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.

This afternoon you will visit Punta Cormorant, Champion Islet, Floreana Island. This site offers probably the best Flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. It's situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: "The Green Beach" (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the "Flour Sand Beach" which is made up of coral. After our visit of Cormorant Point, we will continue with our yacht to the nearby islet known as Corona del Diablo (Devil's Crown), where we can enjoy some great snorkeling.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Galapagos

This morning you will visit Suarez Point. This 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 around, Galapagos doves, Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, and Darwin finches.

This afternoon you will visit 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Depart Galapagos

This morning you will visit Isla Lobos, San Cristobal. This little island is reach at approx. 1 hour by panga from Port Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Island. The trail will lead across a dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks and sandy areas. There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds, which nest in this site. At the beach you will see a large colony of sea lions. It is common to see shorebirds.

Then you will be transferred to your scheduled departure from San Cristobal Airport to mainland Ecuador.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2022

4 Day Cruise

To be advised.

5 Day Cruise To be advised.
8 Day - Itinerary A

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8 Day - Itinerary B

To be advised.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 3, 4 or 7 nights' on-board accommodation
  • Island transfers and water tours
  • Local guides
  • Meals as indicated
  • Domestic airfare
  • National Park entrance fee
  • Tourist ticket

PRICE EXCLUDES:

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

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

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.

TB CONDORTQUI0822CR: NP 8B
6 Dec 2022
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