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Cruising the Galapagos: M/Y Reina Silva

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,715

Explore the natural playground of the Galapagos Islands aboard a deluxe yacht that takes you on an 8-day journey through the islands. Enjoy comfortable accommodations and expert guidance as you spot blue-footed boobies, Galapagos Penguins, and Giant Tortoises on these volcanic islands.


The M/Y Reina Silva offers two comprehensive 8-day itineraries that take you east or west to showcase a variety of islands and the amazing wildlife that has made this archipelago famous. Explore the world’s greatest natural playground aboard the M/Y Reina Silva.

Departing from Baltra Island, this itinerary offers excellent service and maximum comfort while aboard the 3-star vessel. The itinerary is as follows:

8-Day Eastern Route

Santa Cruz – Espanola – San Cristobal – Santa Fe – Genovesa – Santiago  Rabida

Start on Santa Cruz, where you’ll visit the Giant Tortoise breeding centre of Fausto Llerena. On Espanola, the breeding site of most of the world’s waved albatrosses, see the sea lions of Gardner Bay and the parrot fish and red-lipped bat fish off Osborn Islet. Head to Suarez Point to see the famous albatrosses as well as the carnivorous mockingbirds. On San Cristobal, home to the oldest settlements in the islands, gaze upon Kicker Rock jutting out of the water and see the storm petrels and red- and blue-footed boobies of Pitt Point. Hike through prickly pear cactuses on Santa Fe and see the transforming plant, Sesuvium, which can turn red or green depending on rainfall, on South Plaza. On Genovesa, explore the tidal pools around Darwin Bay before climbing El Barranco for spectacular views over the landscape. Connect to Santiago to explore the small volcanoes and lava flows of Sullivan Bay before gazing upon Pinnacle Rock on Bartolome and getting your first glimpse of Galapagos Penguins. On your final full day, stroll upon the red-sand beach of Rabida before marvelling at the lava flows and coral heads of Chinese Hat, which resembles its namesake off the southeast corner of Santiago.

8-Day Western Route

Santa Cruz – Floreana – Isabela – Fernandina – North Seymour

Start on Santa Cruz, where you’ll see the Twin Craters of the Highlands before visiting the Giant Tortoise breeding centre of Fausto Llerena. On Floreana, head to Cormorant Point to see the flamingo lagoon before strolling along the olivine-coloured Green Beach, see dolphins off Champion Islet, and discover the pirate cave of Straw Hill. On Isabela, the largest island in the archipelago, hike across the lava fields of Moreno Point to catch sight of flamingos strolling through tidal pools. Spot Galapagos Penguins and blue-footed boobies at Elizabeth Bay, a great snorkelling spot. At Urbina Bay, spot stingrays and sea turtles before connecting to Fernandina, where no foreign species has ever invaded the ecosystem. Spot the rare flightless cormorants before heading back to Isabela to stroll along mangrove beaches on Tagus Cove and discover sunfish and seahorses in the coves of Vicente Roca Point. More aquatic wildlife like octopuses, Moray Eels, and Galapagos Hawks await at Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove, and Egas Port. Close out your exploration at Bachas Beach, where you’ll find remnants of the American military presences of World War II. Then get your last look at blue-footed boobies and sea lions on North Seymour.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,715

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Day 1

Arrive to Baltra

Assistance at the airport by our representatives for your Galapagos flight. You will arrive at the airport on Baltra Island in the morning and after going through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by guide from the Reina Silvia.

You will have lunch at a local restaurant and visit the Twin Craters located opposite to each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.

Possible Activities: Walking
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights and Animals: Giant tortoises, finches, warblers and mockingbirds

The afternoon visit is the "Fausto Llerena" breeding center where giant tortoises are bred in captivity and reared until the age of 5 years, when they can survive the effects of introduced predators. This is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-foot long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity.

Possible Activities: Walking and bird watching
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Giant land tortoises in captivity

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration7 Nights
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M/Y Reina Silvia

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    M/Y Reina Silvia


    Introducing the Reina Silvia, "Queen of Galapagos yachts", a 90 ft. deluxe yacht customized to carry 12 to 16 adventurers in comfort and safety through the Galapagos Islands. The Reina Silvia is a first-class yacht ready to make your family's or group of friend's Galapagos …

    Introducing the Reina Silvia, "Queen of Galapagos yachts", a 90 ft. deluxe yacht customized to carry 12 to 16 adventurers in comfort and safety through the Galapagos Islands. The Reina Silvia is a first-class yacht ready to make your family's or group of friend's Galapagos dreams a reality.

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    • Lounge

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Day 2

Floreana: Cormorant Point - Champion Islet - Post Office Bay- Asilo de la Paz

Cormorant Point hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The Green Beach is named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the Four Sand Beach is composed of white coral.

Possible Activities: Dinghy ride & hike (1.25 mi /2 km)
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights and Animals: Flamingoes, green-colored beach

Afterwards, you will visit Champion Islet, named after the whaler Andrew Champion, is a small island located just offshore Floreana Island in the southern part of the Archipelago, considered as one of the most beautiful places on Galapagos for all snorkeling and diving fans and an excellent opportunity for dolphin watching.

Possible Activities: Snorkeling and dinghy ride
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: See lions, reef fish and Nazca boobies

After lunch, you will visit the famous Post Office Bay. You will land on the beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So do not forget your postcards, and do not be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you even get home!

Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 miles / 1 km) and snorkeling
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights and Animals: Post office barrel and nice sandy beach

In the afternoon, you will visit The Asilo de la Paz. This is a hill 450m. high that is behind Straw Hill in the agricultural area of the island. The main attractions are of a historic type: one is the cave of pirates and the other is the freshwater spring. The two sites are located at the base of the hill.

Possible Activities: Walking, dinghy ride and kayaking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights and Animals: Tortoises

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Isabela: Moreno Point - Elizabeth Bay

In the morning, you will visit Moreno Point, located southwest of Elizabeth Bay. Here a dry landing onto what was once flowing lava is possible. The lava has left craters in its wake, which formed crystal tide pools. By looking into the pools, you can peer into another world as the marine life drifts by your window. In the brackish pools of this area, you may see pink flamingos, white-cheeked pintails, and common gallinules. If you look carefully into the pools, you may see white-tip reef sharks and some sea turtles.

Possible Activities: Hiking (1.5 miles / 2 km), snorkeling and dinghy ride
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Flamingos, gallinules, pintail ducks, turtles and white-tip reef sharks

In the afternoon, you will visit Elizabeth Bay, which is located on the east coast of Isabela Island. The bay contains many islets, which can be visited by dinghy. Penguins and blue-footed boobies can be spotted on the rocky islets. With an abundance of marine life and clear water, the area is perfect for snorkeling and viewing schools of colorful fish, sea lions, and perhaps even sharks.

Possible Activities: Hiking (1.5 miles / 2 km) and dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: Mangrove forest (unique in Galapagos), sea turtles, penguins, rays, herons and sea lions

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Isabela and Fernandina: Urbina Bay - Espinoza Point

In the morning, you will land at Urbina Bay which presents some fascinating geological formations. In 1954, an uplift from the sea formed the bay which has been characterized by the resulting terrestrial coral reef ever since. Expect to see stingrays and sea turtles swimming near the surface of the water along with flightless cormorants, pelicans, and marine iguanas. You will be dazzled by the breathtaking view of the Alcedo Volcano.

Possible Activities: Hiking / 2 trails: short (0.6 miles / 1 km), long (1.8 miles / 3 km) and snorkeling
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: Land iguanas (the biggest in the Galapagos), hawks, coral reef, giant tortoises Snorkeling: turtles, rays and tropical fish

In the afternoon, you will land at Espinosa Point and after walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, you'll reach the island's highlight: the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.

Possible Activities: Hiking (1.5 miles / 2 km) and snorkeling
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: Penguins, blue-footed boobies, terns, sea lions. Snorkeling: sea turtles, rays and puffer fish

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Isabela: Tagus Cove - Vicente Roca Point

After breakfast, you will visit Tagus Cove which is located across from Fernandina Island, near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s, using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another lovely beach surrounded by mangroves.

Possible Activities: Long hike (1.5 miles / 2 km), snorkeling, dinghy ride and kayaking
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Penguins, flightless cormorants, Darwin Volcano & Lake

The afternoon visit is at Vicente Roca Point. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (or sunfish).

Possible Activities: Snorkeling and dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: No landing
Highlights & Animals: Penguins, blue-footed boobies, terns, Nazca boobies, two types of sea lions. Snorkeling: sea turtles, rays and puffer fish

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Espumilla Beach - Buccaneer Cove - Egas Port - Salt Mines

In the morning you will start visiting Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and the Sally Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkeling is highly recommended as you could find yourself face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark and a variety of other species of tropical fish.

Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride and kayaking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: Snorkeling and kayaking

Next you will visit Buccaneer Cove which is a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge for British buccaneers. These pirates would anchor in the protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat among other things. The steep cliffs, where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red sand beach, are a magnificent site.

Possible Activities: Short hike along the beach (less than 0.6 miles / 1 km), snorkeling, dinghy ride and kayaking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: Sea birds, historical site, snorkeling and rock formations

After lunch, you will go to Egas Port, also known as James Bay, on Santiago Island which is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to the coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur sea lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site.

Possible Activities: Hiking (1.5 miles / 2 km), and snorkeling
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: Fur sea lions, Galapagos sea lions, tidal pools and "grottos," Galapagos hawks, oyster catchers, marine iguanas, finches. Snorkeling: reef sharks, turtles, rays and nice underwater formations

Later in the afternoon you will visit the Minas de Sal, located northwest of Santiago Island. The trail has an approximate distance of 8 km. round-trip. This site has an important history from the year 1683 when William Ambrose Cowley visited this place, it was he who gave the name of James to the Bay and the island there have been many travelers who have visited this place to exploit this natural resource and salted beef and fish.

Possible Activities: Hiking (5 miles / 8 km)
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Crater of the salt mines

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 7

Bacas Beach - North Seymour

The morning visit to Bachas Beach which is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz and is a swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest on the beach.

Possible Activities: Walking on the beach and snorkeling
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: World War II remnants, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, blacknecked, whimbrels and sea turtles

In the afternoon, you will visit North Seymour. Here you will be able to see Galapagos sea lions, blue- footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds which are abundant on the Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lava flows containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

Possible Activities: Hiking (1.5 miles / 2 km), snorkeling and dinghy ride
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights & Animals: Land & marine iguanas, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies and sea lions. Snorkeling: rays, reef shark, colorful fish and garden eels

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Depart Baltra

After breakfast, you will be transferred from the boat to the Baltra airport for your flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES: 

Eastern Route:
2022:
 To be advised

Western Route:
2022: To be advised

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights' on-board accommodation
  • Return flights from the mainland to the Galapagos
  • Park fee and tourist ticket
  • All meals
  • Regular soft drinks and juices 
  • Champange Reception
  • All site excurions
  • Galapagos National Park bilingual Guide 
  • Use of wet suits and snorkeling gear

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • 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.

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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