Ship Name: Eric / Flamingo
/ Letty (identical ships) -
Motor Yachts - 20 passengers
Activities: Hiking, Photography, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
We strongly recommend two pre-cruise nights
and one post-cruise night in Quito or Guayaquil. Please
inquire about adding these or other services to your trip.
The Galapagos Islands are considered one of
the most spectacular and pristine National Parks in the world.
Visitors delight in the abundant, unusual, and surprisingly
approachable wildlife--from Galapagos giant tortoises to playful
sea lions to the fascinating blue-footed boobies.
Day 1: San Cristobal Island
to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island, your crew is waiting
at the airport to escort you to your anchored yacht. After the welcome
briefing, buffet lunch and safety drill, set sail for Playa Ochoa.
Here, test your snorkeling equipment and at the same time swim with
a small colony of sea lions. Behind the beach, there is a tidal
lagoon where birds can be spotted, including the rare chatham mockingbird.
At sunset, cruise around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), a vertical
tuff cone formation that abruptly juts up almost 500 feet out of
the ocean. On the cliffs, spot blue-footed boobies, nazca boobies
and magnificent frigate birds.
San Cristobal Island
This morning, visit the northeast
tip of San Cristobal, Punta Pitt, a tuff formation that serves as
a nesting site for many sea birds including blue-footed, nazca and
red-footed boobies, frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls and storm
petrels. Punta Pitt is considered to be a first-class site for birds
and equal to Genovesa (Tower) Island. This afternoon, visit Cerro
Brujo, a breathtaking white power-sand beach, said to be one of
the most spectacular in Galapagos. Here, enjoy an opportunity to
snorkel or kayak right from the beach.
Day 3: Espanola Island
This morning, have a dry landing at Punta Suarez, Espanola, to witness
the highest rate of endemic species in Galapagos. Sea lions noisily
greet as you land on their beach. From April to November, the waved
albatross, found only on Espanola, perform their wild mating ritual.
Colonies of blue-footed boobies engage in "sky-pointing" to show
off for potential mates. Nazca boobies busily care for their young.
Stunning swallow-tailed gulls are the only nocturnal gulls in the
world. Red-billed tropicbirds take shelter under the cliffs. Also,
find Darwin's Finches, Galapagos Doves and Galapagos Hawks. Observe
a unique species of marine iguana identified with traces of red
and green colorings. Colorful sally light-foot crabs crawl along
the shoreline near to the famous "blow hole."
In the afternoon, have a wet landing on Gardner
Bay, Espanola (Hood). Walk along seemingly endless stretches of
this white sandy beach where you'll find large colonies of sea lions.
There is no trail to follow so this is a chance to explore and you
may find a Galapagos Hawk, Darwin's Finches or Hood Mockingbird.
Swim with sea lions right from the beach, explore by kayak or just
relax. There's an excellent snorkeling site off Gardner Islet with
a colorful diversity of sea life near Tortuga Rock, explore caves
covered with invertebrates.
Day 4: Floreana Island
Step ashore at
Punta Cormorant, Floreana Island (Charles), one of the few populated
islands in the Galapagos. Floreana presents a rich history with
mystery and intrigue. Set foot on a beach alive with the sounds
of sea lions. Follow a trail to a brackish lagoon, home of the pintail
ducks, common stilts, and the pinkest Flamingos in the world. Wind
your way past a rich variety of plants including Morning Glory,
Cut Leaf Daisies, Palo Verdes and Scalesia leading to a beach with
power soft sand. Sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand dunes and
rays swim in the shallow water.
After the walk, have an opportunity to snorkel at
Devil's Crown, a shallow sunken crater colonized by a brilliant
array of colorful fish and corral. This afternoon, visit Post office
Bay, not the most scenic, but probably the most famous sites in
Galapagos. Here is where a post barrel was put into use in the late
18th Century by English whaling vessels. You are invited to leave
a post card and to pick up any mail from your home area.
Day 5: Isabela Island
Visit Sierra Negra
Volcano, located in the Southwest portion of Isabela, and considered
the oldest and largest volcano on Isabela. From the town of Puerto
Villamil, travel 45 minutes by motorized vehicle followed by some
hiking. Along the way, you will usually spot the Vermillion Flycatcher,
Galapagos Martins, Whimbrels and Galapagos Hawk. Visit a hidden
gem on Isabela Island called Los Humedales, which translates to
"wetlands," or visit Las Tintoreras, a lagoon for snorkeling and
where eagle rays and sea turtles can be spotted. At Humedales, there
are trails from which you find all four species of mangroves, secluded
sandy beaches with rocky shores and natural pools from where you
can view migratory birds including Whimbrels and mating Flamingos.
Stop at the tortoise breeding center located in the town of Puerto
Villamil where you will encounter giant tortoises, the namesake
of the islands.
Day 6: Bartolome Island / Santa Cruz Island
Disembark at Bartolome, where it seems like you are walking
on the moon. This young Island is inhospitable to most plants and
animals. After a dry landing, climb 30 minutes up stairs leading
to the summit of a once active volcano. Along the way, pause to
marvel at lava bombs, spatter cones and cinder cones. From the top
of the wooden stairs, gaze out across the island for a panoramic
view of the island and "Pinnacle Rock," an eroded tuff
cone. Crystal clear water is an invitation to snorkel from the beach
or Zodiac with schools of tropical fish and Galapagos Penguins.
Later, travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz
Island. The scenery gradually changes as you wind the way through
all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos. Here, visit the tortoise
reserve at "Las Primicias," one of the private farms in the highlands
where you will encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat.
Visit Los Gemelos, Spanish for "The Twins," a pair of large pit
craters where you find the bright red male vermilion flycatcher.
Day 7: South Plaza Island / Santa Cruz Island
Explore South Plaza, a small geological uplift with tall cliffs
offering spectacular views. After a dry landing, the trails leads
through prickly pear cactus or opuntia and sesuvium. Here you can
find the Galapagos land iguana feeding on the cactus leaves. Toward
the end of the hill, encounter a colony of bachelor sea lions. The
dominant bulls are in various stages of recovery from battles lost
over prime beach territory. Also, find swallow-tailed gulls, shearwaters
and red-billed tropicbirds who build their nests along the cliffs.
Later, visit the Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena
(formerly the Charles Darwin Research Station). See all three tortoise
corals and the breeding center with new hatchlings and miniature
tortoises not yet ready to be repatriated. Scientists from all over
the globe work at the station and conduct biological research from
anatomy to zoology. Stop at Van Straelen Hall where there are exhibits
and a short video presentation. Visitors can see the tortoise and
land iguana corrals. Afterward, walk through the town of Puerto
Ayora, population 24,000, and the social heart of the islands.
Day 8: San Cristobal Island
Interpretation Center that opened on San Cristobal Island in 1999.
Gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history
of the Islands. Afterwards, spend time in port before heading to
the airport for the flight back to the mainland.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com
is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Above rates are per person and based on double
Galapagos Airfare (Quito or Guayaquil): Approx. $450-$600 per
Galapagos National Park Fee: $100 per adult; $50 per
child under 12
Galapagos Transit Card: $20 per person
surcharge may apply
Wet Suit Rental: $25 to
reserve your size in advance. No charge for sizes available at
time of departure.
Single cabins are limited and not available every
departure, they are assigned to any deck by the shipping company
at the time of sailing. On select departures, female share
cabins and male share cabins are available at the iguana deck
rate on seasonal departure dates only. On peak departure dates,
the single rate will apply and a share request can be placed on
wait list. Only if the share is matched will the share rate
Child Rate: Children 11 years and under are
25% off the double occupancy rate (only on designated family
departures). Children ages 12-17 years are 15% off double
occupancy rate. Discount is based on their age at the time of
sailing. One child discount per each adult fare paid with a
limit of two per family. Photocopy of child's passport showing
date of birth is required. No child discounts are permitted
during holiday weeks.
We strongly recommend two pre-cruise nights and one
post-cruise night in Quito or Guayaquil. Please inquire about
adding these or other services to your trip.
7-Day Cruise Option:
disembark on Saturday in Baltra for a shorter, 7-day cruise.
Available on select departure dates, the 7-day rate is a 10%
discount off the 8-day cruise rate on Seasonal departure dates
only and cannot be combined with any other promotional or child
discounts. For those passengers departing early and require a
transfer to the airport with a guide, there is an additional
charge of $50 per person (max $200). The return flight from
Baltra is subject to availability and confirmation is requested
at the time of booking. Please add $20.50 per person for the
Baltra airport surcharge.
Cabin accommodation; all meals
and snacks aboard ship; non-alcoholic beverages; purified water;
Captainís welcome and farewell cocktail; house wine and local
beer with dinner; guided shore excursions; use of wetsuits (but
no guarantee there will be one available in your size unless you
reserve in advance for $25), snorkeling equipment and kayaks;
transfer between island airport and dock. Subject to change
Airfare; hotel nights
before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos
National Park entrance fee; Galapagos Transit Card; gratuities
are left to the discretion of the passenger; wetsuit advance
reservation; travelerís insurance; alcoholic beverages not
mentioned above; purchases on board; fuel surcharge may apply.
We are happy to add hotels, air and land arrangements
as requested, and you will be quoted for services.
Airfare between Quito/Guayaquil and the Galapagos
The flights between mainland Ecuador
(Quito or Guayaquil) and the Galapagos Islands are an additional
cost. To secure your seats on often overbooked flights,
ExpeditionTrips must reserve these flights for you at the time
of cruise booking. Approximate cost (including service
fee): $450-$600 per adult; $250-$325 per child under 12 (copy of