Galapagos Cruise – West (B)

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5 Days/4 Nights
Depart from Quito
Arrive in the Galapagos for a 4 night cruise - departs every Wednesday
Tour Details

Our Galapagos Coral Cruise itineraries offer unforgettable experiences, with our weekly departures allowing you to experience 3-, 4-, 7-, and up to 14 –nights tours including: full board, two daily guided excursions with optional activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, dinghy rides and our new feature daily diving tours for license-holding divers.

Departure & Return Location

Quito (international flights can be arranged)

Tour Includes

  • Roundtrip Domestic flights: Quito to Galapagos
  • 4 Nights cruise in the Galapagos
  • English-speaking Guides
  • All sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary, including entrance fees
  • Meals as per itinerary (as described by: B-breakfast, L-lunch & D-dinner)
  • All transportation as per itinerary

Tour Excludes

  • Visitor's Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Gratuities
  • International flights (contact us to arrange your flights)
Itinerary

Day 1 WednesdayFlight to Galapagos / Sail on M/Y Coral I & II

AM – Quito to Baltra Airport

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (approx. 2½-hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturist guides and taken on a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/Y Coral I or M/Y Coral II.

AM – Highlands Tortoise Reserve & Pit Craters (Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. In the central highlands of Santa Cruz Island we have our best opportunity to interact at close quarters with totally wild, Galapagos giant tortoises. A short walk among these huge, 600lb, reptiles will also offer the chance for more highland species, especially several species of the famed finches. A visit to the collapsed, twin sinkholes (Gemelos) puts us in a stunning forest of the endemic tree-forming Scalesia. Apart from the dramatic scenery, this area is well known for its diversity of passerine
bird species.

Day 2 ThursdayGalapagos: M/Y Coral I & II

AM- Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)

This is a spectacular visitor site, surrounded by immense cliffs of the eroded volcano. Studded with resting seabirds such as brown noddies and Nazca boobies, we will enjoy them in close proximity from our dinghies. Snorkeling here is superb, with certain species of fish only found in the west of the archipelago. We also have a very real chance of swimming with penguins and potentially a plethora of green turtles.

PM – Punta Espinosa (Fernandina Island)

Dry landing. The youngest island of Galapagos and one of the most pristine in the world. Fernandina is simply the ëmarine iguana capital of the worldí. This desolate volcanic backdrop is home to a huge concentration of these enigmatic reptiles. Incongruously, sharing the same shoreline, we can find the diminutive Galapagos penguins. Here we also have the exciting opportunity to snorkel with marine iguanas feeding underwater, penguins, turtles and the bizarre, endemic, flightless cormorants.

Day 3 FridayGalapagos: M/Y Coral I & II

AM – Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)

Wet landing. At the far end of a long, level hike we arrive at a strange phenomenon where large blocks of coral lie completely exposed after a dramatic geological uplift in 1954. Located at the western base of Alcedo Volcano we hope to run into a few very impressive land iguanas as well as some of the volcanoís endemic Galapagos giant tortoises during the wet season.

PM – Tagus Cove (Isabela)

Dry landing. A well-known hideout and deep water anchorage in the days of pirates, Tagus Cove was also one of the few sites visited by Charles Darwin and the HMS Beagle in 1835. A beautiful hike leads us past an overview of Darwin Lake and on to a stunning volcanic landscape revealing Isabela islandís dramatic northern volcanoes. Once back at sea level the perfect activity is to snorkel along a submerged wall with turtles, lots of fish, penguins and potentially flightless cormorants. You might even be tempted by a panga ride or kayak!

Day 4 SaturdayGalapagos: M/Y Coral I & II

AM – Egas Port (Santiago Island)

Wet landing. The black volcanic sand sets this landing apart from most. It is best known for the dramatic shoreline where we meet a host of species that chose to live between land and sea. Particular among these are the endemic Galapagos fur seals which maintain a small colony at the end of our walk. Other species of note include American oystercatchers, sea lions, waders, herons, lava lizards and even Galapagos hawks. An optional visit takes us to an abandoned salt mine famous in its day for supplying salt to mainland Ecuador.

PM – Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)

Wet landing. Although, when viewed from the sea, the site does not look especially interesting visitors are always totally enthralled by the amazing beds of pahoehoe lava from the recent flow on the island. It is a landscape and macro photographer’s dream. The importance of pioneer plants such as the tiny Mollugo will be discussed as we hike over the lava. After our land visit we can enjoy a refreshing snorkel in the company of sea lions, turtles and rays.

Day 5 SundayGalapagos: M/Y Coral I & II / En Route

AM – Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island)

Wet landing. Named for some wrecked World War II barges whose ribs are still visible in the sand this visitor site offers great swimming, a lovely walk along the shore and a visit to a lagoon behind the high tide line with wading birds, marine iguanas and sometimes even flamingoes. The two beaches are also favorite nesting sites for green turtles which often leave tractor-like tracks in the sand.

Baltra Airport

After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Rates

Pricing available upon request.

Please contact us at 416-751-7190 or complete the enquiry request for a quote.

Accommodations

Galapagos Cruise

M/Y Coral I or Coral II

**Cruise subject to availability.

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