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Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino) Island, Galapagos

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Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra-Mosquera
Day 2 : Isabela-Fernandina
Day 3 : Isabela
Day 4 : Santiago-Chinese Hat
Day 5 : Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center - Baltra



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Trip Type

  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino) Island, Galapagos Crabs on the edge of a tidepool Zodiacs, Dry Landing Panga Ride near Tagus Cove, Isabela Island, Galapagos

Day 1 Baltra-Mosquera

In the morning, fly to Baltra from Guayaquil. This island was a strategic point during the Second World War. Once at the airport, a naturalist English speaking guide assists you and transfers you to the yacht.

After lunch, sail to Mosquera Island This island consists of a long narrow stretch of white sand, rocks, and tide pools. Created by geological uplift, Mosquera has a flat look to it rather than the conical shape of the volcanically formed islands. It is a great place for snorkeling, strolling on the beach, and enjoying the wildlife. It is home to a huge population of sea lions and many shorebirds.

Day 2 Isabela-Fernandina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, take a panga ride visit to Vicente Roca Point on Isabela Island. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life, observing seahorses, sea turtles, rays, puffer fish, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (or sunfish). You may also see also Galapagos penguins, blue-footed boobies and nazca boobies.

In the afternoon disembark in Espinoza Point on Fernandina. Take a hike to see lava flows, a colony of marine iguanas (nesting time: January to June), penguins, pelicans and colonies of cormorants, and lava cactus. Spend the rest of the afternoon snorkeling before boarding the boat for dinner.

Day 3 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, disembark in Urbina Bay, located in the west of Isabela Island, at the food of the Alcedo volcano. Walk on a sandy and rocky defined path observing calcareous organisms (shells, corals)shells and corals above water. In this area we see a large colony of land iguanas, Darwin's finches, giant tortoises (between June – September) and flightless cormorants. After the hike, there is time for snorkeling along the shoreline where guests may observe penguins and flightless cormorants.

After lunch, visit Tagus Cove, a port where whaling ships arrived and left their ships’ names in a cave in 1800. In the high part is Darwin Lake, a round salt water crater. Disembark and take a walk begins from the shore by a wooden stairway that rises to the dusty trail passing through Palo Santo Forest to reach the Darwin Lake. Continue on the trail around the lake through the dry vegetation zone and admire panoramic views the overlook both Darwin and Wolf volcanoes. Later, take a panga ride through the cliffs and observe the historical graffiti, penguins, flightless cormorants, boobies, pelicans and sally lightfoot crabs. Then enjoy snorkeling time in the cove.

Day 4 Santiago-Chinese Hat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, visit Puerto Egas on Santiago Island. Walk along a rocky trail to the salt crater while observing Darwin Finches, the endemic Galapagos hawks, marine iguanas, sally light root crabs and fur seals and sea lions. Here, there is time for swimming and snorkeling.

In the afternoon, disembark and take a short walk around Chinese Hat observing lava tunnels, lava cactus, and Galápagos Sesuvium. Then take some time to swim and snorkel.

Day 5 Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center - Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, walk for about 20 minutes to the Charles Darwin Station to observe Galapagos giant turtles breeding efforts. The Darwin Station is part of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands, an international non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research in the Galapagos Islands since 1959. After this visit, transfer to Baltra Airport by bus for your return flight to Guayaquil.


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Single Supplement

This yacht requires single travelers to pay a supplement for private accommodations unless a roommate can be found.

Child Discount

10% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. Discount not applicable for holiday departures.

Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50


  • Accommodations on board Fragata based on double occupancy
  • Meals while in the Galapagos
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Shore Excursions
  • Swimming and Snorkeling
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos


  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Snorkel equipment rental available for $20 for 5 days, $25 for 8 days
  • Wetsuit rental available for $25 for 5 days, $35 for 8 days
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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