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Isabela & Fernandina Islands

Example 6 Day Cruise aboard Petrel
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On this 6-day expedition aboard the Petrel, explore Isabela and Fernandina Islands. Remnants of ancient volcanoes, abundant wildlife and marine life, spectacular views, and hiking and snorkeling adventures await you on this Galapagos tour.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra Island / Embark / North Seymour Island
Day 2 : Isabela - Vicente Roca Point / Fernandina - Espinosa Point
Day 3 : Isabela - Tagus Cove & Urbina Bay
Day 4 : Isabela - Elizabeth Bay & Moreno Point
Day 5 : Isabela - Sierra Negra Volcano, Wetlands & The Wall of Tears
Day 6 : Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Station / Disembark

Highlights

  • Take a dinghy ride through Elizabeth Bay
  • Hike through lava rock to tide pools and mangroves
  • Visit the Sierra Negra Volcano and see up to seven species of finch
  • Cross the Bolivar Channel and land at Espinosa Point

Ship

Petrel

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Espinosa Point
  • Fernandina
  • Humedales and Wall of Tears
  • Isabela
  • North Seymour
  • Punta Moreno
  • Santa Cruz
  • Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay
  • Vicente Roca Point

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

sea lion relaxing along the beach snorkeling in the galapagos Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela Island-Galapagos Isabela rock with birds Hiking through the unique forests of the Galapagos.

Day 1 Baltra Island / Embark / North Seymour Island

Arrive at Baltra airport and transfer to the boat. Attend a briefing onboard about the boat and the island.

Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lavas containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

Day 2 Isabela - Vicente Roca Point / Fernandina - Espinosa Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The largest in the archipelago, the seahorse-shaped Isabela island is also one of the youngest and most volcanically active. The morning visit is to 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 (sunfish).

Crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, land at Espinosa Point. After walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, reach the island's highlight: the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.

Day 3 Isabela - Tagus Cove & Urbina Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tagus Cove 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.

Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast, between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954, causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkeling.

Day 4 Isabela - Elizabeth Bay & Moreno Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Elizabeth Bay 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.

Moreno Point is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves create a birdwatcher’s delight. In the tide pools green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted.

Day 5 Isabela - Sierra Negra Volcano, Wetlands & The Wall of Tears

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Sierra Negra Volcano boasts the largest basaltic caldera in Galapagos at 9 x 10km. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finch and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005.

The Wetlands of Isabela Island are located just outside of Puerto Villamil. They consist of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves and are home to a variety of unique bird species such as common stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails, and gallinules. The Wetlands can be visited on foot via a path that winds through the swamps.

From 1945-1959, a penal colony hosted prisoners who were forced to build The Wall of Tears, stone by stone, in isolation. This now historical site (El Muro de las Lagrimas), towering at 65 feet (25m) high, took the lives of thousands during its construction. Locals claim to hear cries emanating from the heavy energy surrounding the site.

Day 6 Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Station / Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pet. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Transfer to the airport after an early and short morning visit before heading back toward the airport for your returning flight to Ecuador’s mainland.

Petrel

Per person starting at
$5,245
Suite on the Galapagos ship Petrel
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Staterooms
6 Double Staterooms located on both the Main and the Upper Decks: 323 ft² with private balcony and en-suite bath facilities. 1 Single Stateroom located on the Upper Deck: 151 ft² with en-suite bath facilities.
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Suites
2 spacious Suites located on the Main Deck include a sitting area, private balcony and en-suite bath facilities. 463ft²

Notes

* Prices per person, based on a double occupancy

* Please keep in mind that for individual bookings, children must be at least 7 years old to participate in the tour.

 

Please note: This Galapagos cruise itinerary is subject to change without previous notice due to weather conditions and National Park regulations.

Rates Include:
- All shore excursions
- All meals throughout the cruise
- Soft drinks and juices
- Champagne reception
- Complimentary fruit platter
- Galapagos National Park certified Guide
- Use of snorkeling gear and wetsuits
- Kayaks

Rates do not Include:
- Roundtrip airfare to Galapagos (subject to change)
- Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee: $100 (subject to change)
- Galapagos Transit Control Card: $20 (subject to change)
- Tips to crew
- Alcoholic beverages
- Plastic bottled sodas

Child Discount

25% discount for children under 12 years at time of Galapagos cruise traveling with two adults.

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Petrel 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
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Wetsuit
  • Sea Kayaking

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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