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Private Charter - San Cristobal, Espanola & Floreana Aboard Petrel

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On this 4-day private charter to the Galapagos, sail to San Cristobal, Española, Floreana, and Santa Cruz Islands. Along the way, enjoy fantastic snorkeling and swimming, hike along trails and beaches overlooking turquoise waters, view an amazing variety of marine life and wildlife, and visit interactive research and interpretive centers providing information about the history and biodiversity of the Galapagos.
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Highlights
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see Galapagos Tortoises
  • Snorkel around one of the Galapagos' best snorkeling sites, Devil's Crown
  • Explore the breeding site of waved albatrosses on Gardner Bay
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Day 1: San Cristobal | Embark

Arrive at the airport and transfer to the Petrel to start your private Galapagos adventure!

The Interpretation Center was opened in 1998 as a phase of the project “Interpretation and Environment Education Project.” Visitors enjoy expositions on natural history, human history, and conservation. The conservation efforts represent the movement to protect the wildlife and natural environment through means of population and tourist control. The Interpretation Center has an outdoor stadium, audio-visual equipment, and meeting rooms.

La Galapaguera is a visitor site in the southeast part of San Cristobal Island that can be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds such as warbler, finches and mockingbirds, and on the trails, giant tortoises.

Day 2: Gardner Bay | Osborn Islet | Suarez Point

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Gardner Bay, on the eastern side of the island, is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. It has an ample white sandy beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkeling.

After landing at Osborn Islet, you can walk across a lovely white sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. This small island is a marine visit where you can enjoy fantastic snorkeling and swimming.

Suarez Point is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. A beautiful site on the ocean front, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.

Day 3: Cormorant Point | Devil's Crown | Post Office Bay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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” named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the “Four Sand Beach” composed of white coral.

Devil's Crown is one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos. This volcanic crater has been eroded by the waves, leaving the northern and southern sides poking out of the water. The coral reef in the middle is perfect for attracting marine life. Snorkelers enjoy the variety of marine life and exciting currents that rush through the crown, creating an exhilarating experience.

In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.

Day 4: 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 for your returning flight to Ecuador’s mainland.

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30 m2 / 323 ft2, Air Conditioner / Private Balcony, Convertible Twin or King Accommodation.
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43 m2 / 463 ft2, Air Conditioner / Private Balcony, King or Triple Accommodation

Child Discount

25% Discount applies when traveling with two adults. Children must be under 12 years old by the time they cruise. Child discounts are conditional and may not apply on certain departures. Please contact us for more information.

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.
Included
  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, transparent sea kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards are all included in the cruise cost and are available for your use onboard.
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Soft drinks and juices
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675

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