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Private Charter - South & Central Islands Aboard M/C Galapagos Endemic

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Discover the Galapagos' unique marine life on this spectacular eight-day private trip. Your adventure begins on Baltra Island, where you board M/C Endemic, and stops on Dragon Hill, where you'll hunt for birds like flycatchers, warblers, flamingos, and pintail ducks in the salty lagoons. The next day, snorkel with friendly sea lions in San Cristobal, one of the Galapagos' best snorkeling spots. Cruise around Española Island to two fantastic visitor sites: Gardner Bay, a stunning white-sand beach ideal for snorkeling and soaking up some sun, and Punta Suarez, where you can see the spectacular Waved Albatross, Nazca Boobies, Blue-footed Boobies, Red-billed Tropic Birds, and marine iguanas. Your tour comes to a close with a visit to Santa Cruz Island's Black Turtle Cove.
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Highlights
  • Walk along a white coral sand beach in Witch Hill with your private group of up to 16 guests
  • Learn the mysterious story of the “Baroness of the Galapagos” at Floreana
  • Lounge and get some sunshine alongside sleeping sea lions at Española
  • Explore around Kicker Rock with chance to see hammerhead sharks
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Day 1: Baltra Island Airport | Embark | Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz

Arrive at Baltra airport and transfer to the yacht. Dragon Hill in Santa Cruz Island is the first top for admiring a unique rocky landscape with so many land iguanas, which probably inspired the name for the hill. Hike along a dusty trail winding through cacti and Palo Santo trees while looking for birds, including flycatchers, warblers, flamingos, and pintail ducks in the salty lagoons. Enhance your experience with snorkeling offshore following your hike.

Day 2: Witch Hill | Kicker Rock | Sea Lion Island, San Cristobal Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
“Witch Hill” gets its name from the “pájaro brujo,” or witch bird, better known in English as the Vermilion Flycatcher. The site bewitches visitors even without the little red birds: it consists of a white coral sand beach perfect for playing in the sand, kayaking, or snorkeling. It is possible to snorkel or kayak in the gentle surf off the beach. Panga rides take guests past some interesting rock formations along the island shore.

No one can agree what Kicker Rock looks like. This distinctive rock formation off the coast of San Cristobal island is called León Dormido, or “Sleeping Lion” in Spanish, but “Kicker Rock” in English. It can be seen as vaguely shaped like a lion or a boot, depending on how you squint at it.

“Sea Lion Island” lives up to its name. One of the best snorkeling spots in the Galapagos, Isla Lobos, is a long islet parallel to the coast of San Cristobal Island, creating a calm channel perfect for beginning snorkelers. The island is home to a large colony of sea lions who sometimes splash into the water and frolic with swimmers and snorkelers. It’s also a great place to practice your kayak skills if you’re rusty!

Day 3: Osborn and Gardner Islets | Gardner Bay | Suarez Point, Española Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
One of the best snorkeling spots in the Galapagos, Osborn Islet, is known for tranquil waters and abundant sea life. Sea lions frolic with snorkelers while brilliantly colorful parrot fish nip at the coral on the seabed. Nearby, Gardner Islet is also home to a sea lion colony. These islets are close to one another, and guides may decide to go to one depending on conditions.

Española Island: One of only two sites on spectacular Española island where visitors are allowed to land, Gardner Bay is a gorgeous white-sand beach where guests can lounge and get some sunshine alongside sleeping sea lions. There isn’t much wildlife (crabs and marine iguanas are common, as are some wading birds), but it’s one of the best beaches in the Galapagos! Those who have not had their fill of snorkeling earlier in the morning can putter around in the gentle surf off the beach.

An amazing visitor site, Punta Suarez is the personal favorite of many veteran Galapagos guides. It is the only place in all islands where visitors can reliably expect to see the majestic Waved Albatross. The albatrosses migrate away from Española between January and April but are there for the rest of the year. Suarez Point is also home to Nazca Boobies, Blue-footed Boobies, Red-billed Tropic Birds, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, and more.

Day 4: Santa Fe Island | Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Santa Cruz Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Santa Fe is a small island, but it has a memorable trail that winds its way through a forest of tall, prickly cacti. The cacti are the preferred food of a booming population of endemic land iguanas. The Santa Fe rice rat, one of the few mammals native to the islands, is also found there, although the elusive rodent is seldom seen by visitors. The native population of giant tortoises on Santa Fe was wiped out by whalers over a century ago, but in 2015 some Española tortoises were released onto the island. It is possible to go snorkeling and kayaking off of the island after the hike.

Named after the Galapagos Park Ranger who served for 43 years, the Fausto Llerena Breeding center is home to hundreds of baby tortoises of different sub-species raised until they are large enough to be released. Over the years, thousands of tortoises have been released into the wild. Here, visitors can learn about the tortoises and other conservation programs run by the prestigious Charles Darwin Foundation.  

Day 5: South Plaza Island | Bartholomew Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A low, rocky island populated by cacti and a healthy population of land iguanas, South Plaza Island is always a favorite among visitors to Galapagos. The island is home to the sesuvium plant, which is bright red at certain times of the year. This gives the site an otherworldly look and makes it one of the most picturesque sites on the islands. As you hike, look for booby's diving for fish offshore!

Bartholomew is a small but scenic island, home to the iconic, pointy Pinnacle Rock. Bartholomew has only two visitor areas: a series of wooden steps leading to a scenic overlook and a small, sandy beach. There's not a lot of wildlife on the way up the steps – look for lava lizards – but the view is spectacular. The small beach is one of the better snorkeling spots in the Galapagos, as there is a small penguin colony there, and the penguins enjoy darting around snorkelers underwater. You can also see any number of fish and rays, and maybe even a shark or two if you're lucky.

Day 6: Cormorant Point | Devil’s Crown | Post Office Bay | The Baroness’ Overlook, Floreana Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cormorant Point features two beaches and a flamingo lagoon, but oddly enough, no cormorants (found mostly in the western islands of Fernandina and Isabela). Cormorant point is sort of like two sites in one: the landing site is a green sandy beach popular with sea lions, but a short walk takes you to the other side of the point and a gorgeous white sand beach. You can wade in up to your ankles, but don’t go any deeper: the waters of this beach are full of stingrays! On most days, you can see dozens of them just off the beach.

The Devil’s Crown is a jagged set of rocks in a roughly circular shape off of Floreana Island: they are the final remnants of an ancient volcanic crater mostly eroded over the ages. It’s a marvelous snorkeling spot: the deep water on one side is good for seeing large rays, sharks, and other spectacular large marine life, while the interior of the ‘crown’ is calm and often full of playful sea lions.

At one time, whalers and other ships roamed the seas, often for years at a time. For the men who worked these ships, communication with home was very difficult, and they would leave letters in certain places around the globe: one such drop off was a barrel at what came to be known as “Post Office Bay.” The barrel is still there: leave your letter for a loved one! The site also features a nice sandy beach perfect for relaxing or snorkeling.

A short trail leads to the Baroness’ overlook from a sandy beach, where visitors will get a good view of the Floreana coastline. Ask your guide for the story of the “Baroness of the Galapagos.” It’s a murder mystery that is unsolved to this day! After a visit to the overlook, there will be the opportunity to take a panga ride along the coast or take out one of the sea kayaks.

Day 7: Chinese Hat, Santiago Island | North Seymour Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Chinese Hat, named for its distinctive conical shape, is memorable for geology and animal life. The island is known for lava tubes and pillow formations, meaning that it likely was formed underwater and later was pushed to the surface by geological forces. Besides being an informative case study in volcanic geology, Chinese Hat is home to sea lions, penguins, and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. The hike is followed by panga rides, snorkeling and, kayaking.

Another visitor favorite, North Seymour, has something for everyone. The Frigate Birds and Blue-Footed Boobies nest right next to the rocky trail, allowing for spectacular photographs. The island is home to a booming Land Iguanas, often seen contentedly munching on cactus pads. There are usually dozens of sea lions near the landing site and along the beach. As if that’s not enough, the snorkeling is excellent!

Day 8: Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz | Disembark

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Black Turtle Cove is a lagoon on Santa Cruz Island. It is a maze of mangroves, and pangas are forced to paddle, so their motors do not disturb the wildlife there. See sharks, sea turtles, herons, or even a school of golden rays gently gliding through the water. There is no swimming or snorkeling permitted in Black Turtle Cove.

Transfer from Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Airport.

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Rates do not include: 
-Round trip flights to Galapagos
-Galapagos National Park Entrance fee
-Transit Control Card
-Alcoholic and bottled beverages
-Tips for guides and crew
-Travel insurance

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.
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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 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
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675

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