Have questions? We're here.
Treasure of Galapagos

Private Charter - Western Islands Aboard Treasure of Galapagos

Example 7 Day Cruise aboard Treasure of Galapagos
Talk with an expert
Customize any aspect of your Galapagos trip. 1.406.541.2677
Help Me Plan My Trip
This 7-day private cruise circumnavigates Isabela, the largest seahorse-shaped island in the archipelago. Explore the newly formed western end of the Galapagos. Enjoy the exciting start of evolution. Discover strong pioneer species that make desolate lava fields habitable, like marine iguanas and the flightless cormorant. The Treasure of the Galapagos allows you to see 'survival of the fittest' without actually experiencing it. Begin your journey at Santa Cruz's Charles Darwin Research Station. The next day, a short stroll to Dragon Hill reveals the largest wild colony of land iguanas. Continue towards crown jewel Fernandina, one of the world's most pristine ecosystems, before reaching the favorite site on Santiago for wildlife lovers, Puerto Egas. Your trip concludes on the white sand beach of Las Bachas in Santa Cruz.
Enjoy a blissful snorkeling trip.White tipped sharkIsabela rock with birdsSea lions on beach in RabidaTreasure CabinsTreasure of Galapagos
Highlights
  • Appreciate the biological importance of Isabela's Humedales/Wetlands with your private group of up to 16 guests
  • Snorkel, swim, and hike volcanic wonders and breathtaking landscapes
  • Observe iguanas, giant tortoises, sea lions, diverse birdlife & much more
  • Hike Dragon Hill and see three different environments in just 1,600 m
Places Visited
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
0

Full Itinerary

Expand All

Day 1: Baltra | Embark on Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Transfer into Puerto Ayora and be escorted to the boat where you check-in and have lunch. Take a hike and enjoy an educational visit to the Charles Darwin Station, where the giant tortoise can be viewed in the various stages of its life.

Day 2: Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The visitor site of Whale Bay is a cove of green sand at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach contains a large number of olivine crystals, the same that originate from volcanic materials. The crystals were formed when the magma was still underground.

Near the beach, there are ceramic relics, which reflect the same antiques of human settlements that were close to the beach in 1846. According to the accounts of the French captain Genie, a path originated from this site to the top of the island, which was used to collect fresh water. It is thought that in this place lived a group of people dedicated to the collection of lichen used for tinting. 

The visitor site at Dragon Hill has been open for visits since 1993. This site is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that leads to a hyper-saline lagoon behind the beach, frequented by flamingos, pintail ducks, and other species of birds. This site has been re-populated with land iguanas from Seymour, Isabela, and Santa Cruz islands. There is a short walk to the Hill, which offers a beautiful view of the bay.

Day 3: Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tintoreras is located south of Puerto Villamil. It has a small bay of calm turquoise waters where you can appreciate sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, rays, and more. The bay is connected to a crevice of crystal clear water that’s shallow, and when the tide is low, the entrance closes. You can see how reef sharks swim along with other small fish and sea lions.

The Humedales, also known as the Wetlands, is a network of trails adjacent to Puerto Villamil. Nine tracks comprise the following sites: The Wall of Tears, Cerro Orchilla, El Estero, Poza Escondida, Poza Redonda, Tunnel del Estero, Playa del Amor, Bay of Tunis, and Pozas Verdes. The Wetlands are coastal mangroves and brackish water lagoons formed by seepage of seawater and underground freshwater tributaries coming from the upper parts of the island. They are an important feeding area for the Galapagos penguin and one of the main nesting sites for green turtles. The wetlands of Isabela Island are essential for the maintenance of the biological diversity of the Galapagos.

Day 4: Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island. The coastal lagoons in the middle of black lava flow where several species of birds are the main attraction in Punta Moreno. It has a view of the three volcanoes most active in the Galapagos.

Urbina Bay is located at the base of volcanoes Alcedo and Darwin and is west of Isabela Island. Here you can find corals, shells, and many other organisms exposed above the water. This area is also home to large and very colorful Galápagos land iguanas, giant tortoises, and the famous population of Alcedo Volcano.

Day 5: Fernandina | Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Home to the largest colony of marine iguanas in the Galapagos set sail for Punta Espinosa on the island of Fernandina. As you near the shore, scan the lava rock as it appears to move in front of you, the effect of hundreds of iguanas moving together at once.

In the afternoon, Tagus Cove awaits. In the past, the cove was a favorite spot for pirates and whalers, but today it is known for its characteristic vegetation and various land birds. Immediately beyond the shore sits Darwin Lake, which, despite its fresh appearance, is deceptively salty.

Day 6: Santiago | Rabida

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A fascinating place to visit because it had a great volcanic activity in the past is Puerto Egas, located northwest of Santiago Island. Puerto Egas is one of the most popular sites in the Galapagos Archipelago. It has a beautiful black sand beach where you can see its many inhabitants, including sea lions, chameleons, lizards, and herons.

Rabida, also known by the name of Jervis in honor of British Admiral John Jervis, is located south of Santiago Island. It is commonly regarded as the geographical center of the Galapagos Islands. The island has a high iron content which causes its distinctive reddish color. Its main attraction is the salt lagoon with flamingos, pelicans, and boobies. This is an excellent location for them to build their nests.

Day 7: Disembark on Santa Cruz Island | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Expect a wet landing on the white sand beach of Las Bachas. This is a great area for seeing flamingos and migratory birds. In the vicinity of the Las Bachas beach, have the chance to observe predominant vegetation of the coastal zone. Las Bachas beach represents one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles on Isla Santa Cruz and is a very popular place for snorkeling and swimming. Afterward, transfer out to Baltra`s Airport for your return to the mainland.

Ship/Hotel

Treasure of Galapagos

Treasure of Galapagos
Treasure Dining Area
Treasure Cabins

Dates & Prices

My Preferred Start Date

Crewed Charter Price starting at
$86,320
or $5,395 per person based on 16 max passengers
Standard Twin Cabin
Select a Date
Balcony Stateroom
Eight spacious suites with private balcony, small lounge area, private bathroom. 2 with queen beds, 6 with twins.
Suite
Select a Date
Master Suite
One cabin with separate living & sleeping areas, private bath, two balconies, perfect for families. 1 bedroom with king or 1 bedroom with twin beds, sofa bed in the living room.

Child Discount

20% discount for children under age of 12 at time of Galapagos 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
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Gear Rental: Snorkeling Gear
  • 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
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Wetsuits are not included but are available for rent on board - $35 for 5-day tours, and $49 for 7-day tours.

Map

Galapagos Travel Links

Inquire

Travel Agents
Jeff Rottschafer headshot
Jeff R

We Love to Talk Travel

Call 1.800.344.6118
or
Chat Now
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen
More Reasons

Why Travel With Adventure Life

All News

Recognized By