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Roundtrip Baltra - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Anahi
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Embark on an 8-day cruise aboard the Anahi, exploring the Northeast and Southern Galapagos Islands. Step onto the white, soft sands of Bachas Beach, a favorite sea turtle nesting site. Marvel at diverse wildlife in Darwin Bay, climbing 25 meters to Prince Philip's Steps for bird-watching. Plaza Islands boast unusual vegetation and land iguanas, followed by a visit to Santa Fe Island with endemic iguanas. Experience Punta Pitt, a seabird nesting haven, and witness the awe-inspiring Kicker Rock. Conclude with visits to Punta Suárez, Bahía Gardner, Punta Cormorant, Devil's Crown, and the historic Bahía "Post Office." Your journey ends in Puerto Ayora after exploring the Fausto Llerena Interpretation Center. Enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, and wildlife encounters, creating cherished memories in this Galapagos paradise.
Hitchhikers on Santa Cruz Island, GalapagosColorful land iguanaA young sea lion rests on the sands of the Galapagos IslandsFlamingo wading in the waterFrigate BirdPinnacle rock in BartolomeColorful South Plaza Islandsally lightfoot crab
Highlights
  • Sail around Kicker Rock and see the submarine life
  • Take an expedition in Genovesa and observe marine iguanas and sea lions
  • View lava lizards and red-footed boobies at Pitt Point
  • Sunbathe and relax at Las Bachas Beach
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Baltra | Embark | Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Flying from Quito or Guayaquil, your flight arrives at Baltra Island at around noon (local time), and be greeted by the guide in the lobby, waiting for your arrival to drive you to Yacht Anahí. Your baggage is handled by one of the crew members who, aboard the small Zodiacs transports you directly to the yacht. The captain and the crew welcome you on board, and then you'll have your cabins assigned. After lunch, the guide gives you a brief explanation of the afternoon activities.

The sand of Bachas Beach is made of decomposed coral, making it white and soft, and it is also one of the favorite nesting places of sea turtles. Nearby, you can also find a small lagoon and be able to observe flamingos, black-necked stilts, and thrushes, as well as two old ships that were abandoned during the Second World War. Furthermore, you may also find sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds resting on the beach. Enjoy the tranquility of the beach as well as spend some time with the playful sea lions that like to swim with the visitors.

At 7 pm. you'll have an official welcome, followed by a delicious dinner. After dinner, your guide gives you information on the following day’s activities.

Possible activities: Snorkeling, Walking

Day 2: Darwin Bay | Prince Philip's Steps, Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Darwin Bay is a beautiful bay area due to the great diversity of seabirds that nest in the mangroves that dominate the area. These include red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, Galápagos petrels, seabirds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and Galápagos doves.

Climb 25 meters of stairs to Prince Philip's Steps, one of the best bird nesting sites on the islands. Experience the opportunity to snorkel, kayak, hike, and take a ride in a panga.

Possible activities: Kayaking, Snorkeling, Panga Ride, Walking

Day 3: Plazas Island | Santa Fe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Plaza Islands have unusual vegetation, which creates an interesting landscape that helps to enhance the fauna and flora of the Galápagos. It is also possible to observe land iguanas in the shade of cacti. The main attractions of the Plaza Islands include land iguanas, sea lions, and swallow-tailed gulls, as well as lizards, island insects, red-beaked sparrows, frigate birds, and pelicans that glide down the cliffs. Then return to the yacht for lunch and a deserved rest.

Santa Fe Island is an extremely scenic island, where you can visit two different trails, with one of them leading to a beautiful viewpoint on the top of a cliff, where you can find endemic land iguanas on the island. The other trail is a small circular path close to the beach, where you may observe another colony of land iguanas. Here you may also have the possibility to kayak, snorkel, panga ride, or walk, in order to observe and enjoy nature. Then return to the yacht for dinner and a time of relaxation.

Possible activities: Panga ride, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Walking

Day 4: Punta Pitt | Kicker Rock | Lobos Island, San Cristóbal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Punta Pitt is considered one of the most beautiful and impressive sites in the Galápagos, it has become one of the favorite nesting sites for seabirds. Here, three species of frigate birds and their nesting sites are in the same area. Then return to the yacht for lunch.

Kicker Rock is a gigantic and impressive rock formation known locally as ‘León Dormido’ where you can see a multitude of blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, pelicans, and sea birds that will delight you with their majestic flights to be photographed. Later head towards Isla Lobos, an islet separated from San Cristóbal Island by a narrow stretch of calm waters. On the islet, take a walk that will allow you to observe frigates, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, and a colony of sea lions and snorkel in the arm of the sea, probably with the company of sea lions and different kinds of colorful fish. The atmosphere is one of tranquility and primitive beauty, a typical environment of the Galapagos Islands.

Possible activities: Snorkeling, Walking

Day 5: Interpretation Center | Cerro Tijeretas and Punta Carola, San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, the guide takes you to the top of San Cristóbal Island. Following, the tour has 2 options. The first option starts from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and involves a visit to the El Junco Lagoon. For hundreds of years, rainwater and condensation have caused an accumulation of water in the caldera of an extinct volcano, creating a paradise for frigate birds and turtles.

Alternatively, visit the “Cerro Colorado” turtle breeding center. There, take a pleasant walk along a path that allows you to be in close contact with the turtles, which can vary from the smallest to the oldest of giants.

Interpretation Center of San Cristobal, located on the outskirts of the small town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital city of the Galápagos province. The interpretation center gives an introduction to the islands and their natural, as well as human history. After, walk to the place known as ‘La Colina de las Fragatas’, or ‘Cerro Tijeretas. This short 30-minute walk starts from the interpretation center and takes you to the top of the hill. Once there, the visitors can enjoy a spectacular sight of the surrounding white beaches and the incredible geographical formations of the Pacific Ocean. The hill is often visited by Frigate birds that nest there in certain seasons of the year. From the hill descend into a small cove known as Punta Carola, and observe a colony of sea lions. At night (if you want) you can go into the city for a walk and maybe have a drink at one of the local bars.

Possible activities: Walking

Day 6: Punta Suárez | Bahía Gardner, Española

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Punta Suárez is a destination of great interest due to the abundance of birds. This island also has its own species of animals, like the Española Mockingbird, which has a distinctively longer and more curved beak than variations found on other islands; The Galápagos lava lizard; The marine iguana of the venustissimus subspecies, which has red marks on its back; among others. You can also observe seagulls and other tropical birds that live on the rocky slopes. Among the more interesting attractions is the waved albatross, as almost the entire world population comes to breed here between March and December, and the mating dance of the blue-footed booby. There are hundreds of Nazca boobies, colonies of sea lions, large colonies of marine iguanas, and different species of birds.

Bahía Gardner is a beautiful beach that is excellent for swimming and snorkeling. Here you can find a large colony of playful sea lions and hopefully observe the Galápagos Peregrine Falcons and local species of snakes, undoubtedly see Darwin’s finches, mockingbirds, and sea turtles.

Possible activities: Panga ride, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Walking

Day 7: Punta Cormorant | Devil’s Crown | Post Office Bay & Asilo de la Paz, Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Punta Cormorant is a site that has the best and the biggest flamingo lagoon in the Galápagos. It is located between two volcanic hills that give the area a special atmosphere. There are varieties of seabirds that can be seen in addition to flamingos, the most frequent ones being stilts, white-tailed ducks, and other migratory birds. This is a unique area due to the high percentage of endemic plants (unique to the island). Here you can see the “Green Beach” (due to the high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour Sand Beach” mainly composed of coral reefs, making these the two most interesting beaches of the islands. Then return to the yacht to begin your snorkeling activity at the location known as the Devil’s Crown. This is a sunken volcanic crater where the interior of the formation is ideal for the sustainability of a marvelous coral reef habitat, making it one of the most fascinating marine sites in the Galápagos.

Bahía “Post Office” historically, served as a letter exchange station in the 18th century when the crew of a whaling ship utilized a wooden barrel. Both sailors and tourists have used this system to communicate with people from all around the world. The idea is to bring letters or postcards to their destination by hand, creating a very special “postal service” This site was also the landing place for some of the first settlers on the islands. Then visit the Asilo de la Paz, known for its strange history as one of the first occupied areas of the islands by the German Witmer family. Return to the yacht and head to Puerto Ayora, the largest city in the Galápagos. If you are lucky, you may see a pod of dolphins during your trip, as well as manta rays and sea turtles.

Possible activities: Panga ride, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Walking

Day 8: Fausto Llerena Center, Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, visit an interesting location, before departing for the airport. Visit the Fausto Llerena Interpretation Center where you can see different sizes and species of tortoises. If you have time, you can also visit the special compartment where the embalmed body of the famous giant tortoise “Solitario George” is on display.

Possible activities: Walking

Head to the Itabaca channel, crossing it with a local ferry. Take a bus to the Baltra Island Airport. The trip concludes here. Bid farewell to the guide and the Galápagos Islands, eagerly awaiting your next visit.

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
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  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
  • Snorkeling and kayaking equipment is included in the cruise cost and available for your use on board.
  • Water, coffee, and tea.
  • Transfers in Galapagos from/to the Yacht Anahi when guests arrive on the flights purchased through the main ship operator
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  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $200 per adult, $100 per child under 12 (fees of $100 per adult and $50 per child valid on arrivals through Aug 1, 2024). Payable upon arrival to the Galapagos, only in cash dollars. Subject to increase by Galapagos Park Service.
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Wetsuits are not included but are available to rent on board - $10/day, or $20 for 4-day tours, $25 for 5-day tours, and $40 for 8-day tours.

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