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Embark on a 9-day unforgettable journey through the enchanting Galapagos Islands aboard the Catamaran Seaman Journey. Explore the lunar-like landscapes of Bartolome Island, home to marine turtles and Galapagos penguins. Witness the vibrant contrast of colors at Mosquera Islet and encounter a diverse array of seabirds at North Seymour. Delve into the geological wonders of El Barranco and Darwin Bay in Genovesa, teeming with unique bird species. Discover the hybrid iguanas of South Plaza Island and snorkel with playful sea lions at Santa Fe. Immerse yourself in conservation efforts at the Tortoise Breeding Centre and the oldest Natural History Museum in the islands. Marvel at the sculpted landscapes of Punta Pitt and the rich wildlife of Gardner Bay and Suarez Point in Espanola. Conclude your exploration with flamingos, snorkeling at Champion Islet, and a visit to the Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre before bidding farewell to the Galapagos.
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Highlights
  • Hike along accordian-like Pahohoe lava flows to coastal lagoons & mangroves
  • Witness the nesting Storm Petrels and red-footed boobies at El Barranco
  • Discover the contrast of colors at Mosquera Islet with white sand beaches and lava rocks
  • Explore Bartolome Island's volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, and marine turtles
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Day 1: Baltra | Embark | Bartolome Island

Today, fly to the Galapagos Islands. The tour guide picks you up and carries your luggage to the bus. Passengers arrive at the Catamaran Seaman Journey on a motorized boat called Panga.

Bartolome Island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where we can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos Islands such as volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba-formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island. It has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles exist and at the base of the pinnacle, a tiny colony of Galapagos penguins.
Activities: Snorkeling, Panga Ride, Hiking

Day 2: Mosquera Islet | North Seymour

Located between North Seymour and Baltra, Mosquera Islet is one of the smallest islands in the Galápagos. It is of volcanic origin, formed by geological uplift, has no visible crater, and its terrain is very flat. One of the most striking features of Mosquera is the contrast of colors. A beautiful beach of white sand, transparent turquoise waters, lush green vegetation, and jet-black lava rocks. Landscape photography is highly recommended here, especially in the golden light conditions of early morning or at sunset.
Activities: Snorkeling, Hiking

North Seymour is a raised island (rather than volcanic). Therefore, it is generally flat and filled with rocks. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigatebirds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas, and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found body-surfing.
Activities: Snorkeling, Panga Ride, Hiking

 

Day 3: El Barranco | Darwin Bay, Genovesa

The visitor site of El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay from Genovesa Island. The trail is on volcanic rock, consists of 1.5 km, and can be done in about 2 hours. The youngest area of the island, from a geological point of view, lies in this area. The cliff is located in the south, are composed of very fragile lava. The natural erosion in these lava flows has become the ideal place for nesting Storm Petrels. You can see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. One of its main predators is the short-eared owl. The red-footed booby nests are only in the outer islands of the archipelago, Punta Pitt, Gardner (Floreana), Wolf, Darwin, and Genovesa. Also, present on this island is the masked booby. During the “panga rides” along the cliffs, fur sea lions and several species of seabirds can be seen.
Activities: Snorkeling, Panga Ride, Hiking, Kayaking

Darwin Bay had its origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers that allow the following species to be seen: red footed-booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, yellow-crowned, and black-crowned lava herons, and yellow warblers. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Birdwatching includes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls. Reaching the end of the trail, at the cliff's edge an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there can be observed.
Activities: Snorkeling, Panga Ride, Hiking, Kayaking

Day 4: South Plaza Island | Santa Fe

Plazas is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than its relatives found at other islands. Throughout the island are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana, they are unique, recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana's crest, but the face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food. Swallow-tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are seen along with other seabirds as Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds, and brown pelicans.
Activities: Panga Ride, Kayaking

Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, Santa Fe island was formed from an uplift instead of a volcanic origin, this is why it is mostly flat. There are some theories that assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is the home of a number of endemic species like the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats, and one of the two species of land Iguanas of the islands. After disembarking in the beautiful and clear waters you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well as giant Prickly pear cacti: gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are great possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fish.
Activities: Snorkeling, Panga Ride, Hiking, Kayaking

Day 5: David Rodriguez Tortoise Breeding Centre | Interpretation center

In 2004 the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises Jacinto Gordillo, named after a famous settler, was located in Cerro Colorado, San Cristobal Island, in order to take care of young tortoises. In 2008 an assisted reproduction program started on the island due to the birth of a little turtle in captivity. All of this will be learned at the Jacinto Breeding Center. One can not only learn about breeding processes but also get engaged and experience why this breeding center does what it does.
Activities: Hiking

This is an interpretation center with exuberant gardens and stunning ocean views. Visitors at the interpretation center can learn a lot from the geological and human history of the islands, conservation facts, and natural history. This is the oldest museum of Natural History in the Galapagos Islands which attempts to preserve the archipelago. It is indeed inspiring and motivating to watch and learn about all of their research and attempts.
Activities: Hiking

Day 6: Punta Pitt | Lobos Island

Punta Pitt is located at the eastern end of San Cristóbal Island, boasting a beach of approximately 90 meters and several natural viewpoints overlooking an eroded hill of volcanic tuff. A 1,400-meter trail leads from the beach called Oliviana to the top of the hill, which is adorned with various types of lava formations.
The strong winds prevailing on the hill have naturally sculpted the landscape, creating breathtaking and unforgettable vistas reminiscent of scenes from a science fiction movie.
Activities: Snorkeling, Panga Ride, Hiking, Kayaking

The sand of Oliviana Beach is painted with a beautiful olive-yellow hue, adorned with bright crystals formed from the erosion of lava and shells. Here, sea lions
bask in the sun while observing the flight of frigatebirds, pelicans, herons, and seagulls. Pitt Islet is one of the few places where all three species of boobies (blue-footed, red-footed, and masked) and the two species of frigatebirds can be observed within the same vicinity.
Activities: Snorkeling, Panga Ride, Hiking

Day 7: Gardner Bay | Suarez Point, Espanola

Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay offers an excellent beach to relax, swim and even kayak, plus the opportunity to observe sea lions (Zalophus wollebaki), here you can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters. At this place, you can see three species of Darwin finches: A subspecies of the large-billed cactus finch (Geospiza fuliginosa), which is similar to the large-billed terrestrial finch; The small-beaked ground finch (Geospiza fuliginosa and; The singing finch (Certhidea Olivacea) which is another endemic subspecies. Both resident and migratory birds are observed.
Activities: Snorkeling, Panga Ride, Hiking, Kayaking

The Suarez Point area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. A beautiful site on the oceanfront, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air at least 50 to 75 meters high. This site presents wonderful photography opportunities.
Activities: Hiking

Day 8: Cormorant Point, Champion Islet | Post Office Bay

Cormorant Point site offers probably the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest on the islands. It’s situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks, and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral. After the interesting walk, the group is taken to Champion Islet, a great place to enjoy snorkeling and underwater wildlife. Some of the animals that can be seen are sea turtles, sea lions, and multiple fish thanks to the nearby coral reef.
Activities: Snorkeling, Panga Ride, Hiking

Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since this time by marines and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Besides, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. This day’s afternoon is thought to be a relaxing time for visitors to enjoy the beach and the beauty of the Galapagos.
Activities: Snorkeling, Panga Ride, Hiking

Day 9: Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre | Disembark | Baltra

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The Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre is located in the Galapagos National Park, on Charles Darwin Avenue, at a distance of 1 km from the Gus Angermeyer Tourist Pier. After a 40-minute walk, the attraction is part of the network of visitor sites of the Charles Darwin Foundation. The visit starts at the information booth of the Galapagos National Park Service (SPNG). The trail leads to the Van Straelen Interpretation Center, then to the breeding center. From there, an elevated circular path begins, made of wood, from where you can observe Lonesome George and the tortoises of Española Island. It ends at the tortoise exhibition corral.
Activities: Hiking

After the visit, you will be transferred to the Baltra airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

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15% discount for child under the age of 12 at time of Galapagos cruise traveling with two adults. 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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  • 8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • 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 
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling and kayaking equipment is included in the cruise cost and available for your use on board.
  • Wifi
  • Citizen Science Program
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  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • 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 $30 for 4-day tours, $40 for 5-day tours, and $70 or 8-day tours.
  • Fuel Surcharge - to be invoiced separately

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