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Visit Charles Darwin's inspiration and experiment the saim feeling of contact with nature, arrive at Baltra airport and board Fragata yacht, then explore 5 days volcanic landscapes,  white beachs, dark beachs, panorama with Sesuvium and endemic animal ecosystem.
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Highlights
  • Hike and see the natural life without the crowds on Mosquera
  • Panga ride visit to Vicente Roca Point a larger bay with spectacular sea life
  • Snorkeling and observe penguins on Urbina Bay
Places Visited
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 | Mosquera

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  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart from Guayaquil to Galápagos (1½ hours of flight time).
Baltra Island was a strategic point during the Second World War. It is the main airport for the Galapagos Islands where tourists and colonists arrive and depart. Upon your Arrival at Baltra Airport, the naturalist English-speaking guide will assist you. Transfer to the yacht. Welcome and briefing.

After lunch, disembarkation at Mosquera Island (wet landing) located between North Seymour and Baltra. The island consists is a long narrow stretch of white sand, rocks, and tide pools. Created by Geological uplift the island has a flat look to it rather than the conical shape of the volcanically formed islands. It is a great place for snorkeling, strolling on the beach, and enjoying the animal life without the tourist crowds common at many of the more popular islands. This islet is actually home to a huge population of sea lions and is also home to many shorebirds. Briefing and dinner on board.
Activities: Hiking, Snorkeling

Day 2: Vicente Roca Point, Isabela | Espinoza Point, Fernandina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, a panga ride visit to Vicente Roca Point. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life, observing seahorses, sea turtles, rays, puffer fish, the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (or sunfish), see also penguins, blue-footed boobies and Nazca boobies. Lunch on board.
Activities: Snorkeling, Panga Ride

Espinoza Point: In the afternoon disembarkation (dry landing). Walk (600m. round trip, 1½h, flat, sandy, and rocky path) to see lava flows, a colony of marine iguanas (nesting time: January to June), penguins, pelicans, and colonies of cormorants, lava cactus. Time for snorkeling. Briefing and dinner on board.
Activities: Hiking, Snorkeling

Day 3: Urbina Bay | Tagus Cove, Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, disembarkation at Urbina Bay (wet landing), located on the west of Isabela Island, at the foot of the Alcedo volcano. Walk on a sandy and rocky defined path (1 km. round trip. 2h, flat), observing calcareous organisms (shells, corals) exposed above water. In this area see a large colony of land iguanas, Darwin's finches, giant tortoises (between June – September), and flightless cormorants. After the hike, time for snorkeling along the shoreline where guests may observe penguins and flightless cormorants. 
Activities: Hiking

After lunch visit Tagus Cove which was a port where whaling ships arrived and left their ships’ names in a cave in 1800. In the high part is the Darwin Lake, a round saltwater crater. Disembark (dry landing). The walk begins from the shore by a wooden stairway that rises to the dusty trail passing through Palo Santo Forest to reach Darwin Lake. Continue on the trail around the lake through the dry vegetation zone. Panoramic views of the Darwin and Wolf volcanoes. (2kms round trip, 2h / starts at 0m, ascending to 50mts). Later, panga rides through the cliffs to observe the historical graffiti, penguins, flightless cormorants, boobies, pelicans, and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Snorkeling time in the cove. Briefing and dinner on board.
Activities: Snorkeling, Panga Ride

Day 4: Santiago | Chinese Hat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast visit Puerto Egas, which begins with a wet landing on the dark sand beach of James Bay. Walk along a rocky trail to the salt crater (1.7km. round trip, 1½ h, start at 0m, ascend 30m), observing Darwin Finches, the endemic Galapagos hawks, marine iguanas, sally light foot crabs and fur seals, and sea lions. Time for swimming and snorkeling.
Activities: Hiking, Snorkeling, Swimming

Sombrero Chino or Chinese Hat: After lunch, disembark (wet landing) for a short walk of 200m. (30 mins. round trip, flat and rocky), observing lava tunnels, lava cactus, and Galápagos Sesuvium. Time to swim and snorkel. Return to the yacht. Dinner and briefing for the next day.
Activities: Hiking

Day 5: Charles Darwin Research Center | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, walk for about 20 minutes to the Charles Darwin Station, to observe the Galapagos giant turtles breading. The Darwin Station is part of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galápagos Islands, an international non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research in the Galápagos Islands since 1959.
Activities: Hiking

After this visit transfer to Baltra Airport by bus for your return flight to Guayaquil. This is the end of the trip.
 

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Cabin# 1 - 4 located at the Lower Deck. All our cabins have a private bathroom with hot and cold water shower, sink and dressing table.

Child Discount

10% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. Discount not applicable for holiday departures

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.
Included
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
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. 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 - $30 for 4-day and 5-day tours, and $35 for 8-day tours.
  • Snorkel equipment is not included but is available to rent on board - $20 for 4-day and 5-day tours, and $25 for 8-day tours.

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