Galapagos Natural Life
Tourist Superior - Yachts Galapagos
SAN JOSE YACHT Itinerary "A"
Day 1 – Tuesday
Arrival at Baltra Airport & Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)
After the arrival obligations at Baltra Airport a shuttle will transfer you together with your guide to the yacht.
For the afternoon, you are taken to Bachas Beach at Santa Cruz. A blinding white beach full of life is waiting for you. Beware of Galapagos sea lions, marine iguanas or maybe a shark fin. Furthermore lots of birds like shore birds or bahama ducks
as well as some salle lightfoot crabs acan be seen.
Day 2 – Wednesday
Whitetip reef shark channel & Wetlands and wall of Tears & Tortoise breeding Center (Isabela)
A collapsed lava tube forms a channel that fills-up on high tide, while the entrance is closed on low tide. Marine life gets trapped, including turtles and elegant white-spotted eagle rays or golden rays. In the crystal clear water of this unique site you can also observe whitetip reef sharks resting from their nocturnal hunts.
Just by the white sand beach of Puerto Villamil there is the largest salty lagoon of Galapagos, which attracts many aquatic birds and wintering shore birds. This lagoon is part of a swampy coastal zone called the wetlands.
Later you come along one of the dark pages of Galapagos. This part was used as a penal colony, where prisioners were
forced to build a wall of lava rocks, the wall of tears.
Also you will visit the Arnaldo Tupiza breeding center, where you can see hundreds of giant Galapagos tortoises of all sizes and ages.
This project is created to save the endangered populations of the tortoises. If you want to, you can find some time to visit the botanic garden too.
Day 3 – Thursday
Moreno Point & Tagus Cove (Isabela)
At Moreno Piont you can be a witness of pioneer live. Where once were lava fields now some cacti species found place to live. Even better gets the scenery when some Amarican flamingos or sally lightfoot crabs come along.
At the eastern shore of the Bolivar Channel you can observe the Tagus Cove, where sea and coastal birds have their nesting places. You can go on a hike along the inner crater ridge of Darwin Lake up to a viewpoint with view to the outstreched lava slopes of Darwin Volcano.
Day 4 – Friday
Espinoza Point (Fernandina) & Vicente Roca Point (Isabela)
At Espinoza Point, Fernandina's only terrestrial visitors site, there are the flightless cormorant and the Galapagos penguin, which are two of the rarest bird species in the world. The dominating Volcán La Cumbre underlines these unique site.
The impressive cliffs and coves of Vicente Roca Point are an excellent backdrop for a thrilling dinghy ride. Whilst entering a dark cave below a spectacular arch, roaring echoes of the waves will accompany you.
Day 5 – Saturday
Espumilla Beach & Buccaneer Cove and Puerto Egas (Santiago)
Espumilla beach is an important breeding site for turtles and moreover a fantastic oportunity to take some pictures. Different vegetation zones are very close by and so providing great sceneric contrasts. Also there is a great snorkeling spot.
By the time you reach Puerto Egas you are at the most southern site along James bay. You will see masterly sculptured coastlines of black basalts and polished multi-coloured ash-layers that form an impressive photogenic scenery with lava tunnels, arches, caves and blowholes.
Day 6 – Sunday
Rabida & Chinese Hat
Landing on Rabida, a large bachelor colony of Galapagos sea lions will usually welcome you loudly. Beside the red beach and some giant prickly pear cacti there is a shallow green-fringed lagoon. Furthermore there is one of the best oportunities to see some brown pelicans in Galapagos.
When you reach Chinese Hat in the afternoon you can see how some pioneer
species conquer the island. Saltbush and discolouring sesuvium carpets show how the colonization can occur in a higher pace then elsewhere.
Day 7 – Monday
Charles Darwin Research Station & Highlands (Santa Cruz)
The Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) and the headquarters of the Galapagos National Park Service share the same location on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora. From here biological research and indispensable conservation management of this unique archipelago are directed. The complex houses are a bunch of interpretation and information centers about the National Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve around.
Because wild Galapagos giant tortoises don’t stop at official National Park boundaries, dozens of them also roam on the adjacent woodlands in the populated agricultural zone of Santa Cruz. Armed with a rain poncho and (provided) rubber boots you will get good chances to approach wild Galapagos giant tortoises just within a few meters!
Day 8 – Tuesday
North Seymour & Transfer to Balta Airport
At North Seymour you might get a glance at a Galapagos land iguana, which was moved from Baltra to this place and so saved from starvation. Furthermore you will see the archipelago's most extensive breeding colony of blue-footed boobies.
Later on the naturalist guide and some crew members will bring you and your luggage to Baltra, where you take the airport shuttle. Your guide will accompany you until the check-in counters in the departure hall.
• All meals (breakfast - lunch - dinner) water with meals.
• Accommodation in double cabins.
• Transfers from the airport to the yacht and vice versa in Galapagos.
• Excursions in the islands with English Speaking Naturalist Guide.
• Air ticket
Rate does not include:
• Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee: USD 100.00 per person
• Migratory Control Card: USD 20.00 per person
• Ecogal Tax: USD 10.00 per person
• Soft drinks and alcoholics beverages.
• Snorkelling equipment for rent on board.
• Rates per person in U.S. Dollars
• Single occupancy supplement 80% or 100%
• The route of the ship and the itinerary are subject to change and can vary depending on the regulations and policies of the Galapagos National Park, weather, seasonal changes, safety, etc.
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