Barefoot Expeditions: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and Peru Travel Adventures

GALAXY II ECO CATAMARAN

GALAXY II ECO CATAMARAN. Enjoy your Galapagos holidays on board our First class cruise: Galaxy Yacht. On board this well-designed vessel, you can enjoy of complete days of explorations and adventure in an oasis of peace and tranquility.
On board this comfortable and new catamaran, we will present you with a wonderful and unforgettable life time! You will have the opportunity to enjoy the best that the Galapagos Islands have to offer, with fun days, a great educational experience, a leisurely excursion with lots of adventure; all of this presented to you with our unmatched high quality service, delicious food, knowledgeable and helpful guides and professional crew. 

GALAXY II ECOCATAMARAN

DAY 1: SATURDAY / BALTRA ISLAND SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
Baltra airport. Reception at airport. Transfer IN. Welcome on board Galaxy II. Welcome drink and lunch. Charles Darwin Station is located in the Main Port of Santa Cruz Island, we will take our private bus that take us to the entrance of the center of breeding where we go to appreciate tortoises and land iguanas in captivity, this center is the main site of breeding of the islands. Animals that were in danger of extinction in the different islands are maintained in captivity and thanks at dedicated work of several institutions some species are saving, here was where the most famous tortoise “the Solitary George” the last survivor of the species of Pinta Island lived.
DAY 2: SUNDAY / ISABELA ISLAND
TINTORERAS: Located in the bay of Puerto Villamil, this small island surrounded by calm turquoise waters has an easy trail with great landscapes and very interesting fauna. Along the trail we will see large numbers of Marine Iguanas basking in the sun, lava lizards, herons, gulls and sea lions. In the coves, it is easy to find Sea Turtles, rays and even Penguins. Among the many cracks and channels in the coast sometimes we can see White-tipped Reef Sharks (in Spanish “Tintoreras”). After the visit, we will return to the boat to have breakfast and begin the navigation to the next point. PM MORENO POINT. After lunch, we will disembark in Moreno Point which is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves create a birdwatcher’s delight. In the tide pools, green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted.
DAY 3: MONDAY / ISABELA ISLAND
ELIZABETH BAY: This is one of the island’s breeding sites for penguins. Located on the west coast of Isabela, Elizabeth Point is a marine visitor site. Visit red mangrove cove: Brown pelicans, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays andsea lionsare often seen. Lunch URBINA BAY: this place is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano between Elizabeth Bay and Tagus Cove. Wet landing. Trail length is around 3.20 Km; during this walking we can observe land iguanas, hawks, tortoises; also it is possible to see red and blue lobsters.
DAY 4: TUESDAY / FERNANDINA & ISABELA ISLAND
FERNANDINA ISLAND – ESPINOZA POINT: Fernandina is the 3rd island bigger of Galapagos and has just one visit place: Espinoza Point. Espinoza Point is famous site because you will find big colonies of marine iguanas and to be the unique place where the flightless Cormorant lives, Galapagos penguin, hawk, snakes of Galapagos and many other. From Espinoza Point we can admire Fernandina Island and its volcano which last eruption was on May 2005. Fernandina is the only island that doesn’t have any mammal introduced and the open areas are very fragile. In nesting time of marine iguana (January to June) we have a lot care when we are walking. Return to EcoGalaxy. Lunch. ISABELA ISLAND: VICENTE ROCA POINT: is comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (sunfish).
DAY 5: WEDNESDAY / SANTIAGO ISLAND & RABIDA ISLAND
EGAS PORT: In this site we find a black sand beach; at south of this beach there is a volcano called Pan de Azucar, it has volcanic deposits which have contributed to the formation of this black sand beach. The crater of this volcano has a salt lake which in warm time becomes dry and it is possible to appreciate a salt mine. Between 1928 and 1930 there were some explorations to this mine but they didn’t function; additionally, it caused damages to the environment because of workers use endemic woods. It is not allowed go down to salt mine. Lunch. RABIDA ISLAND: The visitor site is located on the east coast of Rabida Island, consists of a red sand beach, a coastal lagoon behind the beach, and a loop trail. The approximate distance of the trail is 1.1 kilometers. The color of the rocks and sand on the beach is due to the very porous volcanic material, which with the help of environmental factors (rain, salt water and sea breeze, has acted as an oxidizing agent. The main attraction of the place is the red sand beach, scenery, aside from the vegetation of the arid zone and the presence of native and endemic species.
DAY 6: THURSDAY / SANTA CRUZ ISLAND: BLACK TURTLE COVE & BACHAS BEACH
BLACK TURTLE COVE: Welcome on board. After lunch our first visit is to Black Turtle Cove which is situated in the northern of Santa Cruz. This bay is surrounded by mangroves and is accessible by dinghy only. The superficial cove is a safe refuge for marine life. Black-tip reef sharks, marine turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here. BACHAS BEACH: This beautiful beach is located at north of Santa Cruz Island; the beach has total extension of 1Km. The site takes its name since Second War when the American army left two barges in the beach, the first colonizing people couldn’t pronounce that name correctly: barges, so they called Bachas.
DAY 7: FRIDAY / SANTIAGO ISLAND & BARTOLOME ISLANDS
SULLIVAN BAY: wet landing and hiking. Description of the place: all the road and the island is composed of lava flows that still they are virtually without eroding and they cover an extensive area, lava pohoehhoe or of cords, hornitos, mollugo, this plant grows in the lava. Lava Colonizers. BARTOLOME ISLAND: Dry landing, landing wet for the beach, activities to carry out in this island: walk, swimming, snorkeling, and photography. We will walk for a path to the top (114 m) pioneering plants that will observe in this place TIQUILIA, CHAMAESYCE, SCALESIA, the island is formed by cones, pipes of lava by where lava flow. Wet landing, path to the south beach through mangrove swamps and vegetation of dunes. North beach: Swimming and snorkeling will be the activities that are going to carry out. Since the top of the island Bartolome we will be able to observe the islands as Santiago, Rabida, Isabela. We can find penguins in the Rock Pinnacle.
DAY 8: SATURDAY / SANTA CRUZ ISLAND: HIGHLANDS
After breakfast we will visit HIGHLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ, where we have a trekking and we will find the giant tortoises in their natural habitat, this is a natural spectacular. For this visit we recommend to use sport shoes, long pants, raincoat, hut and sun block. Transfer to the airport. ** ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE**

Included

  • Accommodation on board, matrimonial/twin standard cabinwith private facilities
  • All excursions mentioned in the itinerary (Subject to change)
  • All transfers in Galapagos (airport - yacht-airport transfers in Galapagos are only included if the flight has been booked through us)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Naturalist bilingual guide (English-Spanish) class III
  • Fresh water, tea, coffee.
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Air ticket: Local flight to/from Galapagos from Quito or Guayaquil

Not Included

  • Airflight rate Quito – Galápagos – Quito
  • Airport Transfers Galapagos( if the flight has not been booked with us, an additional airport transfer will have to be booked, if a flight delay occurs, an additional speed boat may have to be hired at your own expense to take to you to our yacht)
  • Galápagos National Park entrance fee (100 USD for adults / 50 USD for children)
  • INGALA Card (Tourist Migratory Control Card: 20 USD per person)
  • Extra drinks
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Wetsuit rental (10 USD per day)

Testimonials

  • “We had a wonderful time. Everything exceeded our expectations.”

    The McDonalds, San Francisco, CA
  • “Great Galapagos trip through Barefoot Expeditions – Highly recommended Service”
    As one of our main highlights for our 3 1/2 weeks Ecuador travel we wanted to go for a Galapagos cruise and found Barefoot Expeditions through tripadvisor as a well recommended agency with great personal service. The agency, located in Quito, is owned by Diego and Kerstin and their web page gives a good taste of their service.

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