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Anahi Catamaran - 3 Nights Itinerary

A catamaran that sails exclusively in the waters of the Galapagos Islands, the Anahi motor catamaran provides cruises that are guaranteed to be restful and relaxed. The Anahi accommodates 16 passengers in 8 double cabins, each with large portrait-type windows with ocean views, air-conditioning, beautiful wooden floors, cozy private bathrooms with hot/cold water, locker and a closet. Discover the southern islands of the archipelago on this 4-day/3-night Galapagos cruise onboard the 16-passenger Anahi motor vessel. Traveling from the central islands of Baltra and Santa Cruz, you will later head south to the legendary Floreana Island, on to Espanola Island, and finally to easternmost San Cristobal Island. On this journey, you will have the chance to walk along stunning volcanic formations, hike through rich forests teeming with indigenous birdlife, and snorkel among some of the richest marine life on Earth – in short, enjoy a Galapagos vacation of a lifetime!

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“My husband, daughter and I want to thank you again for making our trip to the Galapagos extremely awesome!”Herlena and Richard Orellana

Anahi Catamaran: Highlights

Galapagos Islands, San Cristobal (Interpretation Center), Española & Florena (Post Office Bay).

Anahi Catamaran: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: San Cristobal Island: Arrival – Interpretation Center – Las Tijeretas
Day 2: Española Island: Suarez Point – Gardner Bay
Day 3: Floreana Island: Cormorant Point – Devil's Crown – Post Office Bay – Baroness' Lookout Point
Day 4: Charles Darwin Research Station – Baltra Island: Airport
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Anahi Catamaran: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Tuesday
San Cristobal Island: Arrival – Interpretation Center – Las Tijeretas

AM: In the morning you will fly from either Quito or Guayaquil (on the Ecuadorian mainland) to the Galapagos Islands. At the airport on San Cristobal Island, after you will pay the entrance fee to the national park, a member of the ship's crew will welcome you and accompany you to your yacht.

PM: At the port of Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of Ecuador’s Galapagos Province, we will visit the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal Island. There, you will learn about nature and settlement history of the archipelago. Later we will hike up the hill called “Las Tijeretas,” the common local name for “Frigatebirds.” In addition to a spectacular view of the bay and the rooftops of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (the Galapagos’ provincial capital), you can also observe many of those birds.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Wednesday
Española Island: Suarez Point – Gardner Bay

AM: Española is the southernmost, oldest and one of the most bio-diverse islands of the Galapagos archipelago. Its English name is “Hood Island,” in honor of the British admiral Samuel Hood.  Because of its isolated position, there is much endemic wildlife to be explored here – in addition to great snorkeling from Española’s remarkably beautiful beaches. After breakfast, we will go on an excursion to Suárez Point, one of the archipelago’s most outstanding wildlife areas, boasting a long list of species along its cliffs and its sand and pebble beaches. In addition to five species of nesting seabirds, there are the curious and bold Española Island mockingbirds, while other birding favorites include Galapagos doves, Galapagos hawks, Swallow-tailed gulls and the world’s largest colony of Waved Albatross, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (May-December). Several types of reptiles are unique to this island, including the marine iguana and the oversized lava lizard. In fact, this is also the only site where you will be able to see “red” sea iguanas. In addition, when heavy swells are running, Suarez Point is the site of a spectacular blowhole whose thundering spray shoots 30 yards up into the air. The trek here is on a stony path about a mile long. (Excursion duration: about 3 hours)

PM: On Española Island’s eastern shore, Gardner Bay is noted for its turquoise-colored waters and its magnificent beach, which we will visit in the afternoon. Around the bay’s small nearby islets, snorkelers will find an abundance of fish and sometimes turtles and benign sharks. The bay is also frequented by a transient colony of Galapagos sea lions who love to swim with people. Birds, like the endemic Española mockingbird and different species of Darwin finches, are omnipresent.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Thursday
Floreana Island: Cormorant Point – Devil's Crown – Post Office Bay – Baroness' Lookout Point

AM: Today we will visit Floreana Island, considered to be one of the most exotic in the Galapagos archipelago.  Countless legends are part of the history of this island, as pirates and buccaneers were drawn to here in search of for food and water. Later the island was colonized by Norwegians, Brits, Germans and others who were in search of ways to make money from what they hoped to discover here. The name Floreana is in honor of Juan Jose Flores, Ecuador’s first president.  This morning’s excursion is to the Cormorant Point visitor site. After a wet landing on the beach, we will go down a 100-meter-long path to a mangrove lagoon, which is home to Galapagos ducks, black herons, oystercatchers, and plovers.  With a little bit of luck, you might also see flamingos. Another path leads to a small beach that is an important nesting site for sea turtles. In the shallow water here, one can often find stingrays and Whitetip reef sharks now and then. You will also be able to take advantage of the great snorkeling opportunity at “Devil’s Crown,” a broken volcanic cone that is one of the most beautiful places to go snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands. The underwater world here includes reef sharks, starfish, sea turtles, sea lions and many species of tropical fish.

PM: Later we will visit Post Office Bay, where the legendary post barrel that whalers historically used to put their mail in is still kept. You can leave a letter here in hopes that it will make to its destination via another tourist.…so don’t forget to bring postcards along. Snorkelers can take a dip on the main beach among the playful sea lions and green sea turtles. Snorkelers can swim on the main beach among playful sea lions. Next, we will visit the lookout point where the controversial “Baroness” Eloisa de Wagner, one of the first human inhabitants in the Galapagos Islands, would spend several hours daily observing whales and dolphins.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Friday
Charles Darwin Research Station – Baltra Island: Airport

This morning we will head for one of the most visited spots in the islands. Located on Santa Cruz Island, the Charles Darwin Research Station is primarily an international scientific research station situated on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora. You will be taken to its visitor center to learn about the geology, climate, natural history and the conservation of the Galapagos Islands. However, the highlight of your visit here will undoubtedly be the research facility’s Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center, which breeds giant tortoises. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles can live up to 150- 200 years and weigh between 250 and 300 kg. Approaching them in their humid and forested spaces is always an inspiring adventure. For decades, the Fausto Center was home to “Lonesome George,” who finally died in 2012 as the last of his particular species. The tortoises you will see here are accustomed to humans, so it’s an excellent spot for visitors to take photographs with them. 

Concluding this amazing experience in the Galapagos Islands, you will be transferred to the Baltra Island airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland. Enjoy the last look back at the “enchanted islands,” a unique paradise with inspiring natural wonders.

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Breakfast

Anahi Catamaran: Prices

2018 - Price per person
RoomStandardSuite
4 DaysUS$ 2,720US$ 2,846
Included in the price:
  • All meals while onboard & non-alcoholic beverages (water, coffee, tea)
  • All excursions as noted in the programs
  • Transfers to/from vessel when arriving on recommended flights
  • Services of an English-speaking naturalist guide (Galapagos National Park Certified)
Not included in the price:
  • Guide and crew gratuities
  • Flights to and from the Galapagos Islands
  • Galapagos entrance fees ($100 USD per adult in 2015))
  • Transit Card ($20 per person in 2015)
  • Personal travel/medical insurance
  • Any possible fuel surcharge
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