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Eco-Galaxy Catamaran 4-Night Itinerary

The 16-passenger Eco-Galaxy Catamaran offers a spacious sun deck with a great area for enjoying Galapagos landscapes, as well as an ample dining room, a bar and lounge. On this 5-day/4-night Galapagos Islands tour, you will cover the “Eastern Route” on board the first-class 16-passenger Eco-Galaxy Catamaran. Visiting at least eight islands and islets (including San Cristobal, Genovesa Island, Santa Cruz Island and Mosquera), you will encounter the island chain that has captivated explorers ever since Darwin first dropped anchor off its shores. In the company of an expert naturalist guide, spend these five days exploring the incredible wildlife of the archipelago on this Galapagos Islands cruise. All this makes a Galapagos Island cruise on board the Eco-Galaxy Catamaran a once in a lifetime experience. With unmatched high-quality service, delicious food, knowledgeable and its professional crew, the Eco-Galaxy Catamaran is one the favorite yachts for people seeking a first-class Galapagos cruise.

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Highlights

Galapagos Islands, San Cristobal, Santa Fe, South Plazas, North Seymour, Genovesa & Santa Cruz Islands

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: San Cristobal Island: Airport – Board Catamaran – Lobos Island
Day 2: Santa Fe Island // South Plazas Island
Day 3: North Seymour Island // Mosquera Island
Day 4: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay – El Barranco
Day 5: Santa Cruz Island: Carrion Point // Baltra Island: Airport
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Tuesday
San Cristobal Island: Airport – Board Catamaran – Lobos Island

AM: Departure to the Galapagos Islands, arrival at San Cristobal airport, where our naturalist guide of the National Park will be waiting for you.

PM: Lobos island is a small islet separated from San Cristobal by a narrow channel, forming a sheltered bay where sea lion pups play in tidal pools. Despite its small size, the island is surprisingly packed with wildlife, especially with “lobos marinos”, the Spanish name for sea lions. Groups of sea lions will welcome you at the landing spot, but as you walk a few steps inland, male frigatebirds displaying their inflated red balloons will be perched on the bushes and trees. A small colony of blue footed boobies, which often nest right on the trail, will give you the opportunity to observe their famous courtship dance.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Wednesday
Santa Fe Island // South Plazas Island

AM: Giant Prickly-pear cactus and barren lava rocks surround the landing spot at Santa Fe, located inside one of the most beautiful bays in the Galapagos. Turquoise water and white sand beaches make this location a perfect home for a large colony of sea lions which you will see basking in the sand. Inland, look down for endemic Santa Fe land iguanas, but also look up for Galapagos hawks, which often perch at the top of the cactus looking for prey. Darwin finches, Galapagos doves, mockingbirds and lava lizards are also common along the trail. 

PM: Of the two twin islands, only South Plazas is allowed to be visited, while North plazas is kept exclusively for scientific research. This is a small islet, but it packs an impressive amount of wildlife. Right after you land you will see Galapagos land iguanas waiting under prickly-pear cactus feed on their fruits. A large colony of sea lions will give you the opportunity to see playful pups enjoying the tide pools, but also large grumpy males defending their territories. The trail will take you to a cliff where you can observe many sea birds, such as frigatebirds, red-billed tropicbirds, boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and pelicans. A reddish succulent vegetation with scattered cactus covers most of the islands like a carpet, giving this island a unique personality.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Thursday
North Seymour Island // Mosquera Island

AM: This island is home for large colonies of both magnificent and great frigatebirds and you can see them displaying their red balloons to attract a female. Blue-footed boobies nest in the ground and perform their famous dance in the open areas, while swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Land iguanas are common inland while their marine cousins bask in the rocks by the sea, close to sea lions, which often like to body surf in the waves.

PM: Mosquera is mostly a barren sand bar with some rocky areas and scattered salt-resistant plants. You can walk along the beach and enjoy seeing playful sea lion pups surfing the waves and having a great time in the tide pools. Look for endemic lava gulls which are often seen flying over the beach in the search of food.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Friday
Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay – El Barranco

AM: Genovesa is a favorite island for birdwatchers as it is home for very large colonies of seabirds. From the minute you set foot at the beach you will be amazed by the noise of hundreds of boobies, gulls and frigatebirds flying over your heads, perched in the bushes or nesting on the sandy terrain. The trail is an ultimate wildlife experience as there are animals everywhere; sea lions and marine iguanas near the sea; night herons, lava & swallow tailed gulls, Darwin finches, Galapagos doves, mockingbirds and many more species inland.  

PM: El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay at Genovesa Island. The cliffs face the sea are made of very fragile fractured lava, making it the ideal place for storm petrel to build their colonies, which attracts an important population of short-eared owls preying of the nesting birds. Red footed and Nazca boobies are abundant along the trail. At the base of the cliffs you can see Galapagos fur seals resting in shaded areas, as well as several species of seabirds.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Saturday
Santa Cruz Island: Carrion Point // Baltra Island: Airport

AM: Either if you do this visit starting from Baltra or from Puerto Ayora, a bus will take you to the highlands stopping along the way at one of the reserves to visit the lush highland forests where you will look for Galapagos Giant tortoises in their natural environment. This is the best place in the Galapagos to see these gentle giants (reaching over 300 kg / 600 pounds!) casually grazing and resting in freshwater ponds. This is also home for a great diversity of birds rarely found at the lowlands, including finches (tree, woodpecker and vegetarian finches), flycatchers and several species of water birds. You will visit a lava tunnel (depend on the itinerary) and learn how these extraordinary formations where created by ancient volcanic eruptions.

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Prices

2023 - Price per person
RoomUpper Deck / Main Deck
5 DaysUS$ 4,000 PP
2022 - Price per person
RoomUpper Deck / Main Deck
5 DaysUS$ 3,600 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
Included in the price:
  • A cruise on board the Eco-Galaxy Catamaran
  • Accommodations in a double cabin, with private facilities
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary
  • All transfers in the Galapagos Islands
  • Services of an English/Spanish-speaking level II naturalist guide on daily excursions and during briefings
  • Use of snorkeling equipment and kayaks
  • Free coffee, tea and purified drinking water
Not included in the price:
  • Flights to/from the Galapagos Islands
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100 USD per adult)
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card ($20 USD per person)
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Single cabin supplement
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal items
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Services not indicated in the itinerary (i.e.: An Isabela Island dock tax applies in itinerary D)
  • IVA
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