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Eco-Galaxy Catamaran 5-Night Itinerary B

This first-class Eco-Galaxy Catamaran accommodates 16 passengers in 8 attractive and comfortable double cabins and offers an ample dining room, a bar, lounge and a spacious sun deck with a great area for enjoying Galapagos landscapes. On this tour, you will come face-to-face with 150-year-old giant Galapagos tortoises, snorkel with sea lions, or simply relax on the red-sand beaches during this 6-day/5-night Galapagos Islands cruise. On board the first-class 16-passenger Eco-Galaxy Catamaran, you will travel the “Central-Western Route” to discover islands such as Isabela, Fernandina Island, Santiago, Rabida Island and Santa Cruz. After your level II naturalist guide answers all your questions on this Galapagos Islands tour, you'll head home with a new perspective on nature, your planet, and maybe even yourself. With unmatched high-quality service, delicious food, knowledgeable and its professional crew, the Eco-Galaxy Catamaran is one the favorite yachts for people who are looking for a first-class Galapagos cruise.

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“We loved every moment of our trip and could not have done it without Ligia and Surtrek. I highly recommend them!”Irene Alcock

Highlights

Galapagos Islands, Baltra, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, Rabida & Santa Cruz Islands

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Baltra Island: Airport – Board Catamaran // Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station
Day 2: Moreno Point - Elizabeth Bay
Day 3: Urbina Bay - Tagus Cove
Day 4: Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point // Isabela Island: Punta Vicente Roca
Day 5: Santiago Island: Puerto Egas Beach // Rabida Island
Day 6: Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove // Baltra Island: Airport
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday
Baltra Island: Airport – Board Catamaran // Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station

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

PM: The Charles Darwin Station is a nonprofit organization which has been working for decades together with the Galapagos National Park to preserve the biodiversity of these unique islands. During this visit you will learn about the projects that both institutions carry together to protect the native species and eradicate the invasive ones which are threatening the Galapagos environment. One of the most important and emblematic projects has been reproducing giant tortoises in captivity. The visit is mostly outdoors in a beautiful dry native forest with giant cactus and many other interesting native plants. It is also a fantastic place to find several endemic Darwin finches, as well as flycatchers and mockingbirds.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Sunday
Moreno Point - Elizabeth Bay

AM: Moreno Point is a magical place with extensive lava fields which look lifeless at first sight. Once inland, scattered brackish lagoons form oasis of life where you can find flamingoes, gallinules, ducks and herons. Along the shore we will look for penguins, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, oystercatchers and other shore birds.

PM: Elizabeth Bay is a beautiful sheltered bay surrounded by large mangroves and barren lava fields. There is no trail here so you will take a dinghy tour to explore many channels, pools and coves teeming with life. This is one of the best locations in the islands to see Galapagos penguins, but don’t expect to see thousands of them, as the entire population of the islands is only about 3.000 of them. Flightless cormorants also nest in the area and blue-footed boobies and pelicans often fish in these shallow and rich waters. Rays and sea turtles are also very abundant.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Monday
Urbina Bay - Tagus Cove

AM: This place is known for the dramatic uplifting that happened here during the 1950’s. A large portion of the coast was pushed up, exposing many hectares of previously submerged land. Look carefully along the trail and you will find small shells and corals, a proof that the area was underwater more than sixty years ago. The trail will give the opportunity to see land iguanas and, during certain seasons, giant tortoises. Galapagos hawks nest in the area and are often seen flying or perched on the trees. 

PM: Tagus cove is one of the places Charles Darwin visited during his exploration of the Galapagos islands. A trail will take you through a dry Palo Santo forests where you can see Darwin finches and mockingbirds. You will get great views of Darwin’s lake and the large volcanos of northern Isabela.

A boat tour along the shore will give you chances to see penguins, cormorants, marine iguanas and a very unique species: the Galapagos martin, a small endemic bird which is one of the most endangered species on the island.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Tuesday
Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point // Isabela Island: Punta Vicente Roca

AM: Located at the base of an imposing volcano (the most active in the Galapagos islands) this site is one of the jewels of the Galapagos National Park. As soon as you disembark you will be surrounded by hundreds of marine iguanas, as this is the largest colony for the species. Sea lions bask in the beaches while their pups play in tide pools. Along the shore you will see   flightless cormorants, which are restricted to the western areas of the archipelago. Surrounded by cold plankton-rich waters, Punta Espinosa is home for an array of species, including herons, pelicans, oystercatchers, sea turtles, shorebird and many more. Look up in the mangroves as Galapagos hawks often perch to look for their prey.

PM: Surrounded by some of the tallest cliffs in the Galapagos, Vicente Roca point is a great location to observe spectacular landscapes and interesting volcanic features. There is no trail here but you will take a dinghy tour along the shore to get a closer view of pelicans, flightless cormorants, sea turtles, boobies, Galapagos fur seal and marine iguanas. The area is also known to be a good location for whales and dolphins.

Snorkel: Snorkel in the cove to look for sea turtles, penguins, sea lions, cormorants, rays and many different species of fish. Look for fan corals, sponges and other invertebrates growing on the walls.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Wednesday
Santiago Island: Puerto Egas Beach // Rabida Island

AM: Despite its name, there is no “port” at Puerto Egas, but you might see a few remains of the last attempts to colonize the island during the 60’s.  The trail goes along the coastline which is rich in wildlife, with marine iguanas basking in the sun everywhere, Galapagos sea lions, herons, oystercatchers and many shorebirds. At the end of the trail an area called “the grottos” is home for a small colony of the endemic Galapagos fur seal, much more difficult to see at close range than its cousin.  As recently as 2019, land iguanas where re-introduced to the area, so look around for these impressive reptiles which where extinct from Santiago for over a century. 

PM: Rabida is a small island famous for its reddish lava rocks (rich in iron) which gives it a unique look. The beach is also red and hosts a small colony of sea lions. There is a small salt water lagoon where we will see ducks and stilts and sometimes flamingoes. The trail will take you inland to get beautiful views of the beach and the lagoon. Look for Darwin finches, flycatchers and mockingbirds. In the cliffs along the coast you can find Nazca & blue-footed boobies, brown noddy, herons and the two species of sea lions: Galapagos and fur seals. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6 - Thursday
Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove // Baltra Island: Airport

AM: Black Turtle Cove gets its name from the abundance of green see turtles, locally known as: “tortugas negras”. There is no landing here so you will be doing a boat tour on the dinghies, exploring shallow channels and small coves surrounded by beautiful mangrove forests. Reef sharks, sea turtles and several species rays inhabit this beautiful area which is considered an important mating area for turtles and a nursery for several species of sharks. Herons, pelicans and boobies are also common here as they prey in schools of anchovies.

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Prices

2023 - Price per person
RoomUpper Deck / Main Deck
6 DaysUS$ 4,590 PP
2022 - Price per person
RoomUpper Deck / Main Deck
6 DaysUS$ 3,269 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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“I enjoyed the scenery and the exotic wildlife on the islands very much. The airport transfers in both directions went smoothly and the service on board was very good.”Nikola Dimitrov