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Galaxy Yacht 5-Night Itinerary B

On this 6-day itinerary, your Galapagos Islands cruise will cover the “Central-Western Route,” on which you can view for yourself the unique species of wildlife that were the inspiration for Darwin’s startling theory and contributed to science’s understanding of life. Sailing on board the first-class 18-passenger Galaxy motor yacht, you will travel to exotic Pacific islands such as Santa Cruz, Isabela, Santiago and Fernandina Island to explore moon-like lava terrain, walk through lush forests teeming with birdlife, and snorkel in the crystal waters filled with unique marine life. On this Galapagos Islands vacation, your appreciation of the wonders of the world will be transformed.

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“The trip was excellent from beginning to end. The Isabella II was a fine ship and the crew and guides were all of the highest quality. I would recommend them to others. For us, the ship was the perfect size – not too small and not too large.”Walter Squire

Highlights

Galapagos Islands, Isabela (Tagus Cove), Fernandina & Santa Cruz (Tortoise Breeding Center).

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Baltra Island: Airport – Highlands
Day 2: Isabela Island: Moreno Point – Elizabeth Bay
Day 3: Isabela Island: Urbina Bay – Tagus Cove
Day 4: Espinoza Point - Albemarle Point
Day 5: Santiago Island: Puerto Egas Beach – Espumilla Beach – Buccaneer Cove
Day 6: Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday
Baltra Island: Airport – Highlands

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

PM: 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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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Sunday
Isabela Island: 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
Isabela Island: 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
Espinoza Point - Albemarle Point

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: This place is great for wildlife as well as an historical site. During WWII, the Americans built a radar base in order to detect the presence of Japanese war ships approaching the Galapagos. You can still see a few remains of the radar. The area is barren and surrounded by endless lava fields, but along the coast you will find some of the largest marine iguanas in the islands, Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants and shorebirds.  

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Wednesday
Santiago Island: Puerto Egas Beach – Espumilla Beach – Buccaneer Cove

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: Espumilla is a beautiful 1km (0,6 mi) long beach with rusty-brown sand, located in the northern coast of Santiago. It is surrounded by large mangrove trees and a very interesting native dry forest, which is home to Galapagos hawks but also a great diversity of finches, mockingbirds and doves. Don’t forget to check the salt pan, as during the rainy season there could be flamingoes and ducks.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6 - Thursday
Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill

AM: Located in the northern coast of Santa Cruz, Dragon hill gets its name from the land iguanas that inhabit this area, the only location in the whole island of Santa Cruz where you can see this large species of reptiles. Thanks to a very successful breeding program, this population of land iguanas, which was in the brink of extinction during the 70’s and 80’s, has rapidly recovered. There is also a small salt water lagoon where we can often see flamingoes, ducks, stilts, sandpipers and other shorebirds.

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Prices

2022 - Price per person
RoomUpper Deck / Main Deck
6 DaysUS$ 3,600 PP
2023 - Price per person
RoomUpper Deck / Main Deck
6 DaysUS$ 3,410 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
Included in the price:
  • A cruise on board the Galaxy yacht
  • 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 for guides and crew
  • Personal items
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Services not indicated in the itinerary (i.e.: An Isabela Island dock tax applies in itineraries B and D)
  • IVA
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