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Reina Silvia Yacht 7-Night Itinerary A

Snorkel amid shimmering fish, slow-motion sea turtles, tiny Galapagos penguins and playful sea lions: These are just some of the fascinating wildlife that you will be treated to on this amazing 8-day Galapagos cruise. Sailing on board the Reina Silvia Motor Yacht, a 16-passenger first class yacht, you will travel the “Western Route” to at least seven islands in the archipelago, including the amazingly scenic islands of Santa Fe, Floreana and Santa Cruz.


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Galapagos Islands, Isabela (Tagus Cove), Fernandina, Floreana, North Seymour & Charles Darwin Station.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Baltra Island: airport // Santa Cruz Island: The Twin Craters - Charles Darwin Research Station
Day 2: Floreana Island: Punta Cormorant – Champion Islet – Post Office Bay – Asilo de la Paz
Day 3: Isabela Island: Moreno Point – Elizabeth Bay
Day 4: Isabela Island: Urbina Bay // Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point
Day 5: Isabela Island: Tagus Cove – Punta Vicente Roca
Day 6: Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach – Buccaneer Cove – Puerto Egas Beach – Salt Mines
Day 7: Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach // North Seymour Island
Day 8: Baltra Island: Flight to the Mainland
Galapagos Map
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday
Baltra Island: airport // Santa Cruz Island: The Twin Craters - Charles Darwin Research Station

AM: In the morning, you will fly from Quito or Guayaquil (on the Ecuadorian mainland) to Baltra Island, in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago and the main point of entrance to this natural paradise. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will need to pay the national park entry fee, which goes to protecting both the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve.  A member of your ship's crew will then welcome you and accompany you to your yacht: the Reina Silvia

PM: This afternoon we will go to the Santa Cruz Highlands and see the twin “Los Gemelos” craters, which will be explained by your naturalist guide. These craters are surrounded by scalesia forest, where also live Ruby tyrants and small and large Tree finches. Later, 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. Remember that looking at the animals is allowed, but touching is not, and it’s absolutely forbidden to jump over the walls or open the pen doors at any time. 

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Sunday
Floreana Island: Punta Cormorant – Champion Islet – Post Office Bay – Asilo de la Paz

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 José 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 that 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 there, one can often find stingrays and Whitetip reef sharks. Later, we will visit Champion Islet. Though the island itself is off limits to visitors, the waters around this small landmass are great places to snorkel with sea lions and to see colorful tropical fish.  Occasionally, dolphins are sighted as boats approach the shore, and the cool currents here make Champion an excellent site for spotting schools of stingrays.  

PM: Next, 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 the hope that it will make to its destination via another don’t forget to bring postcards along.  Next, we will visit the Asilo de la Paz (“The Haven of Peace”), which is hillside and the cave where the pioneering Wittmer family first settled. In fact, the first person born in the Galapagos Islands was Rolf Wittmer. Your guide will tell you more all about this family and the island’s history of tragedies, colonization, and fascinating events. From there, we will visit a fresh-water source and a deserted pirate cave. You will also be able to enjoy the fantastic view of the island from this 450-meter-high hill.    

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Monday
Isabela Island: Moreno Point – Elizabeth Bay

AM: This morning will take us to the largest landmass in the Galapagos archipelago: Isabela Island. With a surface of 1,770 sq. miles (4,588 sq. km.), the island constitutes more than the half of the land area of the entire Galapagos archipelago.

This morning we will visit Moreno Point, a young volcanic landscape with numerous fresh-water pools and lagoons. You will be able to see flamingos, Bahama ducks and other birds here.

PM: Later today, we will head to the mangrove area of Elizabeth Bay and visit the small islands offshore. Here you can see dwarf penguins as well as schools of manta rays, turtles and other giants of the ocean – possibly even surfacing whale sharks. The mangrove woods are also home to various species of seabirds and herons.    

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Tuesday
Isabela Island: Urbina Bay // Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point

AM: This morning we will make a wet landing in Urbina Bay.  Coral reefs are visible here as a result of an especially violent eruption of the Alcedo Volcano in 1954, when large sections of Isabela Island’s coast were suddenly raised about four meters. These reefs are now covered with poison apple and muyuyo trees. You can also observe land iguanas and the rare Mangrove finch up close here. From January to June, land turtles occasionally visit the bay, descending from their higher mountain living environments. After a short walk inland, we will have some time for snorkeling, giving you yet another chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions and countless tropical fish.

PM: Fernandina Island is not only the westernmost island but is also the youngest and most pristine island in the Galapagos. The 2005 eruption of La Cumbre Volcano created huge fields of lava. This eruption was followed on April 11, 2009, when the volcano flared up again, forming a cloud of ash and steam while hot lava flowed down the slopes of the volcano into the ocean. Nonetheless, an abundance of wildlife call this island home, including the famous Flightless cormorants as well as penguins, pelicans, marine iguanas and sea lions.  You can also find mangroves here on Fernandina Island.

This afternoon, we will visit Espinoza Point, one of Fernandina Island’s visitor points. It is situated within fascinating scenery filled with lava cactuses and mangroves growing on the surface of the lava. Within this unique scenery you will encounter numerous animals; the highlights being sea lions, penguins, Flightless cormorants (especially in the spring and summer), and one of the largest iguana colonies in the Galapagos Islands.  On the small strip of land that constitutes Espinoza Point, you can find literally hundreds of marine iguanas, which gather in large groups.   

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Wednesday
Isabela Island: Tagus Cove – Punta Vicente Roca

AM: After a dry landing, we will visit Isabela Island’s notorious Tagus Cove, which was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers and whalers.  Still exiting here is some graffiti that is believed to have been left by 19th-century pirates …a curious reminder of an intriguing past. Perched on the ledges of the cliffs around this deep blue bay, you can observe a large number of Blue-footed boobies, as well as marine iguanas, brown pelicans, brown noddy terns, swallow-tailed gulls and tiny Galapagos penguins (members of the only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the northern hemisphere along the equator). A steep trail also passes through an area of dry vegetation and volcanic landscapes with scalesia woods and cactuses.

PM: Located at the “mouth” of the head of the seahorse that forms the northern part of Isabela Island is Punta Vicente Roca, an interesting rock formation. Here, the remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves, with a bay that’s well-protected from the ocean swells. With a bit of luck, you can see Galapagos penguins, while Masked- and Blue-footed boobies, as well as pelicans, sit perched along the point and its sheer cliffs, while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline. The upwelling of currents of cool water in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life, which makes Punta Vicente Roca a great area for deep-water snorkeling.    

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6 - Thursday
Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach – Buccaneer Cove – Puerto Egas Beach – Salt Mines

AM: This morning we will land on the fourth largest island in the Galapagos: Santiago Island, also known as “James Island” or “San Salvador Island.” The old rusted machines and run-down buildings of former salt mine workers are still apparent on the island, though the last attempts to populate Santiago Island were given up on forty years ago. The influences of the former salt mine workers and their imported animals are still apparent on the island, though the last attempts to populate Santiago Island were given up forty years ago.

On Santiago Island, we will visit Espumilla Beach, where marine iguanas relax and sea turtles nest. While snorkeling, you might find octopuses, morays and many types of tropical fish. There is also a Palo Santo forest close to this beach.

Later, we will go to Buccaneer Cove, which in the 18th and 19th centuries was a shelter for pirates, whalers, and sailors. The bay is surrounded by high tuff clips where many seabirds nest. In the cliffs, you can try to find two rock formations that look like a monkey and an elephant.

PM: We will have an afternoon wet landing on the dark sand beach of Puerto Egas, where you can find an abundance of marine iguanas. After a short walk of about 2 km along the coast, we will reach the rugged lava coastline. On these shores are natural pools where you can find sea lions, herons and other seabirds. The surrounding area is also a good spot for observing colonies of red Sally Light Foot crabs, lava lizards, Galapagos buzzards and lava herons.  Later, we will go on an excursion to the Salt Mines visitor site, located northwest of Santiago Island. For decades, salt was extracted from a local salt crater. However, this industry was abandoned in the 1950’s, leaving behind a variety of old rusted machines and the remnants of buildings. The trail to and from this site — approximately five miles (eight kilometers) round trip — follows the path that was once used by wagon trains to the crater’s cone. Bird lovers will be delighted with the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Darwin’s finches, endemic Galapagos hawks, and colorful Vermillion flycatchers. Despite the easy terrain, the walk can be a bit strenuous due to the blazing sun.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 7 - Friday
Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach // North Seymour Island

AM: We will arrive on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island, where we will visit the long and sandy Las Bachas Beach, one of the most important nesting beaches for sea turtles. Here you can also find flamingos, Black-winged stilts, sea lions, herons, marine iguanas, and — with a little bit of luck — tiny Galapagos penguins. In addition, this beach is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles in the Galapagos. A female can lay eggs 3 or 4 times with an average of 70 eggs each, but they then spend 3 to 5 years without breeding. At this paradisiacal site, we will also find the remains of barges that sank long ago; these were once the property of the United States Navy when they operated an airbase on Baltra Island during World War II. In fact, the beach got its name because the English word “barges” was hard to pronounce for the local people – hence “Bachas” Beach. You will also have the opportunity to swim on this soft white sand beach or explore the fascinating underwater by snorkeling.

PM: After a dry landing on North Seymour Island, we will take a short walk along its coast, where you will encounter Swallow-tailed gulls, sea lions and Cliff crabs. This part of Seymour Island is also known for being a major nesting site for Blue-footed boobies and one of the largest colonies of Magnificent frigatebirds (a species different from the Great frigatebird). As you enjoy this relaxing hike around various nesting sites, you can also spot both of the endemic species of iguanas: marine iguanas and land iguanas.    

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 8 - Saturday
Baltra Island: Flight to the Mainland

AM: This morning we will take a bus to Itabaca Channel, which we will cross to reach the Baltra Island airport for your flight back to the mainland. Enjoy the last view of the “enchanted islands,” a unique paradise with fascinating natural highlights.

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2020 - Price per cabin
8 DaysUS$ 5,045 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
Included in the price:
  • All meals
  • transfers in the islands
  • all excursions
  • bilingual national park guide
  • use of snorkeling equipment
  • free airport assistance.
Not included in the price:
  • Round-trip airfare to / from Galapagos
  • alcoholic drinks
  • Galapagos National Park fee ($100 USD)
  • Transit Control Card ($20 USD)
  • use of wetsuit
  • travel /medical insurance
  • tips, personal expenses.

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