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Camila Trimaran Yacht 4-Night Itinerary B

On this 5-day/4-night Galapagos luxury cruise, you will find out why this archipelago is a bucket-list destination for so many experienced travelers. On board the 16-passenger Camila trimaran motor yacht, you will make landings on central islands of the archipelago, as well as on scenic Genovesa Island in the north. Each of these sites is all home to an array of fascinating animal and plant species – many of which are found nowhere else on earth. Snorkel amid shimmering fish, green sea turtles, tiny penguins, and playful sea lions on this amazing Galapagos Islands tour. Go on daily land excursions to view for yourself the unique species of wildlife that were the inspiration for Darwin’s staggering theory that contributed to science’s understanding of life.

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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

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrival at Airport (Baltra Island) + Transfer to boat + Bartolome Island
Day 2: Rabida Island + Egas Port (Santiago Island)
Day 3: Darwin Bay + El Barranco (Genovesa Island)
Day 4: Mosquera Island + Highlands (Santa Cruz Island)
Day 5: North Seymour Island + Departure (Baltra Island Airport)
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Tuesday
Arrival at Airport (Baltra Island) + Transfer to boat + Bartolome Island

AM: In the morning, you will fly from Quito or Guayaquil (on the Ecuadorian mainland) to Baltra Island, which is 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 the Surtrek team will then welcome you and accompany you to your ship, the Camila luxury trimaran.

PM: From Baltra, we will set sail for Bartolome Island, where you will discover a fascinating moonscape formed by various volcanic formations — including lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones — as we hike to the island’s summit for striking views of the surrounding islands, Sullivan Bay and the towering Pinnacle Rock. As the beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock boast some of the finest snorkeling in the islands, you can discover a marvelous underwater world here and have a good chance of finding sea turtles gliding gently alongside you. On the rocks beneath Pinnacle Rock, it’s quite possible to spot some of the quick-as-an-arrow Galapagos penguins; at around 25 centimeters tall, these are members of the second smallest species of penguin in the world. Likewise, you’re likely to see harmless Whitetip reef sharks sunning in these waters. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best of snorkeling experiences, as the water here is generally clear, without too much surf and full of marine life.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Wednesday
Rabida Island + Egas Port (Santiago Island)

AM: This morning, we will visit Playa Roja (“Red Beach”), located on the east coast of Rabida Island.  Dark rust-colored sand covers this unique beach, creating an incredible landscape. This reddish color is due to the very porous volcanic materials, which – with the help of environmental factors like rain, salt water, and sea breezes – have acted as oxidizing agents. Other attractions are the vegetation in this arid zone and the presence of native and endemic species of wildlife. The beach area is open, but don’t get too close when the pelicans are nesting, and try not to disturb the sea lions. Hidden behind bushes close to the beach is a salt-water lagoon where flamingoes can often be seen. It’s best to keep quiet and avoid any sudden or rapid movements since these flamingoes can be frightened off easily.

PM:  This afternoon, 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. This afternoon we will make a wet landing on Santiago’s Puerto Egas beach. Its black volcanic sand was visited by Darwin in 1835 and still maintaining an abundance of marine iguanas. After a short walk of about 2 km along the coast, we will reach the rugged lava coastline of James Bay. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago’s shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds, including the bizarre Yellow-crowned night heron and an astounding array of marine wildlife – including lobsters, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks are another highlight.  

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Thursday
Darwin Bay + El Barranco (Genovesa Island)

Our destination for today is Genovesa Island, considered one of the wildest and most pristine islands in Galapagos National Park. Known as “Bird Island,” Genovesa is the only place where you can see Red-footed boobies.

AM: After a wet landing in Genovesa Island’s Darwin Bay, we will walk along a short path that leads to the nesting sites of booby and frigatebird colonies. On the beach, you can observe the interesting spectacle of how frigate birds try to rob the prey of different species of boobies.

PM: This afternoon we are off to the El Barranco cliffs. Located on Genovesa Island, along the southern part of Darwin Bay, a one-mile (1.5 km) trail stretches out over volcanic rock that leads to this cliff (this hike takes about two hours to cover). The second half of the trail is very delicate, so please stay on the path. It can get very hot so make sure to bring water. Because of the natural erosion, this is the ideal place for the nesting of Storm petrels. Two other species of petrels that can be seen here are the Galapagos petrel and the Wooden petrel. Red-footed boobies and Nazca boobies can be seen here as well as fur seals and several species of seabirds.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Friday
Mosquera Island + Highlands (Santa Cruz Island)

AM: This morning we will anchor off Mosquera Island, which is located near Itabaca Channel and in between the Baltra and Seymour islands. The island consists of a long narrow stretch of white sand, rocks, and small lagoons with large populations of sea lions (in fact, this is one of the best places to take photos of these aquatic mammals). After a wet landing, a stroll down the beach will also permit views of Brown pelicans and Blue-footed boobies.

PM:  Following lunch, we will visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island, where the lush landscape is a welcome contrast to the arid scenery of the smaller, lower islands. On the way, we will cross through different vegetation zones – from the dry lower region full of cactuses to the scalesia woods in the Highlands. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Saturday
North Seymour Island + Departure (Baltra Island Airport)

AM: 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.

PM: 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 your last look back at the “enchanted islands,” a unique paradise with inspiring natural wonders. 

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Prices

2019 - Price per person
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5 DaysUS$ 4,820 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
Included in the price:
  • All shore excursions
  • All meals throughout the cruise
  • Regular soft drinks and juices
  • Champagne reception
  • Welcome courtesy
  • Uses of kayaks
  • Use of snorkeling gear and wetsuits
  • Services of a certified Galapagos National Park guide
Not included in the price:
  • Roundtrip airfare to/from the Galapagos Islands
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance ($100)
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card ($20)
  • Tips for crew/guide
  • Alcoholic and bottled beverages
  • Personal Expenses
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