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Trip Advisor 2019

Infinity Yacht 7-Night Itinerary B

On this 8-day “B” Galapagos luxury cruise aboard the Infinity yacht, you will find out why this archipelago is a bucket list destination. On board the luxury Infinity, you will make landings on central and western islands of the archipelago, including scenic Isabela Island. Each of these sites is 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 cruise. View for yourself the unique species of wildlife that were the inspiration for Darwin’s staggering theory and contributed to science’s understanding of life.

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“We loved the Galapagos Islands. Both of our hotels on Santa Cruz and Isabella islands were excellent. Our tour guides were knowledgeable and directed us to the most interesting sights and wildlife. Thanks Surtrek for organizing an excellent trip.”Catherine Anne Woodruff

Infinity Yacht: Highlights

South Plaza Island, Twin Craters (Santa Cruz Island), Elizabeth Bay (Isabela Island), Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island)

Infinity Yacht: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrival in San Cristobal Airport – Transfer to Boat – Puerto Chino OR Jacinto Gordillo Tortoise Breeding Center (San Cristobal Island)
Day 2: Santa Fe Island – South Plaza Island
Day 3: Charles Darwin Research Station – Twin Craters (Santa Cruz Island)
Day 4: Moreno Point – Elizabeth Bay (Isabela Island)
Day 5: Urbino Bay – Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
Day 6: Espinosa Point (Fernandina Island) – Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island)
Day 7: Puerto Egas Beach (Santiago Island) – Bartolome Island
Day 8: North Seymour Island – Transfer to Baltra Airport (Baltra Island)
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Infinity Yacht: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Tuesday
Arrival in San Cristobal Airport – Transfer to Boat – Puerto Chino OR Jacinto Gordillo Tortoise Breeding Center (San Cristobal Island)

AM: In the morning, you will fly from either Quito or Guayaquil (on the Ecuadorian mainland) to the Galapagos Islands. At the airport on San Cristobal Island, after you will pay your entrance fee to the national park, a member of the Surtrek team will welcome you and accompany you to your ship: the Infinity.

PM: Today we will visit Puerto Chino or the Jacinto Gordillo Tortoise Breeding Center, depending on the conditions. 

Puerto Chino is a remote beach on the southern edge of San Cristobal Island and is located not too far from the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Breeding Center. The trail from the road goes about a mile (1,500 meters) to the beach. The beach itself is small and surrounded by mangroves.  It’s a great place for relaxing and surfing, but don’t touch or eat the fruit of the poisonous manzanillo trees. Also, make sure to drink a lot of water, use sunscreen, and wear a sunhat, since the sun’s reflection off the white sand is strong. One of the main attractions of San Cristobal Island is the Jacinto Gordillo Tortoise Breeding Center. If we visit this site today, you can see enormous Galapagos tortoises, as well as iguanas. As the natural population of tortoises from San Cristobal Island is seriously threatened by animals introduced onto the island by humans – mainly wild goats, cats, and rats – the center is attempting to increase the number of tortoises as well as eradicate threatening species. Close to the center is an easy trail that covers a distance of 900 meters; along this trail, you will see different species of native and endemic plants of the Galapagos, like cat’s claw, Manzanillo, romerillo, and acacia. Be careful not to touch or eat the manzanillo fruits, as these are toxic. San Cristobal Island is also one of the few islands where you can see the plant Calandrinia galapagosa, which is in danger of extinction.
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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Wednesday
Santa Fe Island – South Plaza Island

AM: This morning, we will visit Santa Fe Island, a tiny rocky island covered in small Palo Santo trees and six-meter-high opuntia cactuses. The island is inhabited mainly by large yellow land iguanas, Galapagos buzzards, Blue-footed boobies, and pelicans. While snorkeling in the wonderful blue-green bay in which the ship anchors, you can observe the many inhabitants of this underwater world, including countless tropical fish, rays, sea turtles and playful sea lions.

PM: Next, we will explore South Plaza Island, located just east of Santa Cruz Island. After a dry landing on the northern part of this life-filled islet, you will encounter colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. While on the steep banks, you can see numbers of birds – like nesting Tropicbirds and Fork-tailed seagulls – but most of all, you will enjoy the beautiful views from either atop the steep banks or while strolling along the base of the cliff. Opuntia cactuses grow on this island and the vegetation changes color throughout the year.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Thursday
Charles Darwin Research Station – Twin Craters (Santa Cruz Island)

AM: This morning 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.

PM: In the 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.

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Day 4 - Friday
Moreno Point – Elizabeth Bay (Isabela Island)

AM: This morning, we will explore 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: Following lunch, we will head to the mangrove area of Elizabeth Bay, on Isabela Island, and visit the small islands offshore. You are likely to 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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Day 5 - Saturday
Urbino Bay – Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)

AM: After breakfast, 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: 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 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.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6 - Sunday
Espinosa Point (Fernandina Island) – Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island)

AM: Fernandina Island is not only the westernmost island but also the youngest and most pristine island in the Galapagos. Huge fields of lava were created here by the La Cumbre Volcano’s 2005 eruption, which was followed on April 11, 2009, when the volcano flared up again, forming a cloud of ash and steam as hot lava flowed down the slopes of the volcano into the ocean. Nonetheless, an abundance of wildlife calls this island home, including the famous Flightless cormorants, penguins, pelicans, marine iguanas and sea lions. You can also find mangroves on Fernandina Island, in addition to a great diversity of wildlife – such as orcas and whale sharks (which can sometimes be seen while you’re snorkeling and when they surface).

After breakfast, we will make a dry landing on Espinoza Point, one of Fernandina Island’s visitor points. It is filled with fascinating scenery, such as cactuses growing on the surface of lava. One gets a sense of how life fought to begin when seeing these plants emerging from crevices in this barren landscape. Within this unique scenery, you will encounter numerous animals – the highlights being sea lions, Galapagos penguins, Flightless cormorants (especially in the spring and summer), and one of the largest iguana colonies in the Galapagos Islands.  In fact, on this small strip of land that constitutes Espinoza Point, you can find literally thousands of marine iguanas, which gather in large groups.

PM: Located at the “mouth” of the head of the seahorse that forms the northern part of Isabela Island is Vicente Roca Point, 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 Vicente Roca Point a great area for deep-water snorkeling.

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Day 7 - Monday
Puerto Egas Beach (Santiago Island) – Bartolome Island

AM: In the 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.

This morning, 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.  

PM: After lunch, we will sail to  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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Day 8 - Tuesday
North Seymour Island – Transfer to Baltra Airport (Baltra Island)

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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Infinity Yacht: Prices

2019 - Price per person
RoomStandardSuites
8 DaysUS$ 6,545US$ 7,245
Price per person based upon double occupancy.
Included in the price:
  • A cruise on board the Infinity motor yacht
  • Accommodations on board the yacht
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All transfers in the Galapagos Islands
  • Services of an English/Spanish-speaking naturalist guide
  • Use of snorkeling equipment/wetsuit
  • Use of underwater camera
  • Free purified drinking water
Not included in the price:
  • Galapagos National Park fee ($100)
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card ($20)
  • Roundtrip flight (Ecuador mainland-Galapagos-Ecuador mainland)
  • Alcoholic & bottled drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities for the captain and crew members
  • Travel/medical insurance (highly recommended)
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