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Infinity Yacht 3-Night Itinerary

This 4-day Galapagos luxury cruise will take you through these legendary islands situated some 600 miles off the Pacific Coast of Ecuador. Made famous by Charles Darwin for having inspired his theories of evolution, you too will have the chance to walk over stunning volcanic formations and hike through rich forests teeming with indigenous birdlife. During your Galapagos Island cruise on board the luxury Infinity yacht, you will sail to the principal central islands of the archipelago, as well as the particularly scenic Genovesa Island in the north. At these sites, you can walk alongside iguanas, swim with curious sea lions, watch Blue-footed boobies fly overhead, and enjoy alfresco dining in the evening – experiences that will never be forgotten.

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Highlights

Santa Cruz Island, Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island), Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island), Baltra Island

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Pick-up at Baltra Airport (Baltra Island) + Transfer to boat + Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island)
Day 2: El Barranco + Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)
Day 3: Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island) + Rabida Island
Day 4: Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island) + Transfer to Baltra Airport (Baltra Island)
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Tuesday
Pick-up at Baltra Airport (Baltra Island) + Transfer to boat + Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz 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 on your transfer to your ship, the Infinity.

PM: Today we will visit Santa Cruz Island, which is the second largest of the Galapagos Islands and is located in the center of the archipelago. Located there is Black Turtle Cove, a nesting site for sea turtles, which peak their heads above the surface of the water while fish and other forms of marine life circle below.  With luck, the calm water will allow you to see different types of sharks (like the Whitetip reef shark) and schools of golden-colored Mustard rays. There are a number of mangrove forests here as well.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Wednesday
El Barranco + Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)

AM: 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.

This morning, 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 Wooden petrel. Red-footed boobies and Nazca boobies can be seen here as well as fur seals and several species of seabirds.

PM: 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.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Thursday
Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island) + Rabida Island

AM: Today, 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.

On the island, we will head to Sullivan Bay, located on the eastern coast of Santiago. Its lava field, covered with lava cactuses, has a variety of interesting patterns of important geologic interest, as you will be able to observe the contrasting lava landscapes from an older eruption and a newer one formed during the last quarter of the 19th century.  After exploring these lava flows, you can swim or snorkel with playful sea lions.

PM: This afternoon, 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.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Friday
Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island) + Transfer to Baltra Airport (Baltra 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: 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
RoomStandardSuites
4 DaysUS$ 2,945 PPUS$ 3,245 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
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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