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WildAid Passion Yacht 7-Night Itinerary A

The Passion yacht is the largest charter ship sailing the Galapagos, providing an exceptional amount of space for her 12 passengers, including ample social areas and a panoramic sky lounge with a bar. Tiny endemic penguins, giant Galapagos tortoises, playful seals and Blue-footed boobies are just some of the fascinating wildlife that you will be treated to on this wonderful 8-day/7-night Galapagos cruise through western, central and southern islands and islets of the archipelago. Sailing on board the 12-passenger Passion motor yacht, your adventure will take you to explore the very best on land and in the water, as experienced guides and knowledgeable naturalists will keep you informed every step of the way. Visiting points as diverse as the “Devil’s Crown,” Buccaneer Cove and a breeding center for GIANT Galapagos tortoises, your appreciation of the wonders of the world will be transformed on this amazing Galapagos Islands tour.

Reviews

“We had an absolutely amazing trip! Surtrek coordinated a Galapagos Cruise on the Natural Paradise yacht and then a stay at the Napo Wildlife Center. Everything was beyond our expectations!! I highly recommend Surtrek.”Janda Terese Stevens

Highlights

Galapagos Islands, Genovesa, Bartolome (Pinnacle Rock), Española Islands & Charles Darwin Station.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Morning Flight To Baltra & Black Turtle Cove
Day 2: Darwin Bay & El Barranco
Day 3: Punta Espejo & Sullivan Bay
Day 4: Bartolome & Dragon Hill
Day 5: Santa Cruz Highlands & Darwin Research Station
Day 6: Plaza Sur & Santa Fe Island
Day 7: Garden Bay & Punta Suarez
Day 8: Twin Craters & Departure
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday
Morning Flight To Baltra & Black Turtle Cove

PM: After arriving at Baltra airport, we will be greeted by our naturalist guide to then board the M/Y WildAid’s Passion  and  have  lunch.  Following  our  meal,  we  will  navigate  a  short  distance  to  Black  Turtle  Cove,  a  large mangrove lagoon on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. Pelicans and herons roost on the branches, while marine dwellers such as green sea turtles and golden rays may cruise right next to the pangaas it makes its way through the mangroves.

The day ends with dinner and a briefing for the next day’s activities on board the yacht. 

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Sunday
Darwin Bay & El Barranco

AM: We travel to Genovesa Island and for a wet landing on Darwin Bay, a unique site with a beautiful beach, lined with red mangroves and soft‐haired prickly pear cacti, where red‐footed boobies and great frigatebirds perch tamely.

PM: After a dry landing at El Barranco, we will climb to the edge of a cliff where frigatebirds, masked boobies, and red-footed boobies make their nests. The trail will take us to the inner part of the island, populated by palo santotrees and cacti. We will be seeking out the impressive red‐billed tropicbird amidst Galapagos storm petrels and the endemic short-eared owl.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Monday
Punta Espejo & Sullivan Bay

AM: Today  we  will  have  the  opportunity  to  observe  the  abundant  marine  life  of  Punta  Espejo, on Marchena Island. This site is reserved for snorkeling and diving only,and it is safe to say that it is one of the best spots in the Galapagos for these activities. This location is known for having dolphins and hammerhead sharks, as well as  the  vast  quantities  of  coral  heads,  allowing  for  a  much  higher  concentration  of  coral  than  the  rest  of  the archipelago. We will have two snorkeling activities during this morning, to have more time and opportunities to observe the marine life.  After snorkeling, we will return to the yacht for an in-depth briefing about the ocean currentsand their effect on the archipelago’s flora and fauna while we navigate to our next destination.

PM: We will have a dry landing in Santiago Island’s Sullivan Bay, where we will walk over a recent lava flow with fresh pahoehoe lava formations, lava bubbles containing crystallized minerals, and pioneer plant fossils.  Along the shoreline, we may find Galapagos penguins and herons going after small fish.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Tuesday
Bartolome & Dragon Hill

AM: We will have a dry landing on Bartolome, followed by a mild climb up a set of wooden steps to reach the summit of a spatter cone for a breathtaking panorama of the island’s iconic Pinnacle Rock and views of neighboring Santiago, and other central islands in the distance. Afterward, we will visit the white sand beach used as a nesting site by sea turtles, followed by snorkeling in the waters of Bartolome Island, where it is not unusual to spot Galapagos penguins.

PM: In the afternoon, we navigate a short distance to Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz’s northwestern shore with a dry landing to visit a saltwater lagoon, home to greater flamingos, black‐necked stilts, and white‐cheeked pintails. Further inland we will find a fantastic land iguana nesting site.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Wednesday
Santa Cruz Highlands & Darwin Research Station

AM: We will spend this day visiting Santa Cruz Island ́s most famous highlights. We will have a dry landing at the dock of Puerto Ayora to then board our transportation and head to the island’s highlands. This area, in contrast to the coastal region, has lush vegetation and forest due to the humidity in the higher regions.We will visit one of the ranches of the area where it is possible to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. As these animals migrate from the coastal area to the highlands and back, the chosen ranch will depend on the presence of the tortoises since they roam free and change locations. This is also a good place to see the ground finch of the Island, which populates these forests where it is also possible to see the yellow warbler.

PM: We will return to the ship for lunch and to freshen up to then head back to Puerto Ayora for our second visit  of  the  day,  the Charles  Darwin  Research  Station.Here,  we  will  see  tortoises  from  different  islands.  The animals are found in large semi natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the visitors. The  pens  are  divided  according to  four  different  stages:  eggs, neonates,  juveniles  (held  here  until  they  are mature enough to be "repatriated"), and adults.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6 - Thursday
Plaza Sur & Santa Fe Island

AM: We will have a dry landing on one of the oldest docks of the archipelago on colorful Plaza Sur, home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium, and coppery‐orange land iguanas. Impressive seaward cliffs make the perfect perching spot for a varietyof coastal birds. This is also a great place to observe the sea lion adult and pups swimming along the shores.

PM: After a wet landing on Santa Fe, we will encounter a white beach where sea lions are usually resting. We will be looking for the endemic species of land iguana, which is larger with a deeper shade of yellow than land iguanas on other islands. The biggest prickly pear cacti in the Galapagos are also found here. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 7 - Friday
Garden Bay & Punta Suarez

AM: Following a wet landing, we will spend the morning in Española Island’s Gardner Bay, an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the bold Española mockingbird. Close to Española, there is a beautiful array of islets ideal for observing marinelife. While snorkeling at one of these locations, we will come face to face with the marine reserve’s endemic species including the playful sea lions. 

PM: After  this  visit,  we  will  head  to  Punta  Suarez,  one  of  the  most  popular  landing  sites  in  Galapagos. The highlights include: sea lions near the landing place (sometimes seen body‐surfing in the large breakers) large marine iguanas, with red‐colored males in the breeding season, oystercatchers, blue-footed  and  masked boobies,  Galapagos  hawks,  Galapagos  doves, swallow‐tailed gulls, red-billed  tropicbirds,  and  three  species endemic to Española: the waved albatross (present only from April to December), the Española mockingbird, and the Española lava lizard. The trail ends in El Soplador, a blowhole that sprays water some 25 meters (75 feet) into the air.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 8 - Saturday
Twin Craters & Departure

AM: This is our last day on the islands. After breakfast we will disembark in Puerto Ayora to take our transport to the Baltra airport, making a short stop to visit the Twin Craters. The Gemelosare two deep craters located to the side of the road that leads from Puerto Ayora to the other side of the island in order to arrive to the airport. These  huge  holes  were  most  likely  created  in  a  volcanic  explosion  or  by  magma  chambers  having  collapsed underneath the island ́s surface. This is also an excellent place tosee the Galapagos hawk and the Santa Cruz barn  owl.  The  surrounding  forests  are  also  filled  with  birds  such  as  the  vermilion  flycatcher  and  the  yellow warbler.

After this visit, we will continue our way to the Baltra airport for the departing flight to mainland Ecuador.

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Prices

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8US$ 5,700 PPUS$ 6,750 PP
2020 - Price per person
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8US$ 5,700 PPUS$ 6,750 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
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Included in the price:
  • Daily programmed excursions in the islands
  • Services of an English/Spanish-speaking naturalist guide
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary
  • Use of snorkeling equipment and kayaks
  • All transfers in the Galapagos Islands
  • Soft drinks, natural juices, coffee, tea and water
Not included in the price:
  • Airfare for to/from the Galapagos flights (Quito–Galapagos–Quito)
  • Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park ($100 per person)
  • Galapagos Immigration Control Card ($20 per person)
  • Alcoholic and bottled beverages
  • Tips & gratuities to crew and guides
  • Personal items
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