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Stella Maris Yacht - 7 Nights Itinerary B

There is no better way to revel in the beauty of the archipelago than booking a private yacht charter like the Stella Maris. Her speed, comfort, top-notch guides and itineraries make Stella Maris perfect for your luxury Galapagos cruise. In addition, the yacht is designed to be as ecologically-friendly as possible. Enormous Galapagos tortoises, dragon-like iguanas, blue-footed birds and playful sea lions are just some of the fascinating wildlife that you will be treated to on this fascinating Galapagos Islands cruise. Sailing on board the 14-passenger Stella Maris luxury yacht, you will cruise through the central and western islands of the archipelago on this 8-day/7-night tour that promises to be life-changing. After walking through lush forests filled with birdlife and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters teeming with unique marine life, your appreciation of the wonders of the world will be transformed thanks to this Galapagos Islands vacation.

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“We loved every moment of our trip and could not have done it without Ligia and Surtrek. I highly recommend them!”Irene Alcock

Stella Maris Yacht: Highlights

Private charter, Galapagos Islands, Isabela (Tagus Cove), Fernandina Islands & Charles Darwin Station.

Stella Maris Yacht: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Baltra Island: Airport // Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station
Day 2: Chinese Hat Island // Rabida Island
Day 3: Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach – Buccaneer Cove – Egas Point Beach
Day 4: Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point // Isabela Island: Tagus Cove
Day 5: Isabela Island: Elizabeth Bay – Moreno Point
Day 6: Isabela Island: Tintoreras – The Wetlands – “Wall of Tears” – Tortoise Breeding Center
Day 7: Santa Cruz Island: El Chato – The Highlands – Tortuga Bay
Day 8: San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Center - Transfer to the Airport
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Stella Maris Yacht: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Monday
Baltra Island: Airport // Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station

AM: In the morning, you will fly from the Ecuadorian mainland to Baltra Island, in the heart of Galapagos archipelago. Upon arriving at the airport, you will need to pay the national park entrance fee, which goes to protecting both the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve.  A member of the crew will then welcome you and accompany you to your ship.

PM: Located on Santa Cruz Island, on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora, the Charles Darwin Research Station is primarily an international scientific research station and one of the most visited spots in the islands. Here you will be taken to the visitor center to read about the geology, climate, natural history and the conservation of the archipelago. The highlight of your visit will undoubtedly be the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center, where giant tortoises are hatched and raised until they can be safely returned to their island homes. 

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Tuesday
Chinese Hat Island // Rabida Island

AM: We will have a wet landing on Chinese Hat Island, located southeast of Santiago Island. Its name describes the shape of the island, which you will be able to appreciate from a distance.  This island’s landscapes are dominated by volcanic formations and very fragile lava tubes lava.  Because of this, it is very important to stay on the paths.  Here you will encounter a small colony of sea lions and then proceed to hike through this dark, unyielding island of solid rock.

PM: In the afternoon, we will take a trip to the dark red beach of the small, volcanic Rabida Island. A short path leads to a small lagoon that is popular among flamingos. This beach is one of the most beautiful snorkeling places in the Galapagos Islands and it has a great abundance of tropical fish. Rabida Island is also the only site where Batfish live. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Wednesday
Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach – Buccaneer Cove – Egas Point Beach

AM: In the morning, 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 this morning, 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 cliffs where many sea-bird nests. In the cliffs, you can try to find two rock formations that look like a monkey and an elephant.

PM: We will have a 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.  

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Thursday
Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point // Isabela Island: Tagus Cove

AM: 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 calls 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.

Today we will visit Espinoza Point, one of Fernandina Island’s visitor points, 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.

PM: This afternoon 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. After a dry landing, we will visit the notorious Tagus Cove, which was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers, and whalers.  Around the deep blue bay, you can observe a large number of Blue-footed boobies perched on the ledges of the cliffs, as well as marine iguanas, penguins, brown pelicans, brown noddy terns and swallow-tailed gulls. A steep trail passes through an area of dry vegetation and volcanic landscapes with scalesia woods and cactuses.   

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Friday
Isabela Island: Elizabeth Bay – Moreno Point

AM: 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.

PM: In the afternoon, 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. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6 - Saturday
Isabela Island: Tintoreras – The Wetlands – “Wall of Tears” – Tortoise Breeding Center

AM: In the morning we will take a short boat trip through the harbor of Isabela Island. After passing sea lions and pelicans that bathe in the sun on the fishing boats there, we will reach the small island of Tintoreras, where we will take an easy walk through the bizarre lava landscape with its huge colonies of marine iguanas. A colony of sea lions is also located here, and it’s common to see Whitetip reef sharks resting in the water near the shore. These sharks are called “tintoreras” in Spanish, giving the island its name. Afterwards, we will visit the wetlands of Isabela Island. With some luck, you will be able to see pink flamingos in the lagoons. We will also cross lava tunnels, which are quite popular among the marine iguanas here. Later this morning, we will hike to the “Wall of Tears,” one of the most touching human-built monuments in the archipelago. This huge stone mound (8 meters high and around 200 meters long) was built in the 1940s and ‘50s by prisoners of a penal colony that operated here from 1946 to 1959.

PM: After lunch, we will hike to a breeding station for giant tortoises. On the way, we will pass brackish water lakes where you can sometimes see flamingos. At the breeding station you can get up close and personal to some of the giant tortoise species from Isabela Island. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 7 - Sunday
Santa Cruz Island: El Chato – The Highlands – Tortuga Bay

AM: Today, on Santa Cruz Island, we will visit the El Chato tortoise reserve, founded in 1964, to observe the huge Galapagos turtles and white herons in their natural habitat. You will also be able to walk through underground lava tunnels formed by volcanic eruptions.  From there, we will visit the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. 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.  Located here are two small agricultural communities that grow the famous organic Galapagos coffee.

PM: Tortuga Bay is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos. In the afternoon you might spot some local surfers trying to catch the best wave. It is also common to sea lions, sea turtles, pelicans, Whitetip reef sharks and marine iguanas.   

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 8 - Monday
San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Center - Transfer to the Airport

AM: At the port of Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of Ecuador’s Galapagos Province, we will visit the modern Interpretation Center of San Cristobal Island. This island used to have a large sugar refinery owned by a tyrannical owner who enslaved people to work in his factory. You will be able to learn about this and other stories at the breeding center. At the center, you will also learn about the nature and settlement history of the archipelago.

PM: Afterwards, we will take a bus to airport on San Cristobal Island 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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Breakfast

Stella Maris Yacht: Prices

2018 - Price per person
RoomDouble
8 DaysUS$ 165,000
Included in the price:
  • All accommodations aboard
  • Airport Assistance
  • Snorkelling Equipment
  • Kayaks
  • Soft Drinks: Tea, coffee, water
  • Concierge service
  • All excursion approved by the GNP
  • Airport assistance in Galápagos
  • Crew´s food and supplies
Not included in the price:
  • Flight ticket to/from Galapagos
  • Ingala Tax: USD 20.00 p/p
  • Galapagos National Park
  • entrance fee: USD 100.00 p/p
  • Tipping ( between 10 % -15% )
  • Delicatessen,
  • Personal Expenses, Crew gratuity
  • Naturalist Guide
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