Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (approx. 2 and half hour flight). Will be met by our driver and transferred to Santa Cruz Island across the Itabaca Cannal on a 5 minute’s ferry boat ride. Once on Santa Cruz, another vehicle will be waiting for you to take you to Puerto Ayora municipal pier. At 14h00 speed boat to Isabela: Puerto Villamil pier where a crew member will meet you and take you on board Y Cachalote Explorer
Isabela Island: Punta Moreno & Elizabeth Bay
Punta Moreno, Albemarle (Isabela Island): A dry landing on a young lava field offers dramatic scenery stretching to the foot of some of the most active volcanoes in the Galapagos. This is interrupted by lagoons, lush vegetation and brightly coloured birds in striking contrast with the surrounding jet black lava. Amongst the lava flows are clear tidal pools that attracts flamingos, herons and pelicans.
Elizabeth Bay (Isabela Island): At Elizabeth Bay enjoy a panga ride through the mangrove area to see the rays, turtles, sea lions, and, circling overhead, Galapagos hawks. A colony of penguins inhabit a rocky islet at the entrance to Elizabeth Bay. No landings are permitted at Elizabeth Bay.
Isabela Island: Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove
Urbina Bay (Isabela Island): Take a scenic cruise along Bolivar Channel where it is possible to see whales and dolphins. Disembark at Urbina Bay (wet landing), to look for giant tortoises and land iguanas. This place went through a volcanic uplifting event back in 1954 leaving gaunt marine skeletons, which make the walk remarkably interesting. Those who wish may take either only a short walk along the beach, or a longer walk towards the interior of the island. Swimming and snorkelling will depend on local conditions.
Tagus Cove (Isabela Island): On the northwest of Isabela, secluded Tagus Cove was originally a favourite landing point for pirates and whalers. Old graffiti can still be found on its walls. The vegetation in this area includes the fragrant Palo Santo, these white- barked trees are leafless and look dead for most of the year but bloom in the spring. Walk back to the Darwin crater which is filled with salt water, the view at the end of the trail is well worth the climb. Darwin is one of Isabela’s six volcanoes, and a remarkable contrast to the lower islands east of the archipelago. Here you will have the option to swim or snorkel. There is no beach in this area so activities are done from the pangas.
Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island): Morning visit to the youngest island, Fernandina. Disembark (dry landing) for a one-mile walk. Fernandina has an amazing combination of barrenness with lots of wildlife. Having no introduced mammals, Fernandina has the highest density of marine iguanas, sharing their space with sea lions, sally-light foot crabs, hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorant.
Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island): This is a wonderful snorkeling site, where you can usually see turtles as well as all kinds of fish. After the snorkeling you will go on a panga ride, which will give you the opportunity to study some of the Galapagos’ spectacular geological rock formations. Nazca boobies, pelicans, swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and penguins are often seen in the area.
Santiago Island: Puerto Egas & Bartolome Island
Puerto Egas (Santiago Island): Wet landing for a mid-length walk. Most of the landscape is tuff-stone layers and lava flows. This is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and there is a colony of fur-sea lions. Snorkelling and swimming from the beach after the walk is possible.
Bartolome Island: Disembark at Bartolome Island (dry landing) for a hike to the summit. This is a steep climb aided by a wooden staircase; the view from the top is excellent. There may be time for a panga ride around Pinnacle Rock to observe penguins, and time to enjoy the beach (wet landing), snorkelling.
North Seymour & Transfer out
North Seymour Island: Walk along the coast and the interior of North Seymour Island, observing bird colonies of blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, swallow tailed gulls and also sea lions and marine iguanas. A shorter walk is also available.
Disembark from the Chachalote for the last time
You will be met and taken to the airport.
Scheduled visits and activities with a professional bilingual guide
All meals on board, snacks, purified water, tea and coffee
Accommodation in standard cabin / bunk with private bathroom and air conditioning
Assistance 24/7 during the trip
Does not Include
Air tickets to / from Galapagos from / to Quito, Guayaquil or combined route
Entrance to the Galapagos National Park US $ 100 p.p. (cash in the Islands)
Galapagos Control Card US $ 20 p.p. (at the airport before check-in)
Soft and alcoholic drinks on board; personal expenses, extras and tips guide and crew (cash)
Rent of snorkeling equipment and wet-suits on board (in cash)
Travel insurance with medical, cancellation and other unforeseen coverage
Other services in Continental Ecuador and not specified in the program