Ship Name: Cachalote I -
Sailing Vessel - 16
Snorkeling, Wildlife ViewingWe strongly recommend
two pre-cruise nights and one post-cruise night in Quito
or Guayaquil. Please inquire about adding these or other
services to your trip.
This sailing vessel offers good value for the quality
of her programs.
The Galapagos Islands are considered one of the
most spectacular and pristine National Parks in the world. Visitors
delight in the abundant, unusual, and surprisingly approachable
wildlife--from Galapagos giant tortoises to playful sea lions to
the fascinating blue-footed boobies.
Trips start and end at the same place, but alternately
weeks cruise a Westerly or Southern / Northern route.
Cruise - 8 Days
1: Baltra Island / Santa Cruz Island
2: Sombrero Chino / Rabida Island
3: Isabela Island
4: Isabela Island
5: Isabela Island
6: Isabela Island / Fernandina Island
7: Santiago Island / Bartolome Island
8: North Seymour Island / Baltara Island
Day 1 - Baltra Island / Santa Cruz Island
at Baltra Airport. The US army occupied Baltra Island island during
World War II and built the first landing strip for jets, which is
presently used for daily flights to and from the islands. Explore
the highlands of Santa.
Day 2 - Sombrero Chino / Rabida
Sombrero Chino is a small volcanic island just off
the southeast tip of Santiago. The name of the island describes
the shape of the island. Fauna here includes Sea lions, marine iguanas
and the Galapagos penguin. Rabida is a small island with
a dark red coral sand beach. Highlights include a lagoon with flamingoes,
pelican nesting site, sea lion bachelor colony, and a snorkeling
site at the end of the beach.
Day 3 - Isabela Island
Isabela Island is the largest of the Galapagos Islands, formed by
five active volcanoes fused together with Wolf Volcano being the
highest point in the entire Galapagos at 1707 meters.
visit Puerto Villamil, Tintoreras and Sierra Negra. Puerto Villamil
is a charming small town on a white sand beach with highlights including
the Tortoise Breeding Station and the flamingo lagoon. The islet
Las Tintoreras is located south of Puerto Villamil. It has a small
bay of completely calm waters inhabited by sea lions, sea turtles,
marine iguanas, rays, and more. Volcano Sierra Negra has a caldera
with a diameter of 10 kilometers. View recent lava flows, moist
highland vegetation, and parasitic cones.
Day 4 - Isabela
Punta Moreno is located in the central southwestern
coast of Isabela Island. The site has spectacular views of volcanoes
Alcedo, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul. Some highlights include impressive
lava flows, desolate and pristine landscape, varied and unusual
arid zone vegetation.
Elizabeth Bay is only accessible by
dinghy. It is possible to see penguins on the small islets in the
bay. The end of the bay is long and narrow surrounded by three species
of mangroves. Galapagos sea turtles and rays can usually be seen
in the water.
Day 5 - Isabela Island
Bay is located at the central-west coast of Isabela Island at the
foothills of Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes. Highlights include the
colorful land iguanas, Galapagos giant tortoises and the coral uplifting
Tagus Cove is a natural harbor where centuries
ago whalers and pirates left their ship's names painted or carved
on the rocks. Enjoy a walk uphill to Darwin's Crater saltwater lake
to see the excellent view.
Day 6 - Fernandina Island
/ Isabela Island
Fernandina is the youngest volcanic island
and is still active. On explorations of Fernandina, visit Punta
Espinoza, a place famous for its large colonies of marine iguanas
and as the habitat of unique species like the flightless cormorant,
Galapagos penguin, Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, among others.
Punta Vicente Roca at Isabela Island is a site visited by
dinghy rides along the cliffs or the partially sunken cave at the
water's edge. Nasca boobies, blue-footed boobies and flightless
cormorants inhabit the shoreline.
Day 7 - Santiago
Island / Bartolome Island
Santiago is located between Isabela
and Santa Cruz Islands. This Island offers a wide variety of seabirds,
marine iguanas and fur seals. At Puerto Egas, go on a walk along
the rocky coast line that will show a view of some of Galapagos'
best tide pools. Some highlights include Sugar loaf volcano, fur
seals, oystercatchers, marine iguana colony, and old salt mine.
Later at Bartolome Island, go on a hike to the highest point
on Bartolome for a spectacular view. Sea lions and penguins can
be seen around Pinnacle Rock and there is a sandy beach with great
swimming and snorkeling.
Day 8 - North Seymour Island
/ Baltra Island
This flat piece of land originated after
an uplifting event thousands of years ago. The North Seymour Island
is home to endemic Palo Santo trees, colonies of blue-footed boobies,
swallow tailed gulls, and magnificent frigate birds. Disembark and
travel to Baltra Airport for return flights.
Above rates are per person, based on double
Galapagos Airfare (Quito or Guayaquil): approx. $450-$600 per
Galapagos National Park Fee: $100 per adult; $50 per
child under 12
Galapagos Transit Card: $20 per person
surcharge may apply
Single Rates: 1.5
times the regular rate. Please contact ExpeditionTrips.
Child Rate: 50% off the regular rate for children
under 12 yrs (one child per adult). Excludes holiday departures.
Peak Season Supplement: An additional $130
per person on Christmas and New Year's departures
Low Season Dates: May 1 - Jun 15, Sep 1 - Oct
31, Dec 1-7
High Season Dates: Dec 8 - Apr
30, Jun 16 - Aug 31, Nov 1-30
recommend two pre-cruise nights and one post-cruise night in
Quito or Guayaquil. Please inquire about adding these or other
services to your trip.
Cabin accommodations aboard
ship; all meals aboard ship; all shore activities and
excursions; guide and lecture services; transfers and baggage
handling between island airport and ship; fuel surcharge
(subject to change).
Hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or
Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee, USD$100
(children under 12 subtract $50), subject to change without
notice; Galapagos Transit Card ($20 per person), subject to
change; international airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos
Islands; drinks aboard ship; gratuities are left to the
discretion of the passenger; travelerís insurance; wetsuits ($30
per person / week (for snorkeling use only); snorkeling gear
($10 per person / week (must be paid directly on board and in
Airfare between Quito/Guayaquil and
the Galapagos Islands:
The flights between mainland
Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) and the Galapagos Islands are an
additional cost. To secure your seats on often
overbooked flights, ExpeditionTrips must reserve these flights
for you at the time of cruise booking. Approximate cost
(including service fee): $450-$600 per adult; $250-$400 per
child under 12 (copy of passport required).