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Galapagos Travel

Southern Central Adventure

from $4,500
8 days

Ship Name

M/Y Eric / Letty

Trip Type

Sea

Family Travel

When To Go

Year Round

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Trip Summary

Experience moment after moment of wonder in a land where time stands still. This comprehensive 7-night cruise itinerary explores the Southern Central portion of the famed archipelago. Thanks to an outstanding guide-to-guest ratio, you’ll venture ashore in small groups of no more than ten fellow explorers, experiencing this magical realm in the most authentic and educational way possible.  Shore excursions include hiking ancient lava fields where you will encounter prehistoric reptiles such as the iconic giant Galapagos tortoise and endemic land and marine iguanas. On this itinerary, see all three booby species (nazca, red-footed and blue-footed), the nesting sites of the waved albatross, and the magnificient frigate birds of Espanola. Explore beaches of black, red and green sand leading to the equatorial Pacific Ocean. Get up close to a range of ocean life, including sea lions, rays, sea turtles, dolphins, whales and sharks in the marine reserve surrounding these extraordinary islands. 

Activities
Zodiac Tours
Snorkeling
Birding
Child Friendly
Kayaking

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

San Cristobal

Arrive to San Cristobal Island Airport and travel by bus to Frigatebird Hill situated on the edge of town. This is one of two sites where you can spot nesting colonies of both species of Frigate birds (Great and Magnificent). The trail leads to Punta Carola where there are beautiful vistas. Observe  lava lizards, ground finch and Chatham mockingbird. Return to the yacht for the Captain’s welcome cocktail party and dinner.

Day 2

San Cristobal Island - Kicker Rock

Arrive at Cerro Brujo, a breathtaking white coral beach, considered one of the most spectacular in Galapagos and perfect for a peaceful walk with expansive views and good bird watching. Kayak from the beach or possibly swim with sea lions. Take a Zodiac ride through a cave called The Cathedral.  Visit the northeast tip of San Cristóbal, Punta Pitt, a tuff formation that serves as a nesting site for many sea birds including blue-footed, nazca and red-footed boobies, frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls and storm petrels. Punta Pitt is considered to be a first-class site for birding. Snorkel here at Pitt Rock with sea lions and colorful fish such as the King Angel and Surgeon fish. Return to the yacht to cruise around Kicker Rock, a vertical tuff cone formation that rises abruptly almost 500 feet out of the ocean. On the cliffs, spot blue-footed boobies, nazca boobies and magnificent frigate birds.

Day 3

Española Island

Disembark this morning at Punta Suarez to witness the highest rate of endemic species in Galapagos. Sea lions noisily greet you while landing on their beach. From April to December, the waved albatross, found only on Española, perform their wild mating ritual. Colonies of blue-footed boobies engage in “sky-pointing” to show off for potential mates. Nazca boobies busily care for their young. Watch for Darwin’s Finches, Galapagos Doves, Galapagos Hawks, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds and a unique species of marine iguana identified with traces of red and green colorings. Observe colorful Sally light-foot crabs crawling along the shoreline. In the afternoon land at Gardner Bay. Walk along a stretch of white sandy beach where you’ll find large colonies of sea lions. There is no trail to follow so this is a chance to explore or take a long walk. You may see Galapagos Hawk, Darwin’s Finch or Hood Mockingbird. Swim right from the beach, explore by kayak or just relax. There’s an excellent snorkeling site off Gardner Islet with a colorful diversity of sea life near Tortuga Rock. Explore caves by Zodiac covered with invertebrates.

Day 4

Floreana Island

Step ashore at Punta Cormorant, one of the few populated islands in the Galapagos. Floreana presents a rich history with mystery and intrigue. Set foot on a beach alive with the sounds of sea lions. Follow a trail to a brackish lagoon, home of pintail ducks, common stilts, and the pink flamingos. Wind your way past a rich variety of plants including Morning Glory, Cut Leaf Daisies, Palo Verdes and Scalesia leading to a soft sandy beach where sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand dunes and rays swim in the shallow water. After the walk, snorkel at Devil’s Crown, a shallow sunken crater colonized by a brilliant array of colorful fish and corral. Visit Post Office Bay, one of the most famous sites in Galapagos. Here a post barrel was put into use in the late 18th Century by English whaling vessels. You are invited to leave a post card and pick up any mail from your home area and deliver it upon your return.

Day 5

Santa Cruz Island

Disembark and travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. The scenery gradually changes as you wind your way through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos. Visit the tortoise reserve at “Las Primicias,” one of the private farms in the highlands where you may encounter giant tortoises. Stop at “the tunnels”, the largest lava tubes found in Galapagos. Visit Los Gemelos, Spanish for “The Twins”, a pair of large pit craters where you may see the bright red male vermilion flycatcher. Later visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. See tortoise and land iguana corals and the breeding center with new hatchlings not yet ready to be introduced into the wild. Scientists from all over the globe work at the station and conduct biological research from anatomy to zoology.  After lunch on board the yacht, return to town to explore the shops or stop at an internet cafe. You have the option to remain in town or you can return to the boat for dinner. Zodiac rides will be available for your return to the yacht.

Day 6

Bartolome & Santiago Islands

Disembark at Bartolome with a landscape that conjures up images of walking on the moon. This young island is inhospitable to most plants and animals. Opt to climb for approx. 30 minutes up a wooden staircase with sweeping views that lead to the summit of a once active volcano.From the top, gaze out across the island for a panoramic view of the island and Pinnacle Rock, an eroded tuff cone. Snorkel from the beach or Zodiac with schools of tropical fish and Galapagos Penguins through the crystal clear water. Visit Las Bachas, where there is a long stretch of white sand beach and interior lagoons to look for flamingos. Enjoy a chance to snorkel from the beach. Located off the Southern tip of Santiago is Sombrero Chino, or Chinese Hat, which owes its name to its shape. Land amongst the sea lions and follow a trail that gives way to a volcanic landscape rubble and lava tubes. Find marine iguanas and pairs of oystercatchers or choose to snorkel at a site that is frequented by Galapagos penguins.

Day 7

South Plaza & North Seymour Islands

Discover South Plaza, a small geological uplift with tall cliffs offering spectacular views, cactus, and you may spot some land iguana feeding on the cactus leaves. Toward the end of the hill, encounter a colony of sea lions. Also watch for swallow-tailed gulls, shearwaters and red-billed tropicbirds who build their nests along the cliffs. After lunch at North Seymour, follow a trail as you keep an eye out for Swallow-tailed gulls, Blue-footed Boobies and endemic Land iguanas. Visit the largest colony of Magnificent Frigate birds found in Galapagos. Stroll along the beach to find Marine Iguanas sunning. Return to the yacht for the Captain’s cocktail party and dinner, as well as a special slide show presentation by your guides.

Day 8

San Cristobal Island

Visit the Interpretation Center on the island and gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of the islands. Afterwards, spend time in port before heading to the airport for your flight back to the mainland.

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateIguana DeckBooby DeckDolphin Deck
 Jan 8 - Jan 154500 4900 5400
 Jan 22 - Jan 294500 4900 5400
 Feb 5 - Feb 124500 4900 5400
 Feb 19 - Feb 264500 4900 5400
 Mar 5 - Mar 124500 4900 5400
 Mar 19 - Mar 264500 4900 5400
 Apr 2 - Apr 94500 4900 5400
 Apr 16 - Apr 234500 4900 5400
 Apr 30 - May 74500 4900 5400
 May 14 - May 214500 4900 5400
 May 28 - Jun 44500 4900 5400
 Jun 11 - Jun 184500 4900 5400
 Jun 25 - Jul 24500 4900 5400
 Jul 9 - Jul 164500 4900 5400
 Jul 23 - Jul 304500 4900 5400
 Aug 6 - Aug 134500 4900 5400
 Aug 20 - Aug 274500 4900 5400
 Sep 3 - Sep 104500 4900 5400
 Sep 17 - Sep 244500 4900 5400
 Oct 1 - Oct 84500 4900 5400
 Oct 15 - Oct 224500 4900 5400
 Oct 29 - Nov 54500 4900 5400
 Nov 12 - Nov 194500 4900 5400
 Nov 26 - Dec 34500 4900 5400
 Dec 10 - Dec 174500 4900 5400
 Jan 7 - Jan 144700 5100 5600
 Jan 21 - Jan 284700 5100 5600
 Feb 4 - Feb 114700 5100 5600
 Feb 18 - Feb 254700 5100 5600
 Mar 4 - Mar 114700 5100 5600
 Mar 18 - Mar 254700 5100 5600
 Apr 1 - Apr 84700 5100 5600
 Apr 15 - Apr 224700 5100 5600
 Apr 29 - May 64700 5100 5600
 May 13 - May 204700 5100 5600
 May 27 - Jun 34700 5100 5600
 Jun 10 - Jun 174700 5100 5600
 Jun 24 - Jul 14700 5100 5600
 Jul 8 - Jul 154700 5100 5600
 Jul 22 - Jul 294700 5100 5600
 Aug 5 - Aug 124700 5100 5600
 Aug 19 - Aug 264700 5100 5600
 Sep 2 - Sep 94700 5100 5600
 Sep 16 - Sep 234700 5100 5600
 Sep 30 - Oct 74700 5100 5600
 Oct 14 - Oct 214700 5100 5600
 Oct 28 - Nov 44700 5100 5600
 Nov 11 - Nov 184700 5100 5600
 Nov 25 - Dec 24700 5100 5600
 Dec 9 - Dec 164700 5100 5600
 Dec 23 - Dec 304700 5100 5600

View Rate Notes

The above rates are per person, based on double occupancy and in US dollars unless indicated otherwise.

Deposit: 25% of fare per person, higher for Peak Season / Holiday Sailings. Deposits may be paid by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Final Payment: Due 90 days prior to departure.  For Peak Season / Holiday Sailings due 120 days prior to departure.  Final payment is payable by check or wire only.

Additional Costs:

  • Single Rate 2017: $7700 per person | Single Rate 2018: $8225 per person
  • Triple Rate 2017: $4400 per person | Triple Rate 2018: $4500 per person
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100 per adult | $50 per child 11 and under
  • Transit Control Card: $20 per person
  • Airfare to the Galapagos: $400 - $575 per adult | $250 - $350 per child 11 and under
  • Pre and Post Hotels and Transfers: Package rates available

Single Share Rates: Females willing to share (WSF) or Males Willing to share (WSM) can be confirmed at the single rate as indicated above and request to be placed on a wait list and only if matched will the share rate (double occupancy) apply. Otherwise, the single rate will apply.

Holiday Sailings:  Dec 24 - 31, Dec 31 - Jan 07 2017, Apr 1 - 8, Dec 23 - 30 & Dec 30 - Jan 6, 2019

Child Policy: Children 11 years and under are 25% off the double occupancy rate and children ages 12-17 years are 15% off double occupancy rate (on designated Family Departures only, inquire for dates). Discount is based on their age at the time of sailing. One child discount per each adult fare paid with a limit of two per family. No child discounts are permitted during holiday weeks.

Included: Cabin accommodation; all meals and snacks aboard ship; non-alcoholic beverages; purified water; Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail; house wine and local beer with dinner; guided shore excursions; use of wetsuits (or reserve size in advance for $25), snorkeling equipment and kayaks; transfer between island airport and dock 

Not Included: Airfare; hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee; Galapagos Transit Card; gratuities are left to the discretion of the passenger; wetsuit advance reservation; traveler’s insurance; alcoholic beverages not mentioned above; purchases on board; fuel surcharge (if applicable)

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are non-refundable.
Reservations cancelled after final payment due date are subject to loss of full cruise fare.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

 

 

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Ship Information

M/Y  Eric / Letty - 20 Passengers

The Eric & Letty are 2 identical expedition yachts that were custom-designed for Galapagos cruising in 1991.  Refurbished annually, they accommodate no more than 20 guests and feature 3 decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors. All interior cabins are fully air-conditioned for comfort. There’s a dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV and a library with panoramic picture windows. Enjoy the freedom to take out one of the many single or double kayaks available for guest use. Back on board, relax in a lounge chair on the sun deck, enjoying sea breezes and a sky full of stars.

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Trip Policy

Included: Cabin accommodation; all meals and snacks aboard ship; non-alcoholic beverages; purified water; Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail; house wine and local beer with dinner; guided shore excursions; use of wetsuits (or reserve size in advance for $25), snorkeling equipment and kayaks; transfer between island airport and dock 

Not Included: Airfare; hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee; Galapagos Transit Card; gratuities are left to the discretion of the passenger; wetsuit advance reservation; traveler’s insurance; alcoholic beverages not mentioned above; purchases on board; fuel surcharge (if applicable)

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are non-refundable.
Reservations cancelled after final payment due date are subject to loss of full cruise fare.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

 

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