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Itinerary A

from $2,895
5 days

Ship Name

M/C Treasure of Galapagos

Trip Type

Sea

When To Go

Year Round

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Trip Summary

This central route is extremely rich in contrast. It combines the dramatic volcanic scenery of Sullivan Bay and Bartolomé, with different islets in the heart of the archipelago that house largest colonies of blue footed booby and frigatebird (North Seymour) and Galapagos sea lion (Mosquera). Other highlight of this cruise certainly is – not to be missed –  South Plaza, where unworldly Galapagos land iguanas crawl below bizarre giant prickly pear cacti. Mind your step when strolling around, because you may tread on one of them! Moreover this varied route offers relatively quiet night rest at sheltered anchorages, without overnight navigations.

Activities
Zodiac Tours
Snorkeling
Photography
Birding

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Santa Cruz

Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, you will pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, as well as to pay the park entrance fee of $100 (unless it has been prepaid). A guide will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor.

In the afternoon you visit the Charles Darwin Research Center. Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. The main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises, and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.

Day 2

Santiago & Bartolome

Santiago, also called James Island, is located in the western-central part of the Galapagos archipelago. It is the fourth largest island in the archipelago (following Isabela, Fernandina and Santa Cruz). Along with some of the large western volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina, Santiago is also volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen, particularly along the southern, western, and eastern coasts. These can even be seen from the summit of Darwin Volcano and from space. A number of large eruptions have been reported over the last 2 centuries. Santiago actually consists of two coalesced volcanoes: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano on the southeast end.

Bartolomé Island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where we can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos Islands such as: Volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island.
It has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles exist and at the base of the pinnacle, as well as a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.

Day 3

North Seymour & Mosquera Islet

North Seymour is an uplifted (as opposed to volcanic) island and therefore is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing. Do watch your step as the boobies don't worry much about where they nest, and you might just step on one. The trees are dotted with male frigate birds trying to attract the attention of the ladies by inflating their bright red skin flaps. They sometimes fly in the air to call more attention to themselves. There's a circular path that takes you through the island to a beautiful, rocky shore where the waves crash a silvery-blue.

Mosquera Islet is located between Baltra and North Seymour. This is a small islet formed by a geological uplift, with a reef of rocks and coral and a great white sand beach, where lie a big population of sea lions. You can also observe several species of shorebirds. This site offers great snorkeling and swimming. Along the rocks it is common to see the Red Lava crabs and Sally light-foot crabs.

Day 4

South Plaza & Cerro Brujo

South Plaza is located to the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of a pair of islands known as “Islas Plazas”. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than its relatives found at other islands. Throughout the island there are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a marine iguana with a land iguana. They are unique and recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana's crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of “tunas”, their favorite food. Swallow Tailed Gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are seen along with other sea bids as: Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds and brown pelicans.


The primary attraction of this site is the coral sand beach. It is an excellent place to swim and snorkel. Cerro Brujo is the remains of a tuff cone. It is one of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin. Captain Fitzroy climbed to the top of the hill to scout out reefs. It has an impressive landscape, where it is often possible to see coastal and migratory birds, including pelicans, Blue-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls, as well as sea lions and marine iguanas. At times the lagoon is completely dry and deposits of salt may be found in the bottom. The people of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno used to use the lagoon as a salt mine.

Day 5

San Cristobal

The Galapagos National Park Visitor Center lies close to the port town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The center explains a series of natural circumstances such as the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, its ocean currents, its special climate, the arrival of different species, and their establishment, among others.

Transfer to San Cristobal airport for your flight back to Guayaquil or Quito.

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateStandard Suite
 Feb 24 - Feb 282895 3619
 Mar 10 - Mar 142895 3619
 Mar 24 - Mar 282895 3619
 Apr 7 - Apr 112895 3619
 Apr 21 - Apr 252895 3619
 May 5 - May 92895 3619
 May 19 - May 232895 3619
 Jun 2 - Jun 62895 3619
 Jun 16 - Jun 202895 3619
 Jun 30 - Jul 42895 3619
 Jul 14 - Jul 182895 3619
 Jul 28 - Aug 12895 3619
 Aug 11 - Aug 152895 3619
 Aug 25 - Aug 292895 3619
 Sep 8 - Sep 122895 3619
 Sep 22 - Sep 262895 3619
 Oct 6 - Oct 102895 3619
 Oct 20 - Oct 242895 3619
 Nov 3 - Nov 72895 3619
 Nov 17 - Nov 212895 3619
 Dec 1 - Dec 52895 3619
 Dec 15 - Dec 192895 3619
 Dec 29 - Jan 22895 3619
 Jan 12 - Jan 16offer3195 3995
 Jan 26 - Jan 30offer3195 3995
 Feb 9 - Feb 13offer3195 3995
 Feb 23 - Feb 27offer3195 3995
 Mar 9 - Mar 13offer3195 3995
 Mar 23 - Mar 27offer3195 3995
 Apr 6 - Apr 10offer3195 3995
 Apr 20 - Apr 24offer3195 3995
 May 4 - May 8offer3195 3995
 May 18 - May 22offer3195 3995
 Jun 1 - Jun 5offer3195 3995
 Jun 15 - Jun 19offer3195 3995
 Jun 29 - Jul 3offer3195 3995
 Jul 13 - Jul 17offer3195 3995
 Jul 27 - Jul 31offer3195 3995
 Aug 10 - Aug 14offer3195 3995
 Aug 24 - Aug 28offer3195 3995
 Sep 7 - Sep 11offer3195 3995
 Sep 21 - Sep 25offer3195 3995
 Oct 5 - Oct 9offer3195 3995
 Oct 19 - Oct 23offer3195 3995
 Nov 2 - Nov 6offer3195 3995
 Nov 16 - Nov 20offer3195 3995
 Nov 30 - Dec 4offer3195 3995
 Dec 14 - Dec 18offer3195 3995
 Dec 28 - Jan 1offer3195 3995

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: Twin / Double Cabins for single use have a surcharge of 25%.
  • Solo travelers allowed to book twins at twin rate on a sharing basis. Inquire for details.
  • Triples:  Main Deck Suite can accommodate 3. Third person pays Standard Cabin rate.
  • Christmas surcharge: $450 per person Standard & $550 per person Suite
  • New Year's surcharge: $300 per person Standard & $350 per person Suite
  • Child Discount: Children under 12 are 20% off when sharing with 2 full paying adults
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100 per adult | $50 per child 11 and under
  • Transit Control Card: $20 per person
  • Airfare to the Galapagos: $500 per adult
  • Wet suit rental: $30 per person
  • Pre and Post Hotels and Transfers: Package rates available

Holiday Dates: Christmas Dec 23 - 39, 2017 & New Year's Dec 29 - Jan 2, 2018

Child Policy: Children accepted, infants on request. Children under 12 sharing a cabin with their parents or guardians are 20% off with two full fare-paying guests.

Included: Accommodations on board, all meals, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish, snorkeling gear, luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medication), taxes, and shuttle transfers in the islands, transfers in Quito or Guayaquil.  

Not Included: Wet suits (available to rent $30 per person per departure), Air to the galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee ($100 adult / $50 child), Transit Control Card $20, Fuel Surcharge $50, alchoholic beverages & soft drinks, internet / wifi, international air, hotels in Quito or Guayaquil pre and post cruise, transfers (other than indicated above)

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are refundable up to 120 days, less a per person operator fee (varies by operator) ranging from $250 - $500 per person. Reservations cancelled after final payment due date will lose the full cruise fare.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

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Ship Information

M/C Treasure of Galapagos - 16 Passengers

Being a catamaran, the M/C Treasure of Galapagos is about one and half times as wide as most conventional motor yachts that operate in Galapagos. It has three ultra-wide decks offering ample public space as well as a more stable platform than traditional yachts. The sun deck offers shaded or sunny spots for relaxation as well as a whirlpool. Cabins offer private balconies, air conditioning and windows. Interior lounges offer comfortable social areas with a TV/DVD and a small library.

Accommodations

Trip Policy

Included: Accommodations on board, all meals, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish, snorkeling gear, luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medication), taxes, and shuttle transfers in the islands, transfers in Quito or Guayaquil.  

Not Included: Wet suits (available to rent $30 per person per departure), Air to the galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee ($100 adult / $50 child), Transit Control Card $20, Fuel Surcharge $50, alchoholic beverages & soft drinks, internet / wifi, international air, hotels in Quito or Guayaquil pre and post cruise, transfers (other than indicated above)

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are refundable up to 120 days, less a per person operator fee (varies by operator) ranging from $250 - $500 per person. Reservations cancelled after final payment due date will lose the full cruise fare.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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