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Treasure Southern

Itinerary B

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

Journey on a stable and spacious catamaran from San Cristobal to Santa Cruz, passing by Española, Floreana and highly endemic Santa Fé. These oldest islands are among most appreciated sites of Galapagos with many emblematic species that have evolved into unique figureheads. You may spot Galapagos giant tortoises (as well in a breeding centre as in the wild), waved albatrosses, Galapagos marine and land iguanas, blue-footed boobies and perhaps even Galapagos penguins! Striking coral sand beaches at azure bays are favourite places for large colonies of Galapagos sea lions. This cruise promises to become an unforgettable experience.

Activities
Zodiac Tours
Snorkeling
Photography
Birding

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

San Cristobal

Upon arrival at San Cristobal Airport, travelers 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.

Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Center, located at 40 minutes approximately by bus to the south east of the island. This center was built to improve the status of the population of the island tortoises. The center includes a large corral, a Visitors center, breeding center and an interpretative trail. Along this trail is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well birds as the San Cristobal Mockingbird, Yellow Warblers, and many species of finches and the Galapagos flycatcher

Day 2

Espanola Island


Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood or Espanola Island, Gardner Bay provides an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here we can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters.

Punta Suarez is a rocky land spot that sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea affording the visitor spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blow whole where water spouts up to 50-75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf.

Day 3

Floreana Island

Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since this time by mariners and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Apart from being the Post Office Barrel, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. We will continue to the north of the island and will ascent to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful vista at the Baroness Lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as her House. From this lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo.

Punta Cormorant offers probably the best Flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. It’s situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral.

 

Day 4

Santa Fe & Santa Cruz

Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, Santa Fe was formed from an uplift instead than a volcanic origin, this is why is mostly flat. There are some theories which assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is the home of a number of endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats and one of the two species of lands Iguanas of the islands. After disembarkation in the beautiful and clear waters you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well giant Prickly pear cactus, gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are great possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fishes.

Tortuga Bay is a beautiful white sand beach, so named because it is a nesting site for the black turtle, the visibility in the water is excellent for snorkeling, be on the lookout of the Galapagos sea lions, marine iguanas or (seasonally) mating Pacific green turtles in the surf! This is a wonderful site to for swimming and snorkeling.

Day 5

Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz also offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild tortoises, both roaming through pastures in the agricultural zone and in the Tortoise Reserve, which is accessible from Santa Rosa or Salasaca. Several farms serve food and allow visitors to explore their grounds in search of tortoises. Descending through the agricultural zone into the Transition Zone where the Tortoise Reserve is located, the introduced vegetation of the farmlands is replaced by native vegetation. The pond at El Chato is surrounded by forest where short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, Vermilion Flycatchers, Yellow Warblers, Galapagos Rails, and Paint-billed Crakes can be seen. As the visitor walks into the forests overgrown with lichens, ferns, and other epiphytes, it is time to listen carefully for the sound of heavy footsteps and the sound of shrubs being slowly crushed as the tortoises make their way through the brush.

Transfer to Baltra Airport (GPS) 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 2 - Jan 6offer3195 3995
 Jan 16 - Jan 20offer3195 3995
 Jan 30 - Feb 3offer3195 3995
 Feb 13 - Feb 17offer3195 3995
 Feb 27 - Mar 3offer3195 3995
 Mar 13 - Mar 17offer3195 3995
 Mar 27 - Mar 31offer3195 3995
 Apr 10 - Apr 14offer3195 3995
 Apr 24 - Apr 28offer3195 3995
 May 8 - May 12offer3195 3995
 May 22 - May 26offer3195 3995
 Jun 5 - Jun 9offer3195 3995
 Jun 19 - Jun 23offer3195 3995
 Jul 3 - Jul 7offer3195 3995
 Jul 17 - Jul 21offer3195 3995
 Jul 31 - Aug 4offer3195 3995
 Aug 14 - Aug 18offer3195 3995
 Aug 28 - Sep 1offer3195 3995
 Sep 11 - Sep 15offer3195 3995
 Sep 25 - Sep 29offer3195 3995
 Oct 9 - Oct 13offer3195 3995
 Oct 23 - Oct 27offer3195 3995
 Nov 6 - Nov 10offer3195 3995
 Nov 20 - Nov 24offer3195 3995
 Dec 4 - Dec 8offer3195 3995
 Dec 18 - Dec 22offer3195 3995
 Jan 1 - Jan 5offer3195 3995
 Jan 15 - Jan 19offer3195 3995
 Jan 29 - Feb 2offer3195 3995
 Feb 12 - Feb 16offer3195 3995
 Feb 26 - Mar 2offer3195 3995
 Mar 12 - Mar 16offer3195 3995
 Mar 26 - Mar 30offer3195 3995
 Apr 9 - Apr 13offer3195 3995
 Apr 23 - Apr 27offer3195 3995
 May 7 - May 11offer3195 3995
 May 21 - May 25offer3195 3995
 Jun 4 - Jun 8offer3195 3995
 Jun 18 - Jun 22offer3195 3995
 Jul 2 - Jul 6offer3195 3995
 Jul 16 - Jul 20offer3195 3995
 Jul 30 - Aug 3offer3195 3995
 Aug 13 - Aug 17offer3195 3995
 Aug 27 - Aug 31offer3195 3995
 Sep 10 - Sep 14offer3195 3995
 Sep 24 - Sep 28offer3195 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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