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Treasure Western

Itinerary C

from $4,295
7 days

Ship Name

M/C Treasure of Galapagos

Trip Type

Sea

When To Go

Year Round

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Trip Summary

This adventurous 7 day western route navigates around Isabela, by far the largest island of the archipelago that houses pioneer, migratory as well as endemic species, including some of impressive proportions.  Its larger living space seems to cause that evolution is hunting for records over here (although some are disputed). Become witness of bizarre miracles of evolution, such as flightless cormorants, huge marine and land iguanas as well as Galapagos penguins close to the equator. This adventurous route visits some of the remotest sites of Galapagos and contains several longer nightly navigation stretches.

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

Santa Cruz Island

The visitor site of whale Bay is a cove of green sand at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach contains a large amount of olivine crystals, the same that originate from volcanic materials. The crystals were formed when the magma was still underground. Near the beach there are ceramic relics, which reflect the same antiques of human settlements that were close to the beach in 1846. According to the accounts of the French captain Genie, a path originated from this site to the top of the island, which was used to collect fresh water. It is thought that in this place lived a group of people who were dedicated to the collection of lichen, used for tinting.

In the afternoon you'll experience the visitor site at Dragon Hill. This site is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that lead to a hyper-saline lagoon behind the beach, frequented by flamingos, pintail ducks and other species of birds. This site has been re populated with land iguanas from Seymour, Isabela and Santa Cruz islands. There is a short walk to the Hill, which offers a beautiful view of the bay.

Day 3

Isabela Island

In the morning, a nice zodiac ride to a trip highlight- the "Tintoreras”, small islands in front of Puerto Villamil coast. There is Heron lava on the lookout on mangrove branch, and Galapagos Penguin and sea lion often pop out on shore. White-tipped reef sharks are fairly common in the archipelago. Their name in Spanish is Tintorera, thus the name of this site as they are always found here resting in the shallow waters.

Isabela Island is the largest and one of the youngest islands in the Galapagos archipelago. We land in Puerto Villamil, which has the second smallest population in Galapagos with approximately 3.000 inhabitants. First we will visit the Flamingos Lagoon; this place is the largest coastal lagoon found in Galapagos and is one of the main reproductive sites for the greater Flamingos. Afterwards we will follow a trail to the “The Wall of Tears”; from 1946 to 1959 Isabela was designated a penal colony by the Ecuadorian government. Prisoners were obligated to build a wall with enormous blocks of lava. Due to the arduous labour and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived, this site is known as “El Muro de las Lagrimas”. There are a number of interesting sites along this route, such as the cerro Orchilla, El Estero, Poza Escondida, Playa del Amor and Pozas Verdes.

Day 4

Isabela Island

Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava flow Pahohoe (solidified lava in the form of corrugated or an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons, its main attraction are several species of birds which can be found around this lakes and mangroves

Urbina Bay is located along the west coast of Isabela, between Elizabeth Bay and Tagus Cove. It is close to the base of the Alcedo Volcano. The coastline has undergone a major uplift in 1954, which caused the shore to expand three quarters of a mile out. Here you will be able to find corals, shells, and many other calcareous organisms exposed above water. Urbina Bay is home to large and colorful land iguanas and giant tortoises of the Alcedo Volcano population. A lot of Darwin finches can be seen as well.

Day 5

Fernandina Island & Tagus Cove

Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and has a single visitor site: Punta Espinoza located at the northeastern tip of the island. Marine iguanas conglomerate in larger groups than in any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore and some time block the way at the landing dock. Among the unique species found here, is the Flightless Cormorant. This bird had to adjust its way of survival and perfection its skills of finding food in the ocean. Their wings, tails and feet progressively adapted for swimming. To see these birds, is to witness evolution happening right in front of you,

At Tagus Cove, a tour along the cliffs in a zodiac will give the visitors a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30 minute hike along the trail up to the top of the clif from where you can view Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra saline lake saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this location. Look carefully at the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove, it has been written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries.

Day 6

Santiago & Rabida Islands

Puerto Egas is a black beach is located at the west side of Santiago Island. Volcanic tuff deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach and this is the main attraction of the Island. This site is called Puerto Egas, because there was an attempt of company of Hector Egas, to start the exploitation of salt, which failed because the price of salt on the continent was very cheap, and did not justify its exploitation in Galapagos. The project was abandoned and they left their infrastructure.

Rábida Island is unique because the red color of the rocks and sand. The volcanic material in this island is very porous and external factors as rain, salt water and sea breeze have acted as an oxidizing agent. A short walk along a trail lead us to a coastal lagoon behind the beach permits the observation of land birds as finches, doves, yellow warblers and mocking birds. At the lagoon there is a colony of flamingos.

Day 7

Santa Cruz

Las Bachas are two small beaches to the west of Turtle Cove. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there is a small brackish water lagoon, where occasionally is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer, but it has two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War, when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategically point to protect the Panama Channel.

Transfer to Baltra Airport (GPS) for your flight back to Guayaquil or Quito.

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateStandard Suite
 Feb 18 - Feb 244295 5369
 Mar 4 - Mar 104295 5369
 Mar 18 - Mar 244295 5369
 Apr 1 - Apr 74295 5369
 Apr 15 - Apr 214295 5369
 Apr 29 - May 54295 5369
 May 13 - May 194295 5369
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 Jun 10 - Jun 164295 5369
 Jun 24 - Jun 304295 5369
 Jul 8 - Jul 144295 5369
 Jul 22 - Jul 284295 5369
 Aug 5 - Aug 114295 5369
 Aug 19 - Aug 254295 5369
 Sep 2 - Sep 84295 5369
 Sep 16 - Sep 224295 5369
 Sep 30 - Oct 64295 5369
 Oct 14 - Oct 204295 5369
 Oct 28 - Nov 34295 5369
 Nov 11 - Nov 174295 5369
 Nov 25 - Dec 14295 5369
 Dec 9 - Dec 154295 5369
 Dec 23 - Dec 294295 5369
 Jan 6 - Jan 12offer4295 5369
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 Feb 3 - Feb 9offer4295 5369
 Feb 17 - Feb 23offer4295 5369
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 Apr 28 - May 4offer4295 5369
 May 12 - May 18offer4295 5369
 May 26 - Jun 1offer4295 5369
 Jun 9 - Jun 15offer4295 5369
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 Jul 21 - Jul 27offer4295 5369
 Aug 4 - Aug 10offer4295 5369
 Aug 18 - Aug 24offer4295 5369
 Sep 1 - Sep 7offer4295 5369
 Sep 15 - Sep 21offer4295 5369
 Sep 29 - Oct 5offer4295 5369
 Oct 13 - Oct 19offer4295 5369
 Oct 27 - Nov 2offer4295 5369
 Nov 10 - Nov 16offer4295 5369
 Nov 24 - Nov 30offer4295 5369
 Dec 8 - Dec 14offer4295 5369
 Dec 22 - Dec 28offer4295 5369

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: $36 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 $36 per person per departure), Air to the galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee ($100 adult / $50 child), Transit Control Card $20,  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.

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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 $36 per person per departure), Air to the galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee ($100 adult / $50 child), Transit Control Card $20, 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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