M/Y Galaven (Capacity: 20 passengers) Itinerary A: 5 Days / 4 Nights

M/Y Galaven (Capacity: 20 passengers) Itinerary A: 5 Days / 4 Nights

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The Galaven is for adventurers with a mid-range budget who want to visit the Galapagos Islands

This 88-foot motorized, 20-passenger yacht offers high-polished wood trim and floors, a library with TV and DVD player, and sun deck with chaise lounges. The spacious dining area allows you to comfortably eat while marveling at the stunning views of the Galapagos archipelago.

The eleven double cabins spread over the ship’s three decks have air conditioning and private bathrooms with hot water.

The Galaven has two different eight-day itineraries, as well as four- and five-day excursions. Two bilingual national park naturalist guides will show you the wonders of the Galapagos. Also accompanying you on the cruise are the captain and eight crew members.

Highlights

Santa Cruz (Black Turtle Cove, Charles Darwin Station, El Chato, Dragon Hill, Bachas Beach, Twin Craters, Interpretation Center Fausto Llerena), Genovesa Island (Darwin Bay, El Barranco), Bartolome (Pinnacle Rock), Rábida, Plaza Sur, Santa Fe, Española (Punta Suarez, Gardner Bay), Floreana (Punta Cormorant, Devil´s Crown, Post Office Bay), Isabela (Moreno Point, Sierra Negra, Wetlands, Wall of tears, Breeding Center, Tagus Cove, Punta Vicente Roca), Fernandina (Punta Espinosa), Santiago (Espumilla Beach or Buccaneer Cove), North Seymour, San Cristobal (Interpretation Center, Breeding Center Jacinto Gordillo)

Highlighted species

Galapagos Sea Lion, Galapagos Giant Tortoises, Marine Iguanas, Blue-Footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Red-Footed Boobies, Galapagos Hawks, Galapagos Albatrosses (From April to January), Greater & Magnificent Frigatebirds, Galapagos Doves, Galapagos Mockingbirds, San Cristobal Mockingbirds, Española Mockingbirds, San Cristobal Lava Lizard, Española Lava Lizard, Darwin Finches, Short-Eared Owls, Brown Pelicans, Swallow-Tailed Gulls, Lava Gulls, Lava (striated) Herons, Green prickly pears land iguanas, Deep red Sesuvium and coppery‐orange land iguanas, flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, Hawks, Sootycolored Marine Iguanas, bright red‐orange Sally Lightfoot crabs, Yellow Warblers, Galapagos flycatcher, Darwin finches, Vermilion flycatcher.

Itinerary

Friday: Santa Cruz Island: Airport / PM Santa Cruz Island: El Chato

Saturday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill / PM Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach

Sunday: AM Floreana Island: Post Office / PM Floreana: Cormorant Point or Devil´s Crown

Monday: AM Española Island: Suarez Point / PM Española Island: Gardner Bay

Tuesday: AM San Cristóbal Island: Interpretation Center / Airport

Baltra Airport

Assistance at the airport by our representative for your Galapagos flight. You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by the Galaven staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

El Chato (Santa Cruz Island)

Afterwards you will enjoy the El Chato reserve, which is divided into two areas: Caseta and Chato. The trail begins at Santa Rosa (13.7 miles / 22 km) from Puerto Ayora, with the Caseta route being the most challenging. The reserve allows visitors to observe giant tortoises in the wild during the dry season and is also a good place to spot short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, Galapagos rails and paint-billed crakes.

Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)

In the morning you will visit Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz. The visitors’ site at Dragon Hill is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that runs through three different environments at just 1,600 m long. The beach is very rocky. At high tide it’s a nice place for snorkeling. At this visiting site you can find vegetation of the typical intertidal zone and dry zone.

Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island)

The afternoon visit, Bachas Beach, located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, is a swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest on the beach.

Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)

There are two visiting sites on Floreana Island. In the morning you will visit the famous Post Office Bay. You will land on the beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So do not forget your postcards, and do not be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you even get home!

Cormorant Point or Devil´s Crown (Floreana Island)

In the afternoon, you will head to Cormorant Point. Here you will enjoy a hike to a salt-water lagoon which is home to flamingos.  You will also get to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Devil’s Crown. This extinct volcano peaks out of the waters just off of Floreana’s coast and offers a magnificent snorkeling experience.

Suarez Point (España Island) 

Española Island is the southernmost island of the Galapagos and is the breeding site of nearly all of the waved albatrosses in the entire world. Española is densely populated with mockingbirds, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, Darwin finches, Galapagos doves, hawks, red and green marine iguanas, and colonies of sea lions.

The morning trip will start with Suarez Point and a trail where you will have the chance to see blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies.  It is the breeding site of nearly all of the world’s 12,000 pairs of Waved Albatrosses.  You will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! The landscape is great for photography and you will also have the chance to see the famous blowhole.

Gardner Bay (Española Island) 

In the afternoon, you will visit the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing, you can walk across a lovely whitesand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. You can also see curious mockingbirds on the beach.

Interpretation Center (San Cristóbal Island) / Airport

In the morning you will visit The Interpretation Center which was opened in 1998 as a phase of the project “Interpretation and Environment Education Project.” Visitors enjoy exhibitions on natural history, human history, and conservation. The conservation efforts represent the movement to protect the wildlife and natural environment through means of population and tourist control. The Interpretation Center has an outdoor stadium, audio-visual equipment, and meeting rooms.

After visiting the Interpretation Center, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Guayaquil or Quito on mainland Ecuador.

Important notes:

  • Rates are per person based on double occupancy
  • Children under 12 have a discount
  • Single supplement may apply

Standard Cabin $ 2745.00
**Christmas and New Year holidays have an additional surcharge

The rate includes:

  • All meals & excursions
  • Transfers in the islands
  • Bilingual National Park Guide
  • Use of snorkeling equipment
  • Harbor Fee Puerto Villamil, Isabela
  • Free airport Assistance
  • Free transfers
  • Roundtrip Airfare to / from Galapagos
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • $100 Galapagos National Park fee
  • $20 Transit Control Card
  • Travel / medical insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses

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