Itinerary 4 Days

Itinerary 4 Days

Day by day

Day 1 : San Cristobal Island: La Galapaguera
We clear the checkpoint at Galapagos National Park upon arrival. After checking in, customs agents inspect passports and check the transit card.

Our naturalist guide will be waiting for us at the airport exit. Please remember to take your luggage off the belt.

We then take a coach ride to the dock where we board the pangas (or as the locals refer to them, dinghies). Then we head to the M/C Petrel, where crew members will greet you with cold drinks and show you to your cabins.

Your cruise concierge will give you a briefing about the ship's facilities and conduct a safety drill. Finally, your cabin will be assigned. After lunch, we begin with the first visit.

La Galapaguera

Landing type Dry landing, recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes

There are many activities that you could do. Walking.

The Galapagos Island was a popular hiding place for pirates and buccaneers during the XVII century and the first part of the XVIII. They used its resources to replenish their ship holdings. The Galapagos tortoises were a popular source of meat during that time. Their ability to survive for long periods without food or water made them one of the most valuable goods the island had. The extensive hunting of this animal decimated entire populations, and some even went extinct. The creation of Galapagueras is one example of the huge efforts made to protect this species. Galapagos tortoises are being cared for in nurseries that are specifically designed for them.

We visit the Galapaguera de San Cristobal to view these majestic giants in all their stages. You can see everything from tiny eggs that are smaller than chicken's to adorable hatchlings that need lots of care to the magnificent adult Galapagos tortoise, which can weigh in at over 400 pounds. This article explains the noble task of conserving these animals as well as the people responsible.
Meals included Lunch and Dinner
Day 2 : Española Island: Suarez Point & Gardner Bay
Espanola is an idyllic beach of white sand, surrounded by turquoise waters and kissed with the equatorial sunlight.

Gardner Bay

Type of landing: Dry landing
There are many activities that you could do. Short hike, snorkeling, kayaking, panga ride.

We learned from our Santa Fe visit that the island's age plays a significant role in how life develops. Espanola is no exception. The archipelago's hotspot is located east. Wind erosion and tides have given Espanola a unique environment where life flourishes in hundreds of forms. Espanola is one of the most stunning islands in the archipelago, with its beautiful coral reefs and magnificent marine birds flying over it skies.
We embark at Gardner Bay. The beach is stunning with its bright white sand, clear water, and home to marine iguanas and sea lions that rest in peace right in front of us. It is truly a postcard-worthy spot. We are invited to snorkel and explore the lush Pacific Ocean life.
We take a dinghy to the Osborn Islet. This small, rocky island has been a favorite place for many marine birds such as blue-footed boobies, and lavagulls. This is a great place to snorkel and discover the amazing underwater world.

Suarez Point

Type of landing: Good shoes are essential for dry landing.
There are many activities that you could do. Hike.

At the dock at Punta Suarez, a large number of marine iguanas welcome visitors. Only marine iguanas can dive to feed on the algae growing in the volcanic walls. They were named "impsofdarkness" because of their unusual appearance, which Darwin recorded in his journal. They are one of the most fascinating species in the Galapagos, despite the negative name they received.
Continue exploring the island by following the path that leads us to a lookout point on a small cliff. From here, we can see an unusual formation called a blowhole. This blowhole, which can raise water columns up to a few feet above the cliff, is one of Espanola's many attractions. It is certainly worth the effort and a great spectacle.
Espanola also houses an extremely rare bird, the waved albatross. The waved albatross, which has a wingspan over 6.5 feet, is the largest bird to have colonized this island. Espanola is their only breeding site. Because albatrosses are monogamous, a complex courtship dance is performed during mating season. This will bring the pair together for life.
Truly, a memorable visit
Meals included Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 
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Includes

Scheduled visits and activities with a professional bilingual guide
All meals on board, some snacks, purified water, tea and coffee
Accommodation in a standard cabin with private bathroom and air conditioning
Snorkeling equipment (mask, lenses, fins), sea-kayaks
Assistance at the Airport and 24/7 during the trip

Does not include

Air tickets to / from Galapagos from / to Quito, Guayaquil or combined route
Entrance to the Galapagos National Park US $ 100 p.p. (cash in the Islands)
Galapagos Control Card US $ 20 p.p. (at the airport before check-in)
Wet-suits rental on board (in cash)
Soft and alcoholic drinks on board; personal expenses, extras and tips guide and crew (cash)
Travel insurance with medical, cancellation and other unforeseen coverage
Other services in Continental Ecuador and not specified in the program
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From $4,190.00 per person