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Western Route 7 Day Galapagos Cruise | Bonita

7 Days
Save Up To 5%

WAS From USD 3,900   Now From USD 3,705

Trip Code: ECGSB7D

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

Start: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Finish: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

SHIP: Bonita

DestinationDestination

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

DestinationDeparture Date

Select Sunday departures

MealsMeals

All meals, water, tea & coffee while onboard your Galapagos cruise

TransportTransport

Group transfers in the Galapagos to & from your vessel 

TransportAccommodation

Cabin on board ship



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Included SightseeingIncluded Sightseeing

Daily excursions, panga rides, shore landings and expert briefings while onboard

 

* Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions and government regulations

OVERVIEW

CHIMU EXCLUSIVE 5% OFF SELECT DEPARTURES*

 

This 7 day Galapagos itinerary is perfect for discovering the very best of the islands. Encounter 4 unique islands, each different to the last as you come across ever-changing landscapes and evolving species. From the history of naturalist explorers like Charles Darwin to the history of piracy, the Galapagos is a true realm of exploration and enticing journeys. Wildlife lovers can enjoy the company of sea lions, tortoise, marine iguanas before snorkelling in pristine waters home to an unmatched display of multi-coloured fish species. this is a truly unique journey to one of the most pristine corners of South America. 

 

* Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions and government regulations.

 

*CHIMU EXCLUSIVE 5% OFF DISCOUNT is available on selected 2024, 2025 & 2026 departures, excluding Christmas & New Years black out dates. This offer is exclusive to Chimu Adventures clients.  Offer valid when cruising on a twin share basis. Discount is based on full cruise fare and additional discounts will not apply to already discounted departures. Offer is valid on new bookings only & confirmed by 31 July 2024. Prices are subject to change and subject to availability. Please contact us for more details. 

PLEASE NOTE: Pricing is subject to change and availability at the time of booking. Contact us for more information.

ITINERARY

Arrival in Galapagos and Cerro Dragon

You will take a morning flight from either Quito or Guayaquil to the Galapagos. Upon arrival at Baltra airport you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your vessel. Here you will have a welcome drink and introduction to your experienced crew.

After lunch our first visit is to Dragon Hill which is located in the northwestern area of Santa Cruz Island. It consists of a 1,600 m long trail running through 3 different environments. In 1975, it was one of the only places on Santa Cruz Island where healthy land iguanas (Conolophus Subcristatus) could be found. That same year, the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation initiated a program to conserve land iguanas. In the lagoons found here, there are shrimp (Artemia salina), the food of the flamingos.  At certain times of the year, the shrimp are more abundant and the flamingo population increases.

Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove and Egas Port

In the morning you will arrive at Espumilla Beach.
The main attractions include Palo Santo Wood, the beach, and the stunning landscape; the beach is a very important site for tortoises because they use this place for nesting. Once time, the pigs were the main predatory of tortoise’s eggs; pigs were eradicated with the creation of Isabela Project.

In the afternoon you will make your way to Egas Port. Here we find a beautiful black sand beach; to the south of the beach is the Pan de Azucar Volcano, whose volcanic deposits have contributed to the formation of the black sand beach.  The crater of this volcano contains a saltwater lake that dries up during hot weather.  Between 1928 and 1930, explorations to develop a salt mine were carried out, but it was decided that a mine was not feasible. The workers’ use of endemic woods also damaged the environment and the development was scrapped.

Vicente rock and Espinoza point

In the morning you will arrive at Vicente Roca Point. This point is comprised of two separate coves. This site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (sunfish).

In the afternoon you will make your way you Fernandina Island. This is the third biggest island in the Galapagos and has only one visiting site:  Espinoza Point, famous for the large colonies of marine iguanas and the home of the flightless cormorant, the Galapagos penguin, snakes, and more.  From Espinoza Point, we can admire the beauty of Fernandina Island and its volcano which last erupted in May of 2005.  Fernandina is the only island that doesn’t have mammals and the open areas are extremely fragile.  From January to June, the nesting period of the marine iguana, we take great care when walking. Dinner.

Urbina bay and Tagus cove

In the morning you will arrive at Urbina Bay. This place is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano between Elizabeth Bay and Tagus Cove. Wet landing. Trail length is around 3.20 Km; during this walk, we can observe land iguanas, hawks, and tortoises.  It is also possible to see red and blue lobsters.

In the afternoon you will arrive at Tagus Cove. It is located to the west of Darwin Volcano on Isabela Island.  While walking, we will find several inscriptions (names of pirates) dating back to the 1800’s. From here, we can see Darwin Lake, a salt water lake with a depth of approximately 9 m.  It contains no fish.  It is very common to see a variety of bird species.

Elizabeth bay and Moreno point

In the morning you will arrive at Moreno Point. We will disembark at Moreno Point which is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along a path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves, create a birdwatcher’s delight. In the tide pools, green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted.

In the afternoon you will arrive at Elizabeth Bay. this is one of the island’s breeding sites for penguins. Located on the west coast of Isabela, Elizabeth Point is a marine visitor site. Visit Red Mangrove Cove: Brown pelicans, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays and sea lions are often seen.

Charles Darwin Center and highlands

After breakfast, we will visit Charles Darwin Station which is located in the main port on Santa Cruz Island; we will take a private bus to the entrance of the breeding center where we will see tortoises and land iguanas in captivity. This center is the main breeding site on the islands. Animals that were in danger of extinction on the various islands are maintained in captivity. Thanks to the dedicated work of several institutions, some species are being saved. Here lived Lonesome George, the famous last survivor of the giant tortoise species found on Pinta Island.

In the afternoon you will transfer to the highlands of Santa Cruz. Here we will hike and encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat, a natural wonder. For this visit we recommend to use sport shoes, long pants, raincoat, hat and sun block.

Santa Cruz and Departure

After breakfast, you will make your way to see the twin Craters on Santa Cruz island. Los Gemelos, or the Twin Craters, are located opposite each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.

Following this you will be transferred to the airport where you will board your departure flight from the Galapagos.

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WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Have the opportunity to encounter unique species including flamingos, sea lions, marine iguanas, Galapagos tortoise and more. 

  • Discover the dynamic landscapes of the Galapagos, from pristine beaches, marshy swamps, rocky coastline and volcanic landscapes. 

Bonita

Bonita

The Bonita offers an adventurous and comfortable cruising experience through the Galapagos. Completely refurbished in September 2019, Bonita offers a superior class service for a total of 16 passengers, providing an intimate and less crowded cruising experience. On board facilities are designed to bring the guest the best offerings of the Galapagos. The sundeck offers the perfect place to relax and admire the scenery while the social area is complete with artistic decoration inspired by the endemic species of the Galapagos. 

With a small passenger capacity and expert crew and naturalist guide experience, the Bonita offers an intimate and highly personalised exploration through the incredible and delicate ecosystems of the Galapagos. 

Ice Class: Length: 25m (83ft)
Breadth: 6m (22ft) Max
Draft: Cruising
Speed: 9 knots
Electricity: Passenger
Capacity:
16

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Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

Standard

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.

Superior

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.

Deluxe

Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.

Pricing per person & date

Western Route 7 Day Galapagos Cruise | Bonita from USD 3,705
Select Sunday departures

Important Information

  • INCLUSIONS 

    Accommodation in double cabin
    Transfers in the Galapagos and airport assistance
    All meals during the cruise
    Water coffee and tea & soft drink
    All excursions as per the itinerary*
    English-Speaking Naturalist guide
    Snorkelling equipment
    Kayak & Paddle board equipment

     

    EXCLUSIONS 

    Return airfares from mainland Ecuador 
    Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US$200 per person from Aug 2024 - Subject to change) 
    Galapagos Transit Control Card (US$20 per person - Subject to change)
    Wet suit rental 
    Alcoholic drinks 
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for crew/guides 
    Services not specified

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • A single supplement surcharge applies and is subject to availability. Please contact us for more information.

  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.

    Please note kayak & paddle board activities are subject to weather conditions. 

    Prices are based on per person, twin share* (unless otherwise stated) 

    Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change at any time

     

    * Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions and government regulations.

  • Seasonality, fuel surcharges, currency fluctuations and availability at time of booking. 

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