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Fragata: 4 Day Itinerary

Overview

Enjoy a 4 day journey to the Galapagos aboard the comfortable motor yacht Fragata. Explore Isabela Island and be entertained by Galapagos penguins and sea lions that often pop out on shore. Discover the abundance of wildlife including white-tipped reef sharks and many bird species such as the flamingo and the blue footed-booby. The journey continues to Rabida Island, which is known for its amazing red-coloured beach, and Dragon Hill which offers a trail with a beautiful view of the western islands of the archipelago.

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ECTSFR4

Location: Galapagos Islands - Ecuador

Ship: Yacht Fragata

CRUISE ITINERARY

Welcome at the Baltra airport by your guide and transfer to Santa Cruz Island. Today you will visit Primicias Ranch on the highlands of Santa Cruz Island offering significant natural attractions due to the different climate and vegetation present on this area. This is a tropical rain forest area that offers a very different environment than the lower landscape. Primicias ranch is a privately owned area with over 150 acres adjacent to the territories of the Galapagos National Park. Tortoises migrate from the park to the property at certain times of the year, they go in search of shade, water or proper places to incubate their eggs.

Arrive at Baltra airport & Visit Primicias Ranch

During the morning we will take you to Tintoreras, a delightful place reached by a nice zodiac ride. "Tintoreras” are small islands in front of Puerto Villamil coast. There is Heron lava on the lookout on mangrove branch and Galapagos penguins and sea lions 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.

This afternoon the wetlands close to Puerto Villamil village will be visited. There are a few lagoons, swamps and mangroves, primarily known for their migrant bird populations. One of the most attractive species to be seen is the flamingo. You will also visit the Arnaldo Tupiza breeding center, where giant tortoises are reared in captivity on Isabela, to better protect the main sub specie of this island. The Wall of Tears also known as ‘Muro de las Lagrimas’ is another point of interest; the wall was constructed of clocks of lava rock between 1946 and 1959, when Isabela was a penal colony.

Explore Isabela Island

In the morning, we disembark at Rábida Island’s red-coloured beach. A stroll allows us to observe a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach. We can also enjoy a panga ride, kayaking or ride in our glass-bottom boat.

The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). Our walk includes circling a brackish water lagoon frequented by lagoon birds, while further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago.

Rabida Island & Dragon Hill

Board a zodiac boat to head to Black Turtle Cove, on the northern side of Santa Cruz Island. The red mangrove lagoon is very calm and quiet which makes it an ideal place as a nursery for many sharks and rays. Its crystal waters allow observation of large groups of white-tip reef, black tipped reef and hammer heads sharks, schools of golden rays and spotted eagle rays. Sea turtles are frequently seen and sometimes they are seen mating in the mangrove-lined waters. Pelicans and herons are also seen in this area. Transfer to Baltra airport for your outward flight.

Black Turtle Cove & Baltra airport
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Pricing & date

Departing Ending Duration
17 Dec 2019 20 Dec 2019 4
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Important Information

  • - Accommodation on board and/or hotel of Puerto Ayora.
    - All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
    - Snacks after visits.
    - Naturalist bilingual guide (English-Spanish).
    - Fresh water to drink, tea, coffee.


    NOT INCLUDED:
    - Air flight rate to/from Galápagos Islands.
    -  INGALA transit card:
    - National Park fees
    -  Snorkeling gear (mask, tube, fins).
    -  Wet Suits
    -  Extra drinks.
    -  Tips.
    -  Personal expenses.

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request

  • Contact us for more details

  • Season and availability

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Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.