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Fragata: 5 Day Itinerary

5 Days FROM USD 2,670

Overview

Enjoy a 5 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. Land in Puerto Egas and be intrigued by a beach which has a mysterious black colour. Continue to the Chinese Hat Islet and Santa Cruz Island, where you’ll have the amazing opportunity of visiting the breeding centre for tortoises and iguanas!

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Trip Code: ECTSFR5

Location: Galapagos Islands - Ecuador

Ship: Yacht Fragata

CRUISE ITINERARY

Arrival at Baltra airport. Take an excursion to Mosquera Islet for its vast white sand beach. The island is an uplifted reef of rocks and coral. It is home to one of the largest populations of sea lions, while you can also observe shorebirds and occasional reports of orca sightings.

Baltra airport & Mosquera Islet

Comprised of two separate coves, Punta Vicente Roca is a large bay with incredible sea life including seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating mola-mola (or pacific sunfish). The next visit is a privileged one to the heavily restricted island of Fernandina. It is one of the world's most pristine island ecosystems with no foreign species having ever invaded. La Cumbre volcano dominates the landscape with lava fields reaching the ocean. Land at Punta Espinosa for a walkway past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions for the highlight of a flightless cormorant nesting site.

Isabela Island

This morning wet landing on a volcanic black beach. Depending on the season, we may find Giant tortoises, Land iguanas and the unusual Flightless Cormorant. After a short walk inland, snorkelling time is allotted, giving you yet another chance to swim with Sea turtles, Sea lions and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plant life that changes depending on the season. We can observe the beautiful colours of plants that attract different insects, birds and reptiles. We will explore the uplifted coral reef that resulted from 1954 volcanic activity, with a spectacular view of Alcedo Volcano. There are whale-watching opportunities during the cold season (May - December) while navigating from Urbina Bay to Tagus Cove.

After lunch we visit Tagus Cove (Isabela Island). Dry landing on Galapagos’ largest Island where we will learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that formed it. The trail leads to Darwin salt-water Crater Lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations. This us a great site to see land birds such as Galapagos Hawks, Ground and Tree finches, Large-billed flycatchers and Yellow warblers. We will return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife, where we will admire a variety of Seabirds such as Blue-footed booby, Brown Noddy, Terns, Flightless Cormorant and, depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins which are only 35 cm tall; the only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the northern hemisphere along the Equator. They lay their eggs in small cracks of lava, on the lower parts of the island near the shoreline not reached by the ocean waves. Most of the individuals live on this Western portion of Isabela, others are scattered further South on the Island. We will have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water. Graffiti believed to have been left by19th-century pirates is a curious reminder of an intriguing past. Many names of the early visitors to this site, pirates and whalers, are written on the cliffs along the shore.

Isabela Island

Morning visit to Puerto Egas, James Bay, where you land on a black beach with intriguing eroded rock formations. A trail leads to a series of crystal-clear grottos formed of broken lava tubes, which are home to sea lions, fur seals, marine iguanas and tropical fish.

Afternoon visit to Chinese Hat Islet, a fairly recent volcanic cone and so-called for its distinctive shape. On the rocky shoreline of nearby Santiago, Galapagos penguins are often seen. There is a small sea lion cove on the north shore where boats anchor and land at the visitor site. Snorkelling with sea lions and penguins as well as swimming opportunities in the cove.

Egas Port & Chinese Hat

Charles Darwin Station is located in the Main Port of Santa Cruz Island, we will take our private bus that takes us to the entrance of the breeding center where we will appreciate tortoises and land iguanas in captivity, this center is the main site of breeding of the islands. Animals that were in danger of extinction in the different islands are maintained in captivity and thanks to dedicated work of several institutions some species are save, here was where the most famous tortoise ''the Solitary George” the last survivor of the species of Pinta Island lived. Our journey ends at Baltra Island where we transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

Santa Cruz Island & Baltra airport
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Pricing & date

Fragata: 5 Day Itinerary from USD 2,670
Departing Ending Duration
13 Dec 2019 17 Dec 2019 5
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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.
    National Park fee
    INGALA transit card:
    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.