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Golondrina - 4 day Cruise

Overview

Enjoy these 4 days and 3 nights of unparalleled beauty, endless adventure and contact with the majesty of the Galapagos Islands on a trip you will never forget...

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Trip Code: ECTSGO4

Location: Galapagos Islands - Ecuador

Ship: Golondrina Yacht

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.

After the visit you will be transferred to Golondrina Yacht, check- in and welcome briefing.

Tuesday: Baltra airport & Primicias Ranch

After breakfast our first stop will be at Tintoreras, located at south of Puerto Villamil. We will arrive to this place by panga (or Zodiac). There is a small bay with turquoises water where you can appreciate sea lions, marine tortoises, marine iguanas and rays.

After lunch we will visit Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center, located 1.5 Km from Puerto Villamil, this place is dedicated to the reproduction of several species of tortoises in captivity; we will find 330 tortoises between youthful and adult. The Breeding Center has beautiful gardens composed by native plants.

Continue then to Humedales where we will hike some of its paths including The Orchilla Hill, from this viewpoint you can admire the bay, Puerto Villamil, Volcano Sierra Negra, islets and rocks.

Final visit of the day is Wall of Tears, a big wall build by prisoners; if we are lucky we will see land tortoises.

Wednesday: 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. There will be also possibilities of taking 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

Thursday: Rabida Island & Dragon Hill

This morning we first visit Black Turtle Cove which is situated in the northern of Santa Cruz. This bay is surrounded by mangroves and is accessible by dinghy only. The superficial cove is a safe refuge for marine life. Black-tip reef sharks, marine turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here. Afterwards you will be transferred to Baltra airport for your outward flight from Galapagos.

Black Turtle Cove & Baltra airport
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Pricing & date

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Important Information

  • •Accommodation on board the Golondrina Yacht on bunk bed cabins.

    •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.

    • INGALA transit card:  USD 20

    •Snorkeling gear  (mask, tube, fins). For renting 5 days: USD15   8 days: USD20

    •Extra drinks.

    •Tips

    •Personal expenses.

     

     

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request

  • Special Conditions:

    -Single cabin pays an 80% supplement on top of the normal the rate

    -Special Itinerary Supplement: 10% over the rate

    -Galapagos National Park fee (US$100 per person)

    -USD 20 per person for a “pier use fee” at Puerto Villamil (Isabela Island).

  • Season and availability

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

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.