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Golondrina - 5 day Cruise

Overview

Stimulate all your senses visiting the most wonderful place in the world, this unforgettable experience will bring you closer to the incredible evolution and adaptation of endemic animal species over millions of years. Enjoy all the comforts and amenities of this fantastic paradise that is the Galapagos Archipelago.

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ECTSGO5

Location: Galapagos Islands - Ecuador

Ship: Golondrina Yacht

CRUISE ITINERARY

Arrival in Baltra airport and transfer to Golondrina yacht, Check-in and welcome briefing.

In due time we will visit Mosquera Islet, located between North Seymour and Baltra. It is one of the smallest islands due to an uplift of sand, made up of coral reefs and rocks. It boasts one of the largest sea lion colonies in the Galapagos archipelago. There are occasional reports of Orca whales seen praying on the sea lion colony.

Friday: Baltra airport & Mosquera Island

After breakfast, we explore the coast by panga (zodiac), while our naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area. Depending on weather conditions, we can snorkel along the cliffs of this area rich in marine life, seasonally-visited by green sea turtles and oceanic sun fish (Mola mola).

The afternoon is dedicated to exploring the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina, which, having no introduced mammals, boasts a very unique environment with a very high density of marine iguanas, who share their space with sea lions, Sally light-foot crabs, hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorants.

Saturday: Isabela Island & Fernandina Island

After breakfast, we land at this cove on the northwest of Isabela. It has provided a favourite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. An uphill hike takes you to the rim of a crater and to a dramatic viewpoint. After our walk, we take a zodiac ride to spot local wildlife, with the possibility of swimming or snorkelling.

After lunch we disembark at Urbina Bay, the fascinating result of an uplifting of the ocean floor in 1954. Here we can admire corals, shells and many other calcareous organisms exposed above water. First we enjoy a snorkel from the beach, with the chance of swimming with flightless cormorants. This are is also home to a large and very colourful Galápagos land iguanas, and occasionally to giant tortoises.

Sunday: Tagus Cove, Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)

Morning 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. Late morning snorkelling with sea lions and penguins as well as swimming opportunities in the cove.

Afternoon 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.

Monday: Chinese Hat Island & Port Egas

Charles Darwin Station is located in the Main Port of Santa Cruz Island, we will take our private bus that take 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.

Tuesday: Charles Darwin Station & Baltra airport
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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: USD$ 15 or 8 days: USD$ 20
    • Extra drinks.
    • Tips.
    • Personal expenses.
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  • 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)

  • 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.