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Golondrina - 8 day Cruise

8 Days FROM USD 2,880

Overview

These mythical Ecuadorian islands are home to thousands of unique species in the world, you will have the opportunity to meet them and to track trends over hundreds of years. Join us on this exciting journey of 8 days and 7 nights full of adventures and fun in the Galapagos Islands.

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Trip Code: ECTSGO8

Location: Galapagos Islands - Ecuador

Ship: Golondrina Yacht

CRUISE ITINERARY

You will arrive at Baltra’s Airport in the morning. Afterwards, we visit Las Bachas Beach which is a swimming beach located on the north shore of Santa Cruz. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest on the beach.

Friday: Baltra airport & Las Bachas Beach

In the morning, you will visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path we find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.

In the afternoon, you will visit El Barranco which is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps. It is a steep, rocky path that leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvellous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

Saturday: Genovesa Island

The morning visit heads to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island, located on the southeast part of the island. This place is interesting for its geology because the area has elevations in form of small volcanoes, formed by the lava flows.

In the afternoon, you will head to Bartolome Island, home of the famous Pinnacle Rock. Bartolome consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkelling where you may even see Galapagos penguins.

Sunday: Bartolome Island & Sullivan Bay

In the morning, you will visit Santa Fe Island (Barrington) which is home to a small, picturesque bay also named Santa Fe. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest.

In the afternoon, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colourful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. During the rainy season its colour is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.

Monday: South Plazas Island, Santa Fe Island

Your morning visit will involve an excursion to Lobos Island which means “Sea Lion Island”. This appropriately named island is ripe with boasting, playful sea lions who will welcome you to their home upon landing on San Cristobal Island. This island offers great snorkelling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.

Next, you will visit Kicker Rock. This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and scuba diving allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life.

In the afternoon, you will end up visiting the Pitt Point, situated on the north-eastern tip of the island, hosts frigatebirds, storm petrels, and all three types of booby birds: the Nazca, blue-footed and red-footed boobies. A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an area with an abundance of birds.

Tuesday: San Cristobal Island

In the morning, you will visit the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing, you can walk across a lovely white sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. You can also see curious mockingbirds on the beach.

Next visit is the small island in front of Gardner Bay, Gardner Islet. There you will find steep cliffs, large boulders and sandy ledges. For adventure you will find on one end of the island are curvy tunnels and the other are caves that make for a fascinating exploration.

Next up is Osborne Islet, a marine visitor site on Espanola Island. Osborn Islet is near Española and is a great place to observe sea lions, parrot fish, butterfly fish, coral and possible red-lipped bat fish.

You will end the day visiting Suarez Point, located on the western end of Espanola Island, you will find a large population of albatross, or wild sea birds as well as carnivorous mockingbirds.

Wednesday: Española Island

In the morning, you will head to Cormorant Point. Here you will enjoy a hike to a salt-water lagoon which is home to flamingos. You will also get to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Devil’s Crown. This extinct volcano peaks out of the waters just off of Floreana’s coast and offers a magnificent snorkelling experience.

Next is the Charles Darwin Research Station, home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Here you have the Chance to learn more about these fascinating animals.

Thursday: Floreana Island

Galapagos Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigate birds are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lavas containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

Afterwards, you will transferred to Baltra airport for your returning flight.

Friday: North Seymour Island & Baltra airport
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Important Information

  • •Accommodation on board the Golondrina Yacht on Bunk bed cabin.

    •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.

     

     

     

  • 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.