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Isabela II - Central Islands

5 Days FROM USD 3,939

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Overview

Embark on a journey of discovery to some of the most beautiful islands in the Galápagos. An unparalled 5-day exploration.  The itinerary begins on Santa Cruz Island, the most populous in the archipelago, before venturing down to the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station to meet giant tortoises face to face.  Visit Santa Fe Island,  Plaza Island, with its yellow-gray land iguanas munching cactus fruits and coastline where you will find sea lion colonies and dozens of sea birds. A favourite among many visitors to the archipelago. Explore Bartolomé Island, with excellent wildlife exploration for snorkelers or glass-bottom boat passengers. Cruising aboard the Isabela II will ensure your Galápagos experience is memorable. 

The Isabela II Experience

An intimate yacht experience awaits those on board the Isabella II, as it takes you throughout the untamed wilderness of the Galapagos Islands. Admiring the colourful multitudes of marine life from the glass-bottom boat, kayaking through the turquoise waters and relaxing in the on-board jacuzzi are just some of the incredible experiences that you can choose to make the most of your adventure whilst cruising through this equatorial wildlife haven.
The  Yacht Isabela II offers only a few numbers of cabins, that will make you feel convivial whilst on board as crew take care of your maximum comfort. Let yourself taste delicious meals and make full use of all on board facilities including; a fitness room, jacuzzi, outside deck and bar. Off board guided excursions including snorkelling, kayaking or paddle boarding will enable you to discover the unique flora and fauna of the Galapagos.
Isabela II also offers a 7 day cruise and 5 day cruise

 

GREEN POINTS!

• Isabella II utilises stringent supply chain management and packing systems to ensure fuel transport emissions and wastage when restocking the vessel for each journey. • All amenities offered on board are biodegradable such as shampoo and soaps etc. • Each guest receives a reusable water bottle for on board use. • On board water desalination systems and wastewater treatment ensure that the delicate waters of the Galapagos remain as pure as possible

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Trip Code: GATSIS2C

Travel Style: Small Ship Cruise

Location: Galapagos

Ship: Yacht Isabela II

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise. Contact us today to discuss. 

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Undertake this voyage on board Isabella II a unique vessel that combines comfort and modernity to provide a superior cruising experience. Smaller expedition groups and guest capacity provide for an intimate experience when exploring the islands. 

  • You will experience the unique wildlife of the Galapagos including turtles, rays, sharks, blue footed boobies, frigate birds and the legendary Galapagos tortoise. 

  • This itinerary can be easily combined with other areas of Ecuador or perhaps the greater South America, allowing you to combine your cruise experience with city tours, cultural explorations and incredible natural vistas. 

CRUISE ITINERARY

Monday: Baltra Airport (Santa Cruz Island)
We arrive at Baltra Airport and then we take you to the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30-minute bus ride takes us to a restaurant in the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy lunch, and then continue to Puerto Ayora.

Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station
After driving down from the highlands, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Late afternoon we stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking on Yacht Isabela II. We review the expeditions plan for next day, Captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner.

Baltra / Santa Cruz

Tuesday: Santa Fe Island/South Plaza Island
A stunning anchorage provides our jumping-off point for our visit to this sandy white beach with many sea lion harems. Galápagos hawks are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the walk. Snorkelling and swimming from the beach, kayaking or a ride in our glass-bottom boat rounds off the rewarding experience.

South Plaza
The turquoise waters of the channel here contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline, while a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus beyond, populated by yellow-gray land iguanas. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while sea birds play with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but amazing island.

Santa Fe / South Plaza

Wednesday: North Seymour Island/Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island)
The morning starts with an enjoyable walk along the coast and the interior of this island, a favourite of many visitors, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and marine iguanas. There are opportunities for snorkelling or coastal exploration. We can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.

Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island)
After WWII, US military barges were beached and abandoned here. Locals referred to the beach as the barges beach, a name that morphed to “bachas”. Today it is an important nesting area for the east Pacific green sea turtle. Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, it is a glorious white beach, with several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. We can swim and/or snorkelling from the beach. Thursday’s expedition plan review and dinner.

North Seymour / Santa Cruz

Thursday: Bartolomé Island/Sullivan Bay (James Island)
This morning, a Galápagos icon awaits for us: Bartolomé Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden staircase: the view from the top is worth the effort! Following the walk, we take the dinghies for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, followed by time we will enjoy the beach and some snorkelling. We can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.

Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)
After lunch, we get on board the pangas to land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach great for swimming, and with a trail over a lava field that flowed here less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galápagos while observing its wildlife.

Bartolome / Santiago

Friday: Baltra Island
After breakfast, we leave for the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

Baltra
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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Upgrade your Ecuadorian  experience to include a unique Amazon luxury lodge. Mashpi lodge is located on a scenic plateau. The lodge experience uniquely interweaves Ecuadorian history with exotic wilderness experiences. Enjoy sightings of nocturnal animals and witness the jungle come to life in one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World. Find out more.

  • Experience unique Andean lifestyles and Ecuadorian culture on an authentic and historic Hacienda. Hacienda Zuleta has been owned by the same family for over 100 years. Enjoy Ecuadorian cuisine from the Haciendas organic garden, visit a cheese factory, take a horse ride to an Andean Condor reserve. This offers an intrinsic cultural experience to any Ecuadorian itinerary. Find out more.

  • Why not add a trip to Peru onto this amazing itinerary? Experience the unique cultural and scenic offerings of one of South Americas most popular destinations. Visit amazing cities like Lima and Cusco where a unique blend of urban modernisation meets, undertake the incredible journey to the Sacred valley and of course, bare witness to the archaeological marvel that is Machu Picchu. Find out more.

Pricing & date

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Important Information

  • All accommodation on board the Isabella II 
    All meals on board 
    All shore excursions
    Guiding and lectures by Galapagos naturalist guides
    Snorkelling gear
    Transfers

    Exclusions

    Return airfares from mainland Ecuador
    Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US$100 per person subect to change) 
    Galapagos Transit Control Card (US$20 per person subject to change) 
    Visa Fees (if applicable) 
    Beverages (other than tea anf coffee) 
    Personal expenses such as laundry, on-board communication 
    Gratuities for the crew
    Optional activities whilst on-board
    Wetsuits

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details

  • Please note park entrance fees may be subject to change without prior notice.

  • Departure date, seasonality 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

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

The Isabela II follows a number of sustainability initiatives in line with general Galapagos National Park Policy. Fuel consumption is minimised, reusable water bottles are given to all passengers, waste water treatment and minimised consumption help reduce environmental impact when cruising the prisitine. While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE