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Isabela II - Northern Islands

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Overview

An unparalled 7-day exploration aboard Isabella II.  Your itinerary begins on San Cristóbal Island and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galápagos Province.  Visit Cerro Colorado, breeding centre of the islands’ famous giant tortoises amid a fantastic deciduous forest.  Sail north toto the sunken caldera of Genovesa Island, a privileged place to visit amid thousands of marine birds.  Explore Puerto Egas, a great place to see land and marine birds amid a landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. Visit Punta Espinoza with its amazing combination of barrenness and abundant wildlife. At Tagus Cove, an uphill hike takes you to the rim of Darwin Crater and some lovely views.  Continue the exploration of Isabela Island, home to colourful Galápagos land iguanas and green sea turtles. Visit Rábida Island and its large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches.  Wherever you sail, the Isabela II will ensure your Galápagos experience is truly memorable. 

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Trip Code: GATSIS2N

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?

  • A 7 day exploration of the islands is perfect for an in-depth look at what the incredible Galapagos archipelago has in store, offering greater opportunity to encounter more wildlife as well as the opportunity to visit more locations, each one different to the last. 

  • You will encounter the unique wildlife of the Galapagos including sea lions, turtles, rays, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, marine iguanas, waved albatross and the legendary Galapagos tortoise.

  • This itinerary is easily combined with other areas of Ecuador or the greater South America, allowing you to experience a multitude of unique sites and incredible cultures on the one amazing journey. 

CRUISE ITINERARY

Friday: Baltra Airport / Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
We arrive at Baltra Airport and transfer 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.

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 stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking on Yacht Isabela II. Expedition plan review, Captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner.

Baltra / Santa Cruz

Saturday: Post Office Bay & Baroness Cove/Cormorant Point (Floreana Island)
After breakfast, we land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has been serving as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. Snorkelling off the beach.

Cormorant Point (Floreana Island)
Our visit to Punta Cormorant takes in an olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk by a brackish water lagoon where bird species like greater flamingos may be observed. On the other side of the island, we come to a white-sand beach where sea turtles come out at night to nest. We can usually snorkel at “Champion Islet” site, panga ride or ride in our glass-bottom boat.

Floreana

Sunday: Punta Suárez/Gardner Bay (Española Island)
Our morning outing at Punta Suárez provides an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies, including the waved albatrosses (April - January), boobies, swallow-tail gulls, and the famous “blowhole”. Also, look for red-green-black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.

Gardner Bay (Española Island)
In the afternoon, we set down at this beautiful, white coral beach for a short walk to observe the sea lions, mockingbirds, finches or enjoy the beach. There is great snorkelling in this area, or else there’s time to kayak, panga ride or ride the glass-bottom boat.

Española

Monday: Punta Pitt/Cerro Brujo (San Cristóbal Island)
In the morning, we land on the eastern tip of the island. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline and is the only site in the Galápagos where the three species of boobies can be found together, as well as the two frigate species, plus a colony of bachelor sea lions. After the walk, if conditions are favourable, there is a chance to swim, kayak or snorkel from the beach or a panga ride.

Cerro Brujo (San Cristóbal Island)
In the afternoon following lunch on board, a dinghy ride along the shores of tuff-stone layers takes us to Cerro Brujo's expansive, white coraline beach, great for walking, with rewarding birdwatching with good views of seabirds and shore birds. Also, look out for Galápagos sea lions. These are the same shores that Charles Darwin walked upon, back in September 1835. After the walk, there is a chance to swim and snorkel.

San Cristobal

Tuesday: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristóbal- Chatham Island)
After breakfast, we depart to pier and airport for our flight back to the mainland.

San Cristobal
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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Discover the unrivalled jewel of colonial architecture that is Quito. A 4 day discover Quito tour will take you through a pulsating, lively Latin city. Visit the cities historic centre a UNESCO world heritage site, marvel at the cities artistic and colonial origins in various museums or embrace the colours of the Otavalo market, perhaps the most important indigenous market in all South America. Find out more.

  • Upgrade your Ecuador experience by the wonders of the Amazon. Stay in a luxurious eco lodge tightly nestled in the Ecuadorian corner of the Amazon rainforest. Explore by canoe or on foot, search for colourful wildlife including toucans, parrots, monkeys or elusive giant otters. Experience the most diverse set of species on the planet. 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.

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 subject to change) 
    Galapagos Transit Control Card (US$20 per person subject to change) 
    Visa Fees (if applicable) 
    Beverages (other than tea and 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 are subject to change without prior notice. 

  • 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

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