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Bonita 7 Day Western Route

7 Days FROM USD 2,989

Overview

This 7 day Galapagos itinerary is perfect for discovering the very best of the islands. Encounter 4 unique islands, each different to the last as you come across ever-changing landscapes and evolving species. From the history of naturalist explorers like Charles Darwin to the history of piracy, the Galapagos is a true realm of exploration and enticing journeys. Wildlife lovers can enjoy the company of sea lions, tortoise, marine iguanas before snorkelling in pristine waters home to an unmatched display of multi-coloured fish species. this is a truly unique journey to one of the most pristine corners of South America. 

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ECGSB7D

Travel Style: Small Ship Cruising

Ship: Bonita

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise, contact us for more details. 

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Have the opportunity to encounter unique species including flamingos, sea lions, marine iguanas, Galapagos tortoise and more. 

  • Discover the dynamic landscapes of the Galapagos, from pristine beaches, marshy swamps, rocky coastline and volcanic landscapes. 

CRUISE ITINERARY

You will take a morning flight from either Quito or Guayaquil to the Galapagos. Upon arrival at Baltra airport you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your vessel. Here you will have a welcome drink and introduction to your experienced crew.

After lunch our first visit is to Dragon Hill which is located in the northwestern area of Santa Cruz Island. It consists of a 1,600 m long trail running through 3 different environments. In 1975, it was one of the only places on Santa Cruz Island where healthy land iguanas (Conolophus Subcristatus) could be found. That same year, the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation initiated a program to conserve land iguanas. In the lagoons found here, there are shrimp (Artemia salina), the food of the flamingos.  At certain times of the year, the shrimp are more abundant and the flamingo population increases.

Arrival in Galapagos and Cerro Dragon

In the morning you will arrive at Espumilla Beach.
The main attractions include Palo Santo Wood, the beach, and the stunning landscape; the beach is a very important site for tortoises because they use this place for nesting. Once time, the pigs were the main predatory of tortoise’s eggs; pigs were eradicated with the creation of Isabela Project.

In the afternoon you will make your way to Egas Port. Here we find a beautiful black sand beach; to the south of the beach is the Pan de Azucar Volcano, whose volcanic deposits have contributed to the formation of the black sand beach.  The crater of this volcano contains a saltwater lake that dries up during hot weather.  Between 1928 and 1930, explorations to develop a salt mine were carried out, but it was decided that a mine was not feasible. The workers’ use of endemic woods also damaged the environment and the development was scrapped.

Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove and Egas Port

In the morning you will arrive at Vicente Roca Point. This point is comprised of two separate coves. This site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (sunfish).

In the afternoon you will make your way you Fernandina Island. This is the third biggest island in the Galapagos and has only one visiting site:  Espinoza Point, famous for the large colonies of marine iguanas and the home of the flightless cormorant, the Galapagos penguin, snakes, and more.  From Espinoza Point, we can admire the beauty of Fernandina Island and its volcano which last erupted in May of 2005.  Fernandina is the only island that doesn’t have mammals and the open areas are extremely fragile.  From January to June, the nesting period of the marine iguana, we take great care when walking. Dinner.

Isabela and Fernandina Island

In the morning you will arrive at Urbina Bay. This place is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano between Elizabeth Bay and Tagus Cove. Wet landing. Trail length is around 3.20 Km; during this walk, we can observe land iguanas, hawks, and tortoises.  It is also possible to see red and blue lobsters.

In the afternoon you will arrive at Tagus Cove. It is located to the west of Darwin Volcano on Isabela Island.  While walking, we will find several inscriptions (names of pirates) dating back to the 1800’s. From here, we can see Darwin Lake, a salt water lake with a depth of approximately 9 m.  It contains no fish.  It is very common to see a variety of bird species.

Isabela

In the morning you will arrive at Moreno Point. We will disembark at Moreno Point which is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along a path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves, create a birdwatcher’s delight. In the tide pools, green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted.

In the afternoon you will arrive at Elizabeth Bay. this is one of the island’s breeding sites for penguins. Located on the west coast of Isabela, Elizabeth Point is a marine visitor site. Visit Red Mangrove Cove: Brown pelicans, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays and sea lions are often seen.

Isabela Day 2

In the morning you will arrive at Tintoreras. Located in the bay of Puerto Villamil, this small island, surrounded by calm, turquoise waters have an easy trail with great landscapes and very interesting fauna. Along the trail we will see large numbers of Marine Iguanas basking in the sun, lava lizards, herons, gulls and sea lions. In the coves, it is easy to find Sea Turtles, rays and even penguins.  Among the many inlets and channels on the coast, we sometimes see White-tipped Reef Sharks (in Spanish “Tintoreras”). Following the excursion, we will return to the boat for breakfast and sail to our next destination.

In the afternoon you will arrive at Humedales. Los Humedales is one of the Isabela Hidden Gems.  “Humedales” translates to Wet Lands and this area is characterized by sandy beaches, rocky shores, and mangroves, which have an extremely important role in the Galapagos as they provide a nursery for young marine animals as well as a nesting site for birds. Following the various paths, you will find a fabulous destination for bird lovers, pink flamingos and migratory birds including black bellied and semipalmated plovers, whimbrel, osprey, greater and lesser yellowlegs, wilson’s phalarope, short- billed dowitcher, common tern, blue-winged teal, to name a few.  You can also observe young giant tortoises from the Isabela Breeding Center.

Tintoreras and Humedales

After breakfast, we will visit Charles Darwin Station which is located in the main port on Santa Cruz Island; we will take a private bus to the entrance of the breeding center where we will see tortoises and land iguanas in captivity.  This center is the main breeding site on the islands.  Animals that were in danger of extinction on the various islands are maintained in captivity.  Thanks to the dedicated work of several institutions, some species are being saved. Here lived Lonesome George, the famous last survivor of the giant tortoise species found on Pinta Island.

Following this you will be transferred to the airport where you will board your departure flight from the Galapagos.

Santa Cruz and Departure
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Pricing & date

Bonita 7 Day Western Route from USD 2,989
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Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board vessel 
    All meals whilst on board
    Guiding and lectures by experienced naturalist guides 
    Transfers in the islands
    Use of snorkelling gear (mask, tubes and fins) 
    Kayaks 
    Drinks including water, coffee and tea. 

    Exclusions

    Roundtrip airfare to/from the Galapagos
    Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US$100pp subject to change)
    Galapagos Transit Control Card (US$20pp subject to change) 
    Travel Insurance
    Personal expenses 
    Gratuities for staff and crew

  • 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. 

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Sustainability

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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.

Alya cruise contributes to a number of sustainability initiatives in line with Galapagos park policy and their own unique contribution philosophy. Plastic is elimitated throughout the Galapagos, naturalist guides provide in depth education and respect for ecosystems when undertaking tours, and suppliers are chose from locally-owned organisations and operators to ensure economic sustainability within the region. 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.

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