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Cormorant II 4 Day

4 Days FROM USD 4,445

Overview

For those yearning for a quick taste of the Galapagos, this is the perfect journey. On board the mega-catamaran Cormorant II, you will experience the highest degree of comfort and luxury as you cruise through this incredible and pristine archipelago. Stumble upon white sandy beaches home to sun-baking and curious sea lions. Encounter unique wildlife from tortoises and marine iguanas to pink flamingos and flightless cormorants. This is a truly incredible experience perfect for those searching for a quick taste of this beautiful eco-system. 

Trip Code: ECRGC4D

Travel Style: Small Ship Cruise

Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • Experience the Galapagos on the Cormorant II. Set to sail in 2020 this is one of the newest vessels in the Galapagos offering one of the most modern and comfortable experiences in the archipelago. 

  • Encounter the unique wildlife of the Galapagos including tortoise, marine iguanas, turtles, rays, flamingos, flightless cormorants and a vast array of multi-colored fish and bird species.

  • Experience the dynamic beauty of the Galapagos, from jungle highlands to white sandy beaches and volcanic landscapes.

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

Morning flight from either Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal, Galapagos Island. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

In the afternoon you will head to 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.

Arrival and Kicker Rock

In the morning you will arrive at Suarez Point. This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. A beautiful site on the ocean front, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.

In the afternoon you will head for Gardner Bay. Gardner Bay, on the eastern side of the island, is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. It has an ample white sandy beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkelling.

Suarez Point and Gardner Bay

In the morning you will head for Cormorant Point. This site hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The “Green Beach” named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the “Four Sand Beach” composed of white coral.

In the afternoon you will head to Post Office Bay. In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.

Cormorant Point and Post Office Bay

In the morning you will make your way to the Charles Darwin Research Station. The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Afterward you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

Tortoise Breeding Centre and Departure
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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

Travel Style Departing Duration PRICE FROM
Standard Daily 4 USD 4,445

Important Information

  • Cabin Accommodation on board ship 
    All meals whilst on board 
    Guiding and lectures by bilingual national park guide
    Airport transfers
    Use of snorkelling equipment, underwater camera and wetsuit
    *1 hotel night in Quito or Guayaquil (day before the cruise) 
    *Free airport transfer for Galapagos flight

    Exclusions

    International flights 
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Alcoholic drinks
    Galapagos National Park Fee (US$100 per person subject to change) 
    Galapagos Transit Control Card (US$20 per person subject to change) 
    Travel and medical insurance
    Personal expenses

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request.

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

  • Departure date, season and availability. 

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

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.

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

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