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Galaxy | 4 Day

4 Days FROM USD 2,660

Overview

The Galapagos were born from volcanoes erupting violently out of the sea. Plant and animal species traversed 1000km of ocean to colonize the islands, leaving species isolated and evolving independently on different islands. Observing this had a resounding impact on the formations of Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection and the theory of evolution by natural selection. The Galapagos Islands are considered one of the most spectacular and pristine National Parks in the world. Visitors delight in the abundant, unusual, and surprisingly approachable wildlife, from Galapagos giant tortoises to playful sea lions to the fascinating blue-footed boobies.

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Trip Code: ECGS4DC

Travel Style: Small Ship Cruise

Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Ship: Galaxy Yacht

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

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • A 4 day itinerary offers a perfect snapshot for those who perhaps want to add a quick look into the Galapagos as part of a South America experience. 

  • This itinerary is easily combined with other areas of Ecuador or perhaps the greater South America. 

  • Encounter the unique wildlife of the Galapagos including marine iguanas, red-footed boobies, turtles, rays and an incredible array of bird and fish species.

CRUISE ITINERARY

Following an arrival flight from either Quito or Guayaquil you will arrive at Baltra Airport. Here you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your vessel. Once on board, you will have a welcome drink and lunch.

In the afternoon you will travel to Mosquera Islet. This islet is located between Baltra Island and North Seymour. Here, we find the biggest sea lion colony; it is also possible to observe several species of birds. Enjoy walking across pristine white sand beaches or hiking throughout the island. Dinner in the evening.

Baltra Island and Mosquera Islet

In the morning you will have a wet landing at Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island. The island is composed of an extensive area of lava flows which have shaped much of the island. The unique lava flows provide the opportunity to spot tuff cones and miniature spatter cones, the imprints of tree branches once in the molten rock of the island.

In the afternoon you will make your way to Bartolome Island where you will have a dry landing. We will follow a path to the top (114m) where we can see pioneering plants such as tiquilia, chamaesyce, and scalesia. The island has been formed by cones, lava pipes where lava once flowed. Following the wet landing at the beach, we will follow a path through mangrove swamps and sand dune vegetation, to the south beach. At the north beach, guests can enjoy swimming and snorkelling. From the top of Bartolome, we will be able to see the islands of Santiago, Rabida, and Isabela. You may also have the chance to spot endemic Galapagos Penguins around Pinnacle Rock, one of the most famous landmarks in the Galapagos, an immense spearheaded obelisk rising from the water, reminiscent of a sharks tooth.

Sullivan Bay and Barolome Island

In the morning you will have a dry landing at Barranco. Also known as Prince Felipe’s stairs. Here, we will have a walk for the Barranco path. In our journey we will observe tropical birds, petrels, common frigate, red-foot boobies, mask boobies, dove, and finches. Following you will return to the vessel for lunch.

In the afternoon you will have a wet landing at Darwin Bay. Genovesa is a small island in the north of the Galapagos. Our unloading in Darwin Bay will be wet. Near the beach is a mangrove swamp where we will find a colony of frigates, marine iguanas, red-footed boobies and mask boobies, the great terrestrial finch, seagulls, herons, and cactus finch. Activities on the island include photography, swimming, snorkelling and hiking.

Barranco and Darwin Bay

Early in the morning you will have breakfast and prepare your luggage for your departure, before your final visit to the interpretation centre. Located on San Cristobal island, the interpretation centre will allow you to learn about the volcanic formation of the islands, the evolution of the species and the history of human settlement within the Galapagos, to give a truly rich and meaningful exploration of the incredible location you have just visited.

Following this you will be transferred to the airport for your outward flight.

*Please Note: This itinerary is subject to change without notice; due to seasonal changes, weather conditions or Galapagos National Park regulations.

Interpretation Centre and Departure
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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Upgrade your Ecuadorian experience to include a unique luxury Amazon 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

Galaxy | 4 Day from USD 2,660
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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. 

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.

Galaxy 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.

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

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