Our Western Galapagos Yacht Itinerary begins with a tour of Santa Cruz Island, home to giant tortoises, and research initiatives focused on conservation and sustainability. The next day, we’ll wake up to spectacular Bartolome Island and Santiago Island, each providing gorgeous scenery and captivating moments with the local wildlife, such as penguins!
Following that, we’re off to the western end of the archipelago, which is home to the largest and youngest islands in the archipelago — Isabela and Fernandina! Here, you’ll get a chance to admire the volcanic terrain of the archipelago and check out the wholly unique flightless cormorant.
This Galapagos itinerary has been designed to guarantee the best wildlife-viewing opportunities at several gorgeous landscapes in the archipelago.
A total of 20 spacious and spotless cabins (all of which have their private bathroom) offer room for up to 40 guests. A wide variety of cabin options are available, and nearly all of them are arrayed around the outer-facing corridors of the Yacht.
Visited on days one and three.
Home of the Charles Darwin Research Station and one of the largest giant tortoise populations in the archipelago. This island provides an exquisite sense of the ongoing conservation efforts underway, as well as the care and responsibility native islanders take concerning wildlife and the environment. During the visit, you’ll enjoy seeing giant tortoises in their natural habitat while experiencing the lush and verdant highlands. Additionally, you’ll get to check out a remote visitor site on the far end of the island that’s home to numerous land iguanas.
Visited on day two.
Step off onto this jaw-dropping island’s golden beach and admire its incredible views and landscapes. Bartolome is often referred to as the “postcard” island in the Galapagos, with its iconic peninsula adorned by the towering Pinnacle Rock. As icing on the cake, this island also allows one to see and snorkel alongside Galapagos penguins!
Visited on days two and three.
Beautifully rugged, with a well-eroded coastline consisting of tuff stone layers and lava flows, Santiago delights not only with its vistas but also a substantial bit of human history. Here you’ll learn about the salt mine that once existed on the island, followed by a chance to take a dip in the waters and swim alongside sea lions, sea turtles, and reef sharks!
Visited on day four.
Admire the epic and beautiful coastline of one of the largest islands in the Galapagos. In addition to the dramatic geology found here, you’ll also enjoy the chance to hop aboard our glass-bottom boat or go snorkeling in the presence of green sea turtles, playful sea lions, ocean sunfish, and even penguins, possibly!
Visited on day four.
Fascinate yourself with the mesmerizing canvas of recent lava flows that have amassed across the terrain. Home to one of the largest colonies of marine iguanas, you’ll want to watch your step, too! Snorkeling is offered here, with the possibility of seeing and even swimming alongside flightless cormorants and penguins.