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Yacht Isabela II – 5 days / 4 nights – Southern Galapagos – Friday to Tuesday

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Southern Islands Galapagos Itinerary

Isabela-galapagos Our itinerary begins on Santa Cruz Island, the most populous in the archipelago. Journey to the lush vegetation of the highlands to meet giant tortoises face to face before venturing down to the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station. After embarking at the end of the day, we sail south to the island of Floreana, where we disembark at two history-filled sites: Post Office Bay in the morning and Cormorant Point in the afternoon. We then head west to Española Island and its remarkable visitor site, Punta Suarez, a favourite of many visitors. Here, we’ll wander along the rugged coastline, home to hundreds of marine iguanas, sea lions, marine birds, including the Galapagos albatross (from April to early January). In the afternoon, Gardner Bay provides a wonderful setting for a combination of beach-time, swimming, snorkelling or exploring aboard the glass-bottom boat. Next, stop on San Cristobal Island, the capital of the Galapagos Province. We explore the northern shores of the island, visiting the fascinating sites of Punta Pitt and Cerro Brujo, taking us back to young Charles Darwin’s visit of 1835. We end our journey at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Wherever we sail, whatever we do, all the crew aboard the Isabela II will do our utmost to ensure that your Galapagos experience is truly deeply moving and memorable.

  • Baltra
  • Santa Cruz
  • Floreana
  • Champion Islet
  • Española
  • San Cristóbal
  • Post Office Bay
  • Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Kicker Rock
  • Punta Suarez

(Highlighted species are Big15)

  • Galapagos sea lion
  • Galapagos giant tortoises
  • Marine iguanas
  • Blue-footed boobies
  • Nazca boobies
  • Red-footed boobies
  • Galapagos doves
  • Galapagos mockingbirds
  • San Cristobal mockingbirds
  • Española mockingbirds
  • Floreana Mockingbirds
  • Española lizards
  • Floreana lava lizards
  • Darwin finches
  • Galapagos hawks
  • Brown pelicans
  • Galapagos penguins
  • Swallow-tailed gulls
  • Lava gulls
  • Lava (striated) herons
  • Galapagos albatrosses (April to early January)

Day by Day

Itinerary

Yacht Isabela II - Southern

Itinerary highlights

Southern Isabela

Detailed Itinerary
Baltra Island Airport & Santa Cruz Island

We arrive at Baltra airport and then we take you 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. Depending on local weather conditions up in the highlands, we may include a short hike which will be a great introduction to some Galapagos wildlife. Our Expedition Team will advise accordingly.

Note: Please dress with comfortable shoes and clothes, bring a small backpack with any medicine you might be taking, sunblock, insect repellent and anything you need during the excursion as you will go on board Yacht Isabela II and the end of the day.

Puerto Ayora and the 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 we stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking on Yacht Isabela II. We review the expeditions plan for next day, and enjoy the Captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner.

Post Office Bay & Baroness Cove (Floreana Island) After breakfast, we land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as an informal post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. Snorkelling off the beach.

Punta Cormorant (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 stilts and American 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. Snorkeling will happen at lovely “Champion Islet” site, or ride in the panga or glass-bottom boat.

Punta Suarez (Española Island) Our morning outing at Punta Suarez provides an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies, including the Galapagos albatross (April - January), boobies, swallow-tail gulls, mockingbirds, 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 Galapagos sea lions, finches, maybe a hawk or just enjoy the beach. There is great snorkelling in this area, or else there’s time to kayak, or enjoy the glass-bottom boat. The turquoise colour of the waters at this location will be a favourite one to photograph.

Punta Pitt (San Cristobal 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 Galapagos where the three species of boobies can be found together, joined by the two frigatebird 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 hop onto the panga for a ride along the coast.

Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal Island) In the afternoon, following lunch on board, we set out on a panga ride along the shores of tuff-stone layers which take us to Cerro Brujo's expansive, white coraline beach, great for walking, with rewarding birdwatching including good views of both sea and shore birds. Also, keep your eyes open for Galapagos 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.

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

Prices

Cabin 2018 Price per Person (US $) Max. Guests Capacity
Owner’s Cabin $ 3,700 2
Classic Cabin $ 3,536 2
Classic Family Cabin* $ 3,536 3
Standard Cabin $ 3,332 2

*accommodates 2 adults + 1 child under 12 years old

Included

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Island sightseeing
  • Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only
  • Snorkelling gear
  • Internet / Wi-Fi *
  • Luggage handling
  • Medical care on board (not including the cost of medication)
  • Taxes
  • Transfers in the islands
  • Shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Sheraton, Marriott, Dann Carlton) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Wyndham, Sheraton) to airport for flights to/from Galapagos are included in these rates. To coordinate these transfers, we must have guests’ hotel contact information.

 

Not Included

  • Wet suits available for rent, NET rate US$ 30 + VAT per guest for 7-day expeditions
  • Air transportation to / from Galapagos and airport taxes (subject to change without previous notice)
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US$ 100 subject to change without previous notice)**
  • Migration Control Card (US$ 20 subject to change without previous notice)**
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Alcoholic **and non alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Gifts and additional items
  • Travel insurance

Packing List

The Essentials
  • Passport
  • Tickets & printed itineraries
  • Travel insurance
  • Health insurance information
  • Credit/debit cards
  • Cash (US Dollars)
  • Personal medication
The Wearables
Shoes
  • Light-weight hiking shoes
  • Water-resistant, closed-toe sport sandals
  • Anti-slip sandals for onboard
Clothing
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight hiking pants
  • Casual pants and shorts (men)
  • Casual dress, skirt, shorts or pants (women)
  • Short-sleeve T-shirts
  • Long-sleeve shirts or rash guards for sun protection
  • Underwear
  • Socks (normal and for hiking)
  • Bathing suits (minimum 2)
Accessories and Gear
  • Sunglasses (optional: neck strap)
  • Wide-brimmed hat or cap
  • Bandana
Outerwear
  • Windbreaker jacket
  • Warm sweater or fleece
The Portables
Personal care
  • Toiletry kit
  • Sun block & lip balm (waterproof + SPF 50 or higher)
  • Insect repellent
Gear
  • Small backpack/daypack (preferably waterproof)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Video camera
  • Extra memory cards and batteries
  • Tripod (optional)
  • Appliance chargers & adaptors if necessary (plugs in Ecuador are US-style A & B, 2 flat pins, 110 V)
  • Prescription snorkelling mask or specialized snorkel equipment*
  • Sealable plastic bags of various sizes
  • Journal

* All normal snorkeling equipment is available onboard and at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel. Some charges may apply.

Special Notes * Internet connections onboard consist in computer stations and wifi in the vessel’s social areas; due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth.
** At your request, we can include the Galapagos National Park entrance fee of US$100 and migration control card fee of US$20 (subject to change). However, please note that, due to administrative and operational reasons, these fees can only be included when guests travel on the operation departure date. This service does not apply for guests who travel before a departure date (even if the departure is with us).
*** Please note, we charge guests who wish to bring bottles of wine and/or spirits aboard our vessels a corkage fee of $25+taxes.

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