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The islands that make up the archipelago were formed by hundreds of thousands of years of successive volcanic eruptions that continue today. Having literally risen from the sea, the Galapagos are in a position of near absolute isolation perfect for evolution, as Mr. Darwin discovered.
In 1979, UNESCO declared the Galapagos Islands a “Natural Patrimony of Humanity” because of their incredible number of endemic species. They contain more distinct species of flora and fauna than any other place on earth. As a collection of volcanic island within a few hundred kilometers of the Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands provides incomparable landscapes and an exceptional climate.
The islands are located in the eastern Pacific Ocean, 973 Km, and west coast of South America.
The group consists on 15 main islands, 3 smaller, and 107 rocks and islets. The Galapagos Island is located at the Galapagos Triple Junction. It is also atop the Galapagos hotspot, a place where the Earth´s crust is being melted from below by a mantle plume, creating volcanoes.
The oldest islands were formed between 5 million and 10 million years ago. Youngest islands are still being formed, with the most recent volcanic eruption in April 2009.
UIO-GPS AV1638 Departure 08:15 Arrival 10:50
GPS-UIO AV1639 Departure 11:30 Arrival 15:55
● Return transfer Galapagos airport to the boat
Flight arrival at 10:50, passengers will be in the boat at 11:30
“● Accommodation in air-conditioned double cabin with private bathroom
(A/C all time )”
● Full board (breakfast, lunch, diner)
● 7 crew members (1 guide, 1 Captain, 1 Helmsman, 1 Sailor, 1 Machinist – Biker, 1 Bar Man – Cabinero, 1 Cook)
● 2 sets of linen, towels and beach towels per person/week
● Consumables for the yacht (diesel, fuel and water) yes
● Insurance for the yacht and the passengers (insurance of passengers applies once onboard)
● Water sports on board : snorkelling equipment and 2 sea kayak
● Other airfares
● Beverages, soft and alcoholic beverages
● Personal expenses : We recommend to bring US 300 for personal expenses
● Transfers in Galapagos to/from the boat the boat are included
Day 1 – Sunday: Baltra (South Seymour)
Transfer from the aiport to the catamaran, embarkation and security briefing.
Baltra, also known as South Seymour, is located at the north of Santa Cruz Island. It is the home of the archipelago’s main airport and it is famous because it was built during the Second World War by the U.S navy. This is where your Adventure will begin.
Baltra is a dry island, surrounded by reefs and some beaches. It has very interesting vegetation, such as Cactus Opuntia and other small trees. The island doesn’t have a big hotel infrastructure nor touristic locations. However, this is the place where touristic programs receive their local and foreign visitors to begin the adventure exploring the islands.
Seymour is a wonderful Galapagos island where you can admire beautiful frigate birds and the nest of the little blue footed boobies. The trees are filled by male frigates inflating their red skin to catch the female’s attention. It’s a spectacle of nature you don’t want to miss.
Day 2 – Monday: Santa Cruz: Highlands
Santa Cruz is one of the beautiful islands you can visit during your luxury cruise aboard the Nemo II. It’s the second biggest island in the Galapagos and it’s located at the center of the whole islands.
The Highlands of the island has an exuberant vegetation, great leafy trees and tasty edible fruit. Read along and you will find information about the places you cannot miss to see during your time in Santa Cruz Highlands.
Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station is located in Puerto Ayora, on the Santa Cruz Island. It is famous for the captive breeding of giant turtles. These famous turtles are called Galapagos and they live for approximately 150 years. The station was created in 1964 and it’s a place you definitively will love.
In the Charles Darwin Station, there is a Natural History Interpretation Center that manages educational programs at the service of the Galapagos National Park. This station is also an operation center for foreign scientists that go to the island to conduct special research.
Day 3 – Tuesday: Isabela: Moreno Point
Moreno Point is a visit place where it’s not permitted to land. It is used only to take small speedboat trips to observe the wildlife unique to this place. It’s a bay that is located in front of the narrowest site of the Isabela Island: the Perry isthmus, where there’s a water entry that has basically formed a bay within a bay, with calmed waters that are protected and surrounded by mangle which makes it a perfect place for sea turtles. It’s truly a spectacle of nature.
Isabela: Urbina Bay is located on the west side of the Isabela Island in Alcedo volcano. The landing spot is in a little wet beach of black sand, this can be difficult when there are strong waves. The road begins from the beach, it’s round and open and due to that, it is possible to walk outside the path suggested by the Galapagos National Park. It’s a great place to explore.
Day 4 – Wednesday: Isabela: Tagus Cove
Tagus Cove is located to the west of the Darwin volcano in Isabela Island. It once was the favorite place for pirates and whalers. Because of that there’s a traditions that has stand since that age: the naming of ships. At the beginning of the walk, on the way up, after the stairway, there’s a little cove where you can find inscriptions from the 1800s.
Fernandina: Espinoza Point is located in the Fernandina Island, the youngest of the Galapagos’ archipelago and the most volcanically active. It has an incredible combination of aridity and amazing wildlife. Due to the fact that it doesn’t have any introduced mammals, Fernandina has a unique environment with the biggest density of marine iguanas and the sea lions share their habitat with crabs and hawks. This is a place you will surely enoy during your cruise trip.
Day 5 – Thursday: Santiago: Egas Port
Egas Port, also known as James South Bay, is located at the northwestern side of Santiago Island. It is a fascinating place to visit due to the great volcanic activity it had in the past. This place is one of the most famous on the Galapagos archipelago. It has a beautiful black sand beach where you can see gorgeous ruins.
Santiago: Buccaneers Cove one of the most famous traits of Santiago, its landscapes of volcanic origin. It is completely uninhabited and it is not suited for crops. It’s also known as San Salvador Island, in honor of the first island discovered by Columbus.
It is a great place to see due to the fact that it had a great volcanic activity in the past and because of that, it’s especially interesting for those who love geology and volcanoes. There are many places to visit in this island, and one of the most famous is the Buccaneers Cove.
Day 6 – Friday: Sullivan Bay
Sullivan Bay is a site of great geological interest. It is located at the south-east side of the Santiago Island and the landing in here can be made both in the rocky shore (dry landing) and in the white sand beach (wet landing). It takes approximately an hour and a half to complete the entire path.
Day 7 – Saturday: Genovesa: Prince Phillips Steps
The Prince Phillips Steps are located at the south of the Genovesa Island, a bird Paradise. It is formed by the remaining edges of a big crater that is almost completely submerged nowadays. You can access it through a gap located at the feet of the volcano. Read along and find out more about this cruise ship destination in the amazing Galapagos.
The island attracts a huge amount of birds from the ocean that go there to nest and reproduce, among this birds, there are: the big frigates, blue footed boobies, seagulls and the petrels.
Genovesa: The Darwin Bay is formed by a crater, it’s almost a perfect circle. It’s located in the Genovesa Island, to the north of the Galapagos Archipelago. The Bay is an anchorage place. It’s the perfect place for the breeding of some Galapagos species such as: red footed boobies, masked boobies, owls, lava seagulls, swallow-tailed seagulls, swallows and the smallest sub-species of iguanas of the islands. Don’t miss the chance to visit it during your trip on boar the cruise.
Day 8 – Sunday: Daphne Islands
The Daphne Islands (Major and Minor) are two little volcanic islands. Daphne Major is made of a tuff crater, it doesn’t have any trees on its surface and its coastline elevates 120 meters from the sea level. It is right at the north of Santa Cruz’s main island.
It’s one of the most famous Galapagos Islands due to the fact that a couple of scientists of Princeton University (The Grants) have been going to the island for 30 years now to study the birds, especially the boobies. As a result, they have been able to observe evolutionary processes. This gained them and the location worldwide recognition.
Baltra (South Seymour)
Disembarkation and transfer to the airport.
Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS) is on Beef Island. You need to take a short taxi ride to Hodges Creek marina
Cyril E. King Airport (STT) is on the USA side of the Virgin Islands from where you can take a ferry to Tortola.
You can check below your flights now to assist your travel planning. Flights before and after the tour are not included in the tour price and is the responsibility of the passenger. Book your flights only once your seat on the tour is fully confirmed.
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