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Eastern Galapagos Islands in Luxury

Eastern Galapagos Islands in Luxury

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Description

Our eastern islands cruise onboard of the Passion takes us to the wild and remote Genovesa Island (home of the Short-eared Owl) and the iconic views of Bartolome where we will find the renowned Pinnacle Rock. There are the gentlest of giants, Darwin´s giant tortoises, on Santa Cruz. On Española Island we will encounter idyllic white sands and the colorful marine iguanas, albatross, sea lions and blue footed boobies of Punta Suarez.

Please Note: Your 8-day cruise can be broken into 2 shorter voyages – 5-day voyage plus 4-day voyage. Please contact us for more information and rates.

Trip Name
Eastern Galapagos Islands in Luxury
Days
8
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury Yacht Length: 159 feet / 48.5 meters Passenger Capacity: 12 (6 cabins) Built / Refit: 1973 / 2014 Originally built as a private luxury yacht, the M/Y Passion has been completely refurbished while still retaining many of its original elegant features such as its rose colored marble bathrooms and teak wood decks that make the vessel one of a kind. The M/Y Passion, originally named Bellisima (beautiful in Italian) has never been used for tourism before. This exclusive vessel has ample social areas, a panoramic sky lounge and bar, separate dining room, wonderfully spacious sun decks for al fresco dining and a secluded sun deck with jacuzzi for relaxation and privacy. Measuring 159 feet (48.5 meters), she stands four decks and boasts an exceptional amount of space for its only 12 passengers. The ratio of one staff member per guest ensures first class service and the finest gourmet cuisine is served throughout the cruise. Each of the six ample state cabins has its own private bathroom with bathtub. The VIP and Master suites  feature two en-suite bathrooms. All four staterooms and two suites on board are fully air-conditioned and incredibly spacious.

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1 – SATURDAY MORNING FLIGHT TO BALTRA & BLACK TURTLE COVE
PM: After arriving at Baltra airport, we will be greeted by our naturalist guide to then board the M/Y WildAid’sPassion and have lunch. Following our meal, we will navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove, a largemangrove lagoon on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. Pelicans and herons roost on the branches, whilemarine dwellers such as green sea turtles and golden rays may cruise right next to the panga as it makes its waythrough the mangroves.The day ends with dinner and a briefing for the next day’s activities on board the yacht.
Day 2 - DAY 2 - SUNDAY DARWIN BAY & EL BARRANCO
AM: We travel to Genovesa Island and for a wet landing on Darwin Bay, a unique site with a beautiful beach,lined with red mangroves and soft‐haired prickly pear cacti, where red‐footed boobies and great frigatebirdsperch tamely.PM: After a dry landing at El Barranco, we will climb to the edge of a cliff where frigatebirds, masked boobies,and red-footed boobies make their nests. The trail will take us to the inner part of the island, populated by palosanto trees and cacti. We will be seeking out the impressive red‐billed tropicbird amidst Galapagos storm petrelsand the endemic short-eared owl.
Day 3 - DAY 3 - MONDAY BARTOLOME AND CHINESE HAT
AM: We will have a dry landing on Bartolome, followed by a mild climb up a set of wooden steps to reach thesummit of a spatter cone for a breathtaking panorama of the island’s iconic Pinnacle Rock and views ofneighboring Santiago, and other central islands in the distance. Afterward, we will visit the white sand beachused as a nesting site by sea turtles, followed by snorkeling in the waters of Bartolome Island, where it is notunusual to spot Galapagos penguins.PM: Less than a quarter of one square kilometer in size, this island gets its name from being shaped like a Chinesehat. The hat shape is best appreciated from the north side. Lava formations can be seen on the western side of the island, formed under the sea and later raised upward, making it possible to observe coral heads on the lava.Be amazed by the landscapes covered by sea lions’ colonies, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.
Day 4 - DAY 4 - TUESDAY RABIDA & DRAGON HILL
AM: Wet landing onto Rabida’s deep‐red beaches to explore the red island’s fascinating interior and saltwaterlagoon, where flamingos are usually present. Darwin’s finches, Galapagos mockingbirds, and yellow warblersfeed off the vegetation. Given the right time of the year, we may see brown pelicans nesting on salt bushes thatfringe the beach.PM: In the afternoon, we navigate a short distance to Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz’s northwestern shore with adry landing to visit a saltwater lagoon, home to greater flamingos, black‐necked stilts, and white‐cheekedpintails. Further inland we will find a fantastic land iguana nesting site.
Day 5 - DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY SANTA CRUZ HIGHLANDS & DARWIN RESEARCH STATION
AM: We will spend this day visiting Santa Cruz Island´s most famous highlights. We will have a dry landing at thedock of Puerto Ayora to then board our transportation and head to the island’s highlands. This area, in contrastto the coastal region, has lush vegetation and forest due to the humidity in the higher regions.We will visit one of the ranches of the area where it is possible to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Asthese animals migrate from the coastal area to the highlands and back, the chosen ranch will depend on thepresence of the tortoises since they roam free and change locations. This is also a good place to see the groundfinch of the Island, which populates these forests where it is also possible to see the yellow warbler.PM: We will return to the ship for lunch and to freshen up to then head back to Puerto Ayora for our secondvisit of the day, the Charles Darwin Research Station. Here, we will see tortoises from different islands. Theanimals are found in large semi natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the visitors. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they aremature enough to be "repatriated"), and adults.
Day 6 - DAY 6 - THURSDAY PLAZA SUR & SANTA FE ISLAND
AM: We will have a dry landing on one of the oldest docks of the archipelago on colorful Plaza Sur, home tovibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium, and coppery‐orange land iguanas. Impressive seaward cliffsmake the perfect perching spot for a variety of coastal birds. This is also a great place to observe the sea lionadult and pups swimming along the shores.PM: After a wet landing on Santa Fe, we will encounter a white beach where sea lions are usually resting. Wewill be looking for the endemic species of land iguana, which is larger with a deeper shade of yellow than landiguanas on other islands. The biggest prickly pear cacti in the Galapagos are also found here.
Day 7 - DAY 7 - FRIDAY GARDNER BAY & PUNTA SUAREZ
AM: Following a wet landing, we will spend the morning in Española Island’s Gardner Bay, an outstanding beachwith sea lions, marine iguanas, and the bold Española mockingbird. Close to Española, there is a beautiful arrayof islets ideal for observing marine life. While snorkeling at one of these locations, we will come face to face withthe marine reserve’s endemic species including the playful sea lions.PM: After this visit, we will head to Punta Suarez, one of the most popular landing sites in Galapagos. Thehighlights include: sea lions near the landing place (sometimes seen body‐surfing in the large breakers) largemarine iguanas, with red‐colored males in the breeding season, oystercatchers, blue-footed and maskedboobies, Galapagos hawks, Galapagos doves, swallow‐tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds, and three speciesendemic to Española: the waved albatross (present only from April to December), the Española mockingbird,and the Española lava lizard. The trail ends in El Soplador, a blowhole that sprays water some 25 meters (75 feet)into the air.
Day 8 - DAY 8 – SATURDAY TWIN CRATERS & DEPARTURE
AM: This is our last day on the islands. After breakfast we will disembark in Puerto Ayora to take our transportto the Baltra airport, making a short stop to visit the Twin Craters. The Gemelos are two deep craters located tothe side of the road that leads from Puerto Ayora to the other side of the island in order to arrive to the airport.These huge holes were most likely created in a volcanic explosion or by magma chambers having collapsedunderneath the island´s surface. This is also an excellent place to see the Galapagos hawk and the Santa Cruzbarn owl. The surrounding forests are also filled with birds such as the vermilion flycatcher and the yellowwarbler.After this visit, we will continue our way to the Baltra airport for the departing flight to mainland Ecuador.
Day 9 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

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Inclusions

    • Enjoy carefree travel in complete style, luxury and comfort.
    • Visit different Islands and visitor points, join daily excursions guided by a Galapagos National Park Guide.
    • In addition to the land visits enjoy a good balance of other activities such as snorkeling, panga rides and kayaking.

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