Tower Cruise (Cachalote Explorer)

Tower Cruise (Cachalote Explorer)

From USD $4,000

Description

This itinerary focuses on the Central, Southern and Northern Islands, including visits to Tower and Hood Island, two of the highlights of the Galapagos Islands.

Trip Name
Tower Cruise (Cachalote Explorer)
Days
8
Overview
Vessel type: Standard First-Class Motor Vessel Length: 27 metres Passenger Capacity: 16 passengers Built / refurbished: 1988 / 2018 Originally a fishing boat, built in 1988 in Vancouver, Canada, this large and spacious motor vessel was converted into a passenger vessel in the early 2000’s.  She has 8 cabins (16 pax.) each with their own private bathroom equipped with Hot and Cold water shower, air-conditioned throughout, and a large salon/dining area with multiple large deck areas for relaxing, eating and socializing.  This charming and comfortable First-Class yacht was built for the rough waters of the Canadian West Coast, so it will provide a stable, smooth and relaxing ride while visiting the beautiful Galapagos Islands. Crew: All crew are fully trained and certified. Captain, multilingual naturalist guide, cook, engineers, barman, and 4 sailors. Cruising speed: 8 knots (appx.)

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1: Arrive at Baltra Airport / Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz IslandHighlands of Santa Cruz: Galapagos giant tortoises can be seen in the wild in the highlands of Santa Cruz.Charles Darwin Station: Visit the Charles Darwin Station is a research facility and National Park Information center. The Charles Darwin Station has a giant tortoise and land iguana breeding program and interpretation center.
Day 2 - Day 2: South Plaza Island / Santa Fe Island
South Plaza Island: Plazas consists of two very small islands that were uplifted from the sea, separated by a channel. Only South Plazas has a visitor site. The highlights include tall Opuntia cactus, land and marine iguanas, rocky cliff that looks out towards open ocean which is also a nesting site for red-billed tropic birds and gulls, and a seal lion bachelor colony.Santa Fe Island: Santa Fe is a smaller island of 24 km2. The visitor site Santa Fe is located on the northeast end of the island. Highlights include Santa Fe land iguanas, pelican nesting site, sea lion colony, mockingbird, and Palo Santo trees.
Day 3 - Day 3: San Cristóbal Island
San Cristóbal Island (Chatham): San Cristóbal is the easternmost island of Galapagos and also one of the oldest.Witch Hill: Witch Hill (Cerro Brujo) is a volcanic cone that looks over a beautiful white sandy beach which has plenty of sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, waders and marine iguanas.Galapaguera and el Junco: The lagoon is the only fresh water reservoir in Galapagos and has great views from its altitude of 700m in the highlands of San Cristóbal. Rainwater has collected in the caldera for hundreds of years and formed this lagoon.Galapaguera is a good area to see tortoises in their natural environment.
Day 4 - Day 4: Española (Hood) Island
Hood Island (Española): Hood is the oldest of the Southern Islands and is the southernmost in the archipelago. Because of its remote location a unique range of endemic species evolved hereGardner Bay: Located on the northeast of the island, the site has a long and beautiful white sand beach inhabited by sea lion colonies. Islote Garnder and Islote Osborn: These islets are snorkeling sites where visitors will see an abundance of tropical fish, reef sharks, and turtles.Punta Suarez: The wildlife at Punta Suarez is plentiful and varied. Along the cliff visitors can enjoy the blowhole where seawater is forced about 20m into the air. The highlights are the Waved albatross (April-Dec) that are only found on Hood, Galapagos Hawks, blue-footed boobies, Ñasca boobies, and Española lava lizards.
Day 5 - Day 5: Floreana Island
Floreana Island: Floreana is best known for its colorful history of buccaneers, whalers, convicts, and early colonists.Punta Cormorant: Punta Cormorant has two contrasting beaches and a large inland lagoon where pink flamingoes can be seen.Devil’s Crown: This is a snorkeling site located just off Punta Cormorant. The site is a completely submerged volcano that has eroded to create the appearance of a jagged crown.Post Office Bay: This is one of the few sites visited for its human history. Visit the wooden mail barrel where letters are dropped off and picked up and remains of the Norwegian fishing village.
Day 6 - Day 6: Santa Cruz Island / James Island
Santa Cruz IslandDragon Hill: Cerro Dragon has hypersalinic small lagoon behind the beach, often frequented by flamingoesJames Island (Santiago)James Island is located between Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands. This Island offers a wide variety of seabirds, marine iguanas and fur seals.Sullivan Bay: This site is of great geological interest. Highlights: 100 hundred year old lava flow field, pahoehoe formations, and lava bubbles.
Day 7 - Day 7: Tower (Genovesa) Island
Tower Island (Genovesa): Tower is an eroded flat volcanic island, with a natural harbor, which is actually the submerged caldera of this volcanic island.Darwin Bay: The steep cliffs of this area dominate the island. This area is home to thousands of frigate birds, red-footed boobies, Noddy terns, lava gulls, tropicbirds, doves, storm petrels and Darwin’s finches.El Barranco: There is a good possibility of seeing the unique “Short eared owl” at this site. During the dinghy rides along the cliffs fur seals and several species of seabirds can be spotted.
Day 8 - Day 8: Santa Cruz Island / Baltra for return flight to Quito
Santa Cruz IslandCaleta Tortuga (Turtle Cove): Turtle Cove is a red mangrove lagoon on Santa Cruz and a perfect example of how mangroves alter the marine environment to create a rich and unique habitat.BaltraReturn flight to Quito
Day 9 - Please Note:
Itineraries are regulated by the Galapagos National Park and are subject to change without prior notice

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
26-02-202004-03-2020USD $4,000Cabin 8
26-02-202004-03-2020USD $4,400Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
26-02-202004-03-2020USD $4,500Cabins 1 & 2
11-03-202018-03-2020USD $4,000Cabin 8
11-03-202018-03-2020USD $4,400Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
11-03-202018-03-2020USD $4,500Cabins 1 & 2
25-03-202001-04-2020USD $4,000Cabin 8
25-03-202001-04-2020USD $4,400Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
25-03-202001-04-2020USD $4,500Cabins 1 & 2
08-04-202015-04-2020USD $4,400Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
08-04-202015-04-2020USD $4,500Cabins 1 & 2
08-04-202015-04-2020USD $4,000Cabin 8
22-04-202029-04-2020USD $4,000Cabin 8
22-04-202029-04-2020USD $4,400Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
22-04-202029-04-2020USD $4,500Cabins 1 & 2
06-05-202013-05-2020USD $4,000Cabin 8
06-05-202013-05-2020USD $4,400Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
06-05-202013-05-2020USD $4,500Cabins 1 & 2
20-05-202027-05-2020USD $4,000Cabin 8
20-05-202027-05-2020USD $4,400Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
20-05-202027-05-2020USD $4,500Cabins 1 & 2
03-06-202010-06-2020USD $4,000Cabin 8
03-06-202010-06-2020USD $4,400Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
03-06-202010-06-2020USD $4,500Cabins 1 & 2
17-06-202024-06-2020USD $4,000Cabin 8
17-06-202024-06-2020USD $4,400Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
17-06-202024-06-2020USD $4,500Cabins 1 & 2
01-07-202008-07-2020USD $4,000Cabin 8
01-07-202008-07-2020USD $4,400Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
01-07-202008-07-2020USD $4,500Cabins 1 & 2
15-07-202022-07-2020USD $4,000Cabin 8
15-07-202022-07-2020USD $4,400Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
15-07-202022-07-2020USD $4,500Cabins 1 & 2
29-07-202005-08-2020USD $4,000Cabin 8
29-07-202005-08-2020USD $4,400Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
29-07-202005-08-2020USD $4,500Cabins 1 & 2
12-08-202019-08-2020USD $4,000Cabin 8
12-08-202019-08-2020USD $4,400Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
12-08-202019-08-2020USD $4,500Cabins 1 & 2
26-08-202002-09-2020USD $4,000Cabin 8
26-08-202002-09-2020USD $4,400Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
26-08-202002-09-2020USD $4,500Cabins 1 & 2
07-10-202014-10-2020USD $4,000Cabin 8
07-10-202014-10-2020USD $4,400Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
07-10-202014-10-2020USD $4,500Cabins 1 & 2
21-10-202028-10-2020USD $4,000Cabin 8
21-10-202028-10-2020USD $4,400Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
21-10-202028-10-2020USD $4,500Cabins 1 & 2
02-12-202009-12-2020USD $4,000Cabin 8
02-12-202009-12-2020USD $4,400Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
02-12-202009-12-2020USD $4,500Cabins 1 & 2
16-12-202023-12-2020USD $4,000Cabin 8
16-12-202023-12-2020USD $4,400Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
16-12-202023-12-2020USD $4,500Cabins 1 & 2
27-01-202103-02-2021USD $4,000Cabin 8
27-01-202103-02-2021USD $4,400Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
27-01-202103-02-2021USD $4,500Cabins 1 & 2

Inclusions

    • Fauna: land iguanas, marine iguanas, lava lizards, sea lions, fur seals, giant tortoise reserve, galapagos snake, waved albatross (march
    • december), darwin finches, yellow warbler, blue-footed boobies, red-footed boobies, nascar boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, hood mockingbirds, galapagos dove, galapagos hawk, storm petrel, short eared owl, lava herons
    • Flora: tall opuntia cacti, salt bush, lantana, prickly pear cactus, manzanillo, palo santo, thorn bush, yellow cordia
    • Underwater: golden mustard rays, eels, white tip reef sharks, sea turtles, possible hammerheads, varieties of fish
    • Activities: walking, hiking, snorkeling, swimming, wildlife watching, bird watching

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