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Western Galapagos Islands in Luxury

Western Galapagos Islands in Luxury

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Description

Our western islands voyage navigates around the youngest Galapagos Islands. Floreana´s olivine beaches, splashed with the pink of flamingos, Isabela Island, with its volcanic craters and lush highlands, and Fernandina, the newest island and one of the world´s pristine natural environments. Tagus cove, the olds pirates´ anchorage, and many other sites with fabulous snorkeling.

Please Note: The M/Y Passion also offers short 5 day cruises. Please contact us for more information and rates.

Trip Name
Western 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 FLIGHT TO BALTRA - HIGHLANDS & FAUSTO LLERENA BREEDING CENTER
After arriving at Baltra airport, we will be greeted by our personnel to then cross the Itabaca channel and reachSanta Cruz Island for our first visit in the Archipelago: The Highlands of Santa Cruz.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. We will then head for the M/Y WildAid’sPassion for lunch and to freshen up to then head back to Puerto Ayora for our second visit of the day, the FaustoLlerena Tortoise Breeding Center. Here, we will see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found inlarge semi natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the visitors. The pens are dividedaccording to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be"repatriated"), and adults. Afterward, we will head back to Puerto Ayora, where we will have some time toexplore the town and shops by ourselves (this is the only chance of shopping during on this itinerary) beforeboarding the M/Y WildAid’s Passion at around 5:00 p.m.Once on board, the crew and captain will welcome us, have a short security drill and enjoy dinner and the briefingfor the next day´s activities.
Day 2 - DAY 2 - SUNDAY PUNTA CORMORANT, DEVIL’S CROWN, POST OFFICE BAY
AM: We spend the day on Floreana, legendary homestead of infamous Baroness Eloise Von Wagner deBousquet. Wet landing onto the olivine beaches of Punta Cormorant, where we will be seeking GreaterFlamingos on the brackish lagoon on our way to another special beach with the finest sand you’ll set foot on, asea turtle nesting ground where sharks and rays also visit regularly. We end the outing with a short panga rideto snorkel in the Devil’s Crown, an old volcanic crater and a key snorkeling site.PM: After lunch, we will visit Post Office Bay (wet landing), where you can drop your postcards in the barrel asthe whalers did centuries ago and select cards to hand deliver when you return home.
Day 3 - DAY 3 - MONDAY BLACK BEACH, ASILO DE LA PAZ & AFTERNOON NAVIGATION
AM: This morning we will visit Floreana Island´s Black Beach to learn about the intriguing human history of theisland and its first inhabitants.We will visit this fresh water source known as Asilo de La Paz, as well as the caves that served as hideouts forpirates and where the first Galapagueño was born, according to the stories of Floreana, which involve theinfamous Baroness Eloise Wagner von Bousquet and her lovers who mysteriously began to disappear aftersettling on the island.PM: After our visit, we will have the best opportunity for a not‐so‐common yet well-beloved activity in thearchipelago, a full afternoon navigation to look for whales and dolphins. This afternoon is completed by theimpressive landscapes of Isabela and the Cerro Azul volcano.
Day 4 - DAY 4 - TUESDAY PUNTA MORENO & URBINA BAY
AM: We arrive at Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos. After breakfast, we step ashore at Punta Moreno(dry landing) onto a superb pahoehoe lava flow surrounded by giant shield volcanoes, some of which are stillactive! From here we will do a short hike to a lagoon where flamingos are usually present.PM: We disembark at Urbina Bay (wet landing) onto a black sand beach, a nesting site for green sea turtles. Wetake a brief hike inland in search of land iguanas and giant tortoises (seasonal) that migrate to and from thehighlands.At the beach, we will admire the remains of a geological uplift exposing coral heads and marine fossils, and ifthe sea conditions and time are on our side, we will also snorkel in these waters.
Day 5 - DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY TAGUS COVE & PUNTA ESPINOSA
AM: Dry landing near Tagus Cove, a historical pirate hideaway where names of countless ships are recorded forposterity on the cliff face. Hike through beautiful Galapagos landscapes to Darwin Lake, a salt‐water craterlagoon surrounded by tuff stone.PM: We cross Bolivar Channel to Fernandina Island, one of the world’s most pristine sites, and disembark (drylanding) at Punta Espinosa. Strolling along the shoreline, we will be on the lookout for flightless cormorants,Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos penguins and hawks, sooty‐colored marine iguanas and bright red‐orange SallyLightfoot crabs.
Day 6 - DAY 6 - THURSDAY PUERTO EGAS, BUCCANEER'S COVE & ESPUMILLA BEACH
AM: At Puerto Egas, we arrive by wet landing and disembark on a dark sand volcanic beach with a fascinatinghistory of human settlement. With luck, we will see the Galapagos fur seals lounging on the edges of the lavafields and playful sea lions under arches of lava carved by erosion from the ocean. In these crystalline poolsknown as “grottos,” we walk along the shore observing the abundant marine life and shorebirds they attract.PM: At Buccaneer Cove we can enjoy a panga ride around the beautiful coastline. This place is named so as itwas once a refuge for British Buccaneers who anchored here to collect supplies and clean their ships. The coveis scenic with views of the cliffs and a dark beach, and unusual rock formations known as ‘the monk’ and‘elephant rock.’After Buccaneer’s Cove, we are en route to central Santiago Island to disembark at Espumilla Beach with a wetlanding onto golden‐colored sand. This area is also used by green sea turtles as a nesting site. A trail throughthe forest will take us through some of the largest specimens of Palo Santo on the islands to best observe yellowwarblers, the Galapagos flycatcher, and Darwin finches.
Day 7 - DAY 7 - FRIDAY SULLIVAN BAY & NORTH SEYMOUR
AM: We will have a dry landing on Sullivan Bay in Santiago Island to start our walk over a recent lava flow,including very fresh pahoehoe lava formations, lava bubbles containing crystallized minerals and pioneer plants.Along the shoreline, we may find Galapagos penguins and herons going after small fish.PM: We disembark on North Seymour Island directly onto this small, uplifted island. We will walk through alarge bird nesting colony of the two different species of frigatebirds, blue‐footed boobies, and swallow-tailedgulls. Depending on the season we will be able to watch the spectacular mating rituals being displayed.
Day 8 - DAY 8 – SATURDAY MOSQUERA ISLET & DEPARTURE
AM: Mosquera is a small islet located between Baltra and North Seymour Islands, measuring about 160 meterswide and 600 meters long. We will visit this islet to view the shorebirds and aquatic life that frequent this area.After this visit, the yacht will sail to Baltra Island where passengers will disembark and be assisted to the airportfor their departing flight.
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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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