Galapagos onboard the Archipell | 5 day cruise

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

This lovely catamaran has 8 large, beautiful and spacious double cabins on the main deck with ocean views and private facilities for up to 16 passengers, as well as great guest facilities.

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Offers great opportunities for wildlife viewing

Discover stunning landscapes on South Plaza where unique Opuntia cactuses can be found

Visit a tortoise breeding station on Santa Cruz Island

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Our guide will be waiting for you at Baltra Airport and once the group of passengers is completed he/she will accompany you to the Archipell Catamaran which anchors in Puerto Ayora harbor. After arrival on board, we will check in and give you general information. You will have lunch. Afterwards on your first excursion you will visit the Highlands and you will watch incredible areas of vegetation. Later you will visit the private farm “Las Primicias”. This reserve offers you one of the best possibilities to see giant Galapagos tortoises of Santa Cruz Island in their natural habitat. You can observe them from a very close distance.

Day 2
Isabela Island

Isabela Island is the largest island in the Galapagos with a surface of 4588 It engages more than the half of the land area of the archipelago.
You will reach the small island of “Tintoreras”. There you will take an easy walk through the bizarre landscape of lava with its huge colonies of sea lizard and sea lion colonies. Often you can observe white tip sharks, resting in the flat water near the shore.
Humedales (The Wetlands) is a 6Km trails complex, located south of Isabela Island. It has a wide variety of flora and fauna, as well as a breathtaking scenery of the bay, the town of Puerto Villamil, volcanoes, islets, and rocks. Isabela wetlands feature both natural and introduced species.

Day 3
Isabela Island

Punta Moreno has a young volcanic landscape with numerous fresh- water pools and lagoons. There you can find flamingos, bahama ducks and other birds. Later you will go to the mangrove area of Elizabeth Bay with little off-shore islands. There you can see little dwarf penguins as well as schools of manta rays, turtles and other giants of the ocean such as whale-sharks and others. The mangrove woods are home to different seabirds and herons.
Elizabeth Bay is a marine visitor site. The excursion is carried out in a zodiac because there is no landing point. Your zodiac ride starts with a visit to the Marielas islets where the largest and most important penguin colony in the Galapagos Islands lives. The excursion continues into the cove that is surrounded by red mangroves where you are able to observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans, and sea lions.

Day 4
Isabela Island

Tagus Cove- A tour along the cliffs in a zodiac will give the visitors a good opportunity to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30 minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where you can overview Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra saline lake (saultier than sea). You can also see several volcanoes from this spot.
Espinoza point is one of Fernandina’s visit points and it is situated within fascinating lava scenery with Lava-Cactuses and on the surface of the lava growing mangroves. The highlights are sea lions, penguins, the flightless cormorant (especially in spring and summer) and one of the biggest iguana colonies of the Galapagos. You cannot miss a snorkeling trip to explore the beautiful underwater world.

Day 5
Santa Cruz Island Depart

Las Bachas is a beautiful white-sand beach located at the northeastern coast of Santa Cruz Island. It features two beaches that have a combined length of about 1Km long. The name “Las Bachas” originates from the Second World War, when the American army left two barges discarded on the beach, the first settlers could not pronounce the name correctly in English, which resulted in Las Bachas Beach. The predominant vegetation is of the coastal zone. It represents one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles on Santa Cruz Island. It is a good place to see flamingos, as well as migratory and aquatic birds. Afterwards, you will be transferred to Baltra’s Airport to fly back to the mainland Ecuador.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 Accommodation in double cabins with private bathroom, hot water, and air conditioning
  • Included Copy 20 Last night accommodation Hotel in Puerto Ayora
  • Included Copy 20 3 meals per day
  • Included Copy 20 Tea, coffee and water
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Naturalist bilingual guide (English & Spanish)
  • Included Copy 20 Snorkel equipment
  • Included Copy 20 Assistance at Quito Airport
  • Included Copy 7 Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fee USD$100 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Ingala Tourist Card USD$20 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Return flights Quito / Galapagos Islands / Quito approx. USD$550
Archipell | Galapagos Cruise Ship

16 Passengers

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5 days

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$3,470 USD

Per person, twin share

Departure dates available on request
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