Galapagos on board the Isabela II | 5d Central

From Baltra to Baltra
  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

The Galápagos Islands are special and you want a special yacht in which to explore this living laboratory of evolution.  With a capacity of only 40 guests, yacht Isabela II offers a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying an unforgettable Galapagos expedition, where guests fully experience both their sense of discovery and bonding with nature.  

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Baltra Island

Baltra Airport (Baltra Island)
We arrive at Baltra Airport and transfer to the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30-minute bus ride takes us to a restaurant in the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy lunch, and then continue to Puerto Ayora.
Note: please dress in comfortable shoes and clothes, bring a small backpack with any medicine you might take, sunblock, insect repellent and anything you need during the excursion, as you won't board Yacht Isabela II until the end of the day.

After driving down from the highlands, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the national park administration. Late afternoon stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking on Yacht Isabela II. Expedition plan, captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner.

Day 2
Santa Fe Island & South Plaza Island

A stunning anchorage provides our jumping-off point for our visit to this sandy white beach with many sea lion harems. Galápagos hawks are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the walk. Snorkelling and swimming from the beach, kayaking or a ride in our glass-bottom boat rounds off the rewarding experience.
South Plaza Island
The turquoise waters of the channel here contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline, while a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as ground cover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus beyond, populated by yellow-gray land iguanas. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while sea birds play with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but amazing island.

Day 3
North Seymour Island & Santa Cruz Island

North Seymour Island
The morning starts with an enjoyable walk along the coast and the interior of this island, a favourite of many visitors, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and marine iguanas. There are opportunities for snorkelling or coastal exploration. We can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.
Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island)
After WWII, US military barges were beached and abandoned here. Locals referred to the beach as the barges beach, a name that morphed to “bachas”. Today it is an important nesting area for the east Pacific green sea turtle. Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, it is a glorious white beach, with several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. Swimming and/or snorkelling from the beach. Thursday’s expedition plan and dinner.

Day 4
Bartolomé Island & Santiago Island

Bartolomé Island
This morning, a Galápagos icon awaits: Bartolomé Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden staircase: the view from the top is worth the effort! Following the walk, we take to the dinghies for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, followed by time to enjoy the beach and some snorkelling. We can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.
Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)
After lunch, we board the pangas to land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach great for swimming or snorkelling, and with a trail over a lava field that flowed here less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galápagos while observing its wildlife.

Day 5
Baltra Island Depart

After breakfast, we leave for the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Cabin on board
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Island sightseeing
  • Included Copy 20 Naturalists and lecture services
  • Included Copy 20 Snorkeling gear
  • Included Copy 20 Transfers
  • 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
Transportation
Isabela II | Galapagos Cruise Ship

40 Passengers

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Duration

5 days

Price from

$4,140 USD

Per person, twin share

Departure dates available on request
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