Galapagos: Treasure of Galapagos | 7 days

From Baltra to Baltra
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Ecuador
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Experience a magical week in the Galapagos, onboard the Treasure of the Galapagos, discover the highlights of the western islands Fernandina and Isabela.

Our stable catamaran allows you to explore the bays, coves, stunning landscapes and wildlife of the Galapagos Islands with 16 passengers and an expert naturalist guide.

Venture around the seahorse-shaped island of Isabela, and call in at Fernandina Island, the virtually untouched western islands of the Galapagos.  Make the most of your time and visit 2 sites a day! We visit the Charles Darwin research centre to learn about the Galapagos Giant tortoise, beautiful El Eden islet on Santa Cruz, and Dragon Hill with is large population of marine iguanas. Snorkel with an array of tropical fish, white-tip reef sharks & rays, explore wetlands to spot the Galapagos flamingo, and walk and hike on the islands, including Sierra volcano.  Western Fernandina island with remote and pristine nature is another crown jewel of the Galapagos. Look out for Galapagos fur seals, sea lions, flightless cormorants, large marine iguanas and penguins near the equator!

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Viva's Best Bits...

A once in a lifetime naturalist cruise - It is not uncommon for dolphins to escort our catamaran, or for frigatebirds to glide for hours above the Sun Deck, which offers you an excellent lookout for whale watching too.

Puerto Egas, a favourite site on Santiago is great for wildlife, and the best place in the archipelago to observe Galapagos fur seals

Virgin Fernandina & isolated west-coast of Isabela make you an eye-witness of evolution. Be sure to look out for the endemic Galapagos penguins and flightless cormorants along the shoreline.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Baltra and Board Treasure of Galapagos

TREASURE OF GALAPAGOS Catamaran, Itinerary C, 7 Days

*Galapagos excursions are subject to change without prior notice. Changes in plans may arise due to weather conditions, National Park regulations, or other unforeseen circumstances.

Fly from Quito or Guayaquil to the Galapagos A guide will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbour.

PM - Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)
Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. The main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises, and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.

Day 2
Santa Cruz Eden Islet Santa Cruz Dragon Hill

AM - Eden Islet
El Eden is a paradisiacal tuff cone islet, just off the west coast of Santa Cruz (between Whale Bay and Dragon Hill). This morning we will disembark to the appropriately named Eden Islet. On its coast you will observe land iguanas and sea lions soaking up the sun, as well as seabirds feeding in the nearby mangrove forests. It is a perfect location for swimming activities, as the clear and calm waters will allow you to snorkel along tropical fish, rays, and two species of sharks. Alternatively, a kayak ride would be a
memorable experience.

PM - Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)
The visitor site at Dragon Hill has been open for visits on 1993. This site is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that leads to a hyper-saline lagoon behind the beach, frequented by flamingos, pintail ducks and other species of birds. This site has been re populated with land iguanas from Seymour, Isabela and Santa
Cruz islands. There is a short walk to the Hill, which offers a beautiful view of the bay.

Day 3
Isabela Whitetip reef shark channel Isabela Wetlands and Wall of Tears

AM - Whitetip reef shark channel (Isabela)
Just outside the port of Puerto Villamil, a group of islets jut out of the ocean. The jagged black formations, dotted with mangroves and candelabra cacti, are the remains of a lava stream that has ended in the ocean. In this place you can easily observe white-tip reef
sharks (called "tintoreras", as the official name of the site) from the shore in the crystal clear turquoise waters. Turtles and graceful eagle rays sometimes glide through this calm channel, as do smaller fish and Galapagos sea lions. After this brief visit, you will continue to the upper part of Isabela.

PM - Wetlands and Wall of Tears (Isabela)
The Villamil beach wall hides the Las Diablas lagoon; the largest lagoon in the Galapagos and also the breeding place of the largest concentration of red flamingos. It is the jewel of Isabela's swampy wetlands, with more salty and brackish lagoons in collapsed lava tubes,
and an ancient mangrove forest. These lagoons attract many wintering waterfowl and shorebirds; some of them even come from arctic regions! Afterwards we will follow a trail to the “The Wall of Tears”; from 1946 to 1959 Isabela was designated a penal colony by the Ecuadorian government. Prisoners were obligated to build a wall with enormous
blocks of lava. Due to the arduous labour and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived, this site is known as “El Muro de las Lagrimas”. There are a number of interesting sites along this route, such as the cerro Orchilla, El Estero, Poza Escondida, Playa del Amor and Pozas Verdes. You will certainly be able to see quite a bit of wildlife, including many marine iguanas, a wide variety of birds and, as a highlight, perhaps some giant
Galapagos tortoises in the wild.

Day 4
Isabela, Moreno Point Isabela, Urbina Bay

AM - Punta Morena (Isabela)
Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava flow Pahohoe (solidified lava in the form of corrugated or an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons, its main attraction are several species of birds which can be found around this lakes and mangroves

PM - Urbina Bay (Isabela)
Urbina Bay is located along the west coast of Isabela, between Elizabeth Bay and Tagus Cove. It is close to the base of the Alcedo Volcano. The coastline has undergone a major uplift in 1954, which caused the shore to expand three quarters of a mile out. Here you will be able to find corals, shells, and many other calcareous organisms exposed above water. Urbina Bay is home to large and colorful land iguanas and giant tortoises of the Alcedo Volcano population. A lot of Darwin finches can be seen as well.

Day 5
Fernandina, Espinoza Point Isabela, Tangus Cove

AM - Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)
Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and has a single visitor site: Punta Espinoza located at the northeastern tip of the island. Marine iguanas conglomerate in larger groups than in any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore and some time block the way at the landing dock. Among the unique species found here, is the Flightless Cormorant. This bird had to adjust its way of survival and perfection its skills of finding food in the ocean. Their wings, tails and feet progressively adapted for swimming. To see these birds, is to witness evolution happening right in front of you.

PM - Tagus Cove (Isbaela)
Tagus Cove, a tour along the cliffs in a zodiac will give the visitors a good chance 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 clif from where you can view Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra saline lake saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this location. Look carefully at the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove, it has been written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries.

Day 6
Santiago, Puerto Egas Rabida

AM - Puerto Egas (Santiago)
Puerto Egas is a black beach is located at the west side of Santiago Island. Volcanic tuff deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach and this is the main attraction of the Island. This site is called Puerto Egas, because there was an attempt of company of Hector Egas, to start the exploitation of salt, which failed because the price of salt on the continent was very cheap, and did not justify its exploitation in Galapagos. The project was abandoned and they left their infrastructure.

PM – Rabida
After a wet landing on the remarkable red beach of Rábida, there are two short guided walks. Iron oxide particles give rocks and sand their reddish color. The beach wall has a shallow lagoon fringed with green; This oasis is the most fertile spot on the otherwise barren islet, which is covered in palo santo trees. The salty lagoon attracts all
kinds of waterfowl, including pintails and sometimes red flamingos. Many species of songbirds hide and breed among the evergreen foliage of the surrounding mangroves. One of the most outstanding attractions is the important breeding colony of brown pelicans, the only pelicans in the world that dive.

Day 7
Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Baltra, Depart

AM - Las Bachas (Santa Cruz)
These two small beaches are located to the west of Black Turtle Cove, in Santa Cruz. Its sand consists of decomposed corals, which makes it white and soft. This makes it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there are small lagoons, where flamingos and other shore birds, such as Galapagos gulls and lapwings, can be seen from time to time. On the second beach, which is the widest, you can explore the remains of two abandoned warships. In World War II, these were left behind by the US, as the island of Baltra was used as a strategic point for the protection of the
Panama Canal. The name Las Bachas originated at this time, since the word with which the North Americans called these two boats, “barges”, was difficult for the local inhabitants to pronounce and they ended up making it Spanish.

Transfer to Baltra Airport (GPS) for your flight back to Guayaquil or Quito.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 Cabin on board with ensuite
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades
  • Included Copy 31 Solo travellers are able to book a twin cabin on a same sex sharing basis - No surcharge
  • Included Copy 20 All Meals while on board, water, tea and coffee
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All guided excursions & activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Included Copy 20 A National Park certified naturalist guide.
  • Included Copy 20 Snorkeling equipment and kayaks
  • Included Copy 20 All transfers in the Galapagos (airport-yacht-airport).
  • Included Copy 7 Return flights Quito or Guayaquil / Galapagos Islands
  • Included Copy 7 Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fee & TCT USD$220 (Subject to change)
  • Included Copy 31 Optional wet-suits for hire

Treasure of Galapagos

16 Passengers


  • Included Swimming and snorkelling with sea lions, whitetip reef shark and more
  • Included View the archipelago’s largest concentration of American flamingo in bird-rich wetlands.
  • Included See Galapagos tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Centre
  • Included Excursions by dinghy and walks on land in the Galapagos Islands
  • Included Explore the virtually untouched western end of the Galapagos Islands
  • Included Flightless cormorants, large marine iguanas and penguins near the equator (!)
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7 days

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$5,795 USD

Per person, sharing

Balcony Stateroom

Departs select Saturdays