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Sailing between the Hemispheres



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Andean Travel Company

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Sailing between the Hemispheres

Our 4 nights western route visits some of the remotest corners of Galapagos. This adventurous route contains longer nightly navigation stretches, but Sailing Catamaran Nemo I is faster than average, and you will also have two relatively quiet floating nights. After an introduction at Charles Darwin Research Centre (Galapagos giant tortoise breeding centre) you will round the by far largest island Isabela, and pass by pristine Fernandina, which are


Arrival at Baltra airport - Santa Cruz

After your arrival at Baltra airport your tour will start on adjacent main island of Santa Cruz, where you will cross the surprisingly lush highlands by bus and reach its cosy harbour town Puerto Ayora. A visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the famous Galapagos giant tortoise breeding center is an interesting introduction to this unique archipelago. AM: This morning you will fly from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Airport. PM: After welcome aboard S/C Nemo I, check-in, lunch, and the safety-drill you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station as an introduction to Galapagos and get some free time to stroll through the cosy town of Puerto Ayora. Overnight navigation: Before dinner your naturalist guide will give the first daily briefing, and the captain and his crew will present and share a welcome toast. The anchor will be lifted early for this route’s longest navigation to Moreno Point on Isabela, about 12 hours in southwestern direction. Read more

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Isabela Island

In the next few days SC Nemo I will navigate clockwise around Isabela, by far the largest island of the archipelago. Its larger living space seems to cause that evolution is hunting for records over here (although some are disputed). Explore some of the remotest visitor’s sites in Galapagos, offshore rocks with a small colony of Galapagos penguins, and penetrate Galapagos’ highest mangle in the sheltered creeks of the estuary. Perceive how pioneer vegetation progressively converts barren lava fields into lush oases and evergreen mangle forests, and is creating new habitats for specific species. Thanks to major upwellings out off the deep sea (Cromwell Current) the nutrient-rich west coast of Isabela is a magnet to all kinds of marine and birdlife. Bolivar Channel (between Isabela and Fernandina) can be great for whale watching. AM: After breakfast first we make an inflatable dinghy-ride along the shoreline, followed by a ‘dry landing’ (with footwear) and a guided hike that crosses the crumbling, pitch black lava fields of Moreno Point (moderate level; about 2km/1.25mi). After a snack snorkeling is planned. PM: At noon we will sail in 2 hours to Urbina Bay. Meanwhile you can enjoy lunch and a siesta. At the geologic interesting site of Urbina Bay you will make a second guided walk. Navigation: Before dinner we will continue to Espinoza Point (Fernandina, about 2:30 hrs). You will be able to enjoy a relatively quiet floating night. Read more

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Fernandina - Isabela

Without any doubt Espinoza Point belongs to the more exclusive sites of the Galapagos National Park. Fernandina harbours one of the worlds most virgin, untouched ecosystems. Today you will become eyewitness of evolution, which is happening right in front of you! Wonder again about bizarre creatures as flightless cormorant, marine iguana and Galapagos penguin. Before leaving the remote west, Isabela will present you latest geological curiosity and the largest Galapagos land and marine iguanas. While crossing the Bolivar Channel to Urbina Bay, you will have opportunities for great whale watching again! AM: After breakfast and a dry landing the guided morning walk (easy/moderate level; about 2km/1.25 mi) runs over the lava tongue of Espinoza Point. After a snack we will bring you to today’s snorkeling site. PM: While having lunch we will continue to the marine visitor’s site Vicente Roca Point, just at the snout of Isabela’s seahorse shape. Overnight navigation: Before dinner we will start our 8 hours navigation around the north cape of Isabela to Santiago (crossing the equator two times). Read more

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Santiago Island

At James Bay (Santiago) Charles Darwin spent most of his time in Galapagos, while HMS Beagle continued mapping the archipelago. Highlight of this pearl necklace of visitor’s sites are the outstanding fur seal grottos at the beautiful sculptured coastline of Puerto Egas, together with other coastal landscapes that could well be exotic film sets; not to forget Bucaneer’s Cove crystal clear snorkelling waters. AM: After breakfast you will make a guided walk along the coastline (easy level) to the fur seal grottos. Back on board we will provide a snack before snorkelling. PM: At lunchtime we will navigate 12km/7 mi/45 min north to Espumilla Beach. After a wet landing (bare feet) at the beach a guided walk leads uphill and land inward (easy level; about 2km/1.25 mi). Afterwards you can make a dinghy-ride (or alternatively sea kayaking) along the coastline. Overnight navigation: Before dinner SC Nemo I will continue along the north coast of Santiago to Daphne Major, where we will arrive after about 4 hrs for a relatively quiet floating night sleep. Read more

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Daphne Major - Departure from Baltra

On your last morning in Galapagos you can feel the ocean breeze in your hair while navigating around the characteristic volcanic islet of Daphne Major. A wide range of sea birds will wave you out! AM: Early morning Sailing Catamaran Nemo I will navigate around the characteristic volcanic islet of Daphne Major. Afterwards you will disembark and fly back from Baltra Airport to Quito or Guayaquil. Read more

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Day in trip
Day 1
Location Galapagos
Hotel Nemo I


Package includes

  • Matrimonial/Twin cabin accommodation with private facilities as confirmed
  • All meals, water, coffee and (herbal) tea
  • All excursions as mentioned in the itinerary (itinerary subject to change) with bilingual speaking naturalist guide (English & Spanish)
  • Assistance with the check-in procedure at Quito airport (if the flight has been booked together with the cruise)
  • All transfers & ground transportation in Galapagos as mentioned in the itinerary (airport-yacht-airport transfers in Galapagos are only included if the flight has been booked together with the cruise)
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Bathroom and beach towels

Package excludes

  • Flight to/from Galapagos
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee. It has to be paid in cash locally (there is no ATM in this zone of Baltra airports; in San Cristobal not even in the check-in hall): Currently US$ 100 pp; Children 2-11 years US$ 50 pp; students at national educational institutions outside Ecuador US$ 25 pp
  • Transit Control Card: US$ 20 pp; has to be paid in cash at the departure airport (Quito or Guayaquil)
  • Airport transfers Galapagos (if the flight has not been booked together with the cruise operator, an additional airport transfer will have to be booked; if a flight delay occurs, an additional speedboat may have to be hired at your own expense – in cash – to bring you to our yacht)
  • Optional wetsuit rental (has to be paid in cash)
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks (have to be paid in cash)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, Extras and Tips.

More information

  • The Galapagos Islands are a year-round destination with perfect holiday weather; wildlife is bustling all over the year, and each season has its own charm. The overall climate is quiet and warm, and unusual dry for the tropics, saving local micro-climates in the moist highlands. The weather is calm as well; the islands aren’t located on the path of cyclones or tropical storms.
  • Although this archipelago is situated on the equator, actually the climate can only be characterized as tropical in the first half of the year. This ‘hot season’ never gets excessively hot, but counts with a very intense equatorial sun, blue skies, alternated with some rain or even an occasional shower. From about June onwards to the end of the year is the cooler, dryer and overcast ‘garúa season’. Although called ‘cool season’, these months still count most of the time with nice summer weather, and give the opportunity to avoid the most intense sunshine.


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Barry, Daphne, Ann Louise & Nola Jean, Australia

Guides and Driver were very good and picked us up late in the night and have a good knowledge + had lots of interesting information.  Francisco was a very good driver and had a spacious car. Very lovely hotel + Staff were excellent. We enjoyed everything that was organised for us! uides and Driver were very good and picked us up late in the night and have a good knowledge + had lots of interesting information.  Francisco was a very good driver and had a spacious car. Very lovely hotel + Staff were excellent. We enjoyed everything that was organised for us! Read more

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