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In the search of the Flightless Cormorant

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Silvia

Andean Travel Company

We are an expert local tour operator making dream holidays come true for more than 15 years!

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In the search of the Flightless Cormorant

Our 5 nights western itinerary is an adventurous mini-expedition along the remote and geologic young western coast of Isabela (clockwise around this largest island) and the very pristine Fernandina. This adventurous route is different than mainstream and contains longer nightly navigation stretches. It also visits the northern island of Santiago and ends at the easternmost San Cristobal.

DAY 1

Arrival at Baltra airport - Santa Cruz

You will visit the shared area of the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) and the headquarters of the Galapagos National Park Service. From here the indispensable conservation management and biological research of this unique archipelago and its surrounding waters are directed. Most memorable from this visit will probably be the successful breeding center and the enclosures with Galapagos giant tortoises. Read more

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DAY 2

Isabela Island

Today you have a full program, so we will start with an early breakfast before leaving. First you will visit the Tintoreras-islets for a guided hike on a rough volcanic rock trail passing a unique tidal channel which is a resting-place for whitetip reef sharks, among other trapped species, and where you will find huge marine iguanas (Easy/Moderate Level). From there the inflatable dinghies will put you directly ashore to the harbour of Puerto Villamil, where you will board a bus that brings you to the lush highlands of Isabela. You will hike to the impressive rim of Sierra Negra Volcano and explore the mysterious and complete different world of the cloud-forest (Moderate Level; about 6,5 km / 4 mi.). Back aboard you can enjoy a well-earned lunch. In the afternoon you will return to Puerto Villamil, where you will visit the local tortoise breeding center and make a tour by local bus through the marshes around, where you can observe American flamingos and other aquatic and song birds. Before returning aboard you will have the opportunity to enjoy the paradisiacal beaches full of countless marine iguanas. and Sally lightfoot crabs. After dinner we will lift the anchor and start to round the southern lob of Isabela to its far west coast. This night navigation will take about 8 hours. Read more

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DAY 3

Isabela Island

After breakfast you will make a guided morning hike across the crumbling, pitch black lava fields of Moreno Point with its bird-rich pools and sparkling intertidal life (Moderate Level; about 2 km / 1.25 mi.). After a snack we can make an inflatable dinghy-ride or emerge ourselves first-time for snorkelling. At noon we sail for 2 hours to next visitor’s site, Elizabeth Bay, and meanwhile you can enjoy the delicious lunch buffet and a short siesta. Then we will undertake an adventurous ride by inflatable dinghy to some offshore rocks with a Galapagos penguin colony and from there we will turn to the estuary of Elizabeth Bay and penetrate the forest-like mangles. At dinner-time we will continue to Fernandina, where we will anchor about midnight. Read more

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DAY 4

Fernandina - Isabela

You will start with a guided walk on the lava tongue of Espinoza Point (Fernandina), which is full of marine iguanas, the iconic flightless cormorant and the Galapagos penguin! (Easy/Moderate Level; about 2 km / 1.25 mi.). After a snack we will bring you to today’s snorkeling site. While having lunch we will cross the Bolivar Channel, back to Isabela’s western coast. On the bridge and through the panoramic windows of the dining room we will careful watch for fountains, hence this is one of the best places in Galapagos for viewing whales and dolphins. At Tagus Cove you will make the longer guided nature walk at this geologic and historic interesting site (Moderate Level; about 3 km / 2 mi.). Subsequently we will make a dinghy-ride along the shoreline, or you will have today’s second snorkeling opportunity. Before dinner we will start our 12 hour’s navigation around the northern cape of Isabela to Santiago (and we will cross the equator two times). Read more

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DAY 5

Santiago Island

From Espumilla Beach you will make a guided walk; uphill and land inward (Easy Level; about 2 km, 1.25 mi.). Afterwards you can explore Galapagos’ submarine world again, which is even more varied than island life. Around lunch-time we navigate 12 km / 7 mi south and reach Puerto Egas with its famous fur seal grottos, where you will make another, very different guided walk along the coastline (Easy Level). After this impressive day we leave for the longest navigation of this cruise route to the easternmost San Cristobal (about 13 hours). During this last night on board, you can enjoy a farewell cocktail with the crew and your fellow passengers. Read more

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DAY 6

San Cristobal - Departure

On the eastern end of the archipelago you can enjoy one more morning excursion. After a dry landing you will make a guided nature walk on the rocky trail of Lobos Islet, with its Galapagos sea lions and lots of birds; including blue-footed boobies (Moderate Level; About 850 m / 0.6 mi. or 400 m / 0.25 mi.). Subsequently we will navigate to the harbour of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and it’s time to leave the yacht and say goodbye. Read more

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ACCOMMODATIONS

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Day 1
Location Galapagos

TRIP PACKAGE

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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