4 night boat tour visiting 5 islands in the Galapagos archipelago

4 night boat tour visiting 5 islands in the Galapagos archipelago
This boat tour is full of exciting adventures, with Isabela, Rabida and Santiago islands as the top destinations. You will have the chance to experience the beauty of the Galapagos wilderness by hiking alongside giant tortoises, observing iguanas at Dragon Hill, and relaxing on red sand beaches while watching pelicans dive for fish. You can also go snorkeling with the playful sea lions. You will be staying on the Darwin yacht for five nights, enjoying the hospitality of the Galapagos and supporting the local economy through this locally-operated tour.

Day by day

Day 1 : Baltra Island & Santa Cruz Island: Highlands

To ensure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the Galapagos Islands, travelers must pass through an airport inspection point and pay the park entrance fee of $100. Upon arrival, a guide will meet with you and assist you in collecting your luggage before accompanying you to the port of Puerto Ayora via taxi, where you will board the Yacht Darwin and be welcomed by the captain and crew.

Santa Cruz: El Chato

El Chato is a trail that begins in Santa Rosa and is surrounded by tall grass, running along the boundaries of several farms. The trail can be muddy depending on the season, and the rocks can be slippery, so caution is advised. About 1 km from La Caseta, there is a water pool that is filled with tortoises during the rainy season. The road leading to the reserve is an excellent spot for observing land birds, including tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, Cattle Egrets, and occasionally Galapagos Rails.

Day 2 : Isabela Island: Tintoreras, Wall of Tears, Galapaguera & Wetlands

Tintoreras

Tintoreras is an islet situated to the south of Puerto Villamil, featuring a small bay with tranquil turquoise waters where visitors can observe a variety of sea creatures such as sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, and rays. A shallow crystal-clear crevice connects to the bay and provides the opportunity to witness reef sharks, small fish, and sea lions swimming together. The trail throughout Tintoreras is mostly made up of lava AA, with the exception of two beaches; one covered in white sand and home to colonies of sea lions and a nesting site for marine iguanas during nesting season, and the other surrounded by button and white mangroves. Throughout the trail, one can also spot marine iguanas among the rocks or under the mangroves.

Wetlands

The Wetlands are a collection of trails that contain various sites, including the Cerro Orchilla lookout point accessible by a staircase, providing panoramic views of the bay, town of Puerto Villamil, Sierra Negra Volcano, Cerro Azul Volcano, islets, and rocks. El Estero is a path of lava rocks with a picnic area and the opportunity to see all four species of mangrove found in the Galapagos and a small majagual forest. La Poza Escondida is a stone and wood path leading to a mangrove forest and a pool at the end of the trail. Poza Redonda is a path of lava plates leading to a pool formed inside a collapsed lava tube. The Tunel del Estero is a lava plate path ending in a staircase inside a lava tunnel. Los Tunos Viewpoint and Pozas Verde offer several lookout points for observing birds and plants. La Playita leads to a small beach that is part of the larger beach in Villamil. The Tortoise Breeding Center of Isabela is situated 1.5 km from Puerto Villamil, where populations from different areas have been bred in captivity, with 330 tortoises in total. The Breeding Center features gardens with native plant species such as manzanillo, mesquite, prickly pear, palo santo, lime prickly-ash, thorn shrub, Galapagos croton, Glorybower, sea island or creole cotton, Radiate-headed, yellow cordia, snowberry or milkberry, myrtle, nickerbean, and Darwin’s Daisy. The tortoises are fed with an Otoya plant diet and cachimuela three times a week, and they drink water from small artificial ponds in the corrals.

Itinerary Map

Punta Albermarle | Marine iguana | Galapagos Islands
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Volcán Sierra Negra | Galapagos Islands
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Includes

Accommodation in double/twin bunk-bed cabins with private facilities
All meals during cruise, drinking water, coffee & tea
All excursions accompanied by bilingual licensed guide as per itinerary
Cruise Fuel Surcharge
Transfers within the islands on cruise dates as per itinerary
Personalized 24/7 assistance during tour.

Does not include

Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee US$100 per person (in cash only on Islands)
Galapagos Migration Card US$20 in cash per person (at Mainland’s Airport)
Alcoholic / soft drinks, personal expenses, extras, tips and other services not specified in the program
Bus ride from Baltra airport to Itabaca Channel: $5 per way per person in cash
Snorkeling equipment and all sizes wet-suits for rent on board (in cash)
Travel, medical & cancelation Insurance and any services on Mainland
Flights to Galapagos from Quito / Guayaquil
International flights to/from Ecuador.

Highlights

A 5 night expedition style boat trip with daily excursions, snorkeling and wildlife viewing opportunities in the center of the Galapagos archipelago
Walk on the red sand beach at Rabida island and swim with the playful sea lions at this world class snorkeling site
Watch sea turtles swimming amongst white tipped reef sharks as you paddle through the mangroves at Black turtle cove
Hike around the lake at Dragon hill and encounter the "Galapagos Dragons" (land iguanas)
Visit the Giant Tortoises in the wild surrounded by the tropical cloud forests of the Santa Cruz highlands
Darwin
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From $1,549.00 per person

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