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DARWIN Yacht
Last Minute Deal
5 days

Tourist class

Mosquera Islet, South Plaza, Santa Fe, Española island: Gardner Bay - Osborn Islet and Suarez Point, Floreana island: Post Office Bay, Cormorant Point and Devil's Crown, Santa Cruz island: Charles Darwin Research Station and Twin Craters, Santiago island: Egas Port, Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove, Bartholome and Sullivan Bay, North Seymour island.

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Mosquera Islet, South Plaza, Santa Fe, Española island: Gardner Bay - Osborn Islet and Suarez Point, Floreana island: Post Office Bay, Cormorant Point and Devil's Crown, Santa Cruz island: Charles Darwin Research Station
Experience a 4-night adventure cruise in the southern and central islands of the Galapagos wildlife reserve. Enjoy a total of 8 excursions on diverse visitor sites, including wildlife-abundant Española, North Seymour, and Floreana islands. Get up close with the waved albatross at Punta Suarez. All of this will be possible on the Darwin yacht, which is run by an efficient and eco-friendly operation that supports the Villacis family's livelihood. Darwin Yacht can host up to 16 guests, in an intimate environment with freedom to enjoy all that the Galapagos offers. Guests are accommodated in eight double rooms with air-conditioning, private bathrooms, and hot and cold water. There is also a comfy living room, bar, sundeck, and dining room where guests are delighted with delicious national and international cuisine. Consider the Darwin your home while visiting the Galapagos, and enjoy the hospitality and service on board.

Itinerary & Travel activities

5 Days Trip
4 Nights
Galapagos islands map for cruises

DAY 1
AM» Arrival at Baltra airport – Transfer to boat
PM» Baltra: Mosquera Islet

To ensure that no foreign plants or animals are brought into the islands, travelers passing through Baltra Airport must undergo an inspection and pay a park entrance fee of $100. A guide will meet and assist travelers with their luggage, and escort them on a short bus ride to the port of Seymour, where they will board the Yacht Darwin and be welcomed by the captain and crew.

Mosquera Islet

Mosquera Islet is a reef formed by rocks and coral, with a wide white sand beach that is around 160 meters at its narrowest point and an estimated length of 600 meters. This island has a large population of sea lions and is a great spot to observe various species of shorebirds. There have been occasional sightings of Orcas feeding on sea lions in the area.

DAY 2
AM» South Plaza: A walk on South Plaza
PM» Santa Fe island: A walk on Santa Fe

South Plaza Island

Plaza Sur Island, one of two islands known as Islas Plazas, can be found east of Santa Cruz Island. The landing spot is on the north coast of the island, in a channel that separates it from Plaza Norte Island. Plaza Sur is 13 hectares in size and has a height of 25m. The succulent plant, Sesuvium edmonstonei and Portulaca oleracea, are commonly found on the island and are the preferred food of the land iguanas. The land iguanas on Plaza Sur are smaller than those found on other sites and nest during the hot season. There are several hybrid iguanas found throughout the island, which are the result of a male marine iguana and a female land iguana mating. These hybrid iguanas are unique in appearance, recognizable by their black or gray color, with a land iguana’s crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The iguana population may decrease during consecutive dry years due to a lack of food and water. The allowed tour is a group tour with a naturalist guide, which includes guided walks.

Santa Fe Island

Santa Fe Island’s visitor site is located on the northeast part of the island. Of the two species of land iguanas found in the Galapagos, the Conolophus subcristatus inhabits Plaza Sur, Santa Cruz, North Seymour/Baltra, Isabela, and Fernandina, while the Conolophus pallidus species only lives in Santa Fe. This species is mainly distinguished by its larger and paler color. According to Geist D.J, Santa Fe could be the oldest Galapagos volcano, with sub-aerial rocks dating back 3.9 million years. The island of Santa Fe has a mix of underwater lava pushed to the surface by uprising and lava that were deposited subsequently to the uprising. Another attraction of Santa Fe Island is the presence of giant tunas with a wider trunk than any other island.

DAY 3
AM»: Española: Osborn Islet
PM» Española: Suarez Point

Gardner Bay

Gardner Bay is situated in the northern coast of Española Island, and the visitor area is made up of two beaches that have a combined length of 1300 meters. The main attraction in this area is the colony of sea lions during the breeding season. The location is also home to three species of Darwin’s finches and serves as an important nesting area for sea turtles.

Punta Suarez

Punta Suarez is found west of Española Island, and the trail is approximately 1670 meters long, taking around two hours to complete. Española Island is estimated to be 3.3 million years old and is mainly covered with basaltic lava rocks. The albatross, an endemic species to Española Island, can be seen between April and November or December. Española Island has a high level of endemism because it is isolated from other islands, which has led to the development of unique species such as turquoise-colored marine iguanas and carnivorous mockingbirds. Additionally, the island has the largest of the seven species of lava lizards that are endemic to the Galapagos.

DAY 4
AM» Post Office Bay
PM» Cormorant Point

Post Office Bay

The location known as Post Office Bay has a historical significance related to the whaling era, where ships came to collect supplies of Galapagos tortoises and water. It is believed that a whaling boat captain placed a barrel in the 18th century, for sailors passing through the bay to leave mail and deliver letters with the same destination. This tradition is still being followed by tourists visiting Galapagos today. Additionally, there is a lava tunnel of interest that was formed by the still liquid lava that leaks and spills outward, leaving a hollow cavity. Visitors are allowed to take a guided tour.

Punta Cormorant

On the other hand, Punta Cormorant, situated on the northern coast of Floreana Island, is a site for visitors to explore. The trail is approximately 720 meters long and leads to a lagoon, a fine sand beach, and scenic views. Flamingos can be spotted in large numbers in the lagoon, while sea turtles nest on the beach. Visitors can also witness other species of flora and fauna, including two plant species that are endemic to the place. The beach at Punta Cormorant has a greenish hue due to the large amount of olivine crystals that have been expelled from nearby tuff cones. The beach also has a smooth texture composed of polished Hermatypic coral sand that is preferred by stingrays to escape from natural predators.

DAY 5
AM» Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Research Station, Transfer from ship to Baltra airport

Charles Darwin Station

The Charles Darwin Station tour commences at the information booth of the GNP, leading visitors to the Van Straelen interpretation Center, the breeding center, and then an elevated circular path made of wood. The path provides a view of the Española Island tortoises and concludes in the tortoise exhibit corral. These tortoises are used to human presence, making it an ideal location for visitors to take photographs, although they are reminded not to touch them or step on the platform where their food is placed. The tour continues to the CDRS facilities and then to the town of Puerto Ayora. Guided walks with a naturalist guide are permitted. The trail is approximately 1.5 km long, and visitors can take around one hour and a half to explore it.

 

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Accommodation

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Price per person in USD:
Cabin types:
Entire Boat price in USD:
1649
Bunk beds cabin
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1549
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Departure guaranteed:

Places available:

Max guests:

16 Guests
5
16

Facilities

Sundeck
Lounge area
Dining area
Air conditioning
Electric toilet pump

Inclueded in the price

Briefings & lectures
Accommodation
Excursions with a certified Naturalist Guide
Full board
Fuel Surcharge
Cabin towels
Excursions to the islands
Naturalist Guide

Not inclueded in the price

Breakfast & Lunch
Government Taxes
Galapagos Airfare
National Park Entry Fees
Weights & Weightbelts
Tips
Departure Taxes
Alcoholic Drinks
Snorkeling Equipment
Wetsuit

Extra services

EXTRA CHARGE FOR THE SUPERIOR CABIN  / PER BOOKING
Airfares
Transfers airport – base – airport
Land tour
Daily diving
Liveaboard diving

Available Cruises

From

January 4, 2024
12:00

to

January 8, 2024
09:00

DARWIN Yacht

DARWIN YATH | Last Minute | 8 days
Yacht Darwin was constructed in 1995 on Santa Cruz Island, and it underwent a complete renovation in 2012. Annual maintenance and repairs are carried out to meet international safety regulations and standards. This lovely small yacht has 8 bunk-bedded cabins, well-distributed over the three decks of the motorboat, comfortably accommodating up to 16 passengers. All cabins have private facilities and air conditioning. In addition, the Darwin yacht provides guests with a spacious sundeck, a well-stocked bar, a cozy living room, and a pristine dining room, where they can indulge in carefully planned international and Ecuadorian cuisine. The Darwin has thoughtfully planned itineraries that allow travelers to have an incredible adventure at a very reasonable price, making it an excellent choice for budget-conscious travelers seeking a comprehensive Galapagos experience.
Yacht

Model:

Motor Vessel

Lenght:

60 feet

Beam:

18 feet

Diving possible:

NO

Crew:

6 people + 1 English speaking naturalist guide.

Chef on board

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Important Information

  • Each passenger must have a valid passport.
  • In order to satisfy customs requirements it is mandatory that we receive passport details (first and last name, citizenship, date and place of birth, passport number and validity) at least one week prior to embarkation.
  • Failure to provide the required information could result in a denial of embarkation.

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