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Natural Paradise Galapagos Yacht
Last Minute Deal
8 days (A)

Luxury class

San Cristobal | North Seymour | South Plaza | Rabida | Bartholomew | Santiago | Santa Cruz | Genovesa

$ 5145

$ 7145

Your Trip details

Arrival to San Cristobal airport: transfer to boat & Kicker Rock, North Seymour Island & South Plazas Island, Red Beach - Rabida & Bartholomew Island, Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay & Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island: Highlands / Twin Craters & Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Genovesa Island: Prince Phillip Steps & Darwin Bay, Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach / Buccaneer Cove & Egas Port, Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach & Baltra airport.
In short, the answer is time. Upon reaching these volcanic isles, the first generation of reptiles and marine birds had millions of years to adapt. Specific evolutionary traits include a notch in tortoises’ shells that allows them to fully extend their necks to reach more fruit. Vampire finches drink blood from the blue-footed booby. But don’t worry – they don’t mind! During scarce periods of food, some Marine Iguanas can shrink their body mass by up to 20% – usually during weather phenomena such as El Niño. Even from island to island, each section is unique unto itself. What might be considered the apex predator on one island may be breakfast on another. Darwin’s theory has surmised that time transformed small and primitive creatures into the unique beings they are today

Itinerary & Travel activities

8 days trip
7 nights
Galapagos islands map for cruises
DAY 1 – Tuesday

AM»BaltraArrival in San Cristobal Airport – Transfer to Yacht

PM»San CristobalKicker Rock – Witch Hill
You will arrive at San Cristobal Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by a Natural Paradise staff member and transferred to the Yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.
Kicker Rock & Witch Hill

This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, circumnavigation and dinghy rides allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life. Afterwards we will visit Witch Hill located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkeling.

DAY 2 – Wednesday

AM»North Seymour

PM»South Plazas
North Seymour
In North Seymour you may see Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent frigate birds which are abundant on this island. North Seymour was formed by a series of submarine lava flows containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.Lunch onboard.
South Plazas

This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.

DAY 3 – Thursday

AM»Rabida

PM»Bartolome
Rabida

You will visit Rabida Island (or Jervis) which is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago as well as a great snorkeling site. We will start on Rabida’s famous maroon/red sand beach, and after an easy hike, you will arrive to a stunning lookout to enjoy the amazing landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some species are abundant such as a few varieties of finches, Galapagos vermilion flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.

Bartolome

You will head to Bartholomew Island where the famous Pinnacle Rock is found. Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see and swim with Galapagos penguins.

DAY 4 – Friday

AM»Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay

PM»Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill
Sullivan Bay

You will visit Sullivan Bay located in the southeast part of Santiago. This place is interesting for its geology because the area is covered by lava flows. This place has elevations in the form of small volcanoes formed by the lava flows.

Dragon Hill

The visitors’ site at Dragon Hill is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island and consists of a 1,600 m long trail that runs through three different environments. The beach is very rocky. At high tide it’s a nice place for snorkeling. At this visiting site you can find vegetation of the typical intertidal zone and dry zone.

DAY 5 – Saturday

AM»Santa Cruz Island: Highlands – Twin Craters

PM»Santa Cruz Island: Tortoise breeding Center
Highlands

Accessible by bus from Puerto Ayora, the highlands of Santa Cruz are a deep green which contrast beautifully with the dry, lower part of the islands. The predominant vegetation in the highlands are Scalesia trees which create a lush green forest. The lava tunnels, over half a mile long, are underground and walking through them is a unique, surreal experience. At this place you’ll have lunch.

Tortoise breeding Center

You will visit “Fausto Llerena” Tortoise Breeding Center in Puerto Ayora, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity. This is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years-old and strong enough to survive on their own. Also you will visit the Twin Craters located opposite to each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.

 

DAY 6 – Sunday

AM»Genovesa: El Barranco

PM»Genovesa: Darwin Bay

 

El Barranco

El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, is a steep, rocky path that leads up a high cliff rock face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared owls, Galapagos storm petrels, and Galapagos doves.

Darwin Bay

Visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which includes a half mile trail (0,75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls, which can easily be spotted here. Further down the path we’ll find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.

DAY 7 – Monday

AM»Santiago: Espumilla Beach – Buccaneer Cove

PM»Santiago: Egas Port
Espumilla Beach – Buccaneer Cove

In Espumilla Beach marine iguanas lounge and the Sally Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkeling is highly recommended as you could come face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark and a variety of other species of tropical fish. Afterwards we will visit Buccaneer Cove which is a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge for British buccaneers. These pirates would anchor in the protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat among other things. The steep cliffs, where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red sand beach, are a magnificent site.

Egas Port

Egas Port, also known as James Bay, on Santiago Island is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to the coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos furseals bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site.

 

DAY 8 – Tuesday

AM»Santa Cruz: Bachas Beach – Transfer to Baltra Aiport

Bachas Beach

Early in the morning, head to Bachas Beach on the north shore of Santa Cruz. This place is one of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, where you can also see species like flamingos, hermit crabs and sea turtles. After this activity you will be transferred from the boat to Baltra airport to take your flight back to the continent.

 

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Accommodation

Accomodation on selected shared cabin, check out single use and details

Price per person in USD:
Cabin types:
Entire Boat price in USD:
7145
Single Deluxe cabin
Double Deluxe cabin
5145

Departure guaranteed:

Places available:

Max guests:

10 Guests
4
16 guest

Facilities

Sundeck
Lounge area
Dining area
Bar
Reading Material
Air conditioning
Safe deposit box
110v Electricity point in cabin
Emergency Satellite Phone
Toiletries
Hair Dryer

Inclueded in the price

Briefings & lectures
Accommodation with private bathroom
Excursions with a certified Naturalist Guide
Fuel Surcharge
Meals: From lunch on Day 1, until breakfast on the final day.
Unlimited purified water, tea, coffee, snacks.
Government Taxes
National Park Entry Fees
Cabin towels
Wetsuit for rent
Excursions to the islands
Bus ticket Baltra Airport / Itabaca channel – $5 pp *Depending on the cruise.
Kayaks
Galapagos Transit Card $23 p.p

Not inclueded in the price

Tips
Departure Taxes
Alcoholic Drinks
Galapagos National Park Fee $100 p.p
Galapagos Transit Card $20 p.p

Extra services

Airfares

Available Cruises

From

March 19, 2024
12:00

to

March 26, 2024
09:00

Natural Paradise Galapagos Yacht

This intimate ship can comfortably hold up to 16 guests on 8, 5, and 4-day Galapagos tours. Travelers can pick from 9 different spacious and comfortable cabins that include suites with balconies overlooking the ocean, junior suites, and staterooms, all featuring large bathrooms, air-conditioning, and luxury amenities. Natural Paradise guest will enjoy every part of their trip with gorgeous views from the sundeck with a jacuzzi, delicious meals in the barbecue and al fresco dining areas, and a safe internal staircase. Throughout their trip, travelers will also enjoy excellent service provided by the ships’ 10 crew members and cruise director during their time aboard, and a certified bilingual naturalist guide for all excursions.
Yacht

Model:

Motor Yacht

Lenght:

111 ft. (34 m)

Beam:

26 feet / 8 meters

Diving possible:

NO

Crew:

10 members + naturalist guide

Chef on board

YES

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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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