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ECLIPSE 8 DAY GENOVESA ITINERARY

Day 1 - SAT - Baltra to Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz)

Arrive at the airport in Baltra and transfer to the dock for check-in, introductory briefing & safety drill before lunch. After, enjoy a panga ride to Black Turtle Cove on Santa Cruz Island, which is one of the most beautiful marine sites in the Galapagos. It is a complex maze of tranquil salt-water inlets, surrounded by three different species of mangrove. Its waters are a nursery site for sea turtles, rays and sharks as well as a nesting site for sea birds. This site is only accessible by panga.
 

MEALS:

Lunch and dinner.

 

Day 2 - SUN - Rabida & Puerto Egas (Santiago)

Rábida is a small island with red volcanic rocks surrounding a beautiful red-sand beach, where there is a colony of sea lions and a pelican nesting site. The trail leads to a salt water lagoon where shore birds can be seen. Rábida is considered to be one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos Islands, and you will also have the opportunity to snorkel, kayak or take a panga ride.

Spend the afternoon at Puerto Egas (James Bay), located on the northwest side of Santiago Island. The landing is on a black beach with eroded rock formations in the background. The trail crosses the dry interior, where the remains of a salt mining enterprise can still be seen, and then continues along the coast. Tidal pools are home to a variety of invertebrate organisms, including sea urchins, octopus and starfish. Admire marine iguanas, finches, oyster catchers and possibly the Galapagos hawk. The trail leads to the Fur Sea Lion Grottos, one of the only places in the islands where these unique animals can be seen. After the walk, have time to swim or snorkel off the beach, where you will have a chance to see sea lions, fish and maybe some turtles, rays and reef sharks.
 

MEALS:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Day 3 - MON - Tagus Cove (Isabela) & Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)

Rise early for an early-morning visit to Tagus Cove, which was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers and whalers. Here you will see the names of hundreds of ships painted on the high ridges (a practice now forbidden). On the hike, the trail goes through an area of vegetation and the volcanic landscape of Darwin volcano. At the top of the trail, marvel at an incredible view of the whole cove and Darwin Lake. The early-morning activity is followed by kayaking or a panga ride, for the opportunity to see a large number of blue-footed boobies perched on the ledges of the cliffs, as well as marine iguanas, penguins, brown pelicans, brown noddy terns and swallow-tailed gulls. While exploring the channel between Fernandina and Isabela Islands, dolphins and whales are sometimes encountered so be on the lookout! 

Fernandina Island is one of the most pristine ecosystems in the entire world and also one of the most dynamic. La Cumbre Volcano last erupted in April 2009, and also dominates the landscape, with lava fields stretching towards the ocean from its base. Spend the afternoon at Punta Espinoza, a narrow piece of land where some of the most unique Galapagos species can be seen, including the flightless cormorant, Galapagos snakes, marine iguanas, penguins and the Galapagos hawk.
 

MEALS:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Day 4 - TUE - Urbina Bay & Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela)

Spend the morning at Urbina Bay, located in Western Isabela, at the foot of Alcedo volcano. After a wet landing on a beautiful black-sand beach, you may be able to observe sea turtle nesting sites. This area is also known for penguin and flightless cormorant sightings and is one of the best places to see Darwin’s finches as well as large land iguanas. Be on the lookout for Galapagos tortoises, which like to feed within the site’s dense vegetation. 

Punta Vicente Roca is a wonderful snorkeling site, where you can usually see turtles as well as all kinds of fish. For those who do not snorkel, a panga ride will give you the opportunity to study some of the Galapagos’ spectacular geological rock formations. Nazca boobies, pelicans, swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and penguins are often seen in the area.
 

MEALS:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Day 5 - WED - Darwin Research Station & Highlands (Santa Cruz)

Make a dry landing at Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz's main population center, home to about 10,000 people. View the famed giant tortoise while visiting the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station. The research center aids the National Park Service in its efforts to save the Galapagos wildlife and preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site; the museum at the station has a facility for rearing tortoises, a project to increase the depleted population.

After visiting the Research Station, travel by bus to the lush, green highlands of Santa Cruz. Visit a tortoise reserve and search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings. The opportunity to walk through lava tunnels also exists, so take a flashlight if you have one. Later this afternoon, enjoy your time freely exploring the town of Puerto Ayora.
 

MEALS:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Day 6 - THR - El Barranco & Darwin Bay (Genovesa)

Genovesa, or Tower Island, is the northernmost island that is allowed to be visited by naturalist (non-diving) cruises. This island is extremely remote and home to literally millions of birds belonging to many different species including the red footed booby as well as frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and even endemic owls! There are two sites on Genovesa that are visited by the M/V Eclipse. El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, consists of a steep path with stairs carved into the rock leading to a plateau full of bird life among a Palo Santo forest. Watch Nazca boobies, Galapagos doves, mockingbirds and petrels. With some luck, you may spot a short-eared lava owl.

After lunch, explore Darwin Bay’s soft, coralline white sand. A trail from the beach takes you into lush mangroves where red-footed boobies nest. Other locals include sea lions, swallow-tail gulls, frigates and more. Snorkeling is a must here as sharks, colorful reef fish, rays and tortoises are common.
 

MEALS:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Day 7 - FRI - Bartolome Island & Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz)

Bartolome is a small island that has two visitor sites. At the first site, you can snorkel around Pinnacle Rock, where penguins are usually seen. Then, it’s back on board for a quick change of clothes followed by a short dinghy ride to a dry landing for a climb to the highest point on the island. On the way up, you will encounter different volcanic formations, including spatter and tuff cones, lava flow and lava tubes. From the summit, take in the wonderful view of Sullivan Bay. For those not interested in the hike, there is the option of a panga ride. Usual fauna and flora also includes sea lions, pioneer plants, reef sharks, rays and colorful reef fish. 

Later visit Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill), whose name stems from the fact that it was one of the few sites on Santa Cruz Island where a healthy population of land iguanas were found in 1975. After landing at a pier, a hike takes to you to a salt water lagoon behind the beach, frequented by common stilts, pintail ducks and occasionally flamingos. A short walk up the hill leads you to a land iguana nesting site, with breathtaking views of the bay. You will have the chance to go swimming after the walk. Return to the ship for a farewell cocktail and dinner.
 

MEALS:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Day 8 - SAT - Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz) & Disembark Baltra

This morning you have one more excursion to Las Bachas Beach, located in the north of Santa Cruz Island. Its soft, white sand is derived from decomposed coral, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind the beach there is a small brackish lagoon, where it is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. After this early-morning excursion enjoy breakfast, a Galapagos documentary and snacks as you sail into Baltra Island to transfer to the airport for your flight back to the Ecuador mainland.
 

MEALS:

Breakfast.

 

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 7:00am-9:00am on day 1 and return between 2:00pm-5:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive Ecuador 2 days prior to their Galapagos cruise.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to swim, kayak and snorkel; no previous experience required. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag), kayaks and shortie wet suits are provided on the Eclipse. According to National Park regulations, kayaking is only permitted at certain sites with a maximum number of 8 passengers in 4 double kayaks.

CHECK OUR GALAPAGOS LAST MINUTE DEALS FOR NOVEMBER, DECEMBER AND JANUARY

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GALAVEN (TOURIST SUPERIOR)

OCTOBER 06 - 10 / 5 DAYS / IT. A - $1300

BEAGLE YACHT (FIRST CLASS)

OCTOBER 10 - 17 / 8 DAYS / IT. SE - $2350

TREASURE OF GALAPAGOS (LUXURY CLASS)

OCTOBER 06 - 10 / 5 DAYS / IT. A - $1710

CATAMARAN SEAMAN (FIRST CLASS)

OCTOBER 06 - 13 / 8 DAYS / IT. C - $2400

FRAGATA YACHT (TOURIST SUPERIOR)

OCTOBER 06 - 13 / 8 DAYS / IT. C - $2250

SAMBA YACHT (TOURIST SUPERIOR)

OCTOBER 17 - 24 / 8DAYS / IT. NW - $3900

GOLONDRINA YACHT (TOURIST CLASS)

NOVEMBER 03 - 10 / 8 DAYS / IT. C - $1893

SEASTAR JOURNEY (LUXURY CLASS)

DECEMBER 21 - 26 / 6 DAYS / IT. C - $3900

NATURAL PARADISE (LUXURY CLASS)

OCTOBER 17 - 24 / 8 DAYS /IT. B - $2557

EDEN YACHT (TOURIST SUP.)

OCTOBER 08 - 12 / 5 DAYS / IT. 1A - $1600

MAJESTIC (LUXURY CLASS)

OCTOBER 30 - 02 NOV / 4 DAYS / IT. A - $1282

GALAPAGOS ODYSSEY (FIRST CLASS)

OCTOBER 08 - 12 / 5DAYS / IT. B - $1938

SAN JOSE (FIRST CLASS)

OCTOBER 03 - 10 / 8 DAYS / IT. A - $2850

XAVIER (TOURIST SUPERIOR)

OCTOBER 08 - 11 / 4 DAYS / IT. B - $860

ENCANTADA (TOURIST CLASS)

OCTOBER 06 - 10 / 5DAYS / IT. B - $1250

MILLENNIUM (FIRST CLASS)

OCTOBER 04 - 11 / 8 DAYS / IT. A - $2350

ARCHIPELL I (FIRST CLASS)

OCTOBER 16 - 19 / 4 DAYS / IT. A - $1628

MONSERRAT (FIRST CLASS)

OCTOBER 12 - 15 / 4 DAYS / IT. B - $900

TIP TOP IV (FIRST CLASS)

OCTOBER 16 - 20 / 5DAYS / IT. 2 - $2140**

YOLITA II (FIRST CLASS)

OCTOBER 26 - 29 / 4 DAYS / IT. A4 - $1110 (1 FEMALE)

DAPHNE (TOURIST SUPERIOR)

​OCTOBER 11 - 14 / 4 DAYS / IT. B - $1016

CORMORANT (LUXURY CLASS)

NOVEMBER 04 - 07 / 4 DAYS / IT. B - $2272

ALIA CATAMARAN (LUXURY CLASS)

OCTOBER 09 - 16 / 8 DAYS / IT. B - $2912

OCEAN SPRAY (LUXURY CLASS)

DECEMBER 02 - 05 / 4 DAYS / IT. B - $2272

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OTAVALO INDIGENOUS MARKET
60 USD PER PERSON - 8 HOURS
DEPARTURES EVERY TUESDAY AND SATURDAY
PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS TOURS
60 USD PER PERSON - 8 HOURS
DEPARTURES EVERY WEDNESDAY
MINDO CLOUD FOREST
60 USD PER PERSON - 8 HOURS
DEPARTURES EVERY FRIDAYS
COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK TOUR
60 USD PER PERSON - 8 HOURS
DEPARTURES THURSDAY AND SUNDAY
COTOPAXI AND QUILOTOA
70 USD PER PERSON - 8 HOURS
DEPARTURES EVERY THURSDAY

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