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Cormorant Yacht

Cormorant Itinerary B 8days

DAY 1 (Saturday)
BALTRA & SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

AM: Morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra, Galapagos Islands.
You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by a Cormorant 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. 

In the morning, 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.

Then, you will head to the 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.

PM:  Then, you will head to the 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.

 

DAY 2 (Sunday)
ISABELA ISLAND

AM: Tintoreras Islet, located a short distance from Puerto Villamil, is home to a great variety of wildlife. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tip reef sharks, Galapagos penguins, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches surrounded by mangroves is one of the few sites where marine iguanas can reproduce successfully. 

The morning will consist also of a visit to the Sierra Negra Volcano which is the largest basaltic caldera in the Galapagos with a diameter of 6.2 miles (10 km). The site offers impressive views and the  opportunity to observe up to seven species of finches and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005. 

PM: In the afternoon you will head to the Wetlands of Isabela Island which are located just outside of Puerto Villamil. The Wetlands consist of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves and are home to a variety of unique bird species such as common stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails, and gallinules. The Wetlands can be visited on foot via a path through the swamps.

Next you will visit Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center of Isabela. It is located about one mile (1.5 km)from Puerto Villamil. In this breeding center, populations from South Isabela Sierra Negra Volcano, Cerro Azul, Cazuela, Cinco Cerros, Roca Union, San Pedro, Tables and Cerro Paloma have been bred in captivity. In total there are 330 juvenile and adult tortoises.

 

DAY 3 (Monday)
ISABELA ISLAND


AM: In the morning you will visit Moreno Point located southwest of Elizabeth Bay. Here a dry landing onto what was once owing lava is possible. The lava has left craters in its wake which formed crystal tide
pools. By looking into the pools, you can peer into another world as the marine life drifts by your window. In the brackish pools of this area, you may see pink flamingos, white-cheeked pintails, and
common gallinules. If you look carefully into the pools, you may see white-tip reef sharks and some sea turtles. 

PM: In the afternoon, you will visit Elizabeth Bay, which is located on the east coast of Isabela Island. The bay contains many islets, which can be visited by dinghy. Penguins and blue-footed boobies can be spotted on the rocky islets. With an abundance of marine life and clear water, the area is perfect for snorkeling and viewing schools of colorful fish, sea lions, and perhaps even sharks.

DAY 4 (Tuesday)
FERNANDINA AND ISABELA ISLANDs

AM: The morning visit to Mangle Point allows you to witness the amazing views and wildlife on the Coast of Fernandina Island. This is a small inlet on Fernandina’s coast where you can snorkel to your hearts delight and watch playful sea lions, curious penguins, and also catch a glimpse of where flight less cormorants reside.

PM: In the afternoon, you will visit Urbina Bay which is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954 causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkeling.

DAY 5 (Wednesday)
FERNANDINA AND ISABELA ISLANDs

AM: the morning, crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, you will land at Espinosa Point, and after walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, you
will reach the island’s highlight: the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.

PM: The afternoon visit is to Vicente Roca Point. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (or sun fish).

DAY 6 (Thursday)
SANTIAGO ISLAND

AM: In the morning, you will go to Egas Port, also known as James Bay, on Santiago Island which 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.

PM: The afternoon visit is to Espumilla Beach where 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.

DAY 7 (Friday)
GENOVESA ISLAND


AM: In the morning, you will visit El Barranco which is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps. It 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.

PM:  In the afternoon, you will 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 8 (Saturday)
NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND

AM: 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.

After this final visit, you will be transferred to the Baltra airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

CHECK OUR GALAPAGOS LAST MINUTE DEALS FOR APRIL, MAY AND JUNE

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GALAVEN (TOURIST SUPERIOR)

APRIL 20 - 24 / 5 DAYS / IT. A - $1350

BEAGLE YACHT (FIRST CLASS)

APRIL 24 - MAY 01 / 8 DAYS / IT. SE - $2750

TREASURE OF GALAPAGOS (LUXURY CLASS)

APRIL 20 - 24 / 5 DAYS/ IT. A - $2320

CATAMARAN SEAMAN (FIRST CLASS)

APRIL 13 - 16 / 4DAYS/ IT. A - $1225

FRAGATA YACHT (TOURIST SUPERIOR)

APRIL 13 - 17 / 5 DAYS / IT. B - $1684

GOLONDRINA YACHT (TOURIST CLASS)

APRIL 13 - 17 / 5 DAYS / IT. B - $1189

NATURAL PARADISE (LUXURY CLASS)

APRIL 28 - MAY 01 / 4DAYS / IT. A - $1520**

EDEN YACHT (TOURIST SUP.)

APRIL 15 - 22 / 8 DAYS / IT. 2 - $2470

MAJESTIC (LUXURY CLASS)

JUNE 25 - 28 / 4 DAYS / IT. A - $1386**

GALAPAGOS ODYSSEY (FIRST CLASS)

APRIL 26 - MAY 01 / 6 DAYS / IT. A - $2680

SAN JOSE (FIRST CLASS)

APRIL 24 - 27 / 4DAYS / IT. B4 - $1444

XAVIER (TOURIST SUPERIOR)

APRIL 22 - 25 / 5 DAYS / IT. B - $1130

ARCHIPELL I (FIRST CLASS)

APRIL 23 - 26 / 4 DAYS / IT. B4 - $1490

MONSERRAT (FIRST CLASS)

APRIL 12 - 15 / 4 DAYS / IT. B - $900 (1MALE/ 1 FEMALE)

ALYA CATAMARAN (LUXURY CLASS)

JULY 02 - 09 / 8 DAYS / IT. B - $4736**

ANAHI YACHT

APRIL 24 - 27 / 4 DAYS / IT. A1 - $1300

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