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Yacht New Flamingo, economy - 8 days
||$ 2.625 AUD|
||no flights included (on request)|
||8 days on the boat|
||Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays|
Eight day long cruise along the Galapagos Islands for those who want to save some money. The economic boat New Flamingo nicely accommodates 10 passengers in double rooms with bunk beds. Unlike many other boats in this category, all rooms aboard the New Flamingo are fully air-conditioned and include a private bathroom with hot water. She also offers an ample sun deck and dining hall where guests can visit or just unwind while voyaging to the next amazing island. A trip to the Galapagos Island will be the journey of your lifetime. Located 1,000 km from the Ecuadorian mainland, the archipelago consist of 13 major islands, of which 5 are inhabited. The Islands' interesting volcanic geology, as well as its rich flora and fauna have been admired and studied by numerous travelers, scientist, and nature-lovers. Become one of them for 8 days!
Combine this trip with our package Quito - The Capital
Day 1 - Arrival to Galapagos (Baltra)
Welcome to the Galapagos Islands. You will board the yacht New Flamingo, after landing and paying the entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park (100 USD), which will become your home for the next 8 days. Your cruise starts with lunch and the first excursion to the Black Turtle Cave.
Day 2 – Floreana Island
Cormorant Point offers one of the largest and best flamingo lagoons in the Galapagos. It is situated between two tuff cones, giving the area its special atmosphere. This is a unique zone due to the huge amount of endemic plant life. It is also very interesting to observe the two distinct beaches: the “green sand beach (due to a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour sand beach” made up of coral. At the Post Office Bay you may drop a letter or postcard in a wooden barrel, historically placed there in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. Ever since this time the barrel has been used by mariners and tourists as a sort of postal service. Whalers and Galapagos residents used to leave their mail inside it, waiting for the captain of any boat headed to where the mail was addressed to deliver it… why not try it out to see if it still works? You can often snorkel with turtles here or visit the lava tube inland.
Day 3 – Española Island
The third day is devoted to Española Island. Gardner Bay is an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming and observing sea lions. Here we will also have the opportunity to observe sharks in the crystal-clear ocean waters. Rocky land-point Punta Suarez sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galápagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea allowing the visitor spectacular views of soaring birds and the blow hole, a lava tube where water can spout up to 75 feet into the air depending on the intensity of the surf.
Day 4 – San Cristobal, Lobos Island
Today you make a stop at San Cristobal Island. The interpretation centre gives a very good introduction to the Galapagos Islands; its marine and land life, fauna and flora. The second highlight of the day, a trip to Tijeretas Hill takes approximately 20-40 minutes. Once there, visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the white beaches on one side and the roofs of Puerto Baquerizo on the other. The hill is named after the Frigate birds who frequent the area. Here you will be able to see both the Magnificent Frigate birds and Great Frigate birds in the same colony so this is the perfect place to compare and learn to distinguish them. Afternoon programme is at Lobos Island. This small islet, located only an hour by boat from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, is separated from the main island by a narrow stretch of calm water. Upon its rocky shores blue-footed boobies nest and sea lions rest. The atmosphere is one of tranquillity and primitive beauty and reveals a very typical Galapagos environment.
Day 5 – North Seymour
Located slightly to the north of Baltra, North Seymour is a low, flat island, formed as a result of a submarine lava formation uplift. Covered with low, bushy vegetation, it contains the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds in the Galapagos. There is also a large population of blue-footed boobies that perform an amusing courtship dance when nesting conditions are right. The dance consists of the birds taking big goofy strides, slowly picking-up high their blue feet, wings spread, whilst whistling and honking – it really is one of the highlights of this island. In the afternoon on a Zodiac boat you get the chance to closely observe Golden Rays, tortoises, White Tip sharks, galapagos sharks, Lava Herons and other animals. All within your grasp!
Den 6 – Bartolome Island, Santiago Island
You continue today to the Bartolome Island. It offers the possibility to climb to the summit, from where visitors can observe a variety of volcanic formations including lava bombs, spatter and cinder cones, lava flows and lava tubes. The moon like landscape provides one of the most scenic panoramas in the archipelago. And you also have the chance to relax on a beautiful beach, which offers great snorkelling opportunities. Multi –coloured fish and occasionally penguins and sea turtles have been here. After lunch a panga ride in Sullivan Bay is waiting for you. You will have plenty of time for observing birds and local lava creations.
Day 7 – Santiago Island: Sombrero Chino, Puerto Egas
You will admire unbelievable beauty of the Santiago Island. Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino) - is a tiny island just off the south-eastern tip of Santiago Island and is less than a quarter of 1 sq km in size. It is a recently-formed volcanic cone and its descriptive name accounts for the fact that it appears to take the shape of a downward-facing Chinese hat. Opposite Sombrero Chino, on the rocky shoreline, Galapagos penguins and eagle rays are often seen. The island is home to a large sea lion colony and plenty of marine iguanas who cover the volcanic landscape. There are some excellent snorkelling opportunities in the cove. Afterwards, the excursion to Puerto Egas with its black sand beaches leads to one of the more rewarding visits of the Galapagos. The island was the site of a small salt mining industry, one of several unsuccessful attempts to commercialize the Galapagos. A hike inland to the salt crater is an excellent opportunity to see land birds such as finches, doves, and hawks. A walk along the rugged shoreline, especially at low tide, will allow us to observe many marine species as iguanas bask on the rocks and sea lions laze in the tide pools. At the end of the trail there is a series of grottoes or sea caves where fur seals and night herons are regularly found resting on the shady ledges. For many, this is the only opportunity to see the Galapagos fur seal, once thought to be on the verge of extinction.
Day 8 – Santa Cruz
We will take you to Santa Cruz inland to observe giant turtles. After a snack you will be taken to the airport for your return flight to Ecuador.
7 Nights accommodation on the yacht New Flamingo (in twin cabins); 8 Days long Galapagos cruise; Full board on the boat (B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner); Tea and water included (other drinks for charge); All services, transfers and excursions detailed in the program; Professional Local English speaking guide; Snorkelling; Taxes.
Price per person (2 people in double/twin room)
Airfare; Tips; Insurance; Personal expenses; Galapagos National Park Entrance fee 100 USD; Optional Excursions.
Single supplement – contact us for details
Scuba diving available during this cruise - 2 dives - $ 250 AUD
Upgrade to bigger boat Princess of Galapagos - $ 260 AUD
Local flights Quito - Galapagos - Quito - from $ 450 AUD
5 day cruise is also available.
The price is a subject to availability.
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