Santa Cruz Yacht
Starting from 2.620 USD / person

5 days / 4 nights
6 days / 5 nights

Galapagos National Park

Program overview

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Specifications :

Class

Luxury

Capacity

90 passengers

Construction Year

1979 (renovated in 1998)

Lenght

72 meters

Width

12 meters

Machinery

2 Sulzer Engines – 1620 HP

Cruise speed

13 knots

Electricity

110 v in the cabins / 220 v available at reception

Cabins

Boat Deck Master Suite Double , Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin , Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double , Boat Deck Single Standard , Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin , Boat Deck Twin Standard / Double, Upper Deck Twin Standard , Main Deck Twin Standard

 

Plans : 

 

Santa Cruz Yacht Plan

Day 1 : Arrival at San Cristobal airport / Punta Pitt

At San Cristobal Airport, custom agents will control your TCC (Transit Control Card), paid in the departure airport (Quito or Guayaquil) and that you will have to keep with your passport as it will be asked you again the day of your departure. You will then have to pay the entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park. Your baggage will then be inspected to make sure any foreign organism isn’t introduced to the Galapagos Islands.

Transfer to the Santa Cruz, anchored at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the provincial capital of the Galapagos Islands. There, cabin assignment, introductory talk, boat drill and lunch.

In the afternoon, we disembark on the eastern tip on the island at Punta Pitt an eroded tuff cone, whose trail provides spectacular views of the shoreline. This is the only site in the Galapagos where the three species of boobies can be found together. You can walk or enjoy a panga ride along the coast. 

 

Day 2 : Santa Fe Island/ South Plaza Island

After breakfast, we take the dinghy over to this idyllic sandy-white beach populated by many sea lions. The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the morning walk amid the giant prickly pear cactus. Snorkeling and swimming from the panga rounds off our rewarding experience, or if guests prefer, the glass bottom boat for non-snorkeling.

Following lunch and a rest, we disembark in this channel, whose turquoise waters contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. Beyond, a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-grey land iguanas sit beneath these, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters glide, playing with the thermals.  

 

Day 3 : Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station/ Santa Cruz Island

In the morning, we disembark for our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Centre within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National park administration. Following our visit, we board our transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.

Several options are available for the afternoon (hiking, mountain biking or kayaking in Tortuga Bay), which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader. At the end of the afternoon’s activities, we return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz.

 

Day 4 : Punta Suarez/ Gardner Bay (Española Island)

An exciting walk awaits at this site, where we enjoy sea bird colonies, including waved albatrosses (April-January), Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tail gulls as well as a view of the Galapagos famous “blow-hole”. Also, look out for red-green-black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.

In the afternoon, the picture-postcard white coral beach of Gardner bay provides a beautiful setting for observing sea lions, mockingbirds, finches as we relax. We can expect great snorkeling in this area.

 

Day 5 : Baltra Island

We disembark at Baltra Island and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the continent. 

At Baltra Airport, custom agents will control your TCC (Transit Control Card), paid in the departure airport (Quito or Guayaquil) and that you will have to keep with your passport as it will be asked you again the day of your departure. You will then have to pay the entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park. Your baggage will then be inspected to make sure any foreign organism isn’t introduced to the Galapagos Islands.

Transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz. There, cabin assignment, introductory talk, boat drill and lunch.

Las Bachas : This beautiful visitor site is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, a glorious white beach with a couple of blackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. Welcome cocktail, expedition plan for Tuesday and dinner.

 

 

 

Day 2 : Buccaneer Cove / Puerto Egas

After breakfast, we explore the coastline along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, learning about the area’s distant and recent history. The cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. Enjoy fantastic natural formations such as the “Elephant Rock”, “The Bishop” and an impressive natural cave. This is a great site for snorkeling of panga ride.

Puerto Egas: Once we disembark at the beach, we can enjoy a swim or snorkel amid a rocky shoreline, usually in the company of the marine turtles. From there, we head off to our walk, a great opportunity to see land and marine birds amid landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae and we can also observe a colony of fur-sea lions.  

 

Day 3 : Rabida Island / Bartolomé Island

Some groups will go for a fascinating panga ride along the shores while others will disembark on Rábida Island’s red colored beach, caused by the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. Our walk brings us close to a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. Very close to the beach, a salt pond hosts migrating greater flamingos at certain times of year. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners as well as for experienced snorkelers, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. Non-snorkelers will enjoy a ride on the glass bottom boat or a panga ride. During navigation to our next island, dolphins are sometimes spotted!

The afternoon begins with a landing on the golden beach of the famous island of Bartolomé, dominated by the imposing Pinnacle Rock. There’s great snorkeling and swimming from the beach plus the chance to ride the glass bottom boat. After returning to the ship, we then split in two groups, the first lands for a hike to the summit of this diminutive island that boasts fantastic views of the archipelago. This is a moderately steep climb aided by a wooden staircase, resting platforms and handrails – the view from the top is worth the effort! The second takes to the pangas to explore the rugged and volcanic shoreline. The groups then swap over.

 

Day 4 : Prince Philip Steps / Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)

The morning starts with a steep climb (90 feet) up some stairs to reach a flat rocky plateau. Along our walk, we can observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red footed boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels. Thoses not wishing to disembark can enjoy a longer panga ride along the cliffs (depending on weather conditions).

In the afternoon, we land at this beautiful beach (Darwin Bay) to enjoy some swimming and/or snorkeling. Following our dip, we take an easy stroll to observe hundreds of birds, mainly frigate birds, red footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds.

 

Day 5 : Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

After breakfast there’s optional departure to see the breeding program of giant tortoises at Cerro Colorado. Here, we learn about this endangered species and its promising recovery. Following the visit, we return to town and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland. 

Day 1 : Arrival at Baltra airport / North Seymour Island

At Baltra Airport, custom agents will control your TCC (Transit Control Card), paid in the departure airport (Quito or Guayaquil) and that you will have to keep with your passport as it will be asked you again the day of your departure. You will then have to pay the entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park. Your baggage will then be inspected to make sure any foreign organism isn’t introduced to the Galapagos Islands.

Transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz. There, cabin assignment, introductory talk, boat drill and lunch.

Then, North Seymour Island is a great introductory site to the islands and their wildlife, full of bird colonies of blue footed boobies, two species of frigate birds, swallow tailed gulls, as well as sea lions and marine iguanas.

 

Day 2 : Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)/ Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)

After breakfast, we explore the coast by panga, while our naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area, nesting place for the Galapagos highlight: flightless cormorants. Depending on weather conditions, we can snorkel along the cliffs of this area rich in marine life, seasonally-visited by green sea turtles and oceanic sun fish (Mola mola).

The afternoon is dedicated to exploring the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina, Which, having no introduced mammals, boast a very environment with a very high density of marine iguanas, who share their space with sea lions, Sally light-foot crabs, hawks, penguis and the flightless cormorants.

 

Day 3 : Tagus Cove / Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)

After breakfast, we land at this cove on the northwest of Isabela. It provided a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. An uphill hike takes guests to rim of a crater, Darwin Lake, filled with salt water to a dramatic viewpoint. After our walk, we take a panga ride to spot local wildlife, with the possibility pf swimming or snorkeling.

After lunch we disembark at Urbina Bay, the fascinating result of an uplifting of the ocean floor in 1954. Here we can admire corals, shells and many other calcareous organisms exposed above water. First we enjoy a snorkel from the beach, with the chance of swimming with flightless cormorants. This area is also home to a large and very colorful Galapagos land iguanas, and occasionally giant tortoises. We return back on board for our expedition plan for Saturday and dinner.

 

Day 4 : Puerto Ayora/ Charles Darwin Research Station / Santa Cruz Island

In the morning, we disembark for our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Centre within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Following our visit, we board our transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.

Several options are available for the afternoon (hiking, mountain biking or kayaking in Tortuga Bay), which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader. At the end of the afternoon’s activities, we return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz.

 

Day 5 : Post Office Bay / Champion Islet and Cormorant Point (Floreana Island)

A short walk leads us to the historic barrel where postcards are traditionally left for guests from other vessels to hand deliver to their destinations. Near Post Office Bay, we explore the north shore of Floreana along narrow channels teeming with life. We then head back on board for lunch.

Following lunch and a siesta, we take to the pangas and glass-bottom boat to explore the underwater wonders around Champion Islet, an extinct shield volcano, regarded as one of the best snorkeling spots in the archipelago. From there, it’s on the Cormorant Point, beginning with a wet landing on the olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk that includes a brackish water lagoon where bird species such as greater flamingos, pintail ducks, common stilts, herons, sandpipers, and other gater. We continue our walk over to a white-sand beach, where sea turtles emerge from the sea at night to nest (December to May).

 

Day 6 : Baltra Island

We disembark at Baltra Island in order to transfer to the airport to take the flight back the mainland. 

Yacht:

The following boat is the one included are included in the program:* 

Yacht – Luxury

Galapagos National Park

Santa Cruz

http://www.mnsantacruz.com/

 

*   Depending on availability, equivalents can be offered.

** Hotel category according to local standards.

 

Cabins

5d4n

6d5n

Boat Deck Master Suite Double

3.892 USD

4.866 USD

Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin

3.409 USD

4.262 USD

Boat Deck Superior

Twin / Double

3.267 USD

4.082 USD

Boat Deck Single Standard

4.370 USD

5.462 USD

Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin

3.140 USD

3.925 USD

Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double

2.985 USD

3.733 USD

Upper Deck Twin Standard

2.749 USD

3.437 USD

Main Deck Twin Standard

2.620 USD

3.276 USD

* People travelling alone will have to share their cabin with another person of the same sex or pay a surcharge (+100%)

** Children under 12 years old sharing the cabin with their parents can have a 25% discount (maximum 1 child for 2 adults)

*** Minimum age on board : 6 years old. 

 

Our rates include :

  • The nights in the yacht mentioned above.
  • The full board.
  • The transfers Airport – Yacht – Airport if you take the operator’s flights.
  • An English and Spanish speaking guide.
  • The snorkeling equipment.
  • We assure 24/7 assistance for the entire trip.

Our rates do not include :

  • The international flight.
  • The flight to the Galapagos (approximately 510 USD/person)
  • Carry-on luggage.
  • Drinks.
  • Internet.
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos (currently 100 USD/ person)
  • The Transit Control Card (currently 20 USD/person)
  • The transfers Airport – Yacht – Airport if you don’t use the operator’s flights (approximately 40 USD / person).
  • Tips, extras and any element not mentioned as included in the program.  

General terms :

Ecuador Emotions will always do its best to respect the program; however, the order of the tours described in this program may be modified or parts may be cancelled entirely due to elements beyond our control (weather or natural disasters, strikes, government decisions, railway and road conditions, etc.).

Ecuador Emotions asks its passengers to make sure that they have valid passports for their travel dates and a visa if they need one.

Ecuador Emotions cannot be held responsible for extra costs which may arise from lateness or transport cancellation, whatever the reason. It is also the traveller's responsibility to check the maximum weight allowed by their airline for their luggage (any excess will be directly handled by the traveller). Additionally, the plane ticket prices and all other reference prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Ecuador Emotions suggests that its clients ask for medical advice before their trip, especially to make sure that altitude will not be a problem. It is also recommended to purchase travel insurance in order to avoid any financial loss in case of inability to travel during the planned dates.

 

Payment terms specific to the cruise in the Galapagos:

  • To confirm the services, an initial deposit equal to 30% of the total invoice must be paid in the 10 days following the booking.
  • The total invoice must be paid 60 days before the beginning of the trip at the latest (bank transfer order around 65 days).

Cancellation terms specific to the cruise in the Galapagos:

  • More than 120 days before the beginning of the trip: penalty of 100 USD / person; a credit note equal to the deposit will be issued.
  • Between 119 and 60 days before the beginning of the trip: penalty equal to the total deposit.
  • Less than 60 days before the beginning of the trip: penalty equal to 100% of the total invoice.
Contact us
Roca E6-06 y Reina Victoria
Quito, Ecuador
Telephone:
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E-mail:ventas@ecuadoremotions.com
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