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Explore Galapagos Southern Islands

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Explore Galapagos Southern Islands

On board M/Y Coral I / II – First Class Boat

Cruise Length: 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

Starting From: US$ 1449,00 per person, based in double accommodation (Standard Cabin)

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2014 Dates: Jan 12-15 / Jan 26-29 / Feb 9-12 / Feb 23-26 / Mar 9-12 / Mar 23-26 / Apr 6-9 / Apr 20-23 / May 4-7 / May 18-21 / Jun 1-4 / Jun 15-18 / Jun 29-Jul 2 / Jul 13-16 / Jul 27-30 / Aug 10-13 / Aug 24-27 /  Sep 7-10 / Sep 21-24 / Oct 5-8 / Oct 19-22 / Nov 2-5 / Nov 16-19 / Nov 30-Dec 3 / Dec 14-17 / Dec 28-31

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Explore Galapagos: Program Overview

Southern Islands itineraries are perfect for people with limited-time available to explore the Islands. Besides the length of program, Southern Islands itinerary includes visits to some of the most representative Islands of the Archipelago; Espanola and Floreana Islands.

Along the cruise you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station at Santa Cruz Island. Land in Floreana, one of the earliest settlements in the Archipelago, to visit Punta Cormorant where you can see two plant species endemic from this area.

Floreana has some wonderful sites for snorkeling, like the Devil’s Crown; an underwater volcanic cone and coral formations where you can swim with sea lions, penguins, turtles, sharks, dolphins and a big variety of fish. The Post Office, a historic site of Floreana, recalls the days of the whalers, when they came for supplies of Galapagos tortoises and water. Flamingos and Green sea turtles nest are common in the Island from December to May.

You will also visit Española; the oldest island of the Archipelago, it has a large number of endemic species, including its own species of lava lizard, mockingbird, and tortoises. Española is the only place where the Waved Albatross nests, there is also a big colony of Masked and Blue footed boobies.

End your cruise at San Cristobal Island visting Tijeretas Hill, the only place where you can watch the two species of frigate birds nesting in the same colony.

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Boats description

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These unique and functional luxury yachts are a perfect combination of classic beauty and exquisite style. The materials used in their decoration convey a pleasing sensation of warmth and comfort that will transport you automatically into a marine environment. You will be a part of nature thanks to the ample panoramic windows.

Every single detail has been taken into consideration to make your stay on board unique and unforgettable. Small ships allow you to explore the Galapagos Islands with daily small group excursions and multilingual speaking naturalists guides. Onboard you will enjoy specialized lectures and conferences plus an exquisite gastronomy all inclusive.

Capacity:

36 & 20 passengers capacity.

Facilities on board:

Cabins are all carpeted and air-conditioned with private bathroom. Some of the cabins are interconnected, perfect for small groups and families organization. The Jacuzzi, sun and shadow decks will give you a perfect space to relax. The social areas and the bar will be a place to enjoy.

Itinerary – Day by Day

Day 1: Sunday AM Baltra Airport

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/Y Corals PM Fausto Llerena Breeding Center – Charles Darwin Station(Santa Cruz) Dry landing.

We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our effort to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his specie) lived for decades. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to communities and schools within the islands, and to tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will also have some free time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs.

  • Difficulty level: intermediate
  • Type of terrain: flat
  • Duration: 1h30 walk.

Day 2: Monday AM Santa Fe

Wet landing on a white sand beach surrounded by a sea lion colony; we continue walking through an endemic cactus forest as we search for the endemic Santa Fe land iguana, the largest in the islands and distinctively paler. This island is home to a number of endemic species including Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Snake, rice rats, a variety of finches and one of the four species of Galapagos mockingbirds. Deep-water snorkeling.

  • Difficulty level: intermediate
  • Type of terrain: rocky
  • Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour deep-water snorkeling

PM South Plaza (Plaza Island) Dry landing on the northern part of the Islet. The walk begins with an impressive cactus forest surrounded by land and marine iguanas; as we reach its highest point, be on the lookout for tropicbirds and a bachelor sea lion colony. In South Plaza there is a large colony of the smaller sized land iguanas. The population is approximately 300 individuals. They feed on all kinds of vegetation, but during the dry season survive on the fruits and flowers of Opuntia cacti. We will encounter the one and only Galapagos hybrid iguana.

  • Difficulty level: intermediate
  • Type of terrain: rocky
  • Duration: 2 hours walk

Day 3: Tuesday AM North Seymour

Dry landing. This is perhaps one of the busiest tourist destinations in the archipelago. Off of Baltra Island (where the airport is located) and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is the most accessible for day trips out of Santa Cruz’s main port, Puerto Ayora. An approximately two hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies,magnificent and great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and as well as sea lions. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos Snake.

  • Difficulty level: intermediate
  • Type of terrain: rocky
  • Duration: 2 hours walk, 30 minutes snorkeling

PM Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz) Wet landing on the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lie two small flamingo ponds with iguanas, coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native and endemic vegetation, red and black mangroves, salt bushes, and much more. This beach is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles in the Galapagos. A female can lay eggs 3 or 4 times with an average of 70 eggs each, but then spend 3 or 5 years without breeding.

At this paradisiacal site we will also find the remains of barges that sank long ago, once property of the United States Navy when they operated an air base on Baltra Island during World War II. That is why the beach is called “Bachas” because the word “barges” in English was hard to pronounce for the local people.

  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Type of terrain: sandy
  • Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming

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Day 4: Wednesday AM Interpretation Center & Tijeretas (San Cristobal)

Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo More no, capital of the Galapagos Islands. Passengers visit the Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about Natural History of the Galapagos. The Museum of Natural History displays information on the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, the arrival of the different species and their colonization, among other points of interest. The human history is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and colonization of the islands.

  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Type of terrain: flat
  • Duration: 1 hour visit Tijeretas Hill which involves a high intensity walk through beautiful landscapes ending with a magnificent view nearby a large frigate bird colony.
  • Difficulty level: intermediate
  • Duration: 1 hour visit San Cristobal Airport.

After the visit you will go straight to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Included

  • All meals scheduled on board
  • English speaking naturalist guide
  • Excursions according to the day by day itinerary

Not Included

  • Airfare to/from Galapagos
  • Cruise fuel surcharge
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card
  • Galapagos National Park fee
  • Travel insurance, medical services and others not specified
  • Tips & personal expenses.

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