This itinerary focuses on the Central and Western Islands, including visits to Western Isabela and Ferndina Island, two of the highlights of the Galapagos Islands.

Highlights


• Fauna: Tortoises, land iguanas, marine iguanas, lava lizards, sea lions, flamingos, penguins, flightless cormorant, brown pelican, Darwin finches, blue-footed boobies, whimbrels, lava gulls, swallow-tailed gulls, Galapagos hawk, Darwin finches, sally light-foot crabs, red-billed tropic birds, Galapagos snake, common gallinules

• Flora: Salt bush, algodoncillo, jerusalem thorn, castela, lantana, red white and black mangroves, lava cactus, palo santo, manzanillo, yellow cordia, opuntia cactus

• Underwater: Variety of fish, sea turtles, eels, rays, invertebrates, possible hammerhead sharks, sea urchins, possible sea horses

• Activities: Walking, hiking, snorkeling, swimming, wildlife watching, bird watching

Highlands of Santa Cruz: Galapagos giant tortoises can be seen in the wild in the highlands of Santa Cruz Charles Darwin Station: Visit the Charles Darwin Station is a research facility and National Park Information center. The Charles Darwin Station has a giant tortoise and land iguana breeding program and interpretation center.
Sombrero Chino: Sombrero Chino is a small volcanic island just off the southeast tip of Santiago. The name of the island describes the shape of the island. Fauna includes Sea lions, marine iguanas and the Galapagos penguin. Rábida Island: Rábida is a small island with a dark red coral sand beach. Highlights include the lagoon with flamingoes, pelican nesting site, sea lion bachelor colony, and a snorkeling site at the end of the beach.
Isabela Island (Albemarle): Isabela is the largest of the Galapagos Islands formed by five active volcanoes fused together. Wolf Volcano is the highest point in the entire Galapagos at 1707m. Sierra Negra : Volcan Sierra Negra has a caldera with a diameter of 10km. View recent lava flows, moist highland vegetation, and parasitic cones. Puerto Villamil: Puerto Villamil is a charming small town on a white sand beach. Highlights include the Tortoise Breeding Station and the flamingo lagoon. Other visits (depending on conditions) are the Tintoreras or Los Humedales.
Punta Moreno: Punta Moreno is located in the central southwestern coast of Isabela Island. The site has spectacular views of volcanoes Alcedo, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul. Some highlights include impressive lava flows, desolate and pristine landscape, varied and unusual arid zone vegetation. Elizabeth Bay: This spot is only accessible by dinghy. It is possible to see penguins on the small islets in the bay. The end of the bay is long and narrow surrounded by three species of mangroves. Galapagos Sea Turtles and rays can usually be seen in the water.
Urbina Bay: Urbina Bay is located at the central-west coast of Isabela Island at the foothills of Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes. Highlights include the colourful land iguanas, Galapagos Giant tortoises and the coral uplifting from 1954. Tagus Cove: Tagus Cove is a natural harbor where centuries ago whalers and pirates left their ship’s names painted or carved on the rocks. A walk uphill to Darwin’s Crater salt-water lake will provide an excellent view.
Fernandina Island: Fernandina is the youngest volcanic island and is still active. Punta Espinoza: Punta Espinoza is a place famous for its large colonies of marine iguanas and as the habitat of unique species like the flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, among others. Isabela Island Punta Vicente Roca: This site is visited by dinghy rides along the cliffs or the partially sunken cave at the water’s edge. Nasca boobies, blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline.
James (Santiago) Island: This Island is located between Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands. This Island offers a wide variety of seabirds, marine iguanas and fur seals. Puerto Egas: A walk along the rocky coast line that will you show you a view of some of Galapagos’ best tide pools. Some highlights include: Sugar loaf volcano, fur seals, oystercatchers, marine iguana colony, and old salt mine Bartolome Island: A hike will take you to the highest point on Bartolome for a spectacular view. Sea lions and penguins can be seen around Pinnacle Rock. There is a sandy beach with great swimming and snorkeling.
North Seymour Island: This flat piece of land originated after an uplifting event thousands of years ago. The island is home to endemic Palo Santo trees, colonies of blue-footed boobies, swallow tailed gulls, and magnificent frigate birds. Baltra: Return flight to Quito
Itineraries are regulated by the Galapagos National Park and are subject to change without prior notice

Cabin 8

$ 3960 USD pp
Cabin 8
Cabin 8 - lower single / upper single

Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

$ 4400 USD pp
Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
Lower deck cabins Cabin 3 - lower single / upper single Cabin 4 - lower double / upper single Cabin 5 - lower queen Cabin 6 - lower queen Cabin 7 - lower double / upper single Cabin 8 - lower single / upper single

Cabins 1 & 2

$ 4450 USD pp
Cabins 1 & 2
Cabins 1 & 2 Upper deck cabins: Cabin 1 - lower queen / lower single / upper single Cabin 2 - lower queen / upper single

Cabin 8

$ 3960 USD pp
Cabin 8
Cabin 8 - lower single / upper single

Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

$ 4400 USD pp
Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
Lower deck cabins Cabin 3 - lower single / upper single Cabin 4 - lower double / upper single Cabin 5 - lower queen Cabin 6 - lower queen Cabin 7 - lower double / upper single Cabin 8 - lower single / upper single

Cabins 1 & 2

$ 4450 USD pp
Cabins 1 & 2
Cabins 1 & 2 Upper deck cabins: Cabin 1 - lower queen / lower single / upper single Cabin 2 - lower queen / upper single

Cabin 8

$ 3960 USD pp
Cabin 8
Cabin 8 - lower single / upper single

Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

$ 4400 USD pp
Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
Lower deck cabins Cabin 3 - lower single / upper single Cabin 4 - lower double / upper single Cabin 5 - lower queen Cabin 6 - lower queen Cabin 7 - lower double / upper single Cabin 8 - lower single / upper single

Cabins 1 & 2

$ 4450 USD pp
Cabins 1 & 2
Cabins 1 & 2 Upper deck cabins: Cabin 1 - lower queen / lower single / upper single Cabin 2 - lower queen / upper single

Cabin 8

$ 3960 USD pp
Cabin 8
Cabin 8 - lower single / upper single

Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

$ 4400 USD pp
Cabins 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7
Lower deck cabins Cabin 3 - lower single / upper single Cabin 4 - lower double / upper single Cabin 5 - lower queen Cabin 6 - lower queen Cabin 7 - lower double / upper single Cabin 8 - lower single / upper single

Cabins 1 & 2

$ 4450 USD pp
Cabins 1 & 2
Cabins 1 & 2 Upper deck cabins: Cabin 1 - lower queen / lower single / upper single Cabin 2 - lower queen / upper single

Additional charges:

National Park Entry/Migratory Card Fees: 120 USD pp

Cachalote Explorer

Vessel type: Standard First-Class Motor Vessel

Length: 27 metres

Passenger Capacity: 16 passengers

Built / refurbished: 1988 / 2018

Originally a fishing boat, built in 1988 in Vancouver, Canada, this large and spacious motor vessel was converted into a passenger vessel in the early 2000’s.  She has 8 cabins (16 pax.) each with their own private bathroom equipped with Hot and Cold water shower, air-conditioned throughout, and a large salon/dining area with multiple large deck areas for relaxing, eating and socializing. 

This charming and comfortable First-Class yacht was built for the rough waters of the Canadian West Coast, so it will provide a stable, smooth and relaxing ride while visiting the beautiful Galapagos Islands.

Crew: All crew are fully trained and certified. Captain, multilingual naturalist guide, cook, engineers, barman, and 4 sailors.

Cruising speed: 8 knots (appx.)

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