Our 8-day itinerary aboard the yacht Archipel II allows you to combine the seabird colonies of North Seymour and the exclusive Genovesa with the spectacular volcanic islands Bartolome and Charles Darwin Research Station. Moreover, you will have the chance to explore Española, the most southern point of the archipel and swim with sea lions in the Loberia, on Isla Floreana.

Highlights


• Guided Hikes

• Wildlife Observation

• Birdwatching

• Photography & Filming

• Visit a breeding project & Visitor centre

• Dry & wet landings

• Inflatable dinghy rides

• Snorkelling

• Relaxing

Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, travellers pass through an airport inspection point to make sure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, and to pay the park entrance fee of $100 (unless it has been prepaid). A guide will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbour. This islet is one of most visited sites, and it is teeming with birdlife. An easy circular path takes you through the archipelago’s most extensive colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds. At the beginning of the breeding season, adult frigatebird-males blow up their vivid red pouches to impressive football-sized balloons. This is one of the few spots where you can compare the magnicent and the great frigatebird breeding next to each other
This tiny volcano islet is just recently born out of fire. Enter its wild romantic setting of spatter cones and craters, see the most famous panorama of the Galapagos. James Bay (Santiago) was where Charles Darwin spent most of his time on the Galapagos Islands. Espumilla Beach has been revived as an important breeding site for turtles. At nearby Buccaneer Cove there is a great snorkelling opportunity in crystal-clear waters.
Puerto Egas is a historical and favourite site on Santiago for wildlife lovers. The highlight is the outstanding fur seal grottos at the beautiful sculptured coastline. Upon landing on this remarkable red beach, a large bachelor colony of Galapagos sea lions will usually welcome you.
The most memorable part of the Charles Darwin Research Station will probably be the successful breeding centre and its celebrity ‘Lonesome George’. Santa Cruz offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild Galapagos giant tortoises, roaming through pastures in the agricultural zone and in the transition zone of adjacent El Chato Tortoise Reserve.
Please don’t expect flightless cormorants at Cormorant Point (they live exclusively in West Galapagos). Instead, you may have the only opportunity in the East to spot Galapagos penguins from the dinghy, or a flamingo lagoon against the pockmarked backdrop of extinct tuff cones and scented palo santo bushes. Baroness Viewpoint is a fantastic place to absorb the environment of the Galapagos. Once inhabited by an indulgent baroness and her three lovers, the history of this island is intriguing.
Being one of the crown jewels of the Galapagos, Española gives you the exclusive opportunity to become an eyewitness of evolution. Española’s west tip is a true birdwatcher’s and photographer’s dream. Feel as though you’re within an exciting nature documentary, and hike a short distance from the most colourful marine iguanas.
Two wind sculptured tuff cones at Pitt Point constitute the extreme eastern end of the Galapagos and were the first sight of land of HMS Beagle with Darwin aboard. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the lovely setting of Witch Hill’s crescent-shaped natural beach of soft powdery sand.
The Interpretation Centre just outside the provincial capital Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is a perfect introduction as well as an interesting complement to the eld-explanations and briengs of your naturalist guide. Information panels (English/Spanish), pictures, maquettes and true to life dioramas tell the background story of the islands in a different way, which helps you to get an overview and learn what makes the Galapagos so unique. The well-maintained botanical garden with native species from the arid zone (including the giant prickly pear and candelabra cacti) is worth your visit as well; and you will probably spot the Chatham mockingbird, endemic to this island, that put Darwin on track of his evolution theory. The attractive exhibition is quite complete and explains a series of natural circumstances that create the Galapagos’ unique environment: such as the volcanic genesis of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, its ocean currents, its special climate, the arrival of different species, and their establishment, among others. It also recounts historic discovery and attempts of colonisation; and shows a diorama with ancient mail barrels from Post Ofce Bay. Extensively it concludes how times have changed with current conservation and the many ways in which this is being achieved, as well as the environmental challenges that proceed. Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crewmembers, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to the San Cristóbal Airport, where we will take the shuttle back to the airport.
All itineraries are subject to change.

Cabin

$4,595 USD pp
Cabin
Archipel II offers eight cabins above the waterline, with two sea-view windows. They also include clean private facilities, hot/cold water, low beds, air-conditioning, and storage space for a comfortable stay.

Cabin

$4,595 USD pp
Cabin
Archipel II offers eight cabins above the waterline, with two sea-view windows. They also include clean private facilities, hot/cold water, low beds, air-conditioning, and storage space for a comfortable stay.

Cabin

$4,595 USD pp
Cabin
Archipel II offers eight cabins above the waterline, with two sea-view windows. They also include clean private facilities, hot/cold water, low beds, air-conditioning, and storage space for a comfortable stay.

Cabin

$4,595 USD pp
Cabin
Archipel II offers eight cabins above the waterline, with two sea-view windows. They also include clean private facilities, hot/cold water, low beds, air-conditioning, and storage space for a comfortable stay.

Cabin

$4,595 USD pp
Cabin
Archipel II offers eight cabins above the waterline, with two sea-view windows. They also include clean private facilities, hot/cold water, low beds, air-conditioning, and storage space for a comfortable stay.

Cabin

$4,595 USD pp
Cabin
Archipel II offers eight cabins above the waterline, with two sea-view windows. They also include clean private facilities, hot/cold water, low beds, air-conditioning, and storage space for a comfortable stay.

Additional charges:

Galapagos National Park entrance fee & Transit Control Card: 120 USD pp

Archipel II

Vessel Type: Catamaran

Length: 88 ft, 27 m

Passenger Capacity: 16

Built: 2005

Stable & wide

Meet the two pioneers of the Galapagos: Archipel I & II! These motor catamarans arrived in 2002, and offer stable double hulls, wide decks and large social areas, all of which are near to each other.

Our cosy accommodation

Each catamaran offers eight cabins above the waterline, with two sea-view windows. They also include clean private facilities, hot/cold water, low beds, air-conditioning, and storage space for a comfortable stay.

Spacious social areas

The Archipels have ample social areas that will complement a comfortable stay. Shared with a total of just 16 guests; the lounge, solarium, resting areas & 'Al Fresco' dining area are great choices for you to relax and enjoy the nature that surrounds you.

Greater safety on-board

Safety on-board (and during the programmed activities) is always our highest concern. We have therefore obtained the International Safety Management Certificate of the International Marine Organisation (IMO), carry proper security equipment, and put board regulations and safety instructions.

Cabin layout for Archipel II

Inclusions


• Voyage in selected cabin category (Twin/double)
• All meals while on board
• Drinking water, tea and coffee
• Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
• English speaking naturalist guide
• Transfers between the airport and ship (Transfers airport - yacht - airport only inlcuded for guests who book the flights with the cruise. If you book flights independantly you will be required to make your own way to/from the airport/yacht. If you book flights independantly you will also incur a USD$35.00 per person fee for non use of flights)
• Snorkelling gear and use of kayaks where permitted

Exclusions


• Roundtrip flights from Ecuador to Galapagos Islands (Aprrox USD$550.00 per person)
• National park entrance fee and transit card (Approx USD$120.00 per person)
• Passport and visa costs where applicable
• Travel Insurance
• Westuit rental
• Alcoholic and soft drinks
• Gratuities
• Any items of a personal nature
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