The Galapagos Islands
An Incredible & Unique Wildlife Experience!
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A trip to the Galápagos Island will be the journey of your lifetime. Located 600 miles from the Ecuadorian mainland, the archipelago consists of 13 major islands, of which five are inhabited. The Island’s interesting volcanic history, as well as its rich ﬂora and fauna have been admired and studied by numerous travelers, scientist, and nature-lovers. Scientist still faces a mystery of how such a large diversity of species could develop in a remote location like the Galápagos Islands.
On the Islands, a multitude of animals are romping about: the main reason tourists and nature lovers pay the Galápagos Islands a visit every year.
Interested who ﬁrst set foot on the Islands? Whether it was the Incas, refugees, pirates, or seafarers who were seized with a thirst fo adventure? One of the ﬁrst to visit was Charles Darwin, who was fascinated by the natural history of the archipelago. His ﬁve-week stay gave the impetus to the famous Theory of Evolution.
The Galápagos Islands are blessed with pleasant weather all year round, which means that there is no “perfect” time to visit these precious Islands. Still, you might take some factors like High Season vs. Low Season, or the climate into account. The Galápagos Islands won’t leave you untouched. Traveling to the islands offers the journey of your lifetime. You’ll awe amidst playful seals,
elegant albatrosses, ﬁery-red Sally Light-foot Crabs, and sneaky Frigate birds.
EAC's flagship luxury yacht the M/C ALYA combines Luxury, privacy, and comfort in the marvelous setting of the unique environment of the Galapagos Islands. The M/C ALYA has capacity for 16 passengers, featuring 8 spacious cabins equipped with panoramic windows to enjoy the wonderful landscapes of the islands, private bathroom, hot/cold water, air conditioning with independent controls, minibar, and a TV. Twin beds or one queen bed and connected suites for families.
Local and International dishes especially designed by our chef, are served in the relaxed atmosphere of our dining room. The Sea Star offers a large solarium with shaded and uncovered areas, two Jacuzzis, and comfortable sun loungers. Social areas include a salon, mini library, and video library. Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits and kayaks are available.
Along with the luxurious M/C AYLA, EAC Tours works with owners of other incredible luxury yachts. From 16 person to 20 person, we only supply the best.
Dates: Custom Charter Dates throughout 2022 & 2023
Cost: Contact EAC for pricing details and availability.
All cruises begin and end in Quito, Ecuador. Inquire about special extension tours to the Ecuadorian Highlands, Cotopaxi, Otavalo and of course, Machu Picchu, Peru!
SAMPLE ITINERARY: 6 days/5 nights cruise, 8 & 12 day cruises available.
**NOTE: All itineraries are subject to change without notice due to weather and sea conditions, wildlife interactions, etc. Our Captain will make every effort to maintain the original itinerary as closely as possible.
Arrive San Cristobal and tour Cerro Colorado and later to Puerto Chino Beach. Puerto Chino, it is home to huge cactus next to the trail like trees. At the beach, enjoy its surroundings with its wildlife. Sea lions share the beach with people so its common see the puppies playing and swimming. Enjoy the deep blue waters with the waves and tide, while watching for the Galapagos tortoises.
Later, visit the Breeding Center Jacinto Gordillo, also known as the “Galapaguera” is an excellent location to observe Galapagos tortoises. San Cristobal island has endemic species such as: the Galapagos Mockingbird, the lava lizard, Chatham Leaf-toed Gecko and, of course, the Galapagos tortoises. All these species can be observed here, also this expansive beach works as a nesting zone for marine tortoises.
Cruise to the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay provides an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here, observe sharks in the crystal-clear ocean.
Later, cruise to Suarez Point and Espanola Island. This rocky land spot sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along with its southern shore, high cliffs rise from the sea affording spectacular views of soaring birds and the “blow hole” where water spouts up to 75 feet, depending on the intensity of the surf.
Arrive at Cormorant Point on Floreana Island, and probably the best Flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. There are two tuff lava cones that divides the area creating a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks and other migratory birds. Observe two very distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour Sand Beach” is predominately made up of coral.
Cruise to Post Office Bay & Baroness Bay. Historically, this site was the location of a wooden barrel placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. The mariners, as well as other visitors used it as a post office. This site was also a landing area for some to the first colonists. A fun idea is to carry letters or postcards to mail there and be delivered to their destination by hand. Send one to yourself and see how long it takes!
The cruise will continue to the north of the island and will visit the Baroness Bay, for an opportunity to kayak and explore the inlets where seabird nesting sites and sea lion colonies can be found. It is said that Baroness Eloisa von Wagner loved this place and would spend hours just watching the horizon. It is a beautiful bay that allows one to breathe in the coastal and volcanic scenery. Enjoy the amazing views from the Sea Star sundeck from Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and expansive forested area of Palo Santo. An exceptional area.
Today, cruise to Santa Fe Island located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos. This island was formed from an uplift instead of a volcanic origin, creating an area that is mostly flat. There are some theories which assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe Island is home to several endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats and one of the two species of lands Iguanas.
After disembarking into these beautiful and clear waters, possibly observe one of the many sea lion colonies. One may observe one of the many salt bushes along the way, as well giant prickly pear cactus. Gigantism is a characteristic of these oceanic islands. This location offers great opportunities for snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fishes.
In the afternoon, arrive at the Plazas, located at the east of Santa Cruz Island and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than its relatives found on other islands. Throughout the island several hybrid iguanas are found, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana unique and recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color with a land iguana’s crest but a face and tail of the marine iguana. The large population of iguanas is mainly due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food. Watch swallow-tailed gulls nesting along the cliffs with other sea birds as Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds and brown pelicans.
Journey to North Seymour Island, also an uplifted island strewn with boulders. Here there are good nesting sites for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions come onto the beach that is ideal for surfing.
Watch your step, as the boobies don’t worry much about where they nest, and you might just step on one! The trees are dotted with male frigate birds trying to attract the attention of the ladies by inflating their bright red skin flaps. They sometimes flying to call more attention to themselves. Hike along a circular path that takes you through the island to a beautiful, rocky shore where the waves crash a silvery-blue.
Enjoy Bachas Beach, west of Turtle Cove. The sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind the beach is a small brackish water lagoon, where it’s possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. Also, along the beach observe two old barges abandoned during the World War II when the U.S. used Baltra Island as a strategic point to protect the Panama Canal.
Morning cruise to Mosquera Islet, located between Baltra and North Seymour Islands, was formed by a geological uplift. In its narrowest width, is only approximately 160 meters. This islet has one of the largest populations of sea lions found in the islands. Possible observation of several species of shorebirds. On a lucky day, dolphins and orcas may be seen playing in the pristine waters.
An afternoon tour to Bartolomé Island. Bartolomé is the most recognizable and photographed island in the archipelago given its distinctive Pinnacle Rock, a towering rock face eroded to a sharp point, and its appearance in the film, Master and Commander. A short hike up a wooden staircase to the island's 114-meter summit and take in some of the most spectacular panoramic views and pictures in the archipelago. The island also has a truly unique lava landscape, complete with pioneer plants like the candelabra cactus.
Later a private escorted transfer to Baltra and then to the airport for your flight
back to either Quito or Guayaquil. Complimentary use of the VIP lounge in Baltra after your check in.
ADDITIONAL NOTES TO CONSIDER:
The exact route and program may vary according to weather and ocean conditions as well as the wildlife we encounter. It's also subject to change without previous notice due mainly to readjustment of the National Park policies and regulations.
Dry landing: guests step from the dinghy onto rocks or a dock.
Wet landing: as the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, guests step into around 8 inches of water and wade ashore.
COVID-19: ALL CREW AND STAFF ON THE YACHT HAVE BEEN FULLY VACCINATED AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS INCLUDING SANITATION PROCEDURES ARE FOLLOWED DAILY AND HAVE TAKEN PLACE. SAFETY IS OUR MAIN CONCERN.
Extensions to Otavalo, the Highlands and other locations outside Quito including Machu Picchu are available. Inquire with EAC Tours.
INCLUDED DURING THE CRUISE:
Accommodation in 7 cabins and 1 master suite onboard
All meals, starting with lunch the first day and ending with breakfast the last day
Soft beverages such as sodas, water, coffee, and tea
Transfers in Galapagos (airport to yacht to airport)
Daily excursions including daily updates on the next day’s activities
English speaking Naturalist Guide category III - PhD equivalent
Use of kayaks, snorkeling gear & wetsuits
Assistance in Quito or Guayaquil airport with check in procedures.
Admission to the VIP lounge at the Galapagos airport.
NOT INCLUDED IN COST:
Air ticket Quito or Guayaquil to Galapagos - approx. $540.00 per person
Entrance fee To the National Park $100.00 per person
INGALA immigration card $20.00 per person.
Other soft drinks
Gratuities onboard the Sea Star
Medical or travel insurance. We recommend USI Affinity Travel Insurance Services
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