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Western and Central Islands 8 days | Reina Silvia Voyager

8 Days FROM USD 5,439 15 % off!

Overview

SAVE UP TO 15% OFF FOR BLACK FRIDAY SALES*

Discover the beauty of the Galapagos on board your luxury catamaran, Reina Silvia Voyager. Hundreds of years of isolation and evolution have manifested a plethora of unique plant, animal and marine life among the Galapagos archipelago. Over 8 days you will be able to discover the culmination of these years as you snorkel in pristine waters, land on sandy beaches and volcanic-shaped islands. Each island within the Galapagos brings a completely different visual and wildlife experience, paying true homage to the evolutionary history of the islands. From sandy shores of pink flamingos and sea turtles to volcanic lava tunnels home to white-tipped reef sharks and a fascinating array of multi-colored fish species - no two experiences are the same.

*Sale prices valid for new bookings from 10th Nov - 30th Nov 2022. 15% discount applies to selected departures and cabins travelling between 10th Nov 2022 - 30th April 2023. 10% discount applies to selected departures and cabins travelling between 1st May - 30th Jun 2023. Prices are subject to change and availability. Terms and conditions apply please contact us for more details. 

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Trip Code: ECGAWCE

Travel Style: Small Ship Crusie

Location: Galapagos Island

Ship: Reina Silvia Voyager

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Encounter a wide arrange of wildlife - sea turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, pink flamingoes, marine iguanas, hundreds of fish species and the legendary Galapagos Tortoise await.

  • The Reina Silvia Voyager combines upscale accommodation and incredible service to provide one of the most comfortable and luxurious ways to explore the Galapagos.

CRUISE ITINERARY

Arrive to Baltra airport no later than 9:25am. Transfer to Santa Cruz Island with the CEO to visit the highlands before arriving to Puerto Ayora and a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Board the boat in the late afternoon.

After arrival in Baltra, visit of the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a special opportunity to view the islands’ most famous reptile: the giant tortoises in their wild habitat. What a privilege to see an endangered species roving in this lush environment! The vegetation of the area includes the Scalesia Forest (an endemic giant daisy tree) and birds such as the vermilion flycatcher will delight everyone with its scarlet feathers against an emerald green forest. Look for Darwin’s finches, particularly the famous Woodpecker Finch. We will then visit the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center and Charles Darwin Research Station to learn first hand of the conservation and research efforts in the islands. There, you’ll see several subspecies of adult tortoises, lots of hatchlings, and learn of the repatriation programs that are saving several subspecies of tortoises and iguanas from extinction.

Baltra & Santa Cruz

Discover the quirky maritime history of Post Office Bay, home of the oldest postal system in the Americas. Take the opportunity to post a letter in the historic post office barrel from 1793 which is still used today. Galapagos visitors can leave letters and postcards to be collected by the next passing boat. Snorkelling and a lovely panga ride are also included in this outing. Afterwards, head ashore at Punta Cormorant where the sand is made up of fine olivine crystal (a glassy volcanic mineral that gives the beach an olive-green colour). This is the best place to see Galapagos sea lions. Keep an eye out for pink flamingos and other waterbirds wading in the lagoons, including pintails and stilts.

Punta Cormorant & Post Office Bay

Morning landing at Punta Moreno on the southwest coast of Isabela to see lava formations, flamingos, and amazing views of the three most active volcanoes in the Galápagos Islands. In the afternoon visit Elizabeth Bay, which offers amazing bird and marine life viewing opportunities. Head out on the zodiacs and explore the shallows and mangroves to look for sea turtles and penguins.

In the morning you will visit Punta Moreno located southwest of Elizabeth Bay. A dry landing here is possible onto what was once flowing lava. The lava has left craters in its wake which formed crystal tide pools. By looking into these pools, you can peer into another world as the marine life drifts by your window. In the brackish pools of this area, if you’re lucky, you may see pink flamingos, white-cheeked pintails, and common gallinules. If you look carefully into the pools, you may see white-tip reef sharks and some sea turtles. In the afternoon, you will visit Elizabeth Bay, is located on the east coast of Isabela Island. Cruise on the zodiacs through the mangroves to see pelicans and an abundance of marine life in the clear water. The area is perfect for snorkeling and viewing schools of colorful fish, sea lions, and perhaps even sharks.

Punta Moreno & Elizabeth Bay

Enjoy a morning visit to Urbina Bay, located at the base of Alcedo Volcano. Keep an eye out for land iguanas. In the afternoon, land at Punta Espinoza on Fernandina, the youngest of the Galápagos Islands. Witness the large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, and a variety of birdlife.

In the morning, you will land at Urbina Bay which presents some fascinating geological formations. In 1954, an uplift from the sea formed the bay which has been characterized by the resulting terrestrial coral reef ever since. Expect to see stingrays and sea turtles swimming near the surface of the water, as well as pelicans and marine iguanas. You will be dazzled by the breathtaking view of the Alcedo Volcano. In the afternoon, you will land at Punta Espinoza and after walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, you’ll reach the island’s highlight: the flightless cormorant nesting site (seasonal). This area also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.

Isabela & Fernandina

Stop for a visit at Tagus Cove and hike to a lookout to get a stunning view of the bay. Spot old graffiti on the cliffs from whalers and pirates who once visited the the cove. Continue to Punta Vicente Roca, one of the lesser-visited and best snorkelling spots in the Galapagos to spot the abundant marine life.

After breakfast, you will visit Tagus Cove which is located across from Fernandina Island, near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s, using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views. The afternoon visit is at Vicente Roca Point. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (or sunfish).

Tagus Cove & Punta Vicente Roca

Morning excursion to Buccaneer Cove to witness the towering cliff wall rock formations and nesting seabirds. Continue in the afternoon to Puerto Egas to see the salt crater as well as a dark sand beach and tidal pools. Opportunities for snorkelling to try and spot the abundant marine life like turtles, rays and sharks.

In the morning jump in the waters of Buccaneer Cove, an area which is a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge for British buccaneers. These pirates would anchor in the protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat among other things. The steep cliffs, where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red sand beach, are a magnificent sight. After lunch, you will go to Egas Port, also known as James Bay, on Santiago Island which is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to the coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur sea lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site.

Buccaneer Cove & Puerto Egas

Visit the beach on Las Bachas and relax or swim in the crystal waters. Continue to North Seymour for guided walks to observe birds and wildlife, including vast sea lion colonies. More snorkelling opportunities for the chance to see marine life.

The morning visit to Bachas Beach which is a swimming beach is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest on the beach at night (seasonal). In the afternoon, you will visit North Seymour. Here you will be able to see Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds which are abundant on the Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lava flows containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

Santa Cruz & North Seymour

After breakfast you will disembark the vessel and transfer from the boat to Baltra Airport for your onward travels.

Please note the tour concludes upon arrival at the airport.

Disembarkation in Baltra
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Western and Central Islands 8 days | Reina Silvia Voyager from USD 5,439
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Important Information

  • Galapagos Cruise on board Reina Silvia Voyager 
    All meals whilst on baord
    Certified bilingual national park service guide
    Snorkelling at Champion Islet, Punta Moreno, Punta Espinoza, Punta Vicente Roca, Puerto Egas, Bachas Beach and North Seymour
    Highlands and wild tortoise excursion (Santa Cruz Island)
    Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
    Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
    Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
    7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

    EXCLUSIONS

    International flights
    Any pre or post land arrangements
    Travel insurance
    Visa and recirpocity fees (if applicable) 
    Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US$100 per person) 
    Transit Control Card (US$10 per person) 

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available on request. Please contact us for more information. 

  • Please note before boarding a flight from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos you will be required to pay a US$20 per person transit control card. Upon arrival in Galapagos you must also pay a US$100 per person National Park Entrance Fee. All proceeds from this fee go toward conservation, preservation and management programs within the islands. 

  • Departure date, seasonality and availability.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

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