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STELLA MARIS YACHT


ITINERARY 2014
Cruise A  
Day 1/MON

San Cristobal Island- Lobos Island

Day 2/TUE

Punta Pitt - Witch Hill.

Day 3/WED

Gardner Bay - Suareaz point.

Day 4/THU

Floreana Island: am: Punta Cormorant - Post Office Bay.

Day 5/FRI

North Seymour Island - Bartholomew Island.

Day 6/SAT

Genovesa Island: El Barranco - Darwin's Bay.

Day 7/SUN South Plazas Island - Santa Fe Island.
Day 8/MON

Santa Cruz Island: El Chato - Twin Craters.

 

Cruise B

 
Day 1/MON

Baltra - Santa Crus: Charles Darwin.

Day 2/TUE

Sombrero Chino - Rabida Island.

Day 3/WED Espumilla Beach - Caleta Bucanero pm: Egas point.
Day 4/THU

Espinoza Point - Isabela: Caleta Tagus.

Day 5/FRI

Isabela Island: Elizabeth Bay - Moreno point.

Day 6/SAT

Tintoreras - Wetlands - Wall of tears pm: Tortoise Breading Center.

Day 7/SUN

Santa Cruz Island: El Chato - Highlands - Tortuga Bay

Day 8/MON

San Cristobal - Interpretation Center - Airport.

With our cruise you will be exploring many of the different islands of the archipelago, in a way that we believe is the best for experiencing the magnificent Galapagos nature, flora and fauna, and of course its famous endemic animals - all first-hand and up close.

Included:

  • Accommodation on board
  • Transfers around the islands
  • All excursions approved by the GNP
  • Bilingual national park guide
  • Use of the Yacht's water sports gear
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Free airport assistance
  • 24hr Crew Assistance

Not included:

  • Flights from and to the mainland to the Galapagos Islands.
  • National Park entrance fee (100$) p/p
  • Transit Control Card (10$) p/p
  • Wetsuits and snorkeling gear.
  • Alcoholic beverages and sodas.
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tips.

Cruise A

Monday:CERRO BRUJO (San Cristóbal) Before disembarking you can go around Cerro Brujo an eroded tuff cone. The landing is on a striking white sand beach a good place for swimming or snorkeling. You can observe here sea lions and shorebirds.
LOBOS ISLAND
Also known as the “Sea Lions Island” for its large population of sea lions (Galapagos Sea Lions and Fur Sea Lions). The walk is along a rocky trail where can find blue footed boobies and frigate birds.
KICKER ROCK
This islet is an eroded volcanic tuff formation, formed by two rocks of 148 meters. This is a favorite place for sea lions and several different seabirds, due to the abundant marine life. You can approach this impressive islet by dinghy and have an amazing time snorkeling.

Tuesday: Pitt Point, situated on the north-eastern tip of the island, hosts frigatebirds, storm petrels, and all three types of booby birds: the Nazca, blue-footed and red-footed boobies. A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an area with an abundance of birds. This site is also great for snorkeling and scuba diving

Witch Hill Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galápagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkeling. 

Wednesday:SUAREZ POINT (Española) This is one of the highlights of your cruise do to the amazing diversity and quantity of wildlife. You will easily encounter Nazca boobies, Española lava lizards, Española mocking birds, sea lions, Española marine iguanas, blue footed boobies and the famous Waved albatrosses that have made this island its mating and nesting place (from late March to late December).

GARDNER BAY (Española) Now it´s time to go snorkeling along Gardner Islet. It’s very likely that you will snorkel with playful sea lions in this location. After that you will disembark at one of the most beautiful beaches for a pleasant stroll among sea lion or you can go for a swim/snorkel.

Thursday:CORMORANT POINT  (Floreana) On this site you can walk along a green sand beach that contains olivine crystals and a spectacular white sand beach a turtle’s nesting area, close by is a brackish water lagoon where flamingos, white cheeked pintail ducks and black-necked stilts are found.

POST OFFICE BAY (Floreana) In the morning you will visit the mysterious Floreana Island. Here you will see one of the historic landmarks Post Office Barrel, which has been running since 1792 and was frequently visited by whalers, buccaneers and pirates. Nowadays is use by visitors who can traditionally mailed postcards and letters (No stamps needed).

Friday: NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND, This island has the largest gathering of magnificent frigate birds in the Galapagos as well as nesting blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. Lots of sea lions and marine iguanas. Rocky Terrain.

BARTHOLOMEW ISLAND On this island it is possible to see interesting volcanic formations (lava and ash cones). You will climb a wooden stairway to the top and witness a marvelous view of nearby islands and bays.

Saturday:EL BARRANCO (Genovesa) Genovesa Island is a pristine island and the best island for ornithologist and bird watchers. You will see large colonies of seabirds all around. During the hike you will easily spot red footed boobies, Nazca boobies, frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, storm petrels and herons. After the hike you will go deep water snorkeling inside the bay and see how amazing it is underwater as well.

DARWIN BAY (Genovesa) You will continue exploring this untouched island among astonishing seabird’s colonies. You disembark on a small beach and then slowly walk close to the mangroves area where red footed boobies nest and close by frigate birds and Nazca boobies shared the nesting area. Following your walk you can either swim/snorkel.

Sunday:SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND Despite its small size (0.13 km) South Plaza is home to a large number of species and it is famous for its extraordinary flora. On this site we will explore along the island’s edge and cliff, making a loop trail. The main attractions are the land iguanas, sea lions, red-billed tropicbirds, swallow-tailed gulls, shearwaters and more.

SANTA FÉ ISLAND In the afternoon you will enjoy snorkeling inside a calm bay and hiking at a small but fascinating beach home to sea lions, as well as through a dense forest of the giant Preakly Pear Cactus. Here you will look for two endemic species to the island: Santa Fe land iguana and rice rat.

Monday:Highlands (Santa Cruz) You will take a bus ride to reach the highlands of Santa Cruz and then explore in the moist vegetation zone where you will find the dome-shaped giant tortoises. Then it will be time to see remarkable volcanic formations (Lava Tunnels and “The Twins”).Departure from Baltra Airport

Cruise B

 

Monday:BALTRA You will arrive at Baltra Airport, where you will be welcome by the Stella Maris ’s Naturalist Guide. Then you will go on board and start your cruise on the Galapagos Islands.

Santa Cruz Island Tortoise Rearing Center at CDRS You will disembark at Puerto Ayora the largest town in the Galapagos. In this town are located the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galapagos National Park headquarters, this institutions work together for the conservation and protection of the islands. One of their projects is the “Fausto Llerena Tortoise Rearing Center”, where you can meet Super Diego and the baby tortoises

Tuesday:SOMBRERO CHINO ISLET A small islet located near the south-east coast of Santiago. It's shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from afar. This visit provides an excellent opportunity for the interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The trail is short and after the hike you will have the opportunity to snorkel near the shore of Santiago Island and find a variety of marine species. Possible to see: Sea lions, marine iguanas, sally lightfoot crabs, lava lizards, penguins and hawks.

Wednesday ESPUMILLA BEACH (Santiago) Is on the northern coast of Santiago Island, the landing on the beach can be difficult when the surf is strong. The main attrations here are the Palo Santo forest (dry vegetation zone), the beach (an important site for nesting marine turtles), the landscape and the land birds

BUCCANEER' S COVE (Santiago) For this visit you will disembark at the beach. Bucaneer’s Cove served as a safe haven for pirates, sailors and whalers during the 18th and 19th century. The cove is very scenic with steep cliffs made of tuff formations, where hundreds of seabirds perch. Two of the more recognizable rock formations are known as the "Monk" and "Elephant Rock". After a short walk along the beach you can go swimming or snorkeling.

Thursday: ESPINOZA POINT (Fernandina) Located on the youngest island of Fernandina (most active/pristine), it gives you a clear idea of how the other islands where at the beginning. The walk is on lava flows covered with the largest marine iguana colony in the Galápagos and brightly colored Sally Lightfoot crabs. You will stumble upon sea lions playing along the coast, flightless cormorants, penguins, hawks and herons.

TAGUS COVE (Isabela) It’s a protected cove that was visited by pirates and whalers. On this spot you will hike besides Darwin Lake (salt water) and climb towards to an spectacular viewpoint. Afterwards you will go for a dinghy ride  and snorkeling inside the calm waters of the cove, where you can also find similar species as at Vicente Roca Point.

Friday: ELIZABETH BAY (Isabela), is located on the west coast of Isabela Island. You will visit this site only by dinghy; the bay contains many islets where penguins and blue footed boobies can be spotted. Inside there’s an area covered by a large mangrove forest which is a resting place for marine turtles.

MORENO POINT (Isabela) is located near Elizabeth Bay. You will explore this place by dinghy along the striking rocky shores covered by a great quantity of birds (penguins, flightless cormorants, blue footed boobies). The hike is through lava rocks leading to tide pools where green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted and various brackish water ponds. The majority of the vegetation that grows in this lava flows is endemic.

Saturday: TINTORERAS It’s located a short distance from Puerto Villamil and you will reach this site by dinghy. Its turquoise, crystalline waters are inhabited by white-tipped reef sharks, penguins, rays, marine turtles and sea lions. One of its beaches is surrounded by mangroves and marine iguanas.
WETLANS/ HUMEDALES The Wetlands are located just outside of Puerto Villamil. It consists of lagoons, swamps, and mangrove areas and is the home to a variety of unique bird species such as common stilts, whimbrels, white cheeked pintail ducks, gallinules, sanderlings and plovers

THE WALL OF TEARS This is a place of historical interest. In Puerto Villamil from 1944 up to 1959 a penal colony hosted prisoners who were forced to build a wall, lava rocks had to be stacked upon lava rocks without any type of cement to hold them together. This penal colony was famous for cruelty and torture practice against the prisoners. Locals claim to hear cries emanating from the heavy energy surrounding the site.

TORTOISE REARING CENTER AT CDRS (Santa Cruz) You will disembark at Puerto Ayora the largest town in the Galapagos. In this town are located the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galapagos National Park headquarters, this institutions work together for the conservation and protection of the islands. One of their projects is the “Fausto Llerena Tortoise Rearing Center”, where you can meet Lonesome George, Super Diego and the baby tortoises.

Sunday: Highlands (Santa Cruz) You will take a bus ride to reach the highlands of Santa Cruz and then explore in the moist vegetation zone where you will find the dome-shaped giant tortoises. Then it will be time to see remarkable volcanic formations (Lava Tunnels and “The Twins”).

Monday: INTERPRETATION CENTER (San Cristóbal)This islet is an eroded volcanic tuff formation, formed by two rocks of 148 meters. This is a favorite place for sea lions and several different seabirds, due to the abundant marine life. You can approach this impressive islet by dinghy and have an amazing time snorkeling.Departure from Baltra Airport

 

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galapagos iguana

 

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blue foot boobies

 

galapagos tortoise

 

sea lion

 

starfish galapagos

 

galapagos penguin

 

galapagos iguana

 

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