Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Start/End: Baltra / Baltra
Activities: Walking, hiking, snorkeling, swimming, wildlife watching, bird watching
Who is it for?
Active travellers with a strong interest in wildlife, science, and discovery.
What is it?
This 8-day active exploration of the storied Galapagos Islands aboard our family-operated schooner M/S Cachalote features hiking, snorkeling and swimming experiences immersed in wide-ranging wildlife encounters that include marine and land iguanas, giant tortoises, lava lizards, sea lions, flamingos, penguins, cormorants, pelicans, Darwin finches, blue-footed boobies, Galapagos hawks, and more. Focusing on the Central and Western Islands, including visits to Western Isabela and Fernandina Island, two of the highlights of the Galapagos Islands, this trip delivers on adventure and discovery worthy of the Galapagos Islands’ intrepid history.
Highlights: Land iguanas, marine iguanas, lava lizards, sea lions, flamingos, penguins, flightless cormorant, brown pelican, Darwin finches, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, Galapagos hawk, Darwin finches
Season: All year
Included: All meals and accommodation in double cabins while on board, welcome cocktail, all exursions and activities while on board, use of kayaks, snorkeling gear, bilingual naturalist guide
Not Included: Flights to and from Galapagos, Galapagos National Park entrance fee, Migratory card fee, any extra beverages on board (anything in a bottle), snorkeling gear rental, tips, personal expenses
Prices: High Season: US$3035 per person / Low Season: US$2737 per person (Low season is from May 1-Jun 15, Sep 1-Oct 31 & first week of December)
Santa Cruz Island
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.
Fernandina Island: Fernandina is the youngest volcanic island and is still active.
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.
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