Galapagos Islands Photo Collage

GALAPAGOS EXTENSION TOURS

EXPERIENCE EVOLUTION FIRST HAND

In September 1835, upon his arrival in the Galapagos Islands, Charles Darwin stated, "The natural history of these islands is eminently curious, and well deserves attention". No one could have said it better. The collections and observations made by Darwin produced a revolution in human thought, the effects of which we can still feel today.

ABOUT THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Some of the most incredible wildlife in the world is found on the Galapagos Islands and this is the trip of a lifetime for most visitors.

Located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, the archipielago is arguably Ecuador's most important National Park. In a effort to preserve the islands as they were centuries ago, The Galapagos Islands and the Marine Reserve have been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

The Islands were formed as product of three-way tactonic joint of the Pacific, Cocos, and Nazca plates. The Galapagos Islands are crossed by the Equatorial, Cromwell, Humbolt, and Panama ocean currents resulting in variant water temperatures and unpredictable tides. It's this extraordinary weather conditions that make of the Galapagos one of the richest oceans of our plantet and one of the best destinations in the world for snorkeling and scuba diving. The bodies of water surrounding the Galapagos harbor over 400 fish species of which over 50 are endemic. Over 750 mollusks species have been recorded in the islands.

The Galapagos are also home to extraordinary land animals like the iguanas, the lava lizards, and the Galapagos Giant Tortoises that can live up to 150 years and weight over 590 pounds.

Endemic land and marine birds are also a main attraction. Besides the 16 species of darwin's finches, several endemic marine bird species breed in the Galapagos. Nesting seabird colonies can be found in several islands and here, a number of species like the Waved Albatros, Magnificient Frigatebirds, and the Blue-footed Boobies offer a visually-pleasing behavioral show as they display, or depending on the time of the year, as they take care and teach their young how to fly.

ABOUT YOUR VOYAGE

Your day begins after breakfast when you go ashore in small boats called "pangas". The well-marked paths will lead you to discover the most fascinationg wildlife, from blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, and sea lions to the rare Galapagos Penguins.

For many travelers that go to the Galapagos, yachts are the preferred way yo see the islands, offering flexible itineraries with multilingual naturalist guides, licensed and trained at the Darwin Station. All yachts carry snorkeling equipment and there is an opportunity to explore underwater daily. Returning to your yacht at midday, a delicious lunch awaits you and perhaps a short "siesta".

All yachts offer fine cuisine, ranging from international to local specialities in an atmosphere perfect for making new friends, while discovering nature at its best. After dinner, your naturalist guide will offer a briefing for the next day's activities. Since each island has its own unique landscape and diverse species of animals and plant life, every day is a new adventure.

Join us on a naturalist voyage to a land of mythic beauty untouched by the modern world.

Explore the many winding paths filled with sea and land bird's nests, prehistoric-looking reptiles and other rare endemic wildlife.

YACHT FEATURES

For a more intimate experience and the highest quality of personal service, we offer two (16 passenger) swift modern motor yachts.

Smaller boats gives you the opportunity to wholeheartedly interact both with your guide and your shipmates. Smaller boats are more eco-friendly than big cruise ships and these have permits to anchor or disembark closer to the islands and points of interest.

All our yacht options are based on double occupancy and include private bath with hot water, sundecks, bar, comfortable dinning/lounge areas and carry snorkeling equipment.

AIDA MARIA YACHT

Aida Maria Yacht
Main deck couble cabins
Upper deck double cabins
Dinning room
Captain's quarters
 
 
 
 

The sixteen passenger Aida Maria offers great combination of comfort, style and economy for tours in the Galapagos. Each of the eight double cabins has a private bathroom with hot showers, air conditioning, an ample external deck to enjoy sunny Galapagos days.

Aida Maria is one of the very few yachts entirely hand made in the Galapagos islands. The yacht is one of the most traditional and classic boats in the Galapagos with excellent service, experienced captain, friendly crew and delicious food.

Aida Maria has 8 very comfortable double cabins located on 3 decks: 4 on Main deck, 2 on the Upper deck, and 2 on the Sun deck, each cabin has upper and lower beds. All cabins have the same size and facilities.

Electricity: 110V / 220.V

Navigation: 2 radars, gps, and all required marine-electronics.

Lenght: 70 feet.

Speed: 9 Knots.

Accommodations: 8 double cabins with private facilities.

Social Areas: dinning room, living room, sundeck and entertainment center.

Crew: 8 + 1 Bilingual Naturalist Guide.

EDEN YACHT

Eden Yacht
Cabins with lower beds
Cabins wit upper & lower beds
Confortable dinning area
Ample living room with bar
 
 
 
 

For those who prefer a more comfortable environment, Eden's elegant interior refined details is sure to please. The yacht has 8 double cabins, all with private bathrooms, air-conditioner, and hot water. The boat has an ample living room next to our bar and library with T.V and DVD video.

Each of the 8 double cabins are located on 3 decks: 4 cabins with lower beds, 1 cabin with a queen size bed and 3 cabins with upper and lower beds. The yacht has 24 hour electricity and 110 V sockets.

Eden's social areas are ample and comfortable, the main saloon has large sitting areas for relaxing with a book or for enjoying a cold drink from our festive bar. The dinning room is more ample with 2 large tables that accomodates 16 people.

Electricity: 110V / 220.V

Navigation: 2 radars, gps, and all required marine-electronics.

Lenght: 79 feet.

Speed: 10 Knots.

Accommodations: 8 double cabins with private facilities.

Social Areas: dinning room, living room, bar sundeck and entertainment center.

Crew: 8 + 1 Bilingual Naturalist Guide.

  •   ALL INCLUSIVE!
    THE ENCHANTED ISLANDS: GALAPAGOS  
    8DAYS / 7NIGHTS PACKAGE
      8 of the best islands of the Galapagos:
    Baltra, Genovesa, Bartolome, Daphne, Santa Cruz,  
     
    Floreana, Espanola, & San Cristobal Islands
       Includes:  Round-trip flight tickets (Quito-Baltra-Quito), all meals, visit to the islands with specialized english-speaking guide, Yacht: accommodation on board, snorkeling equipment, & transfers in the Galapagos.     
       Day 1    
    Quito Airport - Baltra                                               
    AM: Pick-up from Quito & transfer to Quito Airport for departure to            
    Galapagos Islands (Baltra) PM: Bachas Includes: lunch and dinner
       Day 2   
    Genovesa Island                                                                                 
    AM: Darwin Bay: white sand coral beach & mangroves bird sanctuary.        
    PM: The Barranco: high cliff-face with spectacular views.  
       Day 3    
    Bartolome Island 
    AM: Bartolome: spectacular volcanic landscapes of the Galapagos.          
    PM: Sullivan Bay: amazing lava formations due to an eruption in 1897.
       Day 4   
    Daphne Island
    AM: Daphne/Black Turtle Cove: mangrove lagoon - shark & ray nursery.
    PM: Cerro Dragon: Palo Santo trees & cacti forest - land iguana reserve.    
       Day 5    
    Santa Cruz Island:    
    AM: Charles Darwin Stat: giant tortoises park. Pto. Ayora local market.
    PM: Highlands of Santacruz: deep green Scalesia forests & lava tubes. 
       Day 6   
    Floreana Island:                                                               
    AM: Punta Cormorant: pink flamingo lagoon & sea turtle beach.
    PM: Devil's Crown & Post Off. Bay: the best snorkeling site!  
       Day 7    
    Espanola Island                                                                              
    AM: Punta Suarez: Marine Iguana & Waved Albatrosss breeding site.
    PM: Garner Bay & Osborn Islet: Sea Lion beach & the giant blowhole.
       Day 8    
    San Cristobal Island  
    AM: Kicker Rock: nesting site for pelagic birds like the Blue-footed Booby. 
    AM: Interpr. Cntr. & Pto. Baquerizo: shopping before departure.  
     

    Category: First Class - Eden Yacht

    Category: Tourist Superior - Aida Maria Yacht