8D, Fragata Yatch, C

5 Days

Details

  • Certified guide
  • Yatch
  • Bank transfer, all credit cards
  • Standard Cabin
  • All Year Around
  • 5
  • 65

Overview

Do you know why the Galapagos Islands are considered Natural-Heritage of all Mankind? Find out first hand with this week-long tour!

Destinations: Baltra Island, Bachas Beach, El Barranco, Darwin Bay, Bartolome, Santiago, Plazas Islands, Santa Fe, Sleeping Lion, Brujo Hill, Lobos Island, Suarez Point, Gardner Bay, Gardner Key, Gardner Islet, Cormorant Point, The Devil’s Crown, Seymour Island.

Fauna: Iguanas, Sharks, Sea lions, Sea Turtles, Penguins, Rays, Sea Horses, Blue and Red Finches and more

Activities: Hiking, Snorkeling and Swimming

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FRAGATA YACHT

  • The Fragata yacht is one of the best Standard Fusion Travel cruise options, with more space and amenities than most other yachts of this category.
  • Outside, the Fragata yacht offers social areas where you can lounge in sun or shade.
  • The Fragata cabins offer a mix of lower beds, and bunks, with double bed also available for couples.
  • The Fragata has been a popular cruise option among past Fusion Travel clients, with regular positive feedbacks.
  • The comfortable indoor lounge has large panoramic windows to enjoy Galapagos views as you socialize with other guests. There is also a small library, stereo, TV, bar, and elegant dining hall to make your cruise more comfortable.

Itinerary

AM
Departing Guayaquil to Galapagos (1½ Hour Flight).
BALTRA ISLAND: Home to Galapagos’ main airport, this will be the starting point of your experience aboard the best tour of the Galapagos Islands. A bilingual guide will meet you at the airport and assist you during the transfer onboard the Fragata yacht. Welcome Ceremony, briefing session.
PM – After lunch
BACHAS BEACH: Wet landing on the North coast of Santa Cruz. One of the main nesting grounds for sea turtles of the entire archipelago, its clear waters are a perfect invitation to go swimming before heading back onboard.

AM
EL BARRANCO: Dry landing. Also known as the Prince Phillip Steps (after the Duke of Edinburgh’s visit in 1964), “The Cliff” is a flat lava rock formation that can be easily accessed by a wooden ladder and provides an amazing view of the surrounding habitat; you’ll find red-footed bobbies, swallow-tailed gulls, the Galapagos dove and many other species among the Palo Santo trees and lava cacti during the 2-kilometer walk. Lunch onboard.
PM
DARWIN BAY: This enormous bay dominates the Island and is home to colonies of frigates and a great variety of marine life.

AM
BARTOLOME: Dry and Wet landings. This island features distinctive lava formations and ash-cones, as well as a 375-step wooden ladder that takes you 114 meter above sea level to the top of the volcano were a spectacular view of the bays below awaits you. The prominent “Pinnacle Rock” is located on this island and is one of the most visited sites in Galapagos.
PM
SULLIVAN BAY (SANTIAGO): An amazing diving spot with white sand beaches where you can share the water with penguins and sea lions.

AM
PLAZAS ISLAND: Dry landing. This tiny cliff-bounded island was formed out of lava and now is covered by the Opuntia cacti. Resting place of one of the biggest sea-lion colonies in the Galapagos, as well yellow and red-land iguanas, Plaza Sur also holds numerous species of birds. During the 2½ kilometer walk on the island you’ll notice the its most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. A low, round-leafed bush that changes colors from green to yellow as rain becomes more scare during the months of April and May; and becomes bright red in the late part of June, until the end of dry season in January. Lunch onboard.
PM
SANTA FE: Wet landing. Snorkel and swim with sea lions in the turquoise waters of Santa Fe after taking a trail through a forest of giant cacti where you’ll spot dozens of swallow-tailed gulls, petrels, and lava gulls.

AM
KICKER ROCK: A gigantic lava rock that sticks out of the Pacific Ocean’s surface. The volcanic formation is split into two, forming a small channel between the two sections and creating a surreal diving spot or an exciting dinghy (panga) ride. The rock is frequented by an array of seafaring birds, but the real attraction of the “Sleeping Lion”, as it’s called in Spanish, is the marine life: spotted eagle rays, sea turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos sharks, and hammerhead sharks are usual visitors to Kicker Rock.
WITCH’S HILL: An eroded hill of lava surrounded by coral reef that locals used to frequent to get salt, for food preservation. Witch’s Hill is no longer exploited for salt, but home of two salt-tolerant species of plants as well as blue and red footed bobbies, rays and sea turtles. Lunch on board.
PM
LOBOS ISLAND: This island offers no landing site and is mainly frequented by master divers, the cold currents attract the rarer sea life and create a truly unique snorkeling / diving experience.

AM
PUNTA SUAREZ: Dry landing. A congregation place for the blue footed and masked bobbies, Darwin finches, Galapagos doves, and from April to June the albatrosses make this part of Española their nesting grounds. Take the 3 kilometer trail and visit the colonies of sea lions and marine iguanas at the blowhole known as “El Soplador” (the blower) that sprays water around 75 feet (25m) into the air.
PM
GARDNER BAY: Wet landing. Located on the east side of Española, this spot is the nesting ground for almost all the Galapagos albatross in the world; some 12 thousand albatross-couples visit the bay every year. After a 45 minute dinghy (panga) ride, you’ll arrive at a white-sand beach populated by the usual colony of sea lions. Excellent for snorkeling.
GARDNER ISLET: Gardner Islet offers a magical landscape both above and beneath the water surface. Many small fish can be seen while snorkeling around the site as well as sea urchins and stars.

AM
CORMORANT POINT: Wet Landing. This site holds a large lagoon where flamingos come to feed. The green sanded beach owes its color to the olivine crystals present in the soil and it is the perfect texture for the sea turtles to lay their eggs during their breeding season from December to May.
DEVIL’S CROWN: No landing. This wave-eroded volcanic crater surrounded by coral reef creates an impressive underwater landscape where you’ll be able to find schools of colorful fish, sharks and sea turtles.
PM
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND (CHARLES DARWIN SCIENTIFIC STATION): Visit the 1959-established Charles Darwin Station to learn about the Giant Tortoises and their reproduction, as well as the origin and formation of the archipelago.

AM
NORTHERN SEYMOUR:
Wet landing. Seymour Island is famous for being a gathering spot for blue footed bobbies, frigates, swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas and sea lions.
The island’s vegetation is dominated by the Palo Santo tree and the climate is typically arid.
After the visit, transfer over the Baltra Airport and flight back to mainland.

From $4272 per person

Package includes

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are on tour.
  • Naturalist Bilingual Guide (English-Spanish).
  • All the site detailed on the program (may chance due to force majeure).
  • Snacks after visiting every site.
  • Unlimited drinking water, tea & coffee.
  • Airport-Dock, Airport-Itabaca Shuttle Service and vice versa (included only during operational dates).

Package does not include

  • Airfare to and from Galapagos.
  • If you don’t book your tour with Fusion Travel a USD $50 + TAX fee is applied per person**
  • When passengers book their own plane tickets they assume full responsibility of any and all delays and extra expenses that could or may appear (bus, dinghy, hotel or other fares) in order to reach the cruise on the first day and reach their flights back when the tour is over. Additionally, our operators will not modify any itinerary dates to accommodate transfer logistics.
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee USD $200, per person **.
  • Snorkeling Equipment 5 Days: USD $25, per person – 8 Days: USD $35, per person **
  • Wetsuit 5 Days: USD $25, per person – 8 Days: USD $35, per person **.
  • Tips, Souvenirs or other expenses.
  • 15% TAX for Ecuadorians or if the billing is handled by a travel agency (**Fees and Taxes may change without notification)
HOW DO I MAKE THE RESERVACIÓN?

Simply tell us which tour you would like to book, for which dates, and for how many passengers, and subject to availability we will be happy to book it for you.

Please also send us the following information for each passenger:

Full name (as written in passport)
Gender
Passport number
Date of birth
Marital status
Country of residence
Email address
Dietary requirements (normal / vegetarian / food allergies etc) For Galapagos bookings we also need to know your preferred flight route and dates.

HOW CAN I CONFIRM THAT FUSION TRAVEL ECUADOR HAS MADE MY BOOKING?

As soon as we receive your booking request (see question1) we will go ahead and make a reservation for you. We will then send an email confirming that your booking has been successfully made – this email acts as your initial booking confirmation.

We also send an e-receipt at time of payment which contains precise details of your booking and acts as final booking confirmation

WHICH PAYMENT METHODS ARE AVAILABLE?

Fusion Travel Ecuador accept the following payment methods:

USA BANK WIRE – the most convenient method if you have a USA based bank account. We charge a $25 handling fee per transfer in order to cover our costs of transferring the money into Ecuador to pay local suppliers for your tour. Transfers usually take 2-5 working days to arrive into our acocunt.
CREDIT CARD – quick and easy online payments for visa and mastercard cardholders. Credit card processing fees do apply – please ask our staff for current rates.
ECUADOR BANK DEPOSIT OR TRANSFER – deposit cash or transfer locally into any branch of Banco Pichincha, Internacional or Produbanco. This may the best option if you are already in Ecuador.
Most importantly all of our accounts are 100% SAFE & SECURE. All payments are made in the name our company (FUSION TRAVEL CIA. LTDA.). We will never ask you to risk paying into any account registered under a personal name.

WHEN CAN I PAY JUST A DEPOSIT IN ADVANCE, AND WHEN DO I HAVE TO PAY IN FULL?

Generally speaking we require a 40% deposit at time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. Full payment is then due 3 months before your date of travel. Of course should you prefer to pay in full at time of booking then that is also no problem.

Only in the case of bookings made less than 3 months before date of travel do we immediately require full payment

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