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Explore the most exceptional islands in the Galapagos aboard the motor Catamarans Archipel I & II.

Cruise around the great outdoors of the breathtaking Galapagos Archipelago where you will keep discovering one surprise after another!

Every day we anchor at two selected visitor`s sites and organise at least two excursions.

You will observe nature from different perspectives with our balanced excursion program or even during your spare time.

Each catamaran offers eight cabins above the waterline with two sea-view windows with clean private facilities, hot/cold water, low beds, air-conditioning, and storage space for a comfortable stay.

Everything is included:

All meals (full-board), filtered water, tea and coffee.

All guided excursions & activities as mentioned in the itinerary by a National Park certified naturalist guide.

Beach towels & snorkelling gear (snorkel, mask, flippers; optional wet-suits for hire).

On-Board:

Dining room, bar and conference area with television, DVD player, chart games, library of books and DVDs.

The catamarans have ample social areas that will complement a comfortable stay. Shared with a total of just 16 guests; the lounge, solarium, resting areas & `Al Fresco` dining area are great choices for you to relax and enjoy the nature that surrounds you.

Yacht 8+ berth

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Area activities

Archipel I: Itinerary A 8 days and 7 nights.

YOUR YACHTCHARTER TRAVEL GUIDE:

The 8 day south-western tour aboard the catamaran Archipel I gives you an extensive overview of the Galapagos Islands. You will have the chance to combine the circumnavigation of the Isabela Island with excursions in the most southern points of the archipelago. You will also be able to snorkel with sea lions in the Loberia and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station in Santa Cruz.

THE ITINERARY:

- Colorado Hill/ Tortoise breeding centre 

- Santa Fe

- South Plaza

- Champion Islet, Loberia & Asylum of Peace (Floreana)

- Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)

- Isla Lobos 

- Highlands, C. Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz)

- Tintoreras Islet

- Tortoise breeding centre & wetlands

- Moreno Point, Elizabeth Bay, Tagus Cove (Isabela)

- Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)

A DAY ABOARD THE ARCHIPEL I:

The days on-board normally begin early to make the most out of your time on the islands. Wake up call around 7 am, unless activities start earlier.

After the delicious breakfast the morning programme begins. 

Upon returning on-board you will either have a snack and have some time to relax; or lunch (depending on the duration of the morning programme).

We will often head towards the next site on the itinerary while you are enjoying lunch. 

Upon arrival the afternoon programme will begin. Normally this ends before dinner is ready which means some leisure time for you to relax and refresh. 

During or after dinner the catamaran starts moving again to make sure you’ll wake up to a different view to the night before.

DAY 1 - MONDAY

AM: Arrival at San Cristobal Airport

Upon arrival at San Cristóbal Airport, a check-up is carried out first, to ensure that no foreign plant or animal species are introduced on the islands. Furthermore, your TCC (Transit Control Card) is stamped; this must be kept safe during your trip, as it has to be presented again on your return flight. In addition, entrance to the Galapagos National Park is due for entry (US $ 100), if this has not yet been paid. Your guide will meet you at the airport, assist you with the luggage and accompany you on the short bus ride to the port of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Here you will climb aboard the catamaran Archipel I. After greeting the crew and the captain, your cabins will be assigned to you and then you will enjoy your first lunch on-board.

 PM: Cerro Colorado (San Cristobal)

Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Centre, is located at approximately 40 minutes by bus to the southeast of the island. This centre was built to improve the status of the population of the island tortoises. It includes a large corral, a visitor centre, breeding centre and an interpretive trail. Along this trail it is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well as birds including the San Cristobal Mockingbird, Yellow Warblers, and many species of finches and the Galapagos flycatcher.

DAY 2 - TUESDAY

AM: South Plaza

After breakfast you will enjoy an unforgettable guided walk on South Plaza, the best place to encounter endemic Galapagos land iguanas, patient and photogenic models. You can also look out for some of the unique hybrids between the male marine iguana and female land iguana. Arriving at the upper rim, about 20m/75ft downwards impressively droning waves splash against the foot of soaring cliffs. Clouds of petrels, storm petrels, shearwaters and brown noddies make spectacular flights and sometimes look like they’re walking on the waves. Take your binoculars and don’t miss the red-billed tropicbird with its graceful long tail and spectacular mating fights.  These cliffs are also a nesting place for the endemic swallow-tailed gull.

PM: Barrington Bay (Santa Fe)

After lunch  you will land right in the middle of a Galapagos sea lion colony on the beach, where you will have time for a refreshing swim or excellent snorkelling among tropical reef fish in the crystal-clear azure waters of Barrington Bay. You will also encounter bizarre giant prickly pear cactus (opuntia) forests. These are the largest cacti on the islands, with extremely thick trunks, and can grow over 10m/33ft tall! At the end of the morning we have a wet landing at the beach of Santa Fe where we have a guided nature walk. This extraordinary island is a remnant of probably the most ancient volcano on the Galapagos. Your guide will decide whether the easy shorter circuit is followed, or a strenuous longer hike land inward (moderate level; about 3km/2mi).

DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY

AM: Champion Islet (Floreana)

Bottlenose dolphins frequently escort our passage to Champion Islet and you can see them from nearby jumping the waves! Underwater, Galapagos sea lions are playful acrobats that become the number one attraction. There are also lots of reef fish, and perhaps a green Pacific turtle. An inflatable dinghy ride along the shoreline of this islet offers sightings of lots of seabirds that are endemic to the archipelago, including Galapagos penguins, blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds and red-billed tropicbirds, swallow-tailed gulls and lava herons. A bird watcher’s wish is to get a glimpse of the Charles Mockingbird on top of prickly pear cacti. This mockingbird is a scientific and historic key species, because it put Darwin on track of his theory of ‘adaptive radiation’. 

PM: Loberia & Asylum of Peace (Floreana)

The Asylum of Peace Island is of historical interest for guests. This hike goes past a mesmerising cave and visits a fascinating freshwater spring. La Loberia beach gets its name from the huge amount of sea lions that populate the island and rest on the sand. It’s an ideal spot to relax by the ocean, go snorkelling as well as enjoy the sea lions that live there. 

DAY 4 - THURSDAY

AM: Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)

Our dinghies will bring you to the touristic pier of Puerto Ayora, from where you will be brought to the Charles Darwin Research Station. This is where biological research and indispensable conservation management of this unique archipelago are carried out. The complex houses interpretation and information centres about the National Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve. The most memorable part of your visit will probably be the successful breeding centre and the enclosures with Galapagos giant tortoises. Afterwards, you will have some free time to stroll around.

PM: Highlands (Santa Cruz)

Because wild Galapagos giant tortoises don’t stop at official National Park boundaries, dozens of them also roam on the adjacent woodlands in the populated agricultural zone of Santa Cruz. 

Thanks to their concentration around their favourite muddy pools, these semi-open pastures and moist scalesia-woodlands are the best place for a quick visit. 

DAY 5 - FRIDAY

AM: Las Tintoreras (Isabela)

Just outside the harbour of Puerto Villamil a group of islets protrude just above the ocean. The jagged black formations, dotted with mangrove and candelabra cactus, are the remnants of a lava stream that has ended up in the ocean. 

Marine life gets trapped, including spectacular whitetip reef sharks (called “tintoreras” in Spanish, as is the site’s official name). This species of shark is fairly common in the archipelago, and generally spotted on the seabed when snorkelling, while they rest from their nocturnal hunts. At this unique location you can observe them comfortably from the bank in the crystal-clear turquoise waters. Sometimes turtles and elegant white-spotted eagle rays or golden rays glide back and forth through this calm channel, as well as smaller fish and Galapagos sea lions. Also, this is where the largest species of marine iguanas reproduce. The rocky shoreline with its intertidal life also attracts sally lightfoot crabs, lava herons and Galapagos penguins, which reside on the other (western) side of Isabela. 

PM: Tortoise breeding centre & Wetlands

Isabela Island is the largest and one of the youngest islands in the Galapagos archipelago. We land in Puerto Villamil, which has the second smallest population in the Galapagos with approximately 3000 habitants. First, we will visit the Flamingos Lagoon; the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and one of the main reproductive sites for the greater flamingos. On your visit to Colorado Hill, you will get to discover the amazing and emblematic giant Galapagos tortoises in the Tortoise breeding centre, and maybe even get to see one hatch (seasonally)! In addition, you will get to see how much hard work is put into saving the last local giants of San Cristobal.

DAY 6 - SATURDAY

AM: Punta Moreno (Isabela)

Punta Moreno is located between the volcanoes Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul, on the north coast of Isabela Island. The trail leads along the lava river Pahoehoe to a complex of several coastal lagoons. The main attraction are various bird species which can be found in lakes and mangrove forests.

PM: Elizabeth Bay

The inflatable dinghy will turn landwards, leaving the surf behind and entering the calm estuary of Elizabeth Bay through a narrow entrance. Graceful Pacific green turtles swim gracefully around you, sometimes popping up their heads to take a breath. You might also see spotted eagle rays or sharks. Brown pelicans and blue-footed boobies show diverging plunge-diving techniques, while lava herons and great blue herons prefer to wait patiently for what comes along. You can also compare the huge red mangroves with black, white and button mangroves. 

DAY 7 - SUNDAY

AM: Tagus Cove (Isabela)

In the morning  we will enter the Bolivar Channel to Tagus Cove (navigation time: 3h). Meanwhile you can enjoy the delicious lunch buffet before snorkelling and visiting Tagus Cove. 

Explosive eruptions have blown out a part of the outer rims of both tuff cones, and created their characteristic horseshoe shapes and Tagus Cove. The inner crater rim contains Darwin Lake. Traditionally sailors started to write the names of their vessels on the eastern cliffs of Tagus cove. 

During the hike along the inner crater ridge of Darwin Lake you can continue to a great viewpoint on the outer caldera rim, with views to the outstretched lava slopes of Darwin Volcano. 

This arid inland zone is overgrown with characteristic tropical dry forest vegetation including a special variety of palo santo, Galapagos cotton and yellow cordia (muyuyu). 

During the hike you can spot different Darwin’s finches, flycatchers and Galapagos hawks.

PM: Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)

Espinoza Point is Fernandina’s only terrestrial visitors site, and one of the few locations where you will find some bizarre outgrowths of natural selection. The figurehead is the emblematic flightless cormorant that lives exclusively in the remote west of Galapagos, and could be considered as the ‘holy grail of evolution’. You will also love the almost unworldly views with the dominating cone of Volcán La Cumbre as a spectacular backdrop. The narrow headland that you walk along is the end of a lava tongue that has reached the coast and solidified upon contact with the cold seawater.

DAY 8 - MONDAY

AM: Las Bachas (Santa Cruz)

These two small beaches are located in the west of the Turtle Cove on Santa Cruz. Their sand consists of decomposed corals, which makes it white and soft. This makes it the favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there are small water lagoons, where flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilt birds and rainbows, can occasionally be spotted. On the second beach, which is the wider one, you can explore the remains of two abandoned warships. In the Second World War these were left by the US, as the island of Baltra was used as a strategic point for the protection of the Panama Canal. After this excursion, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to Quito or Guayaquil.

PM: Transfer to Baltra Airport

INCLUDED SERVICES:

- Accommodation in double cabins (double bed or 2 single beds) with private bathroom*

- All meals, water, tea & coffee

- All excursions as described in the programme (subject to change) with bilingual guide (Spanish / English)

- Airport assistance at Quito airport (when flight and cruise are booked together)

- All transfers to Galapagos (Airport-Yacht-Airport only included when booked together)

- Snorkelling equipment

- Bath and beach towels

* Single travellers share a cabin with a person of the same sex, unless a single room is booked and the single room surcharge is paid (guaranteed single cabin). Individuals who are willing to share their cabin are exempt from the single room supplement, even if no fellow traveller is added.

Please note: the route and activities can be modified in the event of majeure forces caused by extraordinary and natural conditions. 

NOT INCLUDED:

- International and National (Ecuador-Galapagos-Ecuador) flights

- Galapagos National Park Entrance, US $ 100 (To be paid upon arrival, in cash)

- Transit Control Card, US $ 20 (To be paid upon departure from mainland to Galapagos, in cash)

- Galapagos Airport Transport, if the flight has not been booked together

- If necessary, single room supplement

- Optional wetsuit (to be paid in cash only)

- Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks (to be paid in cash only)

- Personal expenses, extras & gratuities

- Travel insurance

Driving directions

Flight to Isla San Cristobal Airport from from Quito or Guayaquil are not included

Airports

Isla San Cristobal Airport

Policies & disclaimers

IMPORTANT NOTES:

All rates are in US Dollars.

Single Supplement: 30% surcharge with a maximum of 2 single cabins per departure.

Solo travelers are allowed to book a Balcony Stateroom (Twin) on sharing basis. The Stateroom will be shared with another traveler of the same gender.

The Master Suite can can be booked as a Triple; see rates above.

The Master Suite can also be booked as a Cuadruple - in this event we will charge only the rate of a Balcony Stateroom for each passenger.

Child discount: 20% of rate. Only applicable for one child under 12 years of age travelling with two full paying passengers. Not applicable for discounted cruises.

Children of all ages are accepted on board but parents are held fully responsible and liable for their children during the entire cruise.

Peak Season Rates +15% apply to all departures between Dec 19-Jan 7.

All rates are subject to change in the event of local tax increases or circumstances that are beyond our control.

The cruise itinerary is subject to change at any time due to circumstances that are beyond our control.

 

GALAPAGOS FLIGHT RATES

Route Rate per person when booked with us includeds Airport pickup and land transfers to and from boat:

Quito - Galapagos - Quito USD 550

Quito - Galapagos - Guayaquil or Guayaquil - Galapagos - Quito USD 550

Guayaquil - Galapagos - Guayaquil USD 500

IMPORTANT NOTES:

When booking your Galapagos flights directly the free shuttle service to Quito or Guayaquil airport is not included. Please note that if your directly booked flight arrives earlier to Galapagos than our scheduled flight, you will have to wait at Galapagos airport until arrival of the scheduled flight. If your Galapagos flight arrives later than our scheduled flight, additional transport costs may be applicable to reach the yacht. The same policy applies for your return flight to Quito or Guayaquil. Please note that any missed excursions cannot be claimed when booking your own flights.

We guarantee space on our scheduled Galapagos flights if you confirm minimum 45 days before departure. If you confirm less than 45 days prior to departure or if you require a different arrival or departure flight than the official start or end date of the cruise, your flight space will be subject to availability and the rate could vary. 

All personal flight booking details can be received maximum until 35 days prior to departure and should include first name and surname (as mentioned in passport), flight dates and flight route (start/end in Quito and/or Guayaquil). Please note that if we do not receive the flight details in time, we will have to release our allotment with the airline and flight space will be subject to availability again and the rate could vary. Please note as well that any change in names, date and year of birth, flight dates and/or flight routes, once we have received your flight booking details, will be subject to a penalty fee. Penalty fee amounts are subject to airline policies and will be confirmed at the moment of requesting a change. 

Child discount: 20% of net rate. Only applicable for children less than 11 years and 9 months old at the moment of traveling. To apply for a child discount you have to send us the date and year of birth of the child together with the other flight booking details as specified above.

Quito free shuttle pick ups can be at any hotel or lodging within the following areas: Historical Centre, Downtown La Mariscal neighbourhood, La Floresta and La Carolina Park area. Guayaquil free shuttle pick ups can be at any hotel or lodging within the following areas: Downtown Guayaquil (City Centre), Las Penas/Santa Ana port or Guayaquil Airport area.

Please note that flight rates are subject to change at any time without prior notice.

CRUISE INCLUDES

Lodging on board in a cabin with private facilities; All meals, water, coffee and tea; All excursions as mentioned in the itinerary (itinerary subject to change) with English speaking naturalist guide; Shared shuttle transfer to Quito or Guayaquil airport  *only departure transfer (included only if the Galapagos flight has been booked through us on our scheduled departure cruise dates); All transfers in Galapagos (airport-yacht-airport transfers are only guaranteed if the flight has been booked through us); Snorkeling gear (masks, flippers and snorkel).

CRUISE DOES NOT INCLUDE

Roundtrip flight to Galapagos Islands; Galapagos National Park entrance fee (USD 100 pp, subject to change); Transit Control Card (USD 20 pp, subject to change); Airport transfers in Galapagos (only included if the Galapagos flight has been booked through us on the scheduled cruise dates. * If your arrival/departure is different than our scheduled cruise flights, the shuttle service is not included); Wetsuit rental; Soft and alcoholic drinks; Tips; Travel insurance and other items of personal nature.

PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION POLICIES

DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS POLICIES

To confirm your booking 50%

60 days prior to departure 50%

CANCELLATION POLICIES FIT`S CHARTERS REMARKS

120 - 61 days prior to departure 25% Penalty fee

90 days or less prior to departure 100% Penalty fee

IMPORTANT NOTES

Deposits/Total payments should be received on our bank account maximum on the dates according to the above mentioned policy.

If we do not receive the deposits/total payments according to our policies we hold the right to cancel your reservation.

We accept only written cancellations sent by e-mail.

Penalty fees for cancellations will automatically be discounted from deposits/total payments.

OPTIONAL WETSUIT RENTAL

Wetsuit rental rate per person per day: USD 10

NOTES

All rates are Net Rates in US Dollars per person.

Please note that limited sizes and quantities are available. We recommend you reconfirm you rental needs at the moment of booking. Renting directly on board with cash payment only.

Rental rates are subject to change.

FLIGHT SCHEDULE

ITINERARY “A“

8D/7N (MON-MON)

FLIGHT Nº                  ROUTE     DEPARTURE  ARRIVAL

AVIANCA - AV1630    UIO-SCY   09H35             12H15

                                   GYE-SCY  11H25             12H15

AVIANCA - AV1633    GPS-UIO   10H03             14H37

                                   GPS- GYE 10H03             12H56

IMPORTANT NOTES

All mentioned flight schedules are subject to change at any time.

Flight includes 1 check-in bag of 23Kg. and a 10Kg hand-luggage. Additional bagagge can be added at an additional cost.

After issuing your ticket, the flight schedule could still be subject to change, due to any last minute airline changes and/or flight cancellations.

We cannot be held responsible for any changes in flight times made by the airline.

It is compulsory to issue Galapagos flight tickets with us. In case flights are booked directly, a penalty fee of USD 50 pp applies.

We strongly recommend to avoid booking an international connecting flight on your day of return from Galapagos, as flight delays and cancellations occur with a certain frequency. We cannot be held responsible for any missed (inter)national flight connections.

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