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Cruise around the far-reaching points of the Galapagos Islands
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Highlights

  • Board a first-class catamaran for an intimate cruise around the Galapagos Islands
  • Enjoy personalized, small-group shore excursions with expert naturalist guides
  • Explore Isabela's wetlands full of blue-footed boobies, flamingos and penguins
  • Snorkel with sea turtles and sea lions in the brilliant turquoise waters of Las Bachas
  • Hike up Dragon Hill's rugged spire alongside miniature dragons, or land iguanas, for spectacular views

Cruise around the Galapagos Islands, via a first-class catamaran, enjoying small group island excursions by day, while relaxing in deluxe boat cabins at night.

Upon arrival in Quito, fly into Baltra and board your premier catamaran for a cruise around Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina and Santiago Islands. Starting on Santa Cruz, discover giant tortoises, frigates and land iguanas found nowhere else in the world. Visit Isla Isabela to witness blue-footed boobies, the Sierra Negra volcano and Tintoreras reef sharks. Scan Fernandina’s and Santiago’s black lava rocks for exotic bird species before cooling off with a snorkel and relaxing day on the white sandy beaches of Las Bachas.

Each evening, return to the boat for a soak in the hot tub or a rest on the sun deck, before delicious “al fresco” barbecue dinners.

Day 1: Arrive Quito

Upon arrival to Quito International Airport, a private taxi will take you to your colonial hotel located within the historic district of old town Quito (approx. 1 hour).


Quito, Ecuador’s capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the perfect introduction to Ecuador’s rich culture and history. Sitting high in the Andean foothills at an altitude of 9,350 feet, this once-ancient Incan city is now the country’s bustling epicenter, boasting 2.6 million people. With its well-preserved colonial center, tourists and locals alike enjoy roaming this city’s narrow streets for a mix of 16th century historic attractions, modern-day shops and upscale restaurants. 


Overnight: Quito


Day 2: Quito to Santa Cruz Island

Welcome to the Galapagos! After your flight from Quito (approx. 2 hours — not included) and arrival at Seymour Airport on Baltra Island, take a transfer to Puerto Ayora where you will board your catamaran (and home for the next six days) for a cruise around Santa Cruz Island. Meet the crew and enjoy an afternoon lunch before visiting the famous Charles Darwin Station research center. Take a short hike around the private reserve to learn about Giant Tortoises, Opuntia cacti and native flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world.


Return back to the boat for dinner, drinks and relaxation.


Overnight: Treasure of Galapagos


Day 3: Explore Santa Cruz: Dragon Hill

Board a panga boat for a transfer to the base of Dragon Hill, home to one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos. Located on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island, hike around Dragon Hill’s “Whale Bay” cove to admire its beautiful beaches and stunning coastline. Continue hiking along the trail through desert-like landscapes, cacti forests and fragrant Palo Santo trees. Keep your eyes peeled for miniature dragons, or land iguanas, as you hike up to the hill’s rugged spire for spectacular views.


This evening, watch the sun set over the islands from the sun deck or hot tub.


Overnight: Treasure of Galapagos


Day 4: Explore Isabela Island: Tintoreras & Wetlands

Today, explore the Tintoreras and the Humedales (wetlands) on Isabela Island. Tintoreras, a small bay of calm and shallow waters, is perfect for viewing sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas and rays.


The wetlands of Isabela are essential to the biological diversity of the Galapagos, serving as a home to several species that depend exclusively on this area to fulfill their life cycle. Hike the wetlands’ network of trails to discover four species of coastal mangroves and brackish water lagoons to view exotic bird species. Keep your eyes peeled for iguanas, stilts, oystercatchers, ghost crabs, fiddler crabs and the abundant wildlife that roam the mangroves in search of food. Continue hiking the foot trails to the “Wall of Tears” historic site (built in the 1940s by WWII US prisoners) before returning back to the boat for the evening. 


Overnight: Treasure of Galapagos


Day 5: Discover Isabela: Moreno Point & Urbina Bay

Trek along Punta Moreno’s coastal trail located on the north coast of Isabela. Explore lush lagoons in the middle of black lava flows and view two of the most active volcanoes in the Galapagos; the Sierra Negra and the Cerro Azul.


Journey west of Isabela to Urbina Bay, located at the base of the Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes. Enjoy roaming the island in search of corals, shells and more of the Alcedo Volcano’s famous exposed sea life.


Tonight, head back to the boat for a relaxing evening in the lounge.


Overnight: Treasure of Galapagos


Day 6: Fernandina Island & Tagus Cove

Today, tour Punta Espinosa, a jagged peninsula of cracked and eroded lava whose name refers to the hundreds of spiny marine iguanas that drape its rocks. View flightless cormorants, penguins, sea lions, and waders thriving on the edge of the islands barren lava flow. Discover rare species of bird life nesting in the mangroves, including yellow warblers, Darwin’s finches, large billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.


After lunch, hike around Tagus Cove, located west of Darwin Volcano on Isabela Island. Serving as a favorite place for pirates and whalers, explore a small cave to observe a tradition that has been maintained since the 1800’s: inscribing of the names of boats upon the walls. Head back to the boat for a delicious meal and recap of the day’s events.


Overnight: Treasure of Galapagos


Day 7: Santiago Island & Egas Port

Voyage to Puerto Egas, one of the most popular sites in the Galapagos Archipelago. This island remains one of the most fascinating places due to its long history of volcanic activity. Roam the beautiful black sand beaches to see sea lions, lizards, herons and other wildlife.


Rabida, also known as Jervis in honor of the British Admiral John Jervis, is located 5 km south of Santiago Island and is regarded as the “geographic center” of the Galapagos. With its high iron content in an area of only 3 miles, this small island’s brilliant red beaches and rough volcanic coastline are sure to be a highlight. Grab your camera for a hike around the island’s lagoon to view nesting blue footed boobies and vibrant pink flamingos.


Overnight: Treasure of Galapagos


Day 8: Onward Travel

As the perfect conclusion to your Galapagos Island adventure, head back to Santa Cruz Island to snorkel and swim. Take a short walk along Las Bacha’s shore to view flamingos, migratory birds and the nesting sites of sea turtles among the island’s rich coastal vegetation.



After a day in the sun, head back to the catamaran for a quick clean-up and transfer to Baltra Island for your return flight back to Quito.


Add on to your Galapagos adventure with a trip to the Amazon Rainforest for the ultimate wildlife experience. To add on another tour, or for more information, please contact us here at Macs Adventure and a specialist will be happy to assist you.


 

Accommodation

We specifically hand-select boutique hotels, so you can fully enjoy your stay within the historic downtown of Quito.


While cruising the Galapagos Islands, you will be aboard the “Treasure of Galapagos.” This vessel is an impressive 31.6 meter, 16 passenger, catamaran built in 2009.  


Extra Nights

You can easily request to add extra night in Quito. For further details, please ask us at the time of booking.


Solo Travelers & Single Rooms

This trip is based on two people sharing a room. If you’d like separate rooms, a single supplement is required.


If you would like to request a twin room (same room with two separate beds), please notify us during booking so we can request this option.


This trip is available for solo travelers (a solo supplement is required).


Meals

Seven breakfasts and six lunches and dinners are included in this trip. This includes all meals while in the Galapagos and one breakfast during your stay in Quito. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are all buffet style and are served either al fresco or within the dining area of the catamaran. Please notify us of dietary restrictions at the time of booking.


For all other meals not included in the trip, you can choose to dine at your hotel or from available nearby cafés or restaurants.



 



Hotel Patio Andaluz



Hotel Patio Andaluz

Located in a colonial style house from the late 16th century, this elegant boutique hotel is just a five-minute walk from the renowned Plaza Grande or Plaza de la Independencia, and to many of the museums, churches and historical sites of Colonial Quito.



 

 

 



Treasure of Galapagos



Treasure of Galapagos

The Treasure of Galapagos is a 16 passenger catamaran offering luxurious excursions throughout the archipelago, led by a highly-skilled local crew. The catamaran features comfortable and spacious social areas including three sun decks, two bars, a hot tub, lobby and indoor and outdoor dining areas. Experience all aspects of the Galapagos on daily hikes and zodiac excursions led by highly experienced, multi-lingual, naturalists and guides. Snorkeling gear and wet suits are provided to enable guests to discover below the water’s surface, while panga boats allow for fascinating shore excursions and exploring coastal cliffs. This boat is Ecuadorian owned and is proud to be recognized for its active commitment to conservation, restoration and high standards of environmental consciousness.

Availability

This trip is available year-round. Due to the
Galapagos Islands being a popular destination and having regulations
limiting the number of annual visits, we may at times have to
accommodate you with alternative itineraries or locations due to
availability.


We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalized to ensure availability for specific dates. 


Please note - Dates are subject to availability and will be inquired during booking before final confirmation. Please let us know of your flexibility regarding date range and itinerary preference (west or east), should the dates desired be unavailable.


When To Go?

Traveling
between the months of December to May is often the most popular time to
go. This period is during the warm, rainy season, offering warmer
temperatures and clearer seas, thus resulting in pleasant conditions to
snorkel and swim. Rain typically drizzles daily, but for short periods
of time.


June to November is the cooler, dry season, with often cooler
temperatures, stronger winds and, at times, rougher seas. However,
the nutrient-rich waters attracts rare fish and underwater species,
making this season a great time to go snorkeling and scuba diving.


No matter when you decide to go, the isolation from the mainland and equatorial location make the
Galapagos Islands beautiful, full of wildlife, and worth visiting
year-round.


Experience, Fitness & Grade

This trip is
graded moderate and includes daily activities, guides and tours within
the Galapagos Islands. To get the most from your trip, you should be in
decent physical shape and able to swim, walk three to six hours every
day and enjoy boat based activities. The hiking and biking is mostly on
dirt trails or paths. The kayaking and paddle boarding (SUP) activities
will be on the waters of the Pacific Ocean and at times can be choppy.
Kayaks consist of one to two persons per boat, while paddle boards are
limited to only one per person. Minimal to no prior experience is
necessary, although your ability to swim is a must. 


Equipment

Your
information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard
gear for exploring the islands such as swimsuits, sunscreen, hats, water
shoes, durable hiking boots, cameras, binoculars, rain gear and a day
pack. If you have any questions about what to take, we'd be happy to
share our own top tips and advice. 


All equipment and safety gear for activities within the Galapagos Islands is provided each day and included in this trip.


Travel Insurance

Travel
insurance helps protect your travel investment, your belongings and
most importantly you, from unforeseen circumstances that may arise
before or during your trip. For more information, please visit our
travel insurance page by clicking this link.


Visas

Please
check your visa requirements with the foreign office or the embassy in
your country of residence before traveling to Ecuador.


For US and
UK residents, proof of travel or health insurance and a valid passport
for at least six months past the planned date of departure from Ecuador
is required. Visas are not required unless you are planning to visit
longer than 90 days. You may be asked about your reason for travel and
provide evidence of a return or onward flight upon arrival.

Getting to/from Quito

Quito International Airport, based about an hour from Ecuador’s capital, has flights from international and national destinations and is a hub for exploring this beautiful country.


Travel to the Galapagos

Transfers to and from Quito International Airport are included. A domestic flight to Seymour Airport, located on Baltra Island in the Galapagos Islands, is not an included part of this itinerary as costs may vary depending on season. To ensure the most economical price and to ensure you will get the best deal, domestic flights will be purchased during booking and we will advise you of the cost. We typically choose an early flight, so you can meet your guides and maximize your time within the Galapagos. Should you have any specific requirements for flights, please inform our team here at Macs Adventure.


Getting Around:

All boat transfers and transportation services related to the itinerary are included in this trip.


For additional transportation services outside the provided itinerary, such as a taxi to a specific restaurant or location, the host at your evening’s accommodation can help assist you in making the necessary arrangements.

Included

  • 1 Night in Quito
  • 6 Nights aboard a catamaran
  • 7 Breakfasts and 6 lunches and dinners
  • Private transfers to/from Quito International Airport to downtown Quito
  • All boat transfers and activities
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fees ($120)
  • English-speaking tours and guides
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • 24/7 telephone support from our office and our local representative

Excluded

  • International flights
  • Flights to/from Galapagos Islands
  • All other meals, drinks and snacks
  • Additional nights before, during or after the trip
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities and tips

Extras

  • Extra Nights in Quito
  • Single Room Supplement
  • Solo Supplement
  • Room Upgrades (only where applicable)

Drinking Water:

Accommodations within Quito and the Treasure of Galapagos will supply you with bottled water or filtered water for drinking. While tap water is often labeled safe for brushing your teeth, we recommend using only bottled or filtered water at all times to avoid any chance of contamination. Please plan on bringing bottled water (or re-filling with filtered water) with you during activities throughout the day. Drinking plenty of water can help prevent dehydration and the negative effects of sea sickness.

What happens if I can’t do an activity?

This itinerary includes daily guides, small group excursions and all nights upon the Treasure of Galapagos, allowing for flexibility and the ability to stay on the boat if desired. If you are unable to hike, snorkel or need to skip the day’s activity entirely, that's Ok. Please inform the crew immediately to have them help assist you with alternate activities or anything you may need. 

What do I do if I become ill during my trip?

The Treasure of Galapagos will be navigating the Pacific Ocean while exploring the Galapagos Islands. Due to differing weather patterns while at sea, the waters can sometimes be choppy or rough. We suggest bringing generic nausea or motion sickness medication in the event of getting sea sick. If you need to seek medical services, you'll find information in your pre-departure information packet or you can ask the captain and crew for assistance. As always, 24/7 support from Macs Adventure is only a phone call away.

WiFi

Free WiFi will be unavailable for use while on the boat. Please plan accordingly while you are out on the water, so you can enjoy your natural surroundings and your Galapagos Islands cruise.

Perfect Galapagos Island Cruise on M/Y Passion

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This was a very special adventure with an intimate group of people (12) who did not know each other yet all meshed together perfectly. Our entire crew of 10 people were great and we had an amazing lead .... Cristian. Hiking and snorkelling every day.

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