Odyssey Galapagos Islands Cruise

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Trip Operator : Latin Trails

Quick Overview

A very luxurious 1st-class yacht with a variety of unique and interesting itineraries.

Trip Length: 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, or 15 Days
Destination: Galapagos Islands
Lodging: 1st-Class to Luxury Class
Activitiies: Wildlife viewing, naturalist walks, snorkeling

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The Galapagos Odyssey offers nature avid travelers the opportunity to experience close encounters with the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.  This very well-run cruise is ideal for those who want to spend their vacation learning about unique Galapagos wildlife and witnessing the beauty of the Islands in person, but stay in very comfortable surroundings.  While many smaller cruises offer the opportunity to do more snorkeling and walks with your naturalist guide, they usually lack the style and luxurious touches of the larger cruise ships.  The Odyssey gives you the best of both world so that you don't sacrifice comfort for an amazing tour or vice versa. 

Each day, you will go out for naturalist walks and lots of snorkeling excursions with your certified Park guide.  The itineraries are designed to get you out and exploring the Islands as much as possible, so you are not a passive traveler in the Galapagos.  The vessel is owned and run by a very highly-respected and reputable operator in the Galapagos, Latin Trails.  They have earned a reputation for providing top-notch, professtional, and memorable trips for many years. 

The Odyssey was designed specifically for week-long cruising in the Galapagos Islands, keeping in mind the interests and needs of travelers who have come to one of the most remote areas of the world for a trip of a lifetime.  The cabins and communal spaces are amply spacious so you won't feel cramped during your cruise.  Each double cabin features a picture window, private bathroom, and air-conditioning.  There are two dining areas, one indoors and one Al Fresco on the boat's deck.  During your downtime, you can relax with a massage, enjoy the view from one of the Odyssey's many decks, or soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi.

Of course, you don't come to the Galappagos just to relax and when it's time to explore the Islands, your guide will be taking you on varied and fascinating tours.  In addition to natrualist walks and snorkeling, you'll also go on zodiac rides close to the rocky shores to observe birdlife and marine iguanas sunning themselves.   The Odyssey's 8 sea kayaks are available to use wherever it's permitted by the park; paddling on your own is an amazing way to observe the wildlife around you and get in a little exercise.  Most yachts typically have only two kayaks onboard, but with the Odyssey's 8 kayaks, you'll be sure to get out as much as you'd like and not wait in line for other passengers.  You'll also be visiting the Island's tortoises breeding centers and Galapagos interpretation centers to round out your experience in the Islands. 

Trip Start Days Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday
Maximum Passengers 16
Trip Difficulty Easy
Comfort Level First Class
Months Available January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Dates Prices and Options

DEPARTURE DATES

2014 DATES
6-DAY CRUISE (ITINERARY A)
Dec 31 (2013) - January 5; January 14 - 19; January 28 - February 2;  February 11 - 16;  February 25 - March 2;  March 11 - 16;  March 25 - 30;  April 8 - 13;  April 22 - 27;  May 6 - 11;  May 20 - 25;  June 3 - 8;  June 17 - 22;  July 1 - 6;  July 15 - 20;  July 29 - August 3;  August 12 - 17;  August 26 - 31;  September 9 - 14;  September 23 - 28;  October 7 - 12;  October 21 - 26;  November 4 - 9;  November 18 - 23;  December 2 - 7;  December 16 - 21;  December 30 - January 4, 2015

 5-DAY CRUISE (ITINERARY B)
January 5 - 9;  January 19 - 23;  February 2 - 6;  February 16 - 20;  March 2 - 6;  March 16 - 20;  March 30 - April 3;  April 13 - 17;  April 27 - May 1;  May 11 - 15;  May 25 - 29;  June 8 - 12;  June 22 - 26;  July 6 - 10;  July 20 - 24;  August 3 - 7;  August 17 - 21;  August 31 - Sept 4;  September 14 - 18; September 28 - Oct 2;  October 12 - 16;  October 26 - 30;  November 9 - 13;  November 23 - 27;  December 7 - 11;  December 21 - 25

6-DAY CRUISE (ITINERARY C)
January 9 - 14;  January 23 - 28;  February 6 - 11; February 20 - 25;  March 6 - 11;  March 20 - 25;  April 3 - 8;  April 17 - 22;  May 1 - 6;  May 15 - 20;  May 29 - Jun 3;  June 12 - 17;  June 16 - Jul 1;   July 10 - 15;  July 24 - 29;  August 7 - 12;  August 21 - 26;  September 4 - 9;  September 18 - 23;  October 2 - 7;  October 16 - 21;  October 30 - Nov 4;  November 13 - 18;  November 27 - Dec 2;  December 11 - 16;  December 25 - 30

10-DAY CRUISE (ITINERARY A+B)
December 31 (2013) - January 9;  January 14 - 23,  January 28 - February 6;  February 11 - 20;  February 25 - Mar 6;  March 11 - 20;  March 25 - Apr 3;  April 8 - 17;  April 22 - May 1;  May 6 - 15;  May 20 - 29;  June 3 - 12;  June 17 - 26;  July 1 - 10;  July 15 - 24;  July 29 - Aug 7;  August 12 - 21;  August 26 - Sept 4;  September 9 - 18;  September 23 - Oct 2;  October 7 - 16;  October 21 - 30;  November 4 - 13;  November 18 - 27;  December 2 - 11;  December 16 - 25

10-DAY CRUISE (ITINERARY B+C)
January 5 - 14;  January 19 - 28;  February 2 - 11;  February 16 - 25;  March 2 - 11;  March 16 - 25;  March 30 - Apr 8;  April 13 - 22;  April 27 - May 6;  May 11 - 20;  May 25 - Jun 3;  June 8 - 17;  June 22 - Jul 1;  July 6 - 15;  July 20 - 29;  August 3 - 12;  August 17 - 26;  August 31 - Sept 9;  September 14 - 23;  September 28 - Oct 7;  October 12 - 21;  October 26 - Nov 4;  November 9 - 18;  November 23 - Dec 2;  December 7 - 16;  December 21 - 30

11-DAY CRUISE (ITINERARY C+A)
January 9 - 19; January 23 - Feb 2;  February 6 - 16;  February 20 - Mar 2;  March 6 - 16;  March 20 - 30;  April 3 - 13;  April 17 - 27;  May 1 - 11;  May 15 - 25;  May 29 - Jun 8;  June 12 - 22;  June 26 - Jul 6;  July 10 - 20;  July 24 - Aug 3;  Aug 7 - 17;  August 21 - 31;  September 4 - 14;  September 18 - 28;  October 2 - 12;  October 16 - 26;  October 30 - Nov 9;  November 13 - 23;  November 27 - Dec 7;  December 11 - 21;  December 25 - Jan 4 (2015)


PRICE PER PERSON

2014 PRICING

 5-Day Cruise: $3,020.00
6-Day Cruise: $3,775.00
10-Day Cruise: $6,579.00
11-Day Cruise: $7,170.00
15-Day Cruise: $9,870.00
Single Supplement: 30% in lower deck cabin; 100% in upper deck cabin.

 

NOTES

 * Pricing is based on double occupancy cabins.  Passengers needing a single cabin will have to pay an additional single supplement (see above).  Single travelers that are willing to share accommodations with another traveler will not have to pay the single supplement.

* Charters are offered aboard the Odyssey; please inquire for rates & availability.

* Children under the age of 12 have a 20% discount on the cruise

Boat Class First Class
Boat Type Motor Yacht
Family Departure Dates None
Sites Visited in the Galapagos Islands Bartolome Island, Fernandina Island, Floreana Island, Hood/ Espa̱ola Island, Isabela Island, Mosquera Island, North Seymour Island, Pinta Island, Pinzon Island, Plazas Island, Rabida Island, San Cristobal Island, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Fe Island, Santiago Island, Sombrero Chino / Chinese Hat Island, South Plaza Island, Tower / Genovesa Island
Boat Specifications

Class: First Class
Capacity: 16 Passengers
Cabins:
Length overall: 40 meters
Waterline length: 18 meters
Beam: 8.07 meters
Speed: 12 knots
Security Equipment: Smoke detectors & Sprinklers; Co2 bank for kitchen & engine room
Year of Construction: July 2008 in Guayaquil
Ship Registry: Guayaquil – Ecuador
Water maker: 2000 gallons per day
Water Capacity: 10000 gallons
Radar: 1 Furuno 24 miles, 1 Furuno 36 miles
Navigation: 1 Satellite compass, 2 magnetic compasses.
Radio: HF-VHF-UHF Consoles , Nactex, Distrex and additional handheld units
Tender: 2 Zodiacs CARIBE C-16
Life Rafts: 1 CARIBE for 25 people, 1 CARIBE for 10 people

Cabin Bed Types Double Beds, Twin Beds
Rooming Options Doubles , Single Supplement, Willing to Share Single
Boat Amenities Bar, Dining Room, Jacuzzi, Lounge, Sun Deck(s)
Boat Length 40 m. / 131 ft.
Accommodations Description

This First Class yacht has been designed to reduce the impact on the fragile Galapagos eco-system. All cabins feature individually controlled air-conditioning, a small desk, sofa, mini-bar, and closet, as well as spacious bathrooms with shower cabins. All main deck and upper deck cabins average 20 square meters in size including the bathroom. Our Twin Cabins are spacious and fully equipped. It provides passengers with the comfort of a hotel room, while enjoying the constantly changing view outside their windows. Our matrimonial cabins are perfect for that romantic getaway, so you can enjoy the luxurious comfort with that special someone.

Odyssey Matrimonial Cabin

Odyssey Twin Cabin

Trip Operator / Guides

Our itineraries focus on main attractions of a destination, and out of the way stops to visit unique places.  We set ourselves apart by selecting only local hotels, restaurants, cruise ships, buses, etc. All travel dollars you spend stay in the country you visit. We work with local NGO's and communities offering support and fair trade experiences.

What's Included / Not Included

INCLUDED

  • All transfers in Galapagos
  • Matrimonial/Twin cabin accommodation with private facilities
  • All meals, Water, Coffee and Tea
  • All excursions as mentioned in the itinerary with English speaking naturalist guide
  • Snorkeling equipment.


NOT INCLUDED

  • Roundtrip flight to Galapagos
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee
  • Transit Control Card
  • Soft- and alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Extras and Tips


ADDITIONAL EXPENSES

  • Flights between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos (will be booked by Detour and added to overall tour cost)
  • International flights (booked on your own) 
  • National Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12 years old 
  • INGALA Transit control card: $10 per person 
  • Wetsuits (can be rented onboard) 
  • Tips (Optional)
  • Beverages aside from water, coffee & tea 
  • Personal travel insurance 
  • Accommodations in mainland Ecuador
Regular Flights

TO GALAPAGOS

Trip Start Day: Tuesday
Itineraries: A, A+B, A+B+C
Flight: AEROGAL 2K30*
Route: Quito - Guayaquil
Departure Time: 10:10am
Arrival Time: 11:00am
Route: Guayaquil - San Cristobal (Galapagos)
Departure Time: 11:45am
Arrival Time: 12:40pm
* There is a brief stop in Guayaquil (travelers coming from Quito will remain on the plane)

Trip Start Day: Sunday or Thursday
Itineraries: B, C, B+C, B+C+A, C+A+B
Flight: AEROGAL 2K32*
Route: Quito - Guayaquil 
Departure Time: 7:20am
Arrival Time: 8:15am
Route: Guayaquil - Baltra (Galapagos)
Departure Time: 8:55am
Arrival Time: 9:45am
* There is a brief stop in Guayaquil (travelers coming from Quito will remain on the plane)

 

FROM GALAPAGOS

Trip End Day: Sunday or Thursday
Itineraries: A, B, A+B, B+C+A, C+A+B
Flight: AEROGAL 2K33*
Route: Baltra (Galapagos) - Guayaquil
Departure Time: 10:30am
Arrival Time: 1:20pm
Route: Guayaquil - Quito
Departure Time: 2:05pm
Arrival Time: 2:55pm 
* There is a brief stop in Guayaquil (travelers coming from Quito will remain on the plane) 

Trip End Day: Tuesday
Itineraries: C, B+C, A+B+C
Flight: AEROGAL 2K31*
Route: San Cristobal (Galapagos) - Guayaquil
Departure Time: 1:20pm
Arrival Time: 4:10pm
Route: Guayaquil - Quito
Departure Time: 4:40pm
Arrival Time: 5:45pm
* There is a brief stop in Guayaquil (travelers going to Quito will remain on the plane)

Trip Class First Class
Activities Snorkel, Wildlife Viewing and Safaris
Kayaks on Board? No
Scuba Diving Description Scuba Diving Not Available
Guide to Passenger Ratio 1 Guide for Every 16 Passengers
Typical Day

On the yacht-based tour, the boat anchors off-shore at two visitor sites per day. Passengers are divided into groups of a maximum of 16 people, each with its own naturalist guide (a 16-passenger boat will have 1 guide).
 
On the islands you will follow marked trails, walking at a leisurely pace, with your guide explaining the unusual sights and incredible wildlife you see. You will spend 1 to 3 hours at each site.  The national Park regulated how long any group can stay at each site within the Park and what you can do there; thus, your outing at Elizabeth Bay will be the same whether you’re on the Eclipse or the Angelito.
 
You will have the chance to snorkel 1 to 3 times each day of your cruise (depending on the location, weather conditions and your guide’s discretion). Most of the snorkeling activities take place before or after island excursions, so that you will not miss the walks.  Some boats also feature dighy rides, kayaks, and one-day SCUBA upgrades.
 
At the end of the day, you have dinner onboard (all your meals are provided onboard) and retire to your cabin for the night.  The boat does most of the traveling between Islands at night, while you sleep.

On Board Payment Methods Cash
On Board Purchases Alcoholic beverages
Bilingual (English Speaking) Guides Yes
Snorkeling Equipment / Wetsuits Wetsuits are available to rent for $8 per person per day (subject to change).
Itinerary

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS: ITINERARY B

DAY 1: SUNDAY:  FLY TO GALAPAGOS, DRAGON HILL

DAY 2: MONDAY: BLACK TURTLE COVE, LA RABIDA, SOMBRERO CHINO
DAY 3: TUESDAY: GENOVESA ISLAND
DAY 4: WEDNESDAY: BARTOLOME & SULLIVAN BAY
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5: THURSDAY: HIGHLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ & DEPART GALAPAGOS


DAY 1: SUNDAY:  FLY TO GALAPAGOS, DRAGON HILL

In the morning you will fly from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos (Quito or Guayquil to Baltra).  Upon arrival at the Baltra airport, expedition leaders from the Odyssey will meet you, collect your luggage and then assist you with your transfer to the M/V Galapagos Odyssey. The transfer entails a short bus ride to the docks, your point of embarkation for the Galapagos Odyssey cruise. The friendly crew will welcome you on board and show you to your cabin before a delicious lunch is served.

The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). A dinghy ride among mangrove-lined islets allows the observation of the dramatic landscape and coastline, an area of amazing past volcanic activity. While exploring the nearby waters, various types of birds can be seen, such as boobies, frigates, and pelicans. Quite commonly, the black lava will reveal the presence of marine iguanas. The navigation in shallow turquoise coloured water gives the chance to see marine turtles, rays and sharks. Make a dry landing for a walk that includes a brackish water lagoon frequented by greater flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and a variety of shore and lagoon birds. (B, L, D)


DAY 2: MONDAY: BLACK TURTLE COVE, LA RABIDA, SOMBRERO CHINO

Early this morning, you will have a dinghy ride in Black Turtle Cove, a mangrove lagoon on Santa Cruz Island. Here you have the opportunity to see stingrays, sharks, the night heron and several species of Darwin’s finches.

Later in the morning, we will visit La Rabida, another small but fascinating Island.   The first thing you’ll notice on La Rabida are its unique red cliffs and beaches.  While walking on this Island, we’re likely to spot sea lions, pelicans, Galapagos hawks, Darwin finches, marine iguanas, flamingos and blue-footed boobies.  We will also have time to go for a snorkel in the waters just off La Rabida, where we will hopefully swim with sea lions and tropical fish.

Chinese hat (sombrero chino) is a tiny Island just off the south-eastern tip of Santiago Island and is less than a quarter of 1 sq km in size. It is a recently-formed volcanic cone and its descriptive name accounts for the fact that it appears to take the shape of a downward-facing Chinese hat. (The hat shape is best appreciated from the north side.)  There are some excellent snorkeling opportunities in the cove.  (B, L, D)

 
DAY 3: TUESDAY: GENOVESA ISLAND

Darwin Bay:  This bay has its origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite
island for birdwatchers: red footed-booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, yellow-crowned and black-crowned lava herons and yellow warblers can be seen in the area. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing red-footed boobies nesting in the mangrove trees below. Bird watching in-
cludes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves and swallow-tailed gulls.  Reaching the end the trail at the cliff’s edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.

El Barranco: The visitor site of El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island. The trail is on volcanic rock that has a length of 1.5 km and
the tour can be done in about 2 hours.  The youngest area of the island, from a geological point of view, lies in this area. The cliffs located in the south are composed of very fragile lava. The natural erosion that has occurred in these lava flows has become the ideal place for nesting storm petrels. You can see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. One of its main predators is the short-eared owl. The red-footed booby nests only in the outer islands of the archipelago, Punta Pitt, Gardner (Floreana), Wolf, Darwin and Genovesa. Also present on this island is the masked booby. During the panga rides along the cliffs fur sea lions can be seen and several species of seabirds.  (B, L, D)


DAY 4: WEDNESDAY: BARTOLOME & SULLIVAN BAY

Bartolome Island: A small barren island that is located across from Sullivan Bay off James Island, Bartolome has two main visitors’ sites. The first site offers the possibility to climb to the summit of the island, from where visitors can observe a variety of volcanic formations including lava bombs spatter and cinder cones, lava flows and lava tubes. The moon like landscape provides one of the most scenic panoramas in the archipelago. At the second site, visitors have the chance to relax on a beautiful beach, which offers great snorkeling opportunities. Multi –coloured fish and occasionally penguins and sea turtles have been seen at the base of the tall pinnacle rock, which dominates Bartolome’s landscape. A short walk across to Bartolome´s second beach and swimming is strictly prohibited.  Here visitors can see white-tipped reef sharks at a safe distance swimming along the shoreline.

Sullivan Bay: This visitor site provides a unique opportunity to view lava flow that is approximately 100 years old. The Sullivan Bay Lava is known a Panoehoe (Hawaiian for Rope) due to the lava flow having solidified in a mostly ropey-like appearance; it is rare to the rest of the world but is common to the volcanoes of Hawaii and Galapagos. Only a few plants have managed to take root in this harsh environment. The low-lying Mollugo is commonly the first plant to emerge from a bare lava field. Together with the Lava Cactus  (Brachycereus) found here, these plants are evidence of life returning to Sullivan Bay. (B, L, D)


DAY 5: THURSDAY: HIGHLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ & DEPART GALAPAGOS

Highlands of Santa Cruz: The route from Puerto Baquerizo follows the signs marked for El Progresso. This small town was established as a penal colony in 1888 by Manuel Cobos.  The prisoners were treated as slaves and developed a sugar cane and coffee plantation. The steep road narrows as it climbs the sides of the extinct volcano. At the summit visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the El Junco Lagoon. Rainwater and condensation have collected in the caldera for hundreds of years
creating this haven for frigatebirds.  The lake supplies water both for the people of the island and for many of the tourist boats. Hiking around the lake offers
views of practically the entire island including San Joaquin Hill the island’s highest point.

Depart the Galapagos: After this visit, you will be dropped off at the Baltra airport.  Your guide will explain the check-in process and you will board your flight back to mainland Ecuador (either Guayaquil or Quito).  (B)

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6 DAYS / 5 NIGTHS: ITINERARY A

DAY 1: TUESDAY: ARRIVE IN GALAPAGOS, VISIT SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
DAY 2: WEDNESDAY: ESPANOLA

DAY 3: THURSDAY: FLOREANA

DAY 4: FRIDAY: SANTA FE & SOUTH PLAZA

DAY 5: SATURDAY: NORTH SEYMOUR & BACHAS BEACH 

DAY 6: SUNDAY: MOSQUERA & DEPART GALAPAGOS 


DAY 1: TUESDAY: ARRIVE IN GALAPAGOS, VISIT SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

In the morning you will fly from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos (Quito or Guayquil to San Cristobal).  Upon arrival at the San Cristobal airport, expedition leaders from the Odyssey will meet you, collect your luggage and then assist you with your transfer to your first excursion in the Islands.

In the afternoon, visit to Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Center, located at 40 minutes aprox by bus to the south east of the island. This center was built to improve the status of the population of the island tortoises. The center includes a large corral, a Visitors center, breeding center and an interpretative trail. Along this trail is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well birds as the San Cristobal Mockingbird, Yellow Warblers, and many species of finches and the Galapagos flycatcher.

Afterwards, you will be transferred back to the dock where you will board the Odyssey.  ( L, D)


DAY 2: WEDNESDAY: ESPANOLA

Gardner Bay: Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay is an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming and observing sea lions. Here we will also have the opportunity to observe sharks in the crystal-clear ocean waters.

Punta Suarez: This rocky land-point sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galápagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea allowing the visitor spectacular views of soar ing birds and of the blow hole, a lava tube where water can spout up to 75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf. (B, L, D)


DAY 3: THURSDAY: FLOREANA

Cormorant Point: This site offers one of the largest and best flamingo lagoons in the Galapagos. It is situated between two tuff cones, giving the area its special atmosphere. Aside from the flamingos, various species of shorebirds can be seen the most common being stilts, white-checked pintail ducks and other migratory birds. This is a unique zone due to the huge amount of endemic plant life. It is also very interesting to observe the two distinct beaches: the “green sand beach (due to high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “flour sand beach” made up of coral. 

Post Office Bay: This site is home to a wooden barrel, historically placed there in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. Ever since this time the barrel has been used by mariners and tourists as a sort of postal service. Whalers and Galapagos residents used to leave their mail inside it, waiting for the captain of any boat headed to
where the mail was addressed to deliver it… why not try it out to see if it still works? What’s more, apart from being the location of the Post Office Barrel, this site was also the landing area for some of the first colonists to the Galapagos Islands. You can often snorkel with turtles from here or visit the lava tube inland. (B, L, D)


DAY 4: FRIDAY: SANTA FE & SOUTH PLAZA

Santa Fe: Santa Fe: Santa Fe has one of the most beautiful coves of all the visitor sites in the region, a turquoise lagoon protected by a peninsula of rocks and small islands that extends from the shore. The Santa Fe species of iguana are a brighter yellow colour and have uncommonly large spikes on their spine. The opuntia cactus, a favourite food of the land iguana, grows unusually tall here, up to 33 feet high and are the largest of their kind in Galapagos. Manta rays and sea turtles may be seen against the sandy bottom of Santa Fe's beautiful anchorage. Today you will have a few opportunities to snorkel, hopefully swimming with sea lions and colorful fish.

South Plaza: These are two small islets that were formed a short distance from the East Coast of Santa Cruz. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting
and outstanding species of the archipelago occur here. The principal attractions of Plazas are the land iguanas, sea lions and swallow–tailed gulls. It is possible to observe land iguanas relaxing in the shade of cactus plants and swallow-tailed gulls nesting on the rugged southern cliffs (which we will see along with various other sea birds). And that’s not all as the protected rocky seashore is a prime habitat for a large colony of noisy sea lions. Also we will be able to see yellow – tailed mullets, audubon’s shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigatebirds and brown pelicans gliding past the cliffs. (B, L, D)


DAY 5: SATURDAY: NORTH SEYMOUR & BACHAS BEACH

North Seymour: North Seymour is the only uplifted island (as opposed to volcanic) and consequently is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are several active nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. The trees are dotted with male frigate birds trying to attract the attention of the ladies by inflating their bright red skin flaps. They sometimes fly in the air to call more attention to themselves, which is, in itself, a humorous display, as the puffy flap throws off their sense of balance! There's a circular path that takes you through the island to a beautiful rocky shore where the waves crash and Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges.

Bachas Beach: The sand at Las Bachas Beach is made of decomposed coral, resulting in a white, soft composition, making it a favourite nesting site for sea turtles. In fact, the name "Las Bachas" in Spanish means "notches", referring to the indentations left in the sand by both laying turtles and their departing hatchlings. Behind one of the beaches there is a small brackish water lagoon, where occasionally it is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. In the vicinity is another longer beach that has resting on its shores two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War, when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategic point to protect the Panama Canal. (B, L, D)


DAY 6: SUNDAY: MOSQUERA & DEPART GALAPAGOS 

Mosquera: This is a small, sandy Island where you can wander around on shore and explore on your own.  The beach is nice for sitting and swimming, or you can choose to wander onland looking for sea lions or blue-footed bobbies.

Depart the Galapagos: After this visit, you will be dropped off at the Baltra airport.  Your guide will explain the check-in process and you will board your flight back to mainland Ecuador (either Guayaquil or Quito).  (B)

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6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS: ITINERARY  C

DAY 1: THURSDAY: ARRIVE IN GALAPAGOS, VISIT SANTA CRUZ HIGLANDS & CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATIO
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DAY 2: FRIDAY: ISABELA ISLAND (TINTORERAS & SIERRA NEGRA)
DAY 3: SATURDAY: ISABELA (PUNTA MORENA & ELIZABETH BAY)

DAY 4: SUNDAY: FERNANDINA & ISABELA (TAGUS COVE)
DAY 5: MONDAY: SANITAGO ISLAND

DAY 6: TUESDAY: LOBOBS


DAY 1: THURSDAY: ARRIVE IN GALAPAGOS, VISIT SANTA CRUZ HIGLANDS & CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION

In the morning you will fly from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos (Quito or Guayquil to Baltra).  Upon arrival at the Baltra airport, expedition leaders from the Odyssey will meet you, collect your luggage and then assist you with your transfer to your first Galapagos excursion.

Highlands of Santa Cruz: The route from Puerto Baquerizo follows the signs marked for El Progresso. This small town was established as a penal colony in 1888 by Manuel Cobos.  The prisoners were treated as slaves and developed a sugar cane and coffee plantation. The steep road narrows as it climbs the sides of the extinct volcano. At the summit visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the El Junco Lagoon. Rainwater and condensation have collected in the caldera for hundreds of years
creating this haven for frigatebirds.  The lake supplies water both for the people of the island and for many of the tourist boats. Hiking around the lake offers
views of practically the entire island including San Joaquin Hill the island’s highest point.

Charles Darwin Resarch Station: Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out.  One of the main attractions are the National Park Information Center, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young and adult tortoises, in captivity. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to the dock where you will board the Odyssey.  ( L, D)


DAY 2: FRIDAY: ISABELA ISLAND (TINTORERAS & SIERRA NEGRA)

Tintoreras:  A delightful place reached by a nice zodiac ride. “Tintoreras” are small islands in front of Puerto Villamil coast. There is Heron lava on the lookout  on  mangrove branch, and Galapagos penguin and sea lion often pop out on shore. White-tipped reef sharks are fairly common in the archipelago. Their name in Spanish is Tintorera, therefore this site is named after them as they are always found here resting in the shallow waters.

Wall of Tears: The Wall of Tears is a historic site in Isabela. Between 1946 and 1959 Isabela was a penal colony, where prisoners built a wall with huge blocks of lava as
punishment. The wall is 100 meters long and 7 meters high. Due to the arduous labor and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived, this site is known as the wall of tears. A set of stairs provides a bird’s eye view of the wall and the surrounding landscape. You can still see the cement foundations of the USA base dating back to the Second World War.

Sierra Negra Volcano" 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 populated island in Galapagos with approximately 3,000 habitants. We head up to the highlands from Puerto Villamil to Sierra Negra slope and later we will do
some hiking on uneven terrain until we arrive to the Sierra Negra volcano rim. Sierra Negra is the second widest crater in the world. From this viewpoint, you have fantastic sights to the 6 x 5 mile wide crater, the rest of the volcanoes and Perry Isthmus, a 12Km wide lava field. From here we can hike to Chico Volcano to watch the striking lava formations, examples of the geological occurrences that have created the Galapagos Islands. (B, L, D)


DAY 3: SATURDAY: ISABELA (PUNTA MORENA & ELIZABETH BAY)

Punta Moreno: Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava flow
Pahohoe (solidified lava in the form of corrugated iron or an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons, its main attraction are several species of birds which can be found around the lakes and mangroves.

Elizabeth Bay: This is a marine visitor site, the excursion is carried out in a zodiac and so there is no landing point. Your zodiac ride starts with a visit to the Marielas
islets where there is the largest and most important penguin colony in the Galapagos Islands. The excursion continues into the cove that is surrounded by red mangroves where you can admire their red roots and green leaves. It is here that you are able to observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions. Frequently visitors have been able to see Galapagos hawks soaring overhead while schools of pompano and Dorado fish swim below. (B, L, D)


DAY 4: SUNDAY: FERNANDINA & ISABELA (TAGUS COVE)

Espinoza Point: Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and has a single visitor site: Punta Espinoza located at the northeastern tip of the island. Just
across Tagus Cove, is a visitor site where some of the unique species of Galapagos can be seen. Marine iguanas conglomerate here in larger groups than on any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore and sometimes block the way at the landing dock. Among the unique species found here is the flightless comorant. A bird that due to the lack of predators had to adjust their way of survival and perfect their skills of finding food in the ocean. Their wings, tails and feet pro-
gressively adapted for swimming. To see these birds is to witness evolution happening right in front of you.

Tagus Cove: This a tour along the cliffs in a zodiac will give the visitors a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30 minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where you can view Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra saline lake saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this location. Look carefully at the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove, it has been written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries. (B, L, D)


DAY 5: MONDAY: SANITAGO ISLAND

Espumilla Beach: Espumilla beach is located in northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. During the last presence the El Niño phenomenon, one of the two lagoons in this site, underwent a process of sedimentation, thus causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. The main attractions are the Palo Santo forest and the marvelous. The beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles.

Puerto Egas: Its black beach is located at the west side of the island and is the main attraction of the island. Their volcanic tuff deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach. This site is called Puerto Egas, because there was an attempt of company of Hector Egas, to start the exploitation of salt, which failed because the price of salt in the continent was very cheap, and did not justify its exploitation in Galapagos. The project was abandoned and they left their infrastructure. (B, L, D)


DAY 6: TUESDAY: LOBOBS

Isla Lobos, San Cristobal: This little island is reach at approx 1 hour by panga from Port Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Island. The trail will lead across a dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks and sandy areas. There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds, which nest in this site. At the beach you will see a large colony of sea lions.  It is common to see shorebirds.

After your visit to Isla Lobos, transfer to the airport in San Cristobal and Flight back to Quito or Guayaquil. (B)

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10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS: ITINERARY A+B

DAY 1: TUESDAY: ARRIVE IN GALAPAGOS, VISIT SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND , Colorado Hill  (San Cristobal)

In the morning you will fly from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos (Quito or Guayquil to San Cristobal).  Upon arrival at the San Cristobal airport, expedition leaders from the Odyssey will meet you, collect your luggage and then assist you with your transfer to your first excursion in the Islands.

In the afternoon, visit to Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Center, located at 40 minutes aprox by bus to the south east of the island. This center was built to improve the status of the population of the island tortoises. The center includes a large corral, a Visitors center, breeding center and an interpretative trail. Along this trail is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well birds as the San Cristobal Mockingbird, Yellow Warblers, and many species of finches and the Galapagos flycatcher.

Afterwards, you will be transferred back to the dock where you will board the Odyssey.  ( L, D)


DAY 2: WEDNESDAY: ESPANOLA

Gardner Bay: Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay is an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming and observing sea lions. Here we will also have the opportunity to observe sharks in the crystal-clear ocean waters.

Punta Suarez: This rocky land-point sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galápagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea allowing the visitor spectacular views of soar ing birds and of the blow hole, a lava tube where water can spout up to 75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf. (B, L, D)


DAY 3: THURSDAY: FLOREANA

Cormorant Point: This site offers one of the largest and best flamingo lagoons in the Galapagos. It is situated between two tuff cones, giving the area its special atmosphere. Aside from the flamingos, various species of shorebirds can be seen the most common being stilts, white-checked pintail ducks and other migratory birds. This is a unique zone due to the huge amount of endemic plant life. It is also very interesting to observe the two distinct beaches: the “green sand beach (due to high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “flour sand beach” made up of coral. 

Post Office Bay: This site is home to a wooden barrel, historically placed there in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. Ever since this time the barrel has been used by mariners and tourists as a sort of postal service. Whalers and Galapagos residents used to leave their mail inside it, waiting for the captain of any boat headed to
where the mail was addressed to deliver it… why not try it out to see if it still works? What’s more, apart from being the location of the Post Office Barrel, this site was also the landing area for some of the first colonists to the Galapagos Islands. You can often snorkel with turtles from here or visit the lava tube inland. (B, L, D)


DAY 4: FRIDAY: SANTA FE & SOUTH PLAZA

Santa Fe: Santa Fe: Santa Fe has one of the most beautiful coves of all the visitor sites in the region, a turquoise lagoon protected by a peninsula of rocks and small islands that extends from the shore. The Santa Fe species of iguana are a brighter yellow colour and have uncommonly large spikes on their spine. The opuntia cactus, a favourite food of the land iguana, grows unusually tall here, up to 33 feet high and are the largest of their kind in Galapagos. Manta rays and sea turtles may be seen against the sandy bottom of Santa Fe's beautiful anchorage. Today you will have a few opportunities to snorkel, hopefully swimming with sea lions and colorful fish.

South Plaza: These are two small islets that were formed a short distance from the East Coast of Santa Cruz. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting
and outstanding species of the archipelago occur here. The principal attractions of Plazas are the land iguanas, sea lions and swallow–tailed gulls. It is possible to observe land iguanas relaxing in the shade of cactus plants and swallow-tailed gulls nesting on the rugged southern cliffs (which we will see along with various other sea birds). And that’s not all as the protected rocky seashore is a prime habitat for a large colony of noisy sea lions. Also we will be able to see yellow – tailed mullets, audubon’s shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigatebirds and brown pelicans gliding past the cliffs. (B, L, D)


DAY 5: SATURDAY: NORTH SEYMOUR & BACHAS BEACH

North Seymour: North Seymour is the only uplifted island (as opposed to volcanic) and consequently is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are several active nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. The trees are dotted with male frigate birds trying to attract the attention of the ladies by inflating their bright red skin flaps. They sometimes fly in the air to call more attention to themselves, which is, in itself, a humorous display, as the puffy flap throws off their sense of balance! There's a circular path that takes you through the island to a beautiful rocky shore where the waves crash and Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges.

Bachas Beach: The sand at Las Bachas Beach is made of decomposed coral, resulting in a white, soft composition, making it a favourite nesting site for sea turtles. In fact, the name "Las Bachas" in Spanish means "notches", referring to the indentations left in the sand by both laying turtles and their departing hatchlings. Behind one of the beaches there is a small brackish water lagoon, where occasionally it is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. In the vicinity is another longer beach that has resting on its shores two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War, when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategic point to protect the Panama Canal. (B, L, D)


DAY 6: SUNDAY: MOSQUERA & DRAGON HILL 

Mosquera: This is a small, sandy Island where you can wander around on shore and explore on your own.  The beach is nice for sitting and swimming, or you can choose to wander onland looking for sea lions or blue-footed bobbies.

The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). A dinghy ride among mangrove-lined islets allows the observation of the dramatic landscape and coastline, an area of amazing past volcanic activity. While exploring the nearby waters, various types of birds can be seen, such as boobies, frigates, and pelicans. Quite commonly, the black lava will reveal the presence of marine iguanas. The navigation in shallow turquoise coloured water gives the chance to see marine turtles, rays and sharks. Make a dry landing for a walk that includes a brackish water lagoon frequented by greater flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and a variety of shore and lagoon birds. (B, L, D)


DAY 7: MONDAY: BLACK TURTLE COVE, LA RABIDA, SOMBRERO CHINO

Early this morning, you will have a dinghy ride in Black Turtle Cove, a mangrove lagoon on Santa Cruz Island. Here you have the opportunity to see stingrays, sharks, the night heron and several species of Darwin’s finches.

Later in the morning, we will visit La Rabida, another small but fascinating Island.   The first thing you’ll notice on La Rabida are its unique red cliffs and beaches.  While walking on this Island, we’re likely to spot sea lions, pelicans, Galapagos hawks, Darwin finches, marine iguanas, flamingos and blue-footed boobies.  We will also have time to go for a snorkel in the waters just off La Rabida, where we will hopefully swim with sea lions and tropical fish.

Chinese hat (sombrero chino) is a tiny Island just off the south-eastern tip of Santiago Island and is less than a quarter of 1 sq km in size. It is a recently-formed volcanic cone and its descriptive name accounts for the fact that it appears to take the shape of a downward-facing Chinese hat. (The hat shape is best appreciated from the north side.)  There are some excellent snorkeling opportunities in the cove.  (B, L, D)

 
DAY 8: TUESDAY: GENOVESA ISLAND

Darwin Bay:  This bay has its origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite
island for birdwatchers: red footed-booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, yellow-crowned and black-crowned lava herons and yellow warblers can be seen in the area. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing red-footed boobies nesting in the mangrove trees below. Bird watching in-
cludes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves and swallow-tailed gulls.  Reaching the end the trail at the cliff’s edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.

El Barranco: The visitor site of El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island. The trail is on volcanic rock that has a length of 1.5 km and
the tour can be done in about 2 hours.  The youngest area of the island, from a geological point of view, lies in this area. The cliffs located in the south are composed of very fragile lava. The natural erosion that has occurred in these lava flows has become the ideal place for nesting storm petrels. You can see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. One of its main predators is the short-eared owl. The red-footed booby nests only in the outer islands of the archipelago, Punta Pitt, Gardner (Floreana), Wolf, Darwin and Genovesa. Also present on this island is the masked booby. During the panga rides along the cliffs fur sea lions can be seen and several species of seabirds.  (B, L, D)


DAY 9: WEDNESDAY: BARTOLOME & SULLIVAN BAY

Bartolome Island: A small barren island that is located across from Sullivan Bay off James Island, Bartolome has two main visitors’ sites. The first site offers the possibility to climb to the summit of the island, from where visitors can observe a variety of volcanic formations including lava bombs spatter and cinder cones, lava flows and lava tubes. The moon like landscape provides one of the most scenic panoramas in the archipelago. At the second site, visitors have the chance to relax on a beautiful beach, which offers great snorkeling opportunities. Multi –coloured fish and occasionally penguins and sea turtles have been seen at the base of the tall pinnacle rock, which dominates Bartolome’s landscape. A short walk across to Bartolome´s second beach and swimming is strictly prohibited.  Here visitors can see white-tipped reef sharks at a safe distance swimming along the shoreline.

Sullivan Bay: This visitor site provides a unique opportunity to view lava flow that is approximately 100 years old. The Sullivan Bay Lava is known a Panoehoe (Hawaiian for Rope) due to the lava flow having solidified in a mostly ropey-like appearance; it is rare to the rest of the world but is common to the volcanoes of Hawaii and Galapagos. Only a few plants have managed to take root in this harsh environment. The low-lying Mollugo is commonly the first plant to emerge from a bare lava field. Together with the Lava Cactus  (Brachycereus) found here, these plants are evidence of life returning to Sullivan Bay. (B, L, D)


DAY 10: THURSDAY: HIGHLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ & DEPART GALAPAGOS

Highlands of Santa Cruz: The route from Puerto Baquerizo follows the signs marked for El Progresso. This small town was established as a penal colony in 1888 by Manuel Cobos.  The prisoners were treated as slaves and developed a sugar cane and coffee plantation. The steep road narrows as it climbs the sides of the extinct volcano. At the summit visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the El Junco Lagoon. Rainwater and condensation have collected in the caldera for hundreds of years
creating this haven for frigatebirds.  The lake supplies water both for the people of the island and for many of the tourist boats. Hiking around the lake offers
views of practically the entire island including San Joaquin Hill the island’s highest point.

Depart the Galapagos: After this visit, you will be dropped off at the Baltra airport.  Your guide will explain the check-in process and you will board your flight back to mainland Ecuador (either Guayaquil or Quito).  (B)

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10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS: ITINERARY B+C

DAY 1: SUNDAY:  FLY TO GALAPAGOS, DRAGON HILL

In the morning you will fly from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos (Quito or Guayquil to Baltra).  Upon arrival at the Baltra airport, expedition leaders from the Odyssey will meet you, collect your luggage and then assist you with your transfer to the M/V Galapagos Odyssey. The transfer entails a short bus ride to the docks, your point of embarkation for the Galapagos Odyssey cruise. The friendly crew will welcome you on board and show you to your cabin before a delicious lunch is served.

The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). A dinghy ride among mangrove-lined islets allows the observation of the dramatic landscape and coastline, an area of amazing past volcanic activity. While exploring the nearby waters, various types of birds can be seen, such as boobies, frigates, and pelicans. Quite commonly, the black lava will reveal the presence of marine iguanas. The navigation in shallow turquoise coloured water gives the chance to see marine turtles, rays and sharks. Make a dry landing for a walk that includes a brackish water lagoon frequented by greater flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and a variety of shore and lagoon birds. (B, L, D)


DAY 2: MONDAY: BLACK TURTLE COVE, LA RABIDA, SOMBRERO CHINO

Early this morning, you will have a dinghy ride in Black Turtle Cove, a mangrove lagoon on Santa Cruz Island. Here you have the opportunity to see stingrays, sharks, the night heron and several species of Darwin’s finches.

Later in the morning, we will visit La Rabida, another small but fascinating Island.   The first thing you’ll notice on La Rabida are its unique red cliffs and beaches.  While walking on this Island, we’re likely to spot sea lions, pelicans, Galapagos hawks, Darwin finches, marine iguanas, flamingos and blue-footed boobies.  We will also have time to go for a snorkel in the waters just off La Rabida, where we will hopefully swim with sea lions and tropical fish.

Chinese hat (sombrero chino) is a tiny Island just off the south-eastern tip of Santiago Island and is less than a quarter of 1 sq km in size. It is a recently-formed volcanic cone and its descriptive name accounts for the fact that it appears to take the shape of a downward-facing Chinese hat. (The hat shape is best appreciated from the north side.)  There are some excellent snorkeling opportunities in the cove.  (B, L, D)

 
DAY 3: TUESDAY: GENOVESA ISLAND

Darwin Bay:  This bay has its origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite
island for birdwatchers: red footed-booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, yellow-crowned and black-crowned lava herons and yellow warblers can be seen in the area. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing red-footed boobies nesting in the mangrove trees below. Bird watching in-
cludes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves and swallow-tailed gulls.  Reaching the end the trail at the cliff’s edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.

El Barranco: The visitor site of El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island. The trail is on volcanic rock that has a length of 1.5 km and
the tour can be done in about 2 hours.  The youngest area of the island, from a geological point of view, lies in this area. The cliffs located in the south are composed of very fragile lava. The natural erosion that has occurred in these lava flows has become the ideal place for nesting storm petrels. You can see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. One of its main predators is the short-eared owl. The red-footed booby nests only in the outer islands of the archipelago, Punta Pitt, Gardner (Floreana), Wolf, Darwin and Genovesa. Also present on this island is the masked booby. During the panga rides along the cliffs fur sea lions can be seen and several species of seabirds.  (B, L, D)


DAY 4: WEDNESDAY: BARTOLOME & SULLIVAN BAY

Bartolome Island: A small barren island that is located across from Sullivan Bay off James Island, Bartolome has two main visitors’ sites. The first site offers the possibility to climb to the summit of the island, from where visitors can observe a variety of volcanic formations including lava bombs spatter and cinder cones, lava flows and lava tubes. The moon like landscape provides one of the most scenic panoramas in the archipelago. At the second site, visitors have the chance to relax on a beautiful beach, which offers great snorkeling opportunities. Multi –coloured fish and occasionally penguins and sea turtles have been seen at the base of the tall pinnacle rock, which dominates Bartolome’s landscape. A short walk across to Bartolome´s second beach and swimming is strictly prohibited.  Here visitors can see white-tipped reef sharks at a safe distance swimming along the shoreline.

Sullivan Bay: This visitor site provides a unique opportunity to view lava flow that is approximately 100 years old. The Sullivan Bay Lava is known a Panoehoe (Hawaiian for Rope) due to the lava flow having solidified in a mostly ropey-like appearance; it is rare to the rest of the world but is common to the volcanoes of Hawaii and Galapagos. Only a few plants have managed to take root in this harsh environment. The low-lying Mollugo is commonly the first plant to emerge from a bare lava field. Together with the Lava Cactus  (Brachycereus) found here, these plants are evidence of life returning to Sullivan Bay. (B, L, D)


DAY 5: THURSDAY: HIGHLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ & DEPART GALAPAGOS

Highlands of Santa Cruz: The route from Puerto Baquerizo follows the signs marked for El Progresso. This small town was established as a penal colony in 1888 by Manuel Cobos.  The prisoners were treated as slaves and developed a sugar cane and coffee plantation. The steep road narrows as it climbs the sides of the extinct volcano. At the summit visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the El Junco Lagoon. Rainwater and condensation have collected in the caldera for hundreds of years
creating this haven for frigatebirds.  The lake supplies water both for the people of the island and for many of the tourist boats. Hiking around the lake offers
views of practically the entire island including San Joaquin Hill the island’s highest point.

Charles Darwin Resarch Station: Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out.  One of the main attractions are the National Park Information Center, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young and adult tortoises, in captivity. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to the dock where you will board the Odyssey.  (B, L, D)


DAY 6: FRIDAY: ISABELA ISLAND (TINTORERAS & SIERRA NEGRA)

Tintoreras:  A delightful place reached by a nice zodiac ride. “Tintoreras” are small islands in front of Puerto Villamil coast. There is Heron lava on the lookout  on  mangrove branch, and Galapagos penguin and sea lion often pop out on shore. White-tipped reef sharks are fairly common in the archipelago. Their name in Spanish is Tintorera, therefore this site is named after them as they are always found here resting in the shallow waters.

Wall of Tears: The Wall of Tears is a historic site in Isabela. Between 1946 and 1959 Isabela was a penal colony, where prisoners built a wall with huge blocks of lava as
punishment. The wall is 100 meters long and 7 meters high. Due to the arduous labor and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived, this site is known as the wall of tears. A set of stairs provides a bird’s eye view of the wall and the surrounding landscape. You can still see the cement foundations of the USA base dating back to the Second World War.

Sierra Negra Volcano" 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 populated island in Galapagos with approximately 3,000 habitants. We head up to the highlands from Puerto Villamil to Sierra Negra slope and later we will do
some hiking on uneven terrain until we arrive to the Sierra Negra volcano rim. Sierra Negra is the second widest crater in the world. From this viewpoint, you have fantastic sights to the 6 x 5 mile wide crater, the rest of the volcanoes and Perry Isthmus, a 12Km wide lava field. From here we can hike to Chico Volcano to watch the striking lava formations, examples of the geological occurrences that have created the Galapagos Islands. (B, L, D)


DAY 7: SATURDAY: ISABELA (PUNTA MORENA & ELIZABETH BAY)

Punta Moreno: Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava flow
Pahohoe (solidified lava in the form of corrugated iron or an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons, its main attraction are several species of birds which can be found around the lakes and mangroves.

Elizabeth Bay: This is a marine visitor site, the excursion is carried out in a zodiac and so there is no landing point. Your zodiac ride starts with a visit to the Marielas
islets where there is the largest and most important penguin colony in the Galapagos Islands. The excursion continues into the cove that is surrounded by red mangroves where you can admire their red roots and green leaves. It is here that you are able to observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions. Frequently visitors have been able to see Galapagos hawks soaring overhead while schools of pompano and Dorado fish swim below. (B, L, D)


DAY 8: SUNDAY: FERNANDINA & ISABELA (TAGUS COVE)

Espinoza Point: Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and has a single visitor site: Punta Espinoza located at the northeastern tip of the island. Just
across Tagus Cove, is a visitor site where some of the unique species of Galapagos can be seen. Marine iguanas conglomerate here in larger groups than on any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore and sometimes block the way at the landing dock. Among the unique species found here is the flightless comorant. A bird that due to the lack of predators had to adjust their way of survival and perfect their skills of finding food in the ocean. Their wings, tails and feet pro-
gressively adapted for swimming. To see these birds is to witness evolution happening right in front of you.

Tagus Cove: This a tour along the cliffs in a zodiac will give the visitors a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30 minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where you can view Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra saline lake saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this location. Look carefully at the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove, it has been written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries. (B, L, D)


DAY 9: MONDAY: SANITAGO ISLAND

Espumilla Beach: Espumilla beach is located in northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. During the last presence the El Niño phenomenon, one of the two lagoons in this site, underwent a process of sedimentation, thus causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. The main attractions are the Palo Santo forest and the marvelous. The beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles.

Puerto Egas: Its black beach is located at the west side of the island and is the main attraction of the island. Their volcanic tuff deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach. This site is called Puerto Egas, because there was an attempt of company of Hector Egas, to start the exploitation of salt, which failed because the price of salt in the continent was very cheap, and did not justify its exploitation in Galapagos. The project was abandoned and they left their infrastructure. (B, L, D)


DAY 10: TUESDAY: TUESDAY: LOBOBS

Isla Lobos, San Cristobal: This little island is reach at approx 1 hour by panga from Port Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Island. The trail will lead across a dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks and sandy areas. There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds, which nest in this site. At the beach you will see a large colony of sea lions.  It is common to see shorebirds.

After your visit to Isla Lobos, transfer to the airport in San Cristobal and Flight back to Quito or Guayaquil. (B)

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11 DAYS/ 10 NIGHTS: ITINERARY C+A


DAY 1: THURSDAY: ARRIVE IN GALAPAGOS, VISIT SANTA CRUZ HIGLANDS & CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION

In the morning you will fly from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos (Quito or Guayquil to Baltra).  Upon arrival at the Baltra airport, expedition leaders from the Odyssey will meet you, collect your luggage and then assist you with your transfer to your first Galapagos excursion.

Highlands of Santa Cruz: The route from Puerto Baquerizo follows the signs marked for El Progresso. This small town was established as a penal colony in 1888 by Manuel Cobos.  The prisoners were treated as slaves and developed a sugar cane and coffee plantation. The steep road narrows as it climbs the sides of the extinct volcano. At the summit visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the El Junco Lagoon. Rainwater and condensation have collected in the caldera for hundreds of years
creating this haven for frigatebirds.  The lake supplies water both for the people of the island and for many of the tourist boats. Hiking around the lake offers
views of practically the entire island including San Joaquin Hill the island’s highest point. Charles Darwin Resarch Station: Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out.  One of the main attractions are the National Park Information Center, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young and adult tortoises, in captivity. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to the dock where you will board the Odyssey.  ( L, D)


DAY 2: FRIDAY: ISABELA ISLAND (TINTORERAS & SIERRA NEGRA)

Tintoreras:  A delightful place reached by a nice zodiac ride. “Tintoreras” are small islands in front of Puerto Villamil coast. There is Heron lava on the lookout  on  mangrove branch, and Galapagos penguin and sea lion often pop out on shore. White-tipped reef sharks are fairly common in the archipelago. Their name in Spanish is Tintorera, therefore this site is named after them as they are always found here resting in the shallow waters.

Wall of Tears: The Wall of Tears is a historic site in Isabela. Between 1946 and 1959 Isabela was a penal colony, where prisoners built a wall with huge blocks of lava as
punishment. The wall is 100 meters long and 7 meters high. Due to the arduous labor and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived, this site is known as the wall of tears. A set of stairs provides a bird’s eye view of the wall and the surrounding landscape. You can still see the cement foundations of the USA base dating back to the Second World War.

Sierra Negra Volcano" 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 populated island in Galapagos with approximately 3,000 habitants. We head up to the highlands from Puerto Villamil to Sierra Negra slope and later we will do
some hiking on uneven terrain until we arrive to the Sierra Negra volcano rim. Sierra Negra is the second widest crater in the world. From this viewpoint, you have fantastic sights to the 6 x 5 mile wide crater, the rest of the volcanoes and Perry Isthmus, a 12Km wide lava field. From here we can hike to Chico Volcano to watch the striking lava formations, examples of the geological occurrences that have created the Galapagos Islands. (B, L, D)


DAY 3: SATURDAY: ISABELA (PUNTA MORENA & ELIZABETH BAY)

Punta Moreno: Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava flow
Pahohoe (solidified lava in the form of corrugated iron or an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons, its main attraction are several species of birds which can be found around the lakes and mangroves.

Elizabeth Bay: This is a marine visitor site, the excursion is carried out in a zodiac and so there is no landing point. Your zodiac ride starts with a visit to the Marielas
islets where there is the largest and most important penguin colony in the Galapagos Islands. The excursion continues into the cove that is surrounded by red mangroves where you can admire their red roots and green leaves. It is here that you are able to observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions. Frequently visitors have been able to see Galapagos hawks soaring overhead while schools of pompano and Dorado fish swim below. (B, L, D)


DAY 4: SUNDAY: FERNANDINA & ISABELA (TAGUS COVE)

Espinoza Point: Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and has a single visitor site: Punta Espinoza located at the northeastern tip of the island. Just
across Tagus Cove, is a visitor site where some of the unique species of Galapagos can be seen. Marine iguanas conglomerate here in larger groups than on any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore and sometimes block the way at the landing dock. Among the unique species found here is the flightless comorant. A bird that due to the lack of predators had to adjust their way of survival and perfect their skills of finding food in the ocean. Their wings, tails and feet pro-
gressively adapted for swimming. To see these birds is to witness evolution happening right in front of you.

Tagus Cove: This a tour along the cliffs in a zodiac will give the visitors a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30 minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where you can view Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra saline lake saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this location. Look carefully at the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove, it has been written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries. (B, L, D)


DAY 5: MONDAY: SANITAGO ISLAND

Espumilla Beach: Espumilla beach is located in northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. During the last presence the El Niño phenomenon, one of the two lagoons in this site, underwent a process of sedimentation, thus causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. The main attractions are the Palo Santo forest and the marvelous. The beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles.

Puerto Egas: Its black beach is located at the west side of the island and is the main attraction of the island. Their volcanic tuff deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach. This site is called Puerto Egas, because there was an attempt of company of Hector Egas, to start the exploitation of salt, which failed because the price of salt in the continent was very cheap, and did not justify its exploitation in Galapagos. The project was abandoned and they left their infrastructure. (B, L, D)


DAY 6: TUESDAY: SAN CRISTOBAL

Isla Lobos, San Cristobal: This little island is reach at approx 1 hour by panga from Port Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Island. The trail will lead across a dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks and sandy areas. There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds, which nest in this site. At the beach you will see a large colony of sea lions.  It is common to see shorebirds.

In the afternoon, visit to Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Center, located at 40 minutes aprox by bus to the south east of the island. This center was built to improve the status of the population of the island tortoises. The center includes a large corral, a Visitors center, breeding center and an interpretative trail. Along this trail is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well birds as the San Cristobal Mockingbird, Yellow Warblers, and many species of finches and the Galapagos flycatcher.  Afterwards, you will be transferred back to the dock where you will board the Odyssey.  ( B, L, D)


DAY 7: WEDNESDAY: ESPANOLA

Gardner Bay: Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay is an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming and observing sea lions. Here we will also have the opportunity to observe sharks in the crystal-clear ocean waters.

Punta Suarez: This rocky land-point sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galápagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea allowing the visitor spectacular views of soar ing birds and of the blow hole, a lava tube where water can spout up to 75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf. (B, L, D)


DAY 8: THURSDAY: FLOREANA

Cormorant Point: This site offers one of the largest and best flamingo lagoons in the Galapagos. It is situated between two tuff cones, giving the area its special atmosphere. Aside from the flamingos, various species of shorebirds can be seen the most common being stilts, white-checked pintail ducks and other migratory birds. This is a unique zone due to the huge amount of endemic plant life. It is also very interesting to observe the two distinct beaches: the “green sand beach (due to high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “flour sand beach” made up of coral. 

Post Office Bay: This site is home to a wooden barrel, historically placed there in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. Ever since this time the barrel has been used by mariners and tourists as a sort of postal service. Whalers and Galapagos residents used to leave their mail inside it, waiting for the captain of any boat headed to
where the mail was addressed to deliver it… why not try it out to see if it still works? What’s more, apart from being the location of the Post Office Barrel, this site was also the landing area for some of the first colonists to the Galapagos Islands. You can often snorkel with turtles from here or visit the lava tube inland. (B, L, D)


DAY 9: FRIDAY: SANTA FE & SOUTH PLAZA

Santa Fe: Santa Fe: Santa Fe has one of the most beautiful coves of all the visitor sites in the region, a turquoise lagoon protected by a peninsula of rocks and small islands that extends from the shore. The Santa Fe species of iguana are a brighter yellow colour and have uncommonly large spikes on their spine. The opuntia cactus, a favourite food of the land iguana, grows unusually tall here, up to 33 feet high and are the largest of their kind in Galapagos. Manta rays and sea turtles may be seen against the sandy bottom of Santa Fe's beautiful anchorage. Today you will have a few opportunities to snorkel, hopefully swimming with sea lions and colorful fish.

South Plaza: These are two small islets that were formed a short distance from the East Coast of Santa Cruz. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting
and outstanding species of the archipelago occur here. The principal attractions of Plazas are the land iguanas, sea lions and swallow–tailed gulls. It is possible to observe land iguanas relaxing in the shade of cactus plants and swallow-tailed gulls nesting on the rugged southern cliffs (which we will see along with various other sea birds). And that’s not all as the protected rocky seashore is a prime habitat for a large colony of noisy sea lions. Also we will be able to see yellow – tailed mullets, audubon’s shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigatebirds and brown pelicans gliding past the cliffs. (B, L, D)


DAY 10: SATURDAY: NORTH SEYMOUR & BACHAS BEACH

North Seymour: North Seymour is the only uplifted island (as opposed to volcanic) and consequently is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are several active nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. The trees are dotted with male frigate birds trying to attract the attention of the ladies by inflating their bright red skin flaps. They sometimes fly in the air to call more attention to themselves, which is, in itself, a humorous display, as the puffy flap throws off their sense of balance! There's a circular path that takes you through the island to a beautiful rocky shore where the waves crash and Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges.

Bachas Beach: The sand at Las Bachas Beach is made of decomposed coral, resulting in a white, soft composition, making it a favourite nesting site for sea turtles. In fact, the name "Las Bachas" in Spanish means "notches", referring to the indentations left in the sand by both laying turtles and their departing hatchlings. Behind one of the beaches there is a small brackish water lagoon, where occasionally it is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. In the vicinity is another longer beach that has resting on its shores two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War, when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategic point to protect the Panama Canal. (B, L, D)


DAY 11: SUNDAY: MOSQUERA & DEPART GALAPAGOS 

Mosquera: This is a small, sandy Island where you can wander around on shore and explore on your own.  The beach is nice for sitting and swimming, or you can choose to wander onland

Abbreviated Itinerary

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS: ITINERARY B

DAY 1: SUNDAY:  FLY TO GALAPAGOS, DRAGON HILL
DAY 2: MONDAY: BLACK TURTLE COVE, LA RABIDA, SOMBRERO CHINO
DAY 3: TUESDAY: GENOVESA ISLAND
DAY 4: WEDNESDAY: BARTOLOME & SULLIVAN BAY
DAY 5: THURSDAY: HIGHLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ & DEPART GALAPAGOS


6 DAYS / 5 NIGTHS: ITINERARY A

DAY 1: TUESDAY: ARRIVE IN GALAPAGOS, VISIT SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
DAY 2: WEDNESDAY: ESPANOLA
DAY 3: THURSDAY: FLOREANA
DAY 4: FRIDAY: SANTA FE & SOUTH PLAZA
DAY 5: SATURDAY: NORTH SEYMOUR & BACHAS BEACH
DAY 6: SUNDAY: MOSQUERA & DEPART GALAPAGOS 


6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS: ITINERARY C

DAY 1: THURSDAY: ARRIVE IN GALAPAGOS, VISIT SANTA CRUZ HIGLANDS & DARWIN STATION
DAY 2: FRIDAY: ISABELA ISLAND (TINTORERAS & SIERRA NEGRA)
DAY 3: SATURDAY: ISABELA (PUNTA MORENA & ELIZABETH BAY)
DAY 4: SUNDAY: FERNANDINA & ISABELA (TAGUS COVE)
DAY 5: MONDAY: SANITAGO ISLAND
DAY 6: TUESDAY: LOBOBS


10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS: ITINERARY A+B

DAY 1: TUESDAY: ARRIVE IN GALAPAGOS, VISIT SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
DAY 2: WEDNESDAY: ESPANOLA
DAY 3: THURSDAY: FLOREANA
DAY 4: FRIDAY: SANTA FE & SOUTH PLAZA
DAY 5: SATURDAY: NORTH SEYMOUR & BACHAS BEACH
DAY 6: SUNDAY: MOSQUERA & DRAGON HILL 
DAY 7: MONDAY: BLACK TURTLE COVE, LA RABIDA, SOMBRERO CHINO
DAY 8: TUESDAY: GENOVESA ISLAND
DAY 9: WEDNESDAY: BARTOLOME & SULLIVAN BAY
DAY 10: THURSDAY: HIGHLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ & DEPART GALAPAGOS


10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS: ITINERARY B+C

DAY 1: SUNDAY:  FLY TO GALAPAGOS, DRAGON HILL
DAY 2: MONDAY: BLACK TURTLE COVE, LA RABIDA, SOMBRERO CHINO
DAY 3: TUESDAY: GENOVESA ISLAND
DAY 4: WEDNESDAY: BARTOLOME & SULLIVAN BAY
DAY 5: THURSDAY: HIGHLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ & DARWIN STATION
DAY 6: FRIDAY: ISABELA ISLAND (TINTORERAS & SIERRA NEGRA)
DAY 7: SATURDAY: ISABELA (PUNTA MORENA & ELIZABETH BAY)
DAY 8: SUNDAY: FERNANDINA & ISABELA (TAGUS COVE)
DAY 9: MONDAY: SANITAGO ISLAND
DAY 10: TUESDAY: TUESDAY: LOBOBS


11 DAYS/ 10 NIGHTS: ITINERARY C+A


DAY 1: THURSDAY: ARRIVE IN GALAPAGOS, VISIT SANTA CRUZ HIGLANDS & DARWIN STATION
DAY 2: FRIDAY: ISABELA ISLAND (TINTORERAS & SIERRA NEGRA)
DAY 3: SATURDAY: ISABELA (PUNTA MORENA & ELIZABETH BAY)
DAY 4: SUNDAY: FERNANDINA & ISABELA (TAGUS COVE)
DAY 5: MONDAY: SANITAGO ISLAND
DAY 6: TUESDAY: SAN CRISTOBAL
DAY 7: WEDNESDAY: ESPANOLA
DAY 8: THURSDAY: FLOREANA
DAY 9: FRIDAY: SANTA FE & SOUTH PLAZA
DAY 10: SATURDAY: NORTH SEYMOUR & BACHAS BEACH
DAY 11: SUNDAY: MOSQUERA & DEPART GALAPAGOS


15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS: ITINERARY A+B+C

15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS: ITINERARY B+C+A

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS: ITINERARY B

DAY 1: SUNDAY:  FLY TO GALAPAGOS, DRAGON HILL

DAY 2: MONDAY: BLACK TURTLE COVE, LA RABIDA, SOMBRERO CHINO
DAY 3: TUESDAY: GENOVESA ISLAND
DAY 4: WEDNESDAY: BARTOLOME & SULLIVAN BAY
DAY
5: THURSDAY: HIGHLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ & DEPART GALAPAGOS


DAY 1: SUNDAY:  FLY TO GALAPAGOS, DRAGON HILL

In the morning you will fly from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos (Quito or Guayquil to Baltra).  Upon arrival at the Baltra airport, expedition leaders from the Odyssey will meet you, collect your luggage and then assist you with your transfer to the M/V Galapagos Odyssey. The transfer entails a short bus ride to the docks, your point of embarkation for the Galapagos Odyssey cruise. The friendly crew will welcome you on board and show you to your cabin before a delicious lunch is served.

The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). A dinghy ride among mangrove-lined islets allows the observation of the dramatic landscape and coastline, an area of amazing past volcanic activity. While exploring the nearby waters, various types of birds can be seen, such as boobies, frigates, and pelicans. Quite commonly, the black lava will reveal the presence of marine iguanas. The navigation in shallow turquoise coloured water gives the chance to see marine turtles, rays and sharks. Make a dry landing for a walk that includes a brackish water lagoon frequented by greater flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and a variety of shore and lagoon birds. (B, L, D)


DAY 2: MONDAY: BLACK TURTLE COVE, LA RABIDA, SOMBRERO CHINO

Early this morning, you will have a dinghy ride in Black Turtle Cove, a mangrove lagoon on Santa Cruz Island. Here you have the opportunity to see stingrays, sharks, the night heron and several species of Darwin’s finches.

Later in the morning, we will visit La Rabida, another small but fascinating Island.   The first thing you’ll notice on La Rabida are its unique red cliffs and beaches.  While walking on this Island, we’re likely to spot sea lions, pelicans, Galapagos hawks, Darwin finches, marine iguanas, flamingos and blue-footed boobies.  We will also have time to go for a snorkel in the waters just off La Rabida, where we will hopefully swim with sea lions and tropical fish.

Chinese hat (sombrero chino) is a tiny Island just off the south-eastern tip of Santiago Island and is less than a quarter of 1 sq km in size. It is a recently-formed volcanic cone and its descriptive name accounts for the fact that it appears to take the shape of a downward-facing Chinese hat. (The hat shape is best appreciated from the north side.)  There are some excellent snorkeling opportunities in the cove.  (B, L, D)

 
DAY 3: TUESDAY: GENOVESA ISLAND

Darwin Bay:  This bay has its origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite
island for birdwatchers: red footed-booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, yellow-crowned and black-crowned lava herons and yellow warblers can be seen in the area. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing red-footed boobies nesting in the mangrove trees below. Bird watching in-
cludes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves and swallow-tailed gulls.  Reaching the end the trail at the cliff’s edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.

El Barranco: The visitor site of El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island. The trail is on volcanic rock that has a length of 1.5 km and
the tour can be done in about 2 hours.  The youngest area of the island, from a geological point of view, lies in this area. The cliffs located in the south are composed of very fragile lava. The natural erosion that has occurred in these lava flows has become the ideal place for nesting storm petrels. You can see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. One of its main predators is the short-eared owl. The red-footed booby nests only in the outer islands of the archipelago, Punta Pitt, Gardner (Floreana), Wolf, Darwin and Genovesa. Also present on this island is the masked booby. During the panga rides along the cliffs fur sea lions can be seen and several species of seabirds.  (B, L, D)


DAY 4: WEDNESDAY: BARTOLOME & SULLIVAN BAY

Bartolome Island: A small barren island that is located across from Sullivan Bay off James Island, Bartolome has two main visitors’ sites. The first site offers the possibility to climb to the summit of the island, from where visitors can observe a variety of volcanic formations including lava bombs spatter and cinder cones, lava flows and lava tubes. The moon like landscape provides one of the most scenic panoramas in the archipelago. At the second site, visitors have the chance to relax on a beautiful beach, which offers great snorkeling opportunities. Multi –coloured fish and occasionally penguins and sea turtles have been seen at the base of the tall pinnacle rock, which dominates Bartolome’s landscape. A short walk across to Bartolome´s second beach and swimming is strictly prohibited.  Here visitors can see white-tipped reef sharks at a safe distance swimming along the shoreline.

Sullivan Bay: This visitor site provides a unique opportunity to view lava flow that is approximately 100 years old. The Sullivan Bay Lava is known a Panoehoe (Hawaiian for Rope) due to the lava flow having solidified in a mostly ropey-like appearance; it is rare to the rest of the world but is common to the volcanoes of Hawaii and Galapagos. Only a few plants have managed to take root in this harsh environment. The low-lying Mollugo is commonly the first plant to emerge from a bare lava field. Together with the Lava Cactus  (Brachycereus) found here, these plants are evidence of life returning to Sullivan Bay. (B, L, D)


DAY 5: THURSDAY: HIGHLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ & DEPART GALAPAGOS

Highlands of Santa Cruz: The route from Puerto Baquerizo follows the signs marked for El Progresso. This small town was established as a penal colony in 1888 by Manuel Cobos.  The prisoners were treated as slaves and developed a sugar cane and coffee plantation. The steep road narrows as it climbs the sides of the extinct volcano. At the summit visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the El Junco Lagoon. Rainwater and condensation have collected in the caldera for hundreds of years
creating this haven for frigatebirds.  The lake supplies water both for the people of the island and for many of the tourist boats. Hiking around the lake offers
views of practically the entire island including San Joaquin Hill the island’s highest point.

Depart the Galapagos: After this visit, you will be dropped off at the Baltra airport.  Your guide will explain the check-in process and you will board your flight back to mainland Ecuador (either Guayaquil or Quito).  (B)

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6 DAYS / 5 NIGTHS: ITINERARY A

DAY 1: TUESDAY: ARRIVE IN GALAPAGOS, VISIT SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
DAY 2: WEDNESDAY: ESPANOLA

DAY 3: THURSDAY: FLOREANA

DAY 4: FRIDAY: SANTA FE & SOUTH PLAZA

DAY 5: SATURDAY: NORTH SEYMOUR & BACHAS BEACH 

DAY 6: SUNDAY: MOSQUERA & DEPART GALAPAGOS 


DAY 1: TUESDAY: ARRIVE IN GALAPAGOS, VISIT SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

In the morning you will fly from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos (Quito or Guayquil to San Cristobal).  Upon arrival at the San Cristobal airport, expedition leaders from the Odyssey will meet you, collect your luggage and then assist you with your transfer to your first excursion in the Islands.

In the afternoon, visit to Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Center, located at 40 minutes aprox by bus to the south east of the island. This center was built to improve the status of the population of the island tortoises. The center includes a large corral, a Visitors center, breeding center and an interpretative trail. Along this trail is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well birds as the San Cristobal Mockingbird, Yellow Warblers, and many species of finches and the Galapagos flycatcher.

Afterwards, you will be transferred back to the dock where you will board the Odyssey.  ( L, D)


DAY 2: WEDNESDAY: ESPANOLA

Gardner Bay: Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay is an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming and observing sea lions. Here we will also have the opportunity to observe sharks in the crystal-clear ocean waters.

Punta Suarez: This rocky land-point sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galápagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea allowing the visitor spectacular views of soar ing birds and of the blow hole, a lava tube where water can spout up to 75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf. (B, L, D)


DAY 3: THURSDAY: FLOREANA

Cormorant Point: This site offers one of the largest and best flamingo lagoons in the Galapagos. It is situated between two tuff cones, giving the area its special atmosphere. Aside from the flamingos, various species of shorebirds can be seen the most common being stilts, white-checked pintail ducks and other migratory birds. This is a unique zone due to the huge amount of endemic plant life. It is also very interesting to observe the two distinct beaches: the “green sand beach (due to high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “flour sand beach” made up of coral. 

Post Office Bay: This site is home to a wooden barrel, historically placed there in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. Ever since this time the barrel has been used by mariners and tourists as a sort of postal service. Whalers and Galapagos residents used to leave their mail inside it, waiting for the captain of any boat headed to
where the mail was addressed to deliver it… why not try it out to see if it still works? What’s more, apart from being the location of the Post Office Barrel, this site was also the landing area for some of the first colonists to the Galapagos Islands. You can often snorkel with turtles from here or visit the lava tube inland. (B, L, D)


DAY 4: FRIDAY: SANTA FE & SOUTH PLAZA

Santa Fe: Santa Fe: Santa Fe has one of the most beautiful coves of all the visitor sites in the region, a turquoise lagoon protected by a peninsula of rocks and small islands that extends from the shore. The Santa Fe species of iguana are a brighter yellow colour and have uncommonly large spikes on their spine. The opuntia cactus, a favourite food of the land iguana, grows unusually tall here, up to 33 feet high and are the largest of their kind in Galapagos. Manta rays and sea turtles may be seen against the sandy bottom of Santa Fe's beautiful anchorage. Today you will have a few opportunities to snorkel, hopefully swimming with sea lions and colorful fish.

South Plaza: These are two small islets that were formed a short distance from the East Coast of Santa Cruz. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting
and outstanding species of the archipelago occur here. The principal attractions of Plazas are the land iguanas, sea lions and swallow–tailed gulls. It is possible to observe land iguanas relaxing in the shade of cactus plants and swallow-tailed gulls nesting on the rugged southern cliffs (which we will see along with various other sea birds). And that’s not all as the protected rocky seashore is a prime habitat for a large colony of noisy sea lions. Also we will be able to see yellow – tailed mullets, audubon’s shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigatebirds and brown pelicans gliding past the cliffs. (B, L, D)


DAY 5: SATURDAY: NORTH SEYMOUR & BACHAS BEACH

North Seymour: North Seymour is the only uplifted island (as opposed to volcanic) and consequently is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are several active nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. The trees are dotted with male frigate birds trying to attract the attention of the ladies by inflating their bright red skin flaps. They sometimes fly in the air to call more attention to themselves, which is, in itself, a humorous display, as the puffy flap throws off their sense of balance! There's a circular path that takes you through the island to a beautiful rocky shore where the waves crash and Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges.

Bachas Beach: The sand at Las Bachas Beach is made of decomposed coral, resulting in a white, soft composition, making it a favourite nesting site for sea turtles. In fact, the name "Las Bachas" in Spanish means "notches", referring to the indentations left in the sand by both laying turtles and their departing hatchlings. Behind one of the beaches there is a small brackish water lagoon, where occasionally it is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. In the vicinity is another longer beach that has resting on its shores two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War, when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategic point to protect the Panama Canal. (B, L, D)


DAY 6: SUNDAY: MOSQUERA & DEPART GALAPAGOS 

Mosquera: This is a small, sandy Island where you can wander around on shore and explore on your own.  The beach is nice for sitting and swimming, or you can choose to wander onland looking for sea lions or blue-footed bobbies.

Depart the Galapagos: After this visit, you will be dropped off at the Baltra airport.  Your guide will explain the check-in process and you will board your flight back to mainland Ecuador (either Guayaquil or Quito).  (B)

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6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS: ITINERARY  C

DAY 1: THURSDAY: ARRIVE IN GALAPAGOS, VISIT SANTA CRUZ HIGLANDS & CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATIO
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DAY 2: FRIDAY: ISABELA ISLAND (TINTORERAS & SIERRA NEGRA)
DAY 3: SATURDAY: ISABELA (PUNTA MORENA & ELIZABETH BAY)

DAY 4: SUNDAY: FERNANDINA & ISABELA (TAGUS COVE)
DAY 5: MONDAY: SANITAGO ISLAND

DAY 6: TUESDAY: LOBOBS


DAY 1: THURSDAY: ARRIVE IN GALAPAGOS, VISIT SANTA CRUZ HIGLANDS & CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION

In the morning you will fly from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos (Quito or Guayquil to Baltra).  Upon arrival at the Baltra airport, expedition leaders from the Odyssey will meet you, collect your luggage and then assist you with your transfer to your first Galapagos excursion.

Highlands of Santa Cruz: The route from Puerto Baquerizo follows the signs marked for El Progresso. This small town was established as a penal colony in 1888 by Manuel Cobos.  The prisoners were treated as slaves and developed a sugar cane and coffee plantation. The steep road narrows as it climbs the sides of the extinct volcano. At the summit visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the El Junco Lagoon. Rainwater and condensation have collected in the caldera for hundreds of years
creating this haven for frigatebirds.  The lake supplies water both for the people of the island and for many of the tourist boats. Hiking around the lake offers
views of practically the entire island including San Joaquin Hill the island’s highest point.

Charles Darwin Resarch Station: Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out.  One of the main attractions are the National Park Information Center, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young and adult tortoises, in captivity. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to the dock where you will board the Odyssey.  ( L, D)


DAY 2: FRIDAY: ISABELA ISLAND (TINTORERAS & SIERRA NEGRA)

Tintoreras:  A delightful place reached by a nice zodiac ride. “Tintoreras” are small islands in front of Puerto Villamil coast. There is Heron lava on the lookout  on  mangrove branch, and Galapagos penguin and sea lion often pop out on shore. White-tipped reef sharks are fairly common in the archipelago. Their name in Spanish is Tintorera, therefore this site is named after them as they are always found here resting in the shallow waters.

Wall of Tears: The Wall of Tears is a historic site in Isabela. Between 1946 and 1959 Isabela was a penal colony, where prisoners built a wall with huge blocks of lava as
punishment. The wall is 100 meters long and 7 meters high. Due to the arduous labor and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived, this site is known as the wall of tears. A set of stairs provides a bird’s eye view of the wall and the surrounding landscape. You can still see the cement foundations of the USA base dating back to the Second World War.

Sierra Negra Volcano" 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 populated island in Galapagos with approximately 3,000 habitants. We head up to the highlands from Puerto Villamil to Sierra Negra slope and later we will do
some hiking on uneven terrain until we arrive to the Sierra Negra volcano rim. Sierra Negra is the second widest crater in the world. From this viewpoint, you have fantastic sights to the 6 x 5 mile wide crater, the rest of the volcanoes and Perry Isthmus, a 12Km wide lava field. From here we can hike to Chico Volcano to watch the striking lava formations, examples of the geological occurrences that have created the Galapagos Islands. (B, L, D)


DAY 3: SATURDAY: ISABELA (PUNTA MORENA & ELIZABETH BAY)

Punta Moreno: Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava flow
Pahohoe (solidified lava in the form of corrugated iron or an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons, its main attraction are several species of birds which can be found around the lakes and mangroves.

Elizabeth Bay: This is a marine visitor site, the excursion is carried out in a zodiac and so there is no landing point. Your zodiac ride starts with a visit to the Marielas
islets where there is the largest and most important penguin colony in the Galapagos Islands. The excursion continues into the cove that is surrounded by red mangroves where you can admire their red roots and green leaves. It is here that you are able to observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions. Frequently visitors have been able to see Galapagos hawks soaring overhead while schools of pompano and Dorado fish swim below. (B, L, D)


DAY 4: SUNDAY: FERNANDINA & ISABELA (TAGUS COVE)

Espinoza Point: Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and has a single visitor site: Punta Espinoza located at the northeastern tip of the island. Just
across Tagus Cove, is a visitor site where some of the unique species of Galapagos can be seen. Marine iguanas conglomerate here in larger groups than on any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore and sometimes block the way at the landing dock. Among the unique species found here is the flightless comorant. A bird that due to the lack of predators had to adjust their way of survival and perfect their skills of finding food in the ocean. Their wings, tails and feet pro-
gressively adapted for swimming. To see these birds is to witness evolution happening right in front of you.

Tagus Cove: This a tour along the cliffs in a zodiac will give the visitors a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30 minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where you can view Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra saline lake saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this location. Look carefully at the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove, it has been written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries. (B, L, D)


DAY 5: MONDAY: SANITAGO ISLAND

Espumilla Beach: Espumilla beach is located in northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. During the last presence the El Niño phenomenon, one of the two lagoons in this site, underwent a process of sedimentation, thus causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. The main attractions are the Palo Santo forest and the marvelous. The beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles.

Puerto Egas: Its black beach is located at the west side of the island and is the main attraction of the island. Their volcanic tuff deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach. This site is called Puerto Egas, because there was an attempt of company of Hector Egas, to start the exploitation of salt, which failed because the price of salt in the continent was very cheap, and did not justify its exploitation in Galapagos. The project was abandoned and they left their infrastructure. (B, L, D)


DAY 6: TUESDAY: LOBOBS

Isla Lobos, San Cristobal: This little island is reach at approx 1 hour by panga from Port Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Island. The trail will lead across a dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks and sandy areas. There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds, which nest in this site. At the beach you will see a large colony of sea lions.  It is common to see shorebirds.

After your visit to Isla Lobos, transfer to the airport in San Cristobal and Flight back to Quito or Guayaquil. (B)

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10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS: ITINERARY A+B

DAY 1: TUESDAY: ARRIVE IN GALAPAGOS, VISIT SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND , Colorado Hill  (San Cristobal)

In the morning you will fly from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos (Quito or Guayquil to San Cristobal).  Upon arrival at the San Cristobal airport, expedition leaders from the Odyssey will meet you, collect your luggage and then assist you with your transfer to your first excursion in the Islands.

In the afternoon, visit to Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Center, located at 40 minutes aprox by bus to the south east of the island. This center was built to improve the status of the population of the island tortoises. The center includes a large corral, a Visitors center, breeding center and an interpretative trail. Along this trail is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well birds as the San Cristobal Mockingbird, Yellow Warblers, and many species of finches and the Galapagos flycatcher.

Afterwards, you will be transferred back to the dock where you will board the Odyssey.  ( L, D)


DAY 2: WEDNESDAY: ESPANOLA

Gardner Bay: Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay is an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming and observing sea lions. Here we will also have the opportunity to observe sharks in the crystal-clear ocean waters.

Punta Suarez: This rocky land-point sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galápagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea allowing the visitor spectacular views of soar ing birds and of the blow hole, a lava tube where water can spout up to 75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf. (B, L, D)


DAY 3: THURSDAY: FLOREANA

Cormorant Point: This site offers one of the largest and best flamingo lagoons in the Galapagos. It is situated between two tuff cones, giving the area its special atmosphere. Aside from the flamingos, various species of shorebirds can be seen the most common being stilts, white-checked pintail ducks and other migratory birds. This is a unique zone due to the huge amount of endemic plant life. It is also very interesting to observe the two distinct beaches: the “green sand beach (due to high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “flour sand beach” made up of coral. 

Post Office Bay: This site is home to a wooden barrel, historically placed there in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. Ever since this time the barrel has been used by mariners and tourists as a sort of postal service. Whalers and Galapagos residents used to leave their mail inside it, waiting for the captain of any boat headed to
where the mail was addressed to deliver it… why not try it out to see if it still works? What’s more, apart from being the location of the Post Office Barrel, this site was also the landing area for some of the first colonists to the Galapagos Islands. You can often snorkel with turtles from here or visit the lava tube inland. (B, L, D)


DAY 4: FRIDAY: SANTA FE & SOUTH PLAZA

Santa Fe: Santa Fe: Santa Fe has one of the most beautiful coves of all the visitor sites in the region, a turquoise lagoon protected by a peninsula of rocks and small islands that extends from the shore. The Santa Fe species of iguana are a brighter yellow colour and have uncommonly large spikes on their spine. The opuntia cactus, a favourite food of the land iguana, grows unusually tall here, up to 33 feet high and are the largest of their kind in Galapagos. Manta rays and sea turtles may be seen against the sandy bottom of Santa Fe's beautiful anchorage. Today you will have a few opportunities to snorkel, hopefully swimming with sea lions and colorful fish.

South Plaza: These are two small islets that were formed a short distance from the East Coast of Santa Cruz. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting
and outstanding species of the archipelago occur here. The principal attractions of Plazas are the land iguanas, sea lions and swallow–tailed gulls. It is possible to observe land iguanas relaxing in the shade of cactus plants and swallow-tailed gulls nesting on the rugged southern cliffs (which we will see along with various other sea birds). And that’s not all as the protected rocky seashore is a prime habitat for a large colony of noisy sea lions. Also we will be able to see yellow – tailed mullets, audubon’s shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigatebirds and brown pelicans gliding past the cliffs. (B, L, D)


DAY 5: SATURDAY: NORTH SEYMOUR & BACHAS BEACH

North Seymour: North Seymour is the only uplifted island (as opposed to volcanic) and consequently is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are several active nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. The trees are dotted with male frigate birds trying to attract the attention of the ladies by inflating their bright red skin flaps. They sometimes fly in the air to call more attention to themselves, which is, in itself, a humorous display, as the puffy flap throws off their sense of balance! There's a circular path that takes you through the island to a beautiful rocky shore where the waves crash and Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges.

Bachas Beach: The sand at Las Bachas Beach is made of decomposed coral, resulting in a white, soft composition, making it a favourite nesting site for sea turtles. In fact, the name "Las Bachas" in Spanish means "notches", referring to the indentations left in the sand by both laying turtles and their departing hatchlings. Behind one of the beaches there is a small brackish water lagoon, where occasionally it is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. In the vicinity is another longer beach that has resting on its shores two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War, when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategic point to protect the Panama Canal. (B, L, D)


DAY 6: SUNDAY: MOSQUERA & DRAGON HILL 

Mosquera: This is a small, sandy Island where you can wander around on shore and explore on your own.  The beach is nice for sitting and swimming, or you can choose to wander onland looking for sea lions or blue-footed bobbies.

The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). A dinghy ride among mangrove-lined islets allows the observation of the dramatic landscape and coastline, an area of amazing past volcanic activity. While exploring the nearby waters, various types of birds can be seen, such as boobies, frigates, and pelicans. Quite commonly, the black lava will reveal the presence of marine iguanas. The navigation in shallow turquoise coloured water gives the chance to see marine turtles, rays and sharks. Make a dry landing for a walk that includes a brackish water lagoon frequented by greater flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and a variety of shore and lagoon birds. (B, L, D)


DAY 7: MONDAY: BLACK TURTLE COVE, LA RABIDA, SOMBRERO CHINO

Early this morning, you will have a dinghy ride in Black Turtle Cove, a mangrove lagoon on Santa Cruz Island. Here you have the opportunity to see stingrays, sharks, the night heron and several species of Darwin’s finches.

Later in the morning, we will visit La Rabida, another small but fascinating Island.   The first thing you’ll notice on La Rabida are its unique red cliffs and beaches.  While walking on this Island, we’re likely to spot sea lions, pelicans, Galapagos hawks, Darwin finches, marine iguanas, flamingos and blue-footed boobies.  We will also have time to go for a snorkel in the waters just off La Rabida, where we will hopefully swim with sea lions and tropical fish.

Chinese hat (sombrero chino) is a tiny Island just off the south-eastern tip of Santiago Island and is less than a quarter of 1 sq km in size. It is a recently-formed volcanic cone and its descriptive name accounts for the fact that it appears to take the shape of a downward-facing Chinese hat. (The hat shape is best appreciated from the north side.)  There are some excellent snorkeling opportunities in the cove.  (B, L, D)

 
DAY 8: TUESDAY: GENOVESA ISLAND

Darwin Bay:  This bay has its origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite
island for birdwatchers: red footed-booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, yellow-crowned and black-crowned lava herons and yellow warblers can be seen in the area. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing red-footed boobies nesting in the mangrove trees below. Bird watching in-
cludes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves and swallow-tailed gulls.  Reaching the end the trail at the cliff’s edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.

El Barranco: The visitor site of El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island. The trail is on volcanic rock that has a length of 1.5 km and
the tour can be done in about 2 hours.  The youngest area of the island, from a geological point of view, lies in this area. The cliffs located in the south are composed of very fragile lava. The natural erosion that has occurred in these lava flows has become the ideal place for nesting storm petrels. You can see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. One of its main predators is the short-eared owl. The red-footed booby nests only in the outer islands of the archipelago, Punta Pitt, Gardner (Floreana), Wolf, Darwin and Genovesa. Also present on this island is the masked booby. During the panga rides along the cliffs fur sea lions can be seen and several species of seabirds.  (B, L, D)


DAY 9: WEDNESDAY: BARTOLOME & SULLIVAN BAY

Bartolome Island: A small barren island that is located across from Sullivan Bay off James Island, Bartolome has two main visitors’ sites. The first site offers the possibility to climb to the summit of the island, from where visitors can observe a variety of volcanic formations including lava bombs spatter and cinder cones, lava flows and lava tubes. The moon like landscape provides one of the most scenic panoramas in the archipelago. At the second site, visitors have the chance to relax on a beautiful beach, which offers great snorkeling opportunities. Multi –coloured fish and occasionally penguins and sea turtles have been seen at the base of the tall pinnacle rock, which dominates Bartolome’s landscape. A short walk across to Bartolome´s second beach and swimming is strictly prohibited.  Here visitors can see white-tipped reef sharks at a safe distance swimming along the shoreline.

Sullivan Bay: This visitor site provides a unique opportunity to view lava flow that is approximately 100 years old. The Sullivan Bay Lava is known a Panoehoe (Hawaiian for Rope) due to the lava flow having solidified in a mostly ropey-like appearance; it is rare to the rest of the world but is common to the volcanoes of Hawaii and Galapagos. Only a few plants have managed to take root in this harsh environment. The low-lying Mollugo is commonly the first plant to emerge from a bare lava field. Together with the Lava Cactus  (Brachycereus) found here, these plants are evidence of life returning to Sullivan Bay. (B, L, D)


DAY 10: THURSDAY: HIGHLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ & DEPART GALAPAGOS

Highlands of Santa Cruz: The route from Puerto Baquerizo follows the signs marked for El Progresso. This small town was established as a penal colony in 1888 by Manuel Cobos.  The prisoners were treated as slaves and developed a sugar cane and coffee plantation. The steep road narrows as it climbs the sides of the extinct volcano. At the summit visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the El Junco Lagoon. Rainwater and condensation have collected in the caldera for hundreds of years
creating this haven for frigatebirds.  The lake supplies water both for the people of the island and for many of the tourist boats. Hiking around the lake offers
views of practically the entire island including San Joaquin Hill the island’s highest point.

Depart the Galapagos: After this visit, you will be dropped off at the Baltra airport.  Your guide will explain the check-in process and you will board your flight back to mainland Ecuador (either Guayaquil or Quito).  (B)

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10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS: ITINERARY B+C

DAY 1: SUNDAY:  FLY TO GALAPAGOS, DRAGON HILL

In the morning you will fly from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos (Quito or Guayquil to Baltra).  Upon arrival at the Baltra airport, expedition leaders from the Odyssey will meet you, collect your luggage and then assist you with your transfer to the M/V Galapagos Odyssey. The transfer entails a short bus ride to the docks, your point of embarkation for the Galapagos Odyssey cruise. The friendly crew will welcome you on board and show you to your cabin before a delicious lunch is served.

The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). A dinghy ride among mangrove-lined islets allows the observation of the dramatic landscape and coastline, an area of amazing past volcanic activity. While exploring the nearby waters, various types of birds can be seen, such as boobies, frigates, and pelicans. Quite commonly, the black lava will reveal the presence of marine iguanas. The navigation in shallow turquoise coloured water gives the chance to see marine turtles, rays and sharks. Make a dry landing for a walk that includes a brackish water lagoon frequented by greater flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and a variety of shore and lagoon birds. (B, L, D)


DAY 2: MONDAY: BLACK TURTLE COVE, LA RABIDA, SOMBRERO CHINO

Early this morning, you will have a dinghy ride in Black Turtle Cove, a mangrove lagoon on Santa Cruz Island. Here you have the opportunity to see stingrays, sharks, the night heron and several species of Darwin’s finches.

Later in the morning, we will visit La Rabida, another small but fascinating Island.   The first thing you’ll notice on La Rabida are its unique red cliffs and beaches.  While walking on this Island, we’re likely to spot sea lions, pelicans, Galapagos hawks, Darwin finches, marine iguanas, flamingos and blue-footed boobies.  We will also have time to go for a snorkel in the waters just off La Rabida, where we will hopefully swim with sea lions and tropical fish.

Chinese hat (sombrero chino) is a tiny Island just off the south-eastern tip of Santiago Island and is less than a quarter of 1 sq km in size. It is a recently-formed volcanic cone and its descriptive name accounts for the fact that it appears to take the shape of a downward-facing Chinese hat. (The hat shape is best appreciated from the north side.)  There are some excellent snorkeling opportunities in the cove.  (B, L, D)

 
DAY 3: TUESDAY: GENOVESA ISLAND

Darwin Bay:  This bay has its origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite
island for birdwatchers: red footed-booby, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, yellow-crowned and black-crowned lava herons and yellow warblers can be seen in the area. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing red-footed boobies nesting in the mangrove trees below. Bird watching in-
cludes sightings of sharp-beaked finches, large cactus and ground finches, Galapagos doves and swallow-tailed gulls.  Reaching the end the trail at the cliff’s edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.

El Barranco: The visitor site of El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island. The trail is on volcanic rock that has a length of 1.5 km and
the tour can be done in about 2 hours.  The youngest area of the island, from a geological point of view, lies in this area. The cliffs located in the south are composed of very fragile lava. The natural erosion that has occurred in these lava flows has become the ideal place for nesting storm petrels. You can see two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. One of its main predators is the short-eared owl. The red-footed booby nests only in the outer islands of the archipelago, Punta Pitt, Gardner (Floreana), Wolf, Darwin and Genovesa. Also present on this island is the masked booby. During the panga rides along the cliffs fur sea lions can be seen and several species of seabirds.  (B, L, D)


DAY 4: WEDNESDAY: BARTOLOME & SULLIVAN BAY

Bartolome Island: A small barren island that is located across from Sullivan Bay off James Island, Bartolome has two main visitors’ sites. The first site offers the possibility to climb to the summit of the island, from where visitors can observe a variety of volcanic formations including lava bombs spatter and cinder cones, lava flows and lava tubes. The moon like landscape provides one of the most scenic panoramas in the archipelago. At the second site, visitors have the chance to relax on a beautiful beach, which offers great snorkeling opportunities. Multi –coloured fish and occasionally penguins and sea turtles have been seen at the base of the tall pinnacle rock, which dominates Bartolome’s landscape. A short walk across to Bartolome´s second beach and swimming is strictly prohibited.  Here visitors can see white-tipped reef sharks at a safe distance swimming along the shoreline.

Sullivan Bay: This visitor site provides a unique opportunity to view lava flow that is approximately 100 years old. The Sullivan Bay Lava is known a Panoehoe (Hawaiian for Rope) due to the lava flow having solidified in a mostly ropey-like appearance; it is rare to the rest of the world but is common to the volcanoes of Hawaii and Galapagos. Only a few plants have managed to take root in this harsh environment. The low-lying Mollugo is commonly the first plant to emerge from a bare lava field. Together with the Lava Cactus  (Brachycereus) found here, these plants are evidence of life returning to Sullivan Bay. (B, L, D)


DAY 5: THURSDAY: HIGHLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ & DEPART GALAPAGOS

Highlands of Santa Cruz: The route from Puerto Baquerizo follows the signs marked for El Progresso. This small town was established as a penal colony in 1888 by Manuel Cobos.  The prisoners were treated as slaves and developed a sugar cane and coffee plantation. The steep road narrows as it climbs the sides of the extinct volcano. At the summit visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the El Junco Lagoon. Rainwater and condensation have collected in the caldera for hundreds of years
creating this haven for frigatebirds.  The lake supplies water both for the people of the island and for many of the tourist boats. Hiking around the lake offers
views of practically the entire island including San Joaquin Hill the island’s highest point.

Charles Darwin Resarch Station: Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out.  One of the main attractions are the National Park Information Center, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young and adult tortoises, in captivity. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to the dock where you will board the Odyssey.  (B, L, D)


DAY 6: FRIDAY: ISABELA ISLAND (TINTORERAS & SIERRA NEGRA)

Tintoreras:  A delightful place reached by a nice zodiac ride. “Tintoreras” are small islands in front of Puerto Villamil coast. There is Heron lava on the lookout  on  mangrove branch, and Galapagos penguin and sea lion often pop out on shore. White-tipped reef sharks are fairly common in the archipelago. Their name in Spanish is Tintorera, therefore this site is named after them as they are always found here resting in the shallow waters.

Wall of Tears: The Wall of Tears is a historic site in Isabela. Between 1946 and 1959 Isabela was a penal colony, where prisoners built a wall with huge blocks of lava as
punishment. The wall is 100 meters long and 7 meters high. Due to the arduous labor and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived, this site is known as the wall of tears. A set of stairs provides a bird’s eye view of the wall and the surrounding landscape. You can still see the cement foundations of the USA base dating back to the Second World War.

Sierra Negra Volcano" 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 populated island in Galapagos with approximately 3,000 habitants. We head up to the highlands from Puerto Villamil to Sierra Negra slope and later we will do
some hiking on uneven terrain until we arrive to the Sierra Negra volcano rim. Sierra Negra is the second widest crater in the world. From this viewpoint, you have fantastic sights to the 6 x 5 mile wide crater, the rest of the volcanoes and Perry Isthmus, a 12Km wide lava field. From here we can hike to Chico Volcano to watch the striking lava formations, examples of the geological occurrences that have created the Galapagos Islands. (B, L, D)


DAY 7: SATURDAY: ISABELA (PUNTA MORENA & ELIZABETH BAY)

Punta Moreno: Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava flow
Pahohoe (solidified lava in the form of corrugated iron or an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons, its main attraction are several species of birds which can be found around the lakes and mangroves.

Elizabeth Bay: This is a marine visitor site, the excursion is carried out in a zodiac and so there is no landing point. Your zodiac ride starts with a visit to the Marielas
islets where there is the largest and most important penguin colony in the Galapagos Islands. The excursion continues into the cove that is surrounded by red mangroves where you can admire their red roots and green leaves. It is here that you are able to observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions. Frequently visitors have been able to see Galapagos hawks soaring overhead while schools of pompano and Dorado fish swim below. (B, L, D)


DAY 8: SUNDAY: FERNANDINA & ISABELA (TAGUS COVE)

Espinoza Point: Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and has a single visitor site: Punta Espinoza located at the northeastern tip of the island. Just
across Tagus Cove, is a visitor site where some of the unique species of Galapagos can be seen. Marine iguanas conglomerate here in larger groups than on any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore and sometimes block the way at the landing dock. Among the unique species found here is the flightless comorant. A bird that due to the lack of predators had to adjust their way of survival and perfect their skills of finding food in the ocean. Their wings, tails and feet pro-
gressively adapted for swimming. To see these birds is to witness evolution happening right in front of you.

Tagus Cove: This a tour along the cliffs in a zodiac will give the visitors a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30 minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where you can view Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra saline lake saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this location. Look carefully at the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove, it has been written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries. (B, L, D)


DAY 9: MONDAY: SANITAGO ISLAND

Espumilla Beach: Espumilla beach is located in northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. During the last presence the El Niño phenomenon, one of the two lagoons in this site, underwent a process of sedimentation, thus causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. The main attractions are the Palo Santo forest and the marvelous. The beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles.

Puerto Egas: Its black beach is located at the west side of the island and is the main attraction of the island. Their volcanic tuff deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach. This site is called Puerto Egas, because there was an attempt of company of Hector Egas, to start the exploitation of salt, which failed because the price of salt in the continent was very cheap, and did not justify its exploitation in Galapagos. The project was abandoned and they left their infrastructure. (B, L, D)


DAY 10: TUESDAY: TUESDAY: LOBOBS

Isla Lobos, San Cristobal: This little island is reach at approx 1 hour by panga from Port Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Island. The trail will lead across a dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks and sandy areas. There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds, which nest in this site. At the beach you will see a large colony of sea lions.  It is common to see shorebirds.

After your visit to Isla Lobos, transfer to the airport in San Cristobal and Flight back to Quito or Guayaquil. (B)

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11 DAYS/ 10 NIGHTS: ITINERARY C+A


DAY 1: THURSDAY: ARRIVE IN GALAPAGOS, VISIT SANTA CRUZ HIGLANDS & CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION

In the morning you will fly from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos (Quito or Guayquil to Baltra).  Upon arrival at the Baltra airport, expedition leaders from the Odyssey will meet you, collect your luggage and then assist you with your transfer to your first Galapagos excursion.

Highlands of Santa Cruz: The route from Puerto Baquerizo follows the signs marked for El Progresso. This small town was established as a penal colony in 1888 by Manuel Cobos.  The prisoners were treated as slaves and developed a sugar cane and coffee plantation. The steep road narrows as it climbs the sides of the extinct volcano. At the summit visitors are treated to a spectacular view of the El Junco Lagoon. Rainwater and condensation have collected in the caldera for hundreds of years
creating this haven for frigatebirds.  The lake supplies water both for the people of the island and for many of the tourist boats. Hiking around the lake offers
views of practically the entire island including San Joaquin Hill the island’s highest point. Charles Darwin Resarch Station: Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out.  One of the main attractions are the National Park Information Center, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young and adult tortoises, in captivity. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to the dock where you will board the Odyssey.  ( L, D)


DAY 2: FRIDAY: ISABELA ISLAND (TINTORERAS & SIERRA NEGRA)

Tintoreras:  A delightful place reached by a nice zodiac ride. “Tintoreras” are small islands in front of Puerto Villamil coast. There is Heron lava on the lookout  on  mangrove branch, and Galapagos penguin and sea lion often pop out on shore. White-tipped reef sharks are fairly common in the archipelago. Their name in Spanish is Tintorera, therefore this site is named after them as they are always found here resting in the shallow waters.

Wall of Tears: The Wall of Tears is a historic site in Isabela. Between 1946 and 1959 Isabela was a penal colony, where prisoners built a wall with huge blocks of lava as
punishment. The wall is 100 meters long and 7 meters high. Due to the arduous labor and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived, this site is known as the wall of tears. A set of stairs provides a bird’s eye view of the wall and the surrounding landscape. You can still see the cement foundations of the USA base dating back to the Second World War.

Sierra Negra Volcano" 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 populated island in Galapagos with approximately 3,000 habitants. We head up to the highlands from Puerto Villamil to Sierra Negra slope and later we will do
some hiking on uneven terrain until we arrive to the Sierra Negra volcano rim. Sierra Negra is the second widest crater in the world. From this viewpoint, you have fantastic sights to the 6 x 5 mile wide crater, the rest of the volcanoes and Perry Isthmus, a 12Km wide lava field. From here we can hike to Chico Volcano to watch the striking lava formations, examples of the geological occurrences that have created the Galapagos Islands. (B, L, D)


DAY 3: SATURDAY: ISABELA (PUNTA MORENA & ELIZABETH BAY)

Punta Moreno: Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava flow
Pahohoe (solidified lava in the form of corrugated iron or an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons, its main attraction are several species of birds which can be found around the lakes and mangroves.

Elizabeth Bay: This is a marine visitor site, the excursion is carried out in a zodiac and so there is no landing point. Your zodiac ride starts with a visit to the Marielas
islets where there is the largest and most important penguin colony in the Galapagos Islands. The excursion continues into the cove that is surrounded by red mangroves where you can admire their red roots and green leaves. It is here that you are able to observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions. Frequently visitors have been able to see Galapagos hawks soaring overhead while schools of pompano and Dorado fish swim below. (B, L, D)


DAY 4: SUNDAY: FERNANDINA & ISABELA (TAGUS COVE)

Espinoza Point: Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and has a single visitor site: Punta Espinoza located at the northeastern tip of the island. Just
across Tagus Cove, is a visitor site where some of the unique species of Galapagos can be seen. Marine iguanas conglomerate here in larger groups than on any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore and sometimes block the way at the landing dock. Among the unique species found here is the flightless comorant. A bird that due to the lack of predators had to adjust their way of survival and perfect their skills of finding food in the ocean. Their wings, tails and feet pro-
gressively adapted for swimming. To see these birds is to witness evolution happening right in front of you.

Tagus Cove: This a tour along the cliffs in a zodiac will give the visitors a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30 minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where you can view Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra saline lake saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this location. Look carefully at the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove, it has been written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries. (B, L, D)


DAY 5: MONDAY: SANITAGO ISLAND

Espumilla Beach: Espumilla beach is located in northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. During the last presence the El Niño phenomenon, one of the two lagoons in this site, underwent a process of sedimentation, thus causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. The main attractions are the Palo Santo forest and the marvelous. The beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles.

Puerto Egas: Its black beach is located at the west side of the island and is the main attraction of the island. Their volcanic tuff deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach. This site is called Puerto Egas, because there was an attempt of company of Hector Egas, to start the exploitation of salt, which failed because the price of salt in the continent was very cheap, and did not justify its exploitation in Galapagos. The project was abandoned and they left their infrastructure. (B, L, D)


DAY 6: TUESDAY: SAN CRISTOBAL

Isla Lobos, San Cristobal: This little island is reach at approx 1 hour by panga from Port Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Island. The trail will lead across a dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks and sandy areas. There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds, which nest in this site. At the beach you will see a large colony of sea lions.  It is common to see shorebirds.

In the afternoon, visit to Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Center, located at 40 minutes aprox by bus to the south east of the island. This center was built to improve the status of the population of the island tortoises. The center includes a large corral, a Visitors center, breeding center and an interpretative trail. Along this trail is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well birds as the San Cristobal Mockingbird, Yellow Warblers, and many species of finches and the Galapagos flycatcher.  Afterwards, you will be transferred back to the dock where you will board the Odyssey.  ( B, L, D)


DAY 7: WEDNESDAY: ESPANOLA

Gardner Bay: Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay is an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming and observing sea lions. Here we will also have the opportunity to observe sharks in the crystal-clear ocean waters.

Punta Suarez: This rocky land-point sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galápagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea allowing the visitor spectacular views of soar ing birds and of the blow hole, a lava tube where water can spout up to 75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf. (B, L, D)


DAY 8: THURSDAY: FLOREANA

Cormorant Point: This site offers one of the largest and best flamingo lagoons in the Galapagos. It is situated between two tuff cones, giving the area its special atmosphere. Aside from the flamingos, various species of shorebirds can be seen the most common being stilts, white-checked pintail ducks and other migratory birds. This is a unique zone due to the huge amount of endemic plant life. It is also very interesting to observe the two distinct beaches: the “green sand beach (due to high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “flour sand beach” made up of coral. 

Post Office Bay: This site is home to a wooden barrel, historically placed there in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. Ever since this time the barrel has been used by mariners and tourists as a sort of postal service. Whalers and Galapagos residents used to leave their mail inside it, waiting for the captain of any boat headed to
where the mail was addressed to deliver it… why not try it out to see if it still works? What’s more, apart from being the location of the Post Office Barrel, this site was also the landing area for some of the first colonists to the Galapagos Islands. You can often snorkel with turtles from here or visit the lava tube inland. (B, L, D)


DAY 9: FRIDAY: SANTA FE & SOUTH PLAZA

Santa Fe: Santa Fe: Santa Fe has one of the most beautiful coves of all the visitor sites in the region, a turquoise lagoon protected by a peninsula of rocks and small islands that extends from the shore. The Santa Fe species of iguana are a brighter yellow colour and have uncommonly large spikes on their spine. The opuntia cactus, a favourite food of the land iguana, grows unusually tall here, up to 33 feet high and are the largest of their kind in Galapagos. Manta rays and sea turtles may be seen against the sandy bottom of Santa Fe's beautiful anchorage. Today you will have a few opportunities to snorkel, hopefully swimming with sea lions and colorful fish.

South Plaza: These are two small islets that were formed a short distance from the East Coast of Santa Cruz. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting
and outstanding species of the archipelago occur here. The principal attractions of Plazas are the land iguanas, sea lions and swallow–tailed gulls. It is possible to observe land iguanas relaxing in the shade of cactus plants and swallow-tailed gulls nesting on the rugged southern cliffs (which we will see along with various other sea birds). And that’s not all as the protected rocky seashore is a prime habitat for a large colony of noisy sea lions. Also we will be able to see yellow – tailed mullets, audubon’s shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigatebirds and brown pelicans gliding past the cliffs. (B, L, D)


DAY 10: SATURDAY: NORTH SEYMOUR & BACHAS BEACH

North Seymour: North Seymour is the only uplifted island (as opposed to volcanic) and consequently is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are several active nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. The trees are dotted with male frigate birds trying to attract the attention of the ladies by inflating their bright red skin flaps. They sometimes fly in the air to call more attention to themselves, which is, in itself, a humorous display, as the puffy flap throws off their sense of balance! There's a circular path that takes you through the island to a beautiful rocky shore where the waves crash and Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges.

Bachas Beach: The sand at Las Bachas Beach is made of decomposed coral, resulting in a white, soft composition, making it a favourite nesting site for sea turtles. In fact, the name "Las Bachas" in Spanish means "notches", referring to the indentations left in the sand by both laying turtles and their departing hatchlings. Behind one of the beaches there is a small brackish water lagoon, where occasionally it is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. In the vicinity is another longer beach that has resting on its shores two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War, when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategic point to protect the Panama Canal. (B, L, D)


DAY 11: SUNDAY: MOSQUERA & DEPART GALAPAGOS 

Mosquera: This is a small, sandy Island where you can wander around on shore and explore on your own.  The beach is nice for sitting and swimming, or you can choose to wander onland

DEPARTURE DATES

2014 DATES
6-DAY CRUISE (ITINERARY A)
Dec 31 (2013) - January 5; January 14 - 19; January 28 - February 2;  February 11 - 16;  February 25 - March 2;  March 11 - 16;  March 25 - 30;  April 8 - 13;  April 22 - 27;  May 6 - 11;  May 20 - 25;  June 3 - 8;  June 17 - 22;  July 1 - 6;  July 15 - 20;  July 29 - August 3;  August 12 - 17;  August 26 - 31;  September 9 - 14;  September 23 - 28;  October 7 - 12;  October 21 - 26;  November 4 - 9;  November 18 - 23;  December 2 - 7;  December 16 - 21;  December 30 - January 4, 2015

 5-DAY CRUISE (ITINERARY B)
January 5 - 9;  January 19 - 23;  February 2 - 6;  February 16 - 20;  March 2 - 6;  March 16 - 20;  March 30 - April 3;  April 13 - 17;  April 27 - May 1;  May 11 - 15;  May 25 - 29;  June 8 - 12;  June 22 - 26;  July 6 - 10;  July 20 - 24;  August 3 - 7;  August 17 - 21;  August 31 - Sept 4;  September 14 - 18; September 28 - Oct 2;  October 12 - 16;  October 26 - 30;  November 9 - 13;  November 23 - 27;  December 7 - 11;  December 21 - 25

6-DAY CRUISE (ITINERARY C)
January 9 - 14;  January 23 - 28;  February 6 - 11; February 20 - 25;  March 6 - 11;  March 20 - 25;  April 3 - 8;  April 17 - 22;  May 1 - 6;  May 15 - 20;  May 29 - Jun 3;  June 12 - 17;  June 16 - Jul 1;   July 10 - 15;  July 24 - 29;  August 7 - 12;  August 21 - 26;  September 4 - 9;  September 18 - 23;  October 2 - 7;  October 16 - 21;  October 30 - Nov 4;  November 13 - 18;  November 27 - Dec 2;  December 11 - 16;  December 25 - 30

10-DAY CRUISE (ITINERARY A+B)
December 31 (2013) - January 9;  January 14 - 23,  January 28 - February 6;  February 11 - 20;  February 25 - Mar 6;  March 11 - 20;  March 25 - Apr 3;  April 8 - 17;  April 22 - May 1;  May 6 - 15;  May 20 - 29;  June 3 - 12;  June 17 - 26;  July 1 - 10;  July 15 - 24;  July 29 - Aug 7;  August 12 - 21;  August 26 - Sept 4;  September 9 - 18;  September 23 - Oct 2;  October 7 - 16;  October 21 - 30;  November 4 - 13;  November 18 - 27;  December 2 - 11;  December 16 - 25

10-DAY CRUISE (ITINERARY B+C)
January 5 - 14;  January 19 - 28;  February 2 - 11;  February 16 - 25;  March 2 - 11;  March 16 - 25;  March 30 - Apr 8;  April 13 - 22;  April 27 - May 6;  May 11 - 20;  May 25 - Jun 3;  June 8 - 17;  June 22 - Jul 1;  July 6 - 15;  July 20 - 29;  August 3 - 12;  August 17 - 26;  August 31 - Sept 9;  September 14 - 23;  September 28 - Oct 7;  October 12 - 21;  October 26 - Nov 4;  November 9 - 18;  November 23 - Dec 2;  December 7 - 16;  December 21 - 30

11-DAY CRUISE (ITINERARY C+A)
January 9 - 19; January 23 - Feb 2;  February 6 - 16;  February 20 - Mar 2;  March 6 - 16;  March 20 - 30;  April 3 - 13;  April 17 - 27;  May 1 - 11;  May 15 - 25;  May 29 - Jun 8;  June 12 - 22;  June 26 - Jul 6;  July 10 - 20;  July 24 - Aug 3;  Aug 7 - 17;  August 21 - 31;  September 4 - 14;  September 18 - 28;  October 2 - 12;  October 16 - 26;  October 30 - Nov 9;  November 13 - 23;  November 27 - Dec 7;  December 11 - 21;  December 25 - Jan 4 (2015)


PRICE PER PERSON

2014 PRICING

 5-Day Cruise: $3,020.00
6-Day Cruise: $3,775.00
10-Day Cruise: $6,579.00
11-Day Cruise: $7,170.00
15-Day Cruise: $9,870.00
Single Supplement: 30% in lower deck cabin; 100% in upper deck cabin.

 

NOTES

 * Pricing is based on double occupancy cabins.  Passengers needing a single cabin will have to pay an additional single supplement (see above).  Single travelers that are willing to share accommodations with another traveler will not have to pay the single supplement.

* Charters are offered aboard the Odyssey; please inquire for rates & availability.

* Children under the age of 12 have a 20% discount on the cruise

INCLUDED

  • All transfers in Galapagos
  • Matrimonial/Twin cabin accommodation with private facilities
  • All meals, Water, Coffee and Tea
  • All excursions as mentioned in the itinerary with English speaking naturalist guide
  • Snorkeling equipment.


NOT INCLUDED

  • Roundtrip flight to Galapagos
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee
  • Transit Control Card
  • Soft- and alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Extras and Tips


ADDITIONAL EXPENSES

  • Flights between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos (will be booked by Detour and added to overall tour cost)
  • International flights (booked on your own) 
  • National Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12 years old 
  • INGALA Transit control card: $10 per person 
  • Wetsuits (can be rented onboard) 
  • Tips (Optional)
  • Beverages aside from water, coffee & tea 
  • Personal travel insurance 
  • Accommodations in mainland Ecuador

This First Class yacht has been designed to reduce the impact on the fragile Galapagos eco-system. All cabins feature individually controlled air-conditioning, a small desk, sofa, mini-bar, and closet, as well as spacious bathrooms with shower cabins. All main deck and upper deck cabins average 20 square meters in size including the bathroom. Our Twin Cabins are spacious and fully equipped. It provides passengers with the comfort of a hotel room, while enjoying the constantly changing view outside their windows. Our matrimonial cabins are perfect for that romantic getaway, so you can enjoy the luxurious comfort with that special someone.

Odyssey Matrimonial Cabin

Odyssey Twin Cabin

Our itineraries focus on main attractions of a destination, and out of the way stops to visit unique places.  We set ourselves apart by selecting only local hotels, restaurants, cruise ships, buses, etc. All travel dollars you spend stay in the country you visit. We work with local NGO's and communities offering support and fair trade experiences.


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