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Galapagos Odyssey Cruise

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The Galapagos Odyssey was designed specifically for comfortable week-long cruising in the Galapagos Islands, with spacious communal areas and picture windows in each cabin. During your downtime, you can relax with a massage, enjoy the view from one of the Galapagos Odyssey’s many decks, or soak in the outdoor jacuzzi.

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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WHY THIS TRIP
The Galapagos Odyssey was designed specifically for comfortable week-long cruising in the Galapagos Islands, with spacious communal areas and picture windows in each cabin. During your downtime, you can relax with a massage, enjoy the view from one of the Galapagos Odyssey’s many decks, or soak in the outdoor jacuzzi. We recommend the Galapagos Odyssey for travelers looking for quality short (5 or 6 day) itineraries and even longer (11 and 12 day) itineraries.

TRIP DESCRIPTION
On a Galapagos Odyssey Galapagos Islands Cruise, 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, Andean Travel Company. They have earned a reputation for providing top-notch, professional, and memorable trips for many years.

The Galapagos 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 Galapagos Odyssey’s many decks, or soak in the outdoor jacuzzi.

Of course, you don’t come to the Galapagos 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 naturalist walks and snorkeling, you’ll also go on zodiac rides close to the rocky shores to observe birdlife and marine iguanas sunning themselves. The Galapagos Odysseys 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 Galapagos Odyssey’s 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.

LOCAL OPERATOR: Andean Travel Company

Andean Travel Company was set up in 2001 as a tour operator specialized in Incoming Tourism and focused on providing unique itineraries and services that surpass expectations of the most demanding customers. Strong foundations based on respect and cooperation have ensured a steady growth of the company, both in size and reputation. Nowadays, Andean Travel Company arranges all services for travelers from around the world so they can enjoy and get to know the diversity of the vast destinations that South America has to offer.

The main compromise for Andean Travel Company is to work in the field of sustainable tourism and interact with communities in conservation projects, coaching it’s members and sharing their knowledge about preservation of natural resources. With that in mind the company offers this approach as part of the interaction with the local communities in lodging conditioned to serve with high quality services and strong conservation policies, ensuring the decimation of unfavorable impacts on the nature surroundings.

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Itinerary

DAY 1 (Tuesday): Arrive in Galapagos, San Cristobal Island

Upon arrival at San Cristobal Airport, you pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, as well as to pay the park entrance fee of $100 (unless it has been prepaid). A guide will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor.
In the afternoon, you visit Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Center, about a 40-minutes bus ride to the southeast 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 it is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants, as well birds including the San Cristobal mockingbird, Yellow warblers, and many species of finches and the Galapagos flycatcher. (Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 2 (Wednesday): Española Island

AM: Española Island, Punta Suarez
The morning is spent at Punta Suarez, a rocky coastal feature that sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise from the sea affording spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blow hole where water spouts up to 75 feet depending on the intensity of the surf.

PM: Española Island, Gardner Bay
A great afternoon of activity takes place at Gardner Bay, which has an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here you can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3 (Thursday): Floreana

AM: Punta Cormorant, Floreana
Today is spent on Floreana Island, beginning at Punta Cormorant, probably the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos. Situated between two tuff lava cones, it is also one of the largest in the islands. In addition to the flamingoes, there are various species of shorebirds to observe, such as common stilts, White-checked pintail ducks and other migratory birds. The two distinct beaches at this location are sights to behold. The Green Beach is of a green color due to a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand and the Flour Sand Beach is soft and white due to its make up of coral.

PM: Post Office Bay & Baroness Lookout, Floreana
For the afternoon, you spend time at Post Office Bay & Baroness Lookout. Historically, Post Office Bay is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. Since this time it has been used by mariners and tourists as a post office. More of a novelty than functional service, travelers drop mail into the barrel and hope the mail will one day arrive at its intended destination thanks to the kindness of a traveler who lives nearby the address and can hand-deliver the mail. Apart from being the Post Office Barrel, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. From here you continue to the north of the island and ascend to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful view from the Baroness Lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Nearby are the ruins of what is known as her house. From Baroness Lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4 (Friday): Santa Fe & South Plazas Island

AM: Santa Fe Island
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 species of iguana are a brighter yellow color and have uncommonly large spikes on their spine. The opuntia cactus, a favorite 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.

PM: South Plaza Island
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 the gulls nesting on the rugged southern cliffs (which are seen 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 you will be able to see Yellow-tailed mullets, Audubon’s shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigatebirds and brown pelicans gliding past the cliffs. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5 (Saturday): North Seymour Island & Bachas Beach

A.M. North Seymour Island
A fantastic place to see wildlife, North Seymour is an uplifted island, not volcanic, and so is generally flat and strewn with boulders. A large population of Magnificent frigate birds take advantage of the area for its good nesting sites. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and Swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing.
Watch your step, as the boobies don’t worry much about where they nest, and you might just step on one. The trees are dotted with male frigate birds inflating their bright-red skin flaps, some taking flight to draw attention. In this seasonal courtship ritual, they’re trying hard to attract the attention of the ladies. There’s a circular path that takes you through the island to a beautiful, rocky shore where the waves crash with a silvery-blue color.

PM: Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island
The sand at Las Bachas Beach is made of decomposed coral, resulting in a white, soft composition, making it a favorite 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 WWII when the United States used Baltra Island as a strategic point to protect the Panama Canal. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6 (Sunday): Mosquera Islet & Baltra Airport

AM 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). (Breakfast)


DAY 1 (Sunday): Arrive 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-colored 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. (Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 2 (Monday): La Rabida & Sombrero Chino

AM: Rábida
Rábida Island is unique because the red color of the rocks and sand. The volcanic material in this island is very porous and external factors as rain, salt water and sea breeze have acted as an oxidizing agent. A short walk along a trail lead us to a coastal lagoon behind the beach permits the observation of land birds as finches, doves, yellow warblers and mocking birds. At the lagoon there is a colony of flamingos.

PM: Sombrero Chino aka Chinese Hat
Chinese Hat is a small islet is located just off the southeastern tip of Santiago Island. The volcanic cone is shaped like a Chinese hat when viewed from north side. On the west are lava formations, which were formed under the sea and raised upward, exposing coral heads on the hardened lava. An excellent visit for interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows, it is also frequented by sea lions, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3 (Tuesday): Genovesa Island

AM: Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island
Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island originated when the island’s volcanic crater collapsed. After your wet landing on a beautiful white coral-sand beach, get ready to see birds — lots of birds. A favorite island for birdwatchers, you’ll see the Red-footed-booby, Masked booby, Wandering tattler, Lava gull, whimbrel, at least three species of heron, and Yellow warblers. Continuing on the trail, you ascend gradually to the edge of a cliff to see Red-foots nesting in the mangrove trees below. From this vantage you get sightings of Sharp-Beaked, Large Cactus and Ground finches, Galapagos doves and Swallow-Tailed gulls. The cliff also offers an incredible view of the island as well as the many birds living there.

PM: El Barranco, Genovesa Island
Also known as Prince Philip’s Steps, El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay. After a climb to a plateau surrounding Darwin Bay, you observe a large population of Masked and Red-Footed boobies. Also, Storm petrels and Short-eared owls find the Genovesa lava flows an ideal place for nesting. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4 (Wednesday): Bartolome & Sullivan Bay

AM: Bartolome Island
Bartolome is a small barren island is located across from Sullivan Bay off James Island. The first of its two visitor sites offer 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-colored 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.

PM: Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island
This visitor site provides a unique opportunity to view lava flow that is approximately 100 years old. The Sullivan Bay Lava is known a Pāhoehoe (Hawaiian for “rope”) due to the lava flow having solidified in a mostly rope 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5 (Thursday): Santa Cruz Highlands & Depart Galapagos

AM: Highlands of Santa Cruz
The trail to the Santa Cruz Highlands leaves from Bellavista and passes through an agricultural zone near the national park boundary before entering the Fern and Sedge zone. With clear weather, this area affords beautiful scenes of rolling hills and extinct volcanic cones covered with grass and lush greenery all year round.

Depart the Galapagos
After visiting these interesting zones, you are transferred to Baltra Airport for your flights home. Your guide will explain the check-in process and you will board your flight back to mainland Ecuador (Guayaquil or Quito). (Breakfast)


DAY 1 (Thursday): Arrive in Galapagos, 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.

PM: Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Island
To learn about the protection and conservation of the Galapagos Islands, your afternoon is spent at the Charles Darwin Research Station. The main attractions for this visit are the national park information center, the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for tortoises. (Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 2 (Friday): Isabela Island: Tintoreras & Sierra Negra

AM: White Tipped Reef Shark Canal, Isabela Island
A delightful place off Isabela Island reached by a nice morning zodiac ride, Tintoreras is a group of small islands off the Puerto Villamil coast. Tintorera, which is the Spanish name for the White-tipped reef shark, is commonly seen resting in the shallows. You’re also likely to see herons perched on mangrove branches and Galapagos penguins and sea lions frolicking along the shoreline.

PM: Sierra Negra Volcano, Isabela Island
Isabela Island is the largest and one of the youngest islands in the Galapagos archipelago. You land in Puerto Villamil, which has the second smallest population in Galapagos. On shore, you head up to the highlands from Puerto Villamil to the slope of Sierra Negra Volcano, from where you ascend to the rim. From this viewpoint, you have fantastic view of the second widest crater in the world, and Perry Isthmus, a lava field with a width of seven miles. From here you can hike to Chico Volcano for views of striking lava formations, many exemplifying the geological occurrences that have created the Galapagos Islands. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3 (Saturday): Isabela Island: Punta Moreno & Elizabeth Bay

AM: Punta Moreno, Isabela Island
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 Pāhoehoe lava flow (solidified lava in the corrugated form of an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons, where you view several species of birds around the lakes and mangroves.

PM: Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island
This afternoon you head out to view marine life by zodiac, as there is no landing point. Your zodiac ride starts with a visit to the Marielas islets to observe the largest and most important penguin colony in the Galapagos Islands. The excursion continues into a cove surrounded by red mangroves where you observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, Spotted Eagle and Golden rays, Brown pelicans and sea lions. You might even see Galapagos hawks soaring overhead schools of Pompano and Dorado fish. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4 (Sunday): Fernandina Island/Punta Espinoza & Isabela Island/Tagus Cove

AM: Espinoza Point, Fernandina
Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago. At Punta Espinoza, located at the northeastern tip of the island, Marine iguanas congregate in the largest groups of any other island. They bask in the sand and swim near the shore where they’ve been known to block the landing dock. Another unique species found here is the Flightless cormorant, a bird evolved for swimming, not flying. To see these birds is to witness evolution happening right in front of you.

PM: Tagus Cove, Isabela
A short hop in a zodiac across to Isabela Island and you’re touring the cliffs of Tagus Cove to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30-minute trail hike to cliff top where you can view Darwin Lake, a lake saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this spot. The graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove was written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers of past centuries. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5 (Monday): Santiago Island

AM: Espumilla Beach, Santiago Island
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 filled with sediment, causing the disappearance of a colony of flamingos. The main attractions today are the Palo Santo forest and the marvelous beach, which is an important site for nesting marine turtles.

PM: Puerto Egas, Santiago Island
The black beach of Puerto Egas is located at the west side of the island and is the main attraction of the island. Volcanic tuff deposits built this black sand beach. Puerto Egas got its name from Hector Egas, a company that began an operation to mine the area for its salt but, because the price of salt was so low, the effort failed. The project was abandoned but left its infrastructure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6 (Tuesday): San Cristobal Island & Depart Galapagos

AM: Isla Lobos, San Cristobal
The small island of Isla Lobos is reached at by panga from Port Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of San Cristobal. The trail leads across a dry vegetation zone, volcanic rocks and sandy areas to a site with a small population of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds, which nest here. At the beach you will see a large colony of sea lions and shorebirds.

At an appropriate time, you are transferred to Baltra Airport for your flight back to Quito or Guayaquil. (Breakfast)


DAY 1 (Tuesday): Arrive in Galapagos, San Cristobal Island

Upon arrival at San Cristobal Airport, travelers pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, as well as to pay the park entrance fee of $100 (unless it has been prepaid). A guide will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor where you will settle into the yacht.

In the afternoon, you take an approximately 40-minute bus ride to visit Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Center, located at the south east of the island. This center was built to improve the status of the island’s tortoises. The center includes a large corral, a visitors’ center, tortoise breeding center and an interpretative trail. Along the trail you can see a variety of species of native and endemic plants as well birds such as the San Cristobal mockingbird, Yellow warbler, the Galapagos flycatcher and many species of finches. (Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 2 (Wednesday): Espanola Island

Located on the north-east coast of Espanola Island, Gardner Bay provides an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and the opportunity to observe sea lions. On this morning excursion, you can also observe sharks in the crystal-clear ocean waters.

For the afternoon you head to Punta Suarez, a rocky spot that sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise from the sea affording spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blow hole where water spouts up to 75 feet depending on the intensity of the surf. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3 (Thursday): Floreana Island

Punta Cormorant has the largest and probably the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos. Located between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere, arious species of shorebirds are observed here in addition to the flamingos. The most frequent sightings are common stilts, White-cheeked pintail ducks and other migratory birds. Two distinct beaches are of interest in this area. The Green Beach indeed appears the color green due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand. The Flour Sand Beach is flour-white, as it is made up of coral.
In the afternoon you visit Post Office Bay, which is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. Since this time it has been used by mariners and tourists as a post office. More of a novelty than functional service, travelers drop mail into the barrel and hope the mail will one day arrive at its intended destination thanks to the kindness of a traveler who lives nearby the address and can hand-deliver the mail. Apart from being the Post Office Barrel, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. From here you continue to the north of the island and ascend to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful view from the Baroness Lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Nearby are the ruins of what is known as her house. From Baroness Lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4 (Friday): Santa Fe & Plazas Island

Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, Santa Fe Island was formed from by a tectonic uplift rather than volcanic activity, which is how it became mostly flat. Some theories suggest Santa Fe could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is home to a variety of endemic wildlife species like the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats and one of the two species of lands Iguanas of the islands. The beautiful and clear waters is also home to one of many sea lion colonies. Along the trail you will see a variety of flora, including salt bush and giant prickly pear cactus. This is great place to go snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fishes.

Plazas Island is located on the east side of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding wildlife species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than its relatives found on other islands, and there are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana. Recognizable at first glance by their black-gray color, the hybrids have a land iguana’s crest but the face and tail of the marine iguana. The island’s large population of iguanas is due to the tuna, their favorite food which is found here in great abundance. Swallow-tailed gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are among a variety of other sea birds found here, such as Audubon shearwaters, Red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds and Brown pelicans. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5 (Saturday): North Seymour Island & Bachas Beach

North Seymour is also an uplifted (not volcanic) island and is generally flat and strewn with boulders. Magnificent frigate birds nest in the rocks, Swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliffs and Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the open areas. Watch your step, as the boobies nest where most convenient for them and you might just step on one. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing. The trees are dotted with male frigate birds attempting to attract the attention of the ladies by inflating their bright red skin flaps, sometimes taking to the air to call more attention to themselves. A circular path takes you across the island to a beautiful, rocky shore where the waves crash a silvery-blue.

You head to Santa Cruz Island for the afternoon, where you observe more wildlife and visit historic sites. The activity is focused on two small beaches found to the west of Turtle Cove. The sand at each is made of decomposed coral, which is white and soft and favored by sea turtles for nesting. Behind one of the beaches is a small brackish lagoon, where you can observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as Black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer, with two old barges that were abandoned during WWII, when the United States used Baltra Island as a strategically point to protect the Panama Channel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6 (Sunday): Mosquera Islet & Dragon Hill

The morning is spent in Mosquera Islet, located between Baltra and North Seymour. This is a small islet formed by a geological uplift, with a reef of rocks and coral and a great white sand beach favored by a large population of sea lions. You can also observe several species of shorebirds. This site offers great snorkeling and swimming. Red Lava and Sally light-foot crabs scurry among the rocks and are fun to watch.

The visitor site at Dragon Hill has been open since 1993. This site is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that lead to a hyper-saline lagoon behind the beach, frequented by flamingos, pintail ducks and other species of birds. This site has been repopulated with land iguanas from Seymour, Isabela and Santa Cruz islands. There is a short walk to the Hill, which offers a beautiful view of the bay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7 (Monday): Black Turtle Cove & Chinese Hat

Black Turtle Cove is small cove is located at the northern side of Santa Cruz Island. The red mangrove lagoon punctuating the cove is calm and quiet, an ideal nursery for sharks and rays. The crystal waters provide splendid viewing of the large groups of White-tipped, Black-tipped reef and hammer head sharks, and schools of Golden and Spotted Eagle rays. With no landing sites you visit the lagoon by panga or kayak. Sea turtles also use the lagoon and occasionally they are seen mating in the mangrove-lined waters. Pelicans and herons are also seen in this area.

Chinese Hat is a small islet is located just off the southeastern tip of Santiago Island. The volcanic cone is shaped like a Chinese hat when viewed from north side. On the west are lava formations, which were formed under the sea and raised upward, exposing coral heads on the hardened lava. An excellent visit for interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows, it is also frequented by sea lions, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

DAY 8 (Tuesday): Genovesa Island

Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island originated when the island’s volcanic crater collapsed. After your wet landing on a beautiful white coral-sand beach, get ready to see birds — lots of birds. A favorite island for birdwatchers, you’ll see the Red-footed-booby, Masked booby, Wandering tattler, Lava gull, whimbrel, at least three species of heron, and Yellow warblers. Continuing on the trail, you ascend gradually to the edge of a cliff to see Red-foots nesting in the mangrove trees below. From this vantage you get sightings of Sharp-Beaked, Large Cactus and Ground finches, Galapagos doves and Swallow-Tailed gulls. The cliff also offers an incredible view of the island as well as the many birds living there.

Also known as Prince Philip’s Steps, El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay. After a climb to a plateau surrounding Darwin Bay, you observe a large population of Masked and Red-Footed boobies. Also, Storm petrels and Short-eared owls find the Genovesa lava flows an ideal place for nesting. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 9 (Wednesday): Bartolome & Santiago Islands

Bartolomé Island, located across from Sullivan Bay, has one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Galapagos Islands, with volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba-formed pinnacle. While there is very little vegetation on this island, it has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles frequent, as well as a small colony of Galapagos penguins.

Santiago, also called James, or San Salvador Island, is located in the west-central part of the Galapagos archipelago. The fourth largest island in the archipelago, Santiago is volcanically active with many young flows and cones to see along the south, west, and east coasts. A number of historic eruptions have been reported over the past two centuries. Santiago actually consists of two coalesced volcanoes: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano on the southeast end. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 10 (Thursday): Santa Cruz Highlands & Depart Galapagos

The trail to the Santa Cruz Highlands leaves from Bellavista and passes through an agricultural zone near the national park boundary before entering the Fern and Sedge zone. With clear weather, this area affords beautiful scenes of rolling hills and extinct volcanic cones covered with grass and lush greenery all year round.

After visiting these interesting zones, you are transferred to Baltra Airport for your flights to mainland Ecuador (Guayaquil or Quito). (Breakfast)


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-colored 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. (Lunch, Dinner)

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, you will visit La Rabida, another small but fascinating Island. Right away you’ll notice La Rabida’s 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.

CChinese Hat is a small islet is located just off the southeastern tip of Santiago Island. The volcanic cone is shaped like a Chinese hat when viewed from north side. On the west are lava formations, which were formed under the sea and raised upward, exposing coral heads on the hardened lava. An excellent visit for interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows, it is also frequented by sea lions, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins. There are some excellent snorkeling opportunities in the cove. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3 (Tuesday): Genovesa Island

Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island originated when the island’s volcanic crater collapsed. After your wet landing on a beautiful white coral-sand beach, get ready to see birds — lots of birds. A favorite island for birdwatchers, you’ll see the Red-footed-booby, Masked booby, Wandering tattler, Lava gull, whimbrel, at least three species of heron, and Yellow warblers. Continuing on the trail, you ascend gradually to the edge of a cliff to see Red-foots nesting in the mangrove trees below. From this vantage you get sightings of Sharp-Beaked, Large Cactus and Ground finches, Galapagos doves and Swallow-Tailed gulls. The cliff also offers an incredible view of the island as well as the many birds living there.

Also known as Prince Philip’s Steps, El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay. After a climb to a plateau surrounding Darwin Bay, you observe a large population of Masked and Red-Footed boobies. Also, Storm petrels and Short-eared owls find the Genovesa lava flows an ideal place for nesting. During the panga rides along the cliffs fur sea lions can be seen and several species of seabirds. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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-colored 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.

PM: Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island
This visitor site provides a unique opportunity to view lava flow that is approximately 100 years old. The Sullivan Bay lava is known a Pāhoehoe (Hawaiian for “rope”) due to the lava flow having solidified in a mostly rope 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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5 (Thursday): Santa Cruz Highlands, Charles Darwin Research Station

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 Research 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. The main attractions for this visit are the national park information center, the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for tortoises. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to the dock where you will board the Odyssey. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6 (Friday): Isabela Island: Tintereras & Sierra Negra (yacht)

Tintoreras: A delightful place off Isabela Island reached by a nice morning zodiac ride, Tintoreras is a group of small islands off the Puerto Villamil coast. Tintorera is Spanish for the White-tipped reef shark, which are commonly seen resting in the shallows. You’re also likely to see herons perched on mangrove branches and Galapagos penguins and sea lions frolicking along the shoreline.

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.

Isabela Island is the largest and one of the youngest islands in the Galapagos archipelago. You land in Puerto Villamil, which has the second smallest population in Galapagos. On shore, you head up to the highlands from Puerto Villamil to the slope of Sierra Negra Volcano, from where you ascend to the rim. From this viewpoint, you have fantastic view of the second widest crater in the world, and Perry Isthmus, a lava field with a width of seven miles. From here you can hike to Chico Volcano for views of striking lava formations, many exemplifying the geological occurrences that have created the Galapagos Islands. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 7 (Saturday): Isabela Island: Punta Morena & Elizabeth Bay

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 pahohoe lava flow (solidified lava in the corrugated form of an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons, where you view several species of birds around the lakes and mangroves.

Elizabeth Bay: This afternoon you head out view marine life by zodiac, as there is no landing point. Your zodiac ride starts with a visit to the Marielas islets to observe the largest and most important penguin colony in the Galapagos Islands. The excursion continues into a cove surrounded by red mangroves where you observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, Spotted Eagle and Golden rays, Brown pelicans and sea lions. You might even see Galapagos hawks soaring overhead schools of Pompano and Dorado fish. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8 (Sunday): Fernandina Island/Punta Espinoza & Isabela/Tagus Cove

Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago. At Punta Espinoza, located at the northeastern tip of the island, Marine iguanas congregate in the largest groups of any other island. They bask in the sand and swim near the shore where they’ve been known to block the landing dock. Another unique species found here is the Flightless cormorant, a bird evolved for swimming, not flying. To see these birds is to witness evolution happening right in front of you.

A short hop in a zodiac across to Isabela Island and you’re touring the cliffs of Tagus Cove to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30-minute trail hike to cliff top where you can view Darwin Lake, a lake saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this spot. The graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove was written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers of past centuries. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 9 (Monday): Santiago Island

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 filled with sediment, causing the disappearance of a colony of flamingos. The main attractions today are the Palo Santo forest and the marvelous beach, which is an important site for nesting marine turtles.

The black beach of Puerto Egas is located at the west side of the island and is the main attraction of the island. Volcanic tuff deposits built this black sand beach. Puerto Egas got its name from Hector Egas, a company that began an operation to mine the area for its salt but, because the price of salt was so low, the effort failed. The project was abandoned but left its infrastructure. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 10 (Tuesday): Isla Lobos, Depart Galapagos

The small island of Isla Lobos is reached by panga from Port Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of San Cristobal. The trail leads across a dry vegetation zone, volcanic rocks and sandy areas to a site with a small population of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds, which nest here. At the beach you will see a large colony of sea lions and shorebirds.

After your visit to Isla Lobos, you will transfer to the airport in San Cristobal for your flight back to Quito or Guayaquil. (Breakfast)

Getting To and From the Trip: 

The trip begins with the flight to the Galapagos from either Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador on the first morning of the trip, and ends with the return flight from the Galapagos to either Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador, on the last day of the trip, arriving in the late afternoon. These flights are not included in the trip price, but they will be arranged for you and the cost added to your bill.

You need to overnight in your choice of departure city, either Quito or Guayaquil, at least one night before the trip begins as you will fly to the Galapagos early in the morning of Day 1 of your trip. At the end of the trip we recommend overnighting in Ecuador one night before moving on to your next adventure or flying home, although it is possible to catch a late night flight out on this day.

We do not sell international airfare but partner with a flight specialty company, Exito Travel, who can arrange all of your flights for you, simplifying the process of this part of your trip.

Trip Start: Trip begins with a flight from Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador, to the Galapagos (flights arranged for you) on Day 1. You will need to overnight in either Quito or Guayaquil the night before this flight (see our Quito and Guayaquil packages here).

Trip End: Trip ends with the flight from the Galapagos to either Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador, arriving late afternoon on the last day of the trip. You may want to overnight there that night (see our Quito and Guayaquil packages here) before continuing with your adventure.


This trip is sold a la carte, meaning it is just the yacht trip and does not include hotels or services before or after the trip. We sell the trip this way so you can choose whatever hotels or services you want, rather than us forcing you into something particular. You will need to overnight at least one night in Quito or Guayaquil before the cruise, and one night after the cruise.  That said, to make it simple for you to complete the package, we offer Quito Hotels and Tours.

In addition to the Galapagos cruise, we suggest you visit the Amazon jungle, the highlands of Ecuador, or Machu Picchu in Peru.

2016 PRICES:

PRICE PER PERSON

5-Day Cruise: $3,000.00
6-Day Cruise: $3,750.00
10-Day Cruise: $6,750.00
11-Day Cruise: $7,500.00
15-Day Cruise: $10,500.00
Single Supplement: 25% in lower deck cabin; 100% in main or upper deck cabin

Notes
– A holiday surcharge will be applied to Christmas and New Year’s departures
– If single travelers are willing to share with another traveler, the single supplement will be waived.
– Child Discount: 20% off cruise rate (only applicable to 1 child under 12 years of age traveling with 2 adults
– All rates are subject to change in the event of local tax increases or other unforeseen circumstances

2017 PRICES: 

For 2017 pricing, please inquire using the “Request Trip” button above or by calling 1-866-386-4168.


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 bilingual naturalist guide
• Snorkeling equipment

NOT INCLUDED: 

• Roundtrip flight to Galapagos
• Galapagos National Park entrance fee
• Transit Control Card
• ECOGAL transportation fee: $10.00 per person (rate is subject to change)
• Soft- and alcoholic drinks
• Personal expenses
• Extras and Tips


ADDITIONAL EXPENSES TO CONSIDER:

•    International flights (can be booked on your own or with our travel partner Exito)
•    Flights between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos (to be booked by operator and added to your overall trip pricing)
•    National Park Entrance Fee: $100* per adult, $50* per child under 12 years old
•    INGALA Transit control card: $20* per person
•    ECOGAL transportation fee: $10.00 per person (rate is subject to change)
•    Wetsuits (can be rented onboard)
•    Tips to guides and crew
•    Beverages aside from water, coffee and tea
•    Personal travel insurance
•    Accommodations in mainland Ecuador (can be added upon request)

* These prices are subject to change


 

 

 

Plan Your Trip

2016 DATES

6-DAY CRUISE: ITINERARY A (TUESDAY TO SUNDAY)

5-DAY CRUISE: ITINERARY B (SUNDAY TO THURSDAY)

6-DAY CRUISE: ITINERARY C (THURSDAY TO TUESDAY

10-DAY CRUISE: ITINERARY A+B (TUESDAY TO THURSDAY)

10-DAY CRUISE: ITINERARY B+C (SUNDAY TO TUESDAY)

11-DAY CRUISE: ITINERARY C+A (THURSDAY TO SUNDAY)

None

Trip Start: Trip begins with a flight from Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador, to the Galapagos (flights arranged for you) on Day 1. You will need to overnight in either Quito or Guayaquil the night before this flight (see our Quito and Guayaquil packages here).

Trip End: Trip ends with the flight from the Galapagos to either Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador, arriving late afternoon on the last day of the trip. You may want to overnight there that night (see our Quito and Guayaquil packages here) before continuing with your adventure.

How Do I Get To and From the Trip: 

The trip begins with the flight to the Galapagos from either Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador on the first morning of the trip, and ends with the return flight from the Galapagos to either Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador, on the last day of the trip, arriving in the late afternoon. These flights are not included in the trip price, but they will be arranged for you and the cost added to your bill.

You need to overnight in your choice of departure city, either Quito or Guayaquil, at least one night before the trip begins as you will fly to the Galapagos early in the morning of Day 1 of your trip. At the end of the trip we recommend overnighting in Ecuador one night before moving on to your next adventure or flying home, although it is possible to catch a late night flight out on this day.

We do not sell international airfare but partner with a flight specialty company, Exito Travel, who can arrange all of your flights for you, simplifying the process of this part of your trip.

This trip is sold a la carte, meaning it is just the yacht trip and does not include hotels or services before or after the trip. We sell the trip this way so you can choose whatever hotels or services you want, rather than us forcing you into something particular. You will need to overnight at least one night in Quito or Guayaquil before the cruise, and one night after the cruise.  That said, to make it simple for you to complete the package, we offer Quito Hotels and Tours.

In addition to the Galapagos cruise, we suggest you visit the Amazon jungle, the highlands of Ecuador, or Machu Picchu in Peru.

Trips to the Galapagos begin and end with a flight from mainland Ecuador (either Guayaquil or Quito), so it is very easy to explore more of Ecuador before or after the Galapagos trip.

Quito is a fascinating city with a colonial center that is a World Heritage Site, and it is worth some time. Additionally, in just a few days it is easy to visit high Andean volcanoes, stay in historic haciendas, explore the cloud forest, or visit the Upper Amazon Basin.

Additionally it is quite possible to fly to Peru and add a visit to Machu Picchu to your Galapagos trip.

Countries Visited: Ecuador

Destinations Visited: 

Bartolome Island, Fernandina Island, Floreana Island, Hood/ Espa̱nola 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

Activities: Beach, Birdwatching, Snorkel, Wildlife Viewing and Safaris

Activity Description: 

Each full day in the islands will have two shore excursions, each in a different site. During the shore excursions you will spend 3-4 hours at each site. You will walk at a leisurely pace with your naturalist guide, sticking to the marked trails set by the National Park and the guide will interpret and explain all about the flora, fauna, and geology that you are seeing. There will plenty of time to explore and photograph the abundant wildlife, and there are opportunities to swim or snorkel almost every day during the week and sometimes twice a day.

Trip Difficulty: Not Strenuous

Fitness Level: 

You will need to be able to step off a boat into shallow water, walk on uneven ground, and climb steps or short ladders. The daily walks are slow-paced and only travel 1-2 miles at a time, twice a day. In addition, there will be opportunities to snorkel each day, although this is generally in calm water and you do not need to cover much distance.  Days can be hot with direct sunshine and / high humidity.

Minimum Age: 5

Maximum Age: 110

Minimum Group Size: 1

Maximum Group Size: 16

Typical Group Size: 16

Months Offered: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Best Time to Go: 

The Galapagos Islands is a fantastic destination at all times of the year, with there being no one best time to visit. The wildlife viewing is good all year round, as the temperatures don’t vary much and most wildlife does not migrate and thus is on each island year round. The major exception to this is the waved Albatross, which leaves the Galapagos from January to March, so if you want to see the Albatross you need to visit from April to December.

There are two seasons in the Galapagos, and each will have some precipitation. The Galapagos only receives about 10 inches of rain a year, so it is not a very rainy destination. From June to November the cold Humboldt Current sweeps northward from Antarctica, cooling the air and creating an inversion over the islands, meaning the lowlands are dry and the highlands are cool and misty, and the days are often cloudy. The air temperatures are pleasant during this season, but the water temperatures are chilly and wetsuits are recommended for snorkeling. Additionally, the seas are rougher during this season, with the roughest seas occurring in September.

From December to May, the Humboldt Current is not present in the Galapagos, so the water is warmer, and the air is generally clear and warm. There are periods of heavy rain during this season, but the rain usually doesn’t last long and then sunshine returns. The water is generally warm enough that wetsuits aren’t needed for snorkeling, and the seas are relatively calm.

Peak season in the Galapagos is not based on when the best wildlife viewing occurs, but rather on holiday travel and school holidays.

Food and Special Diets: 

Special-needs diets can be accommodated: vegetarian or vegan, gluten free and low sodium/low fat.

Drinking Water: 

Clean, fresh, drinking water is available at all times on the boat. Please bring a refillable water bottle so you can fill your bottle before heading off on shore excursions.

Equipment Provided: 

• Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, mask, fins)

• Wetsuits are available to rent for $8 per person per day (subject to change).

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: 2,000 gallons per day
Water Capacity: 10,000 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

Special Equipment You Should Bring: 

In addition to a swimsuit it is recommended that if you have a mask and snorkel that fit well and work well for you, that you bring them with you on your trip. This way you are guaranteed to have a mask that fits you well.

 

HOTEL / LODGE AMENITIES:  You do not stay in any hotels on this trip (enquire to add hotels on either end of the trip

BOAT AMENITIES: Bar, Dining Room, Jacuzzi, Lounge, Sun Deck

CAMP AMENITIES: You will not be camping on this trip

ROOM AMENITIES: Twin Beds, Double Beds, Air Conditioning, Safebox, Hot Water, Private Bathroom, Shower, Towels

ROOMING OPTIONS: Double, Willing to Share, Single Supplement

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.

Odyssey Matrimonial Cabin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Odyssey Twin Cabin

Odyssey Galapagos Cruise, Upper DeckOdssey Galapagos Cruise, Main DeckOdyssey Galapagos Cruise, Lower Deck

 

 

Local Tour Operator:

For more than 22 years Latin Trails has specialized in custom adventures and special-interest travels in South America for small groups and families. The trips designed by Latin Trails provide travelers the opportunity to listen, see, feel, smell and taste the destinations of South America. Travelers get those experiences on both land and water, where the company operates sustainable local trips across South America but specializes in Inca Trail treks in Peru and cruise ship adventures in both the Galapagos Islands and the Peruvian Amazon.

Guides:

TMI (Too Much Information)

Luggage 

It’s always a good idea to travel light by bringing only what you need for your trip. Being over-burdened with luggage can make transfers and travel difficult. For your flights, always wear or carry on the items that are absolutely necessary to your trip. 

Luggage Restrictions

Keep in mind that flights between mainland Ecuador and the Galápagos limit you to a maximum of 20 kg or 44 lbs for your checked luggage. You are allowed one carry-on, which is limited to a maximum of 7 kg or 15 lbs. If you are traveling in the Galápagos on a land-based trip (not on a cruise), you may have a flight between two or more of the islands. Please check your itinerary. These flights operate in much smaller airplanes, and have different luggage restrictions. On these flights, you are limited to a maximum of 11 kgs or 25 lbs in one bag for your checked luggage, and you are allowed one small carry-on, such as a purse or day pack. These allowances should be enough for what you’ll need to bring, but if you have extra items you wish to leave in Quito or Guayaquil during your trip to the Galápagos—such as items you may have acquired at Otavalo—arrangements can be made to leave extra bags at your hotel.

Following are our recommendations for luggage for this trip: 

  • Daypack or Fanny pack: This bag stays with you at all times, will most likely be your carry-on and is where you will keep such Galápagos necessities as your camera—unless you have a camera bag—sunscreen, glasses, windbreaker and other similar objects during your hikes. Some people prefer both a daypack and a small fanny pack. Because you will be the one to carry this bag(s) you’ll want to keep the weight down.
  • Duffel Bag: In addition to your carry-on bag you should only need one duffel bag to serve as your main luggage for the trip. This can also be a carry-on but check with your airline to insure it meets specifications. Your duffel or suitcase should be well made and durable to take the punishment the airlines and traveling can dish out. A medium size duffle or suitcase of 30” X 15” X 14” with a capacity of 110 liters or slightly larger should be sufficient.
  • Spare Duffel: It’s a good idea to carry a spare duffel rolled up in your main luggage piece. This is not only good in case you want to leave belongings in Quito while you are in the Galápagos or Amazon, but it comes in handy for those who like to do a good deal of shopping.
  • Small Padlocks: These are always a good idea when traveling and discourages anyone inclined to zip open your bag to see what they might find.
  • Plastic Bags: Sturdy zip lock bags are great to keep important items dry while in the Galápagos or Amazon.

Footwear 

  • Comfortable walking or hiking shoes with good traction.
  • Teva-style sandals are good for hiking the island beaches and you do not have to worry if you get your feet wet. Thongs are acceptable but are not good for hiking though they are good on deck. A security strap is a good idea in the surf. Note: The shoes you wear during landings are kept in a bin on the yacht. If you want to wear them on board the yacht you can wash the bottoms but you may want to have a light pair of deck shoes or thongs for the yacht. Bare feet are also acceptable.

Outerwear 

  • Wind shell (ideal for the islands) and or rain jacket or poncho with hood.
  • Medium to light fleece jacket or fleece sweater (wool is fine, too)
  • Cotton sweatshirt
  • The above are frequently needed when it gets cooler in the evenings, which is the time you will experience more breezes as you cruise to another location. Also remember that Quito can be cool and it can get downright cold if you go higher into the mountains.

Shirts & Blouses 

  • T-Shirts / Polo shirts / Light blouses (can be purchased along the way)
  • A long sleeve shirt or blouse for cooler evenings and sun protection.

For Swimming

  • Two swimsuits.
  • Women report getting a lot of mileage out of swim suite wraps that can be worn as a dress or skirt.
  • Lightweight neoprene wetsuit: Optional. This allows you to spend more time in the water. A less expensive substitute is long underwear made from a water resistant fiber such as capilene. You can also inquire about renting a wetsuit or body glove.

Trousers & Skirts

  • Hiking shorts.
  • Lightweight full length pants either synthetic or cotton is fine and great for cooler nights in the highlands or islands
  • Pair of dressier shorts
  • Women may want to bring a casual dress or skirt (see below).

Head Gear

  • Sun hat or cap. Wide brim hats should have chin strap in case they blow off your head. Unless you have a really thick head of hair and never burn sun visors are out.
  • Bandana (great to shield your neck).
  • Dark glasses with security strap (polarized lenses will help you to see more when looking in the water to spot turtles and rays). It’s a good idea to bring two pairs, especially if you need prescription glasses.

Socks

  • Comfortable athletic type socks for walking and hiking.

Underwear 

  • Regular underwear.

Travel Accessories 

  • Snorkel gear. Most trips include the use of snorkel gear (fins, mask, and snorkel) in the rates. If this gear is not included, it will be available to rent (please check the included / not included information of your trip).  However, you may want to bring your own mask, so you will be sure to have a mask that fits you.
  • First-aid Kit. While yachts do carry first-aid kits, you are responsible for bringing your own personal medical kit including medications, especially prescription drugs, or vitamins you regularly take (fill prescriptions BEFORE you travel), including any over-the-counter drugs you might take such as pain relievers, motion sickness pills or indigestion tablets.
  • Seasickness medication. While Galápagos waters tend toward calm, there are at least two crossings during a typical cruise. In case you are susceptible to sea sickness or if the seas do get high please bring along medication for seasickness if you are susceptible.
  • Toiletry kit: Tooth paste, toothbrush, shaving kit, etc.
  • Insect repellent (for those going to the Amazon and Galápagos travelers sensitive to bites).
  • Sunscreen with SPF rating of 15 or higher (you are on the equator so bring a full bottle).
  • Aloe gel of a high quality.
  • Lip gloss with sunscreen of SPF rating of 15 or higher.
  • Hand sanitizers like Purell for a quick way to keep hands clean when traveling on your own.
  • That book you have wanted to read and the stationery for the letters you have wanted to write.
  • Binoculars: Even though you can get up close to much of the wildlife in the Galápagos you will still want a good pair of binoculars. Water resistance is a plus.
  • Water resistant travel alarm watch.
  • Water resistant compass.
  • Small flashlight or headlamp (good for searching in your duffel and when in Amazon).
  • Spanish / English pocket dictionary or electronic pocket translator.
  • Batteries.

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CAMERAS AND VIDEO

Photography is a highlight of any trip to the Galápagos. With the transition to digital, the best advice is to bring a camera and a format that you are familiar with and know will give you the results you are looking for. If you want to try something new, take time to become familiar with your gear before you head out on the trip. A good rule is to always bring more film or memory space than you think you will need. If you are looking for the results of those glossy catalogs, look into a high color saturation slide film or more mega pixels. While a good zoom lens can come in handy and render excellent up-close results, you probably don’t need anything larger than a hand held lens that does not require a tripod in the Galápagos, and that’s because it’s fairly easy to get close to wildlife. However, if you are looking for professional results you may want to bring both a long lens and tripod. If you plan to visit the Amazon to get shots of wildlife a telephoto lens and tripod are musts. The Galápagos is a great place to bring along a disposable underwater camera as well. Sand and seawater are the enemies of any optical or electronic instrument. Keep this in mind when considering what to bring. A good measure to take for any photographic equipment is to bring large high quality zip lock bags with a zipper locks to keep your camera in, especially when crossing to shore. Bring a few, as they are hard to dry out or clean once wet. Whether photographing wildlife in the Galápagos or people at Otavalo, please be respectful and considerate. Your guide will advise you on the “dos and don’ts.”

Guides
A Field Guide to the Birds of Galápagos, by Michel Harris
A Field Guide to the Fishes of Galápagos, by Godfrey Merlen
A Guide to the birds of the Galápagos Islands, by Isabel Castro and Antonia Phillips
Flowering Plants of the Galápagos, by Dr. Conley K. McMullen
Galapagos Wildlife, a Visitor’s Guide. David Howell & Pete Oxford
Lonely Planet Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, by Rob Rachowiecki (Lonely Planet Publications)
Marine Life of the Galápagos, by Pierre Constant
Reef Fish Identification, by Paul Humann
Subtidal Galápagos, by James Cribbs
Photography 
Galápagos, Islands Lost in Time, by Tui de Roy
Galápagos, A Terrestrial and Marine Phenomenon, by Paul Humann
Galápagos, Discovery on Darwin’s Islands, by Steadman and Zousmer
Galápagos, Back to Nature, by Steve Lu
Galápagos, by Nathan Farb
Other Recommendations 
The Voyage of the Beagle, by Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin, A Biography, by Janet Browne
Floreana, by Margaret Wittmer
The Beak of the Finch, by Jonathan Weiner
The Encantadas, by Herman Melville
The Galápagos Affair, by John Treherne
My Father’s Islands, A Galápagos Quest, by Johanna Angermeyer

 

110 Volt / 220 Volt

Alcoholic beverages; cash only

Smoking is not allowed in rooms or enclosed public areas.

Safety:

• Security Equipment: Smoke detectors & Sprinklers; Co2 bank for kitchen & engine room

• Life Rafts: 1 CARIBE for 25 people, 1 CARIBE for 10 people

Medical Attention:

Staff/ Crew on Trip: 

DETOUR'S POLICIES

DETOUR’S DISCLAIMER
Detour acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, activities, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Detour, LLC and their respective employees, agents, representatives, and assigns accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other incident which may be caused by the negligence, defect, default of any company or person in performing these services. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws, or other such causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of the country in which they are provided. Detour, LLC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours /trips arranged by Detour, LLC. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.

Cancellations: If you cancel the trip at any point after confirmation, you will forfeit a $100 per person handling fee to Detour. This is separate and in addition to the fees, deposits, and payments potentially owed to the tour operator (see information below).

Trip Changes:  If you decide to make any changes to your trip (changes to your itinerary, travel dates, tours, or accommodations) after it is booked, you will incur a $50 change fee per person, per change.  Unavoidable changes (such as those imposed by an international flight schedule change) will not incur this fee.  Adding on services before or after your confirmed tour will not incur this fee.

Rate Changes to Domestic Flights, Park Entrance Fees, Government Taxes and Fuel Surcharges:  The rates for all these items are subject to change at any point and these fees or fee changes can be imposed on any trip, even after a trip has been confirmed and paid for in full.  These rate changes are beyond the control of Detour or our local operating partners.  Oftentimes, these changes are imposed by government decree and take effect immediately.  While this is a rare occurence and the rate changes themselves are typically quite small, these changes are unpredictable and sometimes unavoidable.  Travelers are responsible for any additional costs or fees due to these rate changes, even after the trip is paid in full.

Passports and Traveler Details:  Passengers are responsible for sending up-to-date and correct information that is requested in the “Trip Reservation Form.”  If any of those details change, it is the passenger’s responsibility to notify Detour of the change before the trip departure.  If you need to renew your passport prior to your trip, you must notify Detour that you will be renewing your passport and you will have to email a scanned copy of both your old and new passports to Detour.  Additionally, you will have to bring both passports with you on your trip. Please make sure that you request to receive your old passport at the start of the renewal process.

Airport Transfers:  Airport transfer rates are based on group size with the assumption that all travelers will be taking the same transfer.  If some travelers in your personal group arrive or depart on different days or at different times, additional airport transfers will have to be booked and the passenger is responsible for this additional cost.

DETOUR’S DISCLAIMER
Detour acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, activities, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Detour, LLC and their respective employees, agents, representatives, and assigns accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other incident which may be caused by the negligence, defect, default of any company or person in performing these services.  Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws, or other such causes.  All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of the country in which they are provided. Detour, LLC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours /trips arranged by Detour, LLC. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.

DETOUR’S CANCELLATION POLICY
If you cancel the trip at any point after confirmation, you will owe a $100 per person handling fee to Detour.  This is separate and in addition to the fees, deposits, and payments potentially owed to the tour operator (see information below).

 

ANDEAN TRAVEL COMPANY TERMS AND CONDITIONS

PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION POLICIES

DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS POLICY

To confirm your booking
FITs: 30% deposit
CHARTERS: 30% deposit

60 Days Prior to Departure
FITs: 70% (Remainder of payment including flights)
CHARTERS: None

90 Days Prior to Departure
FITs: None
CHARTERS: 70% (Remainder of payment including flights)

CANCELLATION POLICY

Confirmation date – 121 days before departure:
FITs $100 per person penalty fee
CHARTER $1600 total penalty fee

120 – 91 days before departure:
FITs 30% trip rate penalty fee
CHARTER 30% trip rate penalty fee

90 – 61 days before departure:
FITs 30% trip rate penalty fee
CHARTER 100% trip rate penalty fee

60 days or less:
FITs: 100% trip rate penalty fee
CHARTER: 100% trip rate penalty fee

On the yacht-based tour, the boat anchors off-shore at two visitor sites per day. 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 regulates how long any group can stay at each site within the park and what you can do there.

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.
At the end of the day, you have dinner on board (all your meals are provided on board) and retire to your cabin for the night.  The boat does most of the traveling between Islands at night, while you sleep.

Most telecommunication providers have signal in Galapagos and passengers can use their smart phones that are activated for international calling on days when the yachts are in close range to port. The yachts do not offer WiFi service. There are internet cafes in Puerto Ayora and other towns in the Galapagos.

Gratuities are not included. It is preferred that guests reward the crew based on its performance. Tipping is a personal matter and passengers are encouraged to tip an amount they find appropriate. For those passengers who inquire, it is suggested that they follow the guideline of $200.00 per passenger (per week). Gratuities are divided among all crew members including guides.

Laundry: Laundry service may be available in Puerto Ayora upon arrival there. Ask your guide or crew on the boat.

Food and Special Diets: 

Special-needs diets can be accommodated: vegetarian or vegan, gluten free and low sodium/low fat.

Drinking Water: 

Clean, fresh, drinking water is available at all times on the boat. Please bring a refillable water bottle so you can fill your bottle before heading off on shore excursions.

 

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