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Galapagos Islands Sailing tour

Galapagos Islands Sailing

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Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
From: $ 3,395 $ 485 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore the Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • See some of the giant Galapagos tortoises at a nature preserve along the way
  • Visit to town of Puerto Ayora there is time to visit the Charles Darwin Research Cente
  • See island of Bartolomé, a small island formed by two tuff cones attached to Santiago Island
  • Visit Bainbridge Rock, just off the coast of Santiago Island
  • Visit Caleta Tortuga Negra, a small bay surrounded by mangroves

Short Description

Adventure on the Encantada. By special arrangement, we have chartered the lovely yacht Encantada for three special winter holiday departures in late December 2017. Includes flights and national park passes! On this Galápagos Islands Sailing Tour, you travel aboard the charming 70’ yacht Encantada, with just 12 passengers in total.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
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Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Guayaquil
End City Guayaquil
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Itinerary

Day 1:

Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador.  You are met outside the customs and immigration area at the airport and escorted to the luxurious Wyndham Hotel.

Day 2:

 Transfer from the hotel to the airport and fly to the Galapagos.  You land on the island of Baltra where the U.S. Air Force built a runway during WWII.  Upon arrival you are met by Encantada yacht staff and drive 10 minutes from the airport to the Itabaca channel where a five-minute ferry ride takes you to the island of Santa Cruz.  From here you travel across the island, stopping to see some of the giant Galapagos tortoises at a nature preserve along the way. Upon arrival in the seaside town of Puerto Ayora there is time to visit the Charles Darwin Research Center. Later in the afternoon we board the yacht and settle in to our cabins.  After dinner in the harbor, we pull anchor and begin our travels towards the island of Genovesa.

Day 3:

We arrive in the morning at the island of Genovesa and have a dry landing at El Barranco, or Prince Phillip’s steps where a steep, rocky path leads to the top of a high cliff. There are spectacular views from here and the opportunity to observe red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos doves and Galapagos swallows. Back at the water we have our first snorkeling adventure. Then, we return to the boat and continue to Darwin Bay to find a white- sand coral beach and a half-mile trail that winds through mangrove trees filled with various birds.  We should see Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls among other birds. There are also tide pools to explore and an opportunity to snorkel in the bay and enjoy fascinating interactions with curious, playful sea lions.

Day 4:

We arrive at the island of Bartolomé, a small island formed by two tuff cones attached to Santiago Island.  On this extinct volcano we find fine-particle ash hardened into shades of red, black and green.  This is the home of the iconic Pinnacle Rock and we climb a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano for panoramic views across the island and to distant islands.  We return to a golden-sand beach to enjoy the sun and a perfect place for snorkeling.  With luck we may see Galapagos penguins and perhaps even have a chance to snorkel with them! Then we continue to Sullivan Bay where there is a large lava field of fascinating patterns, the result of explosions of gas or water coming forth from the once-molten lava. There’s another chance to snorkel in crystal clear waters.

Day 5:

Today we visit Bainbridge Rock, just off the coast of Santiago Island.    A trail follows the coastline where there are tide pools and grottos filled with sea life. This is an excellent chance to see the Galapagos fur seal bathing in the sun. We then take a panga (dinghy) ride in Chinese Hat which is a place of fairly recent volcanic activity and a few intact lava tunnels. This is another place to snorkel and swim in tranquil blue waters, watching colorful fish and playing with young sea lions.

After lunch on the boat we head to the northern part of the island of Santa Cruz to visit Caleta Tortuga Negra, a small bay surrounded by mangroves and only accessible by dinghy.  It’s a safe haven for marine life such as white tip reef sharks, sea turtles and various rays such as manta rays and eagle rays.

Day 6:

Our last day on the Encantada has still more discovery.  We go to the official visitor site of Seymour North where there is a large breeding colony of frigate birds and blue-footed boobies. The trail leads up among their nests while you watch your step as there are also land and marine iguanas. There’s also time to snorkel along the island’s rocky coast.  It’s a special place to end our Galapagos adventure and then return to the Itabaca Channel for a short transfer back to the Baltra airport and a flight to Guayaquil. On arrival in Guayaquil, transfer to the hotel and overnight.  Dinner is on your own.

Day 7:

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Encantada

Return home or continue exploring Ecuador. We are happy to arrange extensions to visit historic haciendas of the highlands; a jungle lodge in the Amazon or on to Peru and Machu Picchu.

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Ship Stats

Boat Specifications:

  • Sailing boat
  • Length: 23m (69 ft)
  • Beam: 5.2m (17 ft)
  • Capacity: 12 people + 5 crew + 1 Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Engines: 1 Detroit Diesel
  • Generator: 1 John Deere 60kw
  • Boat speed: 7 knots
  • Zodiac for disembarking
  • Fresh water production
  • Hot & fresh water shower
  • Sun Deck

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Cancellation Policy:

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify Adventure Unbound in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately.  If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of the deposit.  Deposits are not refundable.  If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded.  If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself.  Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups.  Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies.  For this reason we strongly recommend you consider purchasing the Travel Protection Plan we offer.

For non USA-based trips, Adventure Unbound must make substantial payments to its suppliers (hotels, transportation companies, etc.) far in advance of the trip departure date.  If Adventure Unbound cancels any tour, trip or expedition due to acts of insurrection, force majeure, strikes, popular demonstrations, acts of God, earthquake, flooding, or any cause beyond its control, Adventure Unbound will refund the portion of the trip cost not already advanced to suppliers and use its best efforts to recover and refund the balance as promptly as possible.

If we are not able to provide a substitute trip, river, or altered itinerary and have to cancel the departure completely, you will be refunded in full. Refunds are limited to the amount actually paid to Adventure Unbound.

CANCELLATIONS FOR EXTENSIONS

There is a $100 per person non-refundable cancellation fee for all extensions.  Cancellations must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure to avoid additional penalties.  Cancellations made 59-30 days prior to departure incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the total fare.  Cancellations made 29-0 days prior to departure forfeit all fees paid.  For groups of 10 or more, cancellations must be received no later than 120 days prior to departure.  Cancellations made between 119-60 days incur a cancellation fee of 25% of the total fare.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 12

Additional Information:

What is each day of this cruise program like and what will I do?

Each day is filled with a variety of activities and off-boat time! Most of the cruising is done at night, so days are replete with exploration and learning. We go ashore at least twice each day and also have one or two opportunities for swimming and snorkeling each day. Your Galapagos Park Service-certified guide is a wealth of information and always available to answer your questions and share his or her knowledge of the natural and cultural history of the islands.

What sort of weather should I expect?

The Galapagos Islands are located on the equator and thus the temperatures are fairly warm and constant most of the year. The warmest time is generally from January to April with average temperatures ranging from a low of 70F to around of 84F. Weather is mostly impacted by ocean currents with cooler water temperatures coming from the Humboldt current from June to September, and then warmer currents coming from the Panama current during October to May. The variance between these two times is around six to nine degrees Fahrenheit. While there is officially a “wet season” and a “dry season” (April to December) our experience is that these seasons don’t in fact make a lot of difference in terms of the impact to your trip. It is true that the seas are generally rougher during the June to August period and this may be a more important consideration for many.

What is the best way to get to the Galapagos Islands?

From the U.S. and Canada there are daily flights via Houston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York and Miami, to both Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador. If you are short on time flying directly to and from Guayaquil may save you time as our Encantada trip begins in Guayaquil.

Do you arrange international air to Ecuador?

We do not arrange international air travel but we do have a great air travel specialist we refer you to if you’d like.

Do you take care of our ticketing for air travel within Ecuador?

Yes. When you book a tour with us we add your Ecuador flights to your invoice. Flights to the Galapagos depart several times daily from both Quito and Guayaquil aboard Boeing 737’s or Airbus 320’s or similar. Our partners in Ecuador hold space on the flights so we are sure to be able to accommodate you (as long as you sign up far enough in advance).

Are you able to arrange extensions to our Galapagos tour?

We have been running trips in Ecuador since 1992 and know the country well. We have plenty of ideas for extending your trip whether it be to the Amazon, the Cloud Forest, the highlands in the north or south, or whatever might be your special interest. We can also arrange extensions to Peru and Machu Picchu.

Do I need previous snorkeling experience?

If you’ve never been snorkeling we highly recommend you practice before the trip. It’s best to buy your own mask and snorkel (around $20-$45) so that you have a good fit and for better hygiene. Fins are less necessary but are nice to have in terms of going a little faster.

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