CACHALOTE

Cachalote

The Cachalote I is a 96-foot, two-masted, motorised sailing ship that carries 16 passengers on two decks. There are eight air-conditioned cabins, seven with upper & lower berths and one matrimonial cabin. All cabins are en suite with hot shower. On board there is a dining room, bar and salon. Enjoy the sea breezes, sunshine or a sky full of stars from the yacht's wooden deck.

An experienced Captain, four dedicated crew members and an experienced English-speaking naturalist guide attend to the details of your Galapagos cruise. The itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions, readjustment of National Park policies or at the Captain's discretion to take the best advantage of seasonal changes.
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4 - 8 Days Cruise

16 Passengers

Day 1 – Friday

Baltra – Puerto Ayora municipal pier – Puerto villamil to board the boat

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (approx. 2 and half hour flight). Will be met by our driver and transferred to Santa Cruz Island across the Itabaca Cannal on a 5 minute's ferry boat ride. Once on Santa Cruz, another vehicle will be waiting for you to take you to Puerto Ayora municipal pier. At 14h00 speed boat to Isabela: Puerto Villamil pier where a crew member will meet you and take you on board Y Cachalote

Day 2

visit to Punta Moreno, Albemarle (Isabela Island).

A dry landing on a young lava field offers dramatic scenery stretching to the foot of some of the most active volcanoes in the Galapagos. This is interrupted by lagoons, lush vegetation and brightly coloured birds in striking contrast with the surrounding jet black lava. Amongst the lava flows are clear tidal pools that attracts flamingos, herons and pelicans.

Elizabeth Bay (Isabela Island)
At Elizabeth Bay enjoy a panga ride through the mangrove area to see the rays, turtles, sea lions, and, circling overhead, Galapagos hawks. A colony of penguins inhabit a rocky islet at the entrance to Elizabeth Bay. No landings are permitted at Elizabeth Bay.

Day 3

Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)

Take a scenic cruise along Bolivar Channel where it is possible to see whales and dolphins. Disembark at Urbina Bay (wet landing), to look for giant tortoises and land iguanas. This place went through a volcanic uplifting event back in 1954 leaving gaunt marine skeletons, which make the walk remarkably interesting. Those who wish may take either only a short walk along the beach, or a longer walk towards the interior of the island. Swimming and snorkelling will depend on local conditions.

Tagus Cove (Isabela Island).

On the northwest of Isabela, secluded Tagus Cove was originally a favourite landing point for pirates and whalers. Old graffiti can still be found on its walls. The vegetation in this area includes the fragrant Palo Santo, these white- barked trees are leafless and look dead for most of the year but bloom in the spring. Walk back to the Darwin crater which is filled with salt water, the view at the end of the trail is well worth the climb. Darwin is one of Isabela's six volcanoes, and a remarkable contrast to the lower islands east of the archipelago. Here you will have the option to swim or snorkel. There is no beach in this area so activities are done from the pangas.


Day 4

Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)

Morning visit to the youngest island, Fernandina. Disembark (dry landing) for a one-mile walk. Fernandina has an amazing combination of barrenness with lots of wildlife. Having no introduced mammals, Fernandina has the highest density of marine iguanas, sharing their space with sea lions, sally-light foot crabs, hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorant.

Punta Vicente Roca

Punta Vicente Roca is a wonderful snorkeling site, where you can usually see turtles as well as all kinds of fish. After the snorkeling you will go on a panga ride, which will give you the opportunity to study some of the Galapagos' spectacular geological rock formations. Nazca boobies, pelicans, swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and penguins are often seen in the area.

Day 5

Puerto Egas (James Island)

Wet landing for a mid-length walk. Most of the landscape is tuff-stone layers and lava flows. This is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and there is a colony of fur-sea lions. Snorkelling and swimming from the beach after the walk is possible.

Bartolome Island

Disembark at Bartolome Island (dry landing) for a hike to the summit. This is a steep climb aided by a wooden staircase; the view from the top is excellent. There may be time for a panga ride around Pinnacle Rock to observe penguins, and time to enjoy the beach (wet landing), snorkelling.


Day 6

Morning tour to North Seymour Island

Walk along the coast and the interior of North Seymour Island, observing bird colonies of blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, swallow tailed gulls and also sea lions and marine iguanas. A shorter walk is also available.
Disembark from the Chachalote for the last time
Transfer: You will be met and taken to the airport.

Day 1 – San Cristobal: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno airport.

Upon arrival, your tour guide will met you there and transferred to board Y/Cachalote.
** Please be aware that timing or sequence of visits might be altered depending on arrival of flights, force of nature or other unexpected conditions beyond our control. **

PM: El Junco, San Cristobal
El Junco Lagoon is one of the few permanent fresh water lakes in the Galapagos. It is located at an altitude of 700 metres, about 45 minutes by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On your way to El Junco Lagoon you will pass different vegetation zones, before you reach the panoramic site, where the bird watching is exceptional as well as the view.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2

Morning tour to Gardner Bay (Hood Island).

Disembark at a white coral beach where you can take a short walk and watch the sea lions, mockingbirds and finches or enjoy the beach. There is great snorkelling in this area.
Excursion: Punta Suarez (Hood Island).

At Punta Suarez, take a walk along the lava terrain to visit its sea bird colonies, including the waved albatross (May - December), masked and blue footed boobies. Waves crash onto jagged cliffs and the famous blowhole shoots water up to 30 metres in the air.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Excursion: Punta Cormorant & the Devil’s Crown (Floreana Island).
Disembark by wet landing at Punta Cormorant on the green sand beach for an easy walk to see the flamingos that inhabit a brackish-water lagoon, and other birds like ducks, stilts, sandpipers, etc. The walk continues to the white sand Flour Beach on the other side of the point. The nearby Devil’s Crown is widely considered to one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos. The eroded remains of a completely submerged volcano and home to sea lions, eagle rays and sea turtles. Please note that the water can be rough and the current can be strong here.

Excursion: Post Office Bay (Floreana Island).

Wet landing at the historical Post Office Bay to learn about the human side of the islands, its early inhabitants and the adventures of pirates and whalers. The first “post” service was established by early whaling ships in the late 1700’s and the tradition has continued down the years since. There is also the remains of a Norwegian Fishing Village a commercial fishing operation established in 1926 and abandoned a couple of years later.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4

Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz Island.

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.

Sullivan Bay (James Island)

The Sullivan Bay lava field shows a variety of interesting patterns, the shapes and textures of trees, which once existed there and hornitos caused when pockets of gas or water trapped under the lava exploded. The Sullivan Bay lava is known a pahoehoe , Hawaiian for rope. This thin-skinned lava's molten material cools down after an eruption causing the surface materials to buckle creating a rope like appearance. Pahoehoe lava is rare in the rest of the world, but is common to the volcanoes of Hawaii and the Galapagos Islands. In the 100 years since the last major lava flow little in the way of fauna has returned except the lava cactus.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

El Barranco (Tower Island)

Tower Island is a low-lying volcano rising just above the ocean surface in the north eastern part of the archipelago. The variety and number of birds found here are incredible. After entering Darwin’s Bay via a narrow channel you will take a zodiac ride along the rocky caldera walls observing the many seabirds who choose to nest here. Frigate birds, red-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and storm petrels all breed here by the thousands. A steep climb up Prince Phillip Steps leads to a flatter trail where you may see masked, blue and red footed boobies. The interior of the island is also home to four types of Darwin finches and short eared owls.

Darwin Bay (Tower Island).

Afternoon wet landing for an easy stroll observing bird life, mainly frigate birds, red footed and masked boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. If you wish, you can continue walking over sharp lava and uneven terrain, or go back to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkelling at this beautiful natural harbour.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6

Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island.

The panga will take you into a tidal lagoon to see three kinds of mangrove plants, red, white and black. White-tipped sharks, spotted rays, mustard rays and Pacific marine turtles frequent the waters here.
Disembark from the Chachalote for the last time
Transfer: You will be met and taken to the airport.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 1

Upon arrival visit to the highlands of Santa Cruz

Upon arrival in Baltra your tour guide will met you there and transferred to Santa Cruz Island across the Itabaca Cannal on a 5 minute's ferry boat ride. Once on Santa Cruz, another vehicle will be waiting for you to take you for a tour in the highlands looking for giant tortoises in the wild. This will imply a walk through dirt trails and grassland. Water and lunch will be available at one of these private properties before heading down to the town of Puerto Ayora for a visit of the Charles Darwin Scientific Research Station. You will have some free time to stroll through town for a couple of hours at leisure. Based on the itinerary, you should be prepared for the activities of the day for which we suggest you to wear comfortable walking shoes, light clothes (preferably cotton), T-shirts or shorts as per your personal preference, and depending on the season, a light windbreaker in case it is misty during your excursion through the highlands.

** Please be aware that timing or sequence of visits might be altered depending on arrival of flights, force of nature or other unexpected conditions beyond our control. **

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

Morning visit to Chinese Hat.

This island is so named because of its perfectly conical appearance. After a wet landing a short walk around the island to observe flamingo and leads to a small colony of sea lion. On the return journey there is the possibility for snorkelling in the clear waters, often with the sea lion.

Excursion: Afternoon tour to Rabida Island.

This is a small island lying just south of Santiago. A trail leads to a salt-water lagoon, which is sometimes home to flamingos. An area of mangroves near the lagoon is a nesting area for brown Pelicans and it is possible to swim and snorkel from the beach.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Tour of Volcan Sierra Negra, Isabela Island

Situated in the south of Isabela Island, the caldera of the Sierra Negra volcano is 6 miles by 5 miles, making it the second largest on the world. Starting from Puerto Villamil you will journey by road for approximately 4 hours to the small town of Santo Tomas. You will be able to see volcanic fumaroles inside smaller craters.

PM. Breeding center

Breeding Center Arnaldo Tupiza is where giant tortoises are reared on Isabela. It is located 1.5 kilometers from Pto. Villamil, this important center has a captive breeding program for tortoises from the populations of southern Isabela. In total there are 330 tortoises between juveniles and adults.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

visit to Punta Moreno, Albemarle (Isabela Island).

A dry landing on a young lava field offers dramatic scenery stretching to the foot of some of the most active volcanoes in the Galapagos. This is interrupted by lagoons, lush vegetation and brightly coloured birds in striking contrast with the surrounding jet black lava. Amongst the lava flows are clear tidal pools that attracts flamingos, herons and pelicans.

Elizabeth Bay (Isabela Island)
At Elizabeth Bay enjoy a panga ride through the mangrove area to see the rays, turtles, sea lions, and, circling overhead, Galapagos hawks. A colony of penguins inhabit a rocky islet at the entrance to Elizabeth Bay. No landings are permitted at Elizabeth Bay.

Day 5

Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)

Take a scenic cruise along Bolivar Channel where it is possible to see whales and dolphins. Disembark at Urbina Bay (wet landing), to look for giant tortoises and land iguanas. This place went through a volcanic uplifting event back in 1954 leaving gaunt marine skeletons, which make the walk remarkably interesting. Those who wish may take either only a short walk along the beach, or a longer walk towards the interior of the island. Swimming and snorkelling will depend on local conditions.

Tagus Cove (Isabela Island).

On the northwest of Isabela, secluded Tagus Cove was originally a favourite landing point for pirates and whalers. Old graffiti can still be found on its walls. The vegetation in this area includes the fragrant Palo Santo, these white- barked trees are leafless and look dead for most of the year but bloom in the spring. Walk back to the Darwin crater which is filled with salt water, the view at the end of the trail is well worth the climb. Darwin is one of Isabela's six volcanoes, and a remarkable contrast to the lower islands east of the archipelago. Here you will have the option to swim or snorkel. There is no beach in this area so activities are done from the pangas.


Day 6

Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)

Morning visit to the youngest island, Fernandina. Disembark (dry landing) for a one-mile walk. Fernandina has an amazing combination of barrenness with lots of wildlife. Having no introduced mammals, Fernandina has the highest density of marine iguanas, sharing their space with sea lions, sally-light foot crabs, hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorant.

Punta Vicente Roca

Punta Vicente Roca is a wonderful snorkeling site, where you can usually see turtles as well as all kinds of fish. After the snorkeling you will go on a panga ride, which will give you the opportunity to study some of the Galapagos' spectacular geological rock formations. Nazca boobies, pelicans, swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and penguins are often seen in the area.

Day 7

Puerto Egas (James Island)

Wet landing for a mid-length walk. Most of the landscape is tuff-stone layers and lava flows. This is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and there is a colony of fur-sea lions. Snorkelling and swimming from the beach after the walk is possible.

Bartolome Island

Disembark at Bartolome Island (dry landing) for a hike to the summit. This is a steep climb aided by a wooden staircase; the view from the top is excellent. There may be time for a panga ride around Pinnacle Rock to observe penguins, and time to enjoy the beach (wet landing), snorkelling.


Day 8

Morning tour to North Seymour Island

Walk along the coast and the interior of North Seymour Island, observing bird colonies of blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, swallow tailed gulls and also sea lions and marine iguanas. A shorter walk is also available.
Disembark from the Chachalote for the last time
Transfer: You will be met and taken to the airport.

Day 1

Upon arrival visit to the highlands of Santa Cruz

Upon arrival in Baltra your tour guide will met you there and transferred to Santa Cruz Island across the Itabaca Cannal on a 5 minute's ferry boat ride. Once on Santa Cruz, another vehicle will be waiting for you to take you for a tour in the highlands looking for giant tortoises in the wild. This will imply a walk through dirt trails and grassland. Water and lunch will be available at one of these private properties before heading down to the town of Puerto Ayora for a visit of the Charles Darwin Scientific Research Station. You will have some free time to stroll through town for a couple of hours at leisure. Based on the itinerary, you should be prepared for the activities of the day for which we suggest you to wear comfortable walking shoes, light clothes (preferably cotton), T-shirts or shorts as per your personal preference, and depending on the season, a light windbreaker in case it is misty during your excursion through the highlands.

** Please be aware that timing or sequence of visits might be altered depending on arrival of flights, force of nature or other unexpected conditions beyond our control. **

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

Morning visit to Islas Plaza (Santa Cruz)

The Plaza islands are situated off the east coast of Santa Cruz. You will alight at South Plaza via a dry landing. The island has one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the archipelago and can be observed feeding on the prickly pear cactus. There are also iguanas that are a cross between the marine and land varieties. Along the sea cliffs frigate birds, shearwaters, brown pelicans and masked boobies may be seen. You may snorkel from the beach where turtles, sharks and other fish are found.
Excursion: Afternoon visit to 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Cerro Brujo , San Cristobal

Cerro Brujo is located just up the coast on San Cristobal Island. You will have the chance to stretch your legs on the beach, perhaps go for a swim and there is a usually a small population of sea-lions and seabirds.

El Junco, San Cristobal

El Junco Lagoon is one of the few permanent fresh water lakes in the Galapagos. It is located at an altitude of 700 metres, about 45 minutes by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On your way to El Junco Lagoon you will pass different vegetation zones, before you reach the panoramic site, where the bird watching is exceptional as well as the view.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Morning tour to Gardner Bay (Hood Island).

Disembark at a white coral beach where you can take a short walk and watch the sea lions, mockingbirds and finches or enjoy the beach. There is great snorkelling in this area.
Excursion: Punta Suarez (Hood Island).

At Punta Suarez, take a walk along the lava terrain to visit its sea bird colonies, including the waved albatross (May - December), masked and blue footed boobies. Waves crash onto jagged cliffs and the famous blowhole shoots water up to 30 metres in the air.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Excursion: Punta Cormorant & the Devil’s Crown (Floreana Island).
Disembark by wet landing at Punta Cormorant on the green sand beach for an easy walk to see the flamingos that inhabit a brackish-water lagoon, and other birds like ducks, stilts, sandpipers, etc. The walk continues to the white sand Flour Beach on the other side of the point. The nearby Devil’s Crown is widely considered to one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos. The eroded remains of a completely submerged volcano and home to sea lions, eagle rays and sea turtles. Please note that the water can be rough and the current can be strong here.

Excursion: Post Office Bay (Floreana Island).

Wet landing at the historical Post Office Bay to learn about the human side of the islands, its early inhabitants and the adventures of pirates and whalers. The first “post” service was established by early whaling ships in the late 1700’s and the tradition has continued down the years since. There is also the remains of a Norwegian Fishing Village a commercial fishing operation established in 1926 and abandoned a couple of years later.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6

Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz Island.

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.

Sullivan Bay (James Island)

The Sullivan Bay lava field shows a variety of interesting patterns, the shapes and textures of trees, which once existed there and hornitos caused when pockets of gas or water trapped under the lava exploded. The Sullivan Bay lava is known a pahoehoe , Hawaiian for rope. This thin-skinned lava's molten material cools down after an eruption causing the surface materials to buckle creating a rope like appearance. Pahoehoe lava is rare in the rest of the world, but is common to the volcanoes of Hawaii and the Galapagos Islands. In the 100 years since the last major lava flow little in the way of fauna has returned except the lava cactus.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

El Barranco (Tower Island)

Tower Island is a low-lying volcano rising just above the ocean surface in the north eastern part of the archipelago. The variety and number of birds found here are incredible. After entering Darwin’s Bay via a narrow channel you will take a zodiac ride along the rocky caldera walls observing the many seabirds who choose to nest here. Frigate birds, red-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and storm petrels all breed here by the thousands. A steep climb up Prince Phillip Steps leads to a flatter trail where you may see masked, blue and red footed boobies. The interior of the island is also home to four types of Darwin finches and short eared owls.

Darwin Bay (Tower Island).

Afternoon wet landing for an easy stroll observing bird life, mainly frigate birds, red footed and masked boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. If you wish, you can continue walking over sharp lava and uneven terrain, or go back to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkelling at this beautiful natural harbour.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 8

Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island.

The panga will take you into a tidal lagoon to see three kinds of mangrove plants, red, white and black. White-tipped sharks, spotted rays, mustard rays and Pacific marine turtles frequent the waters here.
Disembark from the Chachalote for the last time
Transfer: You will be met and taken to the airport.
Meals: Breakfast


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