A comfortable catamaran, recently refurbished to accommodate up to 16 passengers. Constructed with non flammable materials and supported by two steel hulls making it more steady and safe. The Millennium is certified with high standards. Eight very spacious cabins accommodate its guests offering individual climate control, private bathrooms with shower and tub, closets and direct ocean view.
Information about the boat
|Crew:||9 (including bilingual naturalist guide)|
|Cabins:||8 cabins (6 double cabins and 2 suites)|
Day 1: Baltra island : Baltra Airport / Santa Cruz Island : Highlands
Flight to Baltra, located in the north of Santa Cruz. Upon arrival in Baltra, your naturalist guides and cruise director are waiting at the airport for a short transfer to the Itabaca channel. After crossing the channel, you go by bus via the highlands of Santa Cruz towards Puerto Ayora where your ship is anchored. On the way, you visit a ranch where the famous Giant tortoises roam around freely, your first introduction to the fragile and special environment of the enchanted islands. The lava tunnels,
formed by eruptions a long time ago, take you underground to see the formation of the archipelago from a different angle.
Day 2: Isabela Island : Islotes Las Tintoreras / Isabela Island : Breeding center of Giant Tortoise / Isabela Island : Volcan Sierra Negra / Volcan Chico / Isabela Island : Muro de las Lágrimas
During the night you have sailed towards the largest island of the archipelago: Isabela. In the morning you visit first Puerto Villamil, the small town of this island where you have the chance to enjoy the beach as well as see many marine iguanas lazing around. The morning continues with a visit to the islet of Tintoreras, where you get up close and personal with white-tip reef sharks, penguins, lava herons, marine turtles and sea lions.
After Tintoreras you visit the wetlands surrounding the town. A trail consisting of lagoons and swamps with 4 types of mangroves and an abundant bird life.
The afternoon is reserved for the Arnold Tupiza Breeding Centre. Here, you will learn about the conservation efforts of the National Park to maintain the population of the 5 distinct species of giant tortoises endemic to Isabela. From here you continue either to the second largest crater in the world (Sierra Negra) or to the Wall of Tears, a historic site built by prisoners.
Day 3: Isabela Island : Punta Moreno / Fernandina Island : Punta Mangle
You have sailed to Moreno Point on Isabela, a paradise for bird lovers with flamingos, gallinules, pintail ducks and many more. The tidal pools here are a favourite spot for the green turtle as well as for the white-tip reef sharks. From here, your ship sets sail to Fernandina, an unspoiled dot on the globe as no foreign species have ever lived here. Home to the flightless cormorant who lost its ability to fly due to the lack of predators and the Galápagos hawk. A landscape dominated by the active volcano El Cumbre with impressive lava fields flowing right into the ocean.
Day 4: Fernandina Island : Punta Espinoza / Isabela Island : Caleta Tagus
The north-eastern side of Fernandina proves to be yet another highlight. A’a lava, penguins, crystal clear waters for snorkelling. You visit this morning Espinoza Point where a 1.2-mile hike lets you get in contact with the various types of lava that can flow from a volcano. A hike of moderate difficulty (be sure to bring good shoes for this hike!).
The afternoon will prove a bit more challenging when visiting the volcano Darwin on the northern tip of Isabela. The landscape with its lake, and the altitude of the volcano make that you have some amazing views over the archipelago and especially Isabela and Fernandina.
Day 5: Santiago Island : Puerto Egas / Santiago Island : Sombrero Chino
Egas Port on Santiago is home to the Galápagos hawk and the Galápagos lava lizard. A site where the Galápagos fur sealion loves to bathe in the sun and take a dip in the tidal pools. During snorkelling here, you find rays, reef sharks, turtles, underwater caves and many of tropical fish.
The afternoon is for Chinese Hat, a small islet off the coast of Santiago where you can study the various lava flows and lava tubes. A 1.9-mile hike leads you around the islet followed by snorkelling in the pristine water surrounding it.
Day 6: Santa Cruz Island : Caleta Tortuga Negra / Baltra island : Baltra Airport
Before heading back to the airport located on Baltra, you visit Black Turtle Cove on Santa Cruz. A place without a landing site and only to be reached by a dinghy. A safe-haven for young marine life like sea turtles, rays, sea lions and many more. A great way to say goodbye to the Galápagos islands. After this visit, your guide takes you to the airport for your flight back to Quito.
Price per person according to itineraryD - 6D/5N : $2.760,00
Our prices include
- Accommodation in a double (twin) cabin
- All meals on board
- Purified water
- On shore excursions escorted by English-speaking naturalist guide
- Snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel and flippers)
Our prices not include
- Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee: US$100 per person (US$6 for Ecuadorian Nationals)
- US$ 20 per person INGALA transit card
- Wet suits (available for rent on board)
- Alcoholic and bottled beverages on board
- Crew and guide tips
- Flight Quito – Baltra – Quito