Galápagos Islands Yacht Adventure

About the Experience

This isn’t a “beach getaway.” This isn’t a “cruise.” This is a place of bold discovery and quiet revelation. You will walk stretches of land that serve as nesting sites, awestruck by the cluster of creatures: shearwaters and boobies and awkwardly beautiful brown pelicans. You wave hello to Darwin’s Finches, then snorkel alongside a friendly sea lion for an afternoon swim.

Your days are filled with tortoise corals, fiery flamingos, and jaw-dropping oceanic blowholes. You truly are in the heart of the earth’s discovery centre – where scientists from all over the globe come to marvel at this precious pocket of so many wonders. And now here you are – a part of the wonder.

You sit quietly aboard your private yacht, your trusty vessel. This gleaming ship sits upon the sea like a small crescent moon – white and waiting. You are sailing into the Galapagos, into the waters where Charles Darwin himself once unravelled the mysteries of our creation.

Here, in this place of secluded grandeur, you can’t help but feel as if you yourself are being recreated anew. With every view of dusty sunset or strip of white coral beach, a new memory…a new experience…is unfurling within you.

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Galápagos Islands Yacht Adventure

About the Experience

This isn’t a “beach getaway.” This isn’t a “cruise.” This is a place of bold discovery and quiet revelation. You will walk stretches of land that serve as nesting sites, awestruck by the cluster of creatures: shearwaters and boobies and awkwardly beautiful brown pelicans. You wave hello to Darwin’s Finches, then snorkel alongside a friendly sea lion for an afternoon swim.

Your days are filled with tortoise corals, fiery flamingos, and jaw-dropping oceanic blowholes. You truly are in the heart of the earth’s discovery centre – where scientists from all over the globe come to marvel at this precious pocket of so many wonders. And now here you are – a part of the wonder.

You sit quietly aboard your private yacht, your trusty vessel. This gleaming ship sits upon the sea like a small crescent moon – white and waiting. You are sailing into the Galapagos, into the waters where Charles Darwin himself once unravelled the mysteries of our creation.

Here, in this place of secluded grandeur, you can’t help but feel as if you yourself are being recreated anew. With every view of dusty sunset or strip of white coral beach, a new memory…a new experience…is unfurling within you.

DAY ONE: GALAPAGOS ARRIVAL

At 7:00 AM be at Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) to check in for your 9:00 AM domestic flight with destination to Baltra Airport (GPS) on Baltra Island, Galápagos. Your guide will meet you at the arrivals gate, our crew will take care of your luggage. Your guide will conduct you to a bus and after a short 5-kilometre ride to the pier; you board the yacht immediately. As the crew weighs anchor, we greet you with our first orientation and we offer a light snack.

After lunch, you make an early wet landing on Mosquera Islet, a reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) and a great white sand beach and tide pools. You observe colonies of sea lions, brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies and sally light-foot crabs. The contrasts between these bright red crabs on top and blue on the bottom and the black lava are stunning. In the evening, we have an orientation about the Galapagos Islands in general: their origin and evolution. Welcome cocktail with the entire crew, and dinner.

 

DAY TWO: DISCOVERING WILDLIFE

After breakfast, we make a wet landing on Sullivan Bay, a perfect place to get a feel of the volcanic origin of the islands and swim or snorkel. We return to the boat for a delicious lunch.

After this, you make a wet landing on Rabida, to walk and observe marine iguanas and sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies and brown pelicans. You make a little walk and you arrive at a small saltwater lagoon where you can see pink flamingos. Optional: time for those who would like to swim or snorkel. Return to the yacht for dinner and our nightly briefing about where we’ll be adventuring tomorrow!

  • Island: Santiago Island / Rabida Island

 

DAY THREE: PANGA RIDE ADVENTURE

After breakfast, we make a dry landing on Punta Espinoza to observe and see a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas and the flightless cormorants and clumps of lava cactus.

You come aboard for lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll take a panga ride around the islets of Elizabeth Bay to see marine iguanas, penguins, marine turtles, seabirds and shorebirds, herons and blue-footed boobies.

  • Island: Fernandina Island / Isabela Island

 

DAY FOUR: ISABELA ISLAND AND TAGUS COVE

After breakfast, you make a wet landing on Urbina Bay to take a walk and observe a coral area, land iguanas, flightless cormorants and giant tortoises. Optional: time for those who would like to swim or snorkel. Return to the Yacht for lunch.

In the afternoon, we take a panga ride on Tagus Cove, a cove between the shoulders of two volcanic craters, which protect it from the open sea; we observe penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions and a variety of birds including flightless cormorant and blue-footed boobies. We’ll have time for a swim, snorkel, or kayak.

  • Island: Isabela Island

 

DAY FIVE: HIKING ON BARTHOLOME ISLAND

After breakfast, you make a wet landing on Santiago Island, James Bay (Puerto Egas), to walk and observe sponges, snails, hermit crabs, a variety of shorebirds, barnacles and the endemic four-eyed blenny, marine iguanas and sea lions. We’ll then hop in the water for a refreshing swim or snorkel. We’ll return to the boat for a delicious lunch.

In the afternoon, you make a dry landing on Bartholome Island, to hike to the summit; during the hike, you observe colonies of marine iguanas and lava lizards. On the summit, you see an impressive view of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock.

  • Island: Santiago Island / Bartholome Island

 

DAY SIX: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

After breakfast, you make a wet landing on Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino), a small island off the coast of Santiago Island, you can observe on the rocky shoreline: Galapagos penguins, eagle rays, sea lions and marine iguanas. This is an excellent snorkelling site. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/ or kayak. You return to the boat for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, you make a dry landing on Dragon Hill, where you can see land iguanas; you walk to a hypersaline lagoon (saltier than the ocean), where you can observe flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel.

  • Islands: Chinese Hat / Santa Cruz Island

 

DAY SEVEN: GIANT GALAPAGOS TORTOISE

After breakfast, you will disembark to take the bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a visit to the native forests, Twin Craters, then, you will go to one of the ranches to see the giant tortoises in the wildlife. You will be delighted with the lunch at the ranch.

After lunch, you will return to Puerto Ayora to start the visit to the Interpretation Center Fausto Llerena. We’ll return to the yacht for a delicious dinner.

  • Island: Santa Cruz Island

 

DAY EIGHT: NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND

After breakfast, you make an early dry landing for a walk along the coast and the interior of North Seymour Island, a low, flat island that was uplifted from the sea by underground seismic activity. You observe blue-footed boobies (they nest from May to November), marine iguanas, pelicans, frigate birds, shorebirds, sea lions and endemic Palo Santo.

You return to the Yacht for disembarking on the pier at 09:00. Your guide accompanies you on the bus ride directly to the airport for your 3-hour flight back to Quito (UIO), arriving in the late afternoon. From there, you may arrange to fly home in the evening or continue your adventure with the Amazon Extension!

  • Islands: North Seymour Island / Baltra Island

 


 

AMAZON RAINFOREST EXTENSION! (4 DAYS)


Located in the heart of one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet, Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park is rich with extraordinary wildlife and vibrant local culture. Spanning nearly 2.5 million acres of Amazonian rainforest. Napo Wildlife Center is a gem to be cherished and the only lodge within the Yasuni park boundaries, an important biosphere reserve and the largest tract of tropical rainforest in Ecuador.

Napo Wildlife Center is one of the most successful projects of community tourism in Ecuador. The project has an excellent standard of accommodation and service, making your stay an unforgettable experience in the most biodiverse place on the planet! It is located in the territory of the Añangu Kichwa Community totally inside of the Yasuní National Park, here, hunting and fishing are forbidden in all the area of the Community. And this is one of the main reasons why you can see so much wildlife in its natural state!

 

DAY ONE: CANOE ALONG THE NAPO RIVER

Depart from Quito on your 30-minute flight to Coca over the eastern Andes mountain range. Land about mid-morning and go through airport procedures. Take a 5-minute transfer in local chiva (hired bus) or local taxi from the airport to Port La mision / Francisco de Orellana, which will drive us to embark onto a comfortably covered motorboat.

Here we start a canoe ride along the Napo river for about 2 hours. There will be a lunch box in route. Along the way birds like herons, kingfishers and others can be spotted. After arriving at NWC’s entry dock we disembark for a restroom break and then take a majestic and peaceful 1 to 2 hours dugout canoe ride surrounded by trees overhead, paddling along a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is located. There is a good possibility of seeing monkeys of various species, as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws. Late afternoon arrival to the NWC lodge with the overwhelming view of the Añangu lake, welcome drink and facilities.

 

DAY TWO: PARROT CLAY LICKS

Early wake up to reach the parrot clay licks, about 1 hour away from the lodge. Arrive just before parrot activity kicks off at the clay lick between 7:30 to 8:30 AM. A total of 11 species of parrots, parakeets and macaws can be seen. The visit is weather-dependent but usually successful. Later, hike along the forest trail to visit the Kichwa Community of Añangu for sharing time with a family and an intro to their daily activities. Return to the creek and hike through a Terra Firme Forest for about 30 minutes until we arrive at the second parrot clay lick where, if the weather conditions permit, we’ll be able to find different species of parrots, parakeets and even macaws. Lunchbox served at the parrot clay lick observatory. Late afternoon arrival to the lodge.

 

DAY THREE: NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER

After an early breakfast, depart from the lodge to the finest experience at a canopy tower on the Napo. This 36m high canopy tower is a great way to experience life above the forest floor. This is the second tower at the Napo Wildlife Center (the first is attached to the dining hall and allows great views of the lake).

The tower is located about 30 minutes from the lodge deep within the terra firme forest. As you ascend the 12-floor tower, you pass through different levels of the forest and emerge on top of a huge Ceiba tree. Here you cross onto a wooden platform that is actually built into the tree and experience a view formerly reserved only for birds. The metal tower itself was constructed to the highest standards, galvanized, and carefully inspected by engineers. Safety is the priority. The platform at the top of the tree was constructed by tree platform specialists as well.

From top to bottom, there is no finer canopy experience in Eastern Ecuador. Flocks of colourful tanagers weave through the canopy; blue and yellow Macaws fly past; a nearby Spider Monkeys searches for fruit; two species of large toucans call in the early mornings and afternoons, and the life of the forest canopy opens before you. Birds that are virtually impossible to see from the forest floor far below are suddenly right beside you, oblivious to your presence.

The canopy tower opens a whole new world to guests of the Napo Wildlife Center! Lunch served at the lodge. Afternoon visit to a terra firme trail, hike along primary forest to discover the forest interior, with possibilities of finding lizards, colourful manakins or the unique and endemic golden mantle tamarin monkeys. After the hike, explore the lake and creeks by dugout canoe with great possibilities of running into a giant otter family on the way…

 

DAY FOUR: NAPO RIVER SIGHTS

Early departure and last canoe excursion back to the Napo river. The creek may reveal new sights of giant otters, monk saki monkeys or many other rare birds. Arrive at docking area, use of restrooms and embark on motorized canoe back to Coca; approximately 2-hour boat ride. Check-in for Coca – Quito flight.


BERTH SPECIFICS

Cabins with ocean view, private balcony, private bathroom with, hot/cold water, air conditioning with independent controls

*Traveling as a couple? We have a limited number of shared private rooms with double beds. For more details on accommodation options, please inquire for info@wildwomenexpeditions.com!

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