Galápagos Islands Yacht Adventure

About the Experience

This isn’t a “beach getaway.” This isn’t a “cruise.” Our Galapagos Islands Yacht Adventure takes you to 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. You are sailing into the Galapagos, into the waters where Charles Darwin himself once unravelled the mysteries of our creation.

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. 

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, and 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.” Our Galapagos Islands Yacht Adventure takes you to 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. You are sailing into the Galapagos, into the waters where Charles Darwin himself once unravelled the mysteries of our creation.

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. 

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, and experience is unfurling within you.

 

 

 

 

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DAY ONE: GALAPAGOS ARRIVAL

Flight from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra, with AVIANCA Airlines; arriving at 09:20 a.m. approximately. Your wild women guide will meet you at the arrivals gate, and the crew will take care of your luggage. After a short 5-kilometre ride to the pier; you board the Yacht!

As the crew weighs anchor, we’ll have a group orientation and a light snack. After navigating, we disembark on Playa Las Bachas, a place where you can appreciate the brilliant colours of a Flamingos lagoon! During all walks, your guide will be explaining details about the lives of the unique birds and animals.

Option for those who would like to swim and snorkel. In the evening, we’ll 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’ll take a panga ride and make a dry landing on Prince Phillips’s Steps (Barranco). Here, we’ll walk and observe the interesting lives of the birds. Optional time available for those who would like to swim and snorkel or kayak. Lunch will be served on board.

Later in the afternoon, you make a wet landing on Darwin Bay to walk and observe frigate birds, herons, mockingbirds, boobies, shorebirds, turtles, marine iguanas, etc. Optional time available for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. Dinner on the Yacht, and then we’ll have an orientation about conservation efforts made to protect the Islands.

  • Island: Genovesa Island /Prince Phillip’s Steps- Darwin Bay

 

DAY THREE: SANTA FE ISLAND

After breakfast, dry landing on the pier of the South Plaza, where you can enjoy the antics of the sea lions. A walk through a cactus forest allows us to observe land iguanas and many species of tropical birds. Return to the Yacht for lunch.

Later, we’ll make a wet landing on Santa Fe Island to visit the cactus forest and a colony of land iguanas native from Santa Fe. Optional time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak.

At the end of the afternoon, we return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

  • Islands: South Plaza Island – Santa Fe Island

 

DAY FOUR: SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

After breakfast, you make a dry landing on San Cristobal port, and after a short drive, you arrive at Jacinto Gordillo Interpretation Center where you learn about its reproductive process and the programs to maintain the species on the island. We’ll take a bus back to the port to visit the Interpretation Center of Human History of the Islands; this tour takes you through the geological and human history of the islands and its conservation.

Come aboard for a delicious lunch.

In the afternoon, we’ll make a wet landing on Cerro Brujo to walk on a white sand beach and observe sea lions, brown pelicans, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies. Optional time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or Kayak. Later, your experienced Captain sails around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), a massive tuff-rock that juts abruptly almost 500 feet straight from the ocean. Kicker Rock serves as a nesting place for many sea birds. Optional time for those who would like to swim and snorkel.

We’ll return to the Yacht for a delicious dinner and our nightly orientation.

  • Island: San Cristobal Island/ Interpretation Center/Wizard Hill

 

DAY FIVE: FLOREANA ISLAND

After breakfast, we make a dry landing and continue to the Baroness Point view, named due to the presence of a particular character who lived on Floreana Island- the Baroness Eloisa von Wagner. You will enjoy the beautiful landscape and the ruins of her house. Later, we’ll continue to Post Office Bay, a historic site that recalls the days of the whalers, who presumably placed a wooden barrel in the 18th century to use it as a post office. Return to the Yacht for lunch.

In the afternoon, we’ll make a wet landing on Cormorant Point for a short walk to the Flamingo Lagoon of this island. We’ll continue the walk until we reach the beach called “La Picona” to see marine turtles and their spawning grounds. Optional time for those who would like to swim and snorkel.

Later, we visit the Devil’s Crown, a submerged volcano, for snorkelling (this is one of the best snorkelling sites in the Islands).

Return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

  • Island: Florena Island/ Post Office Bay/ Cormorant Point

 

DAY SIX: ESPAÑOLA ISLAND

After breakfast, we’ll make an early dry landing on Punta Suarez to walk along lava beds where you will observe unique colonies of marine birds, including Albatross (May – December). Return to the Yacht for lunch.

In the afternoon, we’ll take a panga ride around the Osborn Islet and the islets of Gardner. Then, we’ll make a wet landing in Gardner Bay for a walk on the beach and observe a colony of sea lions, which inhabit the beach in great quantity during the breeding season; this is also an important nesting area for sea turtles.

Optional time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. Return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

  • Island:Espanola Island/ Suarez Point/Gardner Bay

 

DAY SEVEN: GIANT GALAPAGOS TORTOISE

After breakfast, we disembark to take the bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a visit to the native forests, in El Chato Reserve. Then we’ll go to a farm to enjoy the giant tortoises in the wild! We’ll have a delightful lunch on a farm.

Later, we return to Puerto Ayora to start the visit to the Interpretation Center Fausto Llerena inside the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

  • Island: Santa Cruz Island/Highlands/Fausto Llerena Breeding Center

 

DAY EIGHT: DEPARTURE

After breakfast, we’ll take a panga ride on Black Turtle Cove, a series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets; here you can observe white-tipped sharks, marine turtles, spotted eagle rays, and yellow cow-nosed rays. We’ll return to the Yacht for disembarking on the pier at 09:00 am. Your guide accompanies you on the bus ride directly to the airport.

From there, you may arrange to fly home in the evening or continue your adventure with the Amazon Extension!

 

 


 

 

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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AMAZON RAINFOREST EXTENSION! (4 DAYS) 

This trip extension is only available as an add on to the Galapagos Islands Yacht Adventure. Please contact info@wildwomenexpeditions.com to book!

 

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 the 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. 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 en 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.