Treasure of Galapagos Yacht from 5 and 7 Days Tour
CODE : STP058
Accommodation on Treasure of Galapagos consist of 1 Ocean view Master suite king size bed with 2 private balconies, 2 Ocean view Junior matrimonial suites queen size bed with private balcony, 6 Ocean view Junior twin suites with private balcony, private bathroom, hot water, air conditioner, security box.
Clothing Suggested Packing list
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sandals with thongs or Tevas for wet landings
- Light cotton socks
- Long-sleeved cotton shirts and T-shirts
- Light cotton scarf to protect your neck
- Lightweight long pants or skirt / dress
- Light rain jacket or wind breaker
- Sweatshirt, Sweater, light jacket: the early morning/late evenings can get cool, often with a breeze
- Wide-brim hat
- Bathing suits
- Sun block lotion
- PABA sunscreen (at least # 15)
- Lip salve
- Sunglasses with a strap
- Extra eye glasses/ contact lenses
- Insect repellent
- Personal medication
- Self-sealing bags for electronic equipment
- Underwater cameras to take photos of the animal life while snorkeling
- Camera gear
- Film and more film or enough flash memory to download pictures.
- Binoculars in case you want to get a more detailed look at unique animals in Galapagos.
- Extra batteries for cameras
- Plastic Bags
Money and Security
- Copy of passport
- US Cash mostly low denomination bills ($5 to $20)
- Travel Insurance
- Salted Crackers
- Candied Ginger or ginger tablets
- Pepto Bismol or Kaopectate for stomach upset and mild diarrhea.
- Immodium or Lomotil for more severe diarrhea
- Band – Aids
- Anti-biotic cream
- Aloe Vera cream or gel for sunburn
First you must fly into contiental Ecuador to either Quito or Guayaquil; There are several commercial flights arriving into Ecuador everyday.
The most efficient way to get to the Galapagos from mainlaind Ecuador is by air. Your Galapagos flight booking is guaranteed with your cruise confirmation. All international connections are from mainland Ecuador . There are flights from Quito with a stop over in Guayaquil, and from Guayaquil to Baltra or San Cristobal where your cruise will begin. Your flight will take 30 minutes to get from Quito to Guayaquil and about one and a half hours from Guayaquil to Galápagos – Baltra or San Cristobal .
The airlines have established low and high season for the flights, and these are:
- High Season: Nov 01 – Apr 30 + Jun 15 – Sep 14
- Low Season: May 01 – Jun 14 + Sep 15 – Oct 31
What does my cruise rate include?
Lodging on board in a cabin with private facilities; All meals, water, coffee and tea; All excursions as mentioned in the itinerary (itinerary subject to change) with English speaking naturalist guide; Shared shuttle transfer to Quito or Guayaquil airport *only departure transfer (included only if the Galapagos flight has been booked through us on our scheduled departure cruise dates); All transfers in Galapagos (airport-yacht-airport transfers are only guaranteed if the flight has been booked through us); Snorkeling gear (masks, flippers and snorkel) and use of kayaks at designated sites.
What is not included?
Roundtrip flight to Galapagos Islands; Galapagos National Park entrance fee (USD 100 pp, subject to change); Transit Control Card (USD 20 pp, subject to change); Airport transfers in Galapagos (only included if the Galapagos flight has been booked through us on the scheduled cruise dates. * If your arrival/departure is different than our scheduled cruise flights, the shuttle service is not included); Wetsuit rental; Soft and alcoholic drinks; Tips; Travel insurance and other items of personal nature.
Can I pay the Galapagos National Park fee with my credit card or travel checks?
Unfortunately the payment can only be done in cash.
Where does my entrance fee go?
The Park entry fee collected upon a visitor’s arrival to Galapagos is used to help fund Park management and community and conservation projects in the islands. The beneficiaries are as follows: Galapagos National Park Service (40%), Municipal Governments (20%), the Galapagos Provincial Board (10%), Galapagos Marine Reserve (5%), the National System for Protected Areas (5%), the National Galapagos Institute (10%), the Quarantine and Inspection System (5%), and the Ecuadorian Navy (5%).
Is the cruise itinerary subject to change?
On occasions, the ship’s captain may find it necessary to vary the itinerary due to Galapagos National Park regulations or for safety reasons.
What are the land visits like?
Most visits last one hour and half to three hours. They are in our small boats or pangas, and either are dry or wet landings. A guide will be always with you frequently making stops to explain or show things, the pace is gentle and never rushed.
What happens if I cancel my cruise?
Cancellations up to 61 days prior to departure, 20% of the total amount paid will be retained as a penalty fee. 60 or less days prior to departure 100% of the total tour rate is forfeited.
How can I pay my expenses on board?
Incidental expenses on board can be paid in cash US Dollars.
How far in advance should I book?
We recommend that you book your trip at least 6 months prior to your planned date of departure and 12 months prior to booking for holiday seasons.
Do I cruise between islands in the daytime or at night?
The days are normally spent anchored at one of the islands. Although there are times when you will sail short distances between islands during the day, longer distances are cruised at night to maximize daytime explorations and wildlife observations
Is the air ticket fare included?
No, it is not included, but we can issue the tickets. The airfare is subject to change; we will provide you with the rate the moment you book.
Do I need a passport or visa to go to Galapagos?
A passport is required. Your travel agency can advise you of any visa requirements when traveling to Ecuador.
Should I purchase travel insurance?
Yes, we thoroughly recommend taking out travel insurance before departing on your holiday.
Are there any luggage restrictions?
Domestic airline regulations permit 20 kilos per person for your luggage not including small carry-on flight bags.
What time zone is used in Galapagos?
Ecuador is in the Eastern Time Zone (GMT-5 in the mainland). Galapagos is one hour behind mainland Ecuador.
How long does the flight from Quito or Guayaquil take to Galapagos?
The flight from Quito to Guayaquil takes thirty minutes, from Guayaquil to Galapagos takes an hour and thirty minutes
Does Galapagos offer special food if I have any food restriction?
Yes, in case you require vegetarian food or special meal please let us know at least 6 weeks in advance so we can take care of it.
What is the physical condition required the cruise?
Elderly or disabled people may have problems in the difficult trails. We recommend that passengers be in reasonably good physical condition as some trails are difficult to pass through.
Will I encounter rough seas or bad weather?
Due to strong currents, there will be moderate movement of the vessel while navigating. Most passengers are not affected, however, if you are prone to seasickness we recommend you to bring some type of medication to prevent motion sickness.
What is the best season to take the cruise?
No matter what time of year you visit the islands, you will always find wildlife activity.
During the “hot” season the islands are generally much greener and the land birds most active. It is also during this period that the ocean temperature is warmer for swimming and snorkeling. During the “cool” season the sea birds and sea mammals are most active. This is the best time for observing courtship displays in the sea birds
DepartureRuins. Puno, Perú | Altitude: 2050 – 4200 m.
Dress CodeCasual, comfortable athletic clothing, hat and light jacket.
Itinerary A :
|1 Friday||AM – Flight to Baltra Airport (GPS)|
|PM – Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)|
|2 Saturday||AM – Sullivan Bay (Santiago)|
|PM – Bartolome|
|3 Sunday||AM – North Seymour|
|PM – Mosquera|
|4 Monday||AM – South Plaza|
|PM – Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal)|
|5 Tuesday||AM – Interpretation Center (San Cristobal)|
|– Transfer to San Cristobal Airport (SCY)|
Itinerary B :
|1 Tuesday||AM – Flight to San Cristobal Airport (SCY)|
|PM – Cerro Colorado (San Cristobal)|
|2 Wednesday||AM – Gardner Bay (Espanola)|
|PM – Punta Suarez (Espanola)|
|3 Thursday||AM – Post Office Bay (Floreana)|
|PM – Punta Cormorant (Floreana)|
|4 Friday||AM – Santa Fe|
|PM – Tortuga Bay (Santa Cruz)|
|5 Saturday||AM – El Chato (Santa Cruz)|
|– Transfer to Baltra Airport|
Itinerary C :
|1 Saturday||AM – Flight to Baltra Airport (GPS)|
|PM – Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)|
|2 Sunday||AM – Islote Eden (Santa Cruz)|
|PM – Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)|
|3 Monday||AM – Las Tintoreras – Sierra Negra|
|PM – Wetlands (Isabela)|
|4 Tuesday||AM – Punta Moreno (Isabela)|
|PM – Urbina Bay (Isabela)|
|5 Wednesday||AM – Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)|
|PM – Tagus Cove (Isabela)|
|6 Thursday||AM – Puerto Egas (Santiago)|
|PM – Rabida|
|7 Friday||AM – Las Bachas (Santa Cruz)|
|– Transfer to Baltra Airport|