GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Into the wild

Get closer to local wildlife than you ever thought possible in the Galapagos Islands. One of the few locations in the world that does not have an indigenous population, these islands have been completely preserved from human development, offering unique adventures in pristine conditions.

An unofficial slogan of the Galapagos is ‘conserveremos lo nuestro’, translated as ‘let’s keep what is ours’.

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Santa Cruz Highlands

Punta Cromorant

55.56km / 30 miles

day 1

Santa Cruz Highlands - Punta Cormorant

Santa Cruz Highlands - Punta Cormorant

Giant tortoise

Start your charter in the highlands of Santa Cruz island and see the Galapagos’ most famous reptile, the giant tortoise. Later, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and Galápagos National Park headquarters to learn first-hand of the conservation and research efforts in the islands. You’ll also see adult tortoises and hatchlings here, and learn of the repatriation programs that are saving several tortoises and iguanas from extinction. Dine onboard as the yacht sets off for Punta Cormorant.

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Punta Cormorant

Champion Island

4.63km / 2.5 miles

day 2

Punta Cormorant - Champion Island

Punta Cormorant - Champion Island

Flamingoes and sea turtles

Land on a green beach on Punta Cormorant next to a large lagoon usually adorned with feeding flamingos, then hike to Flour Beach, where sea turtles nest and small rays frolic in the surf. Snorkel at Champion Island with curious, playful sea lions and look for the rare Floreana Mockingbird. Head into the Floreana Highlands to visit a collection of tortoises. Our day ends with a walk on Black Beach and a barbecue onboard your yacht.

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Champion Island

Elizabeth Bay

90.34km / 48.78 miles

day 3

Champion island - Elizabeth Bay

Champion island - Elizabeth Bay

cormorants, penguins and pelicans

Walk onto the young lava flow at the base of Cero Azul on Punta Moreno, dotted with lagoons and alive with flamingos, paint-billed crakes, white-cheeked pintails, and common gallinules. After lunch onboard, silently float in skiffs through the narrow channels of Elizabeth Bay’s mangrove lagoon to see rays, cormorants, penguins, pelicans, lava herons, sea turtles, sea lions and blue-footed boobies.


For animal lovers, there is no better yacht charter destination than the Galapagos Islands. Ruled by nature, this is the ULTIMATE SETTING for OUTDOOR adventures.

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Elizabeth Bay

Punta Espinosa

55.56km / 30 miles

day 4

Elizabeth Bay - Punta Espinosa

Elizabeth Bay - Punta Espinosa

Alcedo tortoises, iguanas and volcanoes

In 1954, volcanic activity lifted a 6km stretch of Urbina Bay’s coastline, stranding coral heads and sea life 1km away from the new shore. Walk among the skeletal coral garden, now home to lizards and mockingbirds, and encounter iguanas and Alcedo tortoises. Later, move on to Punta Espinosa in Fernandina, the most pristine of the Galapagos. Fernandina is highly volcanically active with frequent eruptions, the latest in 2008.

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Punta Espinosa

20km / 10.8 miles

day 5

Punta Espinosa - Punta Vicente Roca

Punta Espinosa - Punta Vicente Roca

tree finches, Galapagos hawks and sea lions

Start the day in Tagus Cove. A short, steep hike passes Darwin Lake, where tree finches, Galapagos hawks and yellow warblers gather. Kayak along the cliffs to spot penguins. In the afternoon, move on to Punta Vicente Roca, a large cave, to see blue-footed and nazca Boobies, gulls, storm petrels, and Brown Noddy Terns. Along with sea turtles, snorkellers can see many species of colourful fish, penguins and sea lions.

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Punta Vicente Roca

Buccaneer Cove

81.48km / 44 miles

day 6

Punta Vicente Roca - Buccaneer Cove

Punta Vicente Roca - Buccaneer Cove

Sharks and fur seals

Start at Puerto Egas, following trails to see fur seal grottoes, American oystercatchers, marine iguanas and sea lions. You may also spot the Salt Mine Volcano, where flamingos gather. Later, cruise to Espumilla, a red-sand beach and sea turtle nesting site, then snorkel Buccaneer Cove spotting sea lions, fur seals, sea turtles, rays, sharks, pelagic fishes and amazing underwater geological formations.

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Buccaneer Cove

North Seymour Island

77.78km / 42 miles

day 7

Buccaneer Cove - North Seymour Island

Buccaneer Cove - North Seymour Island

disembarkation

Enjoy a quiet morning at Bachas beach on Santa Cruz, where two small lagoons just over the dunes host flamingos. Move on to Caleta Tortuga Negra for a silent skiff ride to watch sea turtles feed in the calm waters. Dock on North Seymour, where trails lead to the largest colony of Magnificent Frigate birds in Galapagos, with Blue-footed Boobies, and occasionally land iguanas. Head along the coast to observe sea lions and marine iguanas as you enjoy your final island sunset.

This is one of the most rewarding charter destinations, especially for families, combining intimate wildlife experiences with the beauty of mother nature.
Sophie Aubertin Charter Broker

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