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Catamaran Treasure of Galapagos

The Catamaran Treasure of Galapagos is still under construction but will probably start up in August 2009 and has exclusively been built for cruises in the Archipelago of Galapagos. With 9 cabins, 1 suite and 8 double cabins, there is enough space for up to 16 guests, who can enjoy the first class comfort of this Catamaran. All cabins are equipped with a balcony, private bathroom and an air conditioner. Furthermore this cruise ship offers lounges, 4 different sun decks, a TV and DVD area, a comfortable dining room, two bars and a Jacuzzi.

The unparalleled stability will guarantee you a quiet and relaxing cruise around the Islands. Moreover the Treasure of Galapagos can also be used by families or as a group charter.

Catamaran Treasure of Galapagos - Technical Specifications

Type First class Motor Yacht
Length 31 m
Beam 11 m
Speed 12 knots
Capacity 16 passengers
Crew 8 members plus 1 Cruise manager and 1 naturalist guide level
Cabin 8 double cabins, 1 Suite
Year of construction 2008/2009

Itinerary Overview

Friday: Baltra – Highlands of Santa Cruz
Saturday: North Seymour Island - Bartolome Island
Sunday: South Plaza Island - Santa Fé Island
Monday: San Cristóbal Island - Interpretation centre or Lobos Island - Sleeping Lion
Tuesday: Española Island - Point Suarez – Gardner Bay
Wednesday: Floreana Island - Post Office Bay - Cormorant Point
Thurday: Isabela Island – Puerto Villamil
Friday: Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Station – Flight back

Itinerary in brief:

riday: Baltra – Highlands of Santa Cruz
Morning arrival on Baltra Island where you firstly will pay the National Park Entrance Fee before you will be met by your guide and be transferred to the dock to board the boat. Here you will start your cruise. In the afternoon you will visit the highlands of Santa Cruz. The lush landscape there is a welcome contrast to the arid scenery of the smaller, lower islands. On your way you will cross the different zones of vegetation, from the dry lower region full of cactuses to the woods of scalesia in the highlands. Points of interest are the famed lava tunnels, a fun and geologically informative visit. The trip to the highlands ends with a visit of the Twin Craters. The vegetation around these is very special and is renowned for its approximately 300 fern species and the many sunflowers. During a visit of a hacienda in the highlands you can observe the Galapágos giant tortoises in their natural habitat. -/L/D

Saturday: North Seymour Island - Bartolome Island
In the morning you will have a short walk along the coast of the northernmost island of Seymour. Guests will encounter swallow tailed gulls, sea lions and cliff crabs. This site is also known for being a major nesting colony of blue footed boobies, and the largest colony of the magnificent frigate bird, a species different to the great frigate bird. You can also spot both endemic species of iguanas, the marine iguanas and land iguanas. In the afternoon you will reach Bartolomé, where you will ascend a lookout point from where you can admire the spectacular panorama of the Sullivan Bay and the famous needle shaped rock, the so called Pinnacle Rock. The beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock boast some fine snorkeling spots from which you can discover the marvelous underwater world with a good chance to encounter penguins or the softly gliding turtles. B/L/D

Sunday: South Plaza Island - Santa Fé Island
Today you will explore South Plaza Island, the more southernly island of the both Plaza Island, located in the east of Island Santa Cruz. On this island so full of life you will encounter colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. On the steep banks it is possible to see a great number of birds such as nesting tropic birds and fork-tailed seagulls. But most of all, enjoying the beautiful view from atop the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is an extremely pleasurable experience. The Opuntia cactus and red coral bushes grow here and the vegetation changes colour according to the seasons of the year. In the afternoon you visit Santa Fe Island, a small rocky peninsula which is covered by little Palo Santo trees and by up to 6m high opuntia cacti. Inhabitants of this island are a specific species of large yellow land iguanas, the Galápagos buzzard, some blue footed boobies and pelicans. After the hike you can swim or snorkel in the bay in company of sea lions and marine turtles. Finally you can observe the tropic underwater world. B/L/D

Monday: San Cristóbal Island - Interpretation centre or Lobos Island - Sleeping Lion
In the morning you will either visit the Interpretation Center in the harbor of Puerto Baquerizo, which will give you a good impression of the history of the Galápagos Islands, or you will visit Lobos Island, which is located in front of San Cristobal Island and is a seasonal nesting location for the blue footed booby and frigate birds. In the afternoon you will follow the route of Charles Darwin. You will sail around the massive tuff-rock called Leon Dormido or Kicker Rock, which is a nesting site for a lot of sea birds. Because of its steepness you cannot find a landing stage but brave snorkelers can watch out for sharks and rays. B/L/D

Tuesday: Española Island - Point Suarez – Gardner Bay
Española is the southernmost and oldest island of the Galápagos archipelago. Because of its isolated position you can explore a lot of endemic wildlife. Point Suarez is one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago and has a long list of species found along its cliffs and sand or pebble beaches. In addition to five species of nesting seabirds there are the curious and bold Española Island mockingbirds, Galapagos doves and Galapagos hawks. Several types of reptiles, including the marine iguana and the oversized lava lizard, are unique to this island. When heavy swells are running, Point Suarez is also the site of a spectacular blowhole, with thundering spray shooting 30 yards into the air. The walkabout on a stony path is about 2km (duration about 3 hours). Gardener Bay is on the eastern shore with turquoise shot coloured water and a magnificent beach. Around the small islets nearby, snorkelers will find lots of fish and sometimes turtles and sharks. The bay is also frequented by a transient colony of sea lions which like to swim with you. Birds, like the endemic Hood-Mockingbird and different species of Darwin finches, are omnipresent. B/L/D

Wednesday: Floreana Island - Post Office Bay - Cormorant Point
Floreana Island is perceived as one of the most exotic Island of the archipelago.
In the morning you will visit the famous Post Office Bay which keeps the legendary post barrel that whalers historically used to post their mail in. Nowadays you can leave a letter and hope that it will make its destination via another tourist. Afterwards you will reach Devils Crown (Corona del Diablo), a broken volcanic cone. In the afternoon you will cruise to Cormorant Point where you will land on a green olivine sand beach. Following a 100 m long path you will soon reach a lagoon with flamingoes, white-checked pintail ducks and other shorebirds. B/L/D

Thursday: Isabela Island – Puerto Villamil
This day will lead you to the largest island of the archipelago, Island Isabela. With a surface of 4588 sq.km the isle engages more than the half of the land area of whole Galápagos. Located on the south-eastern coast of Isabela, Puerto Villamil is the main settlement areas on Isabela Island. During your shore leave you will visit the peaceful village and a wonderful lagoon where you may observe some flamingos. The miles long and palm fringed sandy beach invites to a refreshing swim in the Pacific Ocean. B/L/D

Friday: Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Station – Flight back
Today you anchor at the harbour of Puerto Ayora on Island Santa Cruz. Beside its rank as homestay for sea lions and pelicans, the marina is a popular starting point for round-the-world-yachtsman. The island itself has come to be both touristic and scientific center of the archipeleago. The Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galapagos National Park offices are based on Santa Cruz Island. The station encompasses an information centre, a museum, a library and a tortoise breeding station. Here you will have an opportunity to visit some of the best scientists of the Galápagos. Park rangers and park managers among others, who make huge efforts to preserve this Unesco World Heritage Site, conduct the conservation of the islands. In the  tortoise breeding and rearing centre you can encounter tortoises of different subspecies, which are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. The most popular inhabitant of this Station is probably Lonesome George. He is the only survivor of his specific turtle species. In the past all approaches to find a partner for him failed. Afterwards you will be escorted to the airport of Baltra island and from there you will fly back to Ecuador mainland. B/L/D

B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner

Prices per person for 2014

8 Days: USD 3,340
5 Days: USD 2,088
4 Days: USD 1,670

Discount for children under 12 years: 10%

Included in the price: 8 day cruise on board of the Treasure of Galapagos, accommodation in a double cabin with private bathroom, all transfers on Galapagos, all meals performed, naturalist guide (Spanish – English speaking)

Not included in the price: Flights mainland to/from Galápagos (e.g. Quito – Galapagos – Quito USD 420.- per person), entrance fee to Galapagos National Park USD 100.- per person, migration card USD 10.- per person, single supplement, beverages, tips, personal items, insurance.

NB Itinerary is subject to change without previous notice, due to weather conditions, operational matters, National Park Authorities advice, or Captain´s decision for passengers’ security.

NET RATE FOR THE FLIGHT TICKETS TO GALAPAGOS:
ROUTE ADT CHD
Quito - Galápagos - Quito

420.00

216.00

Quito - Galápagos - Guayaquil

396.00

205.00

Guayaquil - Galápagos - Guayaquil

369.00

195.00


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