There's no better way to travel these spectacularly diverse, otherworldly islands where blue-footed boobies nest, giant tortoises roam freely, and unforgettable landscapes are surrounded by turquoise waters than by boat.
Blue-footed boobies nesting on desolate volcanic bluffs, penguins darting through crystal-clear water, and marine iguanas marching along pristine beaches. While the otherworldly terrain of the Galápagos Islands is unlike traditional tropical destinations, for travelers who love wildlife and remote places, the archipelago’s surreal moonscapes are a dream. The constellation of islands sits 600 miles off the Ecuadorian coast and is made up of 13 major islands, plus a smattering of smaller ones formed by repeated volcanic eruptions.
Because the islands developed in isolation for most of their history, conditions were ideal for a vast and unusual array of flora and fauna to emerge. The UNESCO World Heritage Site has preserved 95 percent of these endemic species, which has drawn travelers and explorers to the region for centuries (most famously, naturalist Charles Darwin). Traveling on a boutique ship ensures you’ll get to experience the incredible biodiversity in the Galápagos, since different species and landscapes characterize each island.
Suites on a luxury catamaran like the Endemic are typically much larger than cabins on old-fashioned single-hulled yachts. Professional designers with shipboard experience created ours for maximum comfort and elegance. Each cabin has personalized air conditioning control, a balcony, a spacious private bathroom, and either a king-size bed or two twin-size beds. Naturally, each suite also boasts closet/drawer space and a writing desk and strongbox.
7 Days/ 6 Nights
DAY 1: Puembo, Quito
DAY 2: All aboard the Endemic Yacht
DAY 3: Isabela Island
Isabela Island is the largest of the archipelago with a surface of 4,588 square kilometers. It encompasses more than the half of the total land area of Galápagos.
DAY 4: Elizabeth Bay
This morning, you will discover Elizabeth Bay, a marine visitor site. You will do todays excursion by zodiac and so there is no landing point. Your zodiac ride starts with a visit to the Marielas islets where there is the largest and most important penguin colony in the Galápagos.
DAY 5: Tagus Cove
After breakfast, you will visit Tagus Cove. A ride along the cliffs in a zodiac will give visitors a good chance to see the Galápagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds.
Day 6: Buccaneer Cove + Rabida Island
In the morning, you will have the opportunity to discover the Buccaneer Cove that is located just north of James Bay. In the afternoon, you will be taken to Rabida Island.
Day 7: Fly Home
This morning, visit Mosquera, a small islet found between Baltra & North Seymour Islands. After this last visit, transfer to Baltra airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador. Say goodbye to your boat crew.
- The Endemic is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. It offers stylish social areas on the yacht for guests to enjoy. An airy sundeck with lounge chairs is perfect for relaxing or enjoying a cold drink after a long day visiting the islands. Inside, the tasteful bar/lounge is a multi-purpose area where meals are served, briefings are held, stories are told, and new friends are made. The Endemic also features a TV lounge with comfortable furniture and wide-screen television with a DVD and Blu-ray player, perfect for families with kids who want to see a movie during the occasional downtime between island visits.
- On Isabela Island, visit the Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center of Isabela, infant and juvenile giant tortoises can be seen until they are ready to be released and survive in the wild.
- Visit to the Marielas islets where there is the largest and most important penguin colony in the Galápagos Islands. The excursion continues into a cove that is surrounded by red mangroves, where you can spot sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions.
- Discover the Buccaneer Cove which is located just north of James Bay. A safe haven in the 17th and 18th century for pirates to stash their loot, take on fresh water, and capture tortoises for food.
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