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Galapagos Yolita II First Class Yacht 4 days 3 nights
Galapagos Yolita II First Class Yacht 4 days 3 nights
4 days
Difficulty: 1
  COD: EC-170
Category: Individual Tours

The Yolita II is a modern and comfortable motor yacht that offers all the facilities to ensure a wonderful experience in the Galapagos Archipelago. This yacht can accommodate just 16 passengers, offering a small group atmosphere, and ample space in her 9 comfortable cabins. The cabins are divided over the main and upper decks, and have been outfitted with individually controllable air conditioning, lower beds in twin or double configuration, large windows and private bathrooms with hot/cold water.

The social areas aboard the yacht include a lovely dinning room, lounge area, bar, TV, DVD, small library, and ample resting areas on the deck, both shaded and unshaded.We invite you to browse our site to learn more about the very exclusive experience we offer in the Galapagos Islands on board our first class yacht Yolita II. Be well prepared for this once of a lifetime journey and follow Charles Darwin's footsteps together with us! 

 


 

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Itinerary 4 Days 3 nights galapagos – Itinerary 4 Days 3 nights galapagos –

 

Day:Visitor Site
1 Thursday AM - Baltra Island Airport: Arrival and Transfer to the boat
  PM - Highlands (Santa Cruz)
2 Friday AM - Cormorant Point & Devil's Crown (Floreana)
  PM - Post Office Bay & Baroness Lookout (Floreana)
3 Saturday AM - Chinese Hat
  PM - Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)
4 Sunday AM - Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz)
  PM - Tour Ends. Transfer to Baltra Airport


Day 1 - Thursday Day 1 - Thursday

AM: Arrival at Baltra Airport
Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, you will first pass through an airport inspection point where your TCT (Transit Control Card) will be checked and stamped (please keep this carefully with your passport as you will need to show it again when you leave Galapagos). Here you will also pay the Galapagos National Park entrance fee of USD 100 (unless it has been prepaid). To ensure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, your luggage will be inspected as well. At the arrival hall a naturalist guide will meet you and escort you on a short bus ride to the Itabaca canal. A short ferry ride will take us to the northern side of Santa Cruz Island. Here we will travel by bus to Puerto Ayora, the main town to be found on Santa Cruz Island, in approximate 50 minutes. We will be driven straight to Puerto Ayora's dock, from where we take a dinghy to the yacht.
PM: Highlands, Santa Cruz Island
The road to the highlands leaves from Bellavista, a small village located at a 15 minute drive from Puerto Ayora and passes through the agricultural zone, near the National Park boundary, the Miconia Zone, and then goes to the Fern and Sedge zone.  With clear weather (unpredictable) this area affords beautiful scenes of rolling hills and extinct volcanic cones covered with grass and lush greenery all year round. Here you will visit the Twin Craters, which are two pit craters. You will visit as well a local ranch where we can observe the Giant Tortoise specie of Santa Cruz Island in its natural habitat. After our Highlands visit, we will return to Puerto Ayora and the yacht.



Day 2 - Friday Day 2 - Friday


AM: Punta Cormorant, Floreana 
This site offers probably the best Flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. It's situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: "The Green Beach" (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the "Flour Sand Beach" which is made up of coral. After our visit of Cormorant Point we will continue with our yacht to the nearby islet known as Corona del Diablo (Devil's Crown), where we can enjoy some great snorkeling.
PM: Post office bay & Baroness Lookout, Floreana
Historically, Post Office Bay is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. Since this time it has been used by mariners and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Apart from being the Post Office Barrel, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. We will continue to the north of the island and ascend to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful view from the Baroness Lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as her House. From this lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo.



DAY 3 - Saturday DAY 3 - Saturday


AM: Chinese hat 
This is a small islet (1 sq km) located just off the southeastern tip of Santiago Island. It is a recent volcanic cone, shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from north side. On the west side lava formations may be observed, formed under the sea and raised upward, this is why coral heads are found on the lava. This is an excellent visit for interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. The landscape is covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins. 
PM: Dragon hill, Santa Cruz Island
The visitor site at Dragon Hill has been open for visits since 1993. This site is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that leads to a hyper-saline lagoon behind the beach, frequented by flamingos, pintail ducks and other species of birds. This site has been re populated with land iguanas from Seymour, Isabela and Santa Cruz islands. There is a short walk to the Hill, which offers a beautiful view of the bay.



Day 4 - Sunday Day 4 - Sunday


AM: Black Turtle Cove 
This little cove is located at the northern side of Santa Cruz Island, this is a red mangrove lagoon very calm and quiet which makes it an ideal place as nursery for many sharks and rays. Its crystal waters permits to observe large groups of white-tip reef, black tipped reef and hammer heads sharks, schools of golden rays and spotted eagle rays.  There are no landing sites so the visit is done by zodiac. Sea turtles are frequently seen and sometimes they are seen mating in the mangrove-lined waters. Pelicans and Herons are also seen in this area. Transfer to Baltra airport for your flight back to Guayaquil or Quito.



included

 
Included

Airport transfers in Galapagos, Lodging in Twin/Matrimonial cabin as confirmed (Single travelers will have to share their cabin with another person of the same gender or pay the single supplement); All meals during your stay on board the Galapagos Voyager, Snorkel equipment, All excursions lead by an English speaking naturalist Guide.

Not Included

Returnflight to Galapagos ( we can arrange flights ! (Entrance fee for the Galapagos National Park (currently USD 110 per person, which consists of a USD 100 park fee and USD 10 transit card fee, both amounts have to bepaid in cash), Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks on board (to be paid in cash); Optional wetsuit hire (for this we need to know your length before your travel to Galapagos), Personal travel insurance; Tips and other items of personal nature.
 
Note
*All rates are in US Dollars and per person, payd at our Peruvian bank
* Single Supplement: 75% surcharge of net rate
*Child discount: 20% of net rate. Only applicable for children under 12 years travelling with two adults
*All rates mentioned are subject to change in the event of local tax increases or other unforeseen circumstances.
Please note that this offer is not valid for the departure dates of Christmas and New Year 10/11
 
We also can arrange a starting packet with 2 night hotel/ transfers and flihts to galapagos


Policy

Deposits and policies

 

Remarks

To confirm your booking following percentage of the total amount is required

20%

 

90 days prior to departure following percentage is required + payment for flights/other services

 

 

60 days prior to departure following percentage is required + payment for flights/other services

80%

 

Cancelation  Policy

 

Remarks

Confirmation date - 121 days before departure

USD 100 pp

Penalty fee

120 - 91 days prior to departure

20%

Penalty fee

90 - 61 days prior to departure

20%

Penalty fee

60 or less days prior to departure

100%

Penalty fee

 



Getting there

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




Fequent asked questions

What does my cruise rate include?
All shore excursions and activities throughout the cruise vacation by Zodiacs and trails, accommodation in double cabin, all meals on board the ship, ground transportation in the islands and baggage handling between the island airports and the ship, guided excursions.

What is not included?
Galapagos flights, Galapagos Entrance Fee (currently $100 US payable in cash to the national park authorities in Baltra), tips (it is customary to tip the guide, and crew) soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, and any other extras not specifically mentioned.

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 Odyssey 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.

 



   
 
     

 

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