8 days / 7 nights – Tuesday to Tuesday – every 14 days
Our 7 nights western itinerary primarily explores the remote and exclusive western islands of Isabela and pristine Fernandina, which are both just recently born out of fire. After rounding Isabela clockwise we will return to the heart of the archipelago for several landings at Santiago and its satellite islets, before finishing on and around Santa Cruz and North Seymour. This cruise itinerary includes two nights of quiet rest at fairly calm anchorage-sites.
Though less frequented than popular central and south-eastern islands, this quiet west coast is truly exceptional. Become witness and walk at a short distance past some bizarre miracles of evolution, such as flightless cormorants, huge marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins close to the equator. And discover how pioneer species conquer barren lava fields and create habitats for new colonist species.
On Santa Cruz you will have a full day to quest for emblematic giant Galapagos tortoises in the lush highlands and to learn more on their successful captured breeding programs in the Charles Darwin Research Center. En route you will also have chances to see emblematic and endemic Galapagos land iguanas, whitetip reef sharks, American flamingos and many more. In the overwhelming sea bird colony of North Seymour you can observe blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds from nearby, whilst courtshipping, mating, breeding, nurturing or learning to fly (depending the season).
• Itinerary is subject to change in case of force majeure caused by exceptional and natural circumstances.
• Approximate departure and navigation times are just indicative and depend on the sea state and decisions of the captain.
• Although Galapagos seldom requires quests for wildlife, observation of specific species can never be guaranteed.
* Visitor’s sites of this route that are unique to our fleet (Galapagos Odyssey | Sailing Catamaran Nemo I | San Jose | Yolita II):
Wall of Tears & Vicente Roca Point (Isabela)