Untamed Northern Galapagos
Route B
Year Round 2017-2018

Overview:

Expedition Easy invites you to experience the Galapagos like never before! A cruise to the Enchanted Isles is a once in a lifetime, wildlife mecca for adventure travelers. Highlights on this northern Galapagos “B” route with the sister ships M/Y Eric or M/Y Letty include:

• Lumbering giant tortoises in the highlands
• Viewing red footed and Nazca boobies
• Observing small marine and large land iguanas
• Snorkeling opportunities with Galapagos penguins
• Studying volcanic formations
• Seeing flightless cormorants in action
• Kayaking in small bays and coves
• Sighting whales and dolphins

Choose either our Comprehensive Package which includes pre- and post-cruise transfers and hotel nights in Guayaquil or simply choose Cruise Only in the Galapagos. Either way, you will be onboard a first-class 20-passenger vessel with top-notch guides, excellent services, delightful cuisine and sustainable travel – all at a great value for the historically untamed Galapagos Islands.

You can also increase your coverage of the islands by combining this northern Galapagos “B” route with the southern Galapagos “A” route on the Eric or Letty and save 5% on both routes! Please see our Untamed Southern Galapagos program for details regarding its itinerary.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1 (Saturday):Arrive Guayaquil Airport (GYE), Transfer to Hotel & Overnight Hotel Oro Verde
Day 2 (Sunday):Transfer to Guayaquil Airport (GYE) & Fly to San Cristobal Island (SCY)
Transfer to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno & Embark the Eric or Letty
Bus to Visitor Center at Cerro Colorado, San Cristobal Island
Day 3 (Monday):Snorkel/Kayak/Zodiac at Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island
Snorkel/Zodiac at Prince Philip’s Steps, Genovesa Island
Day 4 (Tuesday):Snorkel at Las Bachas or Zodiac at Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island
Snorkel at Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz Island
Day 5 (Wednesday):Snorkel at Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island
Snorkel at Urbina Bay, Isabela Island
Day 6 (Thursday):Zodiac at Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island
Snorkel/Kayak/Zodiac at Tagus Cove, Isabela Island
Day 7 (Friday):Snorkel at Puerto Egas, Santiago Island
Snorkel/Kayak/Zodiac at Rabida Island
Day 8 (Saturday):Bus & Hike in the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island
Visit Breeding Center at Charles Darwin Research Station, Santa Cruz Island
Day 9 (Sunday):Disembark the Eric or Letty & Visit Interpretation Center on San Cristobal Island
Transfer to San Cristobal Airport (SCY) & Fly to Guayaquil (GYE)
Transfer from Airport to Hotel & Overnight Hotel Oro Verde
Day 10 (Monday):Transfer to Guayaquil Airport (GYE)

To reduce usage on heavily visited sites as required by the Galapagos National Park, the Eric and the Letty alternate two different full week 7-night cruise itineraries. The order of visits may vary slightly depending on the yacht assigned.

Interested in more information? Please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

Untamed Southern Galapagos
Route B
Year Round 2017-2018

Day-By-Day Itinerary:

DAY 1 (SATURDAY): ARRIVE GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR
Fly to Guayaquil (GYE), the largest and most populous city in Ecuador. After clearing customs and immigration at the airport, a private transfer takes you to the Hotel Oro Verde. Check in to the hotel followed by your first overnight in Ecuador. All meals are on your own for this day.

DAY 2 (SUNDAY): GUAYAQUIL / SAN CRISTOBAL, GALAPAGOS
After breakfast and checking out of the hotel, a private transfer takes you back to the Guayaquil airport (GYE). Check in for your morning flight to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (SCY) on San Cristobal (aka Chatham) Island. After you arrive in the Galapagos, transfer by bus to the main dock and then by zodiac to the M/Y Eric or M/Y Letty anchored in the bay. After the welcome briefing and safety drill, a delicious buffet lunch is served on board.

In the afternoon, travel by bus to Cerro Tijeretas (Spanish for Frigatebird Hill), one of two sites where you can see nesting colonies of both species of great and magnificent frigate birds, as well as lava lizards, the medium ground finch and Chatham mockingbird. Walk along the trail to Punta Carola for scenic views, then return to the yacht for a briefing followed by a Captain’s welcome cocktail party and dinner prepared by culinary school-trained chefs.

DAY 3 (MONDAY): DARWIN BAY / PRINCE PHILIP’S STEPS, GENOVESA
Enjoy your first shipboard breakfast before spending the entire day on Genovesa (aka Tower) Island, one of the most spectacular places in Galapagos for bird species. Land at Prince Philip’s Steps, where red-footed boobies nest in palo santo trees, while Nazca boobies nest near the trail, and storm petrels gather in large numbers in an open lava field. With luck, you may spot the elusive short-eared owl. Return to the yacht in time to explore the cliffs by kayak or stand up paddle boards and look for red-billed tropic birds hiding in crevices, or choose to snorkel in deeper waters from a zodiac.
After lunch on the sundeck, land at Darwin Bay, a coral sand beach where swallow-tailed and lava gulls gather near the tide pools. Enter a forest of Optuntia cactus and mangroves where colonies of great frigate birds nest, the males inflating their red-throated pouches to attract females as they fly overhead. Chose to relax on the beach or swim with sea lions in these northern warmer waters. Return to the yacht for briefing and dinner and an evening full of stars.

DAY 4 (TUESDAY): LAS BACHAS or CALETA TORTUGA NEGRA / CERRO DRAGON, SANTA CRUZ
This morning’s breakfast is followed by the Eric visiting Las Bachas (The Barges) or the Letty stopping at Caleta Tortuga Negra (Black Turtle Cove) on the northern side of Santa Cruz (aka Indefatigable) Island. At Las Bachas, explore the long stretch of a soft white sand beach and interior lagoons populated by greater flamingos. There is also a chance to snorkel here from the beach. At Caleta Tortuga Negra, a zodiac ride cruises through a series of coves and inlets surrounded by mangroves. See pairs of mating sea turtles in September to February, and white-tipped reed sharks and golden cow-nosed rays all year-round. Return to the yacht for lunch.
This afternoon, step ashore on Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill), for a majestic view of the bay and the island landscape covered in Opuntia cactus, palo santo and muyuyo. The trail offers excellent opportunities to see Darwin finches, Galapagos flycatchers, yellow warblers, shearwaters and the endemic land iguanas, that were once part of the park’s breeding program. In the salt-water lagoon, pink flamingos feed alongside other birds such as stilts, pintail ducks and sandpipers. After the briefing and dinner, we sail toward the western islands and cross the equator line for the third time.

DAY 5 (WEDNESDAY): PUNTA ESPINOZA, FERNANDINA / URBINA BAY, ISABELA
After breakfast onboard, this morning’s stop is at Punta Espinoza on Fernandina (aka Narborough) Island, the youngest and most pristine island in the Galapagos with no introduced animals. Recent lava flows formed by an active volcano stretch their way around the coast. Observe sea lion harems with resident bulls carefully guarding their territory, and hundreds of marine iguanas, the largest colony in Galapagos, basking in the sun along the rugged shoreline. Out on the point, Flightless Cormorants build their nest close to shore since losing their ability to fly. There is a chance to snorkel with sea turtles and marine iguanas that frequent this area before returning to the yacht for lunch.

While cruising through the Bolivar Chanel, whales and dolphins riding the bow wave are often seen here. Disembark at Urbina Bay on Isabela (aka Albemarle) Island, where four miles of coastal seabed were exposed due to a dramatic uplift during a volcanic eruption in 1954. See the remnants of coral skeletons, some of them waist-high, and keep an eye out for the very large and colorful Galapagos land iguanas, as well as marine iguanas, Darwin finches, brown pelicans, flightless cormorants and giant tortoises. Return to the yacht for briefing and dinner.

DAY 6 (THURSDAY): ELIZABETH BAY / TAGUS COVE, ISABELA
Breakfast is followed with visiting Elizabeth Bay on Isabela Island by zodiac to explore a secluded cove, lined with large red mangrove trees, where sea turtles, rays and shore birds are often spotted. Motor along rocky islets to find a colony of nesting Penguins, Flightless Cormorants and giant marine iguanas. Isabela was created when six volcanoes flowed together and formed the largest Island in Galapagos. Return to the yacht for lunch served on the sun deck.
Go ashore on Tagus Cove, a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. Sections of the rocky cliffs are covered with graffiti dating back to the 1800s. An uphill hike brings us to a salt-water lagoon, a scenic overlook with a spectacular view of the ocean, lava fields and volcanic formations. Take advantage of the secluded cove and explore the shoreline by kayak or stand up paddle board in search of Galapagos Penguins, Flightless Cormorants, blue-footed and Nazca boobies and pelicans. An excellent snorkeling site is offered from the zodiac. After dinner, a sky full of stars beckons to go on deck and observe the galaxy while crossing the equator for the last time.

DAY 7 (FRIDAY): PUERTO EGAS, SANTIAGO / RABIDA
After breakfast, stroll along the shoreline at Puerto Egas on Santiago (aka James) Island looking for octopus, starfish and other sea life caught in the tide pools. At low tide, catch a glimpse of marine iguanas as they feed on exposed green algae. Watch for great blue herons, lava herons, American oystercatchers and yellow-crowned night herons. The walk ends at the grottos, deep pools of clear water where we encounter fur sea lions once on the verge of extinction. Before returning to the yacht, there is a chance to snorkel from the beach.
After lunch, take a seat on deck to view the dramatic landscape and dolphins that are often spotted here. Disembark on Rabida (aka Jervis), a small island considered the geographic center of Galapagos because its volcanic rocks are the most diversified in the archipelago. The dark red color of the beach comes from the high iron content in the volcanic stones. Follow the trail to a salt water lagoon where greater flamingos migrate, keeping an eye out for marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and Darwin finches. Afterwards, do not miss the chance to snorkel with sea lions and rays as well as tropical fish and white-tipped sharks. Return to the yacht for dinner and a briefing.

DAY 8 (SATURDAY): PUERTO AYORA & HIGHLANDS, SANTA CRUZ

Breakfast onboard is followed by disembarking at Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, the social heart of the Galapagos, with a population of 24,000. Travel by bus to the highlands, passing through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos. Visit a tortoise reserve at one of the private farms that protects giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Stop at “the tunnels”, the largest lava tubes found in Galapagos and visit Los Gemelos (The twins), a pair of large craters. Return to the yacht for lunch on board.

This afternoon, visit the Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena (formerly the Charles Darwin Research Station). Visit the tortoise corals and the breeding center with hatchlings and miniature tortoises that will be repatriated when grown. Visit the new exhibit honoring Lonesome George, a worldwide icon of conservation as the last surviving tortoise from Pinta Island that tragically died of natural causes. Stroll through town to shop for souvenirs or stop at an internet cafe. Return to the yacht for dinner or, if you wish, remain in town for dinner on your own. Zodiac shuttles from the yachts to the main dock will be offered throughout the evening.

DAY 9 (SUNDAY): SAN CRISTOBAL / GUAYAQUIL

After breakfast, disembark the Eric or Letty and travel by bus to the San Cristobal Interpretation Center to learn more about the natural and human history of the Islands. Afterwards, spend time in port before heading to the Puerto Baquerizo Moreno airport (SCY) to check in for your flight back to Guayaquil (GYE). A private transfer from the airport returns you to the Hotel Oro Verde. Check in to the hotel followed by your final overnight in Ecuador. Lunch and dinner are on your own for this day.

DAY 10 (MONDAY): DEPART GUAYAQUIL
Check out of the hotel after breakfast and then a private transfer takes you back to the Guayaquil airport (GYE). Check in for your flight out of Ecuador.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. In the spirit of expedition travel, plans may change slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

ECO-SD2018

Untamed Southern Galapagos
Route B
Year Round 2017-2018

About the Ships

M/Y Eric and M/Y Letty
These identical superior first-class yachts accommodate no more than 20 guests and feature three decks of ample staterooms with polished teak interiors trimmed with brass fittings. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, air-conditioned with private bathroom and shower, bio-degradable soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort. There’s a dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV, library and panoramic picture windows. One can also relax in lounge chairs on the sun deck, enjoying sea breezes and a sky full of stars.

Technical Specifications
Type: Superior first class motor yacht
Year Built: 1994 specifically for Galapagos cruising and refurbished annually
Capacity: 20 exclusive guests in ten double cabins
Crew: 11 including Captain and two naturalist guides
Cruising Speed: 8 knots
Length: 83 feet / 25 meters
Beam: 24 feet / 7 ½ meters
Draft: 6 feet / 1.8 meters
Weight: 240 gross tons
Certification: Passenger Ship Safety & Management Certificates (SOLAS)
Registry: Ecuador

Untamed Southern Galapagos
Route B
Year Round 2017-2018

COMPREHENSIVE PACKAGE SATURDAY/MONDAY FOR 10 DAYS/9 NIGHTS PER PERSON:
These rates include 4 private transfers and 2 hotel overnights in Guayaquil as indicated in Itinerary.

2017 Rates
– Iguana Deck Cabin: $4840 in Double / $4640 in Triple / $8215 in Single*
– Booby Deck Cabin: $5240 in Double
– Dolphin Deck Cabin: $5740 in Double

CRUISE ONLY SUNDAY/SUNDAY FOR 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS PER PERSON:
These rates do NOT include private transfers or hotel overnights in Guayaquil as indicated in Itinerary.

2017 Rates
– Iguana Deck Cabin: $4500 in Double / $4300 in Triple / $7700 in Single*
– Booby Deck Cabin: $4900 in Double
– Dolphin Deck Cabin: $5400 in Double

2018 Rates
– Iguana Deck Cabin: $4700 in Double / $4500 in Triple / $8225 in Single*
– Booby Deck Cabin: $5100 in Double
– Dolphin Deck Cabin: $5600 in Double

*On select seasonal departures, solo travelers can sign up to share an Iguana Deck double cabin and are guaranteed the double occupancy rate, regardless if a matched share is found or not.

COMBO SAVINGS:
– Combine this Eric/Letty northern “B” itinerary with an Eric/Letty southern “A” itinerary and receive a 5% savings on both consecutive back-to-back itineraries! Please see our Untamed Southern Galapagos program for itinerary details.
Available on select seasonal departures only.

GALAPAGOS PARK ENTRANCE FEE & TRANSIT CONTROL CARD PER PERSON:
The following government required taxes and fees are NOT included in any of the comprehensive package or cruise only rates above. Expedition Easy will add these to your invoice so that they will be prepaid for you upon arrival.
– Galapagos Entrance Fee: $100 for adults and $50 for children age 11 and younger
– Transit Control Card: $20 for each visitor to the Galapagos

The above costs are subject to change at any time until day of departure.

Rates are based on per person sharing and approximate until the time of booking. Rates are quoted in USD and subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Flights

International flights in and out of Guayaquil (GYE) are required and not included. Expedition Easy can book these flights for you upon request.
Domestic scheduled flights between Guayaquil (GYE) on mainland Ecuador and San Cristobal (SCY) in the Galapagos are also required and not included. Expedition Easy will book these flights for you and add them to your invoice as follows.

GUAYAQUIL (GYE)/SAN CRISTOBAL (SCY)/GUAYAQUIL (GYE) FLIGHTS PER PERSON:
January 1 to June 30 & September 1 to December 31 (Low Season)
– $443 for adults and $275 for children age 11 and younger

July 1 to August 31 (High Season)
– $488 for adults and $298 for children age 11 and younger

Above airfares include all airport taxes and airfare fuel surcharges. Airfares are subject to change at any time up until the day of departure and even after tickets have been paid in full.

Included:

Comprehensive Package:
– 4 Private airport transfers to/from hotel in Guayaquil
– 2 Overnights with breakfasts at Hotel Oro Verde in Guayaquil
– 2 Group airport transfers to/from yacht in the Galapagos
– 7 Overnight cruise accommodations in the Galapagos
– All meals, snacks, bottled water & non-alcoholic beverages during cruise
– Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktails during cruise
– Complimentary house wine and local beer served at dinners during cruise
– Guided shore excursions in the Galapagos
– Wet suits, snorkel equipment, sea kayaks and stand up paddle boards in the Galapagos

Cruise Only:
– 2 Group airport transfers to/from yacht in the Galapagos
– 7 Overnight cruise accommodations in the Galapagos
– All meals, snacks, bottled water & non-alcoholic beverages during cruise
– Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktails during cruise
– Complimentary house wine and local beer served at dinners during cruise
– Guided shore excursions in the Galapagos
– Wet suits, snorkel equipment, sea kayaks and stand up paddle boards in the Galapagos

Not Included:

Comprehensive Package:
– International, Regional & Domestic air (see Guayaquil/Galapagos/Guayaquil Flights under Rates)
– Galapagos National Park entrance fee (see Galapagos Park entrance fee under Rates)
– Transit control card (see Transit Control Card under Rates)
– Alcoholic beverages
– All gratuities and tipping
– All destination arrival and departure taxes
– Travel and health insurance
– Passport and visa fees
– Travel medications and vaccinations
– Personal items and services such as souvenirs, drinks, laundry, phone calls, etc
– All other items not indicated as included or in the itinerary

Cruise Only:
– Airport transfers to/from hotel in Guayaquil as indicated in Itinerary
– Hotel overnights with breakfasts in Guayaquil as indicated in Itinerary
– International, Regional & Domestic air (see Guayaquil/Galapagos/Guayaquil Flights under Rates)
– Galapagos National Park entrance fee (see Galapagos Park entrance fee under Rates)
– Transit control card (see Transit Control Card under Rates)
– Alcoholic beverages
– All gratuities and tipping
– All destination arrival and departure taxes
– Travel and health insurance
– Passport and visa fees
– Travel medications and vaccinations
– Personal items and services such as souvenirs, drinks, laundry, phone calls, etc
– All other items not indicated as included or in the itinerary

Deposit & Payments

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

Reservations

To reserve space on a trip on the Expedition Easy website, please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

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