Untamed Southern Galapagos
Route A
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 southern Galapagos “A” route with the sister ships M/Y Eric or M/Y Letty include:

• Viewing all 3 Nazca, blue and red footed boobies
• Snorkeling, kayaking and swimming with sea lions
• Observing small marine and large land iguanas
• Distinguishing great and magnificent frigatebirds
• Lumbering giant tortoises in the highlands
• Experiencing the antics of the waived albatross
• Snorkeling opportunities with Galapagos penguins
• Seeing the Galapagos’ iconic Pinnacle Rock

Choose either our Comprehensive Package which includes pre- and post-cruise transfers and hotel nights in Guayaquil or simply 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 southern Galapagos “A” route with the northern Galapagos “B” route on the Eric or Letty and save 5% on both routes! Please see our Untamed Northern 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 & Hike to Cerro Tijeretas, San Cristobal Island
Day 3 (Monday):Snorkel/Kayak/Zodiac at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal Island
Snorkel/Zodiac at Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island
Day 4 (Tuesday): Hike at Punta Suarez, Espanola Island
Snorkel/Kayak/Zodiac at Gardner Bay, Espanola Island
Day 5 (Wednesday):Zodiac at Punta Cormorant & Snorkel at Champion Islet, Floreana Island
Snorkel at Post Office Bay & Zodiac at Baroness Point at Floreana Island
Day 6 (Thursday):Bus & Hike in the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island
Visit Breeding Center at Charles Darwin Research Station, Santa Cruz Island
Day 7 (Friday):Snorkel/Zodiac at Bartolome or Snorkel Las Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island
Snorkel at Las Bachas or Zodiac at Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island
Day 8 (Saturday):Hike around South Plaza Island
Snorkel/Zodiac at North Seymour 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 A
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): CERRO BRUJO / PUNTA PITT, SAN CRISTOBAL
Enjoy your first shipboard breakfast before spending the morning at Cerro Brujo, a breath-taking white coral beach with expansive views and good bird-watching. Take a peaceful walk along the beach, or swim with sea lions from the beach. Take out the kayaks or stand up paddle boards for a different perspective of the marine life. Enjoy a scenic zodiac ride that takes you through a cave called The Cathedral. Return to the yacht for lunch.
Go ashore this afternoon at Punta Pitt, a tuff formation that serves as a nesting site for many sea birds, including all three types of blue-footed, Nazca and red-footed boobies, both frigatebird species, swallow-tailed gulls, storm petrels, shearwaters, and brown pelicans. Punta Pitt is considered one of the best sites for birds in the archipelago, and is also home to a colony of sea lions. At Pitt Rock, snorkel with sea lions and colorful fish such as the King Angel and Surgeon fish. Return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.

DAY 4 (TUESDAY): PUNTA SUAREZ / GARDNER BAY, ESPANOLA
After breakfast, disembark at Punta Suarez on Espanola (aka Hood) Island, home to the greatest number of endemic species found in Galapagos. Sea lions bark noisily as you land on their beach and curious Hood mockingbirds peck at your shoelaces. From April to December, the waved albatross, found only on Espanola, perform its wild mating ritual. Colonies of blue-footed boobies engage in “sky-pointing” to show off for potential mates. Easily spotted wildlife are the Nazca boobies busily caring for their young, stunning swallow-tailed gulls, the only nocturnal gulls in the world and red-billed tropicbirds take shelter under the cliffs. You can also find Darwin’s Finches, Galapagos Doves and Galapagos Hawks, as well as a unique species of marine iguana identified with traces of red and green colorings. Follow the trail to the dramatic ocean blow hole, and watch for colorful sally light-foot crabs crawling along the shoreline. Return to the yacht for lunch on board.
Disembark at Gardner Bay, where large colonies of sea lions dot the seemingly endless white sand beach. Take a leisurely stroll or relax on the beach, watching for the Galapagos Hawk, Darwin’s Finches or Espanola Mockingbird. Swim with playful sea lions right from the beach, explore the bay and islets by kayak or stand up paddle board. Take a zodiac ride to explore the caves covered with invertebrates. Admire the colorful array of underwater life at this excellent snorkeling site near Tortuga Rock. Return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.

DAY 5 (WEDNESDAY): PUNTA CORMORANT / POST OFFICE BAY, FLOREANA
Breakfast onboard is followed by stepping ashore at Punta Cormorant on Floreana (aka Charles) Island, where the olive-sand beach is alive with the sounds of sea lions, lava herons, yellow-crowned night herons, blue-footed boobies, and penguins. Follow a trail to a brackish lagoon, home to Bahama ducks, common stilts, Galapagos flycatchers, yellow warblers and the greater flamingos. Wind your way past a rich variety of plants including the morning glory, cut leaf daisies, mangroves (black, red and white), paldo verde and scalesia. The trail leads to a beach where sea turtles lay their eggs in the powdery sand dunes and sting rays swim in the shallow water. After the walk, there is an opportunity to snorkel at Champion Islet, a shallow sunken crater colonized by a brilliant array of colorful fish and corral, white-tipped sharks, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays and sea stars. Lunch is served back on board on the sundeck, weather permitting.
Floreana is one of the few populated islands in the Galapagos with a rich and intriguing human history. After lunch, visit on of the most famous sites in Galapagos, Post office Bay, where a post office barrel was erected in the late 18th Century to use by English whaling vessels. Visitors are invited to leave a post card and to pick up any mail destined for their home town. There is a chance to swim from the beach with sea lions. Late afternoon, take a zodiac ride near Baroness Point to look for sea turtles and rays. Return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.

DAY 6 (THURSDAY): PUERTO AYORA & HIGHLANDS, SANTA CRUZ
After breakfast, disembark at Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz (aka Indefatigable) Island, 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 7 (FRIDAY): LAS BACHAS or CALETA TORTUGA NEGRA, SANTA CRUZ / BARTOLOME
This 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. 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.
Disembark at Bartolome, a young Island that is inhospitable to most plants and animals. Climb the long wooden staircase to the summit of a dormant volcano, pausing along the way to marvel at lava bombs, spatter and cinder cones. It seems as if you are walking on the moon! The panoramic view from the top encompasses the entire island, including the distinctive eroded tuff cone known as Pinnacle Rock. The crystal clear water below beckons of snorkeling with schools of tropical fish, white-tipped reef sharks and Galapagos Penguins. Take a zodiac ride along the rocky shoreline. Return to the yacht for the evening briefing followed by dinner.

DAY 8 (SATURDAY): SOUTH PLAZA / NORTH SEYMOUR
Breakfast onboard and then today’s visit is at South Plaza, a small geological uplift with tall cliffs where swallow-tailed gulls, shearwaters and red-billed tropicbirds build their nests. The trail leads us through Opuntia (Prickly Pear) and Sesuvium, and land iguanas are seen here feeding on the cactus leaves. The island is home to a colony of bachelor sea lions, with dominant bulls in various stages of recovery from battles over prime beach territory. Return to the yacht for lunch.
Later, snorkel between North and South Seymour in deeper water. Go ashore at North Seymour, a small geological uplift to observe swallow-tailed gulls, blue-footed boobies and endemic land iguanas. Visit the largest colony of magnificent frigate birds in Galapagos, and watch for marine iguanas and sea lions body surfing the northern swells. Return to the Eric or Letty for the Captain’s farewell cocktail party and dinner, followed by a slide show presentation by your guides.

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.

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Untamed Southern Galapagos
Route A
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 A
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
2018 Rates
– Iguana Deck Cabin: $4700 in Double / $4600 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 southern “A” itinerary with an Eric/Letty northern “B” itinerary and receive a 5% savings on both consecutive back-to-back itineraries! Please see our Untamed Northern 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.

Select departures Year Round
Contact Expedition Easy with preferred dates of travel.