Treasure of Galapagos

Galapagos Ecuador: (ZZ-EC-GALP10)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/galapagos_treasure_yacht_cruise.aspx

Introduction
Galapagos Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands - one of the world's most exclusive travel destinations. Discover the Galapagos Islands in style on board the Treasure of Galapagos, a brand new first class motor catamaran on the Galapagos Islands which offers you spacious suites with private balconies, experienced naturalist guides level III, an on board hotel and cruise manager and a highly interesting itinerary.
The catamaran was built in 2009 and has been operating since 2010 for a maximum of 16 travelers.
Discover the Galapagos Islands in style on this spacious first class yacht. Treasure of Galapagos - the perfect yacht and Galapagos Islands cruise which satisfies your needs.
All suites offer the luxury of a private balcony, a private bathroom and a small lounge area for reading, relaxing or having a glass of wine.
The Treasure of Galapagos offers a fast and smooth cruise because of it´s unique design and modern engineering to make your Galapagos Expedition a perfect and unforgettable experience with a touch of luxury.
The yacht offers an extensive sun deck with a bar and a hot tub as well as small solarium areas on each deck.The catamaran offers 8 spacious double outside suites with private balcony (4 suites on the main deck, 4 suites on the upper deck, as well as one master suite on the main deck with two private balconies and separated sleeping and living room.
Come on board the Treasure of Galapagos and enjoy a first class service, a delicious local and international cuisine, a well stocked bar and the amazing Galapagos Islands!

This mega catamaran offers 5 day and 7 day cruises and visits selected visitor sites on the most interesting islands.
The Treasure of Galapagos is the second yacht on the Galapagos Islands meeting the strict environmental specifications released by the Galapagos National Park. This is proofed by a scientific environmental impact study.


Accomodation


Treasure of Galapagos - a new, modern and comfortable catamaran built in 2009 and operating since 2010 for a maximum of 16 travelers.

The Treasure of Galapagos is the second yacht on the Galapagos Islands meeting the strict environmental specifications released by the Galapagos National Park. This is proofed by a scientific environmental impact study.
All suites offer the luxury of a private balcony, a private bathroom and a small lounge area for reading, relaxing or having a glass of wine.
The Treasure of Galapagos offers a fast and smooth cruise because of it´s unique design and modern engineering to make your Galapagos Expedition a perfect and unforgettable experience with a touch of luxury.



Public Areas
The Catamaran offers an extensive sun deck (shady and sunny areas) with a bar and a hot tub as well as small solarium areas on each deck. On the main deck you find the comfortable restaurant and lounge with bar. The lower deck comes with a meeting room with TV, DVD and a small library.



Accommodation - Suites
The Treasure of Galapagos catamaran offers 8 spacious double outside suites with private balcony. There are 4 cabins (two lower beds each one) and the master suite on the main deck; and 4 cabins on the upper deck (2 of them with two lower bed and the other 2 with one matrimonial bed). Cabin size approx. 20 sq meters / 215 sq feet). Master Suite with two private balconies and separated sleeping and living room (cabin size approx. 40 sq meters / 430 sq feet).
  • All spacious suites offer the luxury of a private balcony (balcony size: 1.9x1.2 meters / 6.2x3.9 feet) and a small lounge area and are designed for a maximum of two guests. Two suites with matrimonial beds (Queen Size) and six suites with twin beds are available.
  • The master suite offers a separate living and sleeping area as well as two balconies and it is designed for a maximum of three guests, perfect for families. It offers one bedroom with a matrimonial bed (King Size) and a one additional twin sized sofa bed in the living room.
  • All suites are equipped with a private bathroom with a shower (hot water), toilet and basin.
  • Each suite offers an individually controlled air conditioning.
  • Closets, safe / security boxes and baggage room in all suites available.


Amenities
On the Treasure of Galapagos expect a first class service & cuisine and even more:
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included during the cruise. Breakfast and dinner are served buffet style. A varied menu with local and international specialties is served during the cruise including special BBQ evenings on the sun deck. Special meals (vegetarian, dietary, etc.) are available upon request at no extra cost.
  • Purified drinking water, tea and coffee are complimentary.
  • Fully stocked bar (selected beers, wines, liqueurs and cocktails) available.
  • Equipment for snorkeling (snorkel, mask, fins) at no extra cost. Wet suits additionally available upon request.
  • A friendly and helpful crew offering you the best available service. Come on board as a guest and leave as a friend !



Riding

Specifications
Type: Motor Catamaran
Category: First Class
Year: 2009
Construction: double-walled fiberglass hull; Botto Astilleros Y Marina, Guayaquil
Certification: Environemental Impact Study, Department of the Environment (Ecuador) and Galapagos National Park Administration.
Length: 30.97m / 101.60 feet
Beam: 11.20 m / 36.75 feet
Speed: 12 knots / 22.22 km/h / 13.81 mp/h
Capacity: up to 16 passengers
Crew: 8 crew members plus 1 hotel manager and 1 naturalist guide level III
Security: SOLAS / IMO Standard
Navigation; GPS, Radar, Radio, Compass, etc.
Engine: 2 x 345 PS/HP Caterpillar Diesel, 2 x 75 kw generators

Deck Plan
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Itinerary




Itinerary A Friday to Tuesday (5 days / 4 nights):

FRIDAY: Santa Cruz Arrival - Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
SATURDAY: Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island) - Bartolome Island
SUNDAY: North Seymour Island - Mosquera Islet
MONDAY: South Plazas Island - Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal IslandIsland)
TUESDAY: Interpretation Center (San Cristobal Island) - San Cristobal Airport

Itinerary B Tuesday to Saturday (5 days / 4 nights):

TUESDAY: Transfer in - San Cristobal airport - Cerro Colorado
WEDNESDAY: Gardner Bay - Punta Suarez (Española Island)
THURSDAY: Post Office Bay - Cormorant Point (Floreana Island)
FRIDAY: Santa Fe Island - Tortuga Bay (Santa Cruz Island)
SATURDAY: Highlands - Baltra airport (Santa Cruz Island)

Itinerary C Saturday to Friday (7 days / 6 nights):

SATURDAY: Baltra (Arrival) - Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
SUNDAY: Ballena Bay - Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz Island)
MONDAY: Tintoreras - Humedales (Isabela Island)
TUESDAY: Punta Moreno - Bahia Urbina (Isabela Island)
WEDNESDAY: Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island) - Caleta Tagus (Isabela Island)
THURSDAY: Puerto Egas (Santiago Island) - Rabida Island
FRIDAY: Bachas (Santa Cruz Island) – Baltra (Departure)

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ITINERARY A - 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS - FRIDAY TO TUESDAY

FRIDAY: Charles Darwin Research Station

AM: Baltra: Transfer in to Puerto Ayora
PM: Lunch at noon. Dry landing, hiking educational visit to the Charles Darwin Station (giant tortoises, Opuntia cactus, etc.). Degree of difficulty: easy Duration: 2 hours, dinner at night.

SATURDAY: Sullivan Bay and Bartolome

AM: Sullivan Bay:Breakfast in the morning.This site is of great geological interest is located south-east of Santiago Island, landing it can be done both on the rocky shore (dry landing) or the white sandy beach (wet landing). The length of the trail is 1.5 km approximately.
 The area is covered by lava flows Pahohoetype (solidified lava in a wavyoraccordion). It was very active in the past 25 years of the nineteenth century. The Sullivan lava was formed in 1897. Flow is very young geologically. The magma formed is flat, but the underground lava movement, rapid cooling and other eruptions led to the break in many places. Degree of difficulty: Moderate. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes approximately. Lunch at noon.

PM: Bartolomé: Wet Landing. After lunch visit to the Pinnacle Rock beach for swimming and snorkeling.
 Dry landing to reach the viewpoint of Bartolome in the afternoon. On this island, you can see interesting formations of lava and cinder cones. After a 30 to 40 minutes climbing, a wooden staircase leads to the top of the island where there are beautiful views of the nearby beaches. This island is one of the most visited and photographed because of the Pinnacle Rock. Degree of difficulty: Moderate. Duration: 1 Hour 30 Minutes. Dinner in the evening.

SUNDAY: North Seymour – Mosquera

AM: North Seymour: Breakfast in the morning. Dry landing. On this island you can see blue-footed boobies, colonies of frigates, fork-tailed gulls, terns, sea lions, lava lizards and land iguanas. Palo Santo trees can also be observed. Difficulty: Moderate Duration approximately 2 hours. Lunch at noon.

PM: Mosquera: Wet Landing. The Islet is Located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour. It is a reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) and a great white sand beach. In most of its perimeter there is basis of lava rocks, as evidence of the wash uprising, except in the southwest side where the landing occurs. This island has one of the largest Populations of sea lions.You can also observe several species of shorebirds. There have been occasional reports at this site of Orcas (Orcinus orca). Degree of difficulty: easy. Duration approximately 1 hour, Dinner in the evening.

MONDAY: South Plazas – Cerro Brujo

AM: South Plazas: Breakfast in the morning. Dry landing. This island is full of life. There are colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. While you walk on the banks it is possible to see a great number of birds such as nesting tropic birds and fork-tailed seagulls, but most of all enjoying the beautiful view from the top the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is an extremely pleasurable experience. The Opuntiacactus grow here too and the vegetation changes color according to the season of the year. Paths: easy. Duration: 2 Hours. Lunch at noon.

PM: Cerro Brujo: Wet Landing is a beautiful beach of white coral where you can swim and watch birds and sea lions, plus you can snorkel. Located on the north coast of the San Cristobal Island. In the vicinity of the beach you can see seabirds like blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigate birds and shore birds. Degree of difficulty: easy. Duration approximately 2 hours, Dinner in the evening.

TUESDAY: San Cristobal – Interpretation Center

AM: Interpretation Center-San Cristobal: dry Landing. This site is educational information about the evolution of the Galapagos Islands and animal life in the islands. Degree of difficulty: easy. Duration: 1 hour 30 Minutes. Transfer out to San Cristobal’s Airport.

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ITINERARY B - 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS - TUESDAY TO SATURDAY

TUESDAY: San Cristobal

AM: San Cristobal - Transfer in.
PM: San Cristobal - Cerro Colorado: dry landing. After a bus ride of 45 minutes to reach Cerro Colorado, where you can see giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat. Degree of difficulty: easy, 1 Hour Approx.Dinner in the evening.
PM: Interpretation Center-San Cristobal: dry Landing. This site is educational information about the evolution of the Galapagos Islands and animal life in the islands. Degree of difficulty: easy. Duration: 1 hour 30Minutes.Dinner in the evening.

WEDNESDAY: Española: Gardner Bay – Suarez Point

AM: Gardner Bay: Located on the north coast of Española Island. The main attraction is the colony of sea lions, which inhabit the beach in great quantity during thebreeding season. Both resident and migratory birds are observed. Degree of difficulty: easy Duration: 2 Hours.Lunch atnoon.
PM: Punta Suarez: dry Landing. During the walk on this island you can see sea lions, marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, Nazca boobies, Darwin finches, Galapagos hawks, albatrosses, lava lizards, herons. Degree of difficulty: difficult, Duration: 2 Hours 30 Minutes. Dinner in the evening.

THURSDAY:Floreana: Mirador de la Baroneza – Cormorant Point

AM: Mirador de la Baroneza:It is a vista point on the northside of Floreana, in La Olla Bay. It is a basaltic rock formation between Cormorant Point and Post Office Bay. You will take a panga ride to reach this point. On the panga you can observe several marine species such as golden eagle rays, sea turtles, sea lions, mullets and eventually Galapagos penguins. Mirador de la Baronesa is a good place for understanding the mangroves. The red mangrove is characterized by a hanging elongated fruit, which in reality is a new daughter plant that grows from the parent plant, a rarity in the plant kingdom. Degree of difficulty: moderate Duration: 2 Hours. Lunch at noon.
PM: Cormorant Point: Wet Landing, This site has a sandy olivine beach for walking and swimming. The island also has a flamingo lagoon. In addition, white sand beach where sea turtles nest from December to May. Degree of difficulty: easy Duration: 2 Hours. Dinner in the evening.

FRIDAY: Santa Fe – Tortuga Bay

AM:Santa Fe: snorkeling in the rocky coast of the island to see a variety of fish and sea turtles. Later. Wet Landing. You can see colonies of sea lions, land iguanas, frigate birds, Galapagos doves and lava lizards. On the island you can see a forest of giant cacti and Palo Santo trees. Degree of difficulty: easy Duration: 2 Hours. Lunch at noon.
PM: Tortuga Bay: Wet Landing, interesting walk to the Turtle Bay beach, perhaps the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos, we can swim and snorkel observing colonies of marine iguanas, pelicans, Darwin's finches, sharks, sharks, sea turtles, the incredible forest Giant Cactus, and the nesting of marine iguanas Degree of difficulty: easy Duration: 2 Hours.Dinner in the evening.

SATURDAY: Santa Cruz

AM: EL Chato: El Chato reserve is divided into two areas; Caseta and Chato. The trail begins at Santa Rosa, 22 km from Puerto Ayora, with the Caseta route being the more challenging. The reserve allows visitors to observe giant tortoises in the wild during the dry season, and is also a good place to spot short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, Galapagos rails and paint-billed crakes. Degree of difficulty: Moderate. Duration: 1 hour 30Minutes.– Transfer out to Baltra’s Airport.

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ITINERARY C - 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS - SATURDAY TO FRIDAY

SATURDAY: Santa Cruz

AM: Baltra: Transfer in to Puerto Ayora
PM: Charles Darwin Station: Lunch at noon. Dry landing, activities: hiking educational visit to the Charles Darwin Station (giant tortoises, Opuntia cactus, etc.). Degree of difficulty: easy Duration: 2 hours, dinner at night.

SUNDAY: Bahia Ballena - Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz

AM: Ballena Bay: Breakfast in the morning. Wet Landing.The visitor site is a cove of green sand at the basis of Ballena Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach contains a large amount of olivine crystals, the same that originate from volcanic materials. The crystals were formed when the magma was still underground. Near the beach there are ceramic relics, which reflect human settlements that were close to the beach in 1846. Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 2 hours. Lunch at noon.

PM: Dragon Hill: Dry Landing. The site visit is located in the northwest of Santa Cruz Island, and consists of a path that runs for three different environments in just 1,600 m in length.
 It gets its name because in 1975, was one of the only places in the Santa Cruz Island where there were land iguanas in healthy state. Difficulty: Moderate. Duration: 2 hours

MONDAY: Isabela:Tintoreras - Humedales

AM: Tintoreras: Breakfast in the morning. Dry Landing. The islet is Located south of Puerto Villamil. It has a small bay of calm turquoise waters, where you can appreciate sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, rays, etc. The bay is connected to a crevice of crystal clear water, that's shallow and when the tide is low the entrance closes. You can see how reef sharks swim along with other small fish and sea lions. Difficulty: Easy. Duration: 2 hours. Lunch at noon.

PM: Humedales: Dry Landing. The Wetlands is a network of trails, adjacent to Puerto Villamil. There are nine tracks that comprise the following sites: The Wall of Tears, Cerro Orchilla, El Estero, Poza Escondida, Poza Redonda, Tunnel del Estero, Playa del Amor, Bay of Tunis and Pozas Verdes.
 The Wetlands are coastal mangroves and brackish water lagoons formed by seepage of seawater and freshwater underground tributaries coming from the upper parts of the island. They are also an important feeding area for the Galapagos penguin and one of the main nesting sites for green turtles.

The wetlands of Isabela Island are essential for the maintenance of biological diversity of Galapagos, as home to several species that depend exclusively on the wetland in order to fulfill their life cycle, flamenco, Bug, stilt, oystercatcher, Gallinula, ghost crab, and fiddler crabs. Difficulty: Easy Duration: 2 hours,Dinner at night.

TUESDAY: Punta Moreno – Urbina Bay

AM: Punta Moreno: Breakfast in the morning. Dry landing, Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island. The route of the trail is approximately 2100 meters.The main attraction in Punta Moreno is the coastal lagoons in the middle of black lava flow where there are several species of birds. It has a view of 3 volcanoes, the most actives in the Galapagos; Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul. Difficulty: Difficult Duration: 2 hours,Lunch at noon.

PM: Urbina Bay: Wet Landing,Urbina Bay is located at the base of volcanoes Alcedo and Darwin, west of Isabela Island. Here you can find corals, shells, and many other organisms exposed above the water. This area is also home to large and very colorful Galápagos land iguanas, giant tortoises and the famous population of Alcedo Volcano.Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 2 hours,Dinner in the evening.

WEDNESDAY: Punta Espinoza –Caleta Tagus

AM: Punta Espinoza: Breakfast in the morning. Dry Landing. Punta Espinosa is a jagged promontory of cracked and eroded lava, but the name could also refer to the hundreds of spiny marine iguanas that drape the rocks. Pristine nature under an active volcano and a highlight of any cruise. Flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, Galapagos sea lions, waders and the world's largest colony of marine iguanas thrive on the edge of a barren lava flow. Fine stands of mangroves support yellow warblers, Darwin finches, large billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and nesting brown pelicans. Difficulty: Moderate. Duration: 3 hours Dinner in the evening.

PM: Caleta Tagus: Dry Landing. The site visit Tagus Cove is located west of Darwin volcano on Isabela Island. The route of the trail is about 1800 meters. This was a favorite place for pirates and whalers, there is observed a tradition that has been maintained since that time: the inscription of the names of boats. At the start of the walk, rising and passing the staircase, there is a small cave where we found inscriptions dating from the 1800s. Difficulty: Moderate. Duration: 2 hours Dinner in the evening.

THURSDAY: Puerto Egas – Rabida

AM: Puerto Egas - Santiago: Breakfast in the morning. Wet Landing. Puerto Egas is located northwest of Santiago Island, fascinating place to visit because it had a great volcanic activity in the past. Puerto Egas is one of the most popular sites in the Galapagos Archipelago. It has a beautiful black sand beach where you can see its many inhabitants as sea lions, chameleons, lizards and herons. Difficulty: Easy. Duration: 2 hoursLunch at noon.

PM: Rabida: Wet Landing. Also known by the name of Jervis in honor of a British Admiral John Jervis, Earl of St. Vincent.Rabida is located 5 km south of Santiago Island and is commonly regarded as the geographical center of the Galapagos Islands. It has an area of 4.9 km ² and a maximum altitude of 367 meters. It has a high iron content, which causes that this place has a distinctive reddish color. Its main attraction is the salt lagoon with flamingoes, pelicans and boobies place where they build their nests.Difficulty: Easy Duration: 1:30 hours Dinner in the evening.

FRIDAY: Santa Cruz

AM: Las Bachas: is a beach about 1 km in length. With white sand beach, deserted and where you can see flamingos, and migratory birds. In the vicinity of the Las Bachas beach can observe predominant vegetation of the coastal zone. Las Bachas beach represents one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles (Cheloniamydas) on Isla Santa Cruz.
 Las Bachas is a very popular practice of snorkeling, swimming. Difficulty: Easy. Duration: 2 hours. Transfer out to Baltra`s Airport.


Rates and Dates for Treasure of Galapagos

Rates include:

Accommodation, full board incl. purified drinking water, coffe and tea, all excursions on the islands lead by bilingual naturalist guide (English / Spanish) , on-board cruise manager, use of snorkeling equipment, use of public facilities.
We do not charge fuel surcharges or high season surcharges !

Packages and Options





Transfer and Other Options:



 DescriptionUS$
2012 Transfer from Baltra is included $0
2012 Flight Quito-Baltra-Quito approx $445
2012 Flight Guayaquil-Baltra-Guayaquil $395
2012 A new Fuel Surcharge is proposed - $50 to $70 each way
- to be paid locally
$0

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2012 01/01 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day cruise, AP (SA-FR) 4 /16 Reserve
B 2012 01/01 - 12/31 5d / 4n 5 day cruise, AP (FR-TUE or ... 4 /16 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Galapagos National Park entrance fee (apporx. 100 US-$) and INGALA transit control card fee (approx. 10 US-$), flight to the Galapagos Islands (approx. 440 US-$ round-trip; tickets will be issued by us), alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, use of wetsuits, tips to crew and naturalist guide.

Other Info
Meeting: Galapagos
Airport: Baltra via Quito
Transfer: Quito by flight arrangement

Climate:

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