GUANTANAMERA

Class: Tourist Superior

The Guantanamera is the ideal boat for the young traveler looking for a small and nice motor boat to visit the Galapagos Islands.

This yacht features 5 double cabins with one bunk in the upper-deck, and 3 double cabins in the lower-deck, 2 of which are matrimonial. This boat’s itinerary includes Genovese Island, famous between the ornithologists, birdwatchers and photographers for the red-footed booby, among other unique species that can only be found in this far-North Island.

  • Cabins: 6 cabins with bunk beds and 2 cabins with queen size beds equipped with toilet, shower and air conditioner.

Technical Information:

Length: 80 feet / 24 m
Beam: 22 feet / 6,5 m
Speed: 9 Knots
Capacity: 16 passengers
Crew: 6 members plus
1 Naturalist English/Spanish Speaking Guide

Itineraries:
In order to cover the entire Galapagos Islands we have designed an 15-day-itienrary, the same can be split into two 8-days-Itineraries; one of those cover the north-west area which we call itinerary ONE, and the second one covers the south-east area which we call itinerary TWO. The itinerary ONE departs every uneven week, and the itinerary TWO departs every even week counting the total number of weeks in the year.

Services included:

  • Transportation
  • Accommodation in double cabin
  • All meals during the cruise
  • Bilingual naturalist guide with license
  • Drinkwater, coffee and tea around the cruise

Services not included:

  • Airfare mainland – Galapagos – mainland
  • USD 100.- Entrance Fee to the National Park
  • USD 10.- INGALA Migrations card
  • Personal expenses
  • Snorkeling equipment ( for rent on board for USD 30.- per cruise)
  • Tips

Itinerary ONE:

SUNDAY Baltra Playa las Bachas
MONDAY Bahia Darwin – El Barranco
TUESDAY Bartolome – Bahía Sullivan
WEDNESDAY Humedales – Muro de las Lagrimas – Volcan S Negra
THURSDAY Bahía Elizabeth – Bahía Urbina
FRIDAY Caleta Tagus – Punta Espinoza
SATURDAY Playa Espumilla – Caleta Bucanero - Rábida
SUNDAY Daphne – Mosquera – Baltra – Seymour Norte

Itinerary TWO:

SUNDAY Baltra – Seymourt
MONDAY Leon Dormido – Cerro Brujo – Islas Lobos
TUESDAY Bahia Gardner – Islote Gardner – Islote Osborn – Punta Suarez
WEDNESDAY Santa Fé – Plaza Sur
THURSDAY Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena/ Gemelos
FRIDAY Punta Cormrant – Corona del Diablo – Bahia Post Office – Mirador Baronesa
SATURDAY Sombrero Chino – Cerro Dragon
SUNDAY Caleta Tortuga Negra - Baltra

Itinerary THREE:

THURSDAY Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena/ Gemelos
FRIDAY Punta Cormrant – Corona del Diablo – Bahia Post Office – Mirador Baronesa
SATURDAY Sombrero Chino – Cerro Dragon
SUNDAY Caleta Tortuga Negra - Baltra

NOTE:

  • The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.

Itinerary ONE DAY BY DAY

SUNDAY BALTRA AIRPORT - LAS BACHAS BEACH
Welcome to Galapagos. Transfer from Baltra’s Airport to the yacht. Las Bachas is a beautiful white-sand beach on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. There you can go for a stroll or do some easy snorkeling in the gentle surf. Sea turtles lay their eggs at the edge of the vegetation: You can also look for a rusted pontoon, a relic of the Second World War. In fact, “bachas” is a poor pronunciation of “barges,” two of which were wrecked offshore at that time: the locals mispronounced the name and it stuck.
(L, D)

MONDAY GENOVESA – DARWIN BAY- BARRANCO
Darwin Bay is the only sandy beach found in the caldera on Genovesa. Colonies of the Great Frigates are found along the beach. Male exhibit their red balloon pouch to females for hope of a match. Red-footed boobies nest in the trees in contrast to the other two booby species which do so on the ground.

El Barranco (Prince Philip’s Steps), a carved out of stone stair. This will lead you to a wide plateau, where you can observe large colonies of masked boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels and bahama ducks. During this easy stroll you will cross a little Scalesia wood, in which you can observe the short-eared owl. The same path will lead you back to your boat.
(B, L, D)

TUESDAY BARTOLOME – SULLIVAN BAY
In Bartolomé Island you will ascend to admire the spectacular panorama of the Sullivan Bay and the famous Pinnacle Rock. The beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock are excellent for snorkeling from which you can discover the marvelous underwater world. In the afternoon, you will visit Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago. We land on a white coral sand beach and begin our walk over lava that flowed less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos.
(B, L, D)

WEDNESDAY HUMEDALES – WALL OF TEARS – VOLCAN SIERRA NEGRA
Isabela Island is the largest of the archipelago with a surface of 4588 sq.km. It engages more than the half of the land area of whole Galápagos. Humedales (The Wetlands) are a complex trail of 6km long, located south of Isabela Island, Galapagos. They have a wide variety of flora and fauna, as well as the spectacular scenery of the bay, the town of Puerto Villamil, volcanoes, islets and rocks. Isabela wetlands present both themselves and introduced species. You will visit the Wall of Tears. This is a man-made monument which has been built in the 40s by prisoners. Sierra Negra Volcano is one of largest craters in the archilpell with about 5 kilometer diameter. It offers a wonderful view.
(B, L, D)

THURSDAY ELIZABETH BAY – TAGUS COVE
Elizabeth Bay is a marine visitor site, the excursion is carried out in a zodiac and so there is no landing point. Your zodiac ride starts with a visit to the Marielas islets where there is the largest and most important penguin colony in the Galapagos Islands. The excursion continues into the cove that is surrounded by red mangroves where it is here that you are able to observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions.

Tagus Cove, a tour along the cliffs in a zodiac will give the visitors a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30 minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where you can view Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra saline lake saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this location.
(B, L, D)

FRIDAY BAHIA URBINA – ESPINOZA POINT
During a visit at Urbina Bay you can see large colored land iguanas and the possibility of seeing giant turtles, flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies, penguins and marine iguanas is excellent.

Espinoza point, one of Fernandina’s visit points, is situated within a fascinating lava scenery with Lava-Cactuses and on the surface of the lava growing mangroves. The highlights are sea lions, penguins, the flightless cormorant (especially in spring and summer) and one of the biggest iguana colonies of Galápagos. Do not miss a snorkeling trip during which you have the possibility to explore the beautiful underwater world.
(B, L, D)

SATURDAY PLAYA ESPUMILLA – CALETA BUCANERO – RABIDA
Espumilla Beach is a popular place for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. The crabs attract the hunting herons, performing the dance of predator and prey. With an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eel, and shark, snorkeling is highly recommended.

Puerto Egas on James Bay, on the western coast, captures the islands’ many natural treasures. Lava pools and caves line the blackened beaches, providing habitat for marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and herons. Galapagos diving and snorkeling tours to inlets along the coast reveal abundant marine life, including fur seals, tropical fish, sharks, moray eels and octopuses. Inland from Puerto Egas, is a salt crater. Once the site of a small salt mine, it now provides habitat for many types of birds, including the Galapagos hawk. Just north of James Bay is Buccaneer Cove. Known as a safe haven in the 17th and 18th century for pirates to stash their loot, its steep cliffs are now frequented by a new population of infamous visitors — Galapagos feral goats.

Rabida Island its main attraction is the red sand beach, scenery, aside from the vegetation of the arid zone and the presence of native and endemic species.
(B, L, D)

SUNDAY Daphne or Mosquera – Baltra Airport
Daphne Major A small island directly north of Santa Cruz and directly west of Baltra, this very inaccessible island appears, though unnamed, on Ambrose Cowley's 1684 chart. It is important as the location of multidecade finch population studies by Peter and Rosemary Grant.
(B, L, D)

Itinerary TWO DAY BY DAY

SUNDAY BALTRA AIRPORT - NORTH SEYMOUR
Our guide will be waiting for you in Baltra Airport and once the group of passengers is completed He/She will accompany you to the Archipell Catamaran which is anchored in Puerto Ayora harbor. After arrival on board, we will check in and give you general information. You will have lunch. Afterwards you will start with your first excursion to North Seymour. It is located slightly to the north of Baltra. It is a low, flat island, formed as a result of a submarine lava formation uplift. Covered with low, bushy vegetation, it contains the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds in the Galapagos. There is also a large population of blue-footed boobies that perform an amusing courtship dance when nesting conditions are right. It really is one of the highlights of this island.
(L, D)

MONDAY Leon Dormido – Cerro Brujo – LOBOS ISLAND
Leon Dormido or Lobos Island. At Lobos Island we find a small population of blue-footed boobies and great frigate birds nesting. In addition two species of sea lions present in the archipiélago can be observed.

Lobos Island, you will enjoy swimming and snorkeling with sea lions in this calm bay. It is also a seasonal nesting location for the blue footed booby and frigate birds
(B, L, D)

TUESDAY ESPAÑOLA - GARDNER BAY - SUAREZ POINT
In Española Island you will explore a lot of endemic wildlife. A lot of Birds, like the endemic Hood-Mockingbird. Gardner Bay provides you an excellent beach for swimming. Around the small islets nearby, snorkelers will find lots of fish and sometimes turtles and sharks. The bay is also frequented by colonies of sea lions which like to swim with you.

Point Suarez, It’s one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago, with a long list of species found along its cliffs and sand or pebble beach.
(B, L, D)

WEDNESDAY SOUTH PLAZAS ISLAND - SANTA FE ISLAND
South Plaza has unique Sesuvium plants and Opuntia cactuses scattered across the landscape which provide some of the most interesting wildlife observations available in Galapagos. Land iguanas are easily seen from the trail, frequently under the shade of cactuses, waiting for a prickly pear to fall.

Santa Fe is one of the most entertaining destinations for shore excursions in the Galapagos Islands. It has two trail choices for visitors, one of which takes you to the tallest Opuntia cactus in the Galapagos. While the other trail takes you into the highlands where land iguanas can be seen. After a long walk, the opportunity to swim in calm waters or snorkel with playful sea lions will be pretty tempting.
(B, L, D)

THURSDAY SANTA CRUZ ISLAND - THE CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION – LOS GEMELOS
The Charles Darwin Research Station is formed by an information centre, a museum, a library and a tortoise breeding station. In the tortoise breeding you can encounter tortoises of different subspecies, which are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. The most popular inhabitant of this Station is probably the Lonesome George turtle. (If you cruise is only for 4 days after this visit you will fly back to the mainland of Ecuador)

In the afternoon you will visit “Los Gemelos” (The Twins), two enormous collapsed lava chambers, inspiring visual reminder of the power of nature. The short, easy hike to each of the twins is teeming with endemic flora and fauna, including the remaining Scalesia Forest draped in liverwort.
(B, L, D)

FRIDAY FLOREANA –CORMORANT POINT – POST OFFICE BAY –
MIRADOR DE LA BARONESA

At Cormorant Point you land on a green olivine sand beach. Following a 100 m long path you will soon reach a lagoon with flamingoes. In the afternoon you will visit the Post Office Bay, which keeps the legendary post barrel that whalers historically used to post their mail in. Then we will go to “Mirador de la Baronesa” and your naturalist guide will tell the murder and mystery legend of the Baronesa. This viewpoint is located on the north of the Floreana Island.

The climb on the trails is very easy. Steps are placed in this area for security.
(B, L, D)

SATURDAY SOMBRERO CHINO – CERRO DRAGON
Sombrero Chino is a small islet off the south coast of Santiago.
Sombrero Chino is .08 sq miles (.22 sq km) with a maximum elevation of 160 feet (52 meters). Though within easy reach of Santa Cruz, Sombrero Chino is typically only visited by those aboard a Galapagos Cruise.

Located on the northwest side of Santa Cruz, the site is named for the healthy population of land iguanas found here. During the 190's the entire population of Cerro Dragon land iguanas were transported to the nearby islet of Venezia to protect them from feral dogs which roamed the area. The dogs have subsequently been eradicated and the iguanas returned to Cerro Dragon. Cerro Dragon can be visited by those aboard a Galapagos Cruise.
(B, L, D)

SUNDAY CALETA TORTUGA NEGRA- BALTRA
Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, is a living illustration of how mangroves alter the marine environment to create a rich and unique habitat. Three-mangrove species mangroves crowd the area from the shore out into the lagoon, which reaches almost a mile inland. As we drift though the quite waters in our panga, we are likely to see spotted eagle rays and diamond shaped mustard rays, which swim in a diamond formation. White-tipped reef sharks slip beneath the boat and Pacific green sea turtles come to the surface for air and to mate. Waterfowl, including pelicans, herons and egret, all feed in the cove. This is a peaceful place that will leave you feeling that way.
(B)

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