|Construction:||1979, Renovation: 2014|
|Motor:||2 CUMMINS, KTA-38-M1, 1000 HP|
|Beam:||11.58 m (38 ft)|
|Length:||55.94 m (183 ft)|
|Capacity:||40 guests / 20 cabins|
|Electricity:||110 – 220 V / 60 Hz|
|Navigation Equipment:||Radar ARPA, Radar, Satellite Compass, Magnetic Compass, Automatic Pilot, Echosonar, 2 GPS, AIS|
Our itinerary begins on Santa Cruz Island, one of the inhabited islands in Galapagos. We first explore the highlands with its lush vegetation before venturing to the famous Charles Darwin Research Station to meet face-to-face with the iconic Giant Tortoises. We board the vessel late in the afternoon, and early next day sail to a stunning anchorage at Santa Fe Island. Here, we find a white beach with many sea lions, as well as the Santa Fe land Iguana and, possibly, the Galapagos hawk. In the afternoon, we explore South Plaza Island, where we find endemic yellow land iguanas munching on cacti amidst a spectacular show of nature’s colours: the azure sea, green cacti and red sesuvium. We now move to North Seymour Island, a highlight for many visitors, and it starts with a rewarding walk along the coast and then inland, observing bird colonies including magnificent frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, gulls, and also sea lions and marine iguanas. Here, we snorkel too. Later, we disembark on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, at the glorious white beach of Las Bachas, for a refreshing swim and search for some lagoon birds. We continue now to Bartolome Island, with its unbeatable volcanic viewpoint on a hill, golden-sandy beach and stunning wildlife exploration for snorkellers or glass-bottom boat guests. We hope to find some Galapagos penguins, both on land and in the water. Afterwards, we land at the white beach of Sullivan Bay, with a trail over a dramatic lava field from 1897.
Our itinerary begins on Santa Cruz Island, the most populous in the archipelago. Here, to meet giant tortoises face to face, we first explore the highlands of the islands with their lush vegetation before venturing down to the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station. After embarking at the end of the day, we sail south to the island of Floreana, where we disembark at Post Office Bay in the morning and Punta Cormorant in the afternoon – both full of life and history. We then head west to Española Island, with its remarkable visitor site (a favourite of many visitors): Punta Suarez. Here, we’ll wander along the rugged coastline, home to hundreds of marine iguanas, sea lions, marine birds, and even albatross (at certain times of year). In the afternoon, Gardner Bay provides a wonderful setting for a combination of beach-time, swimming, snorkelling or exploring aboard the glass-bottom boat. San Cristobal Island, the capital of the Galapagos Province, is next. We explore the northern shores of the island, visiting the fascinating sites of Punta Pitt and Cerro Brujo, taking us back to the visit of young Charles Darwin in 1835. We end our journey at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.
Our itinerary together begins on San Cristobal Island and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Province. On our first afternoon, we visit Cerro Colorado, breeding centre of the islands’ famous giant tortoises amid a fantastic deciduous forest. We sail north overnight, to awake at the sunken caldera of Genovesa Island, a privileged place to walk amidst thousands of marine birds. Back in the central islands, on Thursday we learn about Buccaneer Cove’s distant and recent history aboard our inflatable dinghies, before exploring the underwater realm, snorkelling or aboard the glass-bottom boat. Across the way, we disembark at the popular site of Puerto Egas, a great place to see land and marine birds amid a landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. Motoring all night, we find ourselves amid the youngest islands of the Galapagos the next day, visiting Punta Espinoza with its amazing combination of barrenness and abundant wildlife. Highlights include hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorant. Later, at Tagus Cove, an uphill hike takes us to the rim of Darwin Crater and some lovely views, followed by an inflatable dinghy ride to spot local wildlife, a swim, kayak or snorkel. We continue our exploration of Isabela Island the following day, at Urbina Bay, the intriguing result of an uplifting of the ocean, home to large and very colourful Galapagos land iguanas, and then at Punta Vicente Roca with its abundant wildlife and, hopefully, sightings of green sea turtles. Sunday sees us anchor to visit the red beach of Rabida Island and its large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and several species of Darwin’s finches. In the afternoon, we visit the north shore of Santa Cruz, host to Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill), home to land iguanas with a trail that offers a beautiful view of the bay.
|Owner`s Cabin (1)|
|Classic Cabin (16)|
|Classic Family Cabin (2)|
|Standard Cabin (1)|
- All meals
- Island sightseeing
- Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only
- Snorkelling gear
- Luggage handling
- Medical care on board (but not the cost of medication)
- Taxes and transfers in the islands.
- Shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Mercure, Sheraton, Marriott, Dann Carlton; for Casa Gangotena, a further feeder service is provided to/from Hilton Colón, this service does not have additional cost.) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Sheraton, Wyndham) to airport for flights to / from Galapagos are included in these rates. To coordinate these transfers we must have guest's hotel contact.
* Note: internet connections onboard consist of 2 computer stations in the business center and wifi in the yacht’s social areas; due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth.
- Wet Suits available for rent, NET rate US$ 17 + VAT per guest for 5-day expeditions
- Wet Suits available for rent, NET rate US$ 33 + VAT per guest for 7-day expeditions
- Air transportation to / from Galapagos and airport taxes (subject to change without previous notice)
- Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US$ 100 subject to change without previous notice)*
- Migration Control Card (US$ 20 subject to change without previous notice)*
- Fuel Surcharge.
- Alcoholic** and non alcoholic beverages, gratuities, laundry or valet services, gifts and additional items.
* At your request, we can include the Galapagos National Park entrance fee of US$100 and migration control card fee of US$20 (subject to change). However, please note that, due to administrative and operational reasons, these fees can only be included when guests travel on the operation departure date. This service does not apply for guests who travel before a departure date (even if the departure is with us).
** Please note, we charge guests who wish to bring bottles of wine and/or spirits aboard our vessels a corkage fee of $27 + taxes.
Our trip went very smoothly and we had an amazing time. The Hotel Vieja Cuba was charming, staff attentive and breakfast delicious. Also the Aida Maria and its crew were great, as well as the food. Our nature guide Ruben was very knowledgeable and friendly. Thank you for booking us this terrific trip. We do hope to return to see more of the Galapagos and I will contact you.
Cruise went perfect.
The guide Franklin was fabulous. Crew looked after us 24/7...really good. Food was varied and interesting. We couldn't have gone without the wetsuits and Franklin took all respoonsibility for mailing them back.
Thank you for all your help and direction. The only thing I didn't know was how rough the sea was and I had to up my doses of motion sickness meds to cover it.
Updated - May-2018