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Address: Ayarza # 400 y Av. Eloy Alfaro - Edificio Milanesi Of: 5 A
Quito, Ecuador

Phone: (00593) 2 242-280
(00593) 99 834-3149
(00593) 99 832-7167



Sailor Alta

Very few feelings compare to that of a ship sailing through the water, with engines turned off and nothing but the sound of the wind hitting the sails and the hull breaking the water.

Alta is one of the few ships in Galapagos that can deliver this feeling. Named “Yacht of the Month” in the past by Yachting Magazine, it is one of the most beautiful ships on the islands, ideal for travelers seeking exclusivity, style and uniqueness.

The ship is exceptionally stylish, with gorgeous detailing and furnishings and carries that grandeur and special charm that only sailing ships carry. When the conditions are appropriate, the sails will be hoisted, engines turned off and Alta will become one the most striking ships in the Galapagos.

Technical facts and specificationsGalapagos Cruises

Type: Motor Sailor
Lenght: 46 m
Draft: 6.4 m
Speed: 10 knots
Capacity: 16 passengers
Crew: 8 + 1 naturalist guide
Cabins: 8 double cabins with twin beds or double beds

Itinerary Overview

Saturday: Island San Cristobal – Leon Dormido – Ochoa Beach
Sunday: Island Genovesa – Prince Phillips Steps – Darwin Bay
Monday: Island Fernandina – Espinoza Point / Island Isabela – Tagus Cove
Tuesday: Island Isabela – Urbina Bay – Punta Vicente Roca
Wednesday: Island Bartolome / Island Santa Cruz – Black Turtle Cove
Thursday: Island Santa Cruz – Highlands – Charles Darwin Station
Friday: Island Española – Suarez Point – Gardner Bay
Saturday: Island San Cristobal – Interpretation Center – return flight

Detailed Itinerary:

Saturday: Flight to San Cristobal - Leon Dormido – Ochoa Beach
In the morning flight to the Galapágos Island San Cristobal from which you will start your cruise. After paying the National Park Entrance Fee, a crew member will accompany you to the yacht which anchors at Baquerizo Moreno harbour. After arrival on board, check- in and explanations in general, lunch will be served. Afterwards you will start with your first excursion to Leon Dormido. You will follow the route of Charles Darwin, so you will sail around the massive tuff-rock called Leon Dormido or Kicker Rock, which is a nesting site for a lot of sea birds. Because of its steepness you cannot find a landing stage but bravely snorkelers can watch out for sharks and rays. With a wet landing you will continue your excursion to Playa Ochoa, where you will have a short walk along the beautiful white beach. Here you can encounter a lagoon of saltwater, often surrounded by flamingos. Also sea lions, Darwin´s finks and yellow warblers are abounded here. The loveliness of this bay with various motifs is famous for landscape photographer. These are the beaches where Charles Darwin firstly set its foot on the Galapagos Islands in 1835.  -/L/D

Sunday: Genovesa Island - El Barranco – Darwin Bay
Your destination for today is Genovesa Island. Not only for its loneliness Genovesa is considered as one of the wildest and untouched within the National Park of Galapagos. It is also known as “Bird Island” or “Tower Island”. On your way to this island you will cross the equator. After a panga ride along the cliffs of Genovesa Island you will make a dry landing at Prince Philip’s Steps, a carved out of stone stair. These 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 have to watch out for short-eared owl. The same path will lead you back to your boat. After lunch you make a wet landing onto Tower Island at Darwin Bay for an easy stroll observing seemingly thousands of birds, mainly frigate and red footed and masked boobies.  On the beach you can observe the interesting spectacle how the frigates try to catch the prey of the boobies. B/L/D

Monday: Fernandina - Espinosa Point / Isabela Island - Tagus Cove
In the morning you will visit Fernandina Island which is not only the westernmost but also the youngest and most pristine Island found in Galapagos. The last eruption of the volcano La Cumbre in 2005 created huge interesting fields of lava. Punta Espinoza, on of Fernandina’s visit points is situated within a fascinating lava scenery with Lava-Cactuses and on the surface of the lava growing mangroves. Beside this unique scenery you will come in contact with numerous animals here. The highlights are such as sea lions, penguins, the flightless cormorant (especially in spring and summer) and one of the biggest iguanas colonies of Galapagos. Do not miss a snorkeling trip during which you have the possibility to explore the beautiful underwater world. This afternoon will lead you to the largest island of the archipelago: Island Isabela. With a surface of 4588 the isle engages more than the half of the land area of whole Galapagos. After a dry landing you will visit the notorious Tagus Cove, which was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers and whalers.  Around the deep blue bay you can observe a large number of blue-footed boobies perched on the ledges of the cliffs, as well as marine iguanas, penguins, brown pelicans, brown noddy terns and swallow-tailed gulls. A steep trail pass you through an area of dry vegetation and volcanic landscape with scalesia woods and cactuses, you will reach Darwin Lake, an extremely salted and green crater lake. During a short hike you will explore the scenic uniqueness and beautiness of Isabela Island. During your snorkeling trip you can also enjoy the unique underwater world of this island. B/L/D

Tuesday: Isabela Island - Urbina Bay - Punta Vicente Roca
At your next approach you will visit Bahia Urbina. As a result of a strong outbreak of the volcano Alcedo in the year 1954 suddenly large sections of the coast were pushed up approximately 4 m, so that you can observe coral reefs here ashore. Meanwhile the reefs are covered with trees of chamomile and muyuyo. Furthermore you can observe terrestrial iguanas and the rare Mangrove finch from really close. From January to June occasionally elephant turtles, which live in the higher mountains, are visiting the bay. Located at the ‘mouth’ of the head of the sea horse, which forms the northern part of the Galapagos Islands (Isabela), is Punta Vicente Roca, an interesting rock formation. Here the remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a bay well protected from the ocean swells. With good luck you can observe penguins in the deep blue sea. Masked and blue-footed boobies and pelicans sit perched along the point and the sheer cliffs, while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline. B/L/D

Wednesday: Bartolomé - Pinnacle Rock / Island Santa Cruz - Black Turtle Cove
Arriving at Bartolomé you will ascend a lookout point from where you can admire the spectacular panorama of the Sullivan Bay and the famous needle shaped rock, the so called Pinnacle Rock. The beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock boast some fine snorkeling spots from which you can discover the marvelous underwater world with a good chance to encounter penguins or the softly gliding turtles. Later you visit the Black Turtle Cove, a nesting site for marine turtles. With good luck you can observe different types of sharks in the calm water, so for example the white-tipped shark or schools of golden mustard rays as well. B/L/D

Thursday: Santa Cruz Island - Highlands - Charles Darwin Station
Today you anchor at the harbour of Puerto Ayora on Island Santa Cruz. Beside its rank as homestay for sea lions and pelicans, the marina is a popular starting point for round-the-world-yachtsman. The island itself has come to be both touristic and scientific center of the archipeleago. In the morning you will visit the highlands of Santa Cruz. The lush landscape there is a welcome contrast to the arid scenery of the smaller, lower islands. On your way you will cross the different zones of vegetation, from the dry lower region full of cactuses to the woods of scalesia in the highlands. Points of interest are the famed lava tunnels, a fun and geologically informative visit. During a visit of a hacienda in the highlands you can observe the Galapágos giant tortoises in their natural habitat. In the afternoon you will visit the Charles Darwin Station. The station encompasses an information centre, a museum, a library and the tortoise breeding station as well. Here you will have an opportunity to visit some of the best scientists of the Galapagos. Park rangers and park managers among others make huge efforts to preserve this Unesco World Heritage Site, conduct the conservation of the islands. In the  tortoise breeding and rearing centre you can encounter tortoises of different subspecies, which are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. The most popular inhabitant of this island is probably Lonesome George. He is the only survivor of his specific turtle species. In the past all approaches to find a partner for him failed. But in July 2008 the scientists found a carved nest wit nine eggs from a female tortoise. Three of them could be saved and now accordingly to strict instrcuctions they are incubated syntheticly. B/L/D

Friday: Española Island - Suarez Point – Gardener Bay
Española is the southernmost and oldest island of the Galapagos archipelago. Because of its isolated position you can explore a lot of endemic wildlife. In the morning you will have an excursion to Point Suarez which is one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago, with a long list of species found along its cliffs and sand or pebble beaches. In addition to five species of nesting seabirds there are the curious and bold Española Island mockingbirds, Galapagos doves and Galapagos hawks. Several types of reptiles, including the marine iguana and the oversized lava lizard, are unique to this island. When heavy swells are running, Point Suarez is also the site of a spectacular blowhole, with thundering spray shooting 30 yards into the air. The walkabout on a stony path is about 2km (duration about 3 hours). Gardener Bay is on the eastern shore with turquoise shot colored water and a magnificent beach. Around the small islets nearby, snorkelers will find lots of fish and sometimes turtles and sharks. The bay is also frequented by a transient colony of sea lions which like to swim with you. Birds, like the endemic Hood-Mockingbird and different species of Darwin finches, are omnipresent. B/L/D

Saturday: Island San Cristobal - Interpretation Center – Flight back to mainland
At the port of Baquerizo Moreno, which is the capital of the province Galapagos, you will visit the Interpretation Center. The center will give you a good impression of the history of the Galapagos Islands. Arround midday you will fly back to the mainland of Ecuador. Enjoy the last view back to the enchanting islands; a unique paradise with its fascinating nature. B

B= Breakfast / L=Lunch / D=Dinner

Prices 2014

Double cabin per person: USD 4,450.-
Cabins 1 & 2 per person: USD 4,650.-
Fuel surcharge per person: USD 306.-
Charter: USD 65,000.-
Fuel surcharge for Charter: USD 4,284.-

Included in the price:All transfers in Galapagos, 8 days cruise on board of the ALTA in double accommodation with all facilities, English speaking naturalist guide, purified water free to drink.

Not included in the price: flights mainland to/from Galapagos (e.g. Quito – Galapagos – Quito USD 420.- per person), entrance fee to Galapagos National Park USD 100.- per person, migration card USD 10.- per person, beverages, tips, personal items, insurance.

NB Itinerary is subject to change without previous notice, due to weather conditions, operational matters, National Park Authorities advise, or captain´s decision for passengers security.

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