Origin & Theory 8 Days - Itinerary A

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Day 1: Galapagos Islands

Upon arrival in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (SCY) SAN CRISTOBAL Island, our guides will be waiting to escort you to your expedition yacht. After a short ride by bus to the dock, and by Zodiac to the yacht anchored in the bay, you’ll be shown your cabin and treated to a delicious lunch. There will be a welcome briefing and a brief safety drill afterward you can chose your snorkel equipment and wet suit for the week. You’ll have time to settle in after lunch before the yacht leaves the harbor. Within a few hours, we reach Leon Dormido, (Spanish for sleeping lion), a remnant of a vertical tuff cone formation, rising 500 feet from the ocean. Erosion has split the rock providing a spectacular backdrop for photographs at sunset. As we circumnavigate the formation, you’ll easily spot blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, and frigatebirds on the cliffs. After a briefing on activities for the following day, join our Captain and crew for a cocktail reception. An elegant multi-course dinner, prepared by our accomplished chefs is served.

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Kicker Rock

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Lunch

Dinner

Day 2: Galapagos Islands

The first visit will be to Witch Hill, by a zodiac ride, a breathtaking white coral beach, with expansive views and good birdwatching. 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. You can also enjoy a scenic Zodiac ride that takes us through a cave called The Cathedral. After BBQ lunch served on the sun deck if the weather allows it, you will visit Pitt Point a tuff formation that serves as a nesting site for many sea birds including all three types of boobies – blue-footed, Nazca and red-footed boobies, both frigate bird species, swallow-tailed gulls, storm petrels, shearwaters, and brown pelicans. You can also snorkel with sea lions and various species of fish at this spot. After this activity return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.

Lobería San Cristóbal

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Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3: Galapagos Islands

Early in the morning, you will disembark at Suarez Point on Española Island, home to the greatest number of endemic species found in Galapagos. You can spot sea lions, curious Hood mockingbirds, and from April to December there are waved albatross, that perform their mating ritual. There are also colonies of blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls. You can also find Darwin’s finches, Galapagos Doves and Galapagos Hawks. After this visit return to the yacht for lunch onboard. Then disembark at Gardner Bay, where large colonies of sea lions dot the white sand beach. You can take a stroll or relax at the beach. You can also swim with playful sea lions from the beach or explore the bay and islets by kayak or paddle board. After this activity return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.

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Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4: Galapagos Islands

First activity of the day will be landing at Cormorant Point on Floreana Island, to visit the olivine sand beach. You will spot sea lions, lava herons, yellow-crowned night herons, blue-footed boobies and penguins. You will also visit a brackish lagoon home to Bahama ducks, stilts and greater flamingos. You will head to a white sand beach, where sea turtles lay their eggs in certain months. After this, you can also head to Champion Islet or Devil’s Crown to snorkel and spot colorful fish, white tipped reef sharks and sea turtles. In the afternoon after lunch, you will head to Post Office Bay, where a post office barrel was erected in the 18th century to be used by English whaling vessels. There is also a chance to swim from the beach. In the late afternoon, you will visit Baroness Point by a zodiac ride. Return to the yacht for dinner.

danza marina

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Baroness Cove

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Lunch

Dinner

Day 5: Galapagos Islands

First activity of the day will be disembarking at Ayora Port in Santa Cruz Island. You will take a bus ride to the Highlands, passing the vegetation zones in Galapagos to visit a privately owned ranch, where giant tortoises roam in their natural habitat. Stop at the lava tunnels that are large enough to walk through, and be marveled by the sight. Then visit los Gemelos (The twins), a pair of large craters, formed by two collapsed lava domes. After lunch, head to Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, to see the giant tortoises and land iguanas from close, and learn about the conservation efforts done to preserve this species. After this, you will have free time to explore Ayora Port town and buy souvenirs. At the end of the day, return to the yacht for dinner and rest.

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Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6: Galapagos Islands

 You will have two options on the morning. You can climb the 400 steps around Bartolome Island and admire Pinnacle rock, or enjoy a zodiac ride around Bartolome looking for penguins, swimming playfully. At this island, you can also snorkel with schools of tropical fish and white-tipped reef sharks. Your afternoon visit depends on the yacht. Guests on the Origin will visit Chinese Hat, which has this curious shape, hence its name. You can spot the remnants of the islands geological history, with volcanic rubble and cracked lava formations, along with sea lions swimming by the shore. Guests on the Theory will go to Bachas Beach on the northern side of Santa Cruz. You’ll also have a wonderful opportunity for snorkeling after exploring interior lagoons with vivid flamingos. After this visit, head back to the yacht for dinner and rest.

flamingo's

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Dinner

Day 7: Origin & Theory

First activity of the day will be visiting South Plaza, a place with a geological uplift, with tall cliffs where swallow-tailed gulls, shearwaters and red-billed tropicbirds build their nests. You will also spot land iguanas and a colony of bachelor sea lions. After lunch, you will head to North Seymour to observe great colonies of blue footed boobies, and magnificent frigate birds, along with endemic land iguanas and sea lions. You will also have the opportunity to snorkel in deeper water, while spotting sea lions, starfish and sharks. Return to the yacht for farewell cocktail party and dinner, followed by a special presentation by your guides.

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Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 8: End of Itinerary

After breakfast, you will disembark at San Cristobal Island and visit the Interpretation Center to learn about the natural history of the Island. Then you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight back to the continent.

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Breakfast

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