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Catamaran Lonesome George

All following activities can be performed on this wonderful journey and also you will have the unique experience to learn how the human population on these islands live and interact in harmony with nature.

Our activities:

  1. Walking around the nesting areas
  2. Swimming and Snorkelling
  3. Hiking on the volcanic lava
  4. Dinghy ride
  5. Sailing
  6. kayaking along the coast **
  7. Scuba diving **
** These activities are not included in the standard cruise price, with an additional payment they could be included in your trip. For more information please ask to your agent for more details.

Can I do some dives during my cruise?

Yes, our land program is organized and constructed so that the diver does not miss any scheduled land visit.

A what time the dives take place?

In the morning from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., noon from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Do I have bring my own diving equipment?

NO, on board we have enough dive equipment, but you should take with you your on cameras and dive computers.

Where I can dive?

  1. Carrion Point
  2. Islote Dumb
  3. Albany Rock
  4. Baltra NE
  5. Bartolome Point
  6. Gordon Rock (speedboat)
  7. Seymour Island (speedboat)
  8. Mosquera (speedboat)
  9. Canal Mosquera (speedboat)

If I am not a diver, do I have to wait for the divers return before we start the land activities?

NO, because the time for diving is in hours when the No diver passengers are resting sleeping or making theirs siesta time and in case that the divers are delayed, we will use the second dinghy/zodiac to start the activities mentioned in the itinerary plan, the divers will join the land visit later.

Can I take this cruise if I'm not going to dive?

Yes, we offer one of the best land program around the Galapagos Islands, visiting places of nesting birds, volcanic and panoramic spots and swimming and snorkeling with sea lions, sea turtles, Penguins and sharks.



DAY by DAY

8 Days trip from Friday to Friday ROUTE 8E :

Our cruise starts at Baltra´s Airport. Our trip goes according to the flight from TAME, AEREOGAL or LAN flying from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island. The flight duration is about 100 minutes (Boeing / Embraer Aircraft average capacity 140 passengers) to Baltra island. Once in Baltra you’ll be picked up by private transportation by one of our Guides. 

Friday: 

Baltra Airport// Canal Itavaca

A.M Airport - Canal Itavaca

The airport is located outside the city; therefore we will not spend much time in Baltra. The public bus will drive us (10 – 20 minutes) to “Canal Itabaca ” (The Chanel), which is found between Santa Cruz and Baltra Island. Throughout this drive you will have the opportunity to see beautiful landscapes created by volcaenos eruptions. 

 On board “Catamaran Solitario Jorege” we will have our lunch and meet our tour guide, crew and the other guests; the crew will take care of your luggage, they will be transported to your cabins.

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Highly probable to see in Canal Itavaca:

  • MarineIguanas
  • Sally Lightfoot Crabs
  • Lava Herons
  • Blue footed Boobies
  • Lava Herons

P.M - Mosquera

After lunch, disembarkation at Mosquera Island (wet landing) located between North Seymour and Baltra. The island consists is a long narrow stretch of white sand, rocks, and tide pools. Created by Geological uplift the island has a flat look to it rather than the conical shape of the volcanic formed islands. It is a great place for snorkeling, strolling on the beach, and enjoying the animal life without the tourist crowds common at many of the more popular islands.. This islet is actually home to a huge population of sea lions and is also home to many shorebirds. Briefing and dinner on board.

In Mosquera Island you will be able to admire some of the wide variety of the Galapagos sea life during our snorkeling. Watching the famous Galapagos sea lion and the Galapagos marine iguanas in their natural environment and learn how the National park aid to protect these special animals and their habitat. You can hear their sounds while they are trying to protect their environments or searching for their babies.


Highly Probable to see:
  • Land Iguanas Marine
  • Sally Lightfoot Crabs
  • Lava Herons
  • Galapagos Sea Lions
  • Sea Turtles
  • White tips reef sharks

Saturday:   

Seymour North - South Plaza

A.M - Seymour North Island

After an early breakfast you’ll disembark at North Seymour Island.  Here you will see Frigate Birds, the clownish Blue-Footed Booby and of course the ubiquitous Sea Lions.  With luck you’ll witness the striking courtship display of the male Frigate Bird, in which he inflates a red balloon-like sac below his throat and struts his stuff for all of the young females. Seymour North, Plaza Sur, Plaza Norte, Baltra, northeastern Santa Cruz, Santa Fe and part of Española, were all formed by uprisings of underwater volcanic lavas. They were part of a volcanic lava table deposited in sheet form along cracks located on the ocean floor. The uprisings occurred sporadically and lasted more than a million years to reach its current level. All marine fossils found in the archipelago are found in these islands and the best example is the North Channel side of Baltra. The fossils date from the Pleistocene, and specifically in the case of Baltra, one can say that these volcanic tables were close to the surface about a million years ago. After lunch we’ll navigate to Plazas Island, where a large colony of Sea Lions lounge daily in the equatorial sun. Plaza also boasts excellent examples of typical Galapagos native flora such as " sesuvium " a plant that changes colors depending on the season , also opuntia cactus that form the principal diet for both the Land Iguanas and the Darwin's Finches . Other birds that may flutter by include Lava Gulls, Yellow Warblers and Red-Billed Tropicbirds. 


Highly Probable to see:

  • Land Iguanas 
  • Marine Iguanas 
  • Sally Lightfoot Crabs
  • Lava Herons
  • Blue footed boobies
  • Frigatebirds
  • Grey Plover
  • Least Sandpiper

P.M - South Plaza Island

This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. This Island is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. Many birds like the tropic birds and fork-tailed seagulls rest on the cliffs. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium, during the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red. Hike: 2 ½ km. Dry landing. 

Highly Probable to see:

  • Land Iguanas 
  • Marine Iguanas 
  • Sally Lightfoot Crabs
  • Lava Herons
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • Galapagos Mockingbirds
  • Darwin Finches
  • Galapagos flycatcher
  • Sea Gulls 
  • Hybrid Iguana

Sunday:   

Brujo Hill - Pitt Point

A.M - Brujo Hill

We will visit Witch Hill (Cerro Brujo) in the morning where you will explore one of the nicest beaches in the Galápagos. You'll be tantalized by the texture and sight of the powdered, soft white sand. With a colony of sea lions and Blue-footed Boobies, this scenic place is bustling with life. Just beyond the beach is a lagoon, thriving with Egrets and Great Blue Herons. The turquoise water and abundant marine life will invite you to snorkel their midst. 


Highly Probable to see:

  • Marine Iguanas 
  • Sally Lightfoot Crabs
  • Lava Herons
  • Galapagos Sea Lions 
  • Galapagos Seals 
  • Pelican

P.M - Pitt Point

In the afternoon we will visit Pitt Point. Pitt Point holds its own as the northeastern most site on Isabela. After an easy hike, you will be rewarded with a unique treat. Herein lays the only nesting site which hosts all species of Galápagos Boobies. Photographers will be thrilled with this intimate natural experience. The attractive volcanic tuff formations will have geologists and laymen alike imagining the forces of nature that possessed the earth to create this land.


Highly Probable to see:

  • Red Footed Boobies
  • Sally Lightfoot Crabs
  • Lava Herons
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • Galapagos Pintail Duck
  • Blue Footed Boobies
  • Darwin Finches
  • Galapagos flycatcher
  • Grey Plover
  • Least Sandpiper

Monday:   

Carrion Point - Bachas Beach

A.M - Carrion Point

Sea lions, marine turtles and finches can be seen here

Highly Probable to see:
  • Land Iguanas Marine
  • Iguanas Flamingos
  • Sally Lightfoot Crabs
  • Lava Herons
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • Galapagos Pintail Duck
  • Galapagos Mockingbirds
  • Darwin Finches
  • Galapagos flycatcher
  • Grey Plover
  • Least Sandpiper

P.M - Bachas Beach

Las Bachas Beach. On the sandy white beaches of Las Bachas we will get a close look at a sea turtle nesting area and a lake frequented by leggy pink flamingos and other migratory birds. Afterward, we cool ourselves off with our first dip in the deliciously blue Pacific Ocean (snorkeling) . As this is our first evening together, the crew will invite us to a pre-dinner cocktail on the yacht before the welcome dinner. If the night is clear, as it usually is, the stars above will bedazzle; look for the Southern Cross, the Big Dipper (turned up-side down!) and Orion. 


Highly Probable to see:
  • Marine Iguanas 
  • Flamingos
  • Sally Lightfoot Crabs
  • Lava Herons
  • Sea turtles nests 
  • Grey Plover
  • Least Sandpiper
  • Blue footed Boobies

Tuesday:   

Dragon Hill - Pinzon / Isolet Dumb

A.M - Dragon Hill

The name Cerro Dragón (“Dragon Hill”) is a memorable visitor site and one of the best places in the islands to see the land iguana, a trail leads inland to the hill, up and around the hill, and then back out the same trail to the beach. Along the trail, it is possible to see land iguanas and several species of birds. It's lucky that there are land iguanas on Santa Cruz at all. As the most inhabited island, it is also the one most plagued by introduced species such as goats, cats and dogs, all of which wreak havoc on land iguana populations. Goats eat up all the available vegetation, cats eat baby iguanas and eggs, and a pack of dogs can gobble a fully grown iguana. These introduced pests were devastating the Santa Cruz iguana population, to the point that researchers and park service officials relocated some of the iguanas. Fortunately, intensive efforts to remove the offending introduced species have been successful, and the resident “dragons” are no longer seriously threatened. Efforts to control introduced plants and animals on this part of Santa Cruz are ongoing, and Cerro Dragon is one of few places on the islands where tourists and scientists may cross paths. The path is one of the longer ones in Galapagos. From the top of the small hill is a nice view, and the trail itself goes through Palo Santo trees and cacti forests. There is a saltwater lagoon where lucky visitors may see Pintail Ducks or Flamingos. 

Highly Probable to see:
  • Land Iguanas 
  • Flamingos
  • Sally Lightfoot Crabs
  • Lava Herons
  • Galapagos Mockingbirds
  • Marine Iguanas
  • Galapagos Pintail Duck

P.M - Pinzon

The small island of Pinzon is located on the west side of Santa Cruz Island, about 1h30's cruise away from our base. This beginner/intermediate dive site is on the east side where 2 tower-shaped rocks emerge. A wall covered in black coral drops to 10 meters and from there it's a sandy slope that drops to more than 50 meters. Species commonly observed include the red lipped bat fish, sea horses, sting rays, turtles and white tip reef sharks. Pinzon island lies on the northwest side of Santa Cruz. The dive sites here are not so well known, beacuse the island is visited infrequently. Currents can be a bit tricky and the dive sites are quite deep. There is an underwater plateau where you can find eagle rays, mantas, marine turtles, eels, seahorses and lobsters. In the shallow area near the tower rocks you might also find horn sharks and red-lipped batfishes (Ogcocephalus darwini).

Highly Probable to see:

  • Marine Iguanas 
  • Sally Lightfoot Crabs
  • Lava Herons
  • Masked Boobies
  • Blue Footed Bobies
  • Galapagos Sea Lions

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Wednesday:   

James Bay - Albany Rock

A.M - James Bay

James Bay is a black sand beach located on the west side of James Bay and northwest of Santiago Island. South of the beach is Sugarloaf Volcano, which has deposits of volcanic tuff, the same that helped the formation of the black sand beach. El Cráter is just north of this site, it has a saltwater lagoon, which during the summer dry season becomes a salt mine. Between 1928 and 1930 was the first exploitation of salt; but the efforts did not last long. Then again in 1964 a new attempt was made that lasted for some time.During our walk we can see lots of shorebirds , galapagos hawks , and both species of sea lions , the galapagos sea lion and the galapagos fur seal.After the walk we return to a ablack sand beach were we can go snorkeling from. After lunch on board we’ll navigate to our next destination, Rabida Island. Rábida Island consists of a red sand beach, a coastal lagoon behind the beach, and a loop trail. The approximate distance of the trail is 1.1 kilometers. 

The color of the rocks and sand on the beach is due to the very porous volcanic material, which with the help of environmental factors (rain, salt water and sea breeze), has acted as an oxidizing agent. The main attraction of this spot is the red sand beach and scenery, aside from the vegetation of the arid zone and the presence of native and endemic species. Snorkeling is a must after the visit to Rabida Island , along the rocky soastline we can find lots of fish , sea lions and with a bit of luck even white tip reef sharks. 

Highly Probable to see:
  • Marine Iguanas 
  • Sally Lightfoot Crabs
  • Lava Herons
  • Galapagos Sea Lions
  • Galapagos Seals 
  • Least Sandpiper

P.M - Albany Rock

The day starts with breakfast on board; Albany Rock is the perfect places for marine bird watching, like blue footed boobies, masked boobies, frigates, swallow tailed gulls. Their sounds is part of one of the most fascinating experiences in Galapagos. In the other side of the Island, you will be able to see sea lions. After the dingy ride around Albany we will do snorkeling on the shallow water’s area where rays, mullets and sharks can be seen during this activity. After the snorkeling we will go back on board. Albany Rock lies in the northwest of Santiago a short distance south of the well known Buccaneer's Cove (mainland Santiago with saltwater lagoons where flamingos live). Albany Rock is a small crescent shaped island. You snorkel or dive at a protected cove with little current. There is a sloping rock wall covered with sea fans and yellow black coral and large boulders, rocks, and underwater pinnacles with many crevices. Marine turtles, barracudas, golden and spotted eagle rays and Galapagos shark have been seen here and on the rocks live groupers like the common flag cabrillas (Epinephelus labriformes) and on the sandy plateau red lipped bat fishes have been found.

Highly Probable to see:

  • Marine Iguanas 
  • Sally Lightfoot Crabs
  • Lava Herons
  • Galapagos Sea Horses
  • Galapagos Sea Lions
  • Blue Footed Boobies

Thursday:   

Sullivan Bay - Baltra NE

A.M - Sullivan Bay

After the visit to Bartolome Island we can go snorkeling  from its golden sand beach where we can probably swim with penguins . In te afternoon you’ll visit nearby Sullivan Bay.  At the turn of the century a huge lava flow spilled right down to the sea and today you can stroll across this black volcanic expanse, admiring its time-frozen ripples, bubbles and ropes.

Highly Probable to see:

  • Marine Iguanas 
  • Lava Catis 
  • Lava Fiels
  • Lava Tunnels

P.M - Balra NE

Baltra Ne is the perfect places for marine bird watching, like blue footed boobies, masked boobies, frigates and swallow tailed gulls. After the Snorkeling activity, we will come back on board to get ready for the next activity “Dingy ride” the beautiful calm shallow water’s area where rays, sea lions and sharks can be seen along the rocky coast line. Blue footed boobies, Pelicans, lava lizards, marine iguanas and other animals or birds are also found on the lava fields. Dinner will be served at approximately 19:10 p.m. After dinner the guide will inform our guest of the next day’s activities, and the required gear. 

Highly Probable to see:

  • Land Iguanas Marine
  • Iguanas Flamingos
  • Sally Lightfoot Crabs
  • Lava Herons
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • Galapagos Pintail Duck
  • Galapagos Mockingbirds
  • Darwin Finches
  • Galapagos flycatcher
  • Grey Plover
  • Least Sandpiper


Friday:   El Chato Ranch

A.M -  Chato 

Hacienda Chato you can see the giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around eating grass and leaves and wallowing. Some highland birds, like cattle egrets, mockingbirds, finches or flycatchers can be seen here. 

After the hike return to the bus and we drive direct to the airport.

Highly Probable to see:

  • Giant Tortoises
  • Galapagos Dove
  • Galapagos Pintail Duck
  • Galapagos Mockingbirds
  • Darwin Finches
  • Galapagos flycatcher

A.M -  Transfer Out  - End Trip