Marine Iguana, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Itinerary: Option 2 Cruise Extension with MV Archipel 1

25 April to 2 May 2021

Meet the pioneer of the Galapagos: Archipel 1. This motor catamaran arrived in 2002, and offers stable double hulls, wide decks and large social areas, all of which are near to each other. The Archipel 1 offers good medium class with space and comfort; the stability and speed make this catamaran a perfect partner for the adventure of discovering the Galapagos Islands. All the cabins have private bathrooms, hot water and air-conditioning. The Archipel 1 also has a comfortable dining room, TV, DVD, stereo, library, an indoor bar, a bar on the upper deck and a spacious sun deck with reclining chairs. All cabins are located on the main deck with an outside view. The Archipel boasts ample social areas that will complement a comfortable stay. Shared with a total of just 16 guests; the lounge, solarium, resting areas and 'Al Fresco' dining area are all great choices for you to relax and enjoy the nature that surrounds you. The boat also has a complete crew including a naturalist guide level III, who has been trained and licensed by the Galapagos National Park at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Map MV Archipel 1, Galapagos Cruise Extension Option 2, 4 Days/3 Nights
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Itinerary: Cruise Extension with MV Archipel 1 (Mid Class Yacht)

Day 1: 25 April 2021, Guayaquil, B

A free day today to relax or explore this beach-side city. You will require a night’s accommodation here. Unipark Hotel. Additional cost, USD 155.00 per room

Day 2: 26 April 2021, Fly to San Cristóbal, B/L/D

Transfer to the airport and fly to San Cristóbal. Your guide will meet you at the airport, assist you with the luggage and accompany you on the short bus ride to the port of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Here you will climb aboard the catamaran Archipel 1. After greeting the crew and the captain, your cabins will be assigned to you and then you will enjoy your first lunch on-board.

In the afternoon drive to the hinterland of San Cristobal Island to ‘Colorado Hill’ to visit the Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Centre. This centre was built to improve the status of the population of the island tortoises. It includes a large corral, a visitor centre, breeding centre and an interpretive trail. Along this trail, it is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well as birds including the San Cristobal Mockingbird, Yellow Warblers, and many species of finches and the Galapagos flycatcher.

Giant Galapagos Tortoise, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

San Cristobal Mockingbird, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus Rubinus Nanus), Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Day 3: 27 April 2021, South Plaza and Santa Fe, all meals included

After breakfast you will enjoy an unforgettable guided walk on South Plaza, the best place to encounter endemic Galapagos land iguanas; patient and photogenic models. You can also look out for some of the unique hybrids between the male marine iguana and female land iguana.

Land Iguana, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Marine Iguana, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Arriving at the upper rim, about 20m below, impressive waves splash against the foot of soaring cliffs. Clouds of petrels, storm petrels, shearwaters and brown noddies make spectacular flights and sometimes look like they’re walking on the waves.

Storm Swallow, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Take your binoculars and don’t miss the red-billed tropicbird with its graceful long tail and spectacular mating fights. These cliffs are also a nesting place for the endemic swallow-tailed gull.

Red-billed Tropicbird, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Swallow-tailed Gull, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Before lunch we will sail to Santa Fe, possibly escorted by bottlenose dolphins. After lunch you will land right in the middle of a Galapagos sea lion colony on the beach, where you will have time for a refreshing swim or excellent snorkelling among tropical reef fish in the crystal-clear azure waters of Barrington Bay.

Bottlenose Dolphins, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Galapagos Sea Lions, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

A school of colourful yellow and blue Parrotfish, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Day 4: 28 April 2021, Floreana

Bottlenose dolphins frequently escort our passage to Champion Islet and you can see them surfing the waves! Underwater, Galapagos sea lions are playful acrobats that become the number one attraction. You will also see lots of reef fish, and perhaps a green Pacific turtle. An inflatable dinghy ride along the shoreline of this islet offers sightings of lots of seabirds that are endemic to the archipelago, including Galapagos penguins, blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds, red-billed tropicbirds, swallow-tailed gulls and lava herons. A bird watcher’s dream is to catch a glimpse of the Charles mockingbird on top of prickly pear cacti. This mockingbird is a scientific and historic key species, because it put Darwin on track of his theory of ‘adaptive radiation’.

Champion Islet, Floreana, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Green Pacific Sea Turtle on the beach, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Galapagos Penguin, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Blue-footed Boobie, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Great Frigatebird, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

The Asylum of Peace Island is of historical interest for guests. This hike goes past a mesmerising cave and visits a fascinating freshwater spring. La Loberia beach gets its name from the huge number of sea lions that populate the island and rest on the sand. It’s an ideal spot to relax by the ocean, go snorkelling as well as enjoy the sea lions that live there.

Day 5: 29 April 2021, Santa Cruz, Charles Darwin Research Station, B

Our dinghies will bring you to the pier of Puerto Ayora, from where you will be brought to the Charles Darwin Research Station. This is where biological research and indispensable conservation management of this unique archipelago are carried out. The complex houses interpretation and information centres about the National Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve. The most memorable part of your visit will probably be the successful breeding centre and the enclosures with Galapagos giant tortoises. Afterwards you will have some free time to stroll around.

Aerial view of Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

In the Afternoon Transfer to Baltra Airport for your onward flight


Cruise Extension with MV Archipel 1 (Mid Class Yacht): 26 April to 29 April 2021

Indicative price per person twin share charter: AUD 3155.00


We are holding 2020 prices for each cruise until 1 April 2020. Book your place early and you are guaranteed NOT to pay 2021 prices.


• Accommodation in double cabins (double bed or 2 single beds) with private bathroom*
• All meals, water, tea & coffee
• All excursions as described in the programme (subject to change) with bilingual guide (Spanish/English)
• Airport assistance at Quito airport (when flight & cruise are booked together)
• All transfers in Galapagos (Airport-Yacht-Airport only included when booked together)
• Snorkelling equipment
• Bath & beach towels

* Single travellers share a cabin with a person of the same sex, unless a single room is booked, and the single room surcharge is paid (guaranteed single cabin). Individuals who are willing to share their cabin are exempt from the single room supplement, even if no fellow traveller is added.

Please note:

The Galapagos National Park Authority has final control over every cruise itinerary to ensure sustainable and responsible tourism and the sailing schedule or activities may be changed due to unsuitable weather conditions and other unforseen events or circumstances.


• International and National (Ecuador-Galapagos-Ecuador/Peru) flights
• Galapagos National Park Entrance, USD 100.00 (subject to change) to be paid upon arrival in cash
• Transit Control Card, USD 20.00 (subject to change) to be paid upon departure from mainland to Galapagos in cash)
• Galapagos Airport Transport, if the flight has not been booked together with the cruise
• If necessary, single room supplement
• Optional wetsuit (to be paid in cash only)
• Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks (to be paid in cash only)
• Personal expenses, extras & gratuities (tips)
• Travel insurance

For further information, don’t hesitate to contact Zen Oriental Journeys by emailing Lee Grafton or ring 0401 123 347


Bookings will be processed in order of receipt. Any bookings after this date will be accepted subject to visa processing, flight availability, land content and room availability. Such booking must be paid in full after confirmation of your acceptance in the tour. Special conditions and additional charges to airfares and package prices may apply depending on date of booking.

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