The Yolita II galapagos motor yacht 4-5 or 8 days tours
The Yolita II is a modern and comfortable motor yacht that offers all the facilities to ensure a wonderful experience in the Galapagos Archipelago. This yacht can accommodate just 16 passengers, offering a small group atmosphere, and ample space in her 9 comfortable cabins. The cabins are divided over the main and upper decks, and have been outfitted with individually controllable air conditioning, lower beds in twin or double configuration, large windows and private bathrooms with hot/cold water.
The social areas aboard the yacht include a lovely dinning room, lounge area, bar, TV, DVD, small library, and ample resting areas on the deck, both shaded and unshaded.
We invite you to browse our site to learn more about the very exclusive experience we offer in the Galapagos Islands on board our first class yacht Yolita II. Be well prepared for this once of a lifetime journey and follow Charles Darwin’s footsteps together with us!
|Class||First Class Motor Yacht|
|Length:||33m / 110ft|
|Width:||8m / 26.67ft|
Itinerary 5 Days – 4 Nights from sunday to Thursday
|1 Sunday||AM – Baltra Island Airport: Arrival and Transfer to the boat|
|PM – North Seymour|
|2 Monday||AM – Cerro Brujo & Leon Dormido (San Cristobal)|
|PM – Isla Lobos (San Cristobal)|
|3 Tuesday||AM – Gardner Bay (Española)|
|PM – Punta Suarez (Española)|
|4 Wednesday||AM – Santa Fé|
|PM – South Plaza|
|5 Thursday||AM – Puerto Ayora and Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz)|
Day 1 – Sunday
AM: Arrival at Baltra Airport
Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, you will first pass through an airport inspection point where your TCT (Transit Control Card) will be checked and stamped (please keep this carefully with your passport as you will need to show it again when you leave Galapagos). Here you will also pay the Galapagos National Park entrance fee of USD 100 (unless it has been prepaid). To ensure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, your luggage will be inspected as well. At the arrival hall a naturalist guide will meet you and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor at Baltra. By dinghy you will be taken to the yacht.
PM: North Seymour Island
North Seymour is an uplifted (different to volcanic origin) island and so is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing.
Watch your step, as the boobies don’t worry much about where they nest, and you might just step on one. The trees are dotted with male frigate birds trying to attract the attention of the ladies by inflating their bright red skin flaps (seasonal activity). They sometimes fly in the air to call more attention to themselves. There’s a circular path that takes you through the island to a beautiful, rocky shore where the waves crash with a silvery-blue color.
Day 2 – Monday
AM: Cerro Brujo & Leon Dormido, San Cristobal Island
Cerro Brujo (Wizard Hill) is a beautiful beach made of white coral and volcanic ash. It is located along the north coast of San Cristobal, the island where Charles Darwin first arrived in September 1835. Cerro Brujo is an eroded tuff cone and several parts are composed of the AA lava type. In this fascinating landscape you can observe sea lions, as well as different sea birds, finches and warblers. The sheltered bay is popular for young sea turtles and rays. The salt water pools behind the sand dunes were used as a salt mine in the past. After visiting Cerro Brujo you will continue by yacht to Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock). This huge ‘cathedral’ of rock is an old lava cone, now split in two. On the rocks many blue footed boobies, Nazca boobies and frigate birds are to be found. The snorkeling is great here, with good opportunities for seeing sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, tropical fish and the Galapagos shark.
PM: Isla Lobos
This little island is not far off Port Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Islands and the main town of San Cristobal. The trail will lead across a dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks and sandy areas. There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds, which nest in this site. At the beach you will see a large colony of sea lions. It is common to see shorebirds.
Day 3 – Tuesday
AM: Española Island, Gardner Bay
Located on the north-eastern coast of Española (Hood) Island, Gardner Bay provides an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming and snorkeling, and the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here you may also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters.
PM: Española Island, Punta Suarez
This rocky land spot sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea affording the visitor spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blow whole where water spouts up to 50-75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf.
Day 4 – Wednesday
AM: Santa Fe
Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from an uplift, which explains why it is mostly flat. There are some theories which assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is the home of a number of endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats and one of the two species of lands Iguanas of the islands. After disembarkation in the beautiful and clear waters you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well as giant prickly pear cactus. There are great possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fishes.
South Plazas is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than its relatives found on other islands. Throughout the island there are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana, they are unique, recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana’s crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food. Swallow Tailed Gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are seen along with other sea birds as: Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds and brown pelicans.
AM: Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Island
Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. The Breeding and Rearing area of the scientific center are definitely a worthwhile visit.
Transfer to Baltra airport for your flight back to Guayaquil or Quito.
The 4 Days Program
|1 Thursday||AM – Baltra Island Airport: Arrival and Transfer to the boat|
|PM – Highlands (Santa Cruz)|
|2 Friday||AM – Cormorant Point & Devil’s Crown (Floreana)|
|PM – Post Office Bay & Baroness Lookout (Floreana)|
|3 Saturday||AM – Chinese Hat|
|PM – Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)|
|4 Sunday||AM – Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz)|
|PM – Tour Ends. Transfer to Baltra Airport|
The 8 Days Program
|1 Sunday||AM – Baltra Island Airport: Arrival and Transfer to the boat|
|PM – Las Bachas (Santa Cruz)|
|2 Monday||AM – Darwin Bay (Genovesa)|
|PM – Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa)|
|3 Tuesday||AM – Bartolome|
|PM – Sullivan Bay (Santiago)|
|4 Wednesday||AM – Sierra Negra Volcano (Isabela)|
|PM – Centro de Crianza Arnaldo Tupiza (Isabela)|
|5 Thursday||AM – Elizabeth Bay (Isabela)|
|PM – Tagus Cove (Isabela)|
|6 Friday||AM – Urbina Bay (Isabela)|
|PM – Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)|
|7 Saturday||AM – Espumilla Beach (Santiago)|
|PM – Rabida|
|8 Sunday||AM – Daphne|
|PM – Tour Ends. Transfer to Baltra Airport.|
Airport transfers in Galapagos, Lodging in Twin/Matrimonial cabin as confirmed (Single travelers will have to share their cabin with another person of the same gender or pay the single supplement); All meals during your stay on board , Snorkel equipment, All excursions lead by an English speaking naturalist Guide.
Returnflight to Galapagos ( we can arrange flights ! (Entrance fee for the Galapagos National Park (currently USD 110 per person, which consists of a USD 100 park fee and USD 10 transit card fee, both amounts have to bepaid in cash), Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks on board (to be paid in cash); Optional wetsuit hire (for this we need to know your length before your travel to Galapagos), Personal travel insurance; Tips and other items of personal nature.
*All rates are in US Dollars and per person, payd at our Peruvian bank
* Single Supplement:
*All rates mentioned are subject to change in the event of local tax increases or other unforeseen circumstances.
We also can arrange a starting packet with 2 night hotel/ transfers and flihts to galapagos
First you must fly into contiental Ecuador to either Quito or Guayaquil; There are several commercial flights arriving into Ecuador everyday.
The most efficient way to get to the Galapagos from mainlaind Ecuador is by air. Your Galapagos flight booking is guaranteed with your cruise confirmation. All international connections are from mainland Ecuador . There are flights from Quito with a stop over in Guayaquil, and from Guayaquil to Baltra or San Cristobal where your cruise will begin. Your flight will take 30 minutes to get from Quito to Guayaquil and about one and a half hours from Guayaquil to Galápagos – Baltra or San Cristobal .
The airlines have established low and high season for the flights, and these are:
High Season: Nov 01 – Apr 30 + Jun 15 – Sep 14
Low Season: May 01 – Jun 14 + Sep 15 – Oct 31
Frequently asked questions
What does my cruise rate include?
All shore excursions and activities throughout the cruise vacation by Zodiacs and trails, accommodation in double cabin, all meals on board the ship, ground transportation in the islands and baggage handling between the island airports and the ship, guided excursions.
What is not included?
Galapagos flights, Galapagos Entrance Fee (currently $100 US payable in cash to the national park authorities in Baltra), tips (it is customary to tip the guide, and crew) soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, and any other extras not specifically mentioned.
Can I pay the Galapagos National Park fee with my credit card or travel checks?
Unfortunately the payment can only be done in cash.
Where does my entrance fee go?
The Park entry fee collected upon a visitor’s arrival to Galapagos is used to help fund Park management and community and conservation projects in the islands. The beneficiaries are as follows: Galapagos National Park Service (40%), Municipal Governments (20%), the Galapagos Provincial Board (10%), Galapagos Marine Reserve (5%), the National System for Protected Areas (5%), the National Galapagos Institute (10%), the Quarantine and Inspection System (5%), and the Ecuadorian Navy (5%).
Is the cruise itinerary subject to change?
On occasions, the ship’s captain may find it necessary to vary the itinerary due to Galapagos National Park regulations or for safety reasons.
What are the land visits like?
Most visits last one hour and half to three hours. They are in our small boats or pangas, and either are dry or wet landings. A guide will be always with you frequently making stops to explain or show things, the pace is gentle and never rushed.
What happens if I cancel my cruise?
Cancellations up to 61 days prior to departure, 20% of the total amount paid will be retained as a penalty fee. 60 or less days prior to departure 100% of the total tour rate is forfeited.
How can I pay my expenses on board?
Incidental expenses on board can be paid in cash US Dollars.
How far in advance should I book?
We recommend that you book your trip at least 6 months prior to your planned date of departure and 12 months prior to booking for holiday seasons.
Do I cruise between islands in the daytime or at night?
The days are normally spent anchored at one of the islands. Although there are times when you will sail short distances between islands during the day, longer distances are cruised at night to maximize daytime explorations and wildlife observations
Is the air ticket fare included?
No, it is not included, but we can issue the tickets. The airfare is subject to change; we will provide you with the rate the moment you book.
Do I need a passport or visa to go to Galapagos?
A passport is required. Your travel agency can advise you of any visa requirements when traveling to Ecuador.
Should I purchase travel insurance?
Yes, we thoroughly recommend taking out travel insurance before departing on your holiday.
Are there any luggage restrictions?
Domestic airline regulations permit 20 kilos per person for your luggage not including small carry-on flight bags.
What time zone is used in Galapagos?
Ecuador is in the Eastern Time Zone (GMT-5 in the mainland). Galapagos is one hour behind mainland Ecuador.
How long does the flight from Quito or Guayaquil take to Galapagos?
The flight from Quito to Guayaquil takes thirty minutes, from Guayaquil to Galapagos takes an hour and thirty minutes
Does Galapagos Odyssey offer special food if I have any food restriction?
Yes, in case you require vegetarian food or special meal please let us know at least 6 weeks in advance so we can take care of it.
What is the physical condition required the cruise?
Elderly or disabled people may have problems in the difficult trails. We recommend that passengers be in reasonably good physical condition as some trails are difficult to pass through.
Will I encounter rough seas or bad weather?
Due to strong currents, there will be moderate movement of the vessel while navigating. Most passengers are not affected, however, if you are prone to seasickness we recommend you to bring some type of medication to prevent motion sickness.
What is the best season to take the cruise?
No matter what time of year you visit the islands, you will always find wildlife activity.
During the “hot” season the islands are generally much greener and the land birds most active. It is also during this period that the ocean temperature is warmer for swimming and snorkeling. During the “cool” season the sea birds and sea mammals are most active. This is the best time for observing courtship displays in the sea birds.