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Cachalote is an "old style" schooner rigged motor sailer, ideal when you prefer a small yacht experience with up to 16 passengers in small cabins and a cosy yachting experience feeling the movement of the sea.
Enjoy the small boat experience of cruising from island to island, getting close to the shore, feel the breeze and listening to the sea. After the morning and afternoon landings ashore, you can enjoy the sundeck, sunbathe and admire the sea lions playing around you.
The Cachalote I has accommodation for up to 16 passengers in 8 double cabins, all with private bathroom facilities and air conditioning but precious little space for luggage as usual on small yachts. There is a crew of 9 including your Galapagos Naturalist Guide that will take you on the excursions.
This is a beautifully decorated motor sailor recently built in 2002 to meet all security standards, according to international marine safety regulations. Cachalote I accommodates 16 passengers in her 7 cabins: upper/lower berths and one matrimonial cabin all with private baths with hot/cold water showers, fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. There is plenty of deck space on 3 different wooden decks with seats and cushions to relax in the shade or sunbathe during the cruise, but don't forget that sunscreen!
Accommodates 16 passengers and has 8 cabins
Good sized lounge and dining room
Smart Voyager certified yacht
En-suite cabins with individual climate control
Friendly crew and relaxed atmosphere
Multilingual naturalist guide
3 sun decks with ample seating
Crew is 7 + guide
Maximum speed: 9 knots
Remodelled in 2002
Deck plans & cabins
There is one double cabin on the main deck, to the front of the salon and dining area. It has a double bed, two portholes and a window, and a shower room with hot and cold running water.
There are 7 double cabins on the lower deck. These all have a lower double bunk and an upper single bunk, a porthole (rather than a window), and a shower room with hot and cold running water.
Fernandina itinerary 7 nights
Wednesday to Wednesday
Day 1 - Arrival & Santa Cruz Highlands
AM: Arrival to Baltra Island where our crew meets you at the airport and escorts you to your anchored yacht.
PM: Galapagos giant tortoises can be seen in the wild in the highlands of Santa Cruz.
Day 2 - Chinese Hat islet and Rábida
AM: Sombrero Chino is a small volcanic island just off the southeast tip of Santiago. The name of the island describes the shape of the island. Fauna includes Sea lions, marine iguanas and the Galapagos penguin.
PM: Rábida is a small island with a dark red coral sand beach. Highlights include the lagoon with flamingoes, pelican nesting site, sea lion bachelor colony, and a snorkeling site at the end of the beach.
Day 3 - Isabela
AM: The largest of the Galapagos Islands is formed by five active volcanoes fused together. Wolf Volcano is the highest point in the entire Galapagos Islands. Puerto Villamil is a charming small town on a white sand beach. Highlights include the Tortoise Breeding Station and the flamingo lagoon.
PM: Tintoreras & Sierra Negra: The islet Las Tintoreras is located south of Puerto Villamil. It has a small bay of completely calm waters inhabited by sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, rays. Volcan Sierra Negra has a caldera with a diameter of 10km. View recent lava flows, moist highland vegetation, and parasitic cones.
Day 4 – Isabela
AM: Punta Moreno is located in the central southwestern coast of Isabela Island. The site has spectacular views of volcanoes Alcedo, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul. Some highlights include impressive lava flows, desolate and pristine landscape, varied and unusual arid zone vegetation.
PM: Elizabeth Bay is only accessible by dinghy. It is possible to see penguins on the small islets in the bay. The end of the bay is long and narrow surrounded by three species of mangroves. Galapagos Sea Turtles and rays can usually be seen in the water.
Day 5 – Isabela
AM: Urbina Bay is located at the central-west coast of Isabela Island at the foothills of Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes. Highlights include the colourful land iguanas, Galapagos Giant tortoises and the coral uplifting from 1954.
PM: Tagus Cove is a natural harbor where centuries ago whalers and pirates left their ship's names painted or carved on the rocks. A walk uphill to Darwin's Crater salt-water lake will provide an excellent view.
Day 6 - Fernandina & Isabela
AM: Fernandina is the youngest volcanic island and is still active. Punta Espinoza is a place famous for its large colonies of marine iguanas and as the habitat of unique species like the flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, among others.
PM: Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela is visited by dinghy rides along the cliffs or the partially sunken cave at the water's edge. Nasca boobies, blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline.
Day 7 - Santiago & Bartolome
AM: This Island is located between Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands. This Island offers a wide variety of seabirds, marine iguanas and fur seals. In Puerto Egas, you will have a walk along the rocky coast line that will you show you a view of some of Galapagos' best tide pools. Some highlights include: Sugar loaf volcano, fur seals, oystercatchers, marine iguana colony, and old salt mine.
PM: A hike will take you to the highest point on Isla Bartolome for a spectacular view. Sea lions and penguins can be seen around Pinnacle Rock. There is a sandy beach with great swimming and snorkeling.
Day 8 - North Seymour and Baltra airport
AM: North Seymour is a flat piece of land originated after an uplifting event thousands of years ago. The island is home to endemic Palo Santo trees, colonies of blue-footed boobies, swallow tailed gulls, and the magnificent frigate birds. Then to Baltra for return flight to the continent.
Tower itinerary 7 nights
Wednesday to Wednesday
Day 1 – Arrival & Charles Darwin Research Station
AM: Arrive at Baltra airport and Santa Cruz Island.
PM: Visit the Charles Darwin Station, a research facility and National Park Information center. The Charles Darwin Station has a giant tortoise and land iguana breeding program and interpretation center.
Day 2 - South Plaza & Santa Fe
AM: These plazas consist of two very small islands that were uplifted from the sea, separated by a channel. Only South Plaza has a visitor site. The highlights include tall Opuntia cactus, land and marine iguanas, rocky cliffs that look out towards open ocean, which is also a nesting site for red-billed tropic birds and gulls. There is also a sea lion bachelor colony here.
PM: The visitor site Santa Fe is located on the northeast end of the island, highlights include Santa Fe land iguanas, pelican nesting site, a sea lion colony, mockingbirds, and Palo Santo trees.
Day 3 - San Cristóbal
AM: San Cristóbal is the easternmost island of Galapagos and also one of the oldest. Cerro Brujo is a white sand beach on the west side of San Cristóbal. Highlights include: Sally Lightfoot crabs, marine iguanas, sea lions, Chatham mockingbirds and lava lizards
PM: El Junco lagoon is the only fresh water reservoir in Galapagos and has great views from its altitude of 700m in the highlands of San Cristóbal. Rainwater has collected in the caldera for hundreds of years and formed this lagoon. Galapaguera is a good area to see tortoises in their natural environment.
Day 4 – Española
AM: Española is the oldest of the Southern Islands and is the southernmost in the archipelago. Because of its remote location a unique range of endemic species evolved here. Gardner Bay is located on the northeast of the island, the site has a long and beautiful white sand beach inhabited by sea lion colonies.
PM: The wildlife at Punta Suarez is plentiful and varied. Along the cliff visitors can enjoy the blowhole where seawater is forced about 20m into the air. The highlights are the Waved albatross (April-Dec) that are only found on Hood, Galapagos Hawks, blue-footed boobies, Nascar boobies, and Española lava lizards.
Day 5 – Floreana
AM: Floreana is best known for its colourful history of buccaneers, whalers, convicts, and early colonists. Punta Cormorant has two contrasting beaches and a large inland lagoon where pink flamingos can be seen. Devils Crown: this is a snorkeling site located just off Punta Cormorant. The site is a completely submerged volcano that has eroded to create the appearance of a jagged crown.
PM: Post Office Bay is one of the few sites visited for its human history. Visit the remains of the Norwegian fishing village and the wooden mail barrel, where letters are dropped off and picked up by visitors and hand-delivered upon their return.
Day 6 - Santa Cruz
AM: Dragon Hill is located in the north-western side of Santa Cruz Island. Some highlights include small lagoons with flamingos, Palo Santo trees, and Opuntia cactus.
PM: Santiago Island is located between Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands. This Island offers a wide variety of seabirds, marine iguanas and fur seals. Sullivan Bay is a site of great geological interest. Highlights include the 100 hundred year old lava flow field, pahoehoe formations and lava bubbles.
Day 7 - Genovesa
AM: The steep cliffs of Darwin Bay dominate the island. This area is home to thousands of frigate birds, red-footed boobies, Noddy terns, lava gulls, tropicbirds, doves, storm petrels and Darwin's finches.
PM: We take a dingy ride and we make a dry landing on Prince Phillips's Steps (Barranco), we walk and observe the interesting lives of the birds here. There is a good possibility of seeing the unique "Short eared owl" at this site. During the dinghy rides along the cliffs, fur seals and several species of seabirds can be spotted.
Day 8 - Caleta Tortuga (Turtle Cove) and Baltra airport
AM: Turtle Cove is a red mangrove lagoon on Santa Cruz and a perfect example of how mangroves alter the marine environment to create a rich and unique habitat. Then to Baltra Airport for return flight to the mainland.
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