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Welcome to Galapagos and welcome aboard the M/S Encantada.

We are delighted to have the opportunity of hosting you. Our main and most important goal is to provide a safe, friendly, efficient and professional service that will make your naturalist cruise visit to Galapagos a very enjoyable, pleasant and memorable experience.

Itinerary C

WESTERN LOOP  | 6 Day - 5 Nights

In our 6 Day-Cruise itinerary you will have the chance to discover all the wonders of Fernandina Island. The Western visitor site with unique ecosystem and endemic encounters.

Once you disembark in Punta Espinoza you will be transported to the time when Charles Darwin set foot on this “living laboratory”. Marine Iguanas, Sally Light foot crabs, Flightless cormorants and sea lions among others will join during the walk following Darwin’s steps.

We consider Fernandina the highlight of this live-abord adventure. But it is not the only wild site that you visit ! The boat will move in evening sailings between Santa Cruz, Isabela, Santiago & Daphne.

Every visitor site has been approved and set by Galapagos National Park regulations establishing a maximum quantity of groups at the same time on the same place !

Enjoy Fernandina and this incredible Western itinerary !


Day by Day

Day 1

You land on the island of Baltra and you are met by Encantada yacht staff and drive from the island of Baltra to the Itabaca canal where the Encantada is waiting. We aboard the yacht settle in to our cabins and enjoy lunch. Then it’s a short ride to the north side of Santa Cruz Island for a wonderful hike at Dragon Hill. This is one of the longer trails in the Galapagos and offers a good variety of flora and fauna. Then, in the night, we begin our voyage across the sea towards Isabela Island.

Later in the afternoon, we will aboard the yacht and settle in to our cabins.  At night, we will sail to Puerto Villamil –Isabela Island.

Day 2

Isabela is the largest of the Galapagos Islands and also one of the youngest. We anchor in the harbor of the small town of Puerto Villamil and take a dinghy to visit Tintoreras islet. The island is a stark, rocky place with sharp volcanic rocks that shelter hundreds of marine iguanas. Then we will go to the town to visit Wetlands,the Flamingos Lagoon and the Tortoise Breeding Center in Puerto villamil. Then we will return to the Encantada for lunch.

After lunch, we have time to snorkel near the island of Puerto Villamil and go to a natural swimming pool called Concha de Perla, here you will see a variety of fishes and maybe sea lions wile you snorkel.

Day 3

We wake up near Elizabeth Bay and Moreno Point on the west side of Isabela Island and go ashore for a hike through a lava rock landscape. The mix of mangroves and tide pools make for an area rich in life and diversity. We see a number of birds, sea turtles and perhaps white-tip sharks and flightless cormorants as we explore.

After lunch on the boat we had to nearby Elizabeth Bay that has a number if islets that we visit by dinghy. There are penguins and blue-footed boobies along with other birds and sea life.

Day 4

We arrive early at Fernandina Island, the youngest and furthest west of all the Galapagos Islands. Fewer boats make it this far and it’s the least-visited of all the Galapagos Islands. For some, Fernandina is the highlight of the trip as there are literally thousands of marine iguanas, along with almost incredulous numbers of other animals. We land to walk along a lava trail on Espinoza Point. Wildlife sightings include the flightless cormorant, hawks, tortoises, herons of varying species, crabs, sea lions (of course) and more! Because it is so remote, this is the most pristine of all the Galapagos Islands and no species of mammals were ever introduced here.

In the afternoon we go to Vicente Roca Point, a unique visitor site where landscape is consider one of the highlights during your visit.

Located on the southwestern area of Ecuador Volcano, just a few kilometer below the equatorial line.

The volcanic tuff cones and cindery slopes were eroded creating a beautiful volcanic landscape.  We have a panga panga ride looking for some Galapagos penguins, blue footed boobies, Nazca boobies and brown noddies.   While snorkeling  we find sun fishes which are fairly common in these waters. When the surf is quiet and calm enough, snorkeling is totally fascinating here.

Underwater, cliffs are festooned with all kinds of invertebrates, corals and algae of different kinds and the best opportunity to watch sea turtles feeding or just lying in the bottom and sometimes floating in mid water almost at touching distance.

Day 5

We wake up at Santiago Island and Egas Port, also known as James Bay. British buccaneers came to this bay to anchor in the 1600’s and later and found it a good source of firewood, water, tortoises and salt. No people live here now of course, but there are sea lions and brown pelicans among other creatures that offer welcome.

We walk along a lava shoreline with marine iguanas basking, land iguanas saunter along and Sally Lightfoot crabs scatter from us.

We return to the boat for lunch, then head to Rábida, an excellent snorkeling location.

Day 6

We pass by Daphne Island where Peter and Rosemary Grant have done important research relative to Darwin’s finches (we highly recommend you read the book “The Beak of the Finch) and then head to the Itabaca Channel. Here we say good-bye to our yacht crew and head to the airport on Baltra to fly back to Guayaquil or Quito. End of our services.



What's included

Services Included:

• All transfers in Galapagos (if you will be arriving or departing the Galapagos on dates other than your tour dates, you must arrange your own airport transfers, or please let us know in advance and we can arrange airport transfers for you at an extra cost.).

• Navigation on board M/S Encantada.

• Accommodation in double cabins at Encantada and The Wooden House Lodge.

• Daily land visits and snorkeling activity.

• Certified Galapagos Naturalist Guide.

• Meals on board (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner) - snacks after morning and afternoon activities.

• Purified water, Coffee and tea.

Services Not Included:

• Flight tickets to Galapagos Islands.

• Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100.00).

• Galapagos Visitor Card ($20.00).

• Isabela Local Tax ($5.00).

• Snorkel Gear (mask, tube and fins).

• Local Water Taxi Cost ( Santa Cruz & Isabela Islands).

• Wetsuits

• Extra soft and alcoholic drinks.

• Personal Expenses.

• Tips.

• Ecuadorian Taxes IVA 14%.

NOTE: Single cabins are available with an extra single charge




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