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Cachalote - Tower Galapagos Cruise 8 day/7 night

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Cachalote - Tower Galapagos Cruise 8 day/7 night
This Cachalote Tower itinerary consists of an 8-day/7-night cruise. On this outstanding expedition, tour San Cristobal, Espanola (Hood), Floreana, Santiago, Genovesa (Tower) and Santa Cruz Islands to come in close contact with unique flora and fauna such as: tall opuntia cacti, salt bush, scalesia forest, orchids, prickly pear cacti, giant albatross, marine iguanas, lava lizards, Sally l ightfoot crab, blue-footed boobies, marine turtles and hammerhead sharks.

The Tower itinerary can be combined with the Fernandina itinerary for an all-encompassing 15-day/14-night cruise. The Tower details are listed on this page, or click the following links to view the other Cachalote itinerary options.

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read more This Cachalote Tower itinerary consists of an 8-day/7-night cruise. On this outstanding expedition, tour San Cristobal, Espanola (Hood), Floreana, Santiago, Genovesa (Tower) and Santa Cruz Islands to come in close contact with unique flora and fauna such as: tall opuntia cacti, salt bush, scalesia forest, orchids, prickly pear cacti, giant albatross, marine iguanas, lava lizards, Sally lightfoot crab, blue-footed boobies, marine turtles and hammerhead sharks.

The Tower itinerary can be combined with the Fernandina itinerary for an all-encompassing 15-day/14-night cruise. The Tower details are listed on this page, or click the following links to view the other Cachalote itinerary options.

Cachalote - James Galapagos Cruise 6 day/5 night
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Cachalote - Fernandina Galapagos Cruise 8 day/7 night
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Day 1 - WED - Baltra to Charles Darwin Station

Day 2 - THR - South Plaza & Santa Fe Islands

Day 3 - FRI - Cerro Brujo, Galapaguera & El Junco

Day 4 - SAT - Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez

Day 5 - SUN - Punta Cormorant & Post Office Bay

Day 6 - MON - Dragon Hill & Sullivan Bay

Day 7 - TUE - El Barranco & Darwin Bay

Day 8 - WED - Turtle Cove & Return to Baltra


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Day 1 - WED - Baltra to Charles Darwin Station

This morning, depart on a three-hour flight to the island of Baltra in the Galapagos. You will be picked up at the airport, and transferred to Puerto Ayora to board the ship.

In the evening visit the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora. This station is the working Galapagos-based branch of the international, nonprofit Charles Darwin Foundation. Learn about natural history and issues concerning the islands, and see the tortoise breeding and rearing project at work. After touring the station, there will be time at leisure in the small town of Puerto Ayora.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Cachalote
MEALS:
lunch and dinner

Day 2 - THR - South Plaza & Santa Fe Islands

Visiting South Plaza begins with a dry landing. The rocky trail circumnavigates the island displaying the combination of dry and coastal vegetation zone. The island is home to enormous prickly pear cactus and the endemic succulent sesuvian. South Plaza has one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos. As your walk continues along the sea cliffs swallow-tailed gulls, frigatebirds, Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, brown pelicans and blue-footed and masked boobies are frequently seen. Back at the beach, the opportunity to go for a swim is presented. Snorkeling in these waters can provide excellent views of the marine life including sea turtles, sharks, yellow mullets and other fish.

After lunch, head to Santa Fe Island to explore one of the most beautiful coves of all the visitor sites in the region - a turquoise lagoon protected by a peninsula of rocks and small islands that extends from the shore. Hike along the coastline and discover colorful flora and fauna. The Santa Fe species of iguana are more bright yellow and have uncommonly large spikes on their spine. Manta rays and sea turtles flit by as dark shadows against the sandy bottom of Santa Fe's beautiful anchorage. After a long hike, relax with a swim in the calm waters of the beautiful bay, or snorkel along in the company of sea lions at the base of the rocks.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Cachalote
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - FRI - Cerro Brujo, Galapaguera & El Junco

Today, begin at Cerro Brujo. This beach is located just up the coast on San Cristobal Island. Stretch your legs on the beach and perhaps go for a swim, while admiring a small population of sea lions and seabirds. Afterward, transfer to 'La Galapaguera,' which takes about 1.5 hours by road. This is a semi-captive roaming area on San Cristobal Island where you can observe the giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat.

In the afternoon, explore El Junco Lagoon - one of the few permanent fresh-water lakes in the Galapagos. It is located at an altitude of 2,300 ft/700m, about a 45-minute bus ride from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On your way to El Junco Lagoon you will pass different vegetation zones, before you reach the panoramic site, where the bird watching is exceptional as well as the view.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Cachalote
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - SAT - Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez

Gardner Bay (Espanola/Hood Island) is located on the northeastern portion of the island and offers a magnificent long, white sandy beach full of colonies of sea lions, sea turtles, and inquisitive mockingbirds. The beach is considered an open area where you are free to explore. Snorkeling at Gardner Bay is fantastic. This is often your first chance to swim with the sea lions and is an opportunity that should not be missed.

After lunch, head to Punta Suarez. Found on the western tip of Espanola Island, Punta Suarez offers great wildlife such as sea lions, sea birds and the largest marine iguanas of Galapagos. This is one of the best sites in the Galapagos. The amount of wildlife is overwhelming. After a short walk down to a beach and back up the other side blue-footed boobies are seen nesting just off the trail. Continuing down the trail, come to the only place where waved albatross nest in the islands. Some 12,000 pairs nest on Espanola each year. The feeling is very dramatic and it seems like a desolate wilderness as the waves crash on the jagged cliffs below and the blowhole shoots water 50-70 feet/15-30 meters into the air. The sky above is full of sea birds including red-billed tropicbirds, American oystercatchers, swallow-tailed gulls, and Audubon's shearwaters.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Cachalote
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - SUN - Punta Cormorant & Post Office Bay

The visit to Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island offers two contrasting beaches. Arriving ashore, encounter a green sand beach (the green sand is caused by the olivine crystals derived silicates or magnesium and iron) from where you will follow the trail leading to a lagoon full of pink flamingos and other shore birds. The walk continues to another beach on the other side made of fine white sand particles known as "Flour Beach." Located just off Punta Cormorant this is the best snorkeling in the Galapagos! To see the crown you need to go underwater to an almost completely submerged volcano, which erosion has transformed the cone into a series of jagged peaks creating the "Devil's Crown." The highlight of the visit is snorkeling in the center of the crater.

Next make a visit to Floreana's Post Office Bay. This is one of the few sites that is visited for its human history. Whaling Captain James Colnett established the wooden post barrel in the early 1793. Over the years thousands of ships have stopped to send and receive mail at Post Office Bay. Arriving at Post Office Bay you will land on a brown sand beach, passing the sea lions lying in the sun. At the post barrel the guide will pull a handfull of letters for the group. Continuing the tradition, the letters are brought home with the traveler and then mailed or hand-delivered to the addressee. You also have the opportunity to send letters of your own.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Cachalote
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - MON - Dragon Hill & Sullivan Bay

The north shore of Santa Cruz Island hosts Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). A dinghy ride among mangrove-lined islets allows the observation of the dramatic landscape and coastline, an area of amazing past volcanic activity. While exploring the nearby waters, various types of birds can be seen, such as boobies, frigates and pelicans. Quite commonly, the black lava will reveal the presence of marine iguanas. The navigation in shallow turquoise colored water gives the chance to see marine turtles, rays and sharks. Make a dry landing for a walk that includes a brackish water lagoon frequented by greater flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and a variety of shore and lagoon birds. Farther along the trail, head to Dragon Hill, which offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western area of the archipelago. This area is a natural nesting site of a large number of land iguanas, which is constantly monitored and assisted by the Charles Darwin Research Station.

In the evening tour the Sullivan Bay lava field which has a variety of interesting patterns. The shapes and textures of trees, which once existed there, and hornitos were caused when pockets of gas or water trapped under the lava exploded. The Sullivan Bay lava is known a panoehoe (Hawaiian for rope). This thin-skinned lava's molten material cools down after an eruption causing the surface materials to buckle creating a rope like appearance. Enjoy an hour walk through the lava field, and return to the shoreline for observation of black and white oystercatchers fishing for crabs and mollusks in the tide pools.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Cachalote
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - TUE - El Barranco & Darwin Bay

Begin today in El Barranco (Prince Philip's Steps ) located on the eastern side of Darwin's Bay. Enjoy a scenic panga ride along the rocky cliff ledges. The ride permits an outstanding vantage point to view the island's many shore birds; red-billed tropicbirds navigate their way into the small crevasses that harbor their nests, red-footed boobies perch in the palo santo trees, and frigatebirds fly endlessly searching for food. Reaching the shore the dry landing is at the base of the steep rocky steps named after his Royal Highness Prince Philip who visited the island in the 1960s. The climb up the stairs is fairly easy for those with good balance, and a handrail helps make the journey more manageable. At the top of the steps the trail becomes relatively flat and bird life abounds. At the end of forest the trail reaches a lava field at the west end of the island. Here buzzing over the lava are thousands of small wedge-rumped storm petrels and band-rumped storm petrels looking for the crevice they make their home. Short-eared owls fly over the lava hunting their favorite meal, storm petrel eggs. Red-billed tropicbirds, blue-footed boobies, Audubon's shearwaters, noddy terns, red-footed boobies, frigatebirds and masked boobies fill the air.

A landing on the white coral beach in the middle of Darwin Bay begins your afternoon excursion. Once ashore the number of birds seems overwhelming, Nazca boobies soar overhead; great frigatebirds display their pouches while resting on the nearby rocks and plants; mockingbirds scamper quickly across the sand. It's easy to see why Darwin Bay is a favorite of birders. Beyond the beach a series of tide pools carved out of black volcanic rock offers wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels and turnstones a place to fish. Yellow-crowned, black-crowned and lava herons and white and yellow warblers have also been seen in the area. Follow the coast-lined trail through the salt bush and mangrove nesting area of the great frigatebirds and red-footed boobies. Continuing on the trail, climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing red-foots nesting in the mangrove trees below. Bird watching from the trail includes sightings of sharp-beaked finch, large cactus finches, large ground finches, Galapagos doves and swallow-tailed gulls. Reaching the end the trail at the cliff's edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Cachalote
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - WED - Turtle Cove & Return to Baltra

Spend your last morning on the islands exploring Black Turtle Cove. Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, it is a living illustration of how mangroves alter the marine environment to create a rich and unique habitat. Three mangrove species crowd the area from the shore out into the lagoon, which reaches almost a mile inland. As you drift though the quiet waters in your panga, you are likely to see spotted eagle rays and diamond-shaped mustard rays, which swim in a diamond formation. White-tipped reef sharks slip beneath the boat and Pacific green sea turtles come to the surface for air and to mate. Waterfowl, including pelicans, herons and egret, all feed in the cove. This is a peaceful place that will leave you feeling that way. After some relaxing wildlife viewing, you will be met and taken to the airport for the flight back to Quito.
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n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itinerary may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of Galapagos cruising unique.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 7:00am-9:00am on day 1 and return between 2:00pm-5:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive Ecuador 2 days prior to their Galapagos cruise.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wet suits are available to rent for a fee and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (dinghies). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are "wet," requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.
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1       Oct 01 - Oct 08, 2014Cachalote I$2737View Details
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Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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2       Oct 15 - Oct 22, 2014Cachalote I$2737View Details
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Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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3       Oct 29 - Nov 05, 2014Cachalote I$2737View Details
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Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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4       Nov 12 - Nov 19, 2014Cachalote I$3035View Details
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Cabins - $3035

Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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5       Nov 26 - Dec 03, 2014Cachalote I$3035View Details
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Cabins - $3035

Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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6       Dec 10 - Dec 17, 2014Cachalote I$3035View Details
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Cabins - $3035

Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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7       Dec 24 - Dec 31, 2014Cachalote I$3165View Details
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Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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8       Jan 07 - Jan 14, 2015Cachalote I$3280View Details
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Cabins - $3280

Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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9       Jan 07 - Jan 14, 2015Cachalote I$3280View Details
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Cabins - $3280

Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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10       Jan 21 - Jan 28, 2015Cachalote I$3280View Details
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Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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11       Feb 04 - Feb 11, 2015Cachalote I$3280View Details
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Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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12       Feb 18 - Feb 25, 2015Cachalote I$3280View Details
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Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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13       Mar 04 - Mar 11, 2015Cachalote I$3280View Details
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Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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14       Mar 18 - Mar 25, 2015Cachalote I$3280View Details
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Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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15       Apr 01 - Apr 08, 2015Cachalote I$3280View Details
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Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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16       Apr 15 - Apr 22, 2015Cachalote I$3280View Details
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Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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17       Apr 15 - Apr 22, 2015Cachalote I$3280View Details
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Cabins - $3280

Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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18       Apr 29 - May 06, 2015Cachalote I$3280View Details
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Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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19       May 13 - May 20, 2015Cachalote I$2960View Details
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Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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20       May 27 - Jun 03, 2015Cachalote I$2960View Details
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Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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21       Jun 10 - Jun 17, 2015Cachalote I$2960View Details
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Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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22       Jun 24 - Jul 01, 2015Cachalote I$3280View Details
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Cabins - $3280

Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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23       Jul 08 - Jul 15, 2015Cachalote I$3280View Details
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Cabins - $3280

Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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24       Jul 22 - Jul 29, 2015Cachalote I$3280View Details
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Cabins - $3280

Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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25       Aug 05 - Aug 12, 2015Cachalote I$3280View Details
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Cabins - $3280

Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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26       Aug 19 - Aug 26, 2015Cachalote I$3280View Details
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Cabins - $3280

Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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27       Sep 30 - Oct 07, 2015Cachalote I$2960View Details
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Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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28       Oct 14 - Oct 21, 2015Cachalote I$2960View Details
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Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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29       Oct 28 - Nov 04, 2015Cachalote I$2960View Details
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Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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30       Nov 11 - Nov 18, 2015Cachalote I$3280View Details
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Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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31       Nov 25 - Dec 02, 2015Cachalote I$3280View Details
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Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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32       Dec 09 - Dec 16, 2015Cachalote I$3280View Details
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Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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33       Dec 23 - Dec 30, 2015Cachalote I$3410View Details
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Cabins - $3410

Each cabin has a private bath, porthole, hot/cold showers, a security safe and is fully air conditioned with independent air conditioning units in each cabin. Seven cabins have upper/lower bunks while one cabin has a lower double bed. Each cabin has 110v power outlets while 220v is available in the salon.
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Included

Double accommodation in cabins, all meals, excursions and guides. For Christmas and New Years weeks, a $130 holiday surcharge applies and is included in our rate.

Exclusions

International airfare; Airfare from mainland Ecuador; Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US $100 cash per adult, $50 for children under 12 years old); Galapagos National Institute Migration Control Card (US $10 per person); departure tax; gratuities for guides, crew, drivers or local staff; bottled beverages on board; other personal expenses, medical services or insurance of any kind. Snorkel gear and wetsuits are available for rent.

Room Configuration

There is a 50% surcharge for single occupancy. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, a Roommate Share Program will guarantee double occupancy rates for boat cabins even if we are unable to match you with a roommate.

Families & Children

Children under 12 years old receive a 40% discount when traveling with 1 adult. One child per adult at discounted rate. Not applicable over Christmas and New Years departures. There is no minimum age for children.

Payment & Cancellation

A nonrefundable cruise deposit of $1,000 per person is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. For cancellations received 60 days or less prior to departure, the full trip price will be applied as the cancellation penalty. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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Extended Itinerary Pricing

A 15-day Galapagos Cachalote itinerary is available by combining the ship's 8-day itineraries. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for pricing.
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Machu Picchu Explorer

Machu Picchu Explorer

Travel to Peru and the most spectacular archaeological monument in South America, the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu. Our Machu Picchu Explorer includes Cusco, the Urubamba Valley and upscale accommodations in Peru. Maximize your time at Machu Picchu with an overnight in Aguas Calientes at the foot of the ruins.
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Ecuador Amazon Adventure

Ecuador Amazon Adventure

Explore the incredible diversity and wildlife of the Amazon from one of our exceptional wilderness lodges. Daily hikes and paddles, led by expert resident guides, explore canopy platforms, parrot licks and rainforest wildlife.
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Galapagos Cruise Package

Galapagos Cruise Package

Most Galapagos cruise travelers will require pre- and post-cruise accommodations in Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador. We have created this Galapagos Cruise Package to give travelers an easy, cost-effective way to book the most popular land package we offer.
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Cachalote I

Cachalote I

Cachalote I is a charming, eco-friendly 96-foot schooner rigged motor sailor offering first-class service in an intimate setting. Passengers can relax on one of the three wooden decks while sailing.
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