The 16 guests Aida Maria Yacht Galapagos cruise has a perfect blend of comfort and economy for cruises in the Galapagos. It offers eight double cabins with all the facilities as private restroom with hot/cold showers , air conditioning , an generous outer deck space to enjoy the Galapagos islands at its fullest, The Aida Maria high standards of safety and services assures visitors a remarkable experience on the enchanted islands.
The Aida Maria Yacht Galapagos cruise one of the very few yachts completely hand made in the Galapagos islands from local farms timber wood, this is one of the most traditional and classic boats in the Galapagos, for an unique adventure on the Galapagos AIDA MARIA is your choice.
- Construction: 1996, Galapagos Islands.
- Motor: 2 John Deere (175 HP).
- Generator: 2 x yanmar 110 V.
- Electricity: 110 V / 220 V
- Air – aconditioned: All the cabins and indoor areas.
- Navigation: Radar, Echosounder, GPS,and all marine electronics.
- Length: 70 Feet.
- Speed: 9 Knots.
- Capacity: 16Passengers.
- Acomodation: 8 double cabins (upper and lower beds)with private facilities.
- Social areas: Dining room, living room, sundeck and entertaiment center.
- Crew: 8 + 1 bilingual Naturalist Guide.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Galapagos (Baltra-San Cristobal Islands)|
|DEPARTURE TIME||To be determined|
|RETURN TIME||At proper time for Galapagos returning flight|
|WEAR||Short sleeve shirts, Long sleeve shirts, Lightweight long pants, Shorts, Sweatshirt, Light rain jacket or poncho, Socks Bathing suits, Wide brimmed hat.|
|NOT INCLUDED||Air ticket to Galapagos|
DAY 1 Santa Cruz Island (dry landing)
AM: Transfer in from Baltra’s Airport to start the Aida Maria Yacht Galapagos cruise
PM: Highlands of Santa Cruz
Visit the station’s Tortoise Rearing Center. Here you can find baby, hand-sized tortoises, between the ages of one and five, and marvel at how they achieve such large sizes as adults (500 lbs. or more!). Galapagos tortoises are believed to have a lifespan of over 100 years, so the young ones have a long life ahead of them as long as they receive the protection they need.
Aside from the Station headquarters, Santa Cruz Island is home to the largest town and economic center of the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora. In this portside town you can buy souvenirs (postcards, t-shirts, books, etc.) of the islands. Check out the unique Galapagos ceramic shop near the entrance of the Charles Darwin Station.
After shopping in Puerto Ayora and lunch on the boat (guests may dine in town if they desire), you’ll explore the upper region, “parte alta” of the island, which is a moisture-rich area with fertile volcanic soils. You’ll learn about the vegetation and animal life of this zone, often strikingly different than that found at lower elevations.
Darwin’s Finches, Yellow Warblers, and Bright Red Vermillion Flycatchers will fly in and out of the moss-covered trees. From this high vantage point you’ll be treated to beautiful views of the surrounding archipelago.
In the late afternoon you’ll return to town. For those who wish to check out the nightlife, this is your chance; the Aida Maria Yacht Galapagos cruise will be docked in port most of the night.
DAY 2 Floreana Island: Cormorant Point (wet landing), Corona del Diablo (wet landing), and Post office bay (wet landing)
AM: Post Office bay / Mirador de la Baronesa
PM: Punta Cormoran / Devil´s Crown
When you wake up and look out your porthole on Day 6 you will see Floreana, one of the greenest islands in the archipelago. Ask your guide to tell you about its mysterious history laden with rumors of witches, murderous baronesses, blackmail, and dubious disappearances.
Your first stop is Punta Cormorant, where you’ll follow a footpath to a lagoon inhabited by flaming-pink flamingos. You will also pass by Carolina Beach, a Sea Turtle nesting area and a superb spot for watching sea birds and sea rays.
Back on the Aida Maria Yacht Galapagos cruise, you’ll skirt the island’s coast until you arrive at La Corona del Diablo (the Devil’s Crown), a sub-marine crater that offers some of the most spectacular snorkeling in the Galapagos. This is a great spot for seeing the wide array of tropical fish, many endemic to the islands, including purple sea stars and spiky sea urchins. The crater’s most thrilling undersea creatures, however, are the white-tipped sharks. As with most of the creatures in the Galapagos they are unperturbed by your presence, so you can swim in their company freely and fearlessly.
After returning to the Aida Maria Yacht Galapagos cruise for lunch you’ll sail on to Post Office Bay, where the islands’ original post office (really only a wooden barrel) was established in 1793. The current system still functions as it did three centuries ago: Visitors drop off unstamped letters and postcards AND pick-up whatever mail they can hand deliver themselves when they return home! (Try it, it actually works!).
DAY 3 Española Island: Suarez Point (dry landing) & Garner Bay (wet landing)
AM: Punta Suarez
PM: Bahia Gardner / Islote Gardner / Islote Osborn
Espanola is one of the most magical of all the islands. It is a place where the animals reign supreme and we humans are merely guests. As your dingy brings you to shore you’ll see Sea Lion pups sunbathing with Marine Iguanas and Blue Footed Boobies nesting in between, and nearby may be a Galapagos Hawk. If it is Booby mating season watch the bonded pairs do the infamous Booby dance (if it’s not mating season, ask your guide to demonstrate – after all it’s their job to teach you about the local fauna!).
As you follow the footpath around the island, you will pass hundreds of Blue Footed Booby nesting sites including one colony of masked boobies.
There is a good chance you’ll see the thief-like Frigate Bird (which has the habit of stealing other birds’ food), as well as the stunning Red-Billed Tropicbird and the nocturnal Swallow-Tailed Gull. If it is the right time of the year (mid-April to December) you’ll also encounter the giant Waved Albatross. Apart from a few pairs that breed on Isla de Plata, off the Ecuadorian mainland, all of the world’s 12,000 Waved Albatross breed on Espanola Island. At the end of the breeding season, the entire population leaves the island and heads out to sea, where they spend years without touching land; four or five years may pass before the fledglings return to Espanola.
As you make your way around the island you’ll pass by El Soplador, a giant blowhole that explodes to heights reaching 25 feet. In the nearby tide pools you can often find lounging sea lions enjoying the blowhole’s misty spray. Following lunch on board the yacht, you’ll visit Garner Bay, a great place for sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling. Lionfish, Flycatchers, and Galapagos Hawks will keep you company as you relax under the rays of the evening sun. Dinner on the Aida Maria Yacht Galapagos cruise completes your day.
DAY 4 SAN CRISTOBAL, ISLA LOBOS - TRANSFER OUT
AM: Isla Lobos
On your 8th day of visiting the Galapagos you’ll arrive early in the morning to San Cristobal, the capital of the Galapagos. The first site will be Isla Lobos, a very small islet made of volcanic rocks that gets its name from the colony of Sea Lions (Lobo de Mar in Spanish) that live there. Here you can observe the behavior and interaction of Sea Lions living in a small community. Before taking the flight back to the mainland you will have some time to visit the town on your own for last minute shopping or people watching in the Galapagos. Transfer to airport. End of Aida Maria Yacht Galapagos cruise.
All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including but not limited to weather, road, trail, sea conditions flight schedules adjustments or cancellations, local authorities orders.