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Alta


The Alta is a midsized motor sail boat with just 8 cabins that will provide you the exclusiveness and comfort you need to enjoy one of the most magical places on Earth. The charming cabins feature two twin beds or one double bed, as well as manual air conditioning and hair dryer. Common areas include a sundeck with lounge chairs, a salon for briefings, entertainment center and bar.

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M/s Alta
8 days / 7 nights (Saturday to Saturday)

Price per Person in Double Occupancy
$3950 Map of M/s Alta
Day 1 , Saturday: Arrival to Puerto Baquerizo, San Cristobal

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Galapagos (flight not included in package). Upon arrival to the Galapagos capital, you'll pass through park inspection, and then you'll be met by your guide, who will be holding a sign for the Alta ship.
You'll then visit the Galapagos National Park Visitor Centre, and then you'll board the Alta. After checking in into your cabin, you'll visit Ochoa Beach, a paradisiacal white sand beach with turquoise colored waters. Here, you'll be able to see the playful sea lions that inhabit this island. There are other species as well, such as flamingos, Darwin finches and the endemic Chatham mockingbird.

Day 2 , Sunday: Genovesa , Prince Phillip Steps & Darwin Bay
(Tower Island)

In the morning, you'll visit Prince Phillip Steps, which lead to a stretch of land that opens onto the plateau surrounding Darwin Bay. You'll hike through the sparse vegetation until reaching a lava field that extends towards the shore.
In the afternoon, you'll visit Darwin Bay, a submerged caldera. Here you'll land in a white coral sand beach, where you'll see many bird species, such as great frigate birds and lava gulls. A quick "panga" ride will take you to the base of some cliffs, where you'll see the birds sheltered among the rock crevices. It's also possible to do some snorkeling at this point.

Day 3 , Monday: Isabela, Tagus Cove / Fernandina, Punta Espinoza

Today you'll visit Tagus Cove, on Isabela Island, the largest island in the archipelago. Along the way you'll pass through Bolivar Channel. Its cold waters make it a highly productive ecosystem, where dolphins and whales are usually seen.
Once on land, it's possible to hike up to the Darwin Lake, a saltwater crater, and further inland, to a promontory formed by spatter cones, from where you'll get amazing views of the Darwin and Wolf volcanoes.
In the afternoon, you'll visit Punta Espinoza, in Fernandina Island. Upon a dry landing in this rocky shoreline, you'll walk through the mangrove vegetation and will see lots of marine iguanas grazing on the seaweed, as well as flightless cormorants.

Day 4 , Tuesday: Isabela, Urbina Bay & Punta Vicente Roca

Upon a wet landing in Urbina Bay, you'll walk amidst an emerged coral reef. Here it's possible to see land iguanas and giant tortoises. You can also do some snorkeling!
Afterwards you'll visit Punta Vicente Roca, in the northern part of the island. Here the remnants of an old volcano form two protected coves and a bay. From here, you can take a panga ride along the shore, and see many marine bird species resting in the cliffs.
This is one of the best spots for diving in the Galapagos.

Day 5 , Wednesday: Bartolome, Pinnacle Rock / Santiago, Puerto Egas

Today you'll visit Pinnacle Rock, one of Galapagos most distinctive landmarks. At this point it is possible to see Galapagos penguins and sea lions. Upon a dry landing, it is possible to climb up to Bartolome's summit. Along the way you'll see lava formations and amazing views of James Bay.
Then, you'll visit Puerto Egas (also called James Bay), where you'll land on a black sand beach. There is a trail that leads to the rim of an extinct volcano, where salt deposits form and have been mined in the past. Also, there is a trail south that leads to grottos formed of broken lava tubes, where fur seals can be seen.
On this island there are also inland salt water lagoons, where flamingos and other species come to feed. Here it is also possible to spot vermillion fly catchers and Galapagos Hawks.

Day 6 , Thursday: Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora & Highlands

Today you'll visit Santa Cruz Island, the second largest in the archipelago. First you'll visit the highlands, where you'll see the vegetation type changing. You'll visit the Tortoise Reserve, where you'll be able to see these giant creatures in their natural environment (the cool dry season, from June to December is the best time to see them).
Then you'll visit Puerto Ayora, the most populated town in the archipelago. The Charles Darwin Research Station is located here. In the Giant Tortoise breeding center you'll learn about the efforts to repopulate the islands with these interesting creatures.

Day 7 , Friday: Española, Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay

Today you'll visit Española, the southernmost island. Here the wildlife is incredible. You'll be able to see creatures such as colorful marine iguanas, sea lions, masked boobies, cactus finches and mockingbirds. Hiking along a trail, you'll reach the famous blowhole, shooting water sprays up into the air. Here you'll also see the waved albatrosses, in one of the only places in the world where they nest. If you are lucky, you'll see the males courting the females!
In Gardner Bay, you'll land in a white sand beach where sea lions relax under the sun. This beach is ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

Day 8 , Saturday: Departure from San Cristobal

In the morning, you'll visit León Dormido (also named Kicker Rock), a huge rock formation in the middle of the ocean that seems like a sleeping lion.
Afterwards, you'll return to Puerto Baquerizo for your flight back to the mainland.


Package Includes:
7 nights aboard the Alta
Three daily meals
Naturalist guide aboard
Transfers to/from airport
Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary

Package Does Not Includes:
International or domestic (to/from the Galapagos) airfare
Galapagos National Park Entrance fee ($100 per person; subject to change)
Departure tax
Services not described
Alcoholic beverages
Extras, personal items
Tips and gratuities

Package Notes:
Rates are subject to change without notice
The itinerary and route is subject to change for safety reasons or for the national park's protection.
Since the boat is relatively small, it tends to rock when anchored. If you are prone to sea-sickness, it is suggested to choose a larger vessel.
Navigation is primarily made by engine (not sail), due to the conditions and distances that must be covered

  • Technical Specs
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Technical Specifications
Type of Vessel Three Masted Staysail Schooner
Length 46 meters / 140 feet
Beam 6,8 meters / 21 feet
Draft N/A
Year Built N/A
Engines 4 cylinder Alpha diesel, 280 BHP
Cruising Speed 9 knots (under power)
Crew 8
Accomodations 8
Capacity 16
Safety ISM and SOLAS certified, flares & signals, life jackets, EPIRB, life floats,
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