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Facilities: 7 double cabins with private bathroom, air conditioning, full carpeted, living room, TV, VHS, dining room, bar, solarium, technical facilities to dive, diving full charters, complete snorkelling gear (mask, tube, fins).

Capacity 14 passengers
7 double cabins with private bathroom
Cabins air conditioned
Electricity 110 V / 220 V
Dining Room
Ample solarium

Galapagos Golondrina Technical Features

Category: Tourist Superior
Accommodations: 7 double cabins with private bathroom, air conditioning, full carpeted, living room, tv, vhs, dining room, bar, solarium, technical facilities to dive, diving full charters, complete snorkeling gear, (mask, tube, fins) for renting
Crew: 5, captain, engineer, cook, sailor, bilingual naturalist guide (english-spanish).


Type: motor yacht
Lenght: 22.22m
Beam: 5.09m
Generators: 2 kohler 13 kw, 10 kw
Speed: 8 kntos
Navigation Equipment:

24 mile furuno radar, GPS, satelliite navigator, echo sounder, furuno 1000 ft . speed and distance log, compasses, barometer, clock.
Safety Equipment:

EPIRB (emergency position indicating radio beacom)
Life jackets, flares and signals, fire smoke detectors, complete fire system.



Galapagos Golondrina Yacht Tourist class Itinerary - Friday to Friday



Galapagos Islands Cruises - Golondrina I Yacht Day By Day Itinerary

Day 1
Baltra - Bachas

Baltra Island is a small island (27 sq km) off the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. It is home to the airport where the majority of the Galápagos visitors arrive. The harbor where the vessels await is within minutes of the airport. The island is a former U.S. Army base. Here your guide will meet you and help you transfer to the M/Y Golondrina I.

On the sandy white beaches of Las Bachas we will get a close look at a sea turtle nesting area and a lake frequented by leggy pink flamingos and other migratory birds. Afterward, we cool ourselves off with our first dip in the deliciously blue Pacific Ocean. As this is our first evening together, the crew will invite us to a pre-dinner cocktail on the yacht before the welcome dinner. If the night is clear, as it usually is, the stars above will bedazzle; look for the Southern Cross, the Big Dipper (turned up-side down!) and Orion.

Day 2

From the volcanic summit you can observe fascinating formations of ropy Pahoehoe and smooth AA lava flows as well as spatter and cinder cones. There is a sandy beach with great swimming and snorkeling. Pinnacle Rock provides a dramatic, panoramic vista of Santiago Island´s Sullivan Bay.
This approximately 5-sq-km island, lies 5km south of Santiago and is considered the geographic center of the Galápagos. The island highlights include a salt-water lagoon, sea lion bachelor colony, dark red beach, and a wide variety of fish.

Day 3
Genovesa Island (Escalera del Príncipe - El Barranco)

Genovesa, nicknamed “Birder´s Island” is an outpost for many seabirds and is a favorite amongst ornithologists. It covers 14 sq km and is the northeasternmost of the Galápagos Islands. As it is an outlying island, this island is well worth the long trip.

This is the only regularly visited island that lies entirely north of the equator (the northernmost part of Isabela also pokes above the line). Cruises to Genovesa may well involve various ceremonies for passengers who have never crossed the equator at sea before.

Day 4
Islas Plazas

This pair of small islands formed by uplifted lava is located off the north-eastern coast of Santa Cruz Island. There is a bachelor´s sea lion colony where many bulls of varying ages reside while not holding a harem. There are approximately 700 land iguanas living on Plazas, and the Plazas species seems to be the smallest.
Estación Charles Darwin
All tours will sooner or later arrive to Puerto Ayora, the largest town in the Galapagos, to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station established in 1964. The station is located in the Scalencia forest and therefore creates a breeding center for the Galápagos tortoises in their natural habitat. Several of the 11 remaining subspecies of tortoise can be seen here. Lonesome George, the only surviving of the Isla Pinta subspecies, is also here and can be viewed from the boardwalk. Attempts are being made to allow him to mate with a female from a closely related subspecies from Volcán Wolf. So far, he hasn´t shown much interest, but things move slowly in the tortoise world, and something may happen any decade now.

Day 5
Parte Alta de Santa Cruz

A road crosses Santa Cruz from north to south and gives the visitor the opportunity to see some of the highland interior of the island. The island´s lava tubes are underground tunnels more than a kilometer in length and were formed by the solidifying of the outside skin of a molten lava flow. When the lava flow ceased, the molten lava inside the flow kept going, emptying out of the solidified skin and thus leaving tunnels. Los Gemelos are sinkholes, though often referred to as volcanic craters, that are surrounded by Scalesia forest. It is interesting to note that Santa Cruz has more endemic plants than any other island in the Galápagos.
Santa Fe Island
This 24-sq-km island, about 20km southeast of Santa Cruz, has flanks of shield volcanoes that were uplifted due to tectonic movements. Santa Fe has one of the tallest stands of opuntia cactus in the islands. Some of the cacti here are over 10m high. The Cacti are a delicacy to the endemic Santa Fe land iguana. Great snorkeling opportunities in company of playfull sea lions.

Day 6
Española (Punta Suárez -Bahia Gardner)

Española Island is a medium-sized island in the southern part of the archipelago with a beautiful, white corral sand beach. Here you will find the famous blowhole through which the waves force water to spout about 20m into the air.

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 will see sea lion pups sunbathing with marine iguanas and blue footed boobies nesting in between. Nearby may be a Galapagos Hawk. If it is boobie mating season watch the bonded pairs do the infamous boobie dance (if it's not mating season ask your guide to demonstrate - after all it's his job to teach you about the local fauna).

Following lunch on board the yacht, we will visit Garner Bay, a great place for sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling. Lion fish, flycatchers, and Galapagos hawks will keep us company as we relax under the rays of the evening sun. Dinner on the yacht completes our day.

Day 7
Floreana (Post Office - Punta Cormorant)

Officially known as Santa María Island but often called Floreana or Charles, this is the sixth largest (173 sq km) and it guards the south flank of the archipelago. This island has a long fascinating human history that involves naked men on the beach, a countess, neighbor intrigue and even a mysterious disappearance murder. For the complete tale get the book Floreana by Margaret Wittmer. She lived on the island for more than 60 years and played a part in the odd goings-on.

The visitor site of Post Office Bay is famous for its mail barrel begun in the early 1800s as a mail exchange for passing whalers. Sailors starting their voyage would leave mail in the barrel to be picked up by sailors returning home. It has been used since then as a mail drop and delivery system. Open the door and pull out the mail. If any addresses are near your home, take and deliver – no stamps necessary. For fun, mail a card to yourself to see how long it will take or mail it with a note saying “please leave until ” and date it for your 50th anniversary or your daughter’s 21st birthday.

Punta Cormorant - Devil`s Crown, Wet landing on a greenish colored sand beach. Passengers will hike a well marked trail beginning in the Black Mangrove beds heading towards the back of the lagoon. The large, brackish lagoon holds one of the biggest populations of flamingos in the Galápagos.

This island is best known for its endemic plant life, such as the Galápagos millwork, Passion flower, and unique button mangrove. Novice snorkelers can practice back on the main beach where the sea lions are playful, while experienced snorkelers can roam the waters around Devils Crown.

Day 8
Caleta Tortuga Negra - Baltra

Black Turtle Cove is a salt-water lagoon surrounded by different mangrove species and in its quiet crystal clear waters you can observe marine turtles, sharks and rays. After our visit to the cove we will sail to the docks. Bus transfer to Baltra airport and flight to mainland Ecuador.

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