M/T Camila 8 Day Itinerary

5 days       
4 days 

Arrival/Departure

The Galapagos Islands are considered by many a paradise on Earth. The Ecuadorian Government and Galapagos National Park are making huge efforts to preserve and conserve this unique ecosystem. Therefore, many rules and restrictions are applied to cruises and tourists. Join these preservation efforts by following the Park’s rules and recommendations. 

​Foreign Species Control 


In order to avoid the introduction of foreign plant and animal species into the fragile ecosystem of Galapagos, you will have your baggage checked through the SICGAL office before checking in your luggage at the Quito or Guayaquil airport.
(Animal and Plant Health Service and Quarantine and Inspection System for the Galapagos Islands)
Any non-native plant or animal can create catastrophic damage in the islands.
We ask you to please declare any produce or goods when entering the Galapagos. 

When arriving to the Galapagos airport, you must first pass through the Galapagos National Park entrance and then onto baggage claim. Continuing through the airport with your baggage you will scan your belongings once more and then finally pass through.


Just outside the doors will be your Haugan Cruises Guide waiting with a sign to greet you.
Once all those who will be boarding are together, the guide will escort everyone to the vessel and be welcomed by the crew and Cruise Manager.


At the end of your cruise, your guide will transfer you and the rest of the group to the airport
specified in the itinerary with assistance at the check-in area.


Special Note : The following itinerary includes all necessary details on each day’s
activities. If you have further questions please contact your Account Manager or Travel Agent.
Here you can find useful terms and their definitions.

8 Days

WEDNESDAY - DAY 5

AM: Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Station
The Charles Darwin Research Station is one of the Galapagos Island’s most important sites for visitors. It is a research facility that has an extensive collection of Galapagos plant life specimens carefully preserved and also acts as a biological research station and active breeding center operated by the Charles Darwin Foundation.
Activities: Visit to the research station
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Landing: Dry landing
Possible Wildlife: Galapagos tortoises in captivation and various stages of tortoises.


PM: Santa Cruz Island - Highlands
The highlands are located in the northern part of Santa Cruz and can reach elevations up to 1500 meters. This area is rich with hills, ferns, volcanoes and wildlife. A great contrast to the molten lava hardened beaches and rocky areas of other islands already seen. It is home to giant tortoises, mockingbirds, finches and many other species.
Activities: Hike
Difficulty: Moderate
Landing: Dry landing
Possible Wildlife: Galapagos tortoises, finches, mockingbirds, lava lizards, pintail ducks, other shorebirds.

THURSDAY - DAY 6

AM: Santa Fe Island
Santa Fe is home to the endemic Santa Fe iguana. The island was created by a volcanic uplift that now hosts a forest of Opuntia and Palo Santo trees. It is a picturesque island with two different trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint and the other leading to a small beach.
Activities: Hike
Difficulty: Moderate
Landing: Dry landing
Possible Wildlife: Santa Fe land iguanas, frigatebirds, sally lightfoot crabs, sea lions, finches, various shorebirds.
What to Bring: Sturdy footwear for hiking and walking sticks.


PM: South Plazas Island
This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava. It is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies, as well as colorful land iguanas. The most characteristic plant on the island is the Sesuvium that turns bright red during the dry season, creating a contrast on the island. The amazing colors of the turquoise waters against the black lava create a setting for amazing photography opportunities.
Activities: Hike
Difficulty: Moderate
Landing: Dry landing
Possible Wildlife: frigatebirds, sally lightfoot crabs, sea lions, land iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, various shorebirds and seabirds.
What to Bring: Sturdy footwear for hiking and walking sticks.

FRIDAY - DAY 7

AM: Floreana - Post Office Bay
Ask the Cruise Manager for one of our complimentary postcards to write a message and address it home. Leave it in the barrel used before by pirates and sailors. While your there, see if there are any other postcards you can take home with you to send for fellow travelers who have already left their messages!
Activities: Post office barrel and leave a postcard, relaxing on the beach, swimming or snorkeling
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Landing: Wet landing
Possible Wildlife: frigatebirds, sea lions, sea turtles, various shorebirds and seabirds, marine life.
What to Bring: Bring your swimsuit and don’t forget your postcards.


PM: Floreana - Devil’s Crown / Cormorant Point
Just off of Floreana Island is a fantastic snorkeling site known as Devil’s Crown.
Various tropical fish species can be seen, even galapagos sharks or white-tipped sharks. Sea lions can be seen hunting for fish or playing through schools of hundreds of fish in circles, it is really quite the site to see. Cormorant point on Floreana Island is a great place to see one of the places where flamingos live in salt water lagoons.
Walking along the trail after the lagoon leads to a hidden beach great for walking in the soft sand. Watch your feet if wading in the water, stingrays love to hang out here as well.
Activities: Snorkeling and hiking
Difficulty: Snorkeling - Moderate to difficult / Hike - easy
Landing: Wet landing
Possible Wildlife: frigatebirds, sea lions, sea turtles, galapagos sharks, white-tipped sharks, tropical fish, various shorebirds and seabirds, marine life.
What to Bring: If you have an underwater camera, Devil’s Crown is one of the best places to bring it while snorkeling.

SATURDAY - DAY 8

AM: San Cristobal Island - Interpretation Center / Galapaguera
At the interpretation center you’ll find many different exhibits on information about the natural and geological history of the Galapagos Islands. It first opened in 1998 to help enforce the efforts of wildlife protection and the natural environment through means of population and tourist control.
Activities: Interactive Exhibits
Difficulty: Easy landing
Landing: Dry
Transfer to Airport
The only visit you will have on this day is to the Interpretation Center. Afterwards, you will have time to gather your belongings and then the guide and cruise manager will thank you for your time on board. Then, you will be transferred to the airport and your cruise will come to an end.

SATURDAY - DAY 1

AM:  
Arrival to Baltra Airport with transfer to M/T Camila
Welcome to the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/T Camila. The guide and crew will greet you and show you to your accommodations upon your arrival. Afterwards, the guide and cruise manager will hold a short briefing on all safety and emergency protocols, different areas of the vessel and the normal routine of the itinerary.


PM:  Santiago Island - Sullivan Bay
Southeast of Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay shows off an interesting lava field with a geologically young flow from 1897. Because the rocks are black and formed of lava, it can get quite hot. Appropriate footwear is required for this visit in order to protect your feet.


Activities: Hiking, swimming and snorkeling.
Difficulty: Moderate
Landing: Dry landing
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, sally lightfoot crabs.
What to Bring: Sturdy hiking shoes and walking sticks to aid on the uneven terrain.

SUNDAY - DAY 2

AM: Isabela Island - Vicente Roca Point
Isabela Island is the largest of all the Galapagos islands. It is most famously known as the island shaped as a seahorse. While in the panga, keep an eye out for the magnificent mola-mola sunfish!
Activities: Snorkeling and panga ride
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Landing: No Landing
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, blue-footed boobies, various shorebirds, mola-mola sunfish, sea turtles, Galapagos penguins, nazca boobies, sally lightfoot crabs.
What to Bring: Dry bag for camera or any electronics brought onto the panga.


PM: Fernandina Island - Espinosa Point
Between the Bolivar Channel dividing Isabela and Fernandina Islands lies Espinosa Point. The highlight of this visit is the nesting colony of the Flightless Cormorant, which over time lost its ability to fly due to evolutions distinct changes, helping it swim better and faster. Also seen at this site is the incredible remnants of solid magma, but watch
your step for the many marine iguanas known to crowd the area.
Activities: Hike
Difficulty: Moderate
Landing: Dry but may be slippery at low tide
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, sally lightfoot crabs, flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguins, fur seals and marine iguanas.
What to Bring: Walking sticks and sturdy footwear.

MONDAY - DAY 3

AM: Isabela - Tagus Cove
If you like historic remnants, then you will enjoy finding what was left behind from pirates and sailors in the 1800s. This site was one of their preferred pit stops while traveling the seas. The hike here will provide incredible views of the cove and on the other side the mangrove forest where the last 35 pairs of Mangrove finches thrive.
Activities: Hike, snorkeling and panga ride
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Landing: Dry landing
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, sally lightfoot crabs, mangrove finches.
What to Bring: Walking sticks and sturdy footwear for the hike, camera is a must!


PM: Isabela Island - Urbina Bay
Millions of years ago, Urbina Bay was once laying on the ocean floor. Volcanic uplifts caused it to rise and now it is occupied by sea lions, land iguanas and flightless cormorants. It is a great place to enjoy some free time on the beach or the guide may suggest a hike.
Activities: Hike, snorkeling and panga ride
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Landing: Wet landing
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, sea turtles, land iguanas, Galapagos Hawk, sally lightfoot crabs, Galapagos tortoise.

TUESDAY - DAY 4

AM: Isabela Island - Elizabeth Bay
On the eastern coast of Isabela Island is Elizabeth Bay with many islets. These parts are visited by panga and on the rocky shores Galapagos penguins can be seen. There is a large abundance of marine life that can be seen in the clear waters.
Activities: Panga ride
Difficulty: Easy
Landing: No Landing
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, frigate birds, sea turtles, various shorebirds, flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, pelicans, sally lightfoot crabs, tropical fish and marine life such as galapagos sharks.


PM: Isabela Island - Moreno Point
The beautiful rocky shores of Moreno Point offers a plethora of birds to be seen. It is truly a birders delight. The main attraction are the coast lagoons where white tipped sharks can be seen and the panoramic views of Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcanoes cannot be missed.
Activities: Hike, snorkeling and panga ride
Difficulty: Moderate
Landing: Wet landing
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, great blue herons, various shorebirds, flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, sally lightfoot crabs, sea turtles, land iguanas, Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos tortoise.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION 
I
tineraries are subject to change due to many different elements such as weather, park authorities and regulations, airline operations out of the yacht operations control, guide experience and safety concerns.

Possible Wildlife - We cannot guarantee a 100% chance of observing the wildlife listed in these sections. It is based on guide knowledge and what has been seen before. The animals in the Galapagos Islands are wild and come and go as they please. You may even see wildlife that is not listed.
Activities - Please take into consideration that each visitor site is allowed specific activities authorized by the Galapagos National Park Authorities. Your guide will explain the different activities available at each site and may even give provide two different options.
Use of Jacuzzi - The use of Jacuzzi is subject to weather conditions, itinerary and the sea conditions. Please talk to the Cruise Manager if you are interested in using the Jacuzzi during your stay on board.

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