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Galapagos Petrel

The M/C Petrel resembles its namesake in a number of ways as it glides over the turquoise waters of the surreal Galapagos islands. It is sleek, quiet, and smooth. The Petrel, a contemporary 16-passenger catamaran specially designed for navigating the Galapagos archipelago, smoothly navigates the islands and ocean currents as its passengers unwind in the roomy and opulent spaces on board. The ship’s 9 spacious bedrooms, each with a private bathroom and plush twin or king-size mattresses, will allow passengers to experience a once-in-a-lifetime vacation in one of the world’s remaining unspoiled paradises.

The Petrel’s talented kitchen staff and professional chefs make delectable world cuisine and regional Ecuadorian delicacies for guests at every meal, keeping up with the hotel’s opulent amenities and spacious social rooms. On board, there is such a high degree of personalized care that a smorgasbord of delectable sensations is created for every palate and desire. In fact, Golden Galapagos specializes in giving its visitors personalized travel experiences. This means that there is always a knowledgeable multilingual guide on board the Petrel who is ready for inquiries about the islands themselves, their amazing wildlife, and the various activities available, whether it be during excursions or downtime. Also, it indicates that visitors can frequently partake in a variety of activities at each visitor location, such as hiking, birding, kayaking, and snorkeling, to name just a few!

Technical Specifications 

  • Category: Luxury
  • Operating as of 2015, and fully renovated in 2019.
  • Length & Beam: 115 ft x 41 ft
  • Draft to Baseline: 5.4 ft
  • Max number of guests: 16
  • Crew: 10 + 1 Service Officer + 1 Naturalist
  • Propulsion: 2 x Yanmar Diesel Engines 400 HP @ 1950 rpm
  • Suite Sizes (Including balconies): Golden Suite 463 ft2, Golden Staterooms 323 ft2.
  • Suites Locations: 4 on the Main Deck + 6 on the Upper Deck + 1 Single on the Upper Deck
  • Single Cabin Size: 151 ft2
  • Electricity 110 V and 220 V
  • Charter Includes Hotel Overnights and Airport Transfers in Quito or Guayaquil cities.
  • Extensions to the Amazon and Machu Picchu are available

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Ship Description

The eight Panoramic Suites on board the M/C Petrel are spacious and welcoming. The remaining four are on the upper deck, with four on the main deck.

Each suite features a balcony, individualized marine air conditioning control, and wall-to-wall/floor-to-ceiling windows that provide panoramic views of the islands.

Each suite has a desk, a small living area, a closet, a sofa bed, and a private bathroom with hot running water. They can be furnished with a matrimonial king-size bed or two separate twin beds.

Petrel’s main deck contains a briefing space where lectures and briefings can be held. It provides a wealth of knowledge about visiting the Galapagos Islands through films, literature, and first-hand experience.

From the panoramic interior passenger lounge and dining room, passengers may take in panoramic views of the islands while savoring delicious cuisine.

The catamaran’s two platforms provide easy access for passengers to embark and leave the boat.

Passengers can access our upper deck through interior stairs. Four suites, a sun deck, and a personal meeting spot are available for guests to unwind and observe animals. On the Petrel, a single cabin with a balcony is also available.

Passengers can use our outdoor steps to visit the top levels of The Petrel.

On the Sky Deck of the Petrel, there is a seating area, bar, outdoor passenger lounge, and sun loungers.

Deck Plans

Food & Drinks

Breakfast and lunch are provided buffet-style on board the Elite, and dinner will be based on a delectable menu and buffet, depending on the food specialist’s choices.

The passengers’ choice will be prepared for supper by our top-notch cruise service officer.

Any kind of special dietary needs must be communicated in advance to New Paths Expeditions.

Based on our guests’ nutritional needs, tastes, and traditions, we are adaptable and willing to produce unique and always delectable meals for them.

Itineraries & Activities

Itinerary 7 Nights, A

Day 1
AM: Arrival to Baltra Island

Assistance will be provided upon your arrival by an NPE representative after passing through immigration and baggage claim.  When ready, you will be transferred to the yacht.  You will then be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before the welcome briefing and lunch.

PM: North Seymour Island

The island was named after the English nobleman Lord Hugh Seymour.  Formed by uplifted submarine lava, the island is home to a huge colony of about 2,500 land iguanas and large populations of sea lions, blue-footed boobies, common noddies, and frigatebirds. Along the coast, it is possible to see land and marine iguanas and the biggest colony of Magnificent Frigatebirds.

Day 2
AM: Isabela Island – Vicente Roca Point

Isabela Island: This is the largest of all the Galapagos Islands, about 120 km long, and is peculiarly shaped like a sea horse! It is one of the few islands that are populated.  The last census that was taken estimated about 2,200 people living on the Southern part of the Island.  The island was formed by 6 different shield volcanoes from North to South that erupted continuously, eventually joining together to form an entire land mass.  Of all the islands in the archipelago, Isabela is the most active with the latest eruption coming from Wolf Volcano in May of 2015.  There is a lot of unique wildlife on Isabela such as the pink iguana, and more wild tortoises than on any other island with different types of species near each of the 6 volcanoes. 

 On Vicente Roca Point the geological formations are simply outstanding and it is a great place to view various bird species such as blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, gulls, storm petrels, and brown noddy terns.   Activities here are all done on the water by either dinghy or panga or snorkeling.  On this western part of the island, the Cromwell Current provides cold water and many nutrients.  Due to this, it is possible to see various feeding frenzies of an assortment of animals such as whales, dolphins, sea lions, and marine birds diving.  At times it may also be likely to see fur seals.

PM: Fernandina Island – Espinosa Point

No foreign species have ever invaded Fernandina Island and therefore it is one of the world’s most pristine island ecosystems. It is one of the most active islands and is the westernmost island in the archipelago. The volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the landscape with lava fields reaching the ocean.  The Cromwell Current also flows on the west making the cold and nutrient-rich water an ideal habitat for the Galapagos Penguin and Flightless Cormorant that nests here. 

Espinosa Point area on Fernandina also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos Hawk.  Land iguanas are found on the inner parts of the island near the volcanoes caldera and marine iguanas will nest on the coast during certain times of the year. There is only one visitor site to Fernandina which may involve a hike or snorkeling opportunity, making the rest of the island unspoiled in a most natural state. 

Day 3
AM: Isabela Island – Tagus Cove

This visitor site is located on the upper west part of the island and was named after an English warship that used to pass the islands in the 1800s.  This was a famous spot for many pirates and sailors who have even left their names and the names of the ship inscribed on volcanic rock.  There are many different characteristics of the island here from various volcanic activities such as large volcanic rocks or small little balls of petrified rain.  On the hike, the path leads to Darwin Lake with a tuff cone. 

PM: Isabela Island – Urbina Bay

A bit more south of Tagus Cove is Urbina Bay.  Urbina Bay is an interesting site due to the uplifts of the island caused by volcanic and tectonic activity.  When it rose, so did the corals and reefs that were under the surface.  You can still see them although they are beginning to deteriorate due to air exposure.  There are chances of seeing giant tortoises, land iguanas, and more flightless cormorants near the coast.

Day 4
AM: Isabela Island – Elizabeth Bay

A visitor site on the way down to the southern parts of Isabela Island is Elizabeth Bay.  There are a series of islets, a lagoon, and mangroves surrounding it.  The mangroves provide a great place to observe many birds and at the lagoon, it is possible to see sea turtles resting and feeding.   

PM: Isabela Island – Moreno Point

On the South Western point of Isabela Island is Moreno Point.  With striking black geological features, it is home to endemic species known only to the barren lava flows found here.  Various activities are possible such as a hike, a panga ride to better see various sea birds, and geological features, and snorkeling to view the vibrant underwater life.

Day 5
AM: Isabela Island – Sierra Negra Volcano

Sierra Negra is located on the South of the Island and is two of the oldest of all Isabela’s volcanoes.  A hike will show different types of vegetation and geological zones and possibly inside the caldera where petrified lava is present.

PM: Isabela Island – Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center + Wetlands

The Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center, where two species of giant tortoise are bred to increase the population of these incredible animals, plays an essential role in protecting the future of the Galapagos.

As you walk around the Centre you will also be able to enjoy the beautiful gardens that boast a wide variety of native plants. 

Just outside Puerto Villamil, you can also take a walk around the Isabela wetlands, comprised of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves, which have become a paradise for migratory birds such as stilts and flamingos.

Day 6
AM: Santa Cruz Island – Charles Darwin Research Station

Today Santa Cruz is one of the most popular tourist sites. With a population of about 12,000 Galapagos natives, it has the longest paved road in the entire archipelago.  One of the biggest conservation efforts is to eliminate all non-native plants and animals that are destroying native and endemic species on the island.  There is no longer any volcanic activity but that does not mean there is no evidence.  Santa Cruz means holy cross, but its English name comes from the British vessel – Indefatigable. 

Charles Darwin Research Station conducts many different research projects and provides assistance to other researchers and governmental institutions and agencies, especially the Galapagos National Park.  Many of the results are later published online, in magazines, and in popular scientific journals.  The research station also plays a big part in educating the community and public schools in Galapagos.  There is also the longtime-running Giant Tortoise restoration program that includes various stages of the giant tortoise from eggs, hatchlings, and adults.

PM: Santa Cruz Island – Highlands

As part of your day, we will head towards the Highlands of Santa Cruz to visit the Twin Craters or Gemelos, meaning twins in Spanish, which are two caved-in magma chambers of a previous volcano. After years of erosion and extinction, the once full chambers caved in leaving two similar craters that can be seen on a short hike that passes by a Scalesia forest.

Then, be prepared to admire the famous giant tortoises in the wild. It is impressive to see these endemic animals that give the name to the archipelago, Galapagos. Birdwatching is also one of the activities in the highlands since this area is home to finches and other Galapagos birds. Finally, we walk into lava caves to see the enormous lava flows that formed the islands before continuing back to the M/C Petrel.

Day 7
AM: South Plaza Island

South Plaza is one of the smallest islands with a visitor site but is home to an incredible amount of diverse flora and fauna. It has a large population of Sesuvium plants like the prickly pear cactus tree which is an important source of food for the land iguana. Just a few years ago mice were finally eradicated from the island, helping the population of land iguanas grow healthily once more.

PM: Santa Fe Island

Santa Fe Island is home to the unique Santa Fe land iguana and is the only place to find the Opuntia cactus. Giant tortoises were once native to this island but after many years of pirates and buccaneers visiting the island and taking the tortoises aboard as food, they became extinct. The Island is also called Barrington Island, named after British Admiral Samuel Barrington. Large numbers of sea lions can be found on the landing beach and Galapagos hawks can also sometimes be seen.

Day 8
AM: Lobos Island

San Cristobal Island is the fifth largest island in the Galapagos and lies farthest East.  It is where Darwin first landed back in 1835 and where the first permanent settlements were founded.  Today the main port Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the capital of the Galapagos and houses many government offices, the Ecuadorian Navy, and an airport with daily flights to the mainland of Ecuador.  Conservation challenges the island faces to include invasive plants like blackberry and guayaba and insects like the blackfly.

Lobos Island is an islet about an hour away from San Cristobal. Blue-footed boobies will nest here seasonally. In recent years frigate birds have begun to nest here. Sea lions are abundant, as well as marine iguanas. It is a very calm and tranquil site with beautiful views, including Kicker Rock off in the distance.

Afterward, get transferred to the airport to catch your flight back home.

Itinerary 7 Nights, B

Day 1
AM: Arrival at San Cristobal Island

Assistance will be provided upon your arrival by an NPE representative after passing through immigration and baggage claim.  When ready, you will be transferred to the yacht.  You will then be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before the welcome briefing and lunch.

PM: San Cristobal Island – David Rodriguez Giant Tortoise Breeding Center

This is the fifth largest island in the Galapagos and lies farthest East.  It is where Darwin first landed back in 1835 and where the first permanent settlements were founded.  Today the main port Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the capital of the Galapagos province and houses many government offices, the Ecuadorian Navy, and an airport with daily flights to the mainland of Ecuador.  Conservation challenges the island faces to include invasive plants like blackberry and guayaba and insects like the blackfly.      

A visit to the David Rodriguez Breeding Center provides information about the origin and evolution of the giant tortoise and explains why the center is so vital in safeguarding the future of these incredible creatures.

Walking through the trails of the reserve, you can see baby tortoises being reared in semi-natural conditions – a brilliant demonstration of the commitment the local people have to preserve the wildlife that makes the Galapagos so special.  

Day 2
AM: Espanola Island – Gardner Bay/Osborn Islet/Gardner Islet

Here lies the southernmost island in the Galapagos, as well as the oldest.  It is estimated to be about four million years old.  Because it is so far away from the other islands it has the most endemic species.  It is a wonderful opportunity for some great photography of endemic bird species that are found only in Espanola and awesome landscapes created by millions of years of erosion.

Gardner Bay/Osborn Islet/Gardner Islet: Visit one of the best beaches in the Galapagos.  The white sandy beach is home to a large colony of friendly and playful sea lions.  Three different types of finches can be seen.  The Espanola Mockingbird is very friendly, but probably looking for food.  At one point in time, tourists must have given it water or food, which taught them bad habits.  The site is also where green sea turtles will come to nest their eggs between January and March.

PM: Suarez Point

This is a phenomenal site where you will get to see many of Espanola Island’s endemic species.  The trail will pass by the only Waved Albatross breeding site.  If you are lucky, you might see a young albatross, take off for its first flight for up to five years at sea.  Older birds stay at sea for months at a time, only coming back to breed.  They have the same mate for life and will meet each other each year, only here to reproduce.  Other species that can be seen are marine iguanas that stay brightly colored year-round, Galapagos doves, Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, and Darwin finches. 

Day 3
AM: Floreana Island – Devil’s Crown/Cormorant Point

This Island is one of the most interesting when it comes to human history.  The first Galapagos resident was an Irishman who lived on Floreana from 1807 to 1809. It is the site of the first post office within the islands created by whalers in the 1700’s. Later it became the first island to be colonized by Ecuadorians, but to this day is still very isolated.  Surrounded by mystery, in the 1930’s various disappearances occurred and are thought to be because of tension between a baroness and her three servants who arrived after an already settled husband and wife, who gave birth to the first to be born in the Galapagos and another couple of a doctor and a female companion who lived off the land from their garden.  The small population of today lives off the land with homegrown farms and gets their water from rain-filled ponds during the rainy season.  There is one hotel with the only phone in the port of Velasco Ibarra where most residents live, the rest live up in the highlands.  Transportation is limited and is only available every two weeks.  

Devil’s Crown is a visitor site that boasts the best snorkeling opportunities.  Below the surface are amazing volcanic structures that have submerged over time.  Hundreds of different colorful fish species can be found here among the coral reefs.  Sharks, rays, sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, and sea lions are also common visitors.  It is an underwater spectacle that cannot be missed.

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Another fun and interesting visitor site is Cormorant Point.  Two beaches can be visited and flamingoes can be seen wading through brackish lagoons looking for shrimp, which gives them their bright and vibrant colors.  One of the beaches looks green because of olivine crystals and the other is appropriately called Flour Beach a powdery white, made from finely pulverized coral.     

PM: Post Office Bay/Baroness Lookout Point

A completely human-influential site, Post Office Bay is the first official post office created by passing whalers in the 1700’s.  To this day visitors continue the tradition as many leaves addressed messages on postcards in the barrel to be sent by future visitors while picking up postcards left behind by previous visitors to send when they return home.  It is a fun exchangeable activity many visitors enjoy.   

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On the northern part of the island, Baroness Lookout Point has a beautiful landscape and historic view.  It was named after the supposed Austrian Baroness that was the subject of many mysterious disappearances and well-known stories of loathing by those on Floreana.

Day 4
AM: Santa Cruz – Charles Darwin Research Station

 Today Santa Cruz is one of the most popular tourist sites. With a population of about 12,000 Galapagos natives, it has the longest paved road in the entire archipelago.  One of the biggest conservation efforts is to eliminate all non-native plants and animals that are destroying native and endemic species on the island.  There is no longer any volcanic activity but that does not mean there is no evidence.  Santa Cruz means holy cross, but its English name comes from the British vessel – Indefatigable.

The Charles Darwin Research Station conducts many different research projects and provides assistance to other researchers and governmental institutions and agencies, especially the Galapagos National Park.  Many of the results are later published online, in magazines, and in popular scientific journals.  The research station also plays a big part in educating the community and public schools in Galapagos.  There is also the longtime-running Giant Tortoise restoration program that includes various stages of the giant tortoise from eggs, hatchlings, and adults.

PM: Highlands

 The Highlands of Santa Cruz is a very interesting site due to the rich wildlife, hills, ferns, volcanoes, and lava tubes present.  Exploring the lava tubes is a surreal and unique experience.  Here you can see all the different agricultural zones that are present in the Galapagos in one place.  The variety of birds makes this a bird watcher’s delight. 

Be prepared to admire the famous giant tortoises in the wild. It is impressive to see these endemic animals that give the name to the archipelago, Galapagos. Birdwatching is also one of the activities in the highlands, since this area is home to finches and other Galapagos birds. Finally, we walk into lava caves to see the enormous lava flows that formed the islands before continuing back to the M/C Petrel.

Day 5
AM: Santiago Island – Sullivan Bay

Santiago Island is the second Island visited by Charles Darwin and was originally named after England’s King James the second.  The island was a good source of salt, water, and food for whalers and buccaneers passing.  There was a salt mine inland that was used to salt fish and tortoise meat.  Land iguanas used to populate the island but are now extinct.  From Darwin’s own notes he wrote that land iguanas were thriving quite well since there was no place to even pitch a tent.  Santiago Island today is now one of the most visited islands.

Sullivan Bay is a satellite island of Santiago.  This is one of the best places to see the Galapagos fur seal.  There is not much wildlife to see here, but the old lava formations are quite a site to see with tuff cones, pyroclastic cones, and other volcanic landscapes.

PM: Bartholomew Island – Pinnacle Rock

Bartholomew is another satellite island that derives from Santiago Island.  It is home to the famous Pinnacle Rock and is named after James Sullivan, a friend of Charles Darwin who was also aboard the HMS BeagleOf all the islands, this is the most photographed and is also featured in the 2003 movie “Master and Commander”.

Pinnacle rock is a volcano cone formed by magma expelled by an underwater volcano.  The sea cooled the hot lava and as it exploded from contact, the pieces formed together this huge rock of many, many layers of basalt.  The huge rock also has a beach where a small population of green sea turtles will nest.  Galapagos penguins gather here and swimming can offer beautiful sights of colorful schools of fish and curious sea lions.

Day 6
AM: Genovesa Island – Darwin Bay

Genovesa is a horse-shoe-shaped island that was formed by the eruption of a shield volcano with large slopes formed by gradual lava flows.  It is known as “Bird Island” due to the wide variety of birds that can be seen.  The only reptile on the entire island is the marine iguana and it is one of the very few places red-footed boobies gather in one large mass.

Darwin Bay is the result of the shield volcano where one of the sides of the caldera collapsed after years of erosion.  It is one of the places in the Galapagos where red-footed boobies can be guaranteed to be seen.  Over 200,000 red-footed boobies are estimated to be living in the trees and bushes of Genovesa.

PM: Genovesa Island – El Barranco (Prince Phillip’s Steps)

Better known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, a steep and rocky path leads up to a cliff with a marvelous view.  There is also a Palo Santo Forest that is home to nesting red-footed boobies and other birds.

Day 7

AM: Santiago Island – Egas Port

Egas port is also known as James Bay.  It is home to quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards, and Galapagos fur seals along the grottos and tide pools, and is a great snorkeling site. 

PM: Santiago Island – Buccaneer Cove /Espumilla Beach

Buccaneer Cove: This cove is better known for excellent snorkeling opportunities and was once known as a refuge for British buccaneers or pirates.  The underwater formations are amazing and many different species of fish gather here.

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We will visit Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and the Sally-Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons and perform the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkeling is highly recommended as you could find yourself face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark, or a variety of other species of tropical fish. 

Day 8
AM: Santa Cruz Island – Black Turtle Cove

After breakfast, enjoy the visit to Black Turtle Cove, which is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz. 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 through quiet waters in the zodiac, 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 egrets, all feed in the cove. This is a peaceful place that will make you feel calm.

Transfer to San Cristobal Airport for your flight back home.

Itinerary 3 Nights, C

Day 1
AM: Arrival at San Cristobal Island

Assistance will be provided upon your arrival by a Petrel representative after passing through immigration and baggage claim.  When ready, you will be transferred to the yacht.  You will then be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before the welcome briefing and lunch.

PM: San Cristobal Island – David Rodriguez Giant Tortoise Breeding Center

This is the fifth largest island in the Galapagos and lies farthest East.  It is where Darwin first landed back in 1835 and where the first permanent settlements were founded.  Today the main port Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the capital of the Galapagos province and houses many government offices, the Ecuadorian Navy, and an airport with daily flights to the mainland of Ecuador.  Conservation challenges the island faces to include invasive plants like blackberry and guayaba and insects like the blackfly.

A visit to the David Rodriguez Breeding Center provides information about the origin and evolution of the giant tortoise and explains why the center is so vital in safeguarding the future of these incredible creatures.

Walking through the trails of the reserve, you can see baby tortoises being reared in semi-natural conditions – a brilliant demonstration of the commitment the local people have to preserve the wildlife that makes the Galapagos so special.  

Day 2
AM: Espanola Island – Gardner Bay/Osborn Islet/Gardner Islet

Here lies the southernmost island in the Galapagos, as well as the oldest.  It is estimated to be about four million years old.  Because it is so far away from the other islands it has the most endemic species.  It is a wonderful opportunity for some great photography of endemic bird species that are found only in Espanola and awesome landscapes created by millions of years of erosion.

Gardner Bay/Osborn Islet/Gardner Islet: Visit one of the best beaches in the Galapagos.  The white sandy beach is home to a large colony of friendly and playful sea lions.  Three different types of finches can be seen.  The Espanola Mockingbird is very friendly, but probably looking for food.  At one point in time, tourists must have given it water or food, which taught them bad habits.  The site is also where green sea turtles will come to nest their eggs between January and March.

PM: Suarez Point

This is a phenomenal site where you will get to see many of Espanola Island’s endemic species.  The trail will pass by the only Waved Albatross breeding site.  If you are lucky, you might see a young albatross, take off for its first flight after up to five years at sea.  Older birds stay at sea for months at a time, only coming back to breed.  They have the same mate for life and will meet each other each year, only here to reproduce.  Other species that can be seen are marine iguanas that stay brightly colored year-round, Galapagos doves, Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, and Darwin finches. 

Day 3
AM: Floreana Island – Devil’s Crown/Cormorant Point

This Island is one of the most interesting when it comes to human history.  The first Galapagos resident was an Irishman who lived on Floreana from 1807 to 1809. It is the site of the first post office within the islands created by whalers in the 1700’s. Later it became the first island to be colonized by Ecuadorians, but to this day is still very isolated.  Surrounded by mystery, in the 1930’s various disappearances occurred and are thought to be because of tension between a baroness and her three servants who arrived after an already settled husband and wife, who gave birth to the first to be born in the Galapagos and another couple of a doctor and a female companion who lived off the land from their garden.  The small population of today lives off the land with homegrown farms and gets their water from rain-filled ponds during the rainy season.  There is one hotel with the only phone in the port of Velasco Ibarra where most residents live, the rest live up in the highlands.  Transportation is limited and is only available every two weeks.  

Devil’s Crown is a visitor site that boasts the best snorkeling opportunities.  Below the surface are amazing volcanic structures that have submerged over time.  Hundreds of different colorful fish species can be found here among the coral reefs.  Sharks, rays, sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, and sea lions are also common visitors.  It is an underwater spectacle that cannot be missed.

OR

Another fun and interesting visitor site is Cormorant Point.  Two beaches can be visited and flamingoes can be seen wading through brackish lagoons looking for shrimp, which gives them their bright and vibrant colors.  One of the beaches looks green because of olivine crystals and the other is appropriately called Flour Beach a powdery white, made from finely pulverized coral.    

PM: Post Office Bay/Baroness Lookout Point

 A completely human-influential site, Post Office Bay is the first official post office created by passing whalers in the 1700’s.  To this day visitors continue the tradition as many leaves addressed messages on postcards in the barrel to be sent by future visitors while picking up postcards left behind by previous visitors to send when they return home.  It is a fun exchangeable activity many visitors enjoy.   

 OR

On the northern part of the island, Baroness Lookout Point has a beautiful landscape and historic view.  It was named after the supposed Austrian Baroness that was the subject of many mysterious disappearances and well-known stories of loathing by those on Floreana.

Day 4
AM: Santa Cruz – Charles Darwin Research Station

Today Santa Cruz is one of the most popular tourist sites. With a population of about 12,000 Galapagos natives, it has the longest paved road in the entire archipelago.  One of the biggest conservation efforts is to eliminate all non-native plants and animals that are destroying native and endemic species on the island.  There is no longer any volcanic activity but that does not mean there is no evidence.  Santa Cruz means holy cross, but its English name comes from the British vessel – Indefatigable.

 The Charles Darwin Research Station conducts many different research projects and provides assistance to other researchers and governmental institutions and agencies, especially the Galapagos National Park.  Many of the results are later published online, in magazines, and in popular scientific journals.  The research station also plays a big part in educating the community and public schools in Galapagos.  There is also the longtime-running Giant Tortoise restoration program that includes various stages of the giant tortoise from eggs, hatchlings, and adults.

PM: Transfer to Baltra Airport for your flight back home.

Itinerary 4 Nights, D

Day 1
AM: Arrival to Baltra Island

Assistance will be provided upon your arrival by an NPE representative after passing through immigration and baggage claim.  When ready, you will be transferred to the yacht.  You will then be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before the welcome briefing and lunch.

 PM: Santa Cruz island – highlands

Today Santa Cruz is one of the most popular tourist sites. With a population of about 12,000 Galapagos natives, it has the longest paved road in the entire archipelago.  One of the biggest conservation efforts is to eliminate all non-native plants and animals that are destroying native and endemic species on the island.  There is no longer any volcanic activity but that does not mean there is no evidence.  Santa Cruz means holy cross, but its English name comes from the British vessel – Indefatigable.

 The Highlands of Santa Cruz is a very interesting site due to the rich wildlife, hills, ferns, volcanoes, and lava tubes present.  Exploring the lava tubes is a surreal and unique experience.  Here you can see all the different agricultural zones that are present in the Galapagos in one place.  The variety of birds makes this a bird watcher’s delight. 

Be prepared to admire the famous giant tortoises in the wild. It is impressive to see these endemic animals that give the name to the archipelago, Galapagos. Birdwatching is also one of the activities in the highlands since this area is home to finches and other Galapagos birds. Finally, we walk into lava caves to see the enormous lava flows that formed the islands before continuing back to the M/C Petrel.

Day 2
AM: Santiago Island – Sullivan Bay

Santiago Island is the second Island visited by Charles Darwin and was originally named after England’s King James the second.  The island was a good source of salt, water, and food for whalers and buccaneers passing.  There was a salt mine inland that was used to salt fish and tortoise meat.  Land iguanas used to populate the island but are now extinct.  From Darwin’s own notes, he wrote that land iguanas were thriving quite well since there was no place to even pitch a tent.  Santiago Island today is now one of the most visited islands. 

Sullivan Bay is a satellite island of Santiago.  This is one of the best places to see the Galapagos fur seal.  There is not much wildlife to see here, but the old lava formations are quite a site to see with tuff cones, pyroclastic cones, and other volcanic landscapes. 

PM: Bartholomew Island – Pinnacle Rock

Bartholomew is another satellite island that derives from Santiago Island.  It is home of the famous Pinnacle Rock and is named after James Sullivan, a friend of Charles Darwin who was also aboard the HMS BeagleOf all the islands, this is the most photographed and is also featured in the 2003 movie “Master and Commander”. 

Pinnacle rock is a volcano cone formed by magma expelled by an underwater volcano.  The sea cooled the hot lava and as it exploded from contact, the pieces formed together this huge rock of many, many layers of basalt.  The huge rock also has a beach where a small population of green sea turtles will nest.  Galapagos penguins gather here and swimming can offer beautiful sights of colorful schools of fish and curious sea lions.

Day 3
AM: Genovesa Island – Darwin Bay

Genovesa is a horse-shoe-shaped island that was formed by the eruption of a shield volcano with large slopes formed by gradual lava flows.  It is known as “Bird Island” due to the wide variety of birds that can be seen.  The only reptile on the entire island is the marine iguana and it is one of the very few places red-footed boobies gather in one large mass.

 Darwin Bay is the result of the shield volcano where one of the sides of the caldera collapsed after years of erosion.  It is one of the places in the Galapagos where red-footed boobies can be guaranteed to be seen.  Over 200,000 red-footed boobies are estimated to be living in the trees and bushes of Genovesa. 

PM: Genovesa Island – El Barranco (Prince Phillip’s Steps)

Better known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, a steep and rocky path leads up to a cliff with a marvelous view.  There is also a Palo Santo Forest that is home to nesting red-footed boobies and other birds.

Day 4
AM: Santiago Island – Egas Port

Egas port is also known as James Bay.  It is home to quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards, and Galapagos fur seals along the grottos and tide pools, and is a great snorkeling site. 

PM: Santiago Island – Buccaneer Cove /Espumilla Beach

Buccaneer Cove: This cove is better known for excellent snorkeling opportunities and was once known as a refuge for British buccaneers or pirates.  The underwater formations are amazing and many different species of fish gather here.

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We will visit Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and the Sally-Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons and perform the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkeling is highly recommended as you could find yourself face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark, or a variety of other species of tropical fish. 

Day 5
AM: Santa Cruz Island – Black Turtle Cove

After breakfast, enjoy the visit to Black Turtle Cove, which is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz. 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 As you drift through quiet waters in the zodiac, 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 egrets, all feed in the cove. This is a peaceful place that will make you feel calm.

Transfer to Baltra Airport

Itinerary 5 Nights, E

Day 1
AM: Arrival to Baltra Island

Assistance will be provided upon your arrival by a Petrel representative after passing through immigration and baggage claim.  When ready, you will be transferred to the yacht.  You will then be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before the welcome briefing and lunch.

 PM: North Seymour Island

The island was named after the English nobleman Lord Hugh Seymour.  Formed by uplifted submarine lava, the island is home to a huge colony of about 2,500 land iguanas and large populations of sea lions, blue-footed boobies, common noddies, and frigatebirds. Along the coast, it is possible to see land and marine iguanas and the biggest colony of Magnificent Frigatebirds.

Day 2
AM: Isabela Island – Vicente Roca Point

Isabela Island: This is the largest of all the Galapagos Islands, about 120 km long, and is peculiarly shaped like a sea-horse! It is one of the few islands that are populated.  The last census that was taken estimated about 2,200 people living on the Southern part of the Island.  The island was formed by 6 different shield volcanoes from North to South that erupted continuously, eventually joining together to form an entire land mass.  Of all the islands in the archipelago, Isabela is the most active with the latest eruption coming from Wolf Volcano in May of 2015.  There is a lot of unique wildlife on Isabela such as the pink iguana, and more wild tortoises than on any other island with a different types of species near each of the 6 volcanoes. 

On Vicente Roca Point the geological formations are simply outstanding and it is a great place to view various bird species such as blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, gulls, storm petrels, and brown noddy terns.   Activities here are all done on the water by either dinghy or panga or snorkeling.  On this western part of the island, the Cromwell Current provides cold water and many nutrients.  Due to this, it is possible to see various feeding frenzies of an assortment of animals such as whales, dolphins, sea lions, and marine birds diving.  At times it may also be likely to see fur seals.

PM: Fernandina Island – Espinosa Point

No foreign species have ever invaded Fernandina Island and therefore it is one of the world’s most pristine island ecosystems. It is one of the most active islands and is the westernmost island in the archipelago. The volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the landscape with lava fields reaching the ocean.  The Cromwell Current also flows on the west making the cold and nutrient-rich water an ideal habitat for the Galapagos Penguin and Flightless Cormorant that nests here.

Espinosa Point area on Fernandina also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos Hawk.  Land iguanas are found on the inner parts of the island near the volcanoes caldera and marine iguanas will nest on the coast during certain times of the year. There is only one visitor site to Fernandina which may involve a hike or snorkeling opportunity, making the rest of the island unspoiled in a most natural state. 

Day 3
AM: Isabela Island – Tagus Cove

This visitor site is located on the upper west part of the island and was named after an English warship that used to pass the islands in the 1800’s.  This was a famous spot for many pirates and sailors who have even left their names and the names of the ship inscribed on volcanic rock.  There are many different characteristics of the island here from various volcanic activities such as large volcanic rocks or small little balls of petrified rain.  On the hike, the path leads to Darwin Lake with a tuff cone.

PM: Isabela Island – Urbina Bay

A bit more south of Tagus Cove is Urbina Bay.  Urbina Bay is an interesting site due to the uplifts of the island caused by volcanic and tectonic activity.  When it rose, so did the corals and reefs that were under the surface.

You can still see them although they are beginning to deteriorate due to air exposure.  There are chances of seeing giant tortoises, land iguanas, and more flightless cormorants near the coast.

Day 4
AM: Isabela Island – Elizabeth Bay

A visitor site on the way down to the southern parts of Isabela Island is Elizabeth Bay.  There are a series of islets, a lagoon, and mangroves surrounding it.  The mangroves provide a great place to observe many birds and at the lagoon, it is possible to see sea turtles resting and feeding.   

PM: Isabela Island – Moreno Point

 On the South Western point of Isabela Island is Moreno Point.  With striking black geological features, it is home to endemic species known only to the barren lava flows found here.  Various activities are possible such as a hike, a panga ride to better see various sea birds, and geological features, and snorkeling to view the vibrant underwater life.

Day 5
AM: Isabela Island –  Sierra Negra Volcano

Sierra Negra is located on the South of the Island and is two of the oldest of all Isabela’s volcanoes.  A hike will show different types of vegetation and geological zones and possibly inside the caldera where petrified lava is present.

PM: Isabela Island – Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center +  Wetlands

The Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center, where two species of giant tortoise are bred to increase the population of these incredible animals, plays an essential role in protecting the future of the Galapagos.

As you walk around the Centre you will also be able to enjoy the beautiful gardens that boast a wide variety of native plants. 

Just outside Puerto Villamil, you can also take a walk around the Isabela wetlands, comprised of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves, which have become a paradise for migratory birds such as stilts and flamingos.

Day 6
AM: Santa Cruz Island – Charles Darwin Research Station

Today Santa Cruz is one of the most popular tourist sites. With a population of about 12,000 Galapagos natives, it has the longest paved road in the entire archipelago.  One of the biggest conservation efforts is to eliminate all non-native plants and animals that are destroying native and endemic species on the island.  There is no longer any volcanic activity but that does not mean there is no evidence.  Santa Cruz means holy cross, but its English name comes from the British vessel – Indefatigable. 

Charles Darwin Research Station conducts many different research projects and provides assistance to other researchers and governmental institutions and agencies, especially the Galapagos National Park.  Many of the results are later published online, in magazines, and in popular scientific journals.  The research station also plays a big part in educating the community and public schools in Galapagos.  There is also the longtime-running Giant Tortoise restoration program that includes various stages of the giant tortoise from eggs, hatchlings, and adults.

Transfer to Baltra Airport

Itinerary 6 Nights, F

Day 1
AM: Arrival to Baltra Island

Assistance will be provided upon your arrival by a  NPE representative after passing through immigration and baggage claim.  When ready, you will be transferred to the yacht.  You will then be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before the welcome briefing and lunch.

 PM: Santa Cruz Island – Highlands

 As part of your day, we will head towards the Highlands of Santa Cruz to visit the Twin Craters or Gemelos, meaning twins in Spanish, are two caved in magma chambers of a previous volcano. After years of erosion and extinction, the once full chambers caved in leaving two similar craters that can be seen on a short hike that passes by a Scalesia forest.

 Then, be prepared to admire the famous giant tortoises in the wild. It is impressive to see these endemic animals that give the name to the archipelago, Galapagos. Birdwatching is also one of the activities in the highlands, since this area is home of finches and other Galapagos birds. Finally, we walk into lava caves to see the enormous lava flows that formed the islands before continuing back to the M/C Petrel.

Day 2
AM: South Plaza Island

South Plaza is one of the smallest islands with a visitor site but is home to an incredible amount of diverse flora and fauna. It has a large population of Sesuvium plants like the prickly pear cactus tree which is an important source of food for the land iguana. Just a few years ago mice were finally eradicated from the island, helping the population of land iguanas grow healthily once more.

PM: Santa Fe Island

Santa Fe Island is home to the unique Santa Fe land iguana and is the only place to find the Opuntia cactus. Giant tortoises were once native to this island but after many years of pirates and buccaneers visiting the island and taking the tortoises aboard as food, they became extinct. The Island is also called Barrington Island, named after British Admiral Samuel Barrington. Large numbers of sea lions can be found on the landing beach and Galapagos hawks can also sometimes be seen.

Day 3
AM: Lobos Island

San Cristobal Island is the fifth largest island in the Galapagos and lies farthest East.  It is where Darwin first landed back in 1835 and where the first permanent settlements were founded.  Today the main port Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the capital of Galapagos and houses many government offices, the Ecuadorian Navy, and an airport with daily flights to the mainland of Ecuador.  Conservation challenges the island faces include invasive plants like blackberry and guayaba and insects like the blackfly.

Lobos Island is an islet about an hour away from San Cristobal. Blue-footed boobies will nest here seasonally. In recent years frigate birds have begun to nest here. Sea lions are abundant, as well as marine iguanas. It is a very calm and tranquil site with beautiful views, including Kicker Rock off in the distance.

PM: San Cristobal Island – David Rodriguez Giant Tortoise Breeding Center

This is the fifth largest island in the Galapagos and lies farthest East.  It is where Darwin first landed back in 1835 and where the first permanent settlements were founded.  Today the main port Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the capital of the Galapagos province and houses many government offices, the Ecuadorian Navy, and an airport with daily flights to the mainland of Ecuador.  Conservation challenges the island faces include invasive plants like blackberry and guayaba and insects like the blackfly.

A visit to the David Rodriguez Breeding Center provides information about the origin and evolution of the giant tortoise and explains why the center is so vital in safeguarding the future of these incredible creatures.

Walking through the trails of the reserve, you can see baby tortoises being reared in semi-natural conditions – a brilliant demonstration of the commitment the local people have to preserving the wildlife that makes the Galapagos so special.

Day 4
AM: Espanola Island – Gardner Bay/Osborn Islet/Gardner Islet

Here lies the southernmost island in the Galapagos, as well as the oldest.  It is estimated to be about four million years old.  Because it is so far away from the other islands it has the most endemic species.  It is a wonderful opportunity for some great photography of endemic bird species that are found only on Espanola and awesome landscapes created by millions of years of erosion.

Gardner Bay/Osborn Islet/Gardner Islet: Visit one of the best beaches in the Galapagos.  The white sandy beach is home to a large colony of friendly and playful sea lions.  Three different types of finches can be seen.  The Espanola Mockingbird is very friendly, but probably looking for food.  At one point in time, tourists must have given it water or food, which taught them bad habits.  The site is also where green sea turtles will come to nest their eggs between January and March. 

PM: Suarez Point

This is a phenomenal site where you will get to see many of Espanola Island’s endemic species.  The trail will pass by the only Waved Albatross breeding site.  If you are lucky, you might see a young albatross, take off for its first flight for up to five years at sea.  Older birds stay at sea for months at a time, only coming back to breed.  They have the same mate for life and will meet each other each year, only here to reproduce. 

Other species that can be seen are marine iguanas that stay brightly colored year-round, Galapagos doves, Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, and Darwin finches. 

Day 5
AM: Floreana Island – Devil’s Crown/Cormorant Point

This Island is one of the most interesting when it comes to human history.  The first Galapagos resident was an Irishman who lived on Floreana from 1807 to 1809. It is the site of the first post office within the islands created by whalers in the 1700’s. Later it became the first island to be colonized by Ecuadorians, but to this day is still very isolated.  Surrounded by mystery, in the 1930’s various disappearances occurred and are thought to be because of tension between a baroness and her three servants who arrived after an already settled husband and wife, who gave birth to the first to be born in the Galapagos and another couple of a doctor and a female companion who lived off the land from their garden.  The small population of today lives off the land with homegrown farms and gets their water from rain-filled ponds during the rainy season.  There is one hotel with the only phone in the port of Velasco Ibarra where most residents live, the rest live up in the highlands.  Transportation is limited and is only available every two weeks.  

Devil’s Crown is a visitor site that boasts the best snorkeling opportunities.  Below the surface are amazing volcanic structures that have submerged over time.  Hundreds of different colorful fish species can be found here among the coral reefs.  Sharks, rays, sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, and sea lions are also common visitors.  It is an underwater spectacle that cannot be missed.

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Another fun and interesting visitor site is Cormorant Point.  Two beaches can be visited and flamingoes can be seen wading through brackish lagoons looking for shrimp, which gives them their bright and vibrant colors.  One of the beaches looks green because of olivine crystals and the other is appropriately called Flour Beach a powdery white, made from finely pulverized coral.      

PM: Post Office Bay/Baroness Lookout Point

A completely human-influential site, Post Office Bay is the first official post office created by passing whalers in the 1700’s.  To this day visitors continue the tradition as many leaves addressed messages on postcards in the barrel to be sent by future visitors while picking up postcards left behind by previous visitors to send when they return home.  It is a fun exchangeable activity many visitors enjoy.   

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On the northern part of the island, Baroness Lookout Point has a beautiful landscape and historic view.  It was named after the supposed Austrian Baroness that was the subject of many mysterious disappearances and well-known stories of loathing by those on Floreana.

Day 6
AM: Santa Cruz – Charles Darwin Research Station

Today Santa Cruz is one of the most popular tourist sites. With a population of about 12,000 Galapagos natives, it has the longest paved road in the entire archipelago.  One of the biggest conservation efforts is to eliminate all non-native plants and animals that are destroying native and endemic species on the island.  There is no longer any volcanic activity but that does not mean there is no evidence.  Santa Cruz means holy cross, but its English name comes from the British vessel – Indefatigable.

The Charles Darwin Research Station conducts many different research projects and provides assistance to other researchers and governmental institutions and agencies, especially the Galapagos National Park.  Many of the results are later published online, in magazines, and in popular scientific journals.  The research station also plays a big part in educating the community and public schools in Galapagos.  There is also the longtime-running Giant Tortoise restoration program that includes various stages of the giant tortoise from eggs, hatchlings, and adults.

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Wildlife

The beautiful Galapagos Islands were created by volcanic activity that occurred between three and five million years ago near the equator in the Pacific Ocean. What was once a collection of inhospitable and remote lands devoid of all life is now home to a wide variety of exotic and strange creatures and plants, many of which are unique to this region. Given that the wildlife of the Galapagos Archipelago closely resembles that of South and Central America, as well as the fact that the islands were never connected to the mainland, it is likely that both plants and animals traveled great distances before finally arriving on the islands, either by wind or sea.This explains why some species of plants and animals are abundant in some regions while other species are largely missing.

The majority of the land animal species in the Galapagos are reptiles. They probably traveled to the Galapagos on rafts of vegetation that were transported by the ocean’s currents. They were best prepared to tolerate the arduous ocean journey since they could go for extended periods without water, but other species like large animals and amphibians couldn’t. Also, some creatures, such sea lions and penguins, were able to swim there. A few land birds were carried to the islands by wind currents, but most species were transported to the Galapagos Islands by air, where sea birds dominated the skies due to their ability to travel great distances.

The Galapagos flora and fauna underwent a series of evolutionary processes that allowed the fittest of species to survive by figuring out how to adapt to their environment and developing these traits over generations — a concept introduced by Darwin in his famous evolution theory — giving rise to the staggering diversity of distinct subspecies that grace the Galapagos islands. The lack of predators in the archipelago, however, is what gave island wildlife its most distinctive feature: a fearlessness toward people that gives tourists once-in-a-lifetime access to a unique world where people coexist peacefully and harmoniously with the wild.

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Extensions

 

Day 1: Arrive in Lima

Arrive in the modern city of Lima. Upon your arrival, an NPE team representative will meet & greet you and transfer you to the convenient Wyndham Costa del Sol, which is connected to the airport. There we will recharge our energies for our fantastic experience ahead. Overnight at Wyndham Costa del Sol (No Meals).

Day 2: Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley

Fly this morning for Cusco. Upon your arrival at the imperial city, drive through the Sacred Valley to Chinchero, a typical Andean village, where we have lunch and learn about the fantastic high-quality handicrafts done in this picturesque village by the local artisans. Afterward, we will continue our ride through the Sacred Valley of the Incas towards the superb  Tambo del Inka, where we will spend two nights. We will enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel restaurant and have a briefing about our fantastic visit to Machu Picchu on the next day. Overnight at Tambo del Inka (B, L, D).

Day 3: Machu Picchu

Today, we will head towards Ollantaytambo’s train station, where we will board our first-class train to Machu Picchu. The sanctuary, which is located at a height of fewer than 8,000 feet in the “eyebrow of the jungle,” is encircled by a tropical mountain forest full of a variety of birds and orchids. Our guide will lead us through this fantastic world wonder while explaining to us the importance of this place considered sacred for the Incas. After our visit, we will return to Machu Picchu pueblo to catch our train back to Ollantaytambo and drive back to Tambo del Inka. On our return to Ollantaytambo, we will enjoy a superb dinner onboard the train. Overnight at Tambo del Inka (B, L, D).

Day 4: Sacred Valley / Cusco

This morning, after breakfast, head for Cusco with a full day to explore. See the Plaza de Armas, the revered Inca Temple of the Sun, the wonderfully ornate 17th-century cathedral, and other highlights of this thriving cultural hub and the center of the Inca world, where colonial structures sit upon Inca foundations. After our visit, we will check in at the Palacio del Inka hotel, located in the historic center. Today, dinner is on your own to explore this fantastic city on your own. Your guide will provide you with some recommendations for restaurants and where to go during the night. Overnight at Palacio del Inka (B, L).

Day 5: Cusco / Lima / Guayaquil

Today, we will drive to the airport for our scheduled flight to Lima, and continue to Guayaquil, where we will spend the night before boarding our cruise to the outstanding Galapagos. Overnight at Hotel del Parque (B, L, D).

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