Alya – Cruise the Northern Galapagos Islands

On this luxurious cruise on board the M/C Alya, you are able to travel the northern part of the archipelago to the most isolated places in Genovesa Island and on Santiago, as well as amazing sites on Bartolome, Mosquera and Santa Cruz.

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    24/7 Assistance
    Domestic Flights
    English Speaking Guides
    Services as described
  • Not Included

    International Flights
    Personal Expenses
    Services not described
    Travel insurance

Day 1 Thursday: Baltra Airport - Black Turtle Cove

Today your adventure begins. You will take your flight from mainland Ecuador to Baltra Airport (GPS). (Domestic flights included). Your guide will already wait for you and pick you up to bring you to your vessel, where you will check in your cabin and lunch will be ready to be served. In the afternoon you will jump in a dinghy and explore Black Turtle Cove, which is in the north of Santa Cruz Island. The bay, surrounded by mangroves, is a safe habitat for all kinds of marine wildlife like reef sharks, turtles, and all kinds of rays. Back at Alya, you will have dinner and enjoy the rest of the evening with a glass of wine or a cocktail on the sun deck.

Day 2 Friday: Genovesa Island - Darwin Bay - Barranco

After a great breakfast you will land with your vessel on Genovesa Island, at Darwin Bay. Near the beach you will find a mangrove swamp where we will find a colony of frigates, marine iguanas, red-footed boobies and mask boobies, the great terrestrial finch, seagulls, herons, and cactus finch. You will be able to take a walk around the area, take pictures, or have a swim or snorkel in the bay. In the afternoon, a hike in Barranco is on your schedule, which is also known as Prince Phillip’s stairs. You will be able to spot tropical birds, petrels, common frigate, red-footed boobies, mask boobies, doves, and finches.

Day 3 Saturday: Santiago Island - Sullivan Bay - Bartolome Island

This morning, you will have a hike in Sullivan Bay. You will walk over uneroded lava flows that cover vast parts of the area. The scenery here is spectacular. After lunch, the journey continues to Bartolome Island. You will hike up alongside tiquilia, chamaesyce, scalesia and other plants, until you reach the top of the island at 114m with great views of Santiago, Rabida, and Isabela. At the island's beaches you will be able to go for a swim or a snorkel. Later today, you will be able to observe penguins in the Rock Pinnacle.

Day 4 Sunday: Chinese Hat - Mosquera

Chinese Hat is a small islet near the south-east coast of Santiago. The islet is formed by a so-called ‘spatter cone’, and many lava tubes are underneath. You will walk around on a small path and your guide will feed you with geological knowledge about lava tubes and lava flows. Mosquera, located between Baltra and North Seymour will be your destination this afternoon. Near a white sanded beach you will be able to observe a large sea lion colony. In the evening enjoy dinner onboard the Alya and have a drink on your last evening in the Galapagos.

Day 5 Monday: Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Station

After breakfast, your last big activity is on the agenda: a visit to the famous Charles Darwin Research Station in Santa Cruz’s main town of Puerto Ayora. A private bus will bring you to the entrance, where you will join a guided tour through the station and its breeding center. Here is where Lonesome George lived, the famous last individual of the giant tortoises from Pinta island. Unfortunately, George died in 2012, but the station remains an important place for other near extinct species, being nurtured and bred before being released back to the wild of their original islands. Here is where your trip ends, and you take a shuttle back to Baltra Airport, where you will catch your flight out of the Galapagos and maybe you take a look back on the amazing trip you had when looking out of the window.
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