Cruise the Western Galapagos Islands

This cruise onboard the luxury vessel M/C Alya brings you to the most western Galapagos Islands of Isabela and  Fernandina, as well as to Santiago and the island of Santa Cruz. On this stunning 6 day trip, you will be able to discover plenty of marine and land wildlife, besides magnificent landscapes, beaches and volcanoes.

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    24/7 Assistance
    Domestic Flights
    English Speaking Guides
    Services as described
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    International Flights
    Personal Expenses
    Services not described
    Travel insurance

Day 1 Monday: Santa Cruz - Highlands

Your journey begins! Today you take your flight to Baltra Airport (GPS), where your guide will already wait for you to escort you to your ship, the beautiful Alya. (Domestic flights included) After checking in to your cabin, lunch will be ready to be served. In the afternoon, you will go to Santa Cruz, take a private bus to the highlands of the island. Here you can see the giant tortoises in their natural habitat. In the evening, after dinner, you can enjoy the rest of your first day with a drink on deck of Alya.

Day 2 Tuesday: Isabela Island - Moreno Point - Elizabeth Bay

After breakfast, Moreno Point is on your list. On a dinghy ride along the coast and a path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves, you will see a plethora of birds, perfect for birdwatchers. In the tide pools, green sea turtles or whitetip reef sharks can be spotted. From here, you can spot the three most active volcanoes of the islands: : The Sierra Negra, the Cerro Azul (both on Isabela Island) and La Cumbre (Fernandina Island). Lunch will be served on board the Alya. In Elizabeth Bay on Isabela, where your afternoon trip leads you, there is one of the island’s breeding sites for penguins. Brown pelicans, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays and sea lions are also often seen.

Day 3 Wednesday: Urbina Bay - Fernandina - Espinoza Point

Today, on a morning hike in Urbina Bay, a little more than three kilometers long, land iguanas and tortoises will most likely cross your path. In the waters also live red and blue lobsters. In the afternoon, you will sail to Fernandina, which is the third largestt island in the Galapagos and has only one visiting site: Espinoza Point, famous for the large colonies of marine iguanas and the home of the flightless cormorant, the Galapagos penguin and snakes. It’s the only island in the archipelago that doesn’t have any mammals, also, it’s the youngest island. The last eruption of the local volcano, Cumbre, only dates back to 2018.

Day 4 Thursday: Tagus Cove - Vicente Roca Point

Tagus Cove is located west of Darwin volcano. On a walk, you will find many inscriptions of pirates in the rocks, some dating back until 1800. From here you can see Lake Darwin, a salt water lake, around 9m deep. Several bird species are living in the area. Later today you will explore Vicente Roca Point, which is two separate coves, and a spectacular marine wildlife. Watch out for seahorses, turtles and the fascinating and gigantic mola-mola, also called sunfish.

Day 5 Friday: Santiago Island - Espumilla Beach - Egas Port

In the morning, at Espumilla Beach, you will find a stunning landscape and Palo Santo wood all around. The beach is an important nesting place for tortoises. After lunch you will head to Egas Port in the west of Santiago, with a beautiful black sanded beach and the volcano Pan de Azucar. Plans for developing a salt mine in the area in 1930 were luckily dropped, so that this place remains mostly natural. At night, grab a drink from the bar, take a seat on deck of Alya and let your thoughts wander into the distance and think about your experiences of the last days.

Day 6 Saturday: Santa Cruz - Bachas Beach

Today, after a hearty breakfast, you will head out for your last tour, Bachas Beach. This beach is one kilometer long, and got the name when the US-american navy left two barges there during World War II. The settlers at the time couldn’t pronounce barges properly, so it was simply changed to Bachas. Here is where your adventure ends! You will be brought to Baltra Airport, where you will catch your flight back to mainland Ecuador, with loads of memories in your bags!
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