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El Barranco | Genovesa Island| Galapagos
El Barranco | Genovesa Island| Galapagos
Galapagos Islands Tortoises | Galapagos Cruises | Voyagers Travel
Darwin Bay | Genovesa Island | Galapagos
Bartolome Island | Galapagos
Alya Galapagos Cruise | Luxury Catamaran

Southern and Northern Galapagos Paradise Loop

A fantastic loop between the Northern and Southern Islands of the Archipelago, truly a magnificent experience visiting the most popular sites where diverse endemic species shared this paradise. Quite a complete and easy-going trip when sailing on a very stable twin-hauled Catamaran amongst the best of its kind.

Activity level: Moderate
Ship: Alya Cruise information here



Itinerary
►  DAY 01:  San Cristobal & Lobos Island Details

Lobos Islands Galapagos IslandsDAY 1 Monday: San Cristobal & Lobos Island

Arrival to San Cristobal Islands from Mainland and board the ALYA for Lunch.

PM: Lobos Island
The name of the island means “Sea Lion Island” and it’s quite appropriate as is filled with noisy, frolicking, jolly and playful Sea-lions who will welcome you to their home with “open fins”. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies during the 0.6 miles hike.

 


►  DAY 02:  San Cristobal:  Witch Hill & Pitt Point Details

DAY 2 Tuesday: San Cristobal:  Witch Hill & Pitt Point

Witch Hill Galapagos IslandsAM: Witch Hill

Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white sand and abundant wildlife: sea turtles, sting-rays, booby birds, finches and mockingbirds. Its clear waters provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkeling to enjoy the marvels of the Marine Reserve.

 

 

 

 

PM: Pitt Point
Situated on the northeastern tip of San Cristobal, it hosts frigate-birds, Nazca, blue-footed and red-footed boobies and storm petrels. A steep trail (1.50 miles) goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an area with large bird colonies. This location is also a great spot for snorkeling with great underwater wildlife variety.

 

 

 

 

 


►  DAY 03:  Española Island: Suarez Point & Gardner Bay Details

Punta Suarez | Española Island | Galapagos IslandsDAY 3 Wednesday: Española Island: Suarez Point & Gardner Bay

AM: Suarez Point

This area is great for spotting blue-footed & Nazca Boobies, red-billed tropicbird, Hawks  plus Waved-Albatrosses by the ocean front, where these magnificent large birds use the cliff as a launching mat. We also find here the famous blowhole constantly spraying water high into the air for wonderful photograph opportunities.

AM: Gardner Bay

Gardner Bay, on the eastern side of the island, is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. It has an ample white sandy beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkeling.


►  DAY 04:  Santa Cruz Highlands & North Seymour Island Details

DAY 4 Thursday: Santa Cruz Highlands & North Seymour Island

Santa Cruz Highlands Galapagos IslandsAM: Santa Cruz Highlands

Reached by bus from Puerto Ayora, the highlands of Santa Cruz are a deep green contrasting beautifully with much of the dry, lower islands. The dominant vegetation in the highlands is the forest of Scalesia trees creating the lush green color and surrounded by the famous Galapagos Tortoises in semi-wild state at the Breeding center. The lava tubes, over half a mile long, are underground and walking through them is a unique, surreal experience.

 

 

 

North Seymour Galapagos IslandsPM: North Seymour Island

Galapagos sea lions, frigate-birds and blue-footed boobies are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lava containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation. Opportunity to snorkel and see reef-sharks, rays and garden eels.

 

 


►  DAY 05:  Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay & El Barranco Details

DAY 5 Friday: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay & El Barranco

Darwin Bay | Genovesa Island | GalapagosAM: Darwin Bay

This breathtaking white-sand coral beach heads a half mile trail (0.75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land-birds such as Masked & Red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls. Further down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully; at the end is a spectacular view off a cliff.

 

 

 

 

El Barranco | Genovesa Island| GalapagosPM: El Barranco:
Also known as “Prince Phillip’s Steps”, El Barranco is a steep, rocky path that leads up to a high cliff-face with truly stunning views. This site is also home to “palo santo” vegetation as well as Red-footed Boobies, Doves, Galapagos swallows and short-eared lava owls. The hike is for about 1 mile.

 

 

 

 


►  DAY 06:  Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay & Bartolome Island Details

DAY 6 Saturday: Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay & Bartolome Island

Sullivan Bay | Galapagos Islands | Galapagos IslandsAM: Sullivan Bay

A coral beach landing leads you towards a lava field as far as the eye can see. Hunt and peck over the two distinguished types of lava (sharp and pointy), pahoehoe and “’a’a”, for signs of plant life that have managed to emerge over the past 100 years since the most recent volcanic explosion. A truly amazing volcanic experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bartolome Island | GalapagosPM: Bartolome Island
The Island houses the fantastic Pinnacle Rock, consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. A trail of stairs leads to the summit of the volcano, boasting one of the best views of the islands. The beach is perfect for snorkeling and possible sightings of Galapagos penguin, Reef sharks and rays.

 

 

 

 

 


►  DAY 07:  Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill & Black Turtle Cove Details

DAY 7 Sunday: Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill & Black Turtle Cove

Dragon Hill | Santa Cruz Island | Galapagos Island | Galapagos CruisesAM: Dragon Hill

Situated on Santa Cruz Island, Dragon Hill is one of the newest visitor sites accessible to tourists in the Galapagos Islands. One of the longest Galapagos, yet interesting walking trails will lead visitors along a beach and up a trail to the lagoon lookout where bright flamingos, pintail ducks, and land iguanas can be spotted.

 

 

 

 

 

Black Turtle Cove Galapagos IslandsPM: Black Turtle Cove

Situated in the northern part of Santa Cruz Island. This inlet is surrounded by mangroves and is only accessible by dinghy. The shallow cove is a safe haven for young marine life. Black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.

 

 

 

 

 


►  DAY 08:  Charles Darwin Station & transfer out Details

DAY 8 Monday: Charles Darwin Station & transfer out

Charles Darwin Station Galapagos IslandsAM: Charles Darwin Station & transfer out

The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Afterwards continue to Baltra airport for your flight back to Mainland. End of cruise.

Hiking

Photography

Snorkeling

Kayaking

Swimming

Panga-ride

Alya Galapagos Cruise | 8 days itinerary

Highlights

  • See the largest Waved Albatrosses Colony at Española Island and the breathtaking blowhole.
  • Discover the unique scenery from your private balcony or from the yacht’s sun-deck. Also enjoy local and international cuisine on board your wonderful catamaran.
  • Discover wonderful marine live while snorkeling in Darwin Bay with colorful Reef-Fish and, with luck, spot Hammerhead Sharks.
  • Magnificent views from Pinnacle Rock at Bartolome Island with moonlike landscapes.
  • See variety of birdlife at North Seymour including blue-footed boobies and the great Frigate-Bird plus colonies of Land and Marine Iguanas.
  • Visit a Turtle Breeding Center in Santa Cruz to see how the great measures taken by the National Park are helping to maintain the endemic Species in semi-natural state.

CRUISE INCLUDES

  All programed visits as per itinerary with specialized naturalist bilingual guide;
  Accommodation in twin/double cabin, suite with private facilities (some with balcony);
  All meals on board, drinking purified water, coffee and tea;
  Snorkeling equipment (fins, mask & snorkel) wet-suits & sea-kayaks;;
  Transfers within the islands on cruise dates as per itinerary;
  Personalized 24/7 assistance during tour.

CRUISE DOES NOT INCLUDES

  Airfare to/from Galapagos from/to Mainland Ecuador (to be added);
  Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee US$100 per person (in cash only upon arrival);
  Galapagos Migration Card US$20 in cash per person (at Mainland’s Airport);
  Alcoholic/soft drinks, personal expenses, extras, and tips;
  Travel, medical & cancelation insurance and any services on mainland;
  Other services not specified in the program.

2019 Departures & Rates

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START DATE CABIN PRICE
March 04 STATEROOM $5.569
June 10 STATEROOM $5.569
June 24 STATEROOM $5.569
July 08 STATEROOM $5.569
August 05 STATEROOM $5.569
August 19 STATEROOM $5.569
November 11 STATEROOM $5.569

All departures and prices are subject to availability. Please Contact Us to confirm preferred departure