Itinerary A - Alya Catamaran - Galapagos Cruise

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Discover the best of Galapagos on this Naturalist Cruise aboard the Alya. This Expedition Cruise will allow you to discover the amazing wildlife in the Galapagos Islands. On Genovesa you can enjoy breathtaking views, breathtaking dinghy trips, and up-close encounters with some of the archipelago's most famous birds. Nazca Boobies , red-footed Boobies and more can be found here. You will be able to see the Galapagos Giant Tortoises and also learn about their preservation and scientific research. Santiago is an island that was once inhabited by pirates. You can enjoy hiking and dinghy riding.

5 Day Galapagos Itinerary

Day 1: Baltra Airport & Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove

Baltra airport. Reception at airport. Transfer in. Welcome on board Alya Catamaran. Welcome drink. Lunch.

Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove

After lunch our first visit is to Black Turtle Cove which is situated in the northern region of Santa Cruz. This bay is surrounded by mangroves and is accessible only by dinghy only. The shallow cove is a safe refuge for marine life. Black-tip reef sharks, marine turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.

  • Return to Alya.
  • Dinner.

Day 2: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay & El Barranco

Darwin Bay

Wet landing, coral beach, activities for this day: short walks, photography, swimming, snorkeling. Genovesa is a small island in the north of the Galapagos.  Our unloading in Darwin Bay will be wet.  Near the beach is 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.  Following the land visit, our passengers can enjoy a swim in the bay.  Snacks and refreshments are available. Lunch.

El Barranco

Dry landing, activities: hiking. Also known as Prince Phillip’s stairs.  Here, we will go for a walk on the Barranco path. On our journey we will observe tropical birds, petrels, common frigate, red-foot boobies, mask boobies, doves, and finches. Dinner.

Day 3: Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay & Bartolome Island

Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay

Wet landing and hiking. Description:  Virtually uneroded lava flows cover an extensive area of this island.  Lava pahoehoe (basaltic lava that has a smooth, billowy, undulating or ropy surface), hornitos, and mollugo (a lava colonizer) can be seen.  Snacks and refreshing beverages await you on board the ship.  Lunch.

Bartolome Island

Dry landing, wet landing for the beach.  Activities on this island include:  walking, swimming, snorkeling, and photography.  We will follow a path to the top (114m) where we can see pioneering plants such as tiquilia, chamaesyce, and scalesia.  The island has been formed by cones, lava pipes where lava once flowed.  Following the wet landing at the beach, we will follow a path through mangrove swamps and sand dune vegetation, to the south beach.  At the north beach, guests can enjoy swimming and snorkeling.  From the top of Bartolome, we will be able to see the islands of Santiago, Rabida, and Isabela. We will see penguins in the Rock Pinnacle.  Dinner.

Day 4: Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill & Chinese Hat Islet

Chinese Hat

A small islet located near the south-east coast of Santiago. It’s shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from afar. It is an island consisting of a cone type “Splatter” (lava ejected as drops which fall close to where they came from, which form an inclined cone) that forms the summit and many lava tubes that go down to the coast.

On the west side you can see pillow-type lava formations, which are an indicator that the flows were formed under the sea and have been raised upward, which is why coral heads are found on the lava. This visit provides an excellent opportunity for the interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows.

The trail is 700 m (round trip) and the minimum time it takes for this trek is 30 minutes.

  • Return Alya.
  • Lunch

Mosquera islet

This islet is located between Baltra Island and North Seymour. Here, we find the biggest sea lion colony; it is also possible to observe several species of birds.  Enjoy the white sand beach.

  • Return Alya.
  • Dinner

Day 5: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station & Airport

After breakfast, we will visit Charles Darwin Station which is located in the main port on Santa Cruz Island; we will take a private bus to the entrance of the breeding center where we will see tortoises and land iguanas in captivity.  This center is the main breeding site on the islands.  Animals that were in danger of extinction on the various islands are maintained in captivity.  Thanks to the dedicated work of several institutions, some species are being saved. Here lived Lonesome George, the famous last survivor of the giant tortoise species found on Pinta Island.  Transfer to the airport.

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5 Day Galapagos Itinerary Includes

  • Airport assistance
  • Transfers in Galapagos
  • Accommodation in double cabin
  • All meals during the cruise
  • Naturalist Bilingual Guide
  • All visits & excursions according to the itinerary
  • Snorkel Gear (mask, tube and fins)
  • Kayaks, paddle boards
  • Unlimited purified water, coffee and tea
  • Wetsuits, soft drinks, beach towels

5 Day Galapagos Itinerary Does not Include

  • Local flight to/from Galapagos
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance fee
  • Galapagos Transit card
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips
  • Local Taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Service do not specified

5 Day Galapagos Itinerary Highlights

  • White-tipped and black-tipped reef sharks, green sea turtles, rays, herons, blue-footed boobies, mangroves.
  • Nesting great frigatebirds, red footed & Nazca boobies, Galapagos sea lions, lava & swallow-tailed gulls, yellow-crowned night herons, Genovesa ground finch, Genovesa cactus finch, Galapagos mockingbirds.
  • Pahoehoe lava, Galapagos penguins, oystercatchers, Galapagos hawks.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 4 Dinners
  • 5 Lunches
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Reviews

Excellent comunication
- Amber Gough
Each detail of the Alya cruise was scheduled, communicated, and delivered just the way it was promised to us. Francisco was a great planner and communicator. To top it off, our adventure experiences were memorable and super exciting.
Problems with solutions
- Graeme White
Our luggage didn’t arrive with our international flight, and next day we had the flight to Galapagos. The crew helped us to buy some stuff, it was nothing short of great. We could enjoy the trip, the different activities in the itinerary, including hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling. Even better, after the days’ voyages, I would relax at the library enjoying a movie from a vast DVD collection. Our luggage arrived the last day of the cruise, but we had the necessary to enjoy every moment there.

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Itinerary A - Alya Catamaran
5 Days (A)
From $3,800.00 per person
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