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Enjoy your Galapagos Islands vacations on board Alya luxury cruise.

The Alya’s catamaran design guarantees you smooth sailing in the seas surrounding the Galapagos Islands. This luxury-class, 16- passenger boat offers the travelers a choice of eight-, five-and four-day cruises through the archipelago. The itineraries include snorkeling, kayaking and hiking.

After the day’s excursions, relax in the library viewing a movie from the DVD collection, or on the sundeck while enjoying a drink from one of the catamaran’s two bars. You’ll rest well in one of the nine pleasant cabins, eight of which have private balconies. All are equipped with private bathrooms, cold/hot water, air conditioning, safe box and other amenities. Throughout, the Alya is elegantly and tastefully decorated.

The Alya’s eight crew members and bilingual, certified naturalist guide will assure you a safe and informative journey through the Galapagos Islands.

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DECKS AND CABINS

This new Catamaran has 9 comfortable cabins, 8 of them with private balcony. 4 cabins in upper deck and 5 in main deck, all the beds can be double or twin. Private facilities in each cabin: private bathrooms, cold/hot water; air conditioned, hair dryer, telephone for internal communication on board, safe box, and high speaker.

Social areas such as library, DVD service, dining room, bar with a variety of drinks and a sundeck with a panoramic Jacuzzi.

MAIN DECK

UPPER DECK

SUN DECK

SPECIFICATIONS 

Year of construction:2017
TypeLuxury Motor Catamaran
Length:105 ft (32 m)
Beam:43 ft (13 m)
Draft:5,6 ft (1.70 m)
 Water capacity: 2.500 gallons
Capacity:16 passengers
Accommodation:Main Deck: One 205ft² / 19m² double cabin. Four 215ft² / 20m² double cabins with private balcony. Dining room and Lounge

Upper Deck: Four 172ft² / 16m² double cabins (all with private balcony).

Main engines:2 Cumming  Motors 350 HP
Max speed:12 knots
Crew:9 Crew members + 1 Cruise Director + 1 Bilingual Guide
Electric Power:110V and 220V
Safety & Navigation:All equipment meets / exceeds the international safety standards:

  • Life vests
  • GPS
  • Sonar
  • Naval radars
  • Fire detection and prevention systems.

ITINERARIES

Cruise (Mon – Thu) – 4 days / 3 nights

Day 1: Monday
– AM – San Cristobal Island
Morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands.
You will arrive at San Cristobal Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage
claim, you will be met by a Alya staff member and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your
cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

In the afternoon, you will be involved in an excursion to Lobos Island which means “Sea Lion Island.”
This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, playful, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to
their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the
chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.

Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0,6 miles / 1km), dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy /moderate
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights: Sea lions, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies

Day 2: Tuesday
– AM – San Cristobal Island – Witch Hill
In the morning, you will visit 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 powdery
sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby
birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkeling.

Possible Activities: Hike, dinghy ride, snorkeling & kayaking
Difficulty: Easy walk along the beach
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights: Beautiful rock formations, sea lions, shore birds, nches and mockingbirds; Snorkeling: nice tropical sh, anemones, sponges, coral

– PM – Pitt Point
In the afternoon, you will end up visiting the Pitt Point, situated on the north-eastern tip of the
island, hosts frigatebirds, storm petrels, and all three types of booby birds: the Nazca, blue-footed
and red-footed boobies. A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an area
with an abundance of birds.

Possible Activities: Hiking (1.5 miles / 2 km)
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights: Frigatebirds, storm petrels, Nazca boobies, blue- and red-footed boobies.

Day 3: Wednesday
– AM – Española Island – Suarez Point
In the morning, you will visit Suarez Point. On the trail you will have the chance to see blue-footed
boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. This island is the breeding site of nearly all of the world’s
12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. You will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there
is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! You will have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts water into the air. The landscape is great for photography.

Possible Activities: Hike (1,9 miles / 3 km)
Difficulty: Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights: Hood mockingbirds, Nazca boobies, waved albatrosses (from the last week of april until the last week of january), red-billed tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, blue-footed boobies,
blowhole, amazing landscape

– PM – Gardner Bay
In the afternoon, excursion takes you to the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing, you can walk
across a lovely white-sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with
sea lion pups. You may also see curious mockingbirds on the beach.

Possible Activities: Snorkeling, panga ride & short hike (0,6 miles / 1km) Kayaking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: White sandy beach, sea lions, mockingbirds; snorkeling: colorful fish, sea lion nursery

Day 4: Thursday
– AM – Santa Cruz – Highlands
Your morning excursion takes you from Puerto Ayora to the green highlands of Santa Cruz for a visit to El Chato reserve. The area is divided in two: Caseta and Chato. The trail begins at Santa Rosa (13.7 miles / 22 km) from Puerto Ayora, with the Caseta route being the most challenging. The reserve allows visitors to observe giant tortoises in the wild during the dry season and is also a good place to spot short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, Galapagos rails and paint-billed crakes.

Possible Activities: Hiking (2 1⁄2 km / 1,5 miles)
Difficulty: Moderate (long)
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights: Finches, wild tortoises, tortoise nesting site.

After this final visit, you will be transferred to the Baltra airport in time for your flight back to the
mainland.

Cruise (Thu – Mon) – 5 days / 4 nights

Day 1: Tuesday
– AM – Santa Cruz Island
Morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra, Galapagos Islands.
You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by a Alya staff member and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

In North Seymour you will be able to see Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent
frigatebirds which are abundant on this island. North Seymour was formed by a series of submarine lava flows containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

Possible Activities: Dinghy ride & hiking (1.5 miles / 2.41 km)
Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights: Land & marine iguanas, frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, sea lions; snorkeling: rays, reef sharks, fish, garden eels.

Day 2: Friday
– AM – Genovesa Island –  Darwin Bay 

In the morning, you will visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which heads a half mile trail
(0,75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path we’ll find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.

Possible Activities: Hiking (0,9 miles / 1,5 Km), snorkeling, kayaking, and dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights: Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, swallow-tail gulls, mangroves, coral pebble beach, snorkeling: rays, colourful reef fish, and hammerhead sharks occasionaly

– PM – El Barranco
In the afternoon, you will visit El Barranco which is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps. It is a steep, rocky path that leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

Possible Activities: Hiking (0,9 miles / 2 Km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights: Red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, storm-petrels, Galapagos doves

Day 3: Saturday
– AM – Santiago Island – Sullivan Bay
In the morning, you will visit Sullivan Bay located on the southeast part of Santiago. This place is
interesting for its geology because the area is covered by lava flows. This place has elevations in the
form of small volcanoes formed by the lava flows.

Possible Activities: Hiking
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Lava flows, small volcanoes

– PM – Bartholomew Island
In the afternoon, you will head to Bartholomew Island, home of the famous Pinnacle Rock. Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see Galapagos penguins.

Possible Activities: Dinghy ride, snorkeling & hiking (1.2 miles/ 2 km)
Difficulty: Moderate/difficult. Walk up to the top of volcano 374 feet (114 meters), 375 wooden steps
Type of Landing: Dry and wet landings
Highlights & Animals: Pinnacle Rock, panoramic view, moonlike landscape, penguins, pioneer plants, lava cactus; snorkeling: penguins, reef sharks, rays, and great colorful fish.

Day 4: Sunday
– AM – Santa Cruz – Dragon Hill 

In the morning, you will visit Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz. The visitors’ site at Dragon Hill is located on the northwestern part of Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that runs through three different environments although it is only slightly less than a mile long (1,600 meters). The beach is very rocky. At high tide it’s a nice place for snorkeling. At this visiting site you can find vegetation typical of the intertidal and dry zones.

Possible Activities: Dinghy ride and short hike
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights: Fragatebirds, herons, blue-footed boobies, rays, reef sharks

– PM – Black Turtle Cove
In the afternoon you will visit Black Turtle Cove on the northern part of Santa Cruz Island. This islet is surrounded by mangroves and is only accessible by dinghy. The shallow cove is a haven for young marine life. Black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.

Possible Activities: Dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: No landing
Highlights & Animals: Baby hammerhead shark, rays, sea turtles, sea birds

Day 5: Monday
– AM – Santa Cruz Island
In the morning, you will visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island,
where giant tortoises are bred in captivity; this is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new
hatchlings) to 4-feet long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises 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.

Possible Activities: Walking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights: Giant Land Tortoises

After this final visit, you will be transferred to the Baltra airport in time for your flight back to the
mainland.

Cruise A (Mon – Mon) – 8 days / 7 nights

Day 1: Monday
– AM – Arrival to San Cristobal
Morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands.
You will arrive at San Cristobal Island in the morning. After going through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by a Alya staff member and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing..

– PM – Lobos Island
In the afternoon, you will be involved in an excursion to Lobos Island which means “Sea Lion Island.” This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, playful, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.

Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0,6 miles / 1km), dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy /moderate
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights: Sea lions, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies

Day 2: Tuesday
– AM – San Cristobal Island – Witch Hill
In the morning, you will visit 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 powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkeling.

Possible Activities: Hike, dinghy ride, snorkeling & kayaking
Difficulty: Easy walk along the beach
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights: Beautiful rock formations, sea lions, shore birds, nches and mockingbirds; Snorkeling: nice tropical sh, anemones, sponges, coral

– PM – Pitt Point
In the afternoon, you will end up visiting the Pitt Point, situated on the north-eastern tip of the island, hosts frigatebirds, storm petrels, and all three types of booby birds: the Nazca, blue-footed and red-footed boobies. A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an area with an abundance of birds.

Possible Activities: Hiking (1.5 miles / 2 km)
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights: Frigatebirds, storm petrels, Nazca boobies, blue- and red-footed boobies

Day 3: Wednesday
– AM – Española Island – Suarez Point
In the morning, you will visit Suarez Point. On the trail you will have the chance to see blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. This island is the breeding site of nearly all of the world’s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. You will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! You will have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts water into the air. The landscape is great for photography.

Possible Activities: Hike (1,9 miles / 3 km)
Difficulty: Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights: Hood mockingbirds, Nazca boobies, waved albatrosses (from the last week of april until the last week of january), red-billed tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, blue-footed boobies,
blowhole, amazing landscape

– PM – Gardner Bay
In the afternoon, excursion takes you to the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing, you can walk across a lovely white-sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. You may also see curious mockingbirds on the beach.

Possible Activities: Snorkeling, panga ride & short hike (0,6 miles / 1km) Kayaking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights: White sandy beach, sea lions, mockingbirds; snorkeling: colorful fish, sea lion nursery

Day 4: Thursday
– AM – Santa Cruz
Your morning excursion takes you from Puerto Ayora to the green highlands of Santa Cruz for a visit to El Chato reserve. The area is divided in two: Caseta and Chato. The trail begins at Santa Rosa (13.7 miles / 22 km) from Puerto Ayora, with the Caseta route being the most challenging. The reserve allows visitors to observe giant tortoises in the wild during the dry season and is also a good place to spot short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, Galapagos rails and paint-billed crakes.

Possible Activities: Hiking (2 1⁄2 km / 1,5 miles)
Difficulty: Moderate (long)
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights: Finches, wild tortoises, tortoise nesting site.

– PM – North Seymour
In North Seymour you will be able to see Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent
frigatebirds which are abundant on this island. North Seymour was formed by a series of submarine lava flows containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

Possible Activities: Dinghy ride & hiking (1.5 miles / 2.41 km)
Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights: Land & marine iguanas, frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, sea lions; snorkeling: rays, reef sharks, fish, garden eels.

Day 5: Friday
– AM – Genovesa Island – Darwin Bay
In the morning, you will visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which heads a half mile trail
(0,75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path we’ll find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.

Possible Activities: Hiking (0,9 miles / 1,5 Km), snorkeling, kayaking, and dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, swallow-tail gulls, mangroves, coral pebble beach, snorkeling: rays, colourful reef fish, and hammerhead sharks occasionaly

– PM – El Barranco
In the afternoon, you will visit El Barranco which is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps. It is a steep, rocky path that leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

Possible Activities: Hiking (0,9 miles / 2 Km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry, difficult landing
Highlights: Red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, storm-petrels, Galapagos doves

Day 6: Saturday
– AM – Santiago Island – Sullivan Bay
In the morning, you will visit Sullivan Bay located on the southeast part of Santiago. This place is interesting for its geology because the area is covered by lava flows. This place has elevations in the form of small volcanoes formed by the lava flows.

Possible Activities: Hiking
Difficulty: Easy / moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights: Lava flows, small volcanoes

– PM – Bartholomew Island
In the afternoon, you will head to Bartholomew Island, home of the famous Pinnacle Rock. Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see Galapagos penguins.

Possible Activities: Dinghy ride, snorkeling & hiking (1.2 miles/ 2 km)
Difficulty: Moderate/difficult. Walk up to the top of volcano 374 feet (114 meters), 375 wooden steps
Type of Landing: Dry and wet landings
Highlights: Pinnacle Rock, panoramic view, moonlike landscape, penguins, pioneer plants, lava cactus; snorkeling: penguins, reef sharks, rays, and great colorful fish.

Day 7: Sunday
– AM – Santa Cruz Island – Dragon Hill
In the morning, you will visit Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz. The visitors’ site at Dragon Hill is located on the northwestern part of Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that runs through three different environments although it is only slightly less than a mile long (1,600 meters). The beach is very rocky. At high tide it’s a nice place for snorkeling. At this visiting site you can find vegetation typical of the intertidal and dry zones.

Possible Activities: Dinghy ride and short hike
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights: Fragatebirds, herons, blue-footed boobies, rays, reef sharks

– PM – Black Turtle Cove
In the afternoon you will visit Black Turtle Cove on the northern part of Santa Cruz Island. This islet is surrounded by mangroves and is only accessible by dinghy. The shallow cove is a haven for young marine life. Black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.

Possible Activities: Dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: No Landing
Highlights: Baby hammerhead shark, rays, sea turtles, sea birds

Day 8: Monday
– AM – Santa Cruz Island
In the morning, you will visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity; this is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises 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.

Possible Activities: Walking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights: Giant Land Tortoises

After this final visit, you will be transferred to the Baltra airport in time for your flight back to the
mainland.

Cruise B (Mon – Mon) – 8 days / 7 nights

Day 1: Monday
– AM – Santa Cruz Island
Morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra, Galapagos Islands.
You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by a Alya staff member and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

– PM – Twin Craters
In the afternoon, you will visit the Twin Craters located opposite to each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only gurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground ssures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.

Possible Activities: Walking and landscape viewing
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights: Pit Craters, Scalesia Forest

Afterwards you excursion takes you to the green highlands of Santa Cruz for a visit to El Chato
reserve. The area is divided in two: Caseta and Chato. The trail begins at Santa Rosa (13.7 miles / 22
km) from Puerto Ayora, with the Caseta route being the most challenging. The reserve allows visitors to observe giant tortoises in the wild during the dry season and is also a good place to spot shorteared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, Galapagos rails and paint-billed crakes.

Possible Activities: Hiking (2 1⁄2 km / 1,5 miles)
Difficulty: Moderate (long)
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights: Finches, wild tortoises, tortoise nesting site.

Day 2: Tuesday
– AM – Isabela Island – Moreno Point
In the morning you will visit Moreno Point located southwest of Elizabeth Bay. Here a dry landing onto what was once owing lava is possible. The lava has left craters in its wake which formed crystal tide pools. By looking into the pools, you can peer into another world as the marine life drifts by your window. In the brackish pools of this area, you may see pink amingos, white-cheeked pintails, and common gallinules. If you look carefully into the pools, you may see white-tip reef sharks and some sea turtles.

Possible Activities: Snorkeling, panga ride & hike (1.2 miles / 2km)
Difficulty: Moderate / difficult
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights: Flamingos, gallinules, pintail ducks, turtles, white-tip reef sharks.

– PM – Elizabeth Bay
Elizabeth Bay is located on the east coast of Isabela Island. The bay contains many islets, which can
be visited by dinghy. Penguins and blue-footed boobies can be spotted on the rocky islets. With an
abundance of marine life and clear water, the area is perfect for snorkeling and viewing schools of
colorful fish, sea lions, and perhaps even sharks.

Possible Activities: Two-hour dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: No landing
Highlights: Mangrove forest (unique in Galapagos), sea turtles, penguins, rays, herons, sea lions.

Day 3: Wednesday
– AM – Isabela Island – Urbina Bay
In the afternoon, you will go to Urbina Bay which is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954 causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkeling.

Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride & hike, 2 trails: short (0.6mi/1 km), long (1.9mi/3km)
Difficulty: Easy /moderate
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights: Land iguanas (the biggest in the Galapagos), hawks, coral reef, giant tortoises; snorkeling: turtles, rays, tropical fish

– PM – Espinosa Point
In the afternoon, crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, you will land at Espinosa Point, and after walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, reach the island’s highlight: the fightless cormorant nesting site. This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.

Possible Activities: Hike of approximately (1.2 miles / 2 km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry and slippery at low tide
Highlights: Flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, ‘a‘ā lava, sea lions, penguins, active volcano “La Cumbre”.

Day 4: Thursday
– AM – Isabela Island – Tagus Cove
In the morning, you will visit Tagus Cove on Isabela Island which is located across from Fernandina
Island, near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s, using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another lovely beach surrounded by mangroves.

Possible Activities: Long hike, snorkeling, panga ride
Difficulty: Moderate / Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights: Penguins, flightless cormorants, Darwin Volcano & Lake

– PM – Vicente Roca Point
In the afternoon, visit is at Vicente Roca Point. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (or sun fish).

Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride & hike, 2 trails: short (0.6mi/1 km), long (1.9mi/3km)
Difficulty: Easy /moderate
Type of Landing: No landing
Highlights: Penguins, blue-footed boobies, terns, Nazca boobies, two types of sea lions. sea turtles, rays and puffer fish.

Day 5: Friday
– AM – Santiago Island – Espumilla Beach
In the morning, visit is to Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and the Sally Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkeling is highly recommended as you could and yourself face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark and a variety of other species of tropical fish.

Possible Activities: Snorkeling and swimming
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: Snorkeling

– PM – Egas Port
In the afternoon, you will go to Egas Port, also known as James Bay, on Santiago Island which is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to the coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur sea lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site.

Possible Activities: Snorkeling, hiking (1.2 miles/2 km)
Difficulty: Easy / moderate
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights: Fur sea lions, Galapagos sea lions, tidal pools and grottos, Galapagos hawks, oyster catchers, marine iguanas, finches; snorkeling: reef sharks, turtles, rays, nice underwater formations.

Day 6: Saturday
– AM – Rabida Island
In the morning, you will visit Rabida Island (or Jervis) which is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago as well as a great snorkeling site. You will start on Rabida’s famous maroon sandy beach, and after an easy hike, you will arrive at a stunning lookout to enjoy the amazing landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance such as nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks, and brown pelicans.

Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride, and short hike (0.6 miles /1 km)
Difficulty: Easy / moderate
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights: White-cheeked pintail ducks, colorful fish, sea lions, brackish water lagoon, penguins, Galapagos hawk

– PM – Chinese Hat Islet
In the afternoon, you will visit Chinese Hat Islet. This small islet is located near the southeast coast of Santiago Island. Its name comes from the distinct shape of the islet’s summit. This small islet is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tubes and lava flows. Some of the lava ows were formed underwater and subsequently raised above sea level. The presence of coral heads on the lava ow indicates this phenomenon.

Possible Activities: Hike (1,9 miles / 3 km)
Difficulty: Easy / moderate
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights: Lava formations, great site for snorkeling with an abundance of marine species, marine iguanas, sea lions.

Day 7: Sunday
– AM – Santa Cruz Island – Bachas Beach
The morning visit, Bachas Beach, is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz which is a swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest on the beach.

Possible Activities: Hiking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights: World War II remnants, Sally Ligthfoot crabs, hermit crabs, blacknecked stilts, whimbrels, sea turtles.

– PM – South Plaza Island
In the afternoon, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.

Possible Activities: Hike (1.5 miles / 2 ½ km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights: Land iguanas, sea lion colony, Audubon’s shearwaters, swallowtailed gulls, Nazca boobies, amazing landscape with cliffs

Day 8: Monday
– AM – San Cristobal Island
In the morning, you will visit the Interpretation Center. This site is part of an environment project.
The tour of this center will explore the natural history of the islands including human interaction and conservation efforts. The Museum of Natural History explains the volcanic origin of the archipelago, ocean currents, climate, and the arrival of endemic species. The Human History exhibit chronologically describes significant events such as discovery and colonization of the islands.

Possible Activities: Museum visit
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Highlights: Great exhibits about the archipelago’s natural history

After this final visit, you will be transferred to the San Cristobal airport in time for your flight back
to the mainland.

 

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