Northwestern Islands I Cruise

Departs

  • Aug 28, 2014
  • Sep 11, 2014
  • Sep 25, 2014
  • Oct 09, 2014
  • Oct 23, 2014
  • Nov 06, 2014
  • Nov 20, 2014
  • Dec 04, 2014
  • Dec 18, 2014
  • Jan 01, 2015
  • Jan 15, 2015
  • Jan 29, 2015
  • Feb 12, 2015
  • Feb 26, 2015
  • Mar 12, 2015
  • Mar 26, 2015
  • Apr 09, 2015
  • Apr 23, 2015
  • May 07, 2015
  • May 21, 2015
  • Jun 04, 2015
  • Jun 18, 2015
  • Jul 02, 2015
  • Jul 16, 2015
  • Jul 30, 2015
  • Aug 13, 2015
  • Aug 27, 2015
  • Sep 10, 2015
  • Sep 24, 2015
  • Oct 08, 2015
  • Oct 22, 2015
  • Nov 05, 2015
  • Nov 19, 2015
  • Dec 03, 2015
  • Dec 17, 2015

Private Independent Travel

This Galapagos cruise highlights the archipelago's beautiful northwestern islands. Known for their striking volcanic features, pristine white sand beaches, and peaceful lagoons, these islands are a great place to get to know the Galapagos! This 8-day cruise if packed full of amazing opportunities to snorkel, swim, and wander through the islands of this archipelago. Take pleasure in the wide variety of flora and fauna here as well as spectacular scenery.

Day 1

    Baltra - Santa Cruz Island - Highlands

    You will arrive at the Baltra Airport where our guide will be waiting for you and will accompany you to the Archipell, located at the Puerto Ayora harbor. After arrival on board, you will check in and give you general information and will have lunch. Enjoy a visit to the Highlands of the island where the private farm “Las Primicias” is located. This reserve offers one of the best possibilities to see the huge turtles of Santa Cruz Island in their natural habitat. These turtles can be observed at close range.

    Days 2-3

      Isabela

      Isabela Island is the largest of the archipelago with a surface of 4588 square kilometers and contains more than the half of the land area of whole Galápagos. Take an easy walk through the unique lava landscape with its huge colonies of sea lizard and sea lions on the island of Tintoreras. Have a chance to observe white tip sharks resting in the flat water near the shore. The Humedales, also known as the wetlands, of this area are located south of Isabela Island. There is a wide variety of flora and fauna here as well as spectacular scenery of the bay, the town of Puerto Villamil, volcanoes, islets and rocks.

      Punta Moreno has a young volcanic landscape with numerous fresh-water pools and lagoons. This is a great habitat for flamingos, bahama ducks and other birds. Travel to the mangrove area of Elizabeth Bay with little off-shore islands where dwarf penguins make their home. Schools of manta rays, turtles, and other giants of the ocean, such as whale-sharks, are also common. Take a zodiac excursion that starts with a visit to the Marielas islets which is home to the largest penguin colony in the Galapagos. Continue into the red mangrove covered cove where sea turtles, Flightless Cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, Brown Pelicans and sea lions are abundant.

      Day 4

        Isabela - Fernandina

        Take a tour along the cliffs of Tangus Cove in a zodiac to get a good chance at seeing the Galapagos penguin, the Flightless Cormorant, and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30 minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where several volcanoes and the Darwin Lake can be viewed. This is an uplifted ultra saline lake that is saltier than the sea. Espinoza point is one of Fernandina’s vista points. This is situated within a fascinating lava scenery filled with Lava-Cacti and mangroves. Enjoy seeing sea lions, penguins, the Flightless Cormorant as well as one of the biggest iguana colonies of the Galapagos. Snorkel and explore the hidden beauty of the this underwater world.

        Day 5

          Santa Cruz Island - Bachas Beach - North Seymour

          Las Bachas is a beautiful white-sand beach on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. Go for a stroll or do some easy snorkeling in the gentle surf. Sea turtles lay their eggs at the edge of the vegetation here. Also look for a rusted pontoon, a relic of the Second World War. 'Las Bachas' is a poor pronunciation of 'barges,' two of which were wrecked offshore during WWII. The locals mispronounced the name and it has been used since. North Seymour is located slightly in the north of Baltra. It is a low, flat island, formed as a result of submarine lava formation uplift. Covered with low, bushy vegetation, it contains the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds in the Galapagos. There is also a large population of Blue-Footed Boobies that perform an amusing courtship dance when nesting conditions are right. It is in fact one of the highlights of this island.

          Day 6

            Genovesa

            Darwin Bay is the only sandy beach found in the caldera on Genovesa. Colonies of the Great Frigates are found along the beach and the males exhibit their red balloon pouch to females in hope of a match. Red-footed Boobies nest in the trees while the other two booby species nest on the ground. El Barranco, also know as Prince Philip’s Steps, is a stair carved out of stone that will lead to a wide plateau. Observe large colonies of Masked Boobies, frigatebirds, storm petrels and bahama ducks. During this easy walk, cross a little Scalesia woodland and observe the Short-eared Owl.

            Day 7

              Bartolome - Santiago

              At Bartolomé Island admire the spectacular panorama of the Sullivan Bay and the famous Pinnacle Rock. The beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock are excellent for snorkeling and discovering the magnificent underwater world. Take a trip to Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago. Explore the white coral sand beach and begin walking over lava that flowed less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos.

              Day 8

                Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center - Baltra

                Charles Darwin Research Station contains an information center, a museum, a library and a tortoise breeding station. Encounter tortoises of different subspecies. Here these tortoises are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. The Highlands of Santa Cruz have incredible zones of vegetation. Enjoy a visit to the private farm Las Primicias. This reserve offers one of the best possibilities to see the huge turtles of Santa Cruz Island at close range. At the end of the tour, you will return to Baltra’s airport to take the flight back to the continent.

                All itineraries are subject to change due to weather or changes by the National Park Service or yacht operator.
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                South America, Galapagos, Ecuador, Bartolome, Santa Cruz Island, Fernandina, Isabela, Genovesa, Santiago, North Seymour, Bachas Beach, Highlands, Charles Darwin Center, Humedales and Wall of Tears, Punta Moreno, Elizabeth Bay, Espinosa Point, Baltra, Darwin Bay, El Barranco, Sullivan Bay, Tagus Cove, Las Tintoreras
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                Child Discount

                20% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise
                Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

                Cancellation Policy

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                0-69 days100% Cruise Cost

                Single Supplement

                This yacht requires single travelers to pay a supplement for private accommodations unless a roommate can be found.

                Deposit & Payment

                Initial deposit is 35% ($500 minimum), and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

                Final payment is due 70 days (10 weeks) days prior to departure.

                Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 70 days (10 weeks) days prior to departure.

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                Includes

                • Accommodations on board Archipell II based on double occupancy
                • Meals while in the Galapagos
                • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
                • Shore Excursions
                • Swimming and Snorkeling
                • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
                • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
                • Snorkeling Equipment

                Excludes

                • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
                • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
                • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
                • $35 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
                • $45 International Departure Tax
                • Wetsuit rental available for $8 a day
                • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
                • Travel Insurance

                Galapagos Flights

                  Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip

                • $530 - $590

                  Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

                • $475 - $520

                Optional Hospitality Packages