Northwestern Islands II Cruise

Glory Moore
Flamingoes and a flamingo chick.
Edward Quinlan
Darwin's statue in the Galapagos
Erin Correia
A giant lagoon with hundreds of giant tortoises- La Galapaguera, San Cristobal
Julie Bleau
Lava tubes on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
stuartwhite
Snorkeling at Pinnacle Rock
Guest meeting the crew.
Enjoy sightseeing on the deck with a delicious snack.

Departs

  • Oct 06, 2014
  • Oct 20, 2014
  • Nov 03, 2014
  • Nov 17, 2014
  • Dec 01, 2014
  • Dec 15, 2014
  • Dec 29, 2014
  • Jan 12, 2015
  • Jan 26, 2015
  • Feb 09, 2015
  • Feb 23, 2015
  • Mar 09, 2015
  • Mar 23, 2015
  • Apr 06, 2015
  • Apr 20, 2015
  • May 04, 2015
  • May 18, 2015
  • Jun 01, 2015
  • Jun 15, 2015
  • Jun 29, 2015
  • Jul 13, 2015
  • Jul 27, 2015
  • Aug 10, 2015
  • Aug 24, 2015
  • Sep 07, 2015
  • Sep 21, 2015
  • Oct 05, 2015
  • Oct 19, 2015
  • Nov 02, 2015
  • Nov 16, 2015
  • Nov 30, 2015
  • Dec 14, 2015
  • Dec 28, 2015

Private Independent Travel

Explore all the northwestern islands have to offer on this amazing 11-day cruise. This is an adventure packed full of outstanding opportunities to snorkel, swim, and wander through the islands of this archipelago. The northwest islands are known for their striking volcanic features, pristine white sand beaches, and peaceful lagoons, and are an excellent way to get to know the Galapagos! Take pleasure in the wide variety of flora and fauna here as well as spectacular scenery on these islands.

Day 1

    San Cristobal

    Our guide will be waiting for you in San Cristóbal Airport and will accompany you to the Archipell where you will check in and get general information. Lunch will be served and then starts the first excursion of the trip to the Galapaguera. This is located in the Northeast part of San Cristobal Island. It has been created to conserve the San Cristóbal tortoise species. The center has the goal to lead and guide the tourists in conservation topics and protection of the environment. There will be an opportunity to catch giant tortoises in their natural habitat.

    Day 2

      South Plaza Island - Santa Fe

      South Plaza has unique Sesuvium plants and Opuntia cactuses scattered across the landscape which provide some of the most interesting wildlife observations available in Galapagos. Land iguanas are easily seen from the trail and can be caught hiding under the shade of a cactus. Santa Fe is one of the most entertaining destinations for shore excursions. There will be two trail choices for visitors here. Hike to the tallest Opuntia cactus in the Galapagos or go to the highlands where land iguanas can be found. Swim in calm waters or snorkel with whimsical sea lions.

      Day 3

        Floreana

        A beautiful artisan spring is located at the Peace Asylum. This is one of the few year-round sources of fresh water, which made it attractive to pirates, whalers and later settlers to Floreana. The original settlers landed at La Cueva de los Piratas (Pirate's Cave) which is a location where pirates carved temporary shelters out of soft stone. The small beach of La Loberia is home to a colony of sea lions, as well as marine iguanas. Walk there from town for some recreational snorkeling. Fortunate snorkelers may spot a ray or a shark.

        Day 4

          Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center

          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 contain 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.

          Days 5-6

            Isabela

            Isabela Island is the largest of the archipelago with a surface of 4588 square kilometers. It engages 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 lion colonies on the island of Tintoreras. Have a chance to observe white tip sharks resting in the flat water near the shore. The Humedales, or the wetlands, of this area are located south of Isabela Island. They have a wide variety of flora and fauna, as well as a 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 an excursion around Elizabeth Bay in a zodiac. Your zodiac ride 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 run free.

            Day 7

              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 saltier than the sea. Espinoza point is one of Fernandina’s visit 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 this beautiful underwater world.

              Day 8

                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. There is a rusted pontoon, a relic of the Second World War also at this location. Two barges were wrecked offshore at that time. There you will have lunch. 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 9

                  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, frigate birds, storm petrels and bahama ducks. During this easy walk, cross a little Scalesia woodland and observe the Short-eared Owl.

                  Day 10

                    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 11

                      Santa Cruz Island - 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. This was the home of the world famous Lonesome George turtle. At the end of the tour, you will return to Baltra’s airport for your 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, Santa Fe, South Plaza Island, North Seymour, Floreana, Bachas Beach, San Cristobal, 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, Haven of Peace, La Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, La Loberia
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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

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                      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