Get ready to enjoy an awesome 4-day cruise exploring the highlights of the Southern Galapagos Islands aboard the Catamaran Alia. Delight yourself with the beauty of one of the most unique, scientifically important, and biologically outstanding areas on earth, and wander through the island's picture perfect sceneries. Enjoy exploratory snorkeling in search of the exclusive wildlife this wonderful archipelago has to offer.
Day 1 : San Cristobal | Embark Day 2 : San Cristobal Day 3 : Española Island Day 4 : Santa Cruz | Disembark
Admire the wonderful towering cliffs of the unique Kicker Rock
Snorkel through natural rock channels created by volcanic erosions
Share a unique moment with three types of booby birds at Pitt Point
Take a morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil, arriving at San Cristobal Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, be transferred to the yacht and take some time to settle in your cabin before lunch and a welcome briefing. In the afternoon, visit the Interpretation Center, part of a project where you can 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.
In the morning after an early breakfast, visit Witch Hill, located on the northern coast of San Cristobal Island. This eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and 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.
In the afternoon, visit Pitt Point, situated on the northeastern tip of the island. Here find 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.
In the morning, visit Suarez Point. On the trail you 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. Explore a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! Have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts water into the air. The landscape is great for photography.
In the afternoon, an excursion takes you to the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing, take a 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.
Day 4 Santa Cruz | Disembark
In the morning, head off to Carrión Point, located in northeastern Santa Cruz. Navigate around this point which provides you the opportunity to see various sea birds nesting on the rock cliffs. Carrion Point creates a sheltered lagoon with beautiful turquoise water. Snorkel and see a variety of fish, rays, and perhaps the harmless white-tip reef sharks. After this final visit, transfer to Baltra’s airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.
Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!