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North Central Islands

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Discover the North Central Galapagos Islands on this 4-day expedition, balancing adventure and relaxation perfectly. Delight yourself with one of the world's premier wildlife-viewing destinations aboard the Natural Paradise. Explore Rabida Island, one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago. Visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay and enjoy close interaction with moray eels and sharks at Espumilla Beach.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | Rabida
Day 2 : Genovesa
Day 3 : Santiago
Day 4 : Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra

Highlights

  • Appreciate a marvelous view on the top of Prince Phillip’s Steps
  • Visit the tidal pools at Darwin Bay and enjoy swimming with sea lions
  • Explore one of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II at Bachas Beach

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Natural Paradise

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Snorkel the crystal, warm waters of the Galapagos archipelago Sea lions on beach in Rabida Colorful land iguana Hiker stopping for a photograph in the Galapagos Crab on the rocks

Day 1 Baltra | Embark | Rabida

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island. 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 Rabida Island, which is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago, as well as a great snorkeling site. Start on Rabida’s famous maroon sandy beach, and after an easy hike, enjoy the stunning lookout of this amazing landscape. 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.

Day 2 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit El Barranco, which is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps. There is a steep, rocky path that leads up to a high cliff-face with a marvelous view. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

In the afternoon, visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay with 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, find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.

Day 3 Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, head 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 find yourself face-to-face with an octopus, moray eel, shark and a variety of other species of tropical fish.

In the afternoon, go to Egas Port on Santiago Island, also known as James Bay, home to 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.

Day 4 Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning visit Bachas Beach, a swimming beach located on the north shore of Santa Cruz. See one of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest on Bachas Beach.

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

Natural Paradise

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$2,345
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4 standard cabins featuring convertible double twin beds or one matrimonial bed, all with private facilities. Porthole windows or panoramic windows. 172 sq ft / 16 sq m - 215 sq ft / 20 sq m.
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3 suites available featuring one King size matrimonial bed, panoramic windows or private balcony, and private facilities. 355 sq ft / 33 sq m.
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Junior Suite
2 junior suites featuring two convertible double twin beds, both with private balconies. 226 sq ft / 21 sq m.

Notes

​Rates include:
  • All meals throughout cruise
  • Transfers in the islands
  • All excursions
  • Bilingual national park guide
  • Use of snorkeling equipment
  • Use of Underwater Camera
  • Wetsuit
  • Free airport assistance*
  • 1 hotel night in Quito or Guayaquil* (the day before the cruise)*
  • Free airport transfers*
*applies when purchasing airfare from Royal Galapagos.

Not included:
  • Mainland-Galapagos-Mainland airfare
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • $100 Galapagos National Park fee   *subject to change
  • $20 Transit Control Card
  • Travel / medical insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

Child Discount

20% discount for children under 12 years of age

Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

Included

  • Accommodations on board Natural Paradise 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
  • Wetsuit

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Under request
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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