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Northwestern Islands

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Guantanamera
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This cruise allows you to experience more than just the highlights of the Galapagos' northern islands. Take an 8-day adventure and travel from beautiful Santa Cruz, to the remote island of Genovesa, to Santiago to witness the black sand beach, and everywhere in between. Get ready to see an abundance of unique wildlife including frigatebirds, iguanas, and enjoy some friendly interaction with the island's playful sea lions. The wildlife here is abundant and the landscape is stunning to behold, making this an incredible vacation.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - Santa Cruz Island - Bachas Beach
Day 2 : Genovesa
Day 3 : Bartolome - Sullivan Bay
Day 4 : Isabela
Day 5 : Isabela
Day 6 : Isabela - Fernandina
Day 7 : Santiago - Rabida
Day 8 : Daphne or Mosquera - Baltra

Ship

Guantanamera

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Buccaneer Cove
  • Centro de Crianza (Turtle Breeding Ctr.)
  • Darwin Bay
  • El Barranco
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Espinosa Point
  • Espumilla Beach
  • Fernandina
  • Genovesa
  • Humedales and Wall of Tears
  • Isabela
  • Mosquera
  • North Seymour
  • Rabida
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Sullivan Bay
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sea lion looking off a rock Wooden boardwalk in Bartolome with the sun bathing iguanas Dinghy ride to Pinnacle rock Galapagos penguin by the water

Day 1 Baltra - Santa Cruz Island - Bachas Beach

Arrive at Baltra Island Airport and transfer to the Guantanamera.

Set sail for Bachas Beach, an excellent location for swimming. View flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels and explore the floating pier, a remnant of World War II.

Day 2 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set sail for Darwin Bay and land on its sandy white coral beach. Hike a half-mile trail through the mangroves and view Nazca Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls. Tidal pools are teeming with young sea lions and reef fish, and the occasional hammerhead shark can be found among the rocks.

Snorkel in the water before heading to El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip's Steps. Hike up the steep rocky face to the top of a cliff where you can see Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, Galapagos Swallows, and Galapagos Doves.

Day 3 Bartolome - Sullivan Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Bartholomew Island and travel to Pinnacle Rock. Bartholomew is an extinct volcano which features red, orange, black and green volcanic formations. Venture up a trail of 375 wooden stairs to the summit or snorkel along the beach. This location is known for its sightings of the Galapagos penguin.

In the afternoon, sail for Sullivan Bay, a location of great geological interest. The bay is covered with old Pahoehoe and A’A lava flows, creating stricking formations.

Day 4 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey to the Tintoreras Islet for snorkeling. These clear, turquoise waters are the homes to white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine turtles and sea lions.

In the afternoon, explore the wetlands(Puerto Villamil), which features lagoons, swamps, and mangroves. Walk along a path that winds through the wetlands.

Day 5 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Moreno Point and take a dinghy ride to view its striking rocky shores. Spot green sea turtles or white-tip sharks in the tidal pools around the coast.

Sail for Elizabeth Bay and view penguins and Blue-footed Boobies from the dinghy. Snorkel with the abundant marine life.

Day 6 Isabela - Fernandina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Vicente Roca Point, a large bay which is packed with aspectacular sea life. Be on the watch for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola a large sunfish.

Sail for Espinosa Point, which features one of the world's most pristine island ecosystems due to never having been invaded by a foreign species. The vast volcano La Cumbre dominates its landscape.

Day 7 Santiago - Rabida

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to Espumilla Beach, a popular location for viewing marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Grab a snorkel and view octopus, moray eel, and sharks in the water.

Day 8 Daphne or Mosquera - Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Make one last stop this morning to either Daphne or Mosquera before heading homeward.

Transfer to the airport for your connecting flight back to the mainland.

Guantanamera

Per person starting at
$2,925
Guantanamera's Upper Cabins.
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Cabins
Cabins are fully air conditioned, with private bath facilities and either a queen bed or upper/lower berth.

Notes

Trip excludes: $10USD per person(cash only) Pier Use Fee, required on arrival in Puerto Villamil.

Child Discount

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Guantanamera 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

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
  • Wetsuit rental available for $30/week
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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