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Northwestern Islands I

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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 is 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-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - Santa Cruz Island - Highlands
Days 2-3 : Isabela
Day 4 : Isabela - Fernandina
Day 5 : Santa Cruz Island - Bachas Beach - North Seymour
Day 6 : Genovesa
Day 7 : Bartolome - Santiago
Day 8 : Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center - Baltra

Ship

Archipell II

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Darwin Bay
  • El Barranco
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Espinosa Point
  • Fernandina
  • Genovesa
  • Highlands
  • Humedales and Wall of Tears
  • Isabela
  • Las Tintoreras
  • North Seymour
  • Punta Moreno
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Sullivan Bay
  • Tagus Cove

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A pair of friendly sea lions Taking a detailed tour with a very experienced guide. Isabela, Volcano Negro Travelers take a zodiac through the waters of the Galapagos. Cactus on Isla Isabela

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, receive general information, and 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.

Day 2-3 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • 1 Breakfast
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.

Archipell II

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$4,360
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8 cabins with twin or double beds. Feature private facilities with hot & cold water, A/C.

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

Included

  • 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

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 $8 a day
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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