This 8-day Northwestern Islands cruise on the ship, Galapagos Voyager, explores the islands of Santa Cruz Island, Santa Fe, Genovesa and more.
Day 1 : Baltra - Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center Day 2 : South Plaza Island - Santa Fe Day 3 : Daphne Island - Santa Cruz Island - Bachas Beach Day 4 : Genovesa Day 5 : Mosquera - Santa Cruz Island - Dragon Hill Day 6 : Chinese Hat - Rabida Day 7 : Isabela Day 8 : Santa Cruz Island - Baltra
Day 1 Baltra - Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center
Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Galapagos Voyager. Attend a briefing about the island and the ship onboard.
In the afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the unique history of the islands and to interact with the giant tortoises who reside in its corrals.
Day 2 South Plaza Island - Santa Fe
Travel to South Plaza Island to view one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos archipelago. Take a rocky trail which circumnavigates the island and displays a combination of dry and coastal vegetation zones.
In the afternoon, sail for Santa Fe to view its Opuntia cactus forest. Snorkel in the picturesque turquoise lagoon and play with sea lions in the shallows.
Day 3 Daphne Island - Santa Cruz Island - Bachas Beach
In the morning, journey to Daphne Mayor, a restricted area accessible by few visitors each day. Venture up a steep trail to the volcanic crater rim to see the red-billed tropicbirds which nest in the cliffs.
After lunch, travel to Bachas Beach to go swimming. View the floating pier which was left after the end of World War II. View the flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels which make Bachas Beach their home.
Day 4 Genovesa
In the morning, travel to the coral beach of Darwin Bay. Take a short hike which leads you through seabird colonies and a large red-footed booby colony.
In the afternoon, take the wooden staircase up Prince Phillip’s Step (El Barranco) for panoramic views of the island.
Day 5 Mosquera - Santa Cruz Island - Dragon Hill
Set sail for Mosquera Island's narrow stretch of white sand, rocks, and tide pools. Explore the area on foot or take to the sea to swim in the warm waters.
Eat lunch and then sail for Dragon Hill to see flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. Take a short walk to the lagoon behind the beach.
Day 6 Chinese Hat - Rabida
Travel to Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat) to view a colony of sea lions on the white coral sand beach. See American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Penguins, and Sally-Lightfoot Crabs as they travel over the volcanic rocks.
Travel to Rabida to view several colonies of birds which claim refuge along its cliffs and rocky face.
Day 7 Isabela
Visit Isabela's Wetlands, which consist of lagoons, swamps and mangroves. Take a foot path which winds its way through the swamps.
Visit the Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about tortoise conservation in the Galapagos Islands.
Giant tortoise eggs are collected and brought to the center to be hatched and taken care of for five years before being released into the wild.
Day 8 Santa Cruz Island - Baltra
Make your way to Los Gemelos, two volcanic depressions on the highest part of Santa Cruz.
In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your connection 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!