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Northwest Islands

8 Day Sample Cruise aboard Yolita II
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This 8-day Northwest Islands cruise on the ship, Yolita II, explores the islands of Genovesa, Santiago, Santa Cruz Island, and more! Spend your time observing amazing wildlife, hiking around lava fields, and admiring picturesque views. A unique small ship adventure!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | Santa Cruz Island
Day 2 : Genovesa
Day 3 : Bartolome | Santiago
Day 4 : Isabela
Day 5 : Isabela
Day 6 : Isabela | Fernandina
Day 7 : Santiago | Rabida
Day 8 : Daphne Island | Mosquera | North Seymour | Baltra

Highlights

  • Hike through Palo Santo forests or relax on white sandy beaches
  • Explore the wetlands and the Tortoise Breeding Center on Isabela
  • Discover geological wonders and a variety of igneous rock structures
  • View many species unique to the Galapagos, such as the flightless comorant

Ship

Yolita II

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Buccaneer Cove
  • Daphne Island
  • Darwin Bay
  • El Barranco
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Espinosa Point
  • Espumilla Beach
  • Fernandina
  • Genovesa
  • Humedales and Wall of Tears
  • Isabela
  • Mosquera
  • North Seymour
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Sullivan Bay
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A pair of masked boobies in the Galapagos Wildlife trip in the Galapagos Galapagos Penguins on Isabela Island Wildlife of the Galapagos Islands Sea lions napping on a dock in the Galapagos

Day 1 Baltra | Embark | Santa Cruz Island

Arrive in Baltra and transfer to the Yolita II. In the afternoon, head to the magnificent Santa Cruz Island to explore and relax on two soft, white, sandy beaches. You may also walk around a small lagoon and find flamingos and other coastal birds, such as whimbrels and black-necked stilts.

Day 2 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start today in Darwin Bay, a birdwatcher's paradise! Watch for lava gulls, red footed-boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, yellow warblers, whimbrels, and yellow-crowned, black-crowned and lava herons. That's just on the beach! Continuing on a trail encompassing the Bay, you may also find Galapagos doves, swallow-tailed gulls, large cactus and ground finches, and sharp-beaked finches. Upon reaching the end of the trail, enjoy a phenomenal view of the island and the many birds who live there.

In the afternoon, head to El Barranco, also known as Prince Philip's Steps. Here, climb to a plateau and look for masked boobies, red-footed boobies, storm petrels, and short-eared owls.

Day 3 Bartolome | Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning on the breathtaking beaches of Bartolome Island. Explore the lava fields, lunar-like craters, volcanic cones, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. You may even find colonies of sea turtles and Galapagos penguins.

After lunch, head to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island, where you may walk across different types of sun-baked lava and find a variety of igneous rock structures formed by varying rates of lava flow. A great geological excursion!

Day 4 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin your day with a visit to Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela Island. Land in Puerto Villamil, then hike up to the rim of the volcano where you can take in a breathtaking view of volcanoes and the Perry Isthmus, a 12 km wide lava field. You may then hike to Chico Volcano to observe the amazing volcano formations.

In the afternoon, explore the wetlands and the Tortoise breeding center on Isabela. Navigate through the lagoons, swamps, and mangroves full of stunning migrant bird populations. Then head to the Arnaldo Tupiza breeding center to learn about giant tortoise protection efforts.

Day 5 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your morning with a zodiac ride around Elizabeth Bay. You may see the largest penguin colony in the Galapagos, as well as a magnificent red mangrove forest full of sea turtles, golden rays, spotted eagle rays, flightless cormorants, sea lions and many other species. You may even catch a glimpse of a Galapagos hawk!

Then, head to Tagus to hike and take in the beautiful view surrounding Darwin Lake.

Day 6 Isabela | Fernandina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, find corals, shells, giant tortoises, and colorful land iguanas on Urbina Bay.

After lunch, sail to Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island. Here you can view many species unique to the Galapagos, including the flightless comorant, marine iguanas, Galapagos penguins, and more!

Day 7 Santiago | Rabida

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin today exploring Espumilla Beach on Santiago Island. Hike through the Palo Santo forest, take a walk on the beach, and snorkel in the beautiful waters.

In the afternoon, travel to the unique island of Rabida. Walk around the red sandy beach on your way to a coastal lagoon full of many different sea birds, flamingos, and sea lions. Rabida is also known for its excellent snorkeling.

Day 8 Daphne Island | Mosquera | North Seymour | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
End your journey on a high note with a trip around Daphne Island, a volcanic island full of many beautiful birds, including blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, short-eared owls, red-billed tropicbirds, and magnificent frigatebirds.

Then, transfer to Baltra and fly to either Guayaquil or Quito.

Yolita II

Per person starting at
$3,250
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Twin Cabin
4 twin cabins equipped with two twin beds on the main deck. The two twin beds can be pushed together to form one king bed. A third bed can possibly be added.
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Double Cabin
1 double cabin with a double bed on the upper deck.
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Single Cabin
2 single cabins, each with a twin bed, located on the upper deck.

Notes

-Child discount is 20% of net rate. Only applicable for 1 child under 12 years traveling with two adults. Not applicable for last minute rates.
-Children of all ages are accepted on-board but parents are held fully responsible for any accidents or damage caused.
-Single supplement is a 50% surcharge

Single Supplement

This yacht requires single travelers to pay a supplement for private accommodations unless a roommate can be found.

Child Discount

-Child discount is 20% of net rate. Only applicable for 1 child under 12 years traveling with two adults. Not applicable for last minute rates.-Children of all ages are accepted on-board but parents are held fully responsible for any accidents or dama

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Yolita 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

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
  • Snorkeling Equipment available - $25 for 4/5 day tours and $35 for 8 day tours
  • Wetsuits available - $25 for 4/5 day tours and $35 for 8 day tours
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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