Have questions? We're here.
Unique landscape and cactus found on the Galapagos Islands

Southern Islands

Example 4 Day Cruise aboard Alya
Talk with an expert
Customize any aspect of your Galapagos trip. 1.406.541.2677
Help Me Plan My Trip
Talk with an expert Ask a Question
Get ready to enjoy an awesome 4-day cruise exploring the highlights of the Southern Galapagos Islands aboard the Catamaran Alia. Delight yourself with the beauty of one of the most unique, scientifically important, and biologically outstanding areas on earth, and wander through the island's picture perfect sceneries. Enjoy exploratory snorkeling in search of the exclusive wildlife this wonderful archipelago has to offer.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal | Embark
Day 2 : San Cristobal
Day 3 : Española Island
Day 4 : Santa Cruz | Disembark

Highlights

  • Admire the wonderful towering cliffs of the unique Kicker Rock
  • Snorkel through natural rock channels created by volcanic erosions
  • Share a unique moment with three types of booby birds at Pitt Point

Ship

Alya

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Espanola
  • Gardner Bay
  • Highlands
  • Isla Lobos
  • Punta Carrion
  • Punta Pitt
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • Santa Cruz
  • Witch Hill

Activities

Trip Type

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Unique landscape and cactus found on the Galapagos Islands A male frigatebird rests in the trees of the Galapagos Taking photos of the scenery Ray swimming in the Galapagos Couple sitting on a beach among sea lions

Day 1 San Cristobal | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands.

Arrive at San Cristobal Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, meet an Alya staff member and transferred to the yacht. Settle into your cabin where you have some time before lunch and a welcome briefing.

In the afternoon, be involved in an excursion to Lobos Island which means “Sea Lion Island.” This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, playful, jolly sea lions who welcome you to their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.

Day 2 San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit Witch Hill. Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkeling.

In the afternoon, visit the Pitt Point, situated on the north-eastern tip of the island, hosts frigatebirds, storm petrels, and all three types of booby birds: the Nazca, blue-footed and red-footed boobies. A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an area with an abundance of birds.

Day 3 Española Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit Suarez Point. On the trail you have the chance to see blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. This island is the breeding site of nearly all of the world’s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. Explore a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! Have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts water into the air. The landscape is great for photography.

In the afternoon, an excursion takes you to the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing, take a walk across a lovely white-sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. You may also see curious mockingbirds on the beach.

Day 4 Santa Cruz | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Your morning excursion takes you from Puerto Ayora to the green highlands of Santa Cruz for a visit to El Chato reserve. The area is divided in two: Caseta and Chato. The trail begins at Santa Rosa (13.7 miles / 22 km) from Puerto Ayora, with the Caseta route being the most challenging. The reserve allows visitors to observe giant tortoises in the wild during the dry season and is also a good place to spot short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, Galapagos rails and paint-billed crakes.

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

Alya

Per person starting at
$2,945
Matrimonial Cabin on the Alia
Select a Date
Double
9 comfortable cabins, 8 with private balconies. All the beds can be double or twin. Upper Deck cabins are 172ft² / 16m²; Main Deck cabins measure 215ft² / 20m².

Notes

Please provide your wetsuite size in advance prior to trip

The vessel itinerary is subject to change without previous notice; due to seasonal changes, weather conditions or Galapagos National Park policy.
 

Child Discount

20% discount for children under 12 years of age. Children over 6 years old are welcome aboard.

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Alya 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
  • Sea Kayaking

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
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

Optional Hospitality Packages

Payment & Cancellation Policies
Jane Packer employee headshot
Jane P

We Love to Talk Travel

Call 1.800.344.6118
or
Chat Now
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
Gale Cantor

Galapagos Travel Links

Why Travel With Adventure Life

More Reasons

Awards and Accolades

All News