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North Central Islands

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Discover the North Central Galapagos Islands on this 4-day expedition, balancing adventure and relaxation perfectly. Delight yourself with one of the world's premier wildlife-viewing destinations aboard the Natural Paradise. Explore Rabida Island, one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago. Visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay and enjoy close interaction with moray eels and sharks at Espumilla Beach.
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Highlights
  • Appreciate a marvelous view on the top of Prince Phillip’s Steps
  • Visit the tidal pools at Darwin Bay and enjoy swimming with sea lions
  • Explore one of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II at Bachas Beach
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Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Baltra | Embark | Santa Cruz

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  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, be transferred to the yacht and take some time to settle in your cabin before lunch and a welcome briefing. 

In the afternoon, visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity. This is home to tortoises ranging from 3 inches (new hatchlings) to 4-foot-long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Day 2: El Barranco | Darwin Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit El Barranco, which is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps. There is a steep, rocky path that leads up to a high cliff-face with a marvelous view. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

In the afternoon, visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay with a half-mile trail (0,75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path, find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.

Day 3: Espumilla Beach | Egas Port

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, head to Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and the Sally Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkeling is highly recommended as you could find yourself face-to-face with an octopus, moray eel, shark and a variety of other species of tropical fish.

In the afternoon, go to Egas Port on Santiago Island, also known as James Bay, home to curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to the coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur sea lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site.

Day 4: Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning visit Bachas Beach, a swimming beach located on the north shore of Santa Cruz. See one of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest on Bachas Beach.

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

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4 standard cabins featuring convertible double twin beds or one matrimonial bed, all with private facilities. Porthole windows or panoramic windows. 172 sq ft / 16 sq m - 215 sq ft / 20 sq m.
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3 suites available featuring one King size matrimonial bed, panoramic windows or private balcony, and private facilities. 355 sq ft / 33 sq m.
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2 junior suites featuring two convertible double twin beds, both with private balconies. 226 sq ft / 21 sq m.

Child Discount

20% discount for children under 12 years of age. Child discounts are conditional and may not apply on certain departures. Please contact us for more information.

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.
Included
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, and kayaks are all included in the cruise cost and are available for you use on board.
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675

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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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