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North & Central Islands + Floreana

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Swim with sea turtles and manta rays, explore tidal pools and lush mangroves and observe giant tortoises. Be one of the few to experience why Darwin was so inspired by these spectacular islands. Visit one of the most unusual islands in the Galápagos on the North Central Route: Genovesa with its collapsed caldera. The island is a birder’s paradise. Immerse yourself in nature’s most spectacular wonders and enjoy the opportunity to admire sea lion families and famed giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Become king of the world as you climb Prince Philip’s Steps arriving at a thriving seabird colony!
A male frigatebird rests in the trees of the GalapagosHiking through cacti in the GalapagosSea lions bask in the sun on the beachFlamingo LagoonSnorkel the crystal, warm waters of the Galapagos archipelago
Highlights
  • Admire the unique Red-footed and Blue-footed Boobies
  • Swim and snorkel in tranquil, clear waters full of stunning natural beauty
  • Take spectacular photographs of the exclusive wildlife of North Seymour
  • Climb Prince Philip’s Steps to see a thriving seabird colony
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Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Baltra Island Airport | Embark | Bartholomew Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Upon arrival, reception and assistance at the airport, transfer from Baltra Airport to the M/C Endemic.

After lunch, you will discover Bartholomew Island. Once here, you will ascend to admire the spectacular panorama of Sullivan Bay and the famous Pinnacle Rock. The beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock are excellent for snorkeling from which you can discover the marvelous underwater world, and with a little luck, you’ll get to snorkel with penguins.
Activities: Walking, Snorkeling, Dinghy ride

Day 2: Devil's Crown | Cormorant Point | The Baroness’ Overlook | Post Office Bay, Floreana Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, after breakfast, the first spot to be visited is Devil´s Crown which is an underwater volcanic crater, almost covered completely by Galapagos waters. Just a small portion of the rock formation can be seen from above and it looks like a crown. The underwater world is very rich in coral reefs, and abundant marine species. Birds are also part of this visitor point due to their location in open waters. Or visit Cormorant Point where you will land on a green olivine sand beach. Following a 100 meters long path, you will soon reach a lagoon with flamingos.
Activities: Walking, Snorkeling, Kayaking off the beach, Dinghy ride

In the afternoon, you will visit the Baroness’ Lookout (Mirador de la Baronesa). This viewpoint is located on the north of Floreana Island. The way up and the trail is very easy, steps are placed in this area for security. Your naturalist guide will tell the murder and mystery legend of the Baroness. Or you will go to the Post Office Bay, which keeps the legendary post barrel that whalers historically used to post their mail in.
Activities: Walking, Snorkeling, Kayaking off the beach, Dinghy ride

Day 3: Chinese Hat | North Seymour Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, after breakfast, you will visit Chinese Hat, which is a small islet off the south coast of Santiago, with a maximum elevation of 160 feet (52 meters). Though within easy reach of Santa Cruz, Chinese Hat is typically only visited by those aboard a Galapagos Cruise.
Activities: Walking, Snorkeling, Kayaking off the beach, Dinghy ride

In the afternoon, North Seymour island will be discovered. It is located slightly to the north of Baltra. It is a low, flat island, formed by submarine lava formation uplift. Covered with low, bushy vegetation, it contains the largest colony of magnificent frigate birds in the Galapagos. There is also a large population of blue-footed boobies that perform an amusing courtship dance when nesting conditions are right.
Activities: Walking, Snorkeling, Dinghy ride

Day 4: Black Turtle Cove | Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, enjoy the visit to Black Turtle Cove, which is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz. It is a living illustration of how mangroves alter the marine environment to create a rich and unique habitat. Three mangrove species crowd the area from the shore out into the lagoon, which reaches almost a mile inland. As you drift through quiet waters in the zodiac, you are likely to see spotted eagle rays and diamond-shaped mustard rays, which swim in a diamond formation. White-tipped reef sharks slip beneath the boat and Pacific green sea turtles come to the surface for air and to mate. Waterfowl, including pelicans, herons, and egrets, all feed in the cove. This is a peaceful place that will make you feel calm.
Activities: Landscape and wildlife observation, Dinghy ride

In the afternoon, visit Las Bachas, which is a beautiful white-sand beach, located on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. There you can go for a stroll or do some easy snorkeling in the gentle surf. Sea turtles lay their eggs at the edge of the vegetation. You can also look for a rusted pontoon, a relic of the Second World War. In fact, “bachas” is a poor pronunciation of “barges,” two of which were wrecked offshore at that time: the locals mispronounced the name and it stuck.
Activities: Walking, Snorkeling, Landscape and wildlife observation

Day 5: Darwin Bay | El Barranco, Genovesa Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit Darwin Bay, which is the only sandy beach found in the caldera on Genovesa. Colonies of the Great Frigates are found along the beach. Males exhibit their red balloon pouch to females in hope of a match. Red-footed boobies nest in the trees in contrast to the other two booby species which do so on the ground.
Activities: Walking, Snorkeling, Kayaking off the beach, Dinghy ride

In the afternoon, you will go to El Barranco (Prince Philip’s Steps), carved out of stone stairs. This will lead you to a wide plateau, where you can observe large colonies of masked boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels, and ducks. During this easy stroll, you will cross a small Scalesia forest, the habitat of the short-eared owl. The same path will lead you back to your boat.
Activities: Walking, Snorkeling, Landscape and wildlife observation, Kayaking off the beach, Dinghy ride

Day 6: The Twins, Santa Cruz Island | Disembark | Baltra Island Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
Early in the morning, after breakfast, you will visit the Twin Craters. Located in the highlands of Santa Cruz, these scenic craters are approximately 30 meters deep. These two huge land depressions are surrounded by a Scalesia forest with abundant birds such as the yellow warbler and the Vermilion Flycatcher. Gorgeous views of the leafy green highlands forest are also part of the excursion.
Activities: Walking

After this last visit, transfer to Baltra airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador. Assistance and farewell at the airport.

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  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, kayaks, and paddleboards are all included in the cruise cost and are available for your use onboard.
  • 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
  • Soft drinks and juices
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  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12. Payable upon arrival to the Galapagos, only in cash dollars.
  • 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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