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North & Central Islands

Example 5 Day Cruise aboard M/T Camila
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This 5-day voyage offers the traveler an opportunity to really become immersed in the unique splendor of these islands. Roam across island trails, explore peaceful lagoons, swim and snorkel in crystalline waters, bask in the sun on white sand beaches, soak in extraordinary volcanic vistas, and get up close and personal with fascinating wildlife throughout your Galapagos adventure.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrival to Baltra Airport | Embark | Bartolome Island
Day 2 : Rabida Island | Egas Port, Santiago Island
Day 3 : Darwin Bay | El Barranco, Genovesa
Day 4 : Mosquera Islet | Santa Cruz: Highlands
Day 5 : North Seymour | Disembark | Transfer to Airport

Highlights

  • Observe incredible remnants of volcano cones such as Pinnacle Rock
  • Snorkel through spectacular sights of tropical fish and clear blue waters
  • Visit James Bay, home to lava lizards & gorgeous tide pools full of fauna

Ship

M/T Camila

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sea lions on beach in Rabida The iconic feet of a Blue-Footed Booby Unique landscape and cactus found on the Galapagos Islands Wildlife in the Galapagos Travelers enjoying a tour of the Galapagos Islands

Day 1 Arrival to Baltra Airport | Embark | Bartolome Island

Welcome to the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/T Camila. The guide and crew greets you and show you to your accommodations upon your arrival. Afterwards, the guide and cruise manager hold a short briefing on all safety and emergency protocols, different areas of the vessel and the normal routine of the itinerary.

This island is well known for its incredible remnants of volcano cones and distinct terrain such as Pinnacle Rock. A hike leads you up to the top of a lookout point to see all of Sullivan Bay. You might be able to see lava lizards and various sea birds flying above.
 
Activities: Walk on the boardwalk, hike, snorkeling.
Difficulty:  Easy
Landing: Dry and Wet are both possibilities
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, lava lizards, frigate birds.

Day 2 Rabida Island | Egas Port, Santiago Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This visitor site is quite different from others as it has a very distinct and red fine gravel beach due to the iron content. Snorkeling can be done here with spectacular sights of tropical fish. Visitors like to walk along the beach taking in the sights and also visiting the black lagoon with pink flamingos.
 
Activities: Walking on the beach, swimming and snorkeling.
Difficulty:  Easy
Landing: Wet
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, pelican, manta rays, sea turtles, pink  flamingos, lava lizards, Galapagos doves, blue-footed boobies.

This visitor site is also known as James Bay, it is home to Galapagos hawks, lava lizards and the trails lead to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools full of fauna.  Fur seals, different from the common sea lions can also be seen here. 
 
Activities: Walking on the beach, swimming and snorkeling.
Difficulty:  Easy
Landing: Wet
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, pelican, stingrays, sea turtles, fur seals, marine iguanas, lava lizards, Galapagos doves, blue-footed boobies.

Day 3 Darwin Bay | El Barranco, Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A white sand coral beach leads the way to a hiking trail through mangroves filled with many different species of land birds and other famous species like blue-footed and red-footed boobies and swallow tailed gulls. Towards the end of the hike are tidal pools where you can find sea lions swimming playfully and finally a spectacular view off a cliff.
 
Activities: Hike and/or snorkeling
Difficulty:  Easy/Moderate
Landing: Wet
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds, red-footed boobies, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, lava lizards.

El Barranco is also known as Prince Philip’s Steps.  It is an extraordinary site on the flatter area of the island in Darwin’s Bay.  Be prepared to make your way up a rocky crevasse, then enjoy the easy trail to spectacular views.  This is one of the few visitor sites where all three boobie species can be seen, as well as the short-eared owl.
 
Activities: Hike
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Landing: Dry
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, all three boobie species, short-eared owls, marine iguanas, Galapagos doves, storm petrels, finches, frigatebirds.

Day 4 Mosquera Islet | Santa Cruz: Highlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour lays a reef made of coral.  This was the result of volcanic uprising making the islet only 160 meters across at its narrowest width.  It has one of the largest populations of sea lions and is home to many shorebirds.  On occasion, orcas can be seen hunting off the shoreline.
 
Activities: Panga ride
Difficulty: Easy
Landing: No landing
Possible Wildlife: Sea lions, various shorebirds and seabirds, frigatebirds, orcas.
 
The highlands are located in the northern part of Santa Cruz and can reach elevations up to 1500 meters. This area is rich with hills, ferns, volcanoes and wildlife. A great contrast to the molten lava harden beaches and rocky areas of other islands already seen.  It is home to giant tortoises, mockingbirds, finches and many other species.
 
Activities: Hike
Difficulty:  Moderate
Landing: Dry
Possible Wildlife: Galapagos tortoises, finches, mockingbirds, lava lizards, pintail ducks, other shorebirds.

Day 5 North Seymour | Disembark | Transfer to Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
Explore the rocky coast of North Seymour passing colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds. The island was formed by a series of submarine lava expelled from the ocean floor, carrying with it layers of sediment uplifted by the tectonic activity. The island is mostly characterized by the arid vegetation.
 
Activities: Hike, snorkel, panga ride
Difficulty:  Moderate
Landing: Dry
Possible Wildlife: Marine iguanas, frigatebirds, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, finches, land iguanas.

M/T Camila

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$4,595
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215ft./269ft. Located on the main and upper decks, all cabins feature luxurious amenities, private bath facilities, and private balconies.

Notes

- Please provide your wetsuit size in advance prior to the trip.
- All prices are per person, based on a double occupancy. 

Child Discount

25% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise when traveling with two adults in a triple room. Child discounts not available March 19 - 26 and Dec 17 - Jan 3.

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board M/T Camila 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
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $675
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $620

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