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Northeast Galapagos Catamaran Cruise

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This 5-day Northeast Islands cruise on the ship, the EcoGalaxy, explores the islands of San Cristobal, North Seymour, Genovesa, and more! Snorkel with colorful fish, swim among sea lions and hike along beautiful trails to observe many endemic species of birds. A fantastic way to observe the unique wildlife and landscapes of the Galapagos!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal | Embark
Day 2 : Santa Fe | South Plaza
Day 3 : North Seymour | Mosquera
Day 4 : Darwin Bay | El Barranco
Day 5 : Santa Cruz | Baltra | Disembark

Highlights

  • Swim along the coral beaches of Darwin Bay
  • Observe a variety of sea birds nesting in the cliffs
  • Hike the rocky shores of North Seymour Island

Ship

EcoGalaxy

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sea Lions on Santa Fe Snorkel with sea turtles sally lightfoot crab Leon Dormido Galapagos travel and bird-life found on Genovesa island
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Day 1 San Cristobal | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at San Cristobal airport. Board your comfortable ship and enjoy a welcome drink and lunch. Then visit Lobos Island, where you can walk, swim and snorkel among the seals, frigate birds, marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the small endemic Galapagos snake. 

Day 2 Santa Fe | South Plaza

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
With 24 km2 and 60 m of height above sea level, this central island is a unique place to visit. It has an incredible bay of turquoise water, protected by a natural barrier of rocks. You will see colonies of seals as hawks fly overhead. This island is home to one of the two species of land iguanas found in the Galapagos. Their main food source is the leaves and fruit of the large, thick cactus found here. Crabs, nocturnal herons, marine iguanas, cucuves and land doves are seen frequently. The Bay is excellent place to swim and to do snorkel. Marine tortoises, rays, sea lions and tropical fish are an amazing attraction! Snacks and refreshing beverages are waiting for you on board.

South Plazas are two small islands, created by an uplifting of the land. The land iguanas are smaller here; they nest during the warm season. The hike goes along an extraordinary cliff where sea birds nest. There are approximately 1000 sea lions (Zalophus Wollebaeki) located on the south side of the Plazas.

Day 3 North Seymour | Mosquera

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Seymour was formed by the lifting of volcanic marine lava. Marine fossils dating back to the Pleistocene period were found on this island. In 1932, Captain Alan Hancock and his crew took 72 malnourished land iguanas from Baltra Island to North Seymour Island so that the iguanas could live in better conditions. In 1934, colonists verified that the iguanas were in good condition. The vegetation of North Seymour is bushy and is host to nesting Real Frigates of the Galapagos. Return to EcoGalaxy. Lunch

This islet is located between Baltra Island and North Seymour. Here, we find the biggest sea lion colony; it is also possible to observe several species of birds.

Day 4 Darwin Bay | El Barranco

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Genovesa is a small island in the north of the Galapagos. The unloading in Darwin Bay will be wet. Near the beach is a mangrove swamp where we will find a colony of frigates, marine iguanas, red-footed boobies and mask boobies, the great terrestrial finch, seagulls, herons, and cactus finch. Following the land visit, our passengers can enjoy a swim in the bay. Snacks and refreshments are available.

Also known as Prince Felipe’s stairs. Here, we will have a walk for the Barranco path. In our journey we will observe tropical birds, petrels, common frigate, redfoot boobies, mask boobies, dove, and finches. Dinner.

Day 5 Santa Cruz | Baltra | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, sail around Carrion Point on Northeastern Santa Cruz and observe a variety of sea birds nesting in the cliffs. Afterward, head to the airport and transfer to mainland Ecuador.
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Child Discount

10% discount for children under 12. 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

  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 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
  • INGALA Transit Control Card $20
  • 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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