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Southern Islands 2020

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Join the Alia on this 6-day journey cruising across the Southern Galapagos Islands, ecologically recognized for their pure beauty and uniqueness. Visit Lobos Island, a perfect spot for hiking on one of the most photographed beaches in the archipelago with white powdery sand and an abundance of animals including frigatebirds, storm petrels, Nazca boobies, and blue-and red-footed boobies. Explore the famous blowhole that spurts water into the air at Suarez Point, and snorkel and delight yourself with extraordinary marine wildlife at Gardner's Bay.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | Seymour
Day 2 : South Plaza | Santa Fe
Day 3 : Interpretation Center | Lobos Island
Day 4 : Gardner Bay | Suarez Point
Day 5 : Cormorant Point | Devil's Crown | Cerro Alieri
Day 6 : Highlands | Disembark

Highlights

  • Admire Santa Fe Island's breathtaking views and unique wildlife
  • Visit the Interpretation Center to learn more about the archipelago's history
  • Walk across a lovely white-sand beach in Gardner Bay
  • See colonies of marine iguanas, masked boobies & finches at Espanola

Ship

Alya

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Devil's Crown
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Highlands
  • Isla Lobos
  • North Seymour
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Interpretation Center
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza Island

Activities

Trip Type

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Curious sea lion during a snorkeling outing Colorful South Plaza Island Galapagos penguin by the water Hiking through cacti in the Galapagos The iconic feet of a Blue-Footed Booby

Day 1 Baltra | Embark | Seymour

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

Arrive at Baltra in the morning. After going through immigration and baggage claim, be met by an Alya staff member and transferred to the yacht. Settle into your cabin where you can have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

In the afternoon, discover Seymour, 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.

Day 2 South Plaza | Santa Fe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

In the afternoon enjoy Santa Fe Island. 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 an 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. Dinner.

Day 3 Interpretation Center | Lobos Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, your first visit is to the Interpretation Center of San Cristobal. This modern and sophisticated architectural space was designed for the natural interpretation of the Galapagos. You will learn about the volcanic formation of the islands, the evolution of the species, the history of human settlement, and complex systems and management models.

In the afternoon walk, swim and snorkel among the seals, frigates, marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the small endemic Galapagos snake at Lobos Island. 

Day 4 Gardner Bay | Suarez Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today visit Gardner Bay. The sea lion is one of the animals in Galapagos which gets the total attention of the visitors in the Galapagos: they are curious and playful, but at times aggressive; they are nice and loving, but also lazy. In Gardner Bay, you are going to find many of them relaxing on the beach enjoying the sun. In addition to observing these fascinating animals, while snorkeling, we will be able to swim with sea lions, sea turtles, a diversity of tropical fish, marine iguanas, etc.

There is no color more amazing and outstanding in this tropical desert island than that of the blue-foot boobies. These birds have an impressive form of “greeting” and it is a real thrill to see their mating dance. The blue-footed booby can be seen on several of the islands as nesting grounds and feed are located in several coastal locations. The albatross, an aristocratic bird weighing up to four kilograms, can be observed here. One of the largest birds of the islands, approximately 12,000 couples nest on Espanola Island and a smaller number nest on Silver Island, near mainland Ecuador. This species is considered endemic to this island; during our walk, observe these fantastic birds while taking in the beautiful landscapes offered by this island. It is important to note that albatrosses will not be seen between January and March (non-breeding) season. See colonies of marine iguanas, zayapas, masked boobies, finches, Espanola cucuves, and seagulls unique to the islands. The walk will be on lava rock where you will be able to see lava tubes. Red mangroves are found here. Delicious snacks and fresh beverages are waiting for you on the ship.

Day 5 Cormorant Point | Devil's Crown | Cerro Alieri

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover Cormorant Point. This point is located at west of Floreana Island and it is famous for its dark green beach (due to the great quantity of olivine crystals).You can see many marine invertebrates, as well as sea lions, sea iguanas, the frigates and pelicans.

In the afternoon visit enjoy a panga ride around a small island, a satellite islet of Floreana Island. Here, you will find a group of rocks that resemble a Crown due to the constant erosion caused by the sea. It is one of the better places to snorkel (shallow diving) in the interior and around the crown. Excellent visibility allows guests to admire a great variety of fish and sea animals.

Followed by an exploration of Cerro Alieri, located east of Port Velasco Ibarra. Hiking. This place may be muddy and it may rain. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for this type of weather. There are trees and shrubs characteristic of the place, the 56% of vegetation is native such as: Lippia salicifolia, Linum cratericola, Lecocarpus pinnatifidus, Scalesia Pedunculata. In this place there are a plant that is critically endangered: The Catericola Linum there are 40 individuals found.

Day 6 Highlands | Disembark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy trekking and find the giant tortoises in their natural habitat at the Highlands. For this visit, we recommend good walking shoes, long pants, a raincoat, a hat, and sunblock. Transfer Out

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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. Child discounts are conditional and may not apply on certain departures. Please contact us for more information.

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
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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