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Sundeck on the Archipell I

Private Charter - Northern Islands

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Journey through Galapagos’ northern Islands teeming with magnificent landscapes and endemic wildlife. Indulge in the beauty of this unique archipelago, relax on a white coral sand beach, do some exploratory snorkeling, and walk over volcanic landscapes. Your 4-day adventure begins with an easy hike across the region’s most extensive blue-footed boobies and frigate bird colonies. After that, a beautiful volcano islet awaits you at Bartolome.  On the third day, a visit to Sullivan Bay puts you face to face with magnificent wildlife, from Pacific green turtles to a strayed blue heron or an oystercatcher. Your voyage concludes with a morning visit to Charles Darwin Research Station before disembarking in Santa Cruz.
Blue-footed Boobie seen during Galapagos cruiseExploring North Seymour IslandSea lions resting in Darwin BayPinnacle rock in BartolomeTwo frigate birdsSundeck on the Archipell I
Highlights
  • Discover the marvelous Galapagos underwater world with your private group of up to 16 guests
  • Visit the largest colony of magnificent frigate birds in the Galapagos
  • Visit one of the largest Galapagos tortoises & land iguana breeding centers
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Baltra Airport | Embark | North Seymour

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today your guide awaits you at Baltra Airport, then be transferred to the Archipel Catamaran which is anchored in Baltra harbor. After arrival on board, check-in, receive general information and enjoy your first lunch on board.

Afterward, join an excursion to North Seymour, this islet is one of the most visited sites, and it is overloaded with birdlife. An easy circular path takes you through the archipelago’s most extensive colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds. At the beginning of the breeding season, adult frigatebird males blow up their vivid red pouches to impressive football-sized balloons. This is one of the few spots where you can compare the magnificent and the great frigatebird breeding next to each other.

Day 2: Bartolome Island | Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The beautiful volcano islet of Bartolomé is among the youngest of the islands, and on a geological scale, was just recently born out of the fire. Although at first sight lifeless, Bartolomé offers some of the wildest landscapes and best panoramas in the entire archipelago. To enjoy the postcard view of the idyllic ‘Pinnacle Bay,’ you have to climb the stairs to the viewpoint on top of the island (114m/375ft). Enter a dramatic world of threatening (though extinguished) nearby spatter cones, craters, and lightweight lava droplets that have been spewed out by fiery fountains. The Summit Trail is ideal for witnessing how scanty pioneer vegetation such as lava cactus is struggling to take root in the bare virgin lava fields.

In the afternoon, head to Espumilla Beach. An important breeding site for turtles, as it is no longer suffering from digging wild pigs. The turtles return year after year to bury their eggs into the cinnamon-colored dunes. About two months later (roughly from February to August), the eggs hatch. The beach ridge hides a mangle with two lagoons on the backside. A colony of American flamingos and aquatic birds used to be its main attraction. Still, after the climate phenomenon of El Niño, strong sedimentation altered the water environment, and now no longer provides their food.

Day 3: Bartolome Island | Sullivan Bay, Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The beautiful volcano islet of Bartolome is among the youngest of the islands, and on a geological scale, was just recently born out of the fire. Although at first sight lifeless, Bartolome offers some of the wildest landscapes and best panoramas in the entire archipelago. To enjoy the postcard view of the idyllic ‘Pinnacle Bay,’ you have to climb the stairs to the viewpoint on top of the island (114m/375ft). Enter a dramatic world of threatening (though extinguished) nearby spatter cones, craters, and lightweight lava droplets that have been spewed out by fiery fountains. The Summit Trail is also ideal for witnessing how scanty pioneer vegetation such as lava cactus is struggling to take root in the bare virgin lava fields.

This afternoon set foot at Sullivan Bay. The desolate, stretched-out fields seem mostly lifeless, but there is plenty to see on this highly popular site amongst photographers. Pacific green turtles seasonally burry eggs in the tiny white sand beach, where you may also encounter crabs, a strayed blue heron, or an oystercatcher. On the lava flow, only sparse pioneer vegetation such as lava cacti and carpetweed can grow. You might encounter a lava lizard, locusts, or a small snake species (Galapagos racer).

Day 4: Charles Darwin Research Station, Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come to Charles Darwin Research Station to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are done. The main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Staelens Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises, and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.

After you visit, disembark and transfer to Baltra Airport.
 

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Archipel I

Enjoy sightseeing on the deck with a delicious snack.
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8 cabins with twin or double beds. Feature private facilities with hot & cold water, A/C.

Child Discount

20% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. 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, 4 Lunches, 4 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
  • 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
  • Snorkeling and kayaking equipment is included in the cruise cost and available for your use on board.
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
  • Wetsuits are not included but are available to rent on board - $10/day per person.

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