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Board the Angelito to explore the Northern Islands of the Galapagos. Enjoy the unique flora and fauna such as flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and sea lions. Spend time exploring cactus forest trails, snorkeling around Pinnacle Rock, and walking along beautiful beaches on this 5-day tour. 
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Highlights
  • Snorkel around the famous Pinnacle Rock
  • Climb Prince Phillip's Steps on Genovesa
  • Visit the red sand beaches of Rabida
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Day 1: Baltra | Embark | North Seymour

Fly into Baltra and travel to North Seymour. It is a flat uplifted island in the "rain shadow" of the island Santa Cruz. Take a walk around the loop trail and look for sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and marine iguanas. The trail also takes you through the nesting area of the blue-footed boobies and frigatebird colonies.

Day 2: Chinese Hat | Bartolome

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Sombrero Chino or Chinese Hat, an island off the coast of Santiago that gets its name from its shape. This island has a very attractive landscape and you make a wet landing onto a small white coral beach with sea lions on it. Take a short trail along the coast with very fragile lava. Admire the small lava tubes and the few, yet pretty plants. You can also take the opportunity to go snorkeling along the coast. 

Later travel to Bartolome and take a dinghy along the coast to look for Galapagos penguins. Then make a dry landing on a jetty. Take the summit trail to the wooden staircase and climb to the top of the island. Look out and see the breathtaking view of the island. Down at the beach there is another opportunity to snorkel around Pinnacle Rock, a famous landmark of Bartolome. 

Day 3: Genovesa | Prince Phillip's Steps | Darwin Bay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to Genovesa to climb Prince Phillip's Steps. Take the trail at the top to see a small nesting colony of masked boobies and cross through a forest of palo santo trees where red-footed boobies nest. At the edge of the island there are thousands of small petrels that nest in the tubes of the fragile lava. Also witness a large masked booby nesting colony on both sides of the trail.

Make a wet landing on Darwin Bay, a small white coral beach. Follow a trail through red mangroves and salt bushes. The prickly pear cactus also grows in this area. Also see swallow-tailed gulls, red-footed boobies, and great frigatebirds. The trail leads along small tidepools up to the cliff with an amazing view over the caldera. 

Day 4: Puerto Egas | Rabida

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Make a wet landing in Puerto Egas on a black beach. Walk along while the tide changes to see a variety of interesting fauna. You can often observe lava heron fishing in the tide pools. Also see sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and marine iguanas. Depending on the season there may be an abundance of shore birds. When you reach the turning point see a Galapagos fur seal colony. 

Arrive on the red sand beaches of Rabida. Here find a sea lion colony and a small lagoon tucked behind the vegetation. In the lagoon are flamingos and white-cheeked pintail ducks. 

Day 5: Santa Cruz | Baltra | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Spend the morning exploring the Charles Darwin Station. Learn about the captive raising programs for different subspecies of the giant tortoises. It also offers a good opportunity to see the giant tortoises close up. 

Drive up to the highlands in a bus. Watch the transition between the different vegetation zones and reach the highest point where the National Park starts again.

Travel back to Baltra to start your journey home.

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Enjoy the warm Galapagos sun on the Sun Deck

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Eight double cabins on main deck with large picture window, private bathroom, individual air conditioning, safety box and hair dryer in each bathroom.

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
  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Gear Rental: Snorkeling Gear
  • 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
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • 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 for rent on board - $5/day per person.

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