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Cruise the Galapagos on the Beagle ship

Northwestern Islands

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Explore the Northwestern islands on a Galapagos cruise aboard the Beagle. This voyage circles the Galapagos Islands and treats guests to great snorkeling opportunities, wildlife encounters, and the chance to interact with the giant tortoises which gave this archipelago its name.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Bachas Beach ,Santa Cruz Island | Embark
Day 2 : Genovesa
Day 3 : Santiago
Day 4 : Isabela
Day 5 : Fernandina | Isabela
Day 6 : Isabela
Day 7 : Isabela
Day 8 : Santa Cruz Island | Baltra | Embark

Highlights

  • Snorkel at one of the richest marine ecosystems on Earth
  • Hike to sierra negra Volcano and enjoy the landscapes
  • Find giant tortoises and land iguanas on Urbina's volcanic black beach
  • Explore Santiago's shores, home to a variety of resident and migrant birds

Ship

Beagle

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Darwin Bay
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Espinosa Point
  • Fernandina
  • Genovesa
  • Isabela
  • Los Gemelos (Twin Craters)
  • Prince Philip's Steps
  • Puerto Egas
  • Puerto Villamil
  • Punta Moreno
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay
  • Vicente Roca Point

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Cruise the Galapagos on the Beagle ship Wildlife in the Galapagos Travelers being guided across the volcanic landscape. La Galapaguera, San Cristobal Sierra Negra volcano on Isabela

Day 1 Baltra | Bachas Beach ,Santa Cruz Island | Embark

Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Beagle.

Begin your Galapagos adventure in Bachas Beach and go swimming. View the floating pier which was left after the end of World War II. View the flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels which make Bachas Beach their home.

Day 2 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, travel to the coral beach of Darwin Bay. Take a short hike which leads you through seabird colonies and a large red-footed booby colony.

In the afternoon, take the wooden staircase up Prince Phillip’s Step (El Barranco) for panoramic views of the island.

Day 3 Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, sail for Puerto Egas and relax on black sandy beaches, also visit the old salt mines. Take an inland hike to the salt crater or walk along the rugged shoreline to find iguanas and sea lions. At the end of the trail, you might find a colony of fur seals and night herons.
After lunch The Beagle will start navigating to the west side of Isabela Island.
 

Day 4 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Punta Vicente Roca offers a dinghy ride, excellent for marine life observation.  Then go snorkeling and enjoy the underwater wildlife. Take full advantage of the nutrient-rich Cromwell current that upswells in this area.

The 30 minute hike at Tagus Cove takes you to the top of a cliff to view the volcanic landscapes of Darwin Volcano and Darwin Lake, the latter an uplifted ultra-saline lake saltier than the sea. Historically used as an anchorage site by pirates and whalers, this site is again an excellent place for marine and land birds.

Day 5 Fernandina | Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fernandina is the youngest island of the archipelago. As you disembark at Punta Espinoza, you must be careful not to step on the marine iguanas piled up together to retain body heat. This visiting site is rich in wildlife, sea lions, flightless cormorants, penguins, herons, Sally light-foot crabs and much more, all living side by side on this small point with its mangrove forest. Located to the south at the foot of the western side of Alcedo Volcano, Urbina Bay was uplifted in 1954 from the seabed leaving coral heads sitting out of the water. There is a large colony of land iguana, which has grown since the feral dogs and goats have been controlled through Project Isabela. It also affords an opportunity to see the Alcedo Volcano tortoise in its natural habitat.

Day 6 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail for Elizabeth Bay, a marine visitor site with no landing point. Take a zodiac to visit the Marielas islets, the largest penguin colony in the Galapagos. Also view sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions.

Following lunch, travel to Punta Moreno and hike the trail which runs along a lava flow. The trail leads you to a series of coastal lagoons and mangroves.

Day 7 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, passengers head for the Sierra Negra volcano, the second largest volcanic crater in the world. It sits in the southern part of Isabela Island. Transportation is available to the end of the road, followed by a 45- minute walk on a trail to the top of the volcano from where the caldera can be viewed.

Upon returning from the hike, passengers visit the Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center, to see the giant tortoises. Lunch is served upon your return to The Beagle, and afterwards, those who wish to, can go swimming in one of the Coves of Villamil Port. In the afternoon the boat begins traveling toward Puerto Ayora

Day 8 Santa Cruz Island | Baltra | Embark

  • 1 Breakfast
Departing visitors going to Baltra Airport and those who are remaining on The Beagle for a second week will all go together in a bus to the Gemelos, located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Pit craters are just off the main road that crosses the island to the airport.

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Notes

Please provide your wetsuit size in advance prior to trip

Child Discount

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Beagle 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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This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).
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