This cruise allows you to experience more than just the highlights of the Galapagos' northern islands. Take a 5-day adventure and travel from beautiful Santa Cruz, to the remote island of Genovesa, to San Cristobal to get up close and personal with giant tortoises, and everywhere in between. Walk across the shimmering black lava beds to view the amazing creature that make their homes there. Snorkel, hike and become acquainted with the archipelago's endemic wildlife species.
Have an up close encounter as you snorkel with sea lions at Punta Pitt
View an abundance of birdlife after climbing Prince Phillip's Steps
Flying from Quito or Guayaquil, your flight arrives at Baltra Island at around noon (local time), and be greeted by the guide in the lobby, waiting for your arrival to drive you to Yacht Anahí. Your baggage is handled by one of the crew members who, aboard the small Zodiacs transports you directly to the yacht. The captain and the crew welcome you on board, and then you'll have your cabins assigned. After lunch, the guide gives you a brief explanation of the afternoon activities.
The sand of Bachas Beach is made of decomposed coral, making it white and soft, and it is also one of the favorite nesting places of sea turtles. Nearby, you can also find a small lagoon and be able to observe flamingos, black-necked stilts, and thrushes, as well as two old ships that were abandoned during the Second World War. Furthermore, you may also find sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds resting on the beach. Enjoy the tranquility of the beach as well as spend some time with the playful sea lions that like to swim with the visitors.
At 7 pm. you'll have an official welcome, followed by a delicious dinner. After dinner, your guide will give you information on the following day’s activities.
Day 2: Darwin Bay | Prince Philip's Steps, Genovesa
Darwin Bay is a beautiful bay area due to the great diversity of seabirds that nest in the mangroves that dominate the area. These include red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, Galápagos petrels, seabirds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and Galápagos doves.
Climb 25 meters of stairs to Prince Philip's Steps, one of the best bird nesting sites on the islands. Experience the opportunity to snorkel, kayak, hike, and take a ride in a panga.
Possible activities: Kayaking, Snorkeling, Panga Ride
Plaza Islands have unusual vegetation, which creates an interesting landscape that helps to enhance the fauna and flora of the Galápagos. It is also possible to observe land iguanas in the shade of cacti. The main attractions of the Plaza Islands include land iguanas, sea lions, and swallow-tailed gulls, as well as lizards, island insects, red-beaked sparrows, frigate birds, and pelicans that glide down the cliffs. Then return to the yacht for lunch and a deserved rest.
Santa Fe Island is an extremely scenic island, where you can visit two different trails, with one of them leading to a beautiful viewpoint on the top of a cliff, where you can find endemic land iguanas on the island. The other trail is a small circular path close to the beach, where you may observe another colony of land iguanas. Here you may also have the possibility to kayak, snorkel, panga ride, or walk, in order to observe and enjoy nature. Then return to the yacht for dinner and a time of relaxation.
Possible activities: Walking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Panga Ride
Day 4: Punta Pitt | Kicker Rock | Lobos Island, San Cristóbal Island
Punta Pitt is considered as one of the most beautiful and impressive sites in the Galápagos, it has become one of the favorite nesting sites for seabirds. Here, see three species of frigate birds and their nesting sites in the same area. Then return to the yacht for lunch.
Kicker Rock is a gigantic and impressive rock formation known locally as ‘León Dormido’ where you can see a multitude of blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, pelicans, and sea birds that will delight you with their majestic flights to be photographed. Later head towards Isla Lobos, an islet separated from San Cristóbal Island by a narrow stretch of calm waters. On the islet, take a walk that will allow you to observe frigates, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, and a colony of sea lions and snorkel in the arm of the sea, probably with the company of sea lions and different kinds of colorful fish. The atmosphere is one of tranquility and primitive beauty, a typical environment of the Galapagos Islands.
Possible activities: Walking, Snorkeling
Day 5: San Cristobal | Disembark
In the morning, the guide will take you to the top of San Cristóbal Island. Following, the tour has 2 options. The first option starts from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and involves a visit to the El Junco Lagoon. For hundreds of years, rainwater and condensation have caused an accumulation of water in the caldera of an extinct volcano, creating a paradise for frigate birds and turtles.
Alternatively, visit the “Cerro Colorado” turtle breeding center. There, take a pleasant walk along a path that allows you to be in close contact with the turtles, which can vary from the smallest to the oldest of giants.
Possible activities: Walking
After your visit, depart for the airport for your return flight to Quito or Guayaquil.
Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!