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Alya Catamaran - 3 Nights Itinerary

On board the first-class 16-passenger Alya motor catamaran, this amazing 4-day/3-night Galapagos Islands cruise will take you to central and eastern islands of the archipelago – including Santa Cruz, Floreana, and San Cristobal islands. With a wealth of wildlife viewing opportunities, this carefully planned itinerary will take you to scenic islands such as Isabela, where can observe the island’s huge and emblematic Galapagos tortoises and White herons in their natural habitat. During this Galapagos Islands vacation, you will enjoy a flexible program that offers several alternative daily activities on land and in the water – but always amidst the stunning wealth of unique wildlife that inhabits these famous islands. Enjoy your Galapagos vacation on board this first-class, Smart-Voyager-certified catamaran: the Alya. While cruising on this well-designed yacht, you can enjoy full days of exploring and adventure in the living laboratory of this legendary archipelago. This new catamaran has 9 comfortable cabins, 8 of them with private balconies. Private facilities in each cabin include their own private bathroom, cold/hot water, and air conditioning.

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“I found Surtrek online as it proved to be an excellent, efficient company. Our 4 days in the Galapagos were expertly planned and we were never left without a guide - we were even walked to dinner each night and assisted with ordering!”Marian Lowenfish

Alya Catamaran: Highlights

Galapagos Island, San Cristobal (Punta Pitt), Español, Santa Cruz

Alya Catamaran: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: San Cristobal Island: Arrival on San Cristobal Island // Lobos Island
Day 2: San Cristobal Island: Cerro Brujo – Punta Pitt
Day 3: Española Island: Suarez Point – Gardner Bay
Day 4: Santa Cruz Island: Highlands // Baltra Island Airport
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Alya Catamaran: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Monday
San Cristobal Island: Arrival on San Cristobal Island // Lobos Island

AM: In the morning you will fly from either Quito or Guayaquil (on the Ecuadorian mainland) to the Galapagos Islands. At the airport on San Cristobal Island, after you will pay your entrance fee to the national park, a member of the Surtrek team will welcome you and accompany you to your ship: the Alya motor catamaran.

PM: In the morning, we will visit Lobos Island, located across from San Cristobal Island. This is a seasonal nesting spot for Blue-footed boobies and Frigatebirds. You also can enjoy swimming and snorkeling with sea lions in the island’s calm bay. 

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Tuesday
San Cristobal Island: Cerro Brujo – Punta Pitt

AM: This morning we will make a wet landing on San Cristobal Island to visit Cerro Brujo (“Wizard Hill”), a fascinating lava hill located on the northeastern coast of San Cristobal Island. Here you will find exceptional views of Kicker Rock, as well as the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast. On this site’s rocks, you can observe Blue-footed boobies, seagulls, Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species, White-cheeked pintails and some pelicans. The protected bay is also popular among young sea turtles and rays, which makes swimming and snorkeling here particularly exciting.

PM: This afternoon, we will visit Punta Pitt, on the eastern side of San Cristobal Island. After a high-intensity hike on rocky terrain along a 1.4 km-long path and several magnificent lookout points, we will make our way through colonies of Frigatebirds and Fork-tailed seagulls. What’s more, this is probably the only site in the world where you can see all three species of boobies – Masked, Red- and Blue-footed ones. In addition to its great range of seabirds, Punta Pitt is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Wednesday
Española Island: Suarez Point – Gardner Bay

AM: Española Island is the southernmost, oldest and one of the most bio-diverse islands of the Galapagos archipelago. Its English name is “Hood Island,” in honor of the British admiral Samuel Hood.  Because of its isolated position, there is much endemic wildlife to be explored here – in addition to great snorkeling from Española’s remarkably beautiful beaches.  After breakfast, we will go on an excursion to Suárez Point. One of the archipelago’s most outstanding wildlife areas, this site boasts a long list of species along its cliffs and its sand and pebble beaches. In addition to five species of nesting seabirds, the curious and bold Española Island mockingbirds are found here, as are other birding favorites that include Galapagos doves, Galapagos hawks, Swallow-tailed gulls and the world’s largest colony of Waved albatross – an unequivocal highlight during mating season (May-December). Several types of reptiles are unique to this island, including the marine iguana and the oversized lava lizard. In fact, this is also the only site where you will be able to see “red” sea iguanas. In addition, when heavy swells are running, Suárez Point is the site of a spectacular blowhole whose thundering spray shoots 30 yards up into the air. The trek here is on a stony path about a mile long, though the duration of this excursion is about 3 hours.

PM: Located on Española Island’s eastern shore, Gardner Bay is noted for its turquoise-colored waters and its magnificent beach, which we will visit in the afternoon. Around the bay’s small nearby islets, snorkelers will find an abundance of fish, as well as the occasional sea turtle and benign sharks. The bay is also frequented by a transient colony of Galapagos sea lions who love to swim with people. Birds, like the endemic Española mockingbird and different species of Darwin finches, are omnipresent.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Thursday
Santa Cruz Island: Highlands // Baltra Island Airport

AM: This morning, we will visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island, where the lush landscape is a welcome contrast to the arid scenery of the smaller, lower islands. On the way, we will cross through different vegetation zones – from the dry lower region full of cactuses to the scalesia woods in the Highlands.  There one can find two small agricultural communities that grow the famous organic Galapagos coffee.  

Concluding this amazing experience in the Galapagos Islands, you will be transferred to the Baltra Island airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland. Enjoy your last look back at the “enchanted islands,” a unique paradise with inspiring natural wonders.

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Breakfast

Alya Catamaran: Prices

2018 - Price per person
RoomDouble Cabin
4 DaysUS$ 2,945
Included in the price:
  • A cruise on board the Alya motor catamaran
  • Accommodations in a double cabin with private facilities
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All transfers in the Galapagos Islands
  • Services of an English/Spanish-speaking naturalist guide on daily excursions and during briefings
  • Use of snorkeling equipment
  • Free purified drinking water.
Not included in the price:
  • Flights to/from the Galapagos Islands
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100 USD per adult)
  • Transit control card ($20 USD per person)
  • Bottled soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Single cabin supplements
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal items
  • Travel/medical insurance.
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