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Alya Catamaran 4-Night Itinerary

Spend awe-inspiring days 5 days and 4 nights cruising crystal-clear waters on this Galapagos Islands tour, one that you’ll never forget. On this cruise to, you will sail on board the 16-passenger Alya motor catamaran to discover the archipelago’s central and northern islands – which includes scenic Genovesa Island. Trace Darwin's theory of evolution, spot colorful, bizarre and beautiful creatures, and have an experience that is completely out of this world as you discover this incredible archipelago on your Galapagos Islands vacation. Enjoy your Galapagos vacation on board this first-class, Smart-Voyager-certified catamaran. 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, 4 cabins on the upper deck and 5 on the main deck. All the beds can be double or twin. Private facilities in each cabin include a private bathroom with cold/hot water, air conditioning, a hairdryer, a telephone for internal communication on board, a safety deposit box and a loudspeaker.

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“I enjoyed the scenery and the exotic wildlife on the islands very much. The airport transfers in both directions went smoothly and the service on board was very good.”Nikola Dimitrov

Highlights

Galapagos Islands, Genovesa, Santa Cruz

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Baltra Island: Airport // North Seymour Island
Day 2: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay – El Barranco
Day 3: Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay // Bartolome Island
Day 4: Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill – Black Turtle Cove
Day 5: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station // Baltra Island Airport
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday
Baltra Island: Airport // North Seymour Island

AM: In the morning, you will fly from Quito or Guayaquil (on the Ecuadorian mainland) to Baltra Island, in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago and the main point of entrance to this natural paradise. Upon your arrival at the Baltra airport, you will need to pay the national park entry fee, which goes to protecting both the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve.  A member of the Surtrek team will then welcome you and accompany you to your ship, the Alya motor catamaran.        

PM: After a dry landing on North Seymour Island, we will take a short walk along its coast, where you will encounter Swallow-tailed gulls, sea lions, and Cliff crabs. This part of Seymour Island is also known for being a major nesting site for Blue-footed boobies and one of the largest colonies of Magnificent frigatebirds (a species different from the Great frigatebird). As you enjoy this relaxing hike around various nesting sites, you can also spot both of the endemic species of iguanas: marine iguanas and land iguanas.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Friday
Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay – El Barranco

AM:   Our destination for today is Genovesa Island, considered to be one of the wildest and most pristine islands in Galapagos National Park. Known as “Bird Island,” Genovesa is the only place where you can see Red-footed boobies.  After a wet landing in Genovesa Island’s Darwin Bay, we will walk along a short path that leads through the nesting sites of booby and frigatebird colonies. On the beach, you can observe the interesting spectacle of how frigate birds try to rob the prey of different species of boobies.    

PM: This afternoon we are off to the El Barranco cliffs. Located on Genovesa Island, along the southern part of Darwin Bay, a one-mile (1.5 km) trail stretches out over volcanic rock that leads to this cliff (this hike takes about two hours to cover). The second half of the trail is very delicate, so please stay on the path. It can get very hot so make sure to bring water. Because of the natural erosion, this is the ideal place for the nesting of Storm-petrels. Two other species of petrels that can be seen here are the Galapagos petrel and the Wooden petrel. Red-footed boobies and Nazca boobies can be seen here as well as fur seals and several species of seabirds.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Saturday
Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay // Bartolome Island

AM:  In the morning we will land on the fourth largest island in the Galapagos: Santiago Island, also known as “James Island” or “San Salvador Island.” The old rusted machines and run-down buildings of former salt mine workers are still apparent on the island, though the last attempts to populate Santiago Island were given up on forty years ago.  On Santiago Island, we will head to Sullivan Bay, located on the eastern coast of Santiago Island. Its lava field, covered with lava cactuses, has a variety of interesting patterns of important geologic interest, as you will be able to observe the contrasting lava landscapes from an older eruption and a newer one formed during the last quarter of the 19th century.  After exploring these lava flows, you can swim or snorkel with playful sea lions.

PM: Upon arriving on Bartolome Island, you will discover a fascinating moonscape formed by various volcanic formations — including lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones — as we hike to the island’s summit for striking views of the surrounding islands, Sullivan Bay and the towering Pinnacle Rock. As the beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock boast some of the finest snorkeling in the islands, you can discover a marvelous underwater world here and have a good chance of finding sea turtles gliding gently alongside you. On the rocks beneath Pinnacle Rock, it’s quite possible to spot some of the quick-as-an-arrow Galapagos penguins; at around 25 centimeters tall, these are members of the second smallest species of penguin in the world.  Likewise, you’re likely to see harmless Whitetip reef sharks sunning in these waters. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best of snorkeling experiences, as the water here is generally clear, without too much surf and full of marine life.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Sunday
Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill – Black Turtle Cove

AM: In the morning, we will explore the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island to visit Dragon Hill, which is an excellent spot for observing lava lizards, Darwin finches, and wading birds. On the way to Dragon Hill, we will rest at a small lagoon that’s a popular feeding place for colorful birds and flamingos.

PM:  After lunch, we will visit Santa Cruz Island, the second largest of the Galapagos Islands and located in the center of the archipelago. Located there is Black Turtle Cove, a nesting site for sea turtles, which peak their heads above the surface of the water while fish and other forms of marine life circle below.  With luck, the calm water will allow you to see different types of sharks (like the Whitetip reef shark) and schools of golden-colored Mustard rays. There are a number of mangrove forests here as well.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Monday
Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station // Baltra Island Airport

AM:  This morning we will head for one of the most visited spots in the islands. Located on Santa Cruz Island, the Charles Darwin Research Station is primarily an international scientific research station situated on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora. You will be taken to its visitor center to learn about the geology, climate, natural history and the conservation of the Galapagos Islands. However, the highlight of your visit here will undoubtedly be the research facility’s Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center, which breeds giant tortoises. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles can live up to 150- 200 years and weigh between 250 and 300 kg. Approaching them in their humid and forested spaces is always an inspiring adventure. For decades, the Fausto Center was home to “Lonesome George,” who finally died in 2012 as the last of his particular species. The tortoises you will see here are accustomed to humans, so it’s an excellent spot for visitors to take photographs with them. Remember that looking at the animals is allowed, but touching is not; and it’s absolutely forbidden to jump over the walls or open the pen doors at any time.

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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Prices

2020 - Price per person
RoomLuxuryious Private Rooms
5 DaysUS$ 3,945 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
Included in the price:
  • All meals and excursions
  • Transfers in the islands
  • Services of a bilingual Galapagos National Park guide
  • Use of snorkeling equipment/wetsuit
  • Use of underwater camera
Not included in the price:
  • Roundtrip airfare to/from the Galapagos Islands
  • Bottled and alcoholic drinks
  • Galapagos National Park fee ($100)
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card ($20)
  • Travel / medical insurance (highly recommended)
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Personal expenses
 
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