Embark on an unforgettable 5 day journey to the Northern Islands of Galapagos. The Alya vessel will ensure you a smooth and comfortable experience at sea. Our expert bi-lingual tour guide will cover Galapagos' history of volcanic origins and guide you through unique sites where you will encounter sea lions, marine iguanas, rare footed boobies, tortoises and many more
Learn about the history of volcanic origins on Galapagos' Islands
Experience the natural beauty and scenery that Galapagos has to offer
Meet the inhabitants of the North islands, including frigate birds, marine iguanas, sea-lions, doves, finches and many more
Make the most out of this journey with a range of water and land activities such as snorkelling and hiking
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: North Seymour
Day 2: Genovesa Island
Day 3: Santiago & Bartolome
Sunday: Santa Cruz
Day 4: Monday: Santa Cruz
Day 1: Baltra & Seymour Island
Arrive at Baltra airport and greeted at the Airport reception. Our friendly staff will meet with you and transfer you to tghe ship. Welcome on board Alya Catamaran, where you will be greeted with a welcome drink and lunch.
Our first stop is Seymour Island, a dry landing. Seymour was formed by the lifting of volcanic marine lava. Marine fossils were found in this island and dates back to Pleistocene.In 1932, the Captain Alan Hancock and his crew took 72 land iguanas from Baltra Island and introduced them to North Seymour Island. The reason of this change was that the iguanas could live in better conditions than in Baltra. The crew of Captain Hancock found malnourished iguanas in Baltra; in 1934 colonizing people verified that the iguanas were in good conditions. The vegetation of North Seymour is bushy and host nest of Real Frigates of Galapagos.
In the evening, we will return to the Alya for dinner.
Day 2: Genovesa Island - Darwin Bay & Barranco
Today we will cruise to Genovesa Island and firstly visit the wet landing of Darwin Bay. Activities on this island include: short hikes, lookouts, swimming, and snorkeling. Genovesa is a small island situated to the north of Galapagos. Near to the beach, we will find a small forest of mangrove swamp where we will discover a colony of Frigates, marine iguanas, red-foot boobies and mask boobies, the great terrestrial finch, seagull, herons, and finches of cactus. After this visit in land, we have the option for our passengers to enjoy swimming in the bay. Lunch will be served at noon.
Next, we will visit Barranco, a dry landing where we can hike the famous Prince Felipe’s stairs. In our journey, we will observe tropical birds, petrels, common frigate, red-foot boobies, mask boobies, dove, and finches. We will then return to the Alya for dinner.
Day 3: Santiago Island - Sullivan Bay & Bartolome
Today, we will visit Sullivan Bay, a wet landing. All the roads on this island are composed of lava flows and are still virtually without eroding. They cover an extensive area with plants such as lava pohoehoe (or cords), hornitos, mollugo, growing in the lava. We will explore the Lava colonizers and then enjoy some snacks and refreshments at lunch.
Next, we will explore Bartolome Island, perfect for water activities and basking in the sun. We will hike around the island and observe the unique plants of Tiquilia, Chamaesyce and Scalesia. The island was formed by cones, pipes of lava and where lava flows. There is a path to the south beach through mangrove swamps and vegetation of dunes. Whereas the North beaches offer swimming and snorkelling. In the north of Bartolome, we will be able to observe Santiago, Rabid and Isabela island. Also, we will visit the Pinnacle Rock and encounter galapagos penguins. In the evening, we will return for dinner.
Day 4: Santa Cruz - Dragon Hill & Black Turtle Cove
Our first visit today will be to Dragon Hill, located north-west of Santa Cruz. Dragon Hill consists of a trail that runs through three different environments at just 1,600 m long.The name derived in 1975, being the only known place in Santa Cruz for its healthy land iguanas. That same year, the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation initiated a program to conserve land iguanas, and there it became the Dragon Hill. After, we will venture to the lagoons where we encounter flamingos. Lunch will be served afterwards.
Next, we will explore the Black Turtle cove, which is north of Santa Cruz. This bay is surrounded by mangroves and is accessible by dinghy only. The superficial cove is a safe refuge for marine life. Black-tip reef sharks, marine turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here. We will return in the evening for dinner.
Day 5: Santa Cruz & Airport
After breakfast we will visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz and begin trekking to find giant tortoises in their natural habitat. For this visit we recommend to use sport shoes, long pants, raincoat, hut and sun block. The journey will then end with transfers back to the Airport.
Departs - Selected dates (listed below)
This new Catamaran offers 9 comfortable cabins, 8 of them with private balcony.
Upper deck consists of 4 cabins
Main deck consists of 5 cabins
All the beds can be double or twin.
Each cabin is equipped with:
Telephone for internal communication on board
Bar with a variety of drinks
Sundeck with bar.
* Our complete itineraries are developed for the benefit of our passengers, who will have the opportunity to combine hiking, snorkeling, beach and kayaking; our professional guides will introduce you to the most relevant sites on each island.
Ship Deck Plan
Type: Superior First class motor Catamaran
Construction: Guayaquil 2017
Length: 31,50 m
Beam: 12.50 m
Draft: 1.70 m
Capacity: 16 passengers
Crew: 8 members + 1 bilingual guide
Cruising speed: 12 knots
Engines: 2 Cumming Motors 350 HP
Water capacity: 2.500 gallons
Diesel capacity: 2.500 gallons
Electric power: 110V and 220V