Itinerary A

Experience the finest of the Galapagos with the Naturalist Cruise aboard the Alya. This expedition voyage provides the opportunity to explore the incredible wildlife present on the Galapagos Islands. On Genovesa, relish in awe-inspiring vistas, exhilarating dinghy excursions, and intimate encounters with some of the archipelago's most renowned avian species like Nazca Boobies and red-footed Boobies, among others. Witness the majestic Galapagos Giant Tortoises and gain insights into their conservation and scientific investigation. Santiago, an island once frequented by pirates, offers hiking and dinghy rides for your enjoyment.
Day 1: Baltra Airport & Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove

Baltra airport. Arrival at the airport. Transfer to the boat. Welcome on board Alya Catamaran. Welcome drink. Lunch.

Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove

Our first stop is Black Turtle Cove, located in Santa Cruz's northern area. The bay is only accessible by boat and is enclosed by mangroves. This shallow cove provides a refuge for marine wildlife. Here, you can often see black-tip reefs sharks, turtles and various rays.

  • Return to Alya
  • Dinner.
Day 2: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay & El Barranco

Darwin Bay

Activities for the day include: photography, short walks, swimming and snorkeling. Genovesa, a tiny island located in the north Galapagos. Wet weather is expected for our unloading at Darwin Bay. We will see a large mangrove area where you can find frigates, boobies (red-footed and mask), seagulls herons and the great terrestrial finch. After the visit to the island, passengers are invited to swim in the Bay. There are snacks and drinks available. Lunch.

El Barranco

Hiking is a good activity for dry landing. Also called Prince Phillip's steps. We will walk along the Barranco Path. We will see tropical birds such as petrels and common frigates, mask boobies and red-footed boobies. Dinner.

Day 3: Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay & Bartolome Island

Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay

Description: Wet landing, hiking and walking. This island is covered in lava flows that are virtually uneroded. You can see lava pahoehoe, mollugo, hornitos and undulating lava. On board, you will find a variety of snacks and drinks. Lunch.

Bartolome Island

Wet landing on the beach, dry landing at sea. This island offers many activities, including walking, swimming and snorkeling. The path will take us to the highest point (114m), where you can find pioneering plants like tiquilia and chamaesyce. Cones and lava tubes where once lava flowed have formed the island. After the landing on the beach we follow the path to the south side, passing through mangroves, sand dunes and vegetation. On the north shore, guests are welcome to swim and snorkel. We will see Santiago, Rabida and Isabela from the summit of Bartolome. The Rock Pinnacle is home to penguins. Dinner.

Day 4: Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill & Chinese Hat Islet

Chinese Hat

Small islet near the coast south east of Santiago. From a distance, it looks like a Chinese Hat. The island is made up of an "inclined cone" (cone-shaped lava drops that are thrown out as lava and fall near the source) at the top, with many lava tubes leading down to the coastline.

Coral heads can be found in the lava on the west. This is because the flow was formed below the ocean and then raised up. The geological features of lava tubes, lava flows and other geological formations can be interpreted during this visit.

This trail has a maximum distance of 700m and a minimum duration of 30 minutes.

  • Return Alya
  • Lunch

Mosquera island

The islet lies between North Seymour and Baltra Island. We can also see several bird species. The white sand beaches are a delight.

  • Return Alya
  • Dinner
Day 5: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station & Airport

We will then visit Charles Darwin Station, located at the port of Santa Cruz Island. Then we'll take a bus up to the entryway of the breeding centre where you can see land iguanas and tortoises in captivity. The main breeding center on the island is located here. The animals that are in danger of going extinct on various islands have been kept in captivity. Several institutions are working hard to save some species. Lonesome G., a famous giant tortoise found only on Pinta Island. Transfer to the Airport.


  • Airport assistance
  • Transfers in Galapagos
  • Accommodation in double cabin
  • All meals during the cruise
  • Naturalist Bilingual Guide
  • All visits & excursions according to the itinerary
  • Snorkel Gear (mask, tube and fins)
  • Kayaks, paddle boards
  • Unlimited purified water, coffee and tea
  • Wetsuits, soft drinks, beach towels

Not Included

  • Local flight to/from Galapagos
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance fee
  • Galapagos Transit card
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips
  • Local Taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Service do not specified


  • White-tipped and black-tipped reef sharks, green sea turtles, rays, herons, blue-footed boobies, mangroves.
  • Nesting great frigatebirds, red footed & Nazca boobies, Galapagos sea lions, lava & swallow-tailed gulls, yellow-crowned night herons, Genovesa ground finch, Genovesa cactus finch, Galapagos mockingbirds.
  • Pahoehoe lava, Galapagos penguins, oystercatchers, Galapagos hawks.