Elite Catamaran 5 day luxury cruise Galapagos north islands

Elite Catamaran 5 day luxury cruise Galapagos north islands
Galapagos' far north islands are a must-see. This area is not accessible by day tours. It takes guests to the isolated Genovesa Island and its bird cliff. You can also walk with giant tortoises and swim with sea lions or sea turtles. The contrast between Santiago's volcanic coast and Santa Cruz's lush cloud forests is what you will see. The 5 day expedition is full of wildlife encounters, but the Elite offers luxury onboard.

Day by day

Day 1 : Baltra Island & Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station

Transfer to the vessel after your arrival at Baltra Airport.

Charles Darwin Research Station

The Charles Darwin Research Station is a great place to learn about the important work being done to conserve the archipelago’s ecosystems.
This includes a significant breeding program for Galapagos tortoises. Their numbers have been declining since the 1970s.
These magnificent reptiles are well-acquainted with humans. Make sure you bring your camera to capture close-ups.

Day 2 : Genovesa Island: Prince Philip's Steps, El Barranco & Darwin Bay

Prince Philip's Steps, El Barranco

El Barranco (also known as Prince Philip's Steps) is a rocky staircase that leads you past a colony red-footed bobies and nazca to reach a plateau of dry lava. Visitors are often treated with sightings of storm petrels flying out to sea from the Palo Santo forest as they continue onward.
You can see the Galapagos fur seals nestled in the rocks by taking a panga ride, kayaking/paddle-boarding along the edge of cliffs. If you want to take a dip with many shark species, snorkeling is an excellent activity.

Darwin Bay

Darwin Bay is home to a small coral and sand beach. This makes it a great spot for kayaking, snorkeling and paddle-boarding. A short trail runs along the shoreline, past mangroves and a tidal lagoon. This area is home to many landbird species including Nazca, red-footed bobies, and swallow-tailed goshawks.
The trail ends at a breathtaking viewpoint with a view of the bay and the cliffs below.

 

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Includes

Double or single accommodations
All meals and snacks
Programmed visits to the islands with a Certified Bilingual Naturalist Guide
Transfers between Galapagos airport and cruise
Snorkeling gear (masks, fins, and snorkel)
Wetsuits

Does not include

Air ticket to/from Galapagos
National Park Entrance fee
Transit Control Card
Personal Expenses and tips
Alcoholic and Bottled Beverages
Travel and health insurance

Highlights

See both the Galapagos sea lions and fur seals at Santiago island, can you tell the difference?
Observe the twin volcanic sink holes on Santa Cruz as you are surrounded by tropical cloud forest
Visit the Charles Darwin station and learn about the tortoise breeding programs, spot the gentle giants as they remain undisturbed.
Keep an eye out for hawks hunting amongst thousands of sea birds at the cliff (El Barranco) on Genovesa island
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