NORTHERN LOOP | 5 Days - 4 Nights
In our 5 Day-Cruise itinerary will have the chance to discover all the wonders of Genovesa Island. The Northern visitor site with one of the most protected and pristine ecosystems.
Once you disembark in Darwin Bay and “El Barranco” you will be transported to the time when Charles Darwin set foot on this “living laboratory”. Nazca boobies, Red footed boobies, Storm Petrels and more will join during the walk following Darwin’s steps.
We consider Genovesa the highlight of this live-abord adventure. But it is not the only wild site that you visit ! The boat will move in evening sailings between Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Bartholomew, Bainbridge Islets & Chinese Hat.
Every visitor site has been approved and set by Galapagos National Park regulations establishing a maximum quantity of groups at the same time on the same place !
Enjoy Genovesa and this incredible Northern itinerary !
A flight from Quito or Guayaquil will connect you with your Galapagos Adventure. So once you arrive on the island of Baltra a 10 minute drive will bring you from the airport to the Itabaca Channel where a ferry ride takes you to the island of Santa Cruz. From here we travel across the island. Upon arrival in the seaside town of Puerto Ayora there is time to visit the Charles Darwin Research Center.
Later in the afternoon we will board the yacht and settle in to our cabins. Night sailing to Genovesa (about 8 hours)
We arrive in the morning at the island of Genovesa and have a dry landing at Prince Phillip’s “ El Barranco” steps where a steep, rocky path leads to the top of a high cliff. There are spectacular views from here and the opportunity to observe red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos doves and Storm Petrels.
We return to the boat and continue to Darwin Bay to find a white-sand coral beach and a half-mile trail that winds through mangrove trees filled with various birds. We should see Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls among other animals. There are also tide pools to explore and interactions with curious, playful sea lions.
We arrive at Bartholomew Island, an extinct volcano where lava and rocks are shaded in red, black and green. This is the home of the iconic Pinnacle Rock and we climb a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano for panoramic views across the island and to distant islands. We return to a lovely beach that is perfect for snorkeling and a chance to see the Galapagos penguin – and with any luck, a chance to snorkel with them! Then we continue to Sullivan Bay where there is a large lava field of fascinating patterns, the result of explosions of gas or water coming forth from the once-molten lava.
Today we visit Bainbridge Rock. This is an excellent chance to see the Galapagos fur seal bathing in the sun. We also visit Chinese Hat which is a place of fairly recent volcanic activity and a few intact lava tunnels. This is another place to snorkel and swim in tranquil blue waters, watching colorful fish and playing with young sea lions.
After lunch on the boat we head to the northern part of the island of Santa Cruz to visit Caleta Tortuga Negra, a small bay surrounded by mangroves and only accessible by dinghy. It’s a safe home for marine life such as white tip reef sharks, sea turtles and various rays such as manta rays and eagle rays.
Our last day on the Encantada has still more discovery. Early at the morning, we go to North Seymour where there is a large breeding colony of frigate birds and blue-footed boobies. The trail leads up among their nests while you watch your step as there are also land and marine iguanas. Finally, transfer to Baltra’s airport. End of our services.
THIS ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PREVIOUS NOTICE DUE TO SEASONAL CHANGES, OPERATION LOGISTICS, LAST MINUTE WEATHER CONDITIONS AND ADJUSTMENTS OF GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK POLICY.
• All transfers in Galapagos (if you will be arriving or departing the Galapagos on dates other than your tour dates, you must arrange your own airport transfers, or please let us know in advance and we can arrange airport transfers for you at an extra cost.).
• Navigation on board M/S Encantada.
• Accommodation in double cabins.
• Daily land visits and snorkeling activity.
• Certified Galapagos Naturalist Guide.
• Meals on board (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner) - snacks after morning and afternoon activities.
• Purified water, Coffee and tea.
Services Not Included:
• Flight tickets to Galapagos Islands.
• Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100.00).
• Galapagos Visitor Card ($20.00).
• Isabela Local Tax ($5.00).
• Snorkel Gear (mask, tube and fins).
• Local Water Taxi Cost ( Santa Cruz & Isabela Islands).
• Extra soft and alcoholic drinks.
• Personal Expenses.
• Ecuadorian Taxes IVA 14%.
NOTE: Single cabins are available with an extra single charge