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Embark on an unforgettable journey to the Galapagos Islands in comfort and style. This 5 day cruise will cover the most breathtaking scenery of each island, showcasing extinct volcanoes, lava flows, and marine life. Travelers will get great opportunities to meet sea lions, giant tortoises and land iguanas
Opportunity to meet an abundant of frigate birds and sea lions
Plenty of activities to choose from including snorkeling, and hiking to scenic viewpoints
Visit the famous Pinnacle rock and a variety of extinct volcanoes
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: San Cristobal Island
Day 2: North Seymour & South Plaza Islands
Day 3: Rabida & Bartholome Islands
Day 4: Santiago & Santa Cuz Islands
Day 5: Santa Cruz Island
Day 1: San Cristobal - Kicker Rock
Morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands.You will arrive at San Cristobal Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by the Natural Paradise staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.
In the afternoon, you will visit Kicker Rock. This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off
the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of
feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and
scuba diving allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life.
Day 2: North Seymour - South Plaza Island
In North Seymour you will be able to see Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent frigate birds which are abundant on this island. North Seymour was formed by a series of submarine lavaflows containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.
In the afternoon, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by
rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies
as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. During
the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through
January) a bright red.
Day 3: Rabida Island - Bartholome Island
In the morning, you will visit Rabida Island which is one of the most colourful and volcanically varied
islands in the archipelago, as well as a great snorkeling site. We will start on Rabida’s famous maroon
sandy beach, and after an easy hike, you will arrive to a stunning lookout to enjoy the amazing
landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance such as
nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.
In the afternoon, you will head to Bartholome Island, home of the famous Pinnacle Rock. Bartholome
consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations.
We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will
enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach surrounded by
the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may
even see Galapagos penguins
Day 4: Sullivan Bay - Dragon Hill
In the morning, you will visit Sullivan Bay located on the southeast part of Santiago. This place is
interesting for its geology because the area is covered by lava flows. This place has elevations in the
form of small volcanoes formed by the lava flows.
In the afternoon you will visit Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz. The visitors’ site at Dragon Hill is located
on the northwestern part of Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that runs through three different
environments although it is only slightly less than a mile long (1,600 meters). The beach is very rocky.
At high tide it’s a nice place for snorkeling. At this visiting site you can find vegetation typical of the
intertidal and dry zones.
Day 5: Santa Cruz Island - Baltra Airport
In the morning, you will visit Twin Craters located opposite to each other on both sides of the road
leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations
were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is
After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra’s airport in time for your flight back to the