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Infinity Galapagos: 4-Day Nothern and Central Islands Cruise

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4-Day Galapagos Cruise: Genovesa, Santiago, Rabida & Santa Cruz Island

Cruise all around the Galapagos Islands on this 4 day cruise aboard the Infinity Galapagos Yacht. Visit a total of 4 islands on this exciting itinerary. Though this itinerary is the shortest of them all, travelers will get to see quite a lot during their time.

Starting from the shield volcano island of Genovesa Island and its impressive landscapes to the islands of Santiago and Santa Cruz, where you will find blue footed boobies, sea lions and tortoises, this will be an unforgettable experience.

Note:

Please note that the itinerary below is dependent on the Galapagos National Park regulations, weather and sea conditions, wildlife behavior, and accessibility to locations, so may vary. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.


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DAY 1: Saturday – Santa Cruz Island

Morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island, Galapagos Islands.

You will arrive at Baltra 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.

In the afternoon we will head on to Black Turtle Cove which is situated in the northern part of Santa Cruz. This inlet is surrounded by mangroves and is only accessible by dinghy. The shallow cove is a safe haven for young marine life. Black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.
 

Highlights: Baby hammerhead shark, rays, sea turtles, sea birds
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride
Type of Landing: No landing
Difficulty: Easy

 Galapagos wildlife

DAY 2: Sunday – Genovesa Island, El Barranco & Darwin Bay

In the morning, you will visit El Barranco which is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps. It is a steep, rocky path that leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves. 

 

Activities: Hiking (0.9 miles / 2 Km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry, difficult landing
Highlights & Animals: Red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, storm-petrels, Galapagos doves.

 

In the afternoon, you will visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which heads a half mile trail (0.75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path we’ll find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff. 


Activities: Hiking (0.9 miles / 1.5 Km), snorkeling, kayaking, and dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Highlights & Animals: Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, mangroves, coral pebble beach, snorkeling: rays, colourful reef fish, and hammerhead sharks.

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DAY 3: Monday – Santiago Island

A coral beach landing leads you towards a lava field as far as the eye can see. Hunt and peck over the two distinguished types of lava, pahoehoe and 'a'a, for signs of plant life that have managed to emerge over the past 100 years since the most recent volcanic explosion. A truly amazing volcanic experience…up close and personal!

Highlights: Variety of lava formations and landscapes, pahoehoe lava which is found primarily in Hawai'i and the Galapagos islands, 'a'a lava, and pristine coral sand beach
Possible Activities: Walk, snorkel, swim
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Be sure to wear good solid walking shoes or boots as the 'a'a lava is very sharp and pointy

In the afternoon, you will go to Rabida Island (Jervis). It is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago and a great snorkeling site. Its famous maroon sandy beach and stunning lookouts provide wonderful 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.

Highlights: Snorkeling: white-cheeked pintail ducks, colorful fish, sea lions, brackish water lagoon, penguins, Galapagos hawk
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride & short hike (0.6 miles /1 km)
Type of Landing: Wet landing
Difficulty: Easy / moderate

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DAY 4: Tuesday – Santa Cruz Island

The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own. 

 

Highlights: Giant tortoises in captivity
Possible Activities: Walking
Type of Landing: Dry landing
Difficulty: Easy

 

After this final visit, you will be transferred to Baltra’s airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.


  • Please note that all cruise itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal weather conditions (and resultant variations in ocean cruising conditions) affecting accessibility to locations. Thus navigation routes, times and excursions may need to be modified at the cruise captain’s discretion.
  • Passengers should also be aware that animal sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the unpredictability of wildlife behavior. 

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