Deluxe Northern Island Cruise Large Ship Journey

Deluxe Northern Island Cruise Large Ship Journey

Day 1:Baltra Airport & Santa Cruz Island: Highlands

Departure from Quito/Guayaquil to Baltra island (2 1/2 hours flight). Our natural guides pick up passengers at the airport and take them to the bus stop to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

Santa Cruz: Highlands

We will be visiting the Santa Cruz highlands in the afternoon. You can see many different species of birds in the Galapagos mountains, including vermillion flycatchers and yellow warblers. You can see the many ecosystems on the island from the road to the reserve. It is a great way to experience the diversity. From the coast, the road winds through the agricultural zone to reach dense and humid forests. You may also see Galapagos giant tortoises wandering in the paddocks and the pastures. This is an ideal spot for bird watchers as almost all land birds on the island live or migrate here.

Day 2:Genovesa Island: El Barranco

El Barranco

It is amazing to see the diversity of sea life that shelters in the crevices on the lava rock cliffs. A small group of fur seals can be found close to the landing area. Red-billed tropicbirds are seen flying overhead, switching between their nests in the bay and their nests. At the foot of a path that passes through a seabird colony, you will find a steep staircase that runs up to the top of rocks. The trail then continues inland, allowing you to view more nesting colonies of boobies in the Palo Santo forest. Wedge-romped Storm-Petrels are visible flying in all directions from the trail's end, just above a rocky lava plateau. You may be able to see a short-eared Owl if you're lucky.

You will find a small coral and sand beach. The trail leads west along the tidal lagoon, then up a steep rocky hill to reach a viewpoint overlooking Darwin Bay and the cliffs. Visitors will find pairs of swallow-tailed and lava gulls along the trail close to the tidal lake. You will continue on the trail through Palo Santo trees and Opuntia cedars, as well as Saltbushes, which are home to red-footed bobies and Great Frigate birds. Visitors can see red-footed bobies in this area. Genovesa's trees and bushes are home to more than 100,000 red-footed bobies.

Day 3:Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill & Santa Fe Island

Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill

Dry landing. To see Dragon Hill's flamingos, walk by a brackish lake. You will find beautiful views of nearby islands and anchored boats as you walk along the trail. Mockingbirds, Galapagos doves, yellow warblers and Darwin's finches can be found in the forest.

Santa Fe Island

Wet landing. Santa Fe has white sand beaches, surrounded by sea-lion colonies. Through the island path, an endangered cactus forest can be passed, home to the Santa Fe land Iguanas, the largest of the islands. This island is home to a variety species including the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snakes and rice rats, one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents. There are also a variety finches and one mockingbird species.

Day 4:Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach & Transfer out

Wet landing. Two small flamingo lakes are located on the north side Santa Cruz. They were used by iguanas to sunbathe. This beach is the primary nesting site for sea turtles in the Galapagos. The average turtle will lay 70 eggs per season, which is three to four times the normal number. We will also find barges' remains from a time when the United States Navy had a base on Baltra Island during World War II. The word barges was modified by locals.

Passengers will be taken to the airport to catch their return flight to Guayaquil, or Quito, after the visit.

Cruise includes

  • All programed visits as per itinerary with specialized naturalist bilingual guide
  • Accommodation in twin/double cabin with private facilities
  • Cruise Fuel Surcharge
  • All meals on board, drinking purified water, coffee and tea
  • Snorkeling equipment (fins, mask & snorkel) & sea-kayaks
  • Transfers within the islands on cruise dates as per itinerary
  • Personalized 24/7 assistance during tour.

Cruise does not include

  • Airfare to/from Galapagos from/to Mainland Ecuador (to be added)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee US$100 per person (in cash only upon arrival)
  • Galapagos Migration Card US$20 in cash per person (at Mainland’s Airport)
  • Alcoholic/soft drinks, personal expenses, extras, and tips
  • All sized Wet-suits for rent on board
  • Travel, medical & cancelation Insurance and any services on Mainland
  • Other services not specified in the program.


  • See the famous Galapagos Tortoises in semi-wild state at an important Breeding Center in the Highlands of Santa Cruz.
  • Spot amazing birdlife at Genovesa including red-footed & Nazca Boobies, Galapagos Hawks and more.
  • Walk along the trails of Dragon Hill to encounter endemic Land Iguanas, Darwin’s Finches and more.
  • Snorkel with playful and curious Sea-lions and a variety of tropical fish.
  • Enjoy excellent cuisine at al-fresco dinning.

Galapagos Legend