Northern & Central Galapagos Islands Cruise - ARCHIPEL I M/C

4 days | 3 nights
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Archipel I

Mid Range

Cruise Description

600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands stand unique in the middle of the Pacific Ocean: 13 main islands, 6 minor islands and 40 islets made famous by Charles Darwin, the British Scientist, and Theorist, whose Theory of Evolution was largely inspired by the place.

Those unique volcanic islands are home to many land and marine endemic species: the Galapagos penguins, the Galapagos marine iguanas, and the Galapagos giant tortoises are among the intriguing residents you will get to meet during your stay.

Board the Archipel I cruise ship, a cozy and modern catamaran boasting 8 cabins with spacious areas. On this 4-day tour, you will sail to 5 of the Northern Islands in the Galapagos.

Head first to North Seymour and Genovesa Islands, a true birdwatcher's paradise, then set off to Bartolomé and Santiago Islands for amazing postcard landscapes.

With plenty of opportunities to swim and snorkel along your journey, your final visit will include Charles Darwin Station where you will learn more about this unique wildlife paradise. 



Trip at a glance



GENOVESA ISLAND: Barranco, Darwin Bay



SANTA CRUZ ISLAND: Charles Darwin Station

Trip details


Day 1 Flight to Baltra, North Seymour Island


Arrival at Seymour airport on Baltra island. 

Upon arrival at Seymour airport, you will go through an airport inspection to make sure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands. 

On exiting the airport, you are required to pay an entrance fee to the National Park (US$ 100 for adults, US$ 50 for children under 12) as well as the Ingala Transit Control Card ($US 20)

Funds from the entry tax for tourists are used to finance the conservation of biodiversity of flora and fauna, terrestrial and marine, and benefits the local community by improving basic services, education projects, sports, health, environmental sanitation, environmental services and services directly related to tourists. 

Meet and greet with your naturalist guide who will escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor. 

Transfer on board and cabin allocation. 

Welcome drink and lunch on board. 


Afternoon visit of North Seymour island, a popular island teeming with birdlife. 

An easy circular path takes you through the archipelago's most extensive colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds. 

At the beginning of the frigate birds mating season, the male adults inflate their dazzling red throat sacs to impressive football-sized balloons. 

This is one of the rare spots where both magnificent and great frigate birds breed side by side. 

Return on board Archipel I. 


Dinner and night onboard. 

Sail north to Genovesa Island overnight. 

  • Lunch onboard Archipel I
  • Dinner onboard Archipel I

Day 2 Genovesa Island: Barranco, Darwin Bay


Before landing, take a dinghy-ride along the eastern arm of the caldera with its overwhelming 80-foot tall (25 metres) walls rising out of the ocean. 

Spot the occasional Galapagos fur seal resting or a seabird nesting on one of the ledges at the base of the wall. 

Hike up the steep stairs from the landing dock to a bush of Palo Santo shrubs. Red-footed boobies use these scarce nesting places so that they do not have to nest on the rocky ground. 

Upon arriving at the edge of the rim, the bushes open onto panoramic views swept by strong sea breezes and the amazing skillful flying of countless seabirds. 

Following the exposed rim, you will first pass the Nazca boobies and finally reach the extensive storm petrel nesting places, where the well-camouflaged short-eared owls also nest. 

Lunch onboard. 


Inside the submerged caldera of Genovesa island lies the 1-mile wide and 200-foot deep Great Darwin Bay. 

This small island will surprise you repeatedly, walking along a coral sand beach, crossing barren lava formations and creeks, passing tidal pools and shrubs clinging to the top of the cliffs. 

With this peaceful surrounding, every single species has occupied its own ecological niche (or habitat) without disturbing others. 

Return on board Archipel I. 


Dinner and night onboard. 

Sail south to Bartolomé Island overnight. 

  • Breakfast onboard Archipel I
  • Lunch onboard Archipel I
  • Dinner onboard Archipel I

Day 3 Bartolomé Island: Pinnacle Bay, Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay


After breakfast, hop off on the amazing volcanic Bartolomé Island. 

Bartolomé is among the most newly-formed islands, and on a geological scale it was just recently born out of fire. 

Although at first sight lifeless, Bartolomé offers some of the wildest landscapes and best panoramas of the entire archipelago. 

To enjoy the postcard view of the idyllic 'Pinnacle Bay' you will hike up the 375-foot (115 metres) hill up the stairs that lead to the viewpoint at the top of the island. 

Enter a dramatic world of extinct, but nevertheless threatening, spatter cones, craters, and lightweight lava droplets that have been spewed out by fiery fountains. 

The Summit Trail is also ideal to see how scanty pioneer vegetation such as lava cactuses struggle to take root in the bare virgin lava fields. 

Lunch onboard. 


Sail to Sullivan Bay located on Santiago Island. 

Set foot on the lava stream covering Sullivan Bay with its moonlike landscapes. 

While the desolate, stretched-out fields seem mostly lifeless, the site is highly popular among photographers. 

On the lava flow, the rare pioneer vegetation that manages to take root are the lava cactus and carpetweed. 

During the nesting season, Pacific green turtles come to lay and bury their eggs on the tiny white sand beach, where you might also encounter crabs, the occasional strayed blue heron or oystercatcher.  

Keep an eye out for lava lizards, locusts or the Galapagos racer, a small endemic snake species. 


Return on board Archipel I. 

Dinner and night onboard.

 Sail southeast to Santa Cruz Island overnight. 

  • Breakfast onboard Archipel I
  • Lunch onboard Archipel I
  • Dinner onboard Archipel I

Day 4 Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station, Departure


After breakfast, disembark at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island to visit Charles Darwin Station. 

Learn about the protection and conservation projects on the islands. 

The main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Centre for young tortoises and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity. 

Transfer out to Seymour Airport. 

Assisted by your naturalist guide and crewmembers, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra, where you will take the shuttle back to the airport. 

  • Breakfast onboard Archipel I



What's included


3 nights in twin cabins (2 separated beds) onboard M/C Archipel I


Full board plan
3 breakfasts + 3 lunches + 3 dinners


All transfers from/to Baltra airport
4 day/3 night cruise onboard M/C Archipel I


Shared English-speaking naturalist guide for all visits

What's not included

  • Domestic Flights: 580 USD/Person
  • International Flights
  • Entrance Fee to Galapagos National Park: 100 USD/Person
  • Migration Card: 20 USD /Person
  • Snorkelling Equipment Rental: 10 USD/Person/Day
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips


Important notes

Each guest must strictly follow the Galapagos National Park Rules: 

  • Remain on marked trails at visitor sites and respect signs at all times for the protection of wildlife
  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet (two meters) from wildlife to avoid disturbing them, even if they approach you
  • Never feed wildlife, as this can cause health problems
  • Flash photography is not permitted when taking photos of wildlife
  • Professional photography and videos recorded for commercial purposes must be authorized by the Galapagos National Park Department
  • It is your responsibility not to introduce food, animals, or plants into the Archipelago. Cooperate fully with all environmental inspection and quarantine officials during your visit.
  • Do not take or buy any products or souvenirs made from banned substances, including black coral, shells, lava rock, animal parts, or any native wood or vegetation prior to leaving Galapagos. This is illegal and must be reported
  • Practice “leave-no-trace” principles in order to maintain the beauty of the environment
  • Pack out all trash and dispose of or recycle it in the populated areas or on your tour boat
  • Smoking and/or campfires are strictly prohibited within the Galapagos National Park





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