Northern Galapagos Islands Cruise - ECO GALAXY M/C

5 days | 4 nights
Shared tour
From 2750USD per person
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Cruise Description

For those short on time to explore the Enchanted Islands, get the most out of this 5-day Northern Galapagos Islands cruise aboard the first-class EcoGalaxy catamaran, which features the most sought after attractions of the Northern Galapagos.

Your journey begins with a warm welcome to San Cristobal Airport on San Cristobal Island, where you'll meet and greet your expert naturalist guide and fellow passengers before boarding the luxury EcoGalaxy, your home for the next five days. Recently constructed in 2014, the EcoGalaxy was built with a mission to practice environmental sustainability, operating on low fuel consumption, utilizing biodegradable cleaning materials, and energy-efficient LED lights. With modern cabins that accommodate a maximum of 16 guests, a sundeck with shaded areas, and welcoming social lounges, your experience aboard the EcoGalaxy promises to be exceptional.

Your first stop on the first-class vessel catamaran takes you to Lobos Islet, named in honor of the large colony of sea lions that take over this land. Here you'll have the exciting opportunity to approach females within a few meters.

Then sail onwards to Santa Fe Island. Despite its small 24 sq. km land area, Santa Fe is one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos, estimated to be some 4 million years old. Land among a colony of sea lions at Barrington Bay and swim alongside marine tortoises in its sparkling waters. Recognized for its diversity of endemic species, observe the Santa Fe land iguana, Galapagos Mockingbird, and rice rat with your expert guide.

Sail onward to South Plaza Island, half a pair of Plazas Island off the eastern shores of Santa Cruz. Here, you'll embark on a hike with your knowledgeable naturalist guide and observe one of the largest sea lion colonies of the Galapagos archipelago.

Spend time on North Seymour and learn how a group of 72 undernourished land iguanas colonized the land. Discover Mosquera Islet, situated between Baltra and Seymour Islands, where you'll observe sea lions bask on a dazzling white sand beach.

Then spend time exploring the natural gems of Genovesa Island, where you'll encounter colonies of frigatebirds, red-footed and masked boobies, and Yellow Warblers as you stroll its pristine shoreline. Conquer the steep steps of Prince Philip Steps, named in honor of the Duke of Edinburgh's first visit to the Galapagos in the 1960s, and from the rugged cliffs of 25 meters up, observe colonies of red-foot and masked boobies, as well as tropical birds.

On your final morning aboard the EcoGalaxy, a journey to the Highlands of Santa Cruz, and on a guided walk, witness giant tortoises in their natural habitat from just a few meters away.

With modern interiors, the EcoGalaxy is a top choice for those who want to explore the northern Galapagos Islands in comfort and embark on exciting hiking, snorkeling, and wildlife viewing excursions. In true five star fashion, this catamaran invites you to relax on its sundeck and indulge in a good read in their cozy lounge while sailing between the northern islands of the Galapagos.



Trip at a glance






GENOVESA ISLAND: Darwin Bay & Barranco


Trip details




Arrival at San Cristobal Airport on San Cristobal Island (GPS)

Meet and greet your naturalist guide upon arrival at San Cristobal Airport on San Cristobal Island. Before leaving the airport, you'll pass an inspection point where your Transit Control Card will be stamped. Be sure to store this with your travel documents as you'll need to show it again when you depart the Galapagos Islands. If you haven't already, you'll also pay the Galapagos National Park entrance fee of 100 USD here. You'll then be escorted onboard the EcoGalaxy where your captain and crew will welcome you with drinks and lunch.


Lobos Islet

Its name of Lobos pays homage to the large population of sea lions that take over the land, where visitors have the exciting opportunity to approach females within a few meters. On a short guided walk around the islet, witness seals, marine iguanas and lava lizards at play along the shoreline, and then hop in the shimmering waters for a swim or snorkel before boarding the EcoGalaxy for the evening.


Enjoy dinner and evening on the EcoGalaxy.

  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard



Santa Fe

At an estimated four million years, Santa Fe Island is recognized as one of the oldest in the Galapagos archipelago. With a relatively small land area of 24 sq. km, this island situated between Santa Cruz and San Cristobal boasts a diversity of endemic species - the Santa Fe land iguana, Galapagos Mockingbird and rice rat. Its landscape is unique for its population of the large prickly pear cactus, Opuntia Echios, which feeds Santa Fe's land iguanas. Following a wet landing among a sea lion colony at Barrington Bay, enjoy a swim or snorkel in its sparkling waters as hawks fly overhead, keeping your eyes peeled for rays, tropical fish and marine tortoises. Board the EcoGalaxy for snacks and refreshing beverages before indulging in lunch.


South Plaza

Half a pair of Plazas Island off the eastern shores of Santa Cruz, South Plaza is recognized for its outstanding collection of wildlife species despite its small size. While the North Plaza Island is visited for research purposes only, you'll visit the South Plaza Island this afternoon to see one of the largest sea lion colonies in the Galapagos, which is estimated to be at about 1000. On a hike with your naturalist guide, you'll notice that the land iguanas on South Plaza Island are smaller compared to land iguanas on other islands, which is primarily due to overpopulation and heavy competition for food sources. You'll also have the opportunity to observe them as they feed on the fruit of the prickly pear cacti as you wind along a rugged cliff where seabirds nest.


Enjoy dinner and evening on the EcoGalaxy.

  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard



North Seymour

The island of North Seymour was formed by the uplifting of underwater volcanic lava, which resulted in a small flat island 1.9 sq. km in size. Following a dry landing, learn about the 72 land iguanas that were introduced to North Seymour in 1932 to colonize the island. Captain Alan Hancock and his crew transported these undernourished iguanas from Baltra Island in the hopes that they will thrive in better conditions on North Seymour. And in 1934 just two years later, the species was identified to have adapted without issues. Walk the arid boulder-strewn landscape with your guide, and follow along an easy circular path that takes you past the most extensive colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds in the archipelago.


Mosquera Islet

Situated between Baltra and Seymour Islands, this islet is a popular stop on any Galapagos itinerary for its sizable sea lion colony. Observe as they sunbathe or splash in the water, and then enjoy time on Mosquera's white sand beach, keeping your eyes peeled for sightings of sea birds. Formed by a geological uplift, the rocks along this islet's shores commonly see red lava and Sally Lightfoot crabs.


Enjoy dinner and evening on the EcoGalaxy.

  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard



Darwin Bay

Set sail to Genovesa Island on the EcoGalaxy this morning. North of Santa Cruz Island, you'll reach Darwin Bay by wet landing and disembark on the white coral beach for leisurely strolls along its shoreline. As you reach a nearby mangrove swamp, you'll encounter colonies of frigatebirds, red-footed and masked boobies and Yellow Warblers, making Darwin Bay a favorite attraction for passionate birdwatchers. Wildlife enthusiasts will also be delighted by the presence of herons, the great terrestrial finch and cactus finch. Following your visit on land, you'll enjoy some time at leisure to swim and snorkel in the glistening waters of Darwin Bay.


El Barranco

Named after a visit by the Duke of Edinburgh in the 1960s, El Barranco is also fondly recognized as Prince Philip's Steps, a steep and rocky path that leads visitors to a set of rugged cliff faces some 25 meters up to view the island's varied species of sea birds. Despite its daunting appearance, this climb on the eastern stretch of Darwin Bay is made easy with sturdy wooden handrails. Embark on a walk along the Barranco Path, winding your way past colonies of red-foot and mask boobies, and observing tropical birds, petrels, frigatebirds and finches in their natural habitat.


Enjoy dinner and evening on the EcoGalaxy.

  • Breakfast onboard
  • Lunch onboard
  • Dinner onboard




Visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz this morning, your final site on this five day Northern Galapagos Islands Cruise. With your knowledgeable naturalist guide, embark on a hike through the lush landscape, navigating open pastures and sometimes muddy grounds to observe giant tortoises and Galapagos finches in their natural habitat, and stop meters within reach of the giant tortoises. In 2015, an estimated 32,000 tortoises lived in the wild on the Galapagos Islands, with most of them on Isabela Island.


Transfer to Seymour Airport on Baltra Island

Your visit to the Highlands concludes this five-day Northern Galapagos Islands cruise on the EcoGalaxy. Your guide and friendly crew members will transfer you by shuttle to Seymour Airport on Baltra island for your onward journey.

  • Breakfast onboard



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What's included


4 nights onboard M/C EcoGalaxy


Full board plan
4 breakfasts + 4 lunches + 4 dinners


All transfers from/to Baltra/San Cristobal Airport


Shared English-speaking naturalist guide

What's not included

  • Entrance Fee to Galapagos National Park (100 USD/Person)
  • TCT Ingala Migration Card (20 USD/Person)
  • Domestic Flights
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Wetsuit Rental
  • Extra Meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

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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