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.