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Natural Paradise - 5 Day Cruise

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Overview

This memorable Galapagos cruise introduces you to the spectacular landscapes and incredible flora and fauna of the archipelago lying 1,000 kilometres off the coast of Ecuador. Highlights include Kicker Rock and Pinnacle Rock, the sea lion colonies and land iguanas of South Plaza, the rugged lava formations of Santiago, and the flamingo lagoons and Twin Craters of Santa Cruz. Shore landings allow you to walk along trails across lava fields and coral beaches, amongst yellow and red iguanas, past magnificent frigatebirds, Galapagos penguins, blue-footed boobies, flycatchers and a myriad of other fascinating wildlife.

The Natural Paradise Experience

The aptly named ship, Natural Paradise, truly compliments the unique landscapes of the Galapagos. With over 1000km of coastline, the Galapagos offers a spectacular array of wildlife encounters by foot, by sea and from the comfort of the ship. These action-packed express tours throughout the Galapagos Islands are best experienced with the intimacy of a small group, expert naturalist guide and attentive crew found onboard the Natural Paradise.
One of the most modern cruises in Galapagos’ waters, Natural Paradise catamaran provides combination of luxury holiday and intimate feeling due to its limited capacity. Modern interior and spacious cabins with balconies will take care of your on-board comfort whereas sundecks give you the opportunity to admire spectacular sunrises, sunsets and overall natural beauty of the Galapagos. To help you discover the archipelago’s underwater world, snorkelling gear, underwater camera and wetsuit are provided for your use. 

Natural Paradise also offers a 8 day cruise , 8 day cruise and 4 day cruise

 

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Trip Code: ECTSNP5

Travel Style: Small Ship Cruise

Location: Ecuador

Ship: Natural Paradise

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise, contact us today to discuss.

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Discover the incredibly diverse natural offerings of the Galapagos, from beaches of pure white sand, to volcanic rock formations.

  • Encounter the unique wildlife of the Galapagos from flamingos, flightless cormorants, turtles, rays, marine iguanas, Galapagos penguins, tortoise and a vast array of colourful bird and fish species.

  • A 5 day itinerary is perfect for experiencing the very best of the Galapagos both in terms of its natural beauty and incredible wildlife offerings.

  • This itinerary is easily combined with a land based tour of South America, allowing you to experience an endless array of beautiful landscapes and indescribable cultural encounters.

CRUISE ITINERARY

Morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands.

You will arrive at San Cristobal Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by a Natural Paradise staff member and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

In the afternoon, you will visit Kicker Rock. This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and snorkeling allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life.

San Cristobal Island

In North Seymour you may see Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent frigate birds which are abundant on this island. North Seymour was formed by a series of submarine lava flows containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

In the afternoon, you will visit South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is the Sesuvium. During
the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.

North Seymour & South Plaza Islands

In the afternoon you will visit Rabida Island which is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago, as well as a great snorkeling site. We will start on Rabida’s famous red/ maroon sand beach, and after an easy hike, you will arrive to a stunning view point to enjoy the amazing 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.

In the afternoon, you will head to Bartholomew Island where the famous Pinnacle Rock is found. Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even Green volcanic formations. We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see and swim with Galapagos penguins.

Rabida & Bartholomew Islands

In the morning, you will visit Sullivan Bay located on the southeast part of Santiago. This place is interesting for its geology because the area is covered by lava flows. This place has elevations in the form of small volcanoes formed by the lava flows.

In the afternoon you will visit Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz. The visitors’ site at Dragon Hill is located on the northwestern part of Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that runs through three different environments although it is only slightly less than a mile long (1,600 meters). The beach is very rocky. At high tide it’s a nice place for snorkeling. At this Dragon Hill you can find vegetation typical of the
intertidal and dry zones.

Santiago & Santa Cruz Islands

In the morning you will visit the Twin Craters, located opposite to each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.

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

Santa Cruz Island
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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Discover the unrivalled jewel of colonial architecture that is Quito. A 4 day discover Quito tour will take you through a pulsating, lively Latin city. Visit the cities historic centre a UNESCO world heritage site, marvel at the cities artistic and colonial origins in various museums or embrace the colours of the Otavalo market, perhaps the most important indigenous market in all South America. Find out more.

  • Upgrade your Ecuador experience by the wonders of the Amazon. Stay in a luxurious eco lodge tightly nestled in the Ecuadorian corner of the Amazon rainforest. Explore by canoe or on foot, search for colourful wildlife including toucans, parrots, monkeys or elusive giant otters. Experience the most diverse set of species on the planet. Find out more.

  • Amend your itinerary to include the incredible wonders of Peru. This amazing 9-day itinerary will allow you to see the best of Peru. Visit incredible cities such as Lima and Cusco which are buzzing and vibrant with a unique blend of urban modernisation and rural lifestyles. You will also be able to visit and experience the incredible mystery of the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu and explore the legendary Sacred Valley. Find out more.

Pricing & date

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Important Information

  • All meals and excursions
    Transfers in the islands
    Bilingual National Park Guide
    Use of snorkellin equipment/wetsuit
    Use of underwater camera
    Free Airport Assistance*
    Hotel night in Quito or Guayaquil (the day before the cruise)*
    2 Free transfers to Galapagos Flights* 

    *Applies when purchasing airfare from Royal Galapagos

    Exclusions

    Roundtrip airfare to/from Galapagos
    Alcoholic drinks
    Galapagos National Park Fee (USD$1oo per person subject to change) 
    Galapagos Transit Control Card (USD$20 per person subject to change) 
    Travel/Medical insurance
    Gratuities 
    Personal Expenses

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • Park entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.

  • Departure date, season & availability.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

Royal Galapagos supports a number of sustainability initiatives within the Galapagos. Royal and its associated vessels like the Natural paradise support the Galapagos Conservation Trust, which of sustainability and conservation within the Galapagos. While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE