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Alya | 6 Day Eastern

6 Days FROM USD 4,735

Overview

Explore the eastern Galapagos islands on this 6 day itinerary. On board the luxury Alya catamaran you will experience some of the most incredible sights of the Galapagos. On Santa Fe you will find shores home to up to 1000 sea lions, at Suarez Point you may witness the mating dance of the unique blue-footed boobies. Each island of the Galapagos offers an entirely unique experience from the last. This is a truly remarkable place. 

The Alya Experience

The Alya is designed to get the most out of your experience. Launched in 2017, this superior first-class motor catamaran offers comfort and luxury. This is the wonderful vessel to cruise the Galapagos. The ship offers 9 comfortable cabins, all tastefully decorated and featuring private facilities. The catamaran sails with a crew of 8 plus a bilingual, certified naturalist guide ensuring you get the most out of your time onboard the Alya and in the Galapagos. You have the opportunity to explore the Galapagos archipelago with activities such as hiking, snorkelling and kayaking. The cruise can provide you with a comfortable retreat after adventure-packed days of exploration. While sailing the pristine waters you can relax onboard and enjoy the panoramic views from the comfort of the ship.

The Alya also offers a 6 day cruise and a 5 day cruise.

 

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Trip Code: ECGSA6E

Travel Style: Small Ship Cruise

Ship: Alya

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

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Encounter the unique wildlife of the Galapagos including sea lions, blue footed boobies, marine iguanas, colourful crabs, fish and of course the legendary giant tortoise. 

  • Discover the incredible beauty of the Galapagos, where each island offers an entirely different experience and unique landscapes from pristine beaches turquoise waters and volcanic landscapes. 

  • this itinerary is easily combined with other areas of Ecuador or perhaps even the greater South America. 

CRUISE ITINERARY

In the morning you will arrive in the Galapagos via a flight from Quito/Guayaquil. At Baltra airport you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to the Alya Catamaran where you will have a welcome drink and introduction to the crew.

After this introduction you will make your way to North Seymour Island. Seymour was formed by the lifting of volcanic marine lava. Marine fossils dating back to the Pleistocene period were found on this island. In 1932, Captain Alan Hancock and his crew took 72 malnourished land iguanas from Baltra Island to North Seymour Island so that the iguanas could live in better conditions. In 1934, colonists verified that the iguanas were in good condition. The vegetation of North Seymour is bushy and is host to nesting Real Frigates of the Galapagos.

Arrival and North Seymour

In the morning you will arrive at South Plazas. The South Plazas are two small islands, created by an uplifting of the land. The land iguanas are smaller here; they nest during the warm season. The hike goes along an extraordinary cliff where sea birds nest. There are approximately 1000 sea lions (Zalophus Wollebaeki) located on the south side of the Plazas.

In the afternoon you will head to Santa Fe. With 24 km2 and 60 m of height above sea level, this central island is a unique place to visit. It has an incredible bay of turquoise water, protected by a natural barrier of rocks. You will see colonies of seals as hawks fly overhead. This island is home to one of the two species of land iguanas found in the Galapagos. Their main food source is the leaves and fruit of the large, thick cactus found here.

Crabs, nocturnal herons, marine iguanas, cucuves and land doves are seen frequently. The Bay is excellent place to swim and to do snorkel. Marine tortoises, rays, sea lions and tropical fish are an amazing attraction!

South Plaza and Santa Fe

In the morning you will arrive at the Interpretation Centre. This center is location in the main port. After breakfast, our first visit is to the Interpretation Center of San Cristobal. This modern and sophisticated architectural space was designed for the natural interpretation of the Galapagos. You will learn about the volcanic formation of the islands, the evolution of the species, the history of human settlement, and complex systems and management models.

In the afternoon you will arrive at Lobos Islands. Here, we can walk, swim and snorkel among the seals, frigates, marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the small endemic Galapagos snake.

Interpretation Centre and Lobos Islands

In the morning you will arrive at Gardner Bay. The sea lion is one of the animals in Galapagos which gets the total attention of the visitors in the Galapagos: they are curious and playful, but at times aggressive; they are nice and loving, but also lazy. In Gardner Bay, we are going to find many of them relaxing on the beach enjoying the sun. In addition to observing these fascinating animals, while snorkelling, we will be able to swim with sea lions, sea turtles, a diversity of tropical fish and marine iguanas.

In the afternoon you will make your way to Suarez Point. There is no color more amazing and outstanding in this tropical desert island, than that of the blue-foot boobies. These birds have an impressive form of “greeting” and it is a real thrill to see their mating dance. The blue-footed booby can be seen on several of the islands as nesting grounds and feed are located in several coastal locations. The albatross, an aristocratic bird weighing up to four kilograms, can be observed here. One of the largest birds of the islands, approximately 12,000 couples nest on Espanola Island and a smaller number nest on Silver Island, near mainland Ecuador. This species is considered endemic to this island; during our walk, we will observe these fantastic birds while taking in the beautiful landscapes offered by this island. It is important to note that albatrosses will not be seen between January and March (non breeding) season. We will also see colonies of marine iguanas, zayapas, masked boobies, finches, Espanola cucuves, and seagulls unique to the islands. Our walk will be on lava rock where we will be able to see lava tubes. Red mangroves are found here.

Gardner Bay and Suarez Point

In the morning you will arrive at Cormorant Point. This point is located at west of Floreana Island and it is famous for its dark green beach (due to the great quantity of olivine crystals). You can see many marine invertebrates, as well as sea lions, sea iguanas, the frigates and pelicans.

After this activity you will also visit Devil's Crown. You will enjoy a panga ride around the small island, a satellite islet of Floreana Island. Here, we will find a group of rocks that resemble a Crown due to the constant erosion caused by the sea. It is one of the better places to snorkel (shallow diving) in the interior and around the crown. Excellent visibility allows guests to admire a great variety of fish and sea animals. Afterwards, you will return to the vessel and have lunch.

In the afternoon you will make your way to Cerro Alieri. The shrubs and vegetation found on the islands are characteristic of the Galapagos with nearly 60% of the vegetation being native. A botanists haven, some of the species here are critically endangered.

Cormorant Point and Cerro Alieri

In the morning you will make your way for the highlands of Santa Cruz. here you will trek through the highlands and have the unique opportunity to see giant tortoise wandering in their natural habitat. For those visiting the Galpagos, this is a truly incredible natural spectacle.

After this activity you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight from the Galapagos.

Santa Cruz Highlands and Departure
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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.

  • Experience unique Andean lifestyles and Ecuadorian culture on an authentic and historic Hacienda. Hacienda Zuleta has been owned by the same family for over 100 years. Enjoy Ecuadorian cuisine from the Haciendas organic garden, visit a cheese factory, take a horse ride to an Andean Condor reserve. This offers an intrinsic cultural experience to any Ecuadorian itinerary. Find out more.

  • Why not add a trip to Peru onto this amazing itinerary? Experience the unique cultural and scenic offerings of one of South Americas most popular destinations. Visit amazing cities like Lima and Cusco where a unique blend of urban modernisation meets, undertake the incredible journey to the Sacred valley and of course, bare witness to the archaeological marvel that is Machu Picchu. Find out more.

Pricing & date

Alya | 6 Day Eastern from USD 4,735
Departs Select Saturdays

Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board vessel 
    All meals whilst on board
    Guiding and lectures by experienced naturalist guides 
    Transfers in the islands
    Use of snorkelling gear (mask, tubes and fins) 
    Kayaks 
    Drinks including water, coffee and tea. 

    Exclusions

    Roundtrip airfare to/from the Galapagos
    Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US$100pp subject to change)
    Galapagos Transit Control Card (US$20pp subject to change) 
    Travel Insurance
    Personal expenses 
    Gratuities for staff and crew

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

  • Please note park entrance fees may be subject to change without prior notice.

  • Departure date, seasonality and availability. 

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

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.

Alya cruise contributes to a number of sustainability initiatives in line with Galapagos park policy and their own unique contribution philosophy. Plastic is elimitated throughout the Galapagos, naturalist guides provide in depth education and respect for ecosystems when undertaking tours, and suppliers are chose from locally-owned organisations and operators to ensure economic sustainability within the region. 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

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