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Our 8 day cruise of Northern Galapagos is a great cruise aboard one of the smallest ships in the Galapagos Islands, Nemo 2. Carrying just 12 passengers you will have the opportunity to spot a huge variety of the wildlife in the Galapagos including Galapagos Penguins, Iguanas, turtles and seals. With such a small group you will have plenty of time for exploration and the convenience of being able to snorkel straight off the back of the ship!
The Northern itinerary takes in the islands of Isabella, Santa Cruz and Santiago as well as the more remote island of Genovesa and Fernandina. This provides a great selection of sites from many of the Galapagos Islands “must-sees”, to some of its most remote.
Your cruise will be accompanied at all times by an experience naturalist guide on board to keep you informed about the Galapagos Islands unique eco-system and wildlife. The Galapagos is one of the world’s most unique eco-systems and you are sure of a once in a lifetime experience.
After your arrival to the airport in Baltra, you will be met by a representative and transferred to the yacht. Once aboard the expedition starts straight away with a navigation to Seymour (North of Baltra). The visitor trail on North Seymour is approximately 2 km in length crossing the inland of the island and exploring the rocky coast. Along the way you can see colonies of Blue-Footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds. That evening enjoy your first dinner on board while the ship sails to Santa Cruz
Today you will head into the highlands of Santa Cruz and visit the private finca “Las Primicias”. This reserve offers you one of the best possibilities to see the huge turtles of Santa Cruz Island in their natural habitat.
In the afternoon you will visit the Charles Darwin Scientific Station which is an excellent way to learn more about the islands and their origins. You can also see how the Galapagos turtles are raised and meet Jorge, the famous solitary turtle. This evening enjoy dinner while the ship navigates to Isabela.
This morning you will visit the first of the sites on Isabela, Punta Moreno. Enjoy a Panga ride along the beautiful rocky shores where Galapagos penguins and shore birds are frequently seen. After a dry landing the path traverses through jagged black lava rock. As the swirling black lava flow gave way to form craters, crystal tide pools formed-some surrounded by mangroves.
In the afternoon you will continue on to Urbina Bay which lies at the foot of Alcedo Volcano, it is one of the best and the most recent example of geological uplift in the Galapagos. Seasonally Urbina Bay provides a nesting area for many of the Galapagos creatures. Female tortoises journey down from Alcedo to lay their eggs in the sand. Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants and brown pelicans nest in the area as well.
The visit begins with a wet landing on the white sand beach. Highlights of this site include marine iguanas and some of the largest land iguanas in the islands, and Galapagos Cotton an endemic plant, historians believe the Incas brought to the islands, while naturalist theorize it floated across from Peru. Dinner at night while navigating to Tagus
Tagus Cove is situated directly east of Fernandina Island on the west coast of Isabela Island. It is a beautiful, well-protected cove sheltered by the shoulders of two volcanic craters and has been used as an anchorage for over 300 years. A nature trail here ascends through the typical dry vegetation zone and offers spectacular views of Darwin Lake, a saltwater crater lake and the long narrow inlet that appears to connect with it. At the top of the trail it is possible to observe the different vegetation zones, catch a glimpse of Darwin and Wolf volcanoes, and observe Galapagos penguins, Flightless cormorants and pelicans.
After lunch you will continue to Fernandina Punta Espinosa, which is the youngest and most active volcano in the Galapagos. The flat lava of Punta Espinosa offers a stark and barren landscape, but here flightless cormorants build their nests on the point, sea lions sprawl on the beach or play in the tide pools and large numbers of marine iguanas dot the sand. Dinner at night as we navigate to Santiago
This morning you will visit Puerto Egas and the day begins with a wet landing on the dark sand beaches of James Bay. Take a walk along the rocky coast giving visitors the opportunity to view some of the Galapagos Island's best tide pools. Sponges, snails, hermit crabs, barnacles and fish including the endemic four-eyed blenny can be seen. The walk also presents visitors with a variety of shore birds, marine iguanas, sally light foot crabs and sea lions.
Here you can visit the fur seal grotto. Fur seals and sea lions can be seen swimming in the rocky lava ringed pools and you can have the opportunity to see and swim with fur seals. The crystal clear water, volcanic bridges, fur seals and sea lions make this a magnificent place for swimming and snorkeling.
Afterwards you will head to Espumilla Beach where the birds are the star of the show. A short walk inland takes visitors through a mangrove forest normally inhabited by the common stilt. Sea turtles also visit these mangroves to nest. Beyond the mangroves is a brackish lagoon where flocks of pink flamingos and white cheeked pintails can be seen.
During lunch you will navigate to Buccaneers Cove which once served as a safe haven for pirates, sailors and whalers during the 18th and 19th century. Few boats stop at Buccaneers Cove today but the dramatic landscape here is made all the more impressive by the hundreds of seabirds perched atop the cliffs. A wet landing on the large coffee-colored sand beach is just north of the prized fresh water supply that once attracted pirates and whalers. Dinner at night and navigation to Rabida
One of the special features of Rabida Island is its remarkable red color, which is a result of the high percentage of oxidized iron in the composition of lava. Here you will witness the nine varieties of finches also the large-billed flycatchers and brown pelicans. Here a small salt-water lagoon where greater Flamingos can be seen and a beautiful colony of sea lions.
After lunch you will move on to Sullivan Bay where the main attraction is the unique lava flows. It is one of the most incredible places to compare the lava flows and their characteristics. Dinner at night and navigation to Genovesa
Genovesa is also known as bird Island. This morning you will visit El Barranco where there is a demanding walk up a steep cliff to view tropicbirds, red-footed boobies and other nesting seabirds. Continue along the trail through a palo santo forest to a storm petrel colony passing boobies and great frigate bird along the way.
This afternoon you will visit Darwin Bay, which is the caldera of a collapsed volcano. You will land on a small coral beach where you can take a great walk over lava rock. This will allow for stunning views from the cliffs and opportunity to photograph the amazing bird life such as swallow-tailed gulls, red-footed booby, nazca booby, large ground finch, large cactus finch, sharp-billed ground finch, small marine iguanas, and great frigate bird. Dinner at night and navigation to Daphne
Among the central islands of the Galapagos Archipelago, Islas Daphne sits north of Isla Santa Cruz and west of Isla Baltra. Actually two islands known as Daphne Major and Daphne Minor, Islas Daphne is one of the more accessible Galapagos Islands. We are going to sail around Breakfast transfer top Baltra airport end of the services.
The Nemo 2 is a sail catamaran and one of the smallest ships in the Galapagos Islands. As a result she offers just 12 passengers an intimate expedition cruise experience, perfect for maximizing your Galapagos exploration.
For a small ship the Nemo 2 caters for its passengers well with both indoor and outdoor common areas as well as a small sun deck complete with lounge chairs where you can lie down and relax while the sights of the islands pass you by. There is a small bar on board stocked with a variety of beer, wine, hard alcohol and soda.
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