Alya Galapagos Catamaran – Luxury Class Cruise

Overview

This new Catamaran has 9 comfortable cabins, 8 of them with private balcony. 4 cabins in upper deck and 5 in main deck, all the beds can be double or twin.
Private facilities in each cabin: private bathrooms, cold/hot water; air conditioned, hair dryer, telephone for internal communication on board, safe box, and high speaker.
Social areas such as library, DVD service, dining room, bar with a variety of drinks and sundeck with bar. Our complete itineraries are developed for the benefit of our passengers, who will have the opportunity to combine hiking, snorkeling, beach and kayaking; our professional guides will introduce you to the most relevant sites on each island.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Type: Superior First class motor Catamaran
  • Construction: Guayaquil 2017
  • Length: 31,50 m
  • Beam: 12.50 m
  • Draft: 1.70 m
  • Capacity: 16 passengers
  • Crew: 8 members + 1 bilingual guide
  • Cruising speed: 12 knots
  • Engines: 2 Cumming  Motors 350 HP
  • Water capacity: 2.500 gallons
  • Diesel capacity: 2.500 gallons
  • Electric power: 110V and 220V

5 DAYS CRUISE ITINERARY A

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Thursday PM: Seymour: Seymour
Friday AM: Genovesa: Darwin Bay
PM: Genovesa: El Barranco
Saturday AM: Santiago: Sullivan Bay
PM: Bartolome: Bartolome
Sunday AM: Santa Cruz: Dragon Hill
PM: Santa Cruz: Black Turtle Cove
Monday AM: Santa Cruz: Highlands / Twins

 


8 DAYS CRUISE ITINERARY D

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Monday PM: Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station
Tuesday AM: Isabela: Moreno Point
PM: Isabela: Elizabeth Bay
Wednesday AM: Isabela: Urbina Bay
PM: Fernandina: Espinoza Point
Thursday AM: Isabela: Tagus Cove
PM: Isablea: Vicente Roca Point
Friday AM: Santiago: Espumilla Point
PM: Santiago: Egas Port
Saturday AM: Rabida:Rabida
PM: Santiago: Chinese Hat
Sunday AM: Santa Cruz: Bachas
PM: Plazas: Plazas
Monday AM: San Cristobal: Interpretation Center


4 DAYS CRUISE ITINERARY E

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Monday PM: San Cristobal: Breeding Center Galapaguera
Tuesdat AM: San Cristobal: Lobos Island
PM: San Cristobal: Pitt Point
Wednesday AM: Española: Suarez Point
PM: Española: Bahia Gardner
Thursday AM: Santa Cruz: Carrion Point


Itineraries subject to change without previous notice


5 DAYS CRUISE – ITINERARY A (TUESDAY – SATURDAY)

THURSDAY: BALTRA  AIRPORT – SEYMOUR ISLAND

Baltra airport. Reception at airport. Transfer in. Welcome on board Alya Catamaran . Welcome drink. Lunch

SEYMOUR ISLAND:dry landing. Seymour was formed by the lifting of volcanic marine lava. Marine fossil where found in this island; the fossil dates from Pleistocene.
In 1932 the Capitan Alan Hancock and his crew took 72 land iguanas from Baltra Island and the iguanas were introduced in North Seymour Island; the reason of this change was that the iguanas could live in better conditions than in Baltra. The crew of Capitan Hancock found malnourished iguanas in Baltra; in 1934 colonizing people verified that the iguanas were in good conditions. The vegetation of North Seymour is bushy and host nest of Real Frigates of Galapagos. Return to Alya. Dinner

FRIDAY: GENOVESA ISLAND: DARWIN BAY & BARRANCO

DARWIN BAY: wet landing, coral beach, activities for this day: short walks, photography, swimming, snorkeling.  The Genovesa is a small island situated to the north of Galapagos our unloading in Darwin bay will be wet. Near to the beach we will find a small forest of mangrove swamp where we will discover a colony of Frigates, marine iguanas, red-foot boobies and mask boobies, the great terrestrial finch, seagull, herons, finch of cactus. After this visit in land, we have the option that our passengers enjoy swimming in the bay. Lunch
BARRANCO: dry landing, activities: hiking. also known as Prince Felipe’s stairs.  Here, we will have a walk for the Barranco path. In our journey we will observe tropical birds, petrels, common frigate, red-foot boobies, mask boobies, dove, and finches. Dinner.

SATURDAY: SANTIAGO ISLAND: SULLVAN BAY & BARTOLOME ISLAND

SANTIAGO ISLAND: SULLIVAN BAY: wet landing and hiking. Description of the place: all the road and the island is composed of lava flows that still they are virtually without eroding and they cover an extensive area, lava pohoehhoe or of cords, hornitos, mollugo, this plant grows in the lava.  Lava Colonizers.  Snacks and refreshing beverages expect for you. Lunch.
BARTOLOME ISLAND: Dry landing, landing wet for the beach, activities to carry out in this island: walk, swimming, snorkeling, and photography. We will walk for a path to the top (114 m) pioneering plants that will observe in this place TIQUILIA, CHAMAESYCE, SCALESIA, the island is formed by cones, pipes of lava by where  lava flow. Wet landing, path to the south beach through mangrove swamps and vegetation of dunes. North beach: Swimming and snorkeling will be the activities that are going to carry out.  Since the top of the island Bartolome we will be able to observe the islands as Santiago, Rabida, Isabela. We can find penguins in the Rock Pinnacle. Dinner.

SUNDAY: DRAGON HILL – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND: BLACK TURTLE COVE

DRAGON HILL: The visitor’s site at Dragon Hill is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island, and consists of a trail that runs through three different environments at just 1,600 m long.
It gets its name because in 1975, was one of the only places in the Santa Cruz Island where there were land iguanas (Conolophus subcristatus) in healthy state. That same year, the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation initiated a program to conserve land iguanas. In the lagoons at this site, there is shrimp (Artemia salina), the same as is the food of flamingos; at certain times of year they are more abundant and therefore the population of these birds is larger. Lunxh.
BLACK TURTLE COVE: After lunch our first is to Black Turtle Cove which is situated in the northern of Santa Cruz. This bay is surrounded by mangroves and is accessible by dinghy only. The superficial cove is a safe refuge for marine life. Black-tip reef sharks, marine turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here. Dinner.

MONDAY: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND: HIGHLANDS  – AIRPORT

After breakfast we will visit HIGHLANDS OF SANTA CRUZ, where we have a trekking and we will find the giant tortoises in their natural habitat, this is a natural spectacular. For this visit we recommend to use sport shoes, long pants, raincoat, hut and sun block.     Transfer to the airport.

** This itinerary is subject to change without previous notice; due to seasonal changes, weather conditions or Galapagos National Park policy. **


4 DAYS CRUISE – ITINERARY E (SATURDAY-TUESDAY)

MONDAY: SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND: INTERPRETATION CENTER

San Cristobal airport. Reception at airport. Transfer In. Welcome on board Alya. Welcome drink and lunch.
INTERPRETATION CENTER: Dry landing. This center is location in the Main Port.  After our breakfast we will go toward our first visit: Interpretation Center of San Cristobal. The most modern and sophisticated architectural space destined for the natural interpretation of Galapagos, where you can know from the volcanic formation of the islands, the evolution of the species, passing for the history of the human settlements to come to understand to its complex systems and model of management. Dinner.

TUSDAY: SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND: BRUJO HILL – PITT POINT

BRUJO HILL offers an excellent landscape, where you can see Kicker Rock (geologic formation), the southern part of Upper San Cristobal and the coast adjacent to Cerro Brujo. The lagoon it is a place for watching lake and coastal birds. Lunch.
POINT PITT. This is the only site in the Galapagos Islands, where you can watch the three species of boobies and 2 species of frigates nesting in the same area. The reason that there are three species of boobies at Punta Pitt is due to the geographic location; there is enough food so there is no competition between them. The blue footed boobies nests in the interior (rare in the cliffs), red-footed boobies nest on bushes and masked boobies nest in the cliffs. Another added attraction is the presence of sea lion. Dinner.

MONDAY: ESPAÑOLA ISLAND: SUAREZ POINT – OSBORN ISLET

SUAREZ POINT: dry landing, it has a high percentage of endemism because it is isolated from other islands; this is because the species in this island have no gene flow with species from other islands. Marine iguanas have a turquoise color with red in the breeding season. A variety of mockingbird, lava lizards, Darwin’s finches are considered endemic to this island. Lunch.
GARDNER BAY: wet landing, activities for this visit: short walking, swimming, snorkeling, and observation of seals colony. 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 in the beach enjoying of the sun. Snorkeling in the area where we will be able to swim with them, besides you observe these fascinating animals, we will swim with the sea turtles, diversity of tropical fish, marine iguanas etc. We will return to the ship, to sail toward the following island. Visit to: Gardner & Osborn Islets. Dinner

SATURDAY: SANTA CRUZ: CARRION POINT – AIRPORT

CARRION POINT is located in northeastern Santa Cruz, we will navigate around this point which will provide you opportunities to see various sea birds nesting on the rock cliffs. Transfer Out.
** This itinerary is subject to change without previous notice; due to seasonal changes, weather conditions or Galapagos National Park policy. **


8DAYS CRUISE – ITINERARY D (SATURDAY-SATURDAY)

MONDAY: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND: CHARLES DARWIN STATION

Baltra airport. Reception at airport. Transfer in. Welcome on board Alya Catamaran. Welcome drink. Lunch
Charles Darwin Station is located in the Main Port of Santa Cruz Island, we will take our private bus that take us to the entrance of the center of breeding where we go to appreciate tortoises and land iguanas in captivity, this center is the main site of breeding of the islands. Animals that were in danger of extinction in the different islands are maintained in captivity and thanks at dedicated work of several institutions some species are saving, here was where the most famous tortoise “the Solitary George” the last survivor of the species of Pinta Island lived. Dinner.

TUESDAY: ISABELA ISLAND: MORENO POINT – ELIZABETH BAY

MORENO POINT: is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The main attractions at Punta Moreno are coastal lagoons amid black lava flows where there are several species of birds. It has a panoramic view of three volcanoes, the most active of the Galapagos that are Sierra Negra, Cerro Azul of Isabela Island and La Cumbre of Fernandina Island. Lunch
ELIZABETH BAY: This is one of the island’s breeding sites for penguins. Located on the west coast of Isabela, Elizabeth Point is a marine visitor site. Visit red mangrove cove: Brown pelicans, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays and sea lions are often seen. Dinner.

WEDNESDAY: ISABELA ISLAND: URBINA BAY  &  FERNANDINA: ESPINOZA POINT

URBINA BAY: this place is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano between Elizabeth Bay and Tagus Cove. Wet landing. Trail length is around 3.20 Km; during this walking we can observe land iguanas, hawks, tortoises; also it is possible to see red and blue lobsters. Lunch.
ESPINOZA POINT: Fernandina is the 3rd island bigger of Galapagos and has just one visit place: Espinoza Point. Espinoza Point is famous site because you will find big colonies of marine iguanas and to be the unique place where the flightless Cormorant lives, Galapagos penguin, hawk, snakes of Galapagos and many other. From Espinoza Point we can admire Fernandina Island and its volcano which last eruption was on May 2005. Fernandina is the only island that doesn’t have any mammal introduced and the open areas are very fragile. In nesting time of marine iguana (January to June) we have a lot care when we are walking. Dinner.

THURSDAY: ISABELA ISLAND TAGUS COVE – VICENTE ROCA POINT

TAGUS COVE: It is located at west of Darwin Volcano in Isabela Island. During our walking we will find several inscriptions (names of boat’s pirates) since 1800. Tagus Cove name has its origin of an England ship which crossed the island looking for Galapagos tortoise to feed the crew. From this area we can admire the Darwin Lake which has salt water and its deep is 9metes approximately, there are no fishes. It is very easy to see different species of birds Lunch.
VICENTE ROCA POINT:  is comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (sunfish). Dinner.
FRIDAY: SANTIAGO ISLAND:

ESPUMILLA BEACH – EGAS PORT
ESPUMILLA BEACH:
One of the main attractions of this site is a Palo Santo wood, the beach and landscape; the beach is a very important site for tortoises because they use this place for nesting. Lunch.
EGAS PORT: In this site we find a black sand beach; at south of this beach there is a volcano called Pan de Azucar, it has volcanic deposits which have contributed to the formation of this black sand beach. The crater of this volcano has a salt lake which in warm time becomes dry and it is possible to appreciate a salt mine. Between 1928 and 1930 there were some explorations to this mine but they didn’t function; additionally, it caused damages to the environment because of workers use endemic woods. It is not allowed go down to salt mine. Dinner.

SATURDAY: RABIDA ISLAND – SANTIAGO ISLAND: CHINESE HAT

RABIDA ISLAND: The visitor site is located on the east coast of Rabida Island, consists of a red sand beach, a coastal lagoon behind the beach, and a loop trail. The approximate distance of the trail is 1.1 kilometers. The color of the rocks and sand on the beach is due to the very porous volcanic material, which with the help of environmental factors (rain, salt water and sea breeze, has acted as an oxidizing agent. The main attraction of the place is the red sand beach, scenery, aside from the vegetation of the arid zone and the presence of native and endemic species. Lunch.

CHINESE HAT: A small islet located near the south-east coast of Santiago. It’s shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from afar. It is an island consisting of a cone type “Splatter” (lava ejected as drops and falls close to where it came from, which forms a cone inclined) that forms the summit and many lava tubes that go down to the coast. On the west you can see pillow-type lava formations, which are an indicator that the flows were formed under the sea and have been raised upward, which is why coral heads are found on the lava. This visit provides an excellent opportunity for the interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows. Dinner.

SUNDAY: SANTA CRUZ: BACHAS BEACH – PLAZAS ISLAND

BACHAS BEACH: This beautiful beach is located at north of Santa Cruz Island; the beach has total extension of 1Km. The site takes its name since Second War when the American army left two barges in the beach, the first colonizing people couldn’t pronounce that name correctly: barges, so they called Bachas. Lunch.
SOUTH PLAZAS is a small island, created by land uplift where land iguanas are known to be smaller; they nest during warm time.  The hike goes along an extraordinary cliff where sea birds nest. Approximately, in this Island there are 1000 sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki) and they are located in south side of Plazas. Dinner.

MONDAY: SAN CRISTOBAL: EL JUNCO LAGOON– AIRPORT

EL JUNCO LAGOON The lagoon is located 19 kilometers from Port inside a small crater, which in turn lies within the caldera of a large volcano, now extinct and hard to distinguish without geological knowledge. The name of the lake comes from a type of plant that is common in the surrounding area, known as “junco”. Eleocharis mutates and is member of the Cyperacea family.
** This itinerary is subject to change without previous notice; due to seasonal changes, weather conditions or Galapagos National Park policy. **


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