Galapagos: Alya | 5 days

From Baltra Island to Baltra Island
  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Step aboard the exquisite catamaran Alya and embark on an unforgettable 5-day Galapagos journey where luxury and adventure meet in perfect harmony.

This Galapagos Islands vacation will encompass all the popular spots such as Santa Cruz, Genovesa Island and Bartholome Island. Uncover the wonders of the Galapagos archipelago, its unique wildlife and remarkable landscapes.

As the Alya sails from island to island you can relax in the comfort of this purpose built small luxurious ship and take in the amazing vistas. Then each day as you explore the various islands you realize what is the main reason to visit Galapagos - the locals! The native fauna is so stunning, so unique to the Galapagos Islands and most of all, so unfazed by human visitors. As you hike and walk, swim and snorkel, get up close and personal with blue-footed boobies, marine and land iguanas, sally light foot crabs, several species of birds such as penguins, frigate birds and flamingos. 

Make use of your cruise ship's snorkelling and kayaking equipment and encounter sea lions, sea turtles, reef sharks and so many more creatures that will make your Galapagos Islands vacation, one in a lifetime. 

 The Alya offers a range of 5 and 6 day itineraries to explore the Galapagos Islands.

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Discover the Galapagos Islands on an intimate catamaran with only 16 passengers, and embark on a culinary adventure aboard our Galapagos cruise, where you’ll experience a delightful fusion of Ecuadorian and international flavors.

Observe the Giant Tortoises when you visit the Charles Darwin Station, and visit Bartolome Island, a jewel in the Galapagos crown and home to a vibrant population of penguins.

Snorkel with the amazing Galapagos wildlife or explore by kayaks or paddle board. Discover the coasts and observe the flora and fauna via one of the 2 onboard zodiacs and enjoy daily land excursions accompanied by our experienced naturalist guide.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Baltra Island Santa Cruz Island

YACHT Alya 5 day itinerary

*Galapagos excursions are subject to change without prior notice. Changes in plans may arise due to weather conditions, National Park regulations, or other unforeseen circumstances.

Your voyage to the captivating Galapagos Islands commences! Upon your arrival at Baltra Airport, you'll be greeted by our National Park-certified naturalist guide, ready to introduce you to the unique wonders of this pristine archipelago.

Black Turtle Cove
We dive into our Galapagos adventure at Black Turtle Cove, aptly named for the thriving "Tortugas negras" population or green sea turtles. We navigate this natural sanctuary on dinghies, cruising amidst serene mangrove forests and tranquil water channels. Expect sightings of reef sharks, diverse ray species, and a plethora of bird species, including herons, pelicans, and boobies. Remember, this magical cove is a significant breeding ground for turtles and a nursery for various shark species!

Day 2
Genovesa Island

Darwin Bay
Start your day surrounded by the bustling avian life of Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island, a birdwatcher's paradise. As soon as your feet touch the sandy terrain, you're welcomed by a symphony of seabird calls, with frigatebirds, boobies, and gulls soaring overhead or nestled in the foliage. The trail meanders through colonies of sea lions, marine iguanas, night herons, Darwin finches, Galapagos doves, mockingbirds, and more.

El Barranco
Next stop, El Barranco. Known for its fractured lava cliffs serving as the perfect dwelling for storm petrel colonies, this unique ecosystem draws a significant population of short-eared owls. A trail alongside these cliffs reveals red-footed and Nazca boobies aplenty. Resting in the shadows at the cliffs' base, you may spot Galapagos fur seals and numerous seabirds.

Day 3
Santiago Island Bartolome Island

Sullivan Bay
Step back in time at Sullivan Bay, an open book to the volcanic birth of these islands. Traverse the well-preserved Pahoehoe lava field, studying its delicate, unique textures. The seemingly lifeless landscape gradually unveils a resilience of nature, with pioneer plants, lava lizards, and tiny birds emerging on careful observation. Keep your eyes on the shoreline for resident penguins, pelicans, and oystercatchers.

Bartolome Island
Stand atop Bartolome Island for unparalleled views of the lunar-like landscape, punctuated by scattered volcanic cones, Pinnacle Rock, and the bay of Sullivan. Bartolome is a jewel in the Galapagos crown and home to a vibrant population of penguins.

Day 4
Santiago Island Mosquera Islet

Chinese Hat
Welcome to the perfectly symmetrical volcanic cone of Chinese Hat! Separated from Santiago by a slender channel, this idyllic islet is framed by turquoise waters, coral sand beaches, and dark lava rocks – an unexpected haven for penguins. A shore trail brings you up close to a small colony of sea lions.

Mosquera Islet
Our afternoon destination is Mosquera, largely a barren sand bar with rocky outcrops and salt-resistant vegetation. Stroll along the beach, observing the playful antics of sea lion pups in the surf and tide pools. Keep an eye out for endemic lava gulls, often spotted in mid-flight hunting for their next meal.

Day 5
Santa cruz Island Baltra Island Departure

Charles Darwin Station
Spend your morning at the renowned Charles Darwin Station. As a nonprofit organization working closely with the Galapagos National Park, the station is committed to the preservation and study of the archipelago's biodiversity. Discover the myriad initiatives underway to safeguard native species and combat invasive threats to the Galapagos ecosystem. This visit offers the unique opportunity to see giant tortoises bred in captivity.

Following your visit to the Charles Darwin Station, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador, concluding your unforgettable Galapagos journey.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 Cabin on board with ensuite
  • Included Copy 20 All meals onboard
  • Included Copy 20 Coffee, tea and soft drinks
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Island sightseeing
  • Included Copy 20 Bilingual National Park Guide
  • Included Copy 20 Snorkeling gear and wetsuits
  • Included Copy 20 Use of kayaks, paddle boards, dinghy rides, beach towels
  • Included Copy 20 Transfers airport/yacht/airport in Galapagos
  • Included Copy 7 Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fee & TCT USD$220 (Subject to change)
  • Included Copy 7 Return flights to the Galapagos Islands


16 Passengers


  • Included Kayaking or Paddle boarding
  • Included Snorkeling - explore the stunning underwater world of the Galapagos
  • Included Hiking - discover the unique sights and hidden beauties of each island
  • Included Go on excursions on dinghy rides with the National Park Guide
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5 days

Price from

$3,800 USD

Per person, sharing

Based on a standard cabin

Departs Select Thursdays