Board the luxury 16 passenger Alya Catamaran for a six-day Southern Galapagos Islands Cruise and explore seven pristine islands in five-star comfort. Meet and greet your guide at Seymour Airport on Baltra Island, and sail to North Seymour on your first afternoon where you'll learn how a group of 72 undernourished land iguanas colonized the land.
Next, meet South Plaza Island, a favorite stop on this Southern Galapagos itinerary for its sizable population of 1000 sea lions, and in the same day sail to the 4 million-year-old Santa Fe Island for its incredible bay of turquoise water.
Other than its title as one of the oldest islands in the entire Galapagos archipelago, Santa Fe is characterized by its landscape of large prickly pear cactus which feeds its population of endemic land iguanas.
Dive into the natural and human history of the Galapagos Islands at San Cristobal's Interpretation Center, followed by a panga ride to explore nearby Lobos Island, named after the seals that inhabit this land. At 558 sq. km, San Cristobal is the fifth largest of the Galapagos Islands.
Day four of this six-day Alya Catamaran cruise lands you on Española Island - a classic shield volcano that's estimated to be as old as Santa Fe. Passionate birdwatchers will enjoy watching the large waved albatrosses use Española Island's rugged cliff as a launching pad to soar into the sky.
Then, let the olive green sands of Cormorant Point on Floreana Island awe you, and take one last swim with the fish at Devil's Crown before cruising to the Highlands of Santa Cruz on your final morning on the Alya.
With the luxuries of the Alya Catamaran and bounty of opportunity to encounter wildlife while hiking the islands' pristine trails, this six-day Southern Galapagos Islands itinerary is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who appreciate the comforts of a five-star hotel.