A giant turtle lumbers across green grass at the Galapagos island and sticks his head out to reveal his dark, small eyes
A silhouette of a sea lion howling from a beach as Natural Paradise Galapagos ship cruses along the pastel colored horizon as the sun sets.
A passenger on Natural Paradise cruises takes a photo of a hawk at the Galapagos Islands
Two red-footed boobies perched on a tree branch in the Galapagos islands.
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Natural Paradise Galapagos Cruises

The 16-guest Natural Paradise cruises through the enchanted Galapagos Islands on 4-, 5- or 8-day excursions. Snorkeling gear, wetsuits and an underwater camera are available for your use to explore the archipelago’s remarkable underwater world.

Spend your days exploring the Galapagos’s unique environment via up-close wildlife encounters with top naturalist guides, then relax with a cocktail on the spacious sundeck with chaise lounges and a Jacuzzi. Comfortable cabins include four Upper Deck cabins that feature private balconies to watch the moonlight dance across the waves. A Galapagos cruise aboard Natural Paradise provides an intimate, luxurious Galapagos experience. 

The Natural Paradise operates two main 8-day Galapagos cruise itineraries, which can be combined to create a 15-day/14-night cruise with no repeated landing sites. There are also two shorter 5- and 4-day routes that offer a variation of the 8-day Natural Paradise Central Galapagos Islands Cruise. You may also customize your trip to be 11 or 12 days.

The 8-day Natural Paradise Central Galapagos Islands small ship cruise visits San Cristobal, North Seymour, South Plaza, Santa Cruz, Bartolome, Santiago, Rabida and Genovesa islands. Embark in San Cristobal and disembark in Baltra. Witness giant tortoise roaming the highlands of Santa Cruz, hike Pinnacle Rock and Prince Phillip’s Steps for spectacular views of the islands and snorkel the colorful bird-rich Rabida Island among the unique marine life. Natural Paradise Central Islands Cruise can be combined with the Western Islands Cruise to create a longer 15-day trip with no repeated landing sites. 

The 8-day Natural Paradise Western Galapagos Islands Cruise visits Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Chinese Hat, Mosquera, Floreana, Española and San Cristobal. Embark in Baltra and disembark in San Cristobal. On Isabela Island, pass a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions en route to the flightless cormorant nesting site. Skip between brackish pools over white-tip sharks and sea turtles, explore the Sierra Negra Volcano, see up to seven species of finches and visit a tortoise breeding center. Snorkel between coral heads on underwater lava flows with marine iguanas and sea lions then send a letter at Post Office Bay on Floreana Island. On Espanola Island visit the breeding site of nearly all of the world’s 12,000 pairs of albatross. Every step of the way, expect to see an abundance of wildlife. The 8-day Natural Paradise Western Galapagos Islands Cruise can be combined with the Northern, Eastern or Central Islands Cruise to create longer trips with no repeated landing sites. 

The 5-day Natural Paradise Eastern Galapagos Islands small ship cruise visits San Cristobal, North Seymour, Santa Fe, Santa Cruz, Bartolome, Santiago and South Plaza Islands. Embark in San Cristobal and disembark in Baltra. Paddle a kayak or take a panga ride amongst sharks, tropical fish, manta rays and turtles near Kicker Rock then meander between blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, sea lions and prickly pear cacti on North Seymour Island. See where toroises are bred on Santa Cruz Island, witness some of the most interesting geology and lava flows on Santiago, then summit a volcano on Bartolome for one of the best views of Pinnacle Rock. The 5-day Natural Paradise Eastern Islands Cruise encompasses the first 5 days of the longer 8-day Central Natural Paradise Cruise.

The 4-day Natural Paradise Northern Galapagos Islands small ship cruise visits Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Santiago and Baltra. Embark and disembark in Baltra. Explore the Santa Cruz Highlands, hike Prince Phillip’s Steps for spectacular views, watch sea lions bathe in the sun at Egas Point on Santiago Island and perhaps witness sea turtles nest at Bachas Beach. The 4-day Natural Paradise Northern Islands Cruise encompasses the final 4 days of the longer 8-day Central Natural Paradise Cruise.

While itineraries range from 4 to 15 days, a custom itinerary will provide your group with the most flexibility. Gather 15 friends or family members to fill one of our favorite ships for private Galapagos yacht charters and experience the archipelago in your own unique way.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Galapagos cruises and Galapagos trips.  



Itinerary

8-Day Central Itinerary

The 8-day Natural Paradise Central Galapagos Islands small ship cruise visits San Cristobal, North Seymour, South Plaza, Santa Cruz, Bartolome, Santiago, Rabida and Genovesa islands. Embark in San Cristobal and disembark in Baltra.

Galapagos cruise route map showing visits to San Cristobal, North Seymour, South Plaza, Santa Cruz, Bartolome, Santiago, Rabida and Genovesa islands.
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Day 1
TUE - Embark San Cristobal to Kicker Rock

Take a morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal, where you will pass through immigration and baggage claim. Be transferred to the yacht and have time to settle into your cabin before lunch and a welcome briefing. In the afternoon visit Kicker Rock, a striking rock formation located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and panga rides allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life.

Accommodations

Natural Paradise

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
WED - North Seymour & South Plaza

Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lava containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone. In the afternoon, head to South Plaza Island, a small island with steep cliffs formed by rising lava and now covered by opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.

Accommodations

Natural Paradise

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
THU - Rabida & Bartolome

Today visit Rabida Island (Jervis), which is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago with a fantastic snorkeling site. Make a wet landing on Rabida’s famous maroon sandy beach to begin an easy hike that leads to a stunning lookout of the magnificent landscapes. This is a birdwatcher’s delight with some of the rarest species such as nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.

In the afternoon, visit Bartolome, home of the famous Pinnacle Rock. Bartolome consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. A trail of stairs leads to the summit of the volcano, boasting one of the best views of the islands. The beach is perfect for snorkeling and possible sightings of the Galapagos penguin.

Accommodations

Natural Paradise

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
FRI - Sullivan Bay (Santiago) & Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)

This morning, enjoy a coral beach landing in Sullivan Bay that leads to a lava field as far as the eye can see. Hunt and peck over the two distinguished types of lava, pahoehoe and ‘a’a, for signs of plant life that have managed to emerge over the past 100 years since this island’s most recent volcanic explosion. A truly amazing volcanic experience…up close and personal! This afternoon, visit Dragon Hill. Situated on Santa Cruz Island, Dragon Hill offers one of the lengthier Galapagos walking trails along a beach and up a trail to the lagoon lookout where bright flamingos, pintail ducks and land iguanas can be spotted.

Accommodations

Natural Paradise

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
SAT - Highlands, Twin Craters & Fausto Llerena Breeding Center (Santa Cruz)

Reached by bus from Puerto Ayora, the highlands of Santa Cruz are a deep green that contrast beautifully with much of the dry, lower islands. The dominant vegetation in the highlands is the forest of scalesia trees creating the lush green color. The lava tubes, over half a mile long, are underground; walking through them is a unique, surreal experience. Next visit Los Gemelos, or the Twin Craters, located opposite each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.

This afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station/Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, home to turtles ranging from three inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans and stretch out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Accommodations

Natural Paradise

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
SUN - El Barranco & Darwin Bay (Genovesa)

Today, begin at El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps. The rocky path leads up to a high cliff face, where a marvelous view can be appreciated. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows and Galapagos doves. This afternoon, visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin bay, which follows a half mile trail that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Farther down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view off a cliff.

Accommodations

Natural Paradise

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
MON - Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove & Egas Port (Santiago)

This morning, visit Espumilla Beach, a popular place for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs. The crabs attract the hunting herons, performing the dance of predator and prey. With an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eels and sharks, snorkeling is highly recommended. Next stop at Buccaneer Cove is a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge for British buccaneers. Pirates would anchor in the protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat, among other things. The steep cliffs, where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red sand beach, are also a magnificent site.

Spend this afternoon at Egas Port, also known as James Bay, home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur sea lions bathe in the sun, and there is also a great snorkeling site.

Accommodations

Natural Paradise

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
TUE - Las Bachas (Santa Cruz) & Disembark Baltra

Begin today swimming at Las Bachas, a beautiful beach located on the north shore of Santa Cruz. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos is a floating pier that can be seen here. Flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts and whimbrels can be seen. Sea turtles also nest off the beach. After this final visit, be transferred to Baltra’s airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals and excursions throughout cruise; transfers in the islands; bilingual national park guide; use of snorkeling equipment, wetsuit and underwater camera. The following are included when purchasing airfare from cruise operator in conjunction with cruise: airport assistance, hotel night before the cruise in Quito or Guayaquil, transfers to Galapagos flights (subject to restrictions on discounted cruises, inquire for details). Please note that a logistics fee of $50 per person will be assessed if you do not purchase Galapagos flights in conjunction with your cruise.

Exclusions

All airfare; alcoholic drinks; Galapagos National Park fee (US $100); TCT-Galapagos Transit Control Card (US $20); insurance of any kind; tips; personal expenses.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – 50% of deposit
120 to 61 days – 100% of deposit
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am and 11:00am on Day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. Note: Your passport must be valid 6 months after your Ecuador trip concludes.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islandsbaggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are available for the duration of the cruise. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee (see Inclusions and Exclusions), and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (inflatable skiffs). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Groups of 4-14 passengers will receive a 10% discount.

Families & Children

Children under 12 years old receive 20% off the double occupancy rate. Kids 7 years and older are welcome aboard all departure dates for individual bookings.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Note that Galapagos Province requires foreign travelers to show proof of medical insurance coverage for entry. If you are traveling to the Galapagos Islands, confirm with your travel insurance provider that your policy contains medical coverage to meet this entry requirement.  Be certain to bring your insurance plan ID documents with you when you travel.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

8-Day West Itinerary

The 8-day Natural Paradise Western Galapagos Islands Cruise visits Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Chinese Hat, Mosquera, Floreana, Española and San Cristobal. Embark in Baltra and disembark in San Cristobal.

Galapagos cruise route map showing visits to Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Chinese Hat, Mosquera, Floreana, Española and San Cristobal islands.
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Day 1
TUE - Embark Baltra to Eden Islet (Santa Cruz)

Take a morning flight to Baltra, pass through immigration and baggage claim, then be met by your guide. Arrive at the yacht and have time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing. In the afternoon, visit Eden Islet off the western coast of Santa Cruz Island, which offers a great chance to see a variety of Galapagos wildlife from the panga ride both on shore and under the water.

Accommodations

Natural Paradise

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
WED - Vicente Roca Point (Isabela) & Espinosa Point (Fernandina)

This morning, visit Vicente Roca Point, located on the northwestern coast of the island and comprised of two separate coves. Vicente Roca Point is a large bay with spectacular sea life like seahorses, sea turtles and the strange yet fascinating mola mola (sunfish). This bay is great for diving and snorkeling. In the afternoon, visit Espinosa point on Fernandina Island. Because no foreign species have ever invaded Fernandina Island, it is one of the world’s most pristine island ecosystems. The volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the landspace with lava fields reaching the ocean. The island’s highlight features the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.

Accommodations

Natural Paradise

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
THU - Urbina Bay & Moreno Point (Isabela)

Spend this morning at Urbina Bay, located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954 causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkeling. In the afternoon, enjoy Moreno Point near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during a panga ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along a path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves are a birdwatcher’s delight. In the tide pools, search for green sea turtles and white-tipped sharks.

Accommodations

Natural Paradise

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
FRI - Sierra Negra Volcano, Wall of Tears, Wetlands & Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center (Isabela)

In the morning, visit the Sierra Negra Volcano, which boasts the largest basaltic caldera in Galapagos with a diameter of 6.2 miles. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to seven species of finches and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005.

This afternoon, visit the Wall of Tears. From 1945-1959, a penal colony hosted prisoners who were forced to build this wall, stone by stone, in isolation. This historical site (El Muro de las Lágrimas), towering at 65 feet high, took the lives of thousands during its construction. Locals claim to hear cries emanating from the heavy energy surrounding the site. After, visit the Wetlands of Isabela Island, located just outside of Puerto Villamil, that consist of lagoons, swamps and mangroves and are home to a variety of unique bird species such as common stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintails and gallinules. The Wetlands can be visited on foot via a path that winds through the swamps. End today at the Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center, created to protect animals in their first years of life from the threats of foreign species such as pigs and donkeys. Giant tortoise eggs are collected and brought to the center where they are hatched and kept for five years before being released to their natural environment.

Accommodations

Natural Paradise

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
SAT - Chinese Hat (Santiago) & Mosquera Islet

In the morning, visit Chinese Hat, a small islet located near the southeast coast of Santiago Island, whose name comes from the distinct shape of the islet’s summit. This small islet is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tubes and lava flows, some of which were formed underwater and subsequently raised above sea level. The presence of coral heads on the lava flow makes this a great site for snorkeling with an abundance of marine species, marine iguanas and sea lions.

In the afternoon, visit Mosquera Islet located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour with reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) that are only 525 feet across at the narrowest width. This island has one of the largest populations of sea lions and is home to many shorebirds. There have been occasional reports at this site of orcas feeding on sea lions.

Accommodations

Natural Paradise

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
SUN - Post Office Bay, Cormorant Point & Champion Islet (Floreana)

This morning, visit Post Office Bay on the southern Galapagos Island of Floreana. In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver upon their return home.

In the afternoon, visit Comorant Point, a site that hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: the “Green Beach” was named due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the “Four Sand Beach” composed of white coral. Next, visit Champion Islet, named after the whaler Andrew Champion. It’s a small island located just offshore Floreana Island in the southern part of the archipelago. It’s considered one of the most beautiful places in the Galapagos for snorkeling and diving fans and offers an excellent opportunity for dolphin watching.

Accommodations

Natural Paradise

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
MON - Suarez Point & Gardner Bay (Española)

Spend this morning at Suarez Point, an area great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. Look for a beautiful site on the ocean front: large waved albatrosses using the cliff as a launching pad. Another famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. In the afternoon, visit Gardner Bay on the eastern side of the island. This ideal site for photographic opportunities is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. It has an ample white sandy beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkeling.

Accommodations

Natural Paradise

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
TUE - Lobos Island & Disembark San Cristobal

The name means “Sea Lion Island,” and Lobos Island was appropriately named for the noisy, frolicking sea lions who welcome you to their home. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies. After this final visit, you will be transferred to San Cristobal’s airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals and excursions throughout cruise; transfers in the islands; bilingual national park guide; use of snorkeling equipment, wetsuit and underwater camera. The following are included when purchasing airfare from cruise operator in conjunction with cruise: airport assistance, hotel night before the cruise in Quito or Guayaquil, transfers to Galapagos flights (subject to restrictions on discounted cruises, inquire for details). Please note that a logistics fee of $50 per person will be assessed if you do not purchase Galapagos flights in conjunction with your cruise.

Exclusions

All airfare; alcoholic drinks; Galapagos National Park fee (US $100); TCT-Galapagos Transit Control Card (US $20); insurance of any kind; tips; personal expenses.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – 50% of deposit
120 to 61 days – 100% of deposit
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am and 11:00am on Day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. Note: Your passport must be valid 6 months after your Ecuador trip concludes.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islandsbaggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are available for the duration of the cruise. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee (see Inclusions and Exclusions), and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (inflatable skiffs). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Groups of 4-14 passengers will receive a 10% discount.

Families & Children

Children under 12 years old receive 20% off the double occupancy rate. Kids 7 years and older are welcome aboard all departure dates for individual bookings.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Note that Galapagos Province requires foreign travelers to show proof of medical insurance coverage for entry. If you are traveling to the Galapagos Islands, confirm with your travel insurance provider that your policy contains medical coverage to meet this entry requirement.  Be certain to bring your insurance plan ID documents with you when you travel.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

5-Day East Itinerary

The 5-day Natural Paradise Eastern Galapagos Islands small ship cruise visits San Cristobal, North Seymour, Santa Fe, Santa Cruz, Bartolome, Santiago and South Plaza Islands. Embark in San Cristobal and disembark in Baltra.

Galapagos cruise route map showing visits to San Cristobal, North Seymour, Santa Fe, Santa Cruz, Bartolome, Santiago and South Plaza Islands.
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Day 1
TUE - Embark San Cristobal to Kicker Rock

Take a morning flight to San Cristobal, pass through immigration and baggage claim. Be transferred to the yacht where you will have some time to settle into your cabin before lunch and a welcome briefing. In the afternoon visit Kicker Rock, a striking rock formation located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and panga rides allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life.

Accommodations

Natural Paradise

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
WED - North Seymour & South Plaza

This morning, visit North Seymour Island, where Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds are abundant. The island was formed by a series of submarine lava containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone. In the afternoon, head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.

Accommodations

Natural Paradise

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
THU - Rabida & Bartolome

Today, visit Rabida Island (Jervis), which is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago with a fantastic snorkeling site. Make a wet landing on Rabida’s famous maroon sandy beach to begin an easy hike that leads to a stunning lookout of the magnificent landscapes. This is a birdwatcher’s delight with some of the rarest species such as nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.

In the afternoon, visit Bartolome, home of the famous Pinnacle Rock. Bartolome consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. A trail of stairs leads to the summit of the volcano, boasting one of the best views of the islands. The beach is perfect for snorkeling and possible sightings of the Galapagos penguin.

Accommodations

Natural Paradise

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
FRI - Sullivan Bay (Santiago) & Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)

This morning, enjoy a coral beach landing in Sullivan Bay that leads to a lava field as far as the eye can see. Hunt and peck over the two distinguished types of lava, pahoehoe and ‘a’a, for signs of plant life that have managed to emerge over the past 100 years since this island’s most recent volcanic explosion. A truly amazing volcanic experience…up close and personal!

In the afternoon, visit Dragon Hill, situated on Santa Cruz Island. Dragon Hill offers one of the lengthier Galapagos walking trails along a beach and up a trail to a lagoon lookout where bright flamingos, pintail ducks and land iguanas can be spotted.

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Day 5
SAT - Highlands & Twin Craters (Santa Cruz) & Disembark Baltra

Spend this morning visiting the Santa Cruz Highlands, which are reached by bus from Puerto Ayora. The highlands of Santa Cruz are a deep green that contrast beautifully with much of the dry, lower islands. The dominant vegetation in the highlands is the forest of scalesia trees creating the lush green color. The lava tubes, over half a mile long, are underground; walking through them is a unique, surreal experience. Next visit Los Gemelos, or the Twin Craters, located opposite each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking. After this final visit, be transferred to Baltra’s airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

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Included

All meals and excursions throughout cruise; transfers in the islands; bilingual national park guide; use of snorkeling equipment, wetsuit and underwater camera. The following are included when purchasing airfare from cruise operator in conjunction with cruise: airport assistance, hotel night before the cruise in Quito or Guayaquil, transfers to Galapagos flights (subject to restrictions on discounted cruises, inquire for details). Please note that a logistics fee of $50 per person will be assessed if you do not purchase Galapagos flights in conjunction with your cruise.

Exclusions

All airfare; alcoholic drinks; Galapagos National Park fee (US $100); TCT-Galapagos Transit Control Card (US $20); insurance of any kind; tips; personal expenses.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – 50% of deposit
120 to 61 days – 100% of deposit
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am and 11:00am on Day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. Note: Your passport must be valid 6 months after your Ecuador trip concludes.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islandsbaggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are available for the duration of the cruise. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee (see Inclusions and Exclusions), and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (inflatable skiffs). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Groups of 4-14 passengers will receive a 10% discount.

Families & Children

Children under 12 years old receive 20% off the double occupancy rate. Kids 7 years and older are welcome aboard all departure dates for individual bookings.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Note that Galapagos Province requires foreign travelers to show proof of medical insurance coverage for entry. If you are traveling to the Galapagos Islands, confirm with your travel insurance provider that your policy contains medical coverage to meet this entry requirement.  Be certain to bring your insurance plan ID documents with you when you travel.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

4-Day North Itinerary

The 4-day Natural Paradise Northern Galapagos Islands small ship cruise visits Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Santiago and Baltra. Embark and disembark in Baltra.

Galapagos cruise route map showing visits Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Santiago and Baltra islands.
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Day 1
SAT - Arrive Baltra to Highlands & Fausto Llerena Breeding Center (Santa Cruz)

Take a morning flight to Baltra and be transferred by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz. The dominant vegetation in the highlands is the forest of scalesia trees creating the lush green color. The lava tubes, over half a mile long, are underground; walking through them is a unique, surreal experience. This afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station/Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, home to turtles ranging from 3 inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans and stretch out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own. In the evening, embark the ship, enjoy dinner and settle into your cabin.

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SUN - El Barranco & Darwin Bay (Genovesa)

Begin today on El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, on Genovesa Island, where a steep, rocky path leads up to a high cliff-face and a marvelous view. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows and Galapagos doves. This afternoon, visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay, which follows a half-mile trail that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Farther down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view off a cliff.

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MON - Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove & Egas Port (Santiago)

This morning, visit Espumilla Beach, a popular place for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs. The crabs attract the hunting herons, performing the dance of predator and prey. With an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eels and sharks, snorkeling is highly recommended. Next stop at Buccaneer Cove is a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge for British buccaneers. Pirates would anchor in the protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat, among other things. The steep cliffs, where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red sand beach, are also a magnificent site.

Spend the afternoon at Egas Port, also known as James Bay, home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur sea lions bathe in the sun, and there is also a great snorkeling site.

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TUE - Las Bachas (Santa Cruz) & Disembark Baltra

In the morning, visit the swimming beach of Las Bachas, located on the north shore of Santa Cruz. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos is a floating pier that can be seen here. Flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts and whimbrels can be spotted. Sea turtles also nest off the beach. After this final visit, be transferred to Baltra’s airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals and excursions throughout cruise; transfers in the islands; bilingual national park guide; use of snorkeling equipment, wetsuit and underwater camera. The following are included when purchasing airfare from cruise operator in conjunction with cruise: airport assistance, hotel night before the cruise in Quito or Guayaquil, transfers to Galapagos flights (subject to restrictions on discounted cruises, inquire for details). Please note that a logistics fee of $50 per person will be assessed if you do not purchase Galapagos flights in conjunction with your cruise.

Exclusions

All airfare; alcoholic drinks; Galapagos National Park fee (US $100); TCT-Galapagos Transit Control Card (US $20); insurance of any kind; tips; personal expenses.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – 50% of deposit
120 to 61 days – 100% of deposit
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am and 11:00am on Day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. Note: Your passport must be valid 6 months after your Ecuador trip concludes.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islandsbaggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are available for the duration of the cruise. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee (see Inclusions and Exclusions), and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (inflatable skiffs). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Groups of 4-14 passengers will receive a 10% discount.

Families & Children

Children under 12 years old receive 20% off the double occupancy rate. Kids 7 years and older are welcome aboard all departure dates for individual bookings.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Note that Galapagos Province requires foreign travelers to show proof of medical insurance coverage for entry. If you are traveling to the Galapagos Islands, confirm with your travel insurance provider that your policy contains medical coverage to meet this entry requirement.  Be certain to bring your insurance plan ID documents with you when you travel.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

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The 16-guest Natural Paradise, built in 2016, offers elegant Galapagos cruising with a teak sundeck jacuzzi, al fresco dining and beautifully appointed cabins.

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Expert Review: Natural Paradise Galapagos Cruise

Adventure Specialist Arielle Figueroa reviews her 5-day Galapagos cruise aboard the 16-guest Natural Paradise.

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