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North Central Galapagos

North Central Galapagos

At a glance

Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights

Coverage: Roundtrip Baltra, Ecuador

From: $6,600

Season: Year-around

Activities: Birding, Hiking, Natural history, Photography, Sightseeing, Snorkeling, Zodiac cruises

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Silversea Expeditions

Lying just off the western coast of South America, the Galapagos archipelago, an UNESCO World Heritage site, is inaccessible to most, yet this isolation has allowed nature to develop in ways exclusive to the islands. Encounter wildlife found nowhere else on earth with this unique new 7-day itinerary. Activities include guided nature hikes, Zodiac cruises, snorkelling and day after day of fantastic photo opportunities.

Sailing Saturdays roundtrip from Baltra Island, this itinerary encompasses the northeast, central and southeast islands of Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Seymour Norte, San Cristóbal, Española, and Plazas Sur.

Silversea’s team of naturalist guides, born in the Galápagos Islands and certified by the Directorate of the Galápagos National Park, are eager to engage guests with the unique and abundant nature of this remarkable region.

Silver Galapagos is the only luxury expedition ship offering socially and environmentally responsible ecotourism to the Galápagos archipelago.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Embark Baltra, Galapagos - Isla Daphne Grande

Baltra Island, also known as South Seymour, is the gateway through which most people enter and depart the Galapagos Island. Upon arrival and once through immigrations procedures, visitors are transferred directly to a nearby dock to join the ship by Zodiac. The runway was first constructed here during World War II when the island was used as a US Army Air Base. Located near the geographic center of the Galapagos, the island itself is small, flat and arid.

Daphne Major is a volcanic tuff crater island, located to the north of Santa Cruz Island not far from Baltra International Airport. Circumnavigating the island by ship will reveal the rocky outcropping from all angles as it rises approximately 120 meters (390 feet) above sea level. Usually only scientists are allowed to land on Daphne, so it will be a special event to come in close with the ship and watch for Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, frigatebirds, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Brown Noddies, Brown Pelicans, and Swallow-tailed Gulls riding the sea breezes swirling around this rugged landmass.

Day 2 - Bahia Darwin, Genovesa - El Barranco, Genovesa

At Genovesa Island the ship tucks into Darwin Bay, an ancient volcanic crater now flooded by the sea. Zodiacs land on a picturesque sandy beach where Galapagos sea lions often rest on the fine, white sand. Explorations along the shore may reveal marine iguanas looking like prehistoric dinosaurs in miniature. By heading inland a short distance visitors could encounter seabirds of all shapes and sizes nesting in the vegetation. Scores of immature Red-footed Boobies perch on branches within an arm’s reach of the path.

From Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island explorers can access an area known as El Barranco or the “Prince Philip’s Steps”. A brief scramble up the stone steps brings you to the plateau of the island. From here, on flat ground, a small trail wanders past Red-footed Boobies, perching frigate birds, Galapagos Mockingbirds, Nazca Boobies, and Galapagos finches. The highlight however, is arriving on the windward side of the island to see hundreds of Wedge-Rumped Storm Petrels flying around in a frenzy of activity above the lava field where they nest.

Day 3 - Seymour Norte - Bahia Sullivan, Santiago

The landing at North Seymour Island is onto black lava rock. After a short climb, visitors arrive on the island’s flat plateau where a number of sea lions nurse pups and frigatebirds nest. The island is dry, and so the predominant tree is the prickly pear cactus favored by the yellow Conolophus land iguanas that live here in number. The undulating terrain is littered with red-brown volcanic boulders and large male Magnificent Frigatebirds can be seen inflating their vivid red gular sacs in hopes of impressing females flying overhead.

The lava fields of Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island will inevitably remind visitors of the surface of the moon. As brilliant red Sally Lightfoot crabs scuttle along the black volcanic shores, learn about the formation of the islands through geological forces from your guides. The lava flows here are just over one hundred years old and date back to 1897. The lava took on a rope-like appearance and geologists have adopted a Hawaiian word, pahoehoe, as the technical name for this kind of volcanic rock.

Day 4 - Rábida - El Eden, Santa Cruz

Rabida Island has received accolades for being one of the most exotic spots on earth and while it is small in size, the island is dramatic in scale. Rugged red cliffs rise from the sea and Zodiacs land onto a beach of dark red sand colored by iron ore. Ghost crabs and Galapagos sea lion pups often rest on the russet sands. Further inland, the rusty sand gives way to shrubby coastal vegetation dominated by prickly-pear cactus. Common Cactus Finches feed on the yellow flowers while Darwin finches and lava lizards skitter across the path in search of food.

Just off Santa Cruz, Eden Islet offers up a thick coastal mangrove forest growing on black volcanic boulders peppered with tall prickly pear cactus. Eden is a small, eroded tuff cone from an ancient volcano, and is an excellent example of the unique geology of the Galápagos. The shallow waters around the island are ideal for spotting Pacific green sea turtles, reef sharks, eagle rays, sea lions, marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs.

Day 5 - Galapaguera Cerro Colorado,San Cristobal - Punta Pitt, San Cristobal

Giant tortoises are emblematic of the Galapagos Islands. To experience these ancient animals firsthand, the Silver Galapagos anchors off San Cristobal Island and Zodiacs take all ashore to the pretty little town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. From here we set out by bus for the Galapaguera Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve in the highlands of the island. The trails of the reserve lead to encounters with large, lumbering adult tortoises as well as small juveniles that could fit in the palm of a person’s hand.

On the northern shore of San Cristobal Island is a peninsula known as Punta Pitt. The point is made up of two coalesced volcanoes and is much younger than the rest of the island. Some of the lava flows are only a few centuries old. From a sandy beach Zodiac landing leads a long walk following a twisting red gravel path that runs through black basalt lava rocks, and between craggy peaks. The vegetation along the way is low and scrubby, and attractive blue-gray lichen grows on the rocks.

Day 6 - Gardner Bay, Española - Punta Suarez, Espanola

Isla Champion is a small islet off Floreana Island’s northeast coast. To cruise by it reveals a bare, rocky island without much allure, but to enter the infinitely blue waters around this small landmass is to discover a spectacular underwater realm. The visibility is generally impressive and thanks to this water clarity snorkelers often spot reef sharks patrolling the reef wall, cruising Pacific green turtles, and playful Galapagos sea lions. Encounters in the blue with thousands of small silver minnows, large tuna fish, or oceanic sunfish are not unheard of either.

Punta Suárez lies at the western point of Española, the oldest island in the Galápagos. Sheer cliffs provide superb thermals for seabirds and you may spot Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies and Blue-footed Boobies on the breeze. The largest seabird to nest in the Galapagos Islands is the Waved Albatross. These ocean wanderers can be seen seasonally here from April through December, when pairs reunite on Española, going through an elaborate pair-bonding display. Mockingbirds, doves, and occasional Galápagos Hawks can also be seen on the point, along with sea lions and colorful marine iguanas.

Day 7 - Estacion Darwin & Puerto Ayora,Santa Cruz - Plazas Sur

Silver Galapagos will anchor in front of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, where the prestigious Charles Darwin Research Station is located. The station also houses the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center for giant tortoises and land iguanas where guides interpret the center’s captive breeding and reintroduction programs. In addition to these star species, throughout the station there are huge prickly pear cactus trees being fed upon by the pretty Galapagos Cactus Finch. To round out the stay in Puerto Ayora, enjoy free time in town where local artists have created charming art galleries and corner cafés.

South Plaza is a serene island located close to the eastern coast of Santa Cruz. This small island is sprinkled with giant prickly pear cactus, carpeted with a reddish mat of ground-cover succulents, and is home to a large nesting colony of Swallow-tailed Gulls, along with marine iguanas and Galápagos sea lions. Seabirds crowd the island’s shores including Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Brown Pelicans, and frigatebirds. However, the birds, seals and marine iguanas share the spotlight with brilliant yellow land iguanas of the island.

Day 8 - Disembark San Cristobal

Like so many of the islands in the Galapagos, San Cristobal is formed by dormant volcanoes. It lies to the east of the archipelago and is one of the oldest islands in the group. Approximately 6,000 people live on the island, making their living from tourism, fishing, in government offices, or off the rich volcanic soils with some limited farming existing in the highlands. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the southwestern tip of the island is the capital city of the Galapagos Islands. A statue of Charles Darwin graces the harbor, marking one of the first places he likely stepped ashore in the 1830s.

Dates & Rates

Dates Explorer Terrace Veranda Deluxe Veranda Silver
Jan 13, 2018 Waitlist $10,700 Waitlist Waitlist Waitlist
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Mar 24, 2018 Waitlist $12,600 Waitlist Waitlist Waitlist
Apr 7, 2018 $9,200 Waitlist Waitlist Waitlist Waitlist
Apr 21, 2018 $8,200 $10,300 $10,500 $11,200 $14,500
May 19, 2018 $10,200 $12,800 Waitlist Waitlist Waitlist
Jun 2, 2018 $8,200 $10,300 $10,500 $11,200 $14,500
Jun 16, 2018 $9,500 Waitlist $12,200 $13,000 Waitlist
Jun 30, 2018 $8,700 $10,900 $11,100 $11,900 $15,400
Jul 14, 2018 $8,200 Waitlist $10,500 $11,200 $13,800
Jul 28, 2018 $7,900 $9,900 $10,100 $10,800 $13,200
Aug 11, 2018 $7,900 $9,900 $10,100 $10,800 $13,200
Aug 25, 2018 $7,900 $9,900 $10,100 $10,800 $13,200
Sep 8, 2018 $9,100 $11,400 $11,600 $12,500 $15,100
Sep 22, 2018 $7,900 $9,900 $10,100 $10,800 $13,200
Oct 6, 2018 $7,900 $9,900 $10,100 $10,800 $13,200
Oct 20, 2018 $7,900 $9,900 $10,100 $10,800 $13,200
Nov 17, 2018 $8,500 $10,700 $10,900 $11,700 $14,600
Dec 1, 2018 $8,000 $10,100 $10,300 $11,000 $13,500
Dec 15, 2018 $8,000 $10,100 $10,300 $11,000 $13,500
Dec 29, 2018 Waitlist Waitlist $16,300 $17,400 Waitlist
Jan 12, 2019 $7,800 $9,000 $10,200 $10,600 $13,100
Jan 26, 2019 $7,800 $9,000 $10,200 $10,600 $13,100
Feb 9, 2019 $7,800 $9,000 $10,200 $10,600 $13,100
Feb 23, 2019 $7,800 $9,000 $10,200 $10,600 $13,100
Mar 9, 2019 $8,300 $9,700 $10,900 $11,300 $14,100
Mar 23, 2019 $7,800 $9,000 $10,200 $10,600 $13,100
Apr 6, 2019 $7,700 $8,900 $10,100 $10,500 $13,000
Apr 20, 2019 $7,700 $8,900 $10,100 $10,500 $13,000
May 4, 2019 $7,700 $8,900 $10,100 $10,500 $13,000
May 18, 2019 $7,700 $8,900 $10,100 $10,500 $13,000
Jun 1, 2019 $7,700 $8,900 $10,100 $10,500 $13,000
Jun 15, 2019 $7,700 $8,900 $10,100 $10,500 $13,000
Jun 29, 2019 $7,300 $8,300 $9,500 $9,900 $12,300
Jul 13, 2019 $7,300 $8,300 $9,500 $9,900 $12,300
Jul 27, 2019 $7,300 $8,300 $9,500 $9,900 $12,300
Aug 10, 2019 $6,600 $7,500 $8,600 $8,900 $11,000
Aug 24, 2019 $6,600 $7,500 $8,600 $8,900 $11,000


North Central Galapagos Itinerary Map


Silver Galapagos

Silver GalapagosMeet the newest addition to Silversea's fleet of ultra-luxury ships: the 100-guest Silver Galapagos. With sleek lines and a proven skill for navigating the waterways throughout the Galápagos Islands, she is naturally suited for in-depth explorations of this spectacular region. She offers all the intimate conviviality and elegant sophistication that has made Silversea the preferred choice for today's discerning travellers. View ship details...