General

The Alya Cruise is a luxury catamaran for exploring the Galapagos Islands. Enjoy a very comfortable cruise experience, personalized service and a fusion of local cuisine and international favorites.

In addition to enjoying the Alya’s comfort, you will explore these incredible islands on guided walks, snorkeling tours, kayaking experiences, beach visits and wildlife tours. Highly trained guides will show you the best areas of the islands and help point out famous and unique wildlife.

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Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a volcanic archipelago towards the west of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. The Galapagos contain incredible diversity including many species found nowhere else on Earth; many species living on one island are not even found on other islands of the Galapagos.

Protected as a National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Area, the Galapagos are regarded as one of the most unique, scientifically important and biologically outstanding areas on Earth. Because of this, the Galapagos are popular with travelers and visitors often mention their time on and around these incredible islands was a life changing experience.

An incredible 80% of land birds and 97% of reptiles and land mammals on the Galapagos are found nowhere else on Earth. Some of the favorite animals of Galapagos tourists include the giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and the Galapagos penguins.

History of the Galapagos Islands

Found accidentally by a Bishop on his way to Peru, the Bishop’s vessel was blown off course and landed on these islands. Some of his crew died due to the harsh conditions and lack of fresh water. He went on to describe the archipelago as having little to offer and best avoided as a inhospitable land mass. Their addition to maps, however, meant the Galapagos became a base for pirates to pillage vessels carrying gold to Spain.

The most famous story of the Galapagos involves a young English naturalist by the name of Charles Darwin. Darwin was joining the Beagle on a voyage to map the coast of South America and he collected specimens from the islands of many different birds, beetles and other animals. Then, after many talks with colleagues, a peculiarity emerged where each island seemed to have its own form of animal, slightly different from the others. Years later after accumulating more evidence from other areas, Darwin proposed the theory of evolution by natural selection and in 1859 published On the Origin of Species to explain the diversity of life on Earth.

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Ecuador

Ecuador

Ecuador contains a record breaking diversity of animals and plants, and is a fantastic vacation option for nature lovers. Ecuador contains a significant portion of Amazon Rainforest where you can enjoy some of the best lodges in Amazonia. From these lodges, you will head out on guided nature tours to find Amazonian animals and plants. Continue to Amazon Rainforest Tours >>

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a world famous archipelago off the coast of Ecuador home to an impressive diversity of animals found nowhere else on Earth. Species include the Galapagos giant tortoises, marine and land iguanas, seals, and a fantastic assemblage of interesting birds. Continue to Galapagos Island Tours >>

The Ecuadorian Amazon

Ecuador has been found by naturalists and researchers to contain the highest amount of animals and plants on Earth. This diversity has been found in the Amazon Rainforest, the world’s largest container of tropical life. The majority of Amazon Rainforest tourists in Ecuador fly from Quito to Coca and are then transported by river to their chosen Amazon Rainforest lodge.

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Accommodation

While aboard the Alya Cruise, you will enjoy very comfortable cabins, relaxing social areas and delicious cuisine.

Cabins

There are 9 comfortable cabins in total. Four of these are found on the upper deck and there are 5 on the lower deck. Eight of these provide a private balcony to enjoy a connection with this incredible region. Each offers double or twin beds.

Your cabin features unique decoration, a private bathroom, hot water, air conditioning and both internet and telephone communication.

Social Areas

In addition to comfortable cabins, the Alya offers a lounge and bar, elegantly styled dining room, sundeck and a jacuzzi.

The lounge can comfortably accommodate 16 guests. This is a great area to simply come and relax between expeditions. This is also where you will be introduced to the ship, crew and your itinerary. The lounge is also where you will find the bar to have a refreshing drink while enjoying Galapagos scenery.

Ths sundeck is also a favorite place to relax, which offers very comfortable sofas. This is where guests enjoy viewing the sunsets and the stars at night. In the middle of the deck is a welcoming jacuzzi adding to the experience.

You will then enjoy meals in the dining room seated around one of the two large tables. Enjoy fresh and delicious meals inspired by the Galapagos and Ecuador, as well as international favorites. Special diets can be accommodated with prior notice.

Tour

The comfort and delicious cuisine is provided to complement your tour of the Galapagos Islands. The wildlife of this incredible archipelago is world famous. In addition to the animals and plants, enjoy spectacular scenery, impressive natural features and a fascinating human history filled with explorers, whalers and pirates.

Activities aboard the Alya Cruise include island hikes, snorkeling, panga rides and kayaking. On your chosen itinerary, enjoy exploring the most famous areas of the Galapagos and the best areas for wildlife watching. There is also an option for additional activities to be organized for you, such as diving in this wildlife-rich area.

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