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Galapagos In-Brief

Galapagos Cruise and Land Program

  • Galapagos Safari Camp
  • Land Based Adventures
  • 24 Capacity
  • 6 Days
  • Year-Round, Available Upon Request
  • Price from
  • $4,650
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Summary : The Galapagos Islands are considered one of the most spectacular and pristine National Parks in the world. Visitors delight in the abundant, unusual, and surprisingly approachable wildlife—from Galapagos giant tortoises to playful sea lions to the fascinating blue-footed boobies. Offering discreet luxury nestled in the wilderness, the Galapagos Safari Camp is an African-styled camp tucked in the wild highlands of Santa Cruz Island with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the National Park. This stylish camp features a panoramic lodge, nine charming tents, a family suite, and an inifinity pool under a canopy of endemic trees. Immersed in nature, this is a truly creative and unique alternative to experience the archipelago.

We strongly recommend two pre-cruise nights and one post-cruise night in Quito or Guayaquil. Please inquire about adding these or other services to your trip.

Activities : Birding, Camping, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins

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$4,650 to $5,840

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Itinerary
Day 1
Baltra Island / Santa Cruz Island

Your family's naturalist guide will meet you at the Baltra Airport. You will cross the narrow Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island, then drive up to Galapagos Safari Camp. While you settle in, your guide will capture your children's imagination with an overview of the animal species they are soon to encounter. After lunch, you may explore a 135 acre farm, pick local tropical fruit, harvest cacao seasonally, or spot local birds. Before sundown, visit the lava tunnels and search for giant tortoises roaming the National Tortoise Reserve adjacent to the camp.
Galapagos Safari Camp

Day 2
Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast, visit a neighboring organic coffee plantation to learn about responsible small-scale farming in the Galapagos, and the children will have a chance to pick coffee beans depending on the season. Then drive to the enormous Cerro Mesa crater for a short walk in the wetlands—home to a wonderful variety of birds and the occasional bathing tortoise. After lunch at a local restaurant, jump on bikes for a downhill ride to Garrapatero Beach, where the contrast of mangroves, black lava, white sand, and turquoise water, along with its birdlife and flamingo lagoon, is magnificent. Explore the bay in sea kayaks, accompanied by marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and countless shorebirds. In the evening, back at Galapagos Safari Camp, parents can relax while the children take a private art class with a local artist.
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Day 3
North Seymour, Bartolome, South Plazas, or Santa Fe Island

Spend the day spotting wildlife and snorkeling on one of the uninhabited islands easily accessed by a day-yacht from Santa Cruz Island. The exact island location depends on travel dates, but options include North Seymour, South Plazas, Santa Fe, and Bartolome, all of which are rich in wildlife and offer wonderful snorkeling opportunities. Please note this is a shared boat excursion unless requested otherwise. The destination will depend on your dates. They may include excursions to the following islands:

North Seymour and Santa Cruz Islands: Lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event, swallow-tailed gulls sit perched in ledges of the cliffs only a few meters high on this low, flat profiled island. Delight in encounters with emblematic fauna like sea lions, land iguanas, and blue-footed boobies. In the afternoon, sail to Las Bachas, a beautiful coralline beach located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. Swim, snorkel, or simply enjoy the white, soft sand here. Explore brackish lagoons only a few steps from the sea, feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos.

Bartolome Island/ Sullivan Bay: Behold some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Galapagos. Walk along a winding boardwalk to the highest point of the island where you will learn firsthand about the volcanic origins of the archipelago. After your walk, enjoy a dinghy ride along the coastline and look for Galapagos penguins. These curious birds nest among the fissured lava flows, venturing into the crystal clear waters of Bartolome to fish.

South Plazas Island: Snorkel in the calm water of Punta Carrion on South Plazas, where you will be able to observe a variety of tropical fish and possibly white tip reef sharks resting peacefully on the sandy bottom. Disembark on South Plazas in the afternoon, where you will be greeted by a colony of sea lions. Further up the shore a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents decorate a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow and gray land iguanas sit beneath, waiting patiently for pears to drop.

Santa Fe Island:Cruise into an intimate bay where your visit on Santa Fe begins. Disembark on a small sandy beach to find a colony of sea lions and possibly the Galapagos hawk. Walk along a trail through the island where endemic species of land iguanas await beneath large opuntia cactus. Take plunge into the crystal clear water and enjoy snorkeling with tropical fish and sea lions.
Galapagos Safari Camp

Day 4
Santa Cruz Island

An excursion with local fishermen is a favorite among children. This excursion is both a wildlife experience and a cultural exchange opportunity. With your guide acting as translator, the fishermen share anecdotes from a lifetime at sea, and the children learn local fishing tricks. After fishing, you'll land on a deserted beach and may snorkel in a spot known only to locals.
Galapagos Safari Camp

Day 5
Santa Cruz Island

Visit the famous Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about its preservation efforts and scientific research. The children will have an up-close experience with the tortoises that are the islands' namesake. Parents can enjoy free time to wander around Puerto Ayora, while your guide takes the children to a local playground or on a tour of the local fish market on the waterfront. After lunch, take a speedboat to Tortuga Bay, a white sandy beach with basking marine iguanas, and shallow turquoise waters teeming with white-tip reef sharks and fish. Or you can join a snorkeling boat that will take you to frolic with sea lions.
Galapagos Safari Camp

Day 6
Santa Cruz Island

Enjoy the serenity that Galapagos Safari Camp has to offer. Relax, walk, or watch the sunrise from the observatory before departure.
Galapagos Safari Camp

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes. Read this itinerary as a guide only, as the exact route and the wildlife you encounter may vary.

Included:

Galapagos Safari Camp: Accommodations; meals; airport VIP services; transfers and ground transportation; boat excursions with snorkeling on a sharing basis (inquire about private guides or chartering a boat); English-speaking naturalist guide; use of snorkeling gear and wetsuits, kayaks. Aboard the Sea Finch: land transportation from the main public dock of Puerto Ayora to Itabaca Channel; bilingual English/Spanish translator authorized by the Galapagos National Park; towels; snorkeling equipement: masks, snorkels, fins (wetsuits are provided by Galapagos Safari Camp); snacks; lunch; non-alcoholic beverages. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee; Galapagos Transit Card; international airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; beverages; gratuities to ship staff, crew, and naturalists are left to the discretion of the passenger; travel insurance; passport expenses; fuel surcharge may apply. Aboard the Sea Finch: alcoholic or sparkling beverages. Subject to change without notice.

Airfare between Quito/Guayaquil and the Galapagos Islands:
The flights between mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) and the Galapagos Islands are an additional cost. To secure your seats on often overbooked flights, ExpeditionTrips must reserve these flights for you at the time of cruise booking. Approximate cost (including service fee): $500-$700 per adult; $300-$450 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).

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