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.
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, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling
$3,920 to $4,360
The US army occupied Baltra Island island during World War II and built the first landing strip for jets, which is presently used for daily flights to and from the islands. You will explore the highlands of Santa Cruz. Galapagos giant tortoises can be seen in the wild in the highlands of Santa Cruz. Visit the Charles Darwin Station, a research facility and National Park Information center. The Charles Darwin Station has a giant tortoise and land iguana breeding program and interpretation center.
Floreana is best known for its colorful history of buccaneers, whalers, convicts, and early colonists. At Point Cormorant, you visit a flamingo lagoon where other species of shore birds may also be seen. You snorkel at the Devil’s Crown, a submerged volcanic cone, and at Post Office Bay, one may leave letters like whalers did in the 18th century, in a wooden barrel mailbox.
The largest of the Galapagos Islands formed by five active volcanoes fused together. Wolf Volcano is the highest point in the entire Galapagos at 1707 meters. Visit Puerto Villamil, a charming small town on a white sand beach. Highlights include the Tortoise Breeding Station and the flamingo lagoon. The islet Las Tintoreras is located south of Puerto Villamil. It has a small bay of completely calm waters inhabited by sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, rays, etc. Volcan Sierra Negra has a caldera with a diameter of 10 kilometers. View recent lava flows, moist highland vegetation, and parasitic cones.
Punta Moreno is located in the central southwestern coast of Isabela Island. The site has spectacular views of volcanoes Alcedo, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul. Some highlights include impressive lava flows, desolate and pristine landscape, varied and unusual arid zone vegetation. Visit Elizabeth Bay, a spot only accessible by dinghy. It is possible to see penguins on the small islets in the bay. The end of the bay is long and narrow surrounded by three species of mangroves. Galapagos Sea Turtles and rays can usually be seen in the water.
Urbina Bay is located at the central-west coast of Isabela Island at the foothills of Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes. Highlights include the colorful land iguanas, Galapagos Giant tortoises and the coral uplifting from 1954. Visit Tagus Cove, a natural harbor where centuries ago whalers and pirates left their ship's names painted or carved on the rocks. A walk uphill to Darwin's Crater salt-water lake will provide an excellent view.
Fernandina Island is the youngest volcanic island and is still active. Punta Espinoza is a place famous for its large colonies of marine iguanas and as the habitat of unique species like the flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, among others. At Isabela Island, explore Punta Vicente Roca, a site visited by dinghy rides along the cliffs or the partially sunken cave at the water’s edge. Nasca boobies, blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline.
Santiago Island is located between Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands. This island offers a wide variety of seabirds, marine iguanas and fur seals. At Puerto Egas, walk along the rocky coast line to see a view of some of Galapagos' best tide pools. Some highlights include: Sugar loaf volcano, fur seals, oystercatchers, marine iguana colony, and old salt mine. Bartolome Island offers a hike to the highest point on Bartolome with a spectacular view. Sea lions and penguins can be seen around Pinnacle Rock. There is a sandy beach with great swimming and snorkeling.
This flat piece of land originated after an uplifting event thousands of years ago. The North Seymour Island is home to endemic Palo Santo trees, colonies of blue-footed boobies, swallow tailed gulls, and magnificent frigate birds. Disembark and travel to Baltra Airport for return flights.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Ship Dry Dock Dates: Sept 9 - Oct 14, 2016
Cabin accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; all shore activities and excursions; guide and lecture services; transfers and baggage handling between island airport and ship; snorkeling gear; fuel surcharge (subject to change).
Hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee (USD $100 per person, children under 12 subtract $50, subject to change without notice); Galapagos Transit Card ($20 per person, subject to change); international airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; drinks aboard ship; gratuities are left to the discretion of the passenger; traveler’s insurance; wetsuits ($30 per person / week, for snorkeling use only); snorkeling gear ($10 per person / week, must be paid directly on board and in cash only).
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): $450-$600 per adult; $250-$400 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).