- Expedition Ship
- 32 Capacity
- 8 Days
- 2015, 2016
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Summary : Discover the Galapagos Islands onboard a spacious vessel with a great education program, high-quality service, Jacuzzi, kayaks, and sun deck. 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
Combine this voyage with Galapagos Classic - Southwestern and save 10% off the 2nd week. Not applicable during Christmas, New Year's or Easter
$5,350 to $6,900
Arrive on San Cristóbal Island, the easternmost of the Galapagos Islands and the first island which Charles Darwin stepped foot on in the Archipelago! Board the vessel and later that afternoon visit Kicker Rock, a spectacular formation that rises 152 meters (500 feet) out of the Pacific. Enjoy a refreshing snorkel. Later that evening sip cocktails and meet fellow travelers before dinner.
Explore South Plaza Island, a small island near Santa Cruz. Despite being small in size, South Plaza offers a large Opuntia cacti forest and one of the largest sea lion colonies in the Galapagos. Enjoy kayaking, snorkeling and exploring by foot.
In the afternoon, board pangas to discover the area surrounding Mosquera Island. This flat, sandy island attracts a great quantity of sea lions. It is also an excellent site for observing shorebirds such as herons and Lava Gulls. Afterwards, visit to Daphne Island. The geology of this island is extremely interesting as it is essentially one large tuff cone – a giant pile of compressed volcanic ash shaped like a cone.
Enjoy snorkeling and exploring by foot near Sombrero Chino Islet this morning. Wander the crescent-shaped white sandy beach and soak up the serene landscape before continuing to Santiago Island.
Land at Puerto Egas also known as James Bay which is a fantastic place to see marine iguanas, and fur sea lions. Snorkel and search for sea turtles, parrot fish and more!
Genovesa is one of the most fantastic islands because of delightful wildlife, landscape, remoteness and unspoiled nature. At Prince Phillip’s Steps, climb to a plateau that is part of the stretch of land that surrounds Darwin Bay on its eastern side. Observe masked boobies, red-footed boobies, and thousands of storm petrels. Snorkeling or kayaking can be enjoyed here.
Darwin Bay Beach is filled with frigate birds and their bustling activity. Along the trail are pairs of swallow-tailed gulls, the only nocturnal gulls in the world and red-footed boobies, with their contrasting red feet and blue bills. A brief panga ride brings you to the base of cliffs to reveal a variety of species sheltering in the ledges and crevices such as red-billed tropic birds.
North Seymour is an uplifted island giving it a low and flat profile. Discover nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Observe blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found together with marine iguanas.
On Santa Fe, anchor at one of the most beautiful and sheltered bays in the archipelago. Enjoy some of the islands’ best snorkeling and kayaking with crystal clear water. Search for sea turtles and swim with sea lions. Walk up to a nearby cliff to observe land iguanas and Opuntia Cactus. Keep an eye out for the Galapagos Hawk, owls, frigates, pelicans and mockingbirds.
In 1793, British whalers set up a barrel here to serve as the Post Office, sending letters home on passing ships. Continue the tradition simply by dropping a post card into the barrel without a stamp. In return, take a post card from the barrel and see that it gets to the right place.
Punta Cormorant is an old submerged volcanic cone that has been worn down by waves, Devil's Crown is home to a myriad of marine species including a variety of corals, pencil sea urchin, wrasses, angelfish, amberjacks and many other creatures, making for some of the best snorkeling in the Galápagos. The eroded crater walls form a popular roosting site for seabirds including boobies and pelicans. Enjoy walking to Punta Cormorant, where a salt-water lagoon is home to large colonies of pink flamingos.
The lush greenery of the Santa Cruz Highlands is a definite contrast with the arid scenery of the smaller, lower islands. Explore the Wild Land Tortoise Reserve which is one of the best places to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. As you hike, keep an eye out for finches, owls, and mockingbirds.
Santa Cruz is the second largest island in the Galapagos, and the small town of Puerto Ayora is the economic center of the archipelago. Six different zones of vegetation can be seen here. The Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galapagos National Park offices are based on the island. Scientists, park rangers and park managers make huge efforts to preserve and protect the Galapagos Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Station is also a tortoise breeding and rearing center, where tortoises of different subspecies are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats.
Explore Black Turtle Cove in the morning where a panga will take you into a tidal lagoon to see three kinds of mangrove plants, red, white and black. White-tipped sharks, spotted rays, mustard rays and Pacific marine turtles frequent the waters here. Depart to Baltra Island for your flight to the mainland in the afternoon.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Dry Dock Dates: Nov 7 - Dec 19, 2015
Cabin accommodations aboard ship; meals aboard ship; soft drinks, juice, coffee and tea throughout the cruise; shore activities and excursions; service of naturalist guides; kayaking; snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuits). Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee; Galapagos Transit Card; gratuities to ship crew and naturalists; beverages other than those mentioned as included; travel insurance; passport expenses; personal expenses; fuel surcharge may apply.
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-$325 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).
We are happy to add hotels, air and land arrangements as requested, and you will be quoted for services.