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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.
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, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling
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Child Discount: Children (11 years and under) save 30% off the regular rate. Maximum of 2 child discounts per family.
$5,080 to $6,400
Arrive on San Cristóbal Island, the easternmost of the Galapagos Islands and the first island which Charles Darwin stepped foot on in the Archipelago! Visit Playa Ochoa and Kicker Rock. There will be fantastic opportunities for snorkeling, walking and hiking.
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 at South Plaza and Santa Cruz Island this morning.
In the afternoon, board pangas to discover the area surrounding Daphne Island. Experience extraordinary bird watching and learn about the important research taking place here.
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. Santiago Island is a fantastic place to see the Galapagos fur sea and several species of land birds, including species of Darwin finches.
Genovesa is one of the most fantastic islands because of its animals, its landscape, its remoteness and its unspoiled nature. At Prince Philip’s Steps, climb to a plateau that is part of the stretch of land that surrounds Darwin Bay on its eastern side. Here, observe masked boobies, red-footed boobies, and thousands of storm petrels. Snorkeling can be done at the beach or alongside the cliffs.
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.
This morning, visit Playa Espumilla or Caleta Bucanero on Santiago Island. Go on walks inland for views of mangroves, a lagoon and sights of flamingos, or snorkel in this beautiful area. Explore Rabida Island in the afternoon, where you will find rich wildlife from sea lion colonies to finch species.
North Seymour is an uplifted island, so it’s generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are good 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.
After lunch, continue to Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz Island. Bachas is an important nesting area for the east Pacific green sea turtle. This stunning white beach has several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos.
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.
The lush greenery of the Santa Cruz Highlands is a definite contrast with the arid scenery of the smaller, lower islands. A point of interest is the famed lava tunnels, followed by a visit to the Twin Craters.
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 flights to the mainland in the afternoon.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
This operator offers three different cruise styles: Naturalist, Active and Family. Please contact ExpeditionTrips to confirm cruise style of your preferred departure date.
Naturalist Cruises are the most popular way to experience the Galapagos Islands. For those souls that are in close contact with our planet, these departures put you into the most intimate contact possible with nature. This is the ideal departure for bird watchers, wildlife lovers and photographers.
Active Cruises are great for adventure-seeking adolescents, adults, families and groups who are looking for a challenge aside from a restful trip. These departures feature longer hikes, more opportunities to snorkel and go kayaking and even the possibility for occasional diving. How much, or how little activity you pack into each day is entirely up to you.
Family Cruises are filled with activities for the whole family so that you can relax together and take in all the wonders that surround you. Children are especially enriched by the natural living legacy of the archipelago, where science suddenly becomes fun, accessible and unforgettable. Special features include: Child-oriented guides, children's menu, snorkeling, kayaking, star-gazing nights, movie nights, board games, video games, and children’s expedition journal.
Cabin accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; all shore activities and excursions; service of naturalist guides; transfers and baggage handling between island airport and ship; use of snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins); use of wetsuits; fuel surcharge.
Hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee, USD$100 (children under 12 subtract $50), subject to change without notice; Galapagos Transit Card ($10 per person); international airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; international airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; gratuities to ship crew and naturalists are left to the discretion of the passenger; alcoholic beverages; travel insurance; passport expenses.
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-$550 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.