Summary : Explore the islands onboard an elegant motor yacht with a high quality education program, great 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 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, Triple/Quad Cabins
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$5,200 to $7,650
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 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.
Punta Suarez is one of the most popular and attractive spots in the Galapagos. The quantity and variety of wildlife at this site is remarkable. Encounter young sea lions, iguanas, and further inland, masked and blue-foot boobies. Follow a trail toward the cliffs and the blowhole, a fissure in the lava where water spurts high in the air like a geyser.
Española Island is the southernmost island of the archipelago and due to its isolation has a high proportion of endemic fauna. Explore Gardner Bay's long white sandy beach where colonies of sea lions laze in the sun, sea turtles swim offshore, and inquisitive mockingbirds boldly investigate new arrivals.
In 1793, British whalers set up a barrel as the island’s Post Office, to send 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. Also visit the wildlife and landscapes of Cormorant Point and Champion Islet with an opportunity to snorkel.
Baroness Viewpoint is a fantastic place to absorb the environment of the Galapagos. Once inhabited by an indulgent Baroness and her two lovers, the history of this island is intriguing. The legends about this baroness are associated with a fascinating murder mystery. There are easy trails in this area for exploring the flora and fauna of Floreana. Enjoy walking to Punta Cormorant, home to pink flamingos.
Explore Dragon Hill named for the large number of land iguanas that frequent the area. Dragon Hill has become an important nesting site for iguanas reintroduced there by the Charles Darwin Research Center. Take a short walk from the beach to a salt-rich lagoon that is frequented by pink flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. Pass through an endemic Scalesia forest as you hike up Dragon Hill for impressive views of the bay.
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. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station where scientists, park rangers and park managers are making huge efforts to preserve and protect the Galapagos Islands. The Station is also a tortoise breeding and rearing center, where they are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats.
Discover Las Bachas Beach, located in the north of Santa Cruz Island, offering soft, white sand that is derived from coral. Watch for sea turtles as this is a popular nesting site for them. Explore beyond the beach to find a small brackish lagoon, where flamingos, black-necked stilts and whimbrels congregate.
In the afternoon, enjoy snorkeling and panga rides near Sombrero Chino Islet. Wander the crescent-shaped white sandy beach and soak up the serene landscape. Watch for penguins, sea lions and marine iguanas.
Explore Rabida Island in the morning, finding rich wildlife from sea lion colonies to finch species. Known for its unique reddish-maroon terrain, Rabida is also home to large populations of pelicans and flamingos.
In the afternoon, visit Sullivan Bay, which is of great geological interest with a 100-year-old lava flow field, and hardened pahoehoe formations. Observe unique lava patterns that are rare to the rest of the world except for Hawaii and the Galapagos. After exploring the lava flow, swim and snorkel perhaps with playful sea lions off two small coralline beaches.
Bartolome is famous for Pinnacle Rock, which is the most representative landmark of the Galapagos. Look for Galapagos penguins which are usually found at the base of the rock. Climb to the highest point up a long wooden staircase and observe the landscape which resembles the moon. Back at the beach, snorkel or swim with sea lions and keep and eye out for sea turtles.
North Seymour is an uplifted island, so it’s generally flat and strewn with boulders. 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.
Declared a “Turtle Sanctuary”, Black Turtle Cove is a living illustration of how mangroves alter the marine environment to create a rich and unique habitat. Four species of mangroves crowd from the shore out into the lagoon, which stretches almost a mile inland. Drift through the quiet waters by zodiac as you watch for spotted eagle rays and golden rays, which swim in a diamond formation. Pacific green sea turtles come to the surface for air and to mate. Sea birds, including brown pelicans, blue herons and lava herons, come to feed in the cove.
Cruise to Baltra Island and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the mainland.
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.
Cabin accommodations aboard ship; meals aboard ship; soft drinks, juice, coffee and tea throughout the cruise; 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; alcohol and 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.