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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, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling
Combine this voyage with Galapagos Classic - Southern and save 10% off the 2nd week. Not applicable during Christmas, New Years or Easter.
Child Discount: Children (11 years and under) save 30% off the regular rate. Maximum of 2 child discounts per family.
$5,880 to $6,600
Arrive at Baltra Island this morning. Continue to Sombrero Chino for snorkeling and exploring by foot. Less than a quarter of a square kilometer in size, the tiny island of Sombrero Chino, resembling a Chinese hat, sits just off the southeastern tip of Santiago Island. Wander the crescent-shaped white sandy beach and soak up the serene landscape.
Located east of Santa Cruz Island, Santa Fe Island may well be the oldest island in the Galapagos and has one of the most beautiful and sheltered bays in the archipelago as well as some of the best snorkeling. The shore is usually covered in sea lion, and you may also see many land iguanas.
South Plaza was formed by uplifted lava and is covered by Opuntia cacti growing over patches of Sesusvium. Here, land iguanas, sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, and others can be seen.
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.
Fernandina is the youngest and westernmost island in the Galapagos. Punta Espinosa is a narrow stretch of land where some of the most unique Galapagos species can be seen. Here, you will likely see penguins, Sally Lightfoot crabs, herons, sandpipers, and very large groups of Marine iguanas. This is one of the few places where you can watch iguanas feed underwater.
In the afternoon, visit Urbina Bay, which is very interesting in that it is a perfect example of the geological activity of the islands. In 1954 over 3 miles of the marine reef at the edge of the shore were uplifted by 13 feet.
Isabela, the largest island in the archipelago, is composed of six shield volcanoes that have merged into a single land mass. At Tagus Cove, the nature trail offers spectacular views of Darwin Lake, and at the highest point, it is possible to observe the different vegetation zones, Darwin and Wolf Volcanoes, and Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants and pelicans.
Located at the ‘mouth’ of the head of the sea horse, which forms the northern part of the islands, is Punta Vicente Roca. Here, the remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a bay well protected from the ocean swells. The spot is a popular anchorage from which to take panga rides along the cliff or explore a partially sunken cave at the water’s edge. Keep an eye out for masked and blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants.
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. James Bay on the northwestern side of Santiago offers adventures to sites like the black beach of Puerto Egas and extraordinary wildlife sightings.
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 and the Twin Craters.
This morning, visit the San Cristóbal Interpretation Center, which explains the natural history of the Galápagos, with a great emphasis on human history and conservation. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the mainland.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Ship Dry Dock Dates: 8/31/2013 – 10/25/2013
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; 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 crew and staff; personal expenses like laundry; 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.