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, Snorkeling
Child Rate: Children (12 and under) save 50% off the regular rate when accompanied by an adult, except on holiday cruises, when children are 25% off the regular rate. One discount per cabin.
$999,999,999 to $0
Visit Santa Cruz, the second largest island of the Archipelago. Learn about the research activities conducted on the island at Charles Darwin Research Station. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a Galapagos Giant Tortoise breeding and rearing center. Here, tortoises of different subspecies are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. Afterwards, you can stroll through Puerto Ayora.
Spend your morning at Las Bachas, a white sand beach ideal for swimming and snorkeling on the southwest side of Santa Cruz. In the afternoon, visit Puerto Egas, Santiago Island. This is a great location to view diverse birdlife, explore by foot and go snorkeling.
Genovesa, also called Tower Island, has a natural harbor, which is the submerged caldera of this volcanic island. Here, you will visit El Barranco where you may see sea lion colonies, barn owls and red-footed boobies. Later, go on about a two-hour walk at Bahia Darwin. See frigate colonies, Nazca boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls.
At North Seymour Island, an uplifted island, you may walk the loop trail and keep an eye out for frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, marine iguanas swallow-tailed gulls, snakes, endemic Palo Santo, and the low shrubby-type Opuntia. In the afternoon, board a bus for a 45-minute ride through changing vegetation zones to the Santa Cruz Highlands.
Today, visit the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal Island. Inaugurated in 1998, the Center is a state-of-the-art facility that offers complete education on both the islands and its human population. Wander Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the political capital of the archipelago. Enjoy free time to go shopping along the main street where there are shops and restaurants. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the mainland.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Ship Dry Dock Dates: Sep 8 - 28, 2012
Cabin accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; all shore activities and excursions; guide and lecture services.
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; government taxes; charges and all items of a personal nature such laundry, consumption from the mini-bar located in suites, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; gratuities to ship staff is left to the discretion of the passenger; traveler’s insurance; wet suit shorty (advanced reservation required); snorkeling equipment; tour guide hearing system (optional); wireless Internet card; fuel surcharge ($37.50 per night, per person).
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-$275 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).