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.
Today, explore Bahia Gardner (Gardner Bay), where you can snorkel, walk and relax on the beach that is among the most magnificent in all Galápagos. You may also visit the spectacular Gardner Rock by panga (Zodiac), which is home to white-tipped reef shark, cactus finch and other colorful sea dwellers.
Later in the day, visit Punta Suarez, one of the most spectacular sites in the islands. Look for sea lions, marine iguanas, and further in land, masked and blue-footed boobies. And, you may hike a trail towards the cliffs to a blowhole, a fissure in the lava cliffs where seawater jets high in the air.
Visit Bahía Ballena in the morning, and wander a beach with olivina crystals and pottery remains from the year 1846. In the afternoon, visit Rabida Island, a small island covered by dry and coastal vegetation with a central volcano. This island contains the largest variety of lava types and a salt-water lagoon provides occasional sights of Flamingos. Sea lions, fur seals, penguins, pelicans, and Galapagos Hawks may be seen here. The island offers great snorkeling, and there's also a short walk to the top of the trail where you can take fabulous photos of the clear waters and volcanic peaks.
This morning, visit Santa Cruz, the second largest island of the Archipelago. Visit Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the research activities conducted on the island. 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. In the afternoon, explore South Plaza Island in search of sea lion colonies, magnificent frigate bird, and swallow-tailed gull.
Disembark at Baltra Island for return flights 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).