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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, Snorkeling
$3,630 to $4,035
Arrive at Baltra Airport. The US army occupied Baltra Island island during World War II and built the first landing strip for jets, which is presently used for daily flights to and from the islands. Continue to Santa Cruz Island to visit Cerro Dragon, where a small lagoon behind the beach, often frequented by flamingoes can be seen.
Santa Fe is a smaller island of 24 square kilometers. The visitor site on Santa Fe is located on the northeast end of the island. Highlights include Santa Fe land iguanas, pelican nesting site, sea lion colony, mockingbird, and Palo Santo trees.
Plazas consists of two very small islands that were uplifted from the sea, separated by a channel. Only South Plazas has a visitor site. The highlights include tall Opuntia cactus, land and marine iguanas, rocky cliff that looks out towards open ocean which is also a nesting site for red-billed tropic birds and gulls, and a seal lion bachelor colony.
San Cristóbal is the easternmost island of Galapagos and also one of the oldest. Visit Witch Hill (Cerro Brujo), a volcanic cone that looks over a beautiful white sandy beach, which has plenty of sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, waders and marine iguanas. Continue to Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), to see the remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, and the two vertical rocks rising 500 feet from the ocean form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. Later, arrive Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, to visit either El Junco or Cerro Tijereta depending on conditions, followed by a visit to the Nature Interpretation Center. El Junco is a freshwater lagoon at 700 meters, with great views and ferns, miconias, pintails and gallinules. Cerro Tijereta has a frigate bird colony.
Española is the oldest of the Southern Islands and is the southernmost in the archipelago. Because of its remote location a unique range of endemic species evolved here. Today, explore Gardner Bay, Islote Garnder and Islote Osborn, and Punta Suarez.
Located on the northeast of the island, Gardner Bay has a long and beautiful white sand beach inhabited by sea lion colonies. Islote Garnder and Islote Osborn offer snorkeling sites where visitors will see an abundance of tropical fish, reef sharks, and turtles. The wildlife at Punta Suarez is plentiful and varied. Along the cliff, visitors can enjoy the blowhole where seawater is forced about 20 meters into the air. The highlights are the waved albatross (April-Dec) that are only found on Hood, Galapagos hawks, blue-footed boobies, Ñasca boobies, and Española lava lizards.
Santa Cruz is the second largest island and the most populated of all islands. In Puerto Ayora, enjoy a stroll through town and shop at one of the many tourist shops. Visit the Charles Darwin Station, a research facility and National Park Information Center. The Charles Darwin Station has a giant tortoise and land iguana breeding program and interpretation center. Later, explore the Highlands of Santa Cruz, where Galapagos giant tortoises can be seen in the wild in the highlands of Santa Cruz.
Sombrero Chino is a small volcanic island just off the southeast tip of Santiago. The name of the island describes the shape of the island. Fauna here includes sea lions, marine iguanas and the Galapagos penguin. Continue to Santiago Island (James), located between Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands. Santiago Island offers a wide variety of seabirds, marine iguanas and fur seals. See a site of great geological interest at Sullivan Bay. The one-hundred-year-old lava flow field, pahoehoe formations, and lava bubbles are highlights to see.
Genovesa is an eroded flat volcanic island, with a natural harbor, which is actually the submerged caldera of this volcanic island. See Darwin Bay, where steep cliffs of this area dominate the island. This area is home to thousands of frigate birds, red-footed boobies, noddy terns, lava gulls, tropicbirds, doves, storm petrels and Darwin's finches. At El Barranco, there is a good possibility of seeing the unique "short-eared owl.” During the dinghy rides along the cliffs, fur seals and several species of seabirds can be spotted.
Turtle Cove is a red mangrove lagoon on Santa Cruz and a perfect example of how mangroves alter the marine environment to create a rich and unique habitat. Return to Baltra Island for flights ot the mainland.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Ship Dry Dock Dates: Aug 23 - Sept 6, 2013; Sept 26 - Oct 17, 2014
Cabin accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; all shore activities and excursions; guide and lecture services; transfers and baggage handling between island airport and ship; fuel surcharge (subject to change).
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; drinks aboard ship; gratuities are left to the discretion of the passenger; traveler’s insurance; wetsuits ($30 per person / week (for snorkeling use only); snorkeling gear ($10 per person / week (must be paid directly on board and in cash only).
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-$400 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).