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. Families, couples, and solo travelers alike will love the comfort and intimacy of the Galapagos catamaran experience. This dynamic itinerary is designed for the young or the young at heart, catering to the high-end adventurer who wants to explore in comfort.
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
$3,599 to $4,129
Upon arrival at San Cristobal, guides will meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you on the short bus ride to the harbor. Motorized rafts, called 'pangas' will transport you to the vessel and crew will welcome you on board. After lunch, the first island visit will be made.
In the morning, visit the Interpretation Center’s lush gardens and sweeping ocean views which are a strong contrast to the 1960’s style buildings at the Charles Darwin Center. Visitors to the Interpretation Center can learn about both the geological and human history of the islands, conservation issues, and natural history. The Museum of Natural History attempts to preserve the natural history of the islands.
Observe Galapagos giant tortoises in their natural habitat at the San Cristobal Galapaguera Natural. You'll also see the famous magnificent frigatebirds here. Enjoy a hike and explore the island, keeping an eye out for more wildlife.
Later in the day, experience the north coast of San Cristobal at Cerro Brujo, a beautiful beach of white coral where you can swim, snorkel, bird watch, and enjoy the company of playful sea lions. In the vicinity of the beach you can see seabirds such as Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, herons, frigate birds and shore birds.
In the morning visit Gardner Bay. Located on the northeastern coast of Española, Gardner Bay provides an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here you can also see sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters.
Later in the day explore Punta Suarez, where the rocky land sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea affording the visitor spectacular views of soaring birds, and the blow hole which spouts water up 50-75 feet into the air, according to the intensity of the surf.
Cormorant Point offers one of the best flamingo lagoons in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. It’s situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos. The most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks, and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: “The Green Beach” (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral.
Post Office Bay is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed there in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since this time by mariners and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Apart from being the Post Office Barrel, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. Continue to the north of the island and will ascend to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful vista at the Baroness lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa Von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as her house. From this lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay. Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and the wide forest of Palo Santo are also in view.
In the morning, visit the Charles Darwin Station. Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. Some of the main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises, and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity. After the morning excursions, transfer to the airport for return flight to the mainland.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
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).
Cabin accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; water, coffee and tea; all shore activities and excursions; English-speaking guide; snorkeling gear; transfers in the Galapagos Islands. Subject to change without notice.
International airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee, $100 adults, $50 children under 12, subject to change without notice; Galapagos Transit Card ($20 per person, subject to change); wetsuit rental; items of a personal nature; alcoholic beverages and soft drinks; passport expenses; traveler's insurance; gratuities to ship staff and crew are left to the discretion of the passenger; fuel surcharge may apply.