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
$3,606 to $5,345
Arrive Baltra Airport and begin the 8-day Galapagos adventure. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz. Observe the giant tortoises that are part of the reproduction program.
Visit Cormorant Point, which features endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, Galapagos daisies, white sand black mangrove, and holy stick. Continue the famous tradition of placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel at Post Office Bay. Also, observe the mocking bird of the Galapagos, some species of Darwin’s finches, yellow Warblers, and lava lizards.
Explore Española Island today! Visit Gardner Bay, where you may spot Galapagos hawks, American oyster catchers, Galapagos doves, hood mockingbirds, 3 species of Darwin finches, yellow Warblers, lava lizards, and marine iguanas. Travel to Suarez Point, which is very important site for sea lion colonies and bird watching. A major highlight is their mating season, from May through December.
Discover the island's eroded tuff cone formation, spot bluefooted boobies, and red billed tropicbirds.
Explore Ballena Bay for swimming, marine iguanas, sea birds and nesting sea turtles; or Eden Islet for marine wildlife.
Thanks to its location at one of the richest marine ecosystems on Earth (Bolivar Channel between Isabela and Fernandina Island), Punta Vicente Roca offers really good opportunities to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds as well as a wide variety of marine life.
Observe the biggest marine iguanas mingling with sally-light foot crabs, as well as, flightless cormorants' nesting sites at Espinoza Point.
Visit the volcanic ash beach and coral area at Urbina Bay. Explore the uplifted coral reef that resulted from the 1954 volcanic activity, with a spectacular view of Alcedo Volcano. After the walk, enjoy time for snorkeling.
Learn about the eruption of five volcanoes that formed this island on a visit to Tagus Cove. Admire a variety of seabirds, such as blue-footed boobies, brown noddy, terns, flightless cormorant, and a large number of Galapagos penguins (seasonal).
Visit Egas Port on Santiago Island. Most of the landscape is comprised of layers of rocks and lava flows. Observe great blue herons, yellow-crowned night herons, fur seals and Sally Lightfoot Crabs.
In the afternoon, explore Santiago Island's Sullivan Bay covered by lava flows and interesting geological features formed during the last quarter of the 19th century.
Explore the Santa Cruz highlands and visit a private reserve, El Chato, where giant tortoises are found in their natural habitat. The road to the reserve is one of the best places to observe land birds. Tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers and Cattle Egrets inhabit the area.
Cruise to Baltra and disembark for transfer to the airport and return flights to the mainland.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes. Read this itinerary as a guide only, as the exact route and the wildlife you encounter may vary.
This trip may require a change of ship during the cruise, as it is a longer trip combining two shorter trips. Therefore you may have passengers who have already been on board when you embark, other passengers that may embark/disembark part-way through the trip, and still others that may be staying on board after you disembark.
Shuttle Service: Included to the airport from the following hotels only
Quito - Patio Andaluz, Swissotel, Quito, Mercure, JW Marriot, Dann Carlton
Guayaquil - Palace, Grand Hotel, Oro Verde, Hilton Colon
Shuttle service to the airport from select Quito and Guayaquil hotels when air is booked through vendor; cabin accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; welcome and farewell cocktail; 24-hour coffee/tea station; shore activities and excursions; snorkeling; guide and lecture services. Subject to change without notice.
Any airfare; accommodation before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil unless specified above; Galapagos National Park entrance fee; Galapagos Transit Card; items of a personal nature such as laundry, medical services, consumption from the mini-bar located in suites, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages except those mentioned as included; gratuities to ship staff is left to the discretion of the passenger; traveler’s insurance; wet suit rental; kayak rental; Internet; taxes for items/activities onboard; fuel surcharge.
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).