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, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Arrive in Baltra and transfer to the pier to board the Legend. Continue to Mosquera Islet to encounter white sandy beaches, a large colony of sea lions, and enjoy stunning snorkeling.
Arrive at South Plaza Island with its unique forest of cacti. Observe land and marine iguanas, sea lions, blue-footed boobies and many other sea birds. Later on at Sante Fe Island, there are opportunities to see a number of endemic species including Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, rice rats, a variety of finches and one of the four species of Galapagos mockingbirds.
See a rocky reef called Pitt Point on San Cristóbal Island. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together: nazca, blue-footed, and red-footed; as well as two species of frigate birds, and a sea lion colony. The view is impressive when you walk up to the high part of the island. Continue to Witch Hill “Cerro Brujo,” which is an eroding tuff cone which forms cliffs where seabirds are often seen nesting. It looks over a beautiful white sand beach where you can spot sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas.
Today, explore the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve. It has been built to improve the status of the population of the island tortoises, Geochelone chatamensis in an environment with conditions similar to their natural state; it is one of the few places where you can see Calandrinia galapagosa, a plant endemic to San Cristobal in danger of extinction. Keep an eye out for the distinctive, inflated red throat of the frigate bird. Learn about the history of the islands at the Interpretation Center.
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, where you will explore volcanic formations and see riveting wildlife. Suarez Point is a very important site for sea lion colonies and bird watching. A major highlight is their mating season, from May through December.
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. Visit Cormorant Point, which features endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, Galapagos daisies, white sand black mangrove, and holy stick.
Visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz where you can observe giant tortoises, lava tubes, and the wet zone scalesia forest. In the afternoon, spend time at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Observe the giant tortoises that are part of the reproduction program.
Discover Daphne's volcanic tuff cone, formed by successive explosions produced by the mixture of lava and water. Observe Darwin’s finches, blue-footed boobies, nazca Boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, swallow-tailed gulls, and brown noddies. After seeing Daphne, depart for Baltra Airport for 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 makes up part of a longer trip. Therefore you may have passengers who have already been on board when you embark, and 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
Cabin accommodations and meals aboard ship; welcome and farewell cocktail; BBQ; 24-hour coffee/tea station; shore activities and excursions; snorkeling; guide and lecture services; baggage handling, transfers, and dinghy rides to/from Galapagos ports when air tickets are pre-paid through ExpeditionTrips. Subject to change without notice.
Air ticket from Quito/Guayaquil to Galapagos ($475 per adult, $335 per child under 12); 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).