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 (under 12 years) 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
Begin your adventure with a visit to Santa Cruz, the second largest island of the Archipelago. Explore Dragon Hill named so for the inhabitants that nest here, the large land iguanas. On your hike to the top of the hill, you’ll pass a saltwater lagoon, where you may see flamingos and pintail ducks.
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, venture to Santa Cruz Island and observe the changing vegetation zones on the ride to El Chato Reserve, one of the best places in the archipelago to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around, eating grass and leaves and wallowing in the small pools that are common in the reserve. You may also spot some highland birds, like cattle egrets, mockingbirds, finches or flycatchers. There are several lava tunnels in the reserve, a great place to spot the barn owl. There is also a small lagoon covered in red algae where gallinules and Galápagos pintails can be found.
This morning, explore Punta Pitt, on the eastern end of San Cristobal Island. The otherworldly geography of collapsed volcanic cones provides the perfect nesting site for a variety of birds, including several frigate and booby species. Only here can you see all three booby species together: blue-footed, red-footed and masked. Flying overhead might be pelicans, herons and gulls, while down below may be sea lions sunning themselves, while breathtaking views surround you. Venture to the highlands and within a small crater, you'll discover the beautiful fresh water lagoon of El Junco. You might spot birds bathing in the fresh waters of the lagoon, surrounded by the lush vegetation of giant ferns.
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. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the mainland.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Cabin accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; all shore activities and excursions; guide and lecture services. Plus, for Renaissance Balcony and Majestic Balcony Suites only, guests receive the following services: Butler service, 24-hour assistance; room service (until 10 pm); bottle of champagne in suite upon arrival; assistance for unpacking luggage (upon request); luxurious bathrobes, linens, and towels; soft beverages from the mini bar; afternoon canapés served at your suite; fresh fruit and local handmade chocolates in your suite; selections of a variety of pillows; environmentally-friendly beach bag; cloth drying and shoe shine service throughout the cruise; personalized stationary; special guidance in the islands; exclusive cruise documents and online check-in process; complimentary daily international newspaper of choice (subject to availability).
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; Service Package: $322 per adult, $247 per child under 12 (covers gratuities, select beverages, and 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-$550 per adult; $250-$325 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).