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
$2,529 to $3,099
Upon arrival at Baltra, 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.
North Seymour is an uplifted (as opposed to volcanic) island and so is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found body surfing.
The visitor site of El Barranco is located in the southern part of Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island. The trail is on volcanic rock that has a length of about one mile and the tour can be done in about two hours. The youngest area of the island, from a geological point of view, lies in this area. See two species of petrels that nest in cavities and holes in the lava. The red-footed booby nests only in the outer islands of the archipelago: Punta Pitt, Gardner (Floreana), Wolf, Darwin and Genovesa. Also present on this island is the masked booby. Fur sea lions and several species of seabirds can be seen during the panga rides along the cliffs.
Darwin Bay formed when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. Make a wet landing on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers: red footed-boobies, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, yellow-crowned and black-crowned lava herons, and yellow warblers can be seen in the area. Continuing on the trail, climb gradually to the edge of the cliff to see red-footed boobies nesting in the mangrove trees below. Reaching the end of the trail at the cliff's edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.
Plazas is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than their relatives found at other islands. Throughout the island are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana; they are unique, recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana's crest, but the face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of tuna, their favorite food.
Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, Santa Fe Island was formed from an uplift, which is why it’s mostly flat. There are theories which suggest this could be the oldest island in the Archipelago. Santa Fe is home to a number of endemic species, including the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats, and a species of land iguana, one of two in the Galapagos. After disembarking to the beautiful and clear waters, you will observe one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail, many salt bushes can be seen, as well as giant prickly pear cactus. There are great possibilities for snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fishes.
In the morning, visit the Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center, named after a famous settler and located in Cerro Colorado. The breeding center was established in 2004 to care for young tortoises and now assists in a reproduction program on the island. After the morning excursion, transfer to the airport for return flight to the mainland.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Galapagos transfers; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; water, coffee and tea; shore activities and excursions; English-speaking guide; gear on loan (snorkeling gear). Subject to change without notice.
International airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee, USD $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.
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): $500-$700 per adult; $300-$450 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).