Summary : The Galapagos Islands live in the spirits and minds of those who love nature like nowhere else on Earth. Explore the wonders of the Galapagos Islands, where tortoises of dramatic proportions, superb birdlife and a unique undersea world abound amongst a sublime landscape of deserts, beaches, lush forests and volcanoes. Join an extraordinary journey aboard an intimate small ship voyage with great naturalist guides, ensuring an educational and fun adventure.
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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Fly independently to Guayaquil, Ecuador, and transfer to the Hotel Oro Verde.
Fly to Galapagos and board the Evolution. After a safety briefing, enjoy a circumnavigation of Daphne Major, a paradise for sea birds such as magnificent frigatebird.
Zodiacs take you on a dramatic ride into the heart of a sunken volcano at Punta Vicente Roca. Take to the water, where you might swim and snorkel among sea turtles, penguins and possibly even sea horses. Explore the lava fields of Punta Espinosa, located on Fernandina, the youngest and most volcanically active island in the Galapagos. Here you spot flightless cormorants and marine iguanas. Whale watch from the Evolution’s open-air decks as you cross the Bolivar Channel.
Hike along the uplifted section of sea floor in Urvina Bay at the base of the Alcedo Volcano. Your naturalists point out the tortoises, colorful land iguanas and other wildlife that feed on the vegetation. Board Zodiacs for an excursion to Tagus Cove, where you look for penguins, flightless cormorants, and pelicans along the cliffs before a chance to snorkel and swim.
Visit Bartolomé Island, hiking to the top of a dormant volcano for a dramatic panorama, including famed Pinnacle Rock. The island is dotted with craters, cinder cones, lava flows, spatter cones and broken lava tunnels which run down from the summit. Your Zodiac drivers will take “non-hikers” for a ride around the cliffs, observing a stunning volcanic landscape and Galapagos penguins. Swim and snorkel with sea lions and maybe even speedy penguins. This afternoon, hike across the pahoehoe lava of Sullivan Bay, seeing some of the hearty flora colonizing the landscapes. Stroll along the coralline beach spotting black and white oystercatchers.
Walk along the white sands of Bachas Beach looking for Sally Lightfoot crabs, black necked stilts and whimbrels. Snorkel in the calm waters where sea turtles nest. Named for the area’s large land iguanas, Dragon Hill is an important nesting site for iguanas reintroduced by the Charles Darwin Research Center. Walk to a lagoon where you may find flamingos, common stilts and pintail ducks.
Begin at the Charles Darwin Research Station, famous for its tortoise breeding programs. See baby tortoises and learn about vital work being done to study and preserve Galapagos wildlife. Head into the forested highlands, with ample opportunity to see and photograph giant tortoises in their verdant natural habitat.
As the southernmost island in the archipelago, Española’s relative isolation has resulted in not only an abundance of unusual wildlife, but species and subspecies that are endemic to the island, such as Española mockingbird, Española racer snake, Española lava lizard, waved albatross and brightly colored marine iguanas. Enjoy a Zodiac ride before wading ashore to Punta Suarez through a sea lion colony. Walk along the cliffs looking for waved albatrosses, Galapagos hawks, Hood mockingbirds and the red-colored marine iguana en route to Española’s blowhole, where waves spout 90 feet into the air. After a relaxing lunch, swim, snorkel and kayak in the waters off Gardner Bay, or simply bring along your book or a camera and relax on the white sands.
End your Galapagos Islands cruise by returning to San Cristóbal to visit the Interpretation Center, opened by the park in 1998. Fly to Guayaquil, with time to relax at the Hotel Oro Verde.
Board independent flights home.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
1 night hotel pre-voyage and 1 night hotel post-voyage as indicated in itinerary; cabin accommodations aboard ship; meals aboard ship and some on land; bottled water and snacks; English-speaking guides; educational program including lectures; snorkeling gear and wetsuits; kayaks; arrival and departure transfers when taking the group flight. Subject to change without notice.
International airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; Galapagos National Park entrance fee; Galapagos Transit Card; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry, etc.; passport and visa expenses; travel insurance; gratuities to ship staff and crew are left to the discretion of the passenger; fuel surcharge may apply.
We are happy to add hotels, air and land arrangements as requested, and you will be quoted for services.
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).