- Silver Galapagos
- Luxury Expedition Ship
- 100 Capacity
- 8 Days
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Summary : Encounter a plethora of flora and fauna in one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Come unimaginably close to an impressive array of creatures – many of them endemic – including the giant tortoise, waved albatross, and colorful land iguanas. After a day of snorkeling and sunbathing with sea lions, return to the unrivalled comforts of a luxury expedition ship on this adventure of a lifetime.
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, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling
$5,450 to $10,550
Embark the vessel after a flight from mainland Ecuador and set sail for Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz Island. Named for the land iguanas that are now prevalent here, enjoy a hike culminating with a majestic view of the bay. Keep an eye out for Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers and flamingos in the lagoon below.
Home to over 200,000 Galapagos storm petrels, frigates, masked boobies and short –eared owls, Genovesa Island also supports the largest red-footed booby colony of the islands at Bahia Darwin. Watch for yellow-crowned night herons perching in the rocks, white-cheeked pintail ducks occupying the lagoon and lava gulls incubating their eggs.
Cruise to El Barrnaco (aka Bird Island) and observe the wild interactions of red bills and frigates. Climb a hillside stairway named after the Duke of Edinburgh while looking for red, masked and blue-footed boobies as well as the short-eared owl.
Discover a spectacular profusion of wildlife above and below the sea. Follow the trail through large colonies of seabirds, and observe large and plentiful land iguanas. Witness the dramatic courtship of the magnificent frigate bird with his huge inflated red throat pouch or perhaps look on as he snatches food from another bird.
Giant tortoises roam freely around the lagoon in the lush, green highlands of El Chato Reserve. Explore impressive lava tunnels before heading back to the comforts of the vessel at the end of the day.
Punta Pitt affords the chance to see all three boobies – masked, red and blue-footed. It is also home to the great and magnificent frigate bird. In the afternoon travel to El Junco Lagoon, the only freshwater lake in the archipelago and is actually a rain-filled crater. White-cheeked pintails and common gallinules are often seen here, as well as frigate birds washing the salt from their feathers.
Learn about the natural and cultural history of the islands at the state-of-the-art Interpretation Center. Later enjoy a stroll along the town’s wharf with its quaint shops and restaurants. An easy walk from town, Frigatebird Hill offers magnificent vistas of white beaches on one side, the roofs of Puerto Baquerizo on the other, and a chance to glimpse both species of frigate birds. Cool off with some snorkeling or swimming at the beach afterwards.
Swim with the sea lions at Gardner Bay’s gorgeous beach or snorkel with large schools of colorful tropical fish and perhaps the occasional eagle ray.
Later in the day, visit Punta Suarez, a highlight of the Galapagos as it is the only nesting area in the world for the waved albatross. It also boasts the most diverse wildlife of all of the islands. Look on as marine iguanas lie motionless like sentinels upon the rocks while young sea lions surf the waves.
Visit the Fausto Llerena breeding center and observe tortoises from the different islands in one location. Explore, Puerto Ayora, the largest town in the Galapagos with a wide range of shops and cafes.
In the afternoon, cruise along the sea cliffs of Plaza Sur, home to one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the islands as well as a colony of sea lions. Take in the dramatic cliffs as you look for swallow-tailed gulls, frigates, shearwaters, masked and blue-footed boobies.
Disembark the vessel on Baltra Island and 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 service; butler service; gratuities aboard ship; kayaking; glass-bottom boat rides; snorkel gear and wetsuits; complimentary beverages aboard ship (including select sparkling wines, wines, spirits, soda, water and coffee); courtesy binoculars and raincoats on loan.
Hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil and luggage handling; Galapagos National Park entrance fee $100 per person ($50 per child under 12), subject to change without notice; Galapagos Transit Card ($10 per person); international airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; fuel surcharge may apply; government taxes; laundry or valet services, purchases from the ship boutiques or any item or service of a personal nature; Internet (Wi-Fi); premium sparkling wines and spirits; 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): $450-$600 per adult; $250-$325 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).