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 booby. Families, couples, and solo travelers alike will love the comfort and intimacy of this Galapagos catamaran experience. The 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
$3,849 to $4,289
Upon arrival, guides will meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor. A motorized raft called a panga will transport you to the vessel and the crew will welcome you aboard. After lunch, your first island visit will be made.
The San Cristobal Interpretation Center’s lush gardens and sweeping ocean views are a strong contrast to the 1960’s-style buildings at the Charles Darwin Center. Visitors can learn about the geological and human history of the islands, conservation issues, and natural history.
Observe Galapagos giant tortoises in their natural habitat at the San Cristobal Galapaguera Natural. You'll also see the famous magnificent frigatebirds here. Enjoy a hike and explore the island, keeping an eye out for more wildlife.
Later in the day, experience the north coast of San Cristobal at Cerro Brujo, a beautiful beach of white coral where you can swim, snorkel, bird watch, and enjoy the company of playful sea lions. In the vicinity of the beach you can see seabirds such as blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigatebirds, and shore birds.
In the morning visit Gardner Bay, located on the northeastern coast of Española. Gardner Bay provides an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here you can also see sharks in the crystal-clear ocean waters.
Later in the day explore Punta Suarez, where the rocky land sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea affording the visitor spectacular views of soaring birds and a blow hole spouting water 50 to 75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf.
Cormorant Point, situated between two tuff lava cones, offers one of the largest flamingo lagoons in the Galapagos. Here you can also observe various species of shore birds besides flamingos. The most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks, and other migratory birds. Discover two distinct beaches here: “The Green Beach” (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the “Flour Sand Beach” which is made up of coral.
Post Office Bay is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed there in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since this time by mariners and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. This site was the landing area for some of the islands' first colonists. Continue to the north of the island and ascend to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful vista at the Baroness Lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa Von Wagner loved this place and spent countless hours watching the horizon. The ruins of her home are within walking distance of the lookout, where you can take in a sweeping view of the coastline from Enderby Islet to Post Office Bay, encompassing Cerro Pajas, the flamingo lagoon, and a wide forest of Palo Santo.
Visit the Charles Darwin Station in the morning. Although the great majority of visitors come here to observe and appreciate the natural wonders of the Galapagos, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. Some of the main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Straelen Exhibition Hall, the breeding and rearing center for young tortoises, and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.
After the morning excursion, transfer to the airport for your return flight 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.
Transfers in the Galapagos; shipboard accommodations; all shore activities and excursions as per itinerary with English-speaking naturalist guide; gear on loan (snorkeling and kayaking equipment); water, coffee and tea; all meals onboard the ship. Subject to change without notice.
International airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee; Galapagos Transit Card; wetsuit rental; items of a personal nature; alcoholic beverages and soft drinks; passport expenses; traveler's insurance; extras and gratuities; 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; $350-$450 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).