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 fearless wildlife—from Galapagos giant tortoises to playful sea lions to the fascinating blue-footed booby. Snorkel among sea lions, hike the home of giant tortoises, and roam pristine beaches on this trip 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, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins
$1,768 to $3,630
Arriving to Baltra Island, passengers are greeted at the airport by guides and transferred by bus to the pier to embark the Galapagos Legend.
Each voyage is unique. Listed below is a sample of the islands you may visit during your expedition:
Hike to a summit with impressive views of the eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock. Enjoy time relaxing on the beach or snorkeling. View Galapagos penguins, sea turtles, and a great variety of colorful fish.
North Seymour Island:
You’ll find a major nesting colony of blue-footed boobies here. North Seymour also has the largest colony of the magnificent frigatebird. Enjoy a chance to snorkel from the dinghy.
San Cristóbal Island:
You may visit Pitt Point and Islet and opt for a high-intensity hike on rocky terrain on a path that skirts the beach and climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff. Or, you may visit Cerro Brujo, an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations, and a beautiful white sandy beach. Many species of migratory birds can be found there including black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, other sandpiper species, and white-cheeked pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal, and the adjacent coast. You might also visit the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs or the Interpretation Center at the Museum of Natural History.
Santa Cruz Island:
Explore Bachas Beach, one of the main nesting sites for sea turtles. Watch for turtles swimming in calm waters, peeking their heads above the surface while fish, rays, and small sharks circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat. Sea birds, including pelicans, herons, and egrets all feed in the cove. There is a chance you could see flamingos, too! Visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz to observe giant tortoises, lava tubes, and the wet zone Scalesia forest. Spend time at the Charles Darwin Research Station where you can observe giant tortoises that are part of a reproduction program.
Explore Santiago Island's Sullivan Bay covered by lava flows and interesting geological features formed during the last quarter of the 19th century. Egas Port is a black volcanic sand beach visited by Charles Darwin in 1835. The unique, striking, layered terrain of Santiago’s shore is home to a variety of animals including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron and marine wildlife including lobsters, starfish, and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally lightfoot crabs. It is easy to see colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water volcanic rock pools.
South Plaza Island:
There are two Plaza Islets (north and south) located east of Santa Cruz Island. On the northern part of the Islet, visitors begin the journey along an impressive cactus forest were colorful yellow and red land iguanas live. During the dry season they survive on the fruits and flowers of the opuntia cacti. A peculiar thing to see on South Plaza is the hybrid iguana (sea and land). When reaching the highest point, tropicbirds can be seen. During the dry season (June – January) the usually greenish and yellowish vegetation changes color creating a bright red landscape (Sesuvium edmonstonei plant).
After a morning excursion, disembark and transfer to the airport for return flights 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.
Please Note: This trip makes up part of a longer trip. Therefore you may have passengers who have already been on board when you embark, and others that may be staying on board after you disembark.
Shuttle Service: Included to the airport from the following hotels only
Quito - Patio Andaluz, Swissotel, Quito, Mercure, JW Marriot, Dann Carlton
Guayaquil - Palace, Grand Hotel, Oro Verde, Hilton Colon
Glass Bottom Boat:
Stay dry while experiencing the magic of the Galapagos sub-marine environment. In the company of a naturalist guide you will be taken to the best vantage points for a glimpse into the watery world below.
Gaze underwater while paddling in a transparent kayak or paddle in a regular kayak. Each kayak seats two people. All necessary kayak and safety equipment is provided and all kayaking activities are in the company of a naturalist guide.
Snorkeling will be offered once or twice per day in the best snorkeling spots of the archipelago. A naturalist guide will always be present and dinghies will remain close at hand for convenience and safety.
Shuttle service, transfers, and dinghy rides to/from Galapagos ports are included from select Quito and Guayaquil hotels to the airport when airfare is booked and pre-paid through ExpeditionTrips; shipboard accommodations; baggage handling; glass bottom boat excursions, snorkeling, shore activities and excursions; guide and lecture services; all meals onboard ship; welcome and farewell cocktail; BBQ; 24-hour coffee/tea station. Inclusions subject to change without notice.
Air ticket between mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) and the Galapagos Islands; accommodation before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil unless specified above; dinghy rides to/from the ship in Galapagos unless specified above; Galapagos National Park entrance fee; Galapagos Transit Card; items of a personal nature such as laundry, medical services, consumption from the mini-bar located in suites, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages except those mentioned as included; gratuities to ship staff left to passenger's discretion; traveler’s insurance; wet suit rental; kayak rental; Internet; taxes for items/activities onboard; $50 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): $500-$700 per adult; $350-$450 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).