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.
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
$3,606 to $7,371
Arrive in San Cristobal and transfer to the port to board the Legend. Keep an eye out for the distinctive, inflated red throat of the frigate bird. Learn about the history of the islands at the Interpretation Center. Enjoy the landscape from a scenic view point and listen for mockingbirds.
Explore Española Island today! Visit Gardner Bay, where you may spot Galapagos hawks, American oyster catchers, Galapagos doves, hood mockingbirds, 3 species of Darwin finches, yellow warblers, lava lizards, and marine iguanas. Travel to Suarez Point, where you will explore volcanic formations and see riveting wildlife. Suarez Point is a very important site for sea lion colonies and bird watching. A major highlight is their mating season, from May through December.
Continue the famous tradition of placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel at Post Office Bay. Also, observe the mocking bird of the Galapagos, some species of Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and lava lizards. Visit Cormorant Point, which features endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, Galapagos daisies, white sand black mangrove, and holy stick.
Visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz where you can observe giant tortoises, lava tubes, and the wet zone scalesia forest. In the afternoon, spend time at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Observe the giant tortoises that are part of the reproduction program.
Discover Daphne's volcanic tuff cone, formed by successive explosions produced by the mixture of lava and water. Observe Darwin’s finches, blue-footed boobies, nazca Boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, swallow-tailed gulls, and brown noddies.
Trek through the highlands of Santa Cruz, observe the famous giant tortoises in their natural habitat, walk inside surprising lava tubes; also visit Pit Craters created from the collapse of surface materials into chamber fissures underground.
Today, visit Egas Port on Santiago Island. Most of the landscape is comprised of layers of rocks and lava flows. Observe great blue herons, striated herons, yellow-crowned night herons. The salt mines are an important historic spot because of salt exploitation. Continue to Bartolome for a hike to the summit with impressive views of the eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock. Enjoy time relaxing on the beach, snorkeling and viewing Galapagos penguins, sea turtles, among a great variety of colorful fish schools.
Walk up a trail that leads to Dragon Hill where you can enjoy lovely views of the bay. Also, this is a nesting site for reintroduced land iguanas. Later, visit North Seymour Island, which has a major nesting colony of blue-footed boobies, and has the largest colony of the magnificent frigate bird.
Explore Bachas Beach, one of the main nesting sites for sea turtles. Watch for turtles swimming in calm waters peaking 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! Afterwards, depart for Baltra 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.
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
Cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; welcome and farewell cocktail; BBQ; 24-hour coffee/tea station; shore activities and excursions; snorkeling; guide and lecture services; baggage handling, transfers, and dinghy rides to/from Galapagos ports when air tickets are pre-paid through ExpeditionTrips. 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; 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 is left to the discretion of the passenger; traveler’s insurance; wet suit rental; kayak rental; Internet; taxes for items/activities onboard; 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).