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
$3,245 to $3,650
Arrive on San Cristobal Island in the morning. Meet a representative at the airport who will help you transfer to the yacht. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and briefing before lunch.
In the afternoon you will be able to enjoy a dinghy ride and snorkel trip around Kicker Rock, also known as the Sleeping Lion. Discover remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea and two vertical rocks rising 500 feet above the ocean which forms a small channel that is navigable by small boats. This is a favorite site for cruises for its many tropical birds, including frigates and boobies.
The morning starts on Espanola Island, the southernmost island of the Galapagos. Here you will find the breeding site of nearly all of the Waved Albatrosses in the world. Espanola is densely populated with mockingbirds, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, Darwin finches, Galapagos doves, hawks, red and green marine iguanas, and colonies of sea lions. Hike to Suarez Point where you will have a chance to see blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. Behold the tremendous blowhole spurting water high into the air.
The afternoon will hold a visit to the spectacular Gardner Bay or Osborn Islet. After landing, walk across a pristine white sand beach with an active sea lion colony or dive into the water and swim with playful sea lion pups.
Start your morning on Floreana Island at Cormorant Point, where you will discover a surreal, green-tinted beach, colored from olivine crystals. Hike further to Flour Beach, named after the fine, soft powdery texture of the sand. Enjoy time spent with flamingos and other sea birds. Or you will have the opportunity to swim in Champion Islet, one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos Islands.
Later, visit the famous Post Office Bay, where 18th century whalers once placed a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mailbox. The customer continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don't forget to pack your postcards, and don't be surprised if the car arrives to its destination before you even get home! Or you will have a chance to go to Baroness View Point, which offers spectacular views of the coastline and is a great place to learn more about the endemic mangroves.
Start your last morning at the Charles Darwin Station Breeding Center, home to turtles from 4-inch new hatchlings to 4-foot gargantuan specimens.
After the Charles Darwin Station, head to Baltra airport where you will catch your flight back to mainland Ecuador.
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.
Cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; shore activities and excursions; soft drinks (plastic bottled sodas excluded) and juices on board; champagne reception; Galapagos National Park certified guide; gear on loan (kayaks, snorkeling equipment, and wetsuits). Subject to change without notice.
Hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee; Galapagos Transit Card; international airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; alcoholic beverages; gratuities to ship staff, crew, and naturalists are left to the discretion of the passenger; travel insurance; passport expenses; plastic bottled sodas; 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; $300-$450 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).