Summary : Discover the Galapagos archipelago aboard a modern catamaran with active options like kayaking and snorkeling. The Galapagos National Park offers non-stop wildlife viewing in a breathtaking natural environment with white sand beaches, diverse landscapes shaped by volcanoes, and gorgeous turquoise waters. Blue-footed boobies, giant tortoises, marine iguanas, sea turtles, and many more fascinating, fearless animals call this archipelago home. From snorkeling with sea lions, to identifying pelicans and blue-footed boobies with a naturalist guide, this active expedition is filled with memorable moments for every traveler.
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
$4,375 to $5,008
Arrive on Baltra 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.
Sail to Bachas Beach on the north shore of Santa Cruz in the afternoon, a great destination for swimming where you can spot flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest off the beach.
Home of the famous Pinnacle Rock, Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black, and even green volcanic formations. A trail of stairs leads to the summit of the volcano, boasting one of the best views of the island. Snorkel here and look forward to a possible Galapagos penguin sighting!
Travel onward to Sullivan Bay on the southeast of Santiago Island. Covered by Pahoehoe lava flows hardened in an accordion-like formation, this is a fascinating geological site and a fantastic place to swim with sea lions.
In the morning you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava an is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red lands iguanas.
The afternoon will bring a trip to Santa Fe Island, home to a small picturesque bay and two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint at the top of a cliff, and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest.
Start your day at Cerro Brujo, where you will have the chance to walk on white powdery sand among an abundance of animals – from sea turtles, sea lions, shore birds, and finches, to Nazca and blue-footed boobies.
In the afternoon, sail to Pitt Point, situated on the northeastern tip of the island. After an easy hike, you will be rewarded with a unique treat – a visit to the only nesting site which hosts all three species of Galapagos boobies. Photographers will be thrilled with this intimate natural experience.
Spend your last morning on Lobos Island with the sea lions for which this island was named. See blue-footed boobies, great frigatebirds, brown pelicans, lava gulls, and yellow warblers. Enjoy one last snorkel in clear water and maybe even swim with a sea lion.
In the afternoon you will disembark and meet your transfer to the airport, where you will fly 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; use of snorkeling gear, wetsuits, and kayaks. 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. Subject to change without notice.
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).