Summary : Discover Ecuador's world-renowned Galapagos archipelago from the comfort of a modern catamaran. See firsthand the abundant, approachable wildlife that inspired Charles Darwin's scientific discoveries. Bask in the sunshine on magnificent white sand beaches with slumbering sea lions; snorkel with Galapagos penguins, manta rays, and schools of colorful fish; trek over ancient volcanic rock through lush vegetation to picturesque viewpoints; and learn about the natural history of the region and current conservation efforts at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Dedicated Solo Cabins
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2019 Departures: Complimentary hotel/transfer package
$3,410 to $4,020
Arrive at the airport and meet your transfer to the boat. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and a briefing about the boat and the Galapagos Islands.
You will start your journey at the San Cristobal's Interpretation Center, where you can experience a series of interactive exhibits providing information about the history and biodiversity of the Galapagos.
Later, you will have a chance to meet giant tortoises and learn more about the Galapagos National Park's breeding program at La Galapaguera.
Start your morning at Gardner Bay on Española Island. Walk among sea lions on an expansive, pristine, white sand beach. Enjoy an opportunity to snorkel, hike, kayak, or see wildlife up close on a dinghy boat ride.
Next, explore Osborn Islet. After landing, you can walk across a lovely white sand beach among a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. This small island is a marine visit where you can enjoy fantastic snorkeling and swimming.
Later, sail onward to Suarez Point. This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. A beautiful site on the ocean front, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. Get your cameras ready for the magnificent blowhole here, which spurts water high into the air. Wildlife highlights may include hood mockingbirds, Nazca boobies, lava lizards, and Galapagos hawks.
Start your day on Floreana Island at Cormorant Point. This site hosts a large flamingo lagoon where you may also see white-cheeked pintails and common stilts.
Devil's Crown is your next destination – one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos. Enjoy swimming in this eroded volcanic crater featuring a coral reef teeming with manta rays and tropical fish.
Later in the day, pay a visit to Post Office Bay, where whalers used to send mail in the 18th century. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in a barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.
Enjoy a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station on the morning of your last day in the Galapagos. Visit giant tortoises ranging in size from 3 inches to 4 feet.
Meet your transfer to the airport and 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.
Hotel/transfer package: 1 hotel night pre- or post-cruise and private round-trip airport/hotel transfer (optional; 2019 departures only); shipboard accommodations; champagne reception; shore activities and excursions; Galapagos National Park certified guide; kayaking; snorkeling; gear on loan (snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, kayaks); welcome gift of fruit, chocolate, wine; all meals onboard the ship; soft drinks (excluding plastic bottled sodas) and juices on board. Subject to change without notice.
Round-trip international airfare; airfare to/from the Galapagos Islands; hotel nights before/after cruise unless otherwise mentioned; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee; Galapagos Transit Control Card; travel insurance; passport expenses; alcoholic beverages; plastic bottled beverages; personal expenses; gratuities to ship staff, crew, and naturalists are left to the discretion of the passenger; 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; $350-$450 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).
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