Summary : Encounter a plethora of flora and fauna in one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Come unimaginably close to an impressive array of creatures – many of them endemic – including the giant tortoise, waved albatross, and colorful land iguanas. After a day of snorkeling and sunbathing with sea lions, return to the unrivaled comforts of a luxury expedition ship on this adventure of a lifetime.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Arrive in Quito and transfer to your hotel. Spend 2 nights in Quito. Enjoy an evening tour of Quito's historic city highlights.
Transfer from your hotel to the Quito airport for your flight to the Galapagos. Embark the vessel, settle in, and meet your Expedition Team.
PLEASE NOTE: The Silver Galapagos will be replaced by the Silver Origin around the summer of 2020. Guests booked on the Silver Galapagos will be switched to the Silver Origin once it starts sailing.
Listed below is a sample of the islands you may visit during your expedition, and the types of activities you may experience.
Zodiacs bring guests ashore to ascend a boardwalk of 388 steps for an incredible view. Passing through the arid volcanic landscape provides a chance to watch for lava lizards, Galapagos Hawks, and Blue-footed Boobies.
Punta Suárez lies at the western point of Española, the oldest island in the Galapagos. Sheer cliffs provide superb thermals for seabirds and you may spot Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies and Blue-footed Boobies on the breeze.
Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island is a spectacular sight. Hundreds of marine iguanas rest on the black rock of recent lava flows absorbing heat from the stone and defending their territories against one another. Galapagos sea lions and their pups also take shelter here, resting on the beach and playing in the shallow tide pools sprinkled along the coast.
Sail into Darwin Bay, an ancient volcanic crater now flooded by the sea. Zodiacs land on a picturesque sandy beach where Galapagos sea lions often rest on the fine, white sand. Explorations along the shore may reveal marine iguanas looking like prehistoric dinosaurs in miniature.
Punta Vicente Roca is on the northwest side of Isabela Island. Set out to explore via Zodiac beneath the imposing volcanic coastline. The cliffs support endemic Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos fur seals, Blue-footed Boobies, and marine iguanas. The waters below hold scores of Eastern Pacific green sea turtles swimming all around the Zodiacs.
North Seymour Island:
After a short climb, visitors arrive on the island’s flat plateau where a number of sea lions nurse pups and Frigatebirds nest. The island is dry, and so the predominant tree is the prickly pear cactus favored by the yellow Conolophus land iguanas that live here in number.
Rabida has received accolades for being one of the most exotic spots on earth and while it is small in size, the island is dramatic in scale. Rugged red cliffs rise from the sea and Zodiacs land onto a beach of dark red sand colored by iron ore. Ghost crabs and Galapagos sea lion pups often rest on the russet sands.
Santa Cruz Island:
Silver Galapagos will anchor in front of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, where the prestigious Charles Darwin Research Station is located. The station also houses the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center for giant tortoises and land iguanas where guides interpret the center’s captive breeding and reintroduction programs.
This island is home to a variety of wildlife including nesting green sea turtles, and plentiful birds such as flamingos, White-cheeked Pintails, Yellow Warblers, Galapagos Hawks, Whimbrels, and American Oystercatchers. Zodiacs will land you at the center of the white-sand beach to join a trail that passes by a seasonal lagoon hosting a variety of bird life.
Disembark the vessel and transfer to the airport for your return flight 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.
Round-trip economy air between Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands; two pre-cruise hotel nights with breakfast in Quito, one post-cruise hotel day room in Guayaquil (for guests with flights after 10 p.m.); transfer from hotel to Quito airport, transfers between the Galapagos airport and ship; transfers between Guayaquil airport and hotel day room; evening tour of Quito's historic city highlights; Galapagos National Park Fee; Galapagos Transit Card; shipboard accommodations; kayaking, snorkeling; Wi-Fi onboard ship; gear on loan onboard ship (snorkeling gear, wetsuits, binoculars); gear to keep (backpack, water bottle); one voyage highlights DVD per cabin; all meals onboard ship; butler service onboard ship; most beverages onboard ship; gratuities (except Spa) onboard ship. Subject to change without notice.
International airfare; government taxes; travel insurance; laundry or valet services, purchases from the ship boutiques or any item or service of a personal nature; premium alcohol; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos ©: Creative Services at Silversea Cruises, Ralph Lee Hopkins (turtle), Daniela Plaza, Richard Sidey