Summary : Discover Ecuador's world-renowned Galapagos archipelago from the comfort of a newly built trimaran and see firsthand the region that inspired Charles Darwin's scientific discoveries. Bask in the sunshine on magnificent white sand beaches, navigate coves by kayak, spot Sally Lightfoot crabs and blue-footed boobies, snorkel with sea lions, marvel at the Galapagos giant tortoise, trek otherworldly landscapes, and learn about the dynamic natural history of the region. 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, lush vegetation, and unique volcanic rock formations.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling
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$3,410 to $3,581
Arrive at the airport in the morning and meet your transfer to the ship. Embark and enjoy a welcome cocktail and briefing about safety, the vessel, and the itinerary for the days to come.
Visit Lobos Island this afternoon—aptly named after the many sea lions that reside here, resting and playing along the rocky shores. It is also home to a variety of birds such as pelicans, frigate birds and their nests, and yellow warblers. Clear waters make it easy to find sea turtles, sea lions, stingrays, and perhaps even white-tipped sharks.
Arriving at Pitt Point feels almost like landing on another planet. You can see how volcanic activity formed this extraterrestrial landscape over time. A hike to the top of the island rewards with amazing views of the surrounding waters. Watch for blue-footed booby nests on the ground and red-footed boobies nesting in the trees. On a panga ride, your guide and crew will show you amazing rock formations formed by the passing of time and erosion of the sea. Arrive at a beautiful white sand beach to spend some time swimming (perhaps with playful sea lions) or basking in the sun.
Española is the only nesting site in the Galapagos Islands where the waved albatross nests. They return just once a year to meet the same mate, and spend the rest of the year at sea. Galapagos Hawks can also be seen. Unique geological formations and a blow hole on the other side of the island can be seen on a hike.
In the morning visit Bachas Beach where beautiful green and blue waters contrast with black lava shores. Various shore birds fly above in search of food. On shore you'll find sand dunes and a salt water lagoon with greater pink flamingos.
In the afternoon, you will have time to gather your belongings and say goodbye to crew and fellow guests before disembarking the vessel. You'll then transfer to the Baltra airport for 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.
Shipboard accommodations; champagne reception; shore activities and excursions; Galapagos National Park certified guide; kayaking; stand up paddleboarding; snorkeling; gear on loan (snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, kayaks, stand up paddleboards); welcome gift (may contain fruit, chocolate, wine); all meals onboard the ship; soft drinks and juices on board. Subject to change without notice.
Round-trip international airfare; airfare to/from the Galapagos Islands; hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee; Galapagos Transit Control Card; passport expenses; alcoholic 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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