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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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.
In the afternoon, visit Bartolome Island, known for its remnants of volcanic cones and distinct terrain such as Pinnacle Rock. A hike will lead you up to a lookout point to see all of Sullivan Bay. You might be able to see lava lizards and various sea birds flying above.
Each voyage is unique. Listed below is a sample of the locations you may visit during your expedition:
Rabida Island: This island is quite different from others as it has a very distinct and red fine gravel beach due to iron content. Snorkeling can be done here with spectacular sights of tropical fish. Visitors like to walk along the beach taking in the sights and visiting the black lagoon with pink flamingos.
Santiago Island: James Bay is home to Galapagos hawks and lava lizards, and the trails lead to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools full of creatures. Fur seals (different from the common sea lion) can also be seen here.
Genovesa Island: Linger on the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay before you head up a half-mile trail that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can all be spotted here. Further down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view off a cliff. Also known as El Barranco, Prince Phillip's Steps' steep, rocky path, will lead you up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view awaits at the top. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.
Mosquera Islet: Located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour, Mosquera Islet features a coral reef—the result of a volcanic uprising. Just 175 yards across at its narrowest width, it has a large population of sea lions and is home to many shorebirds. On occasion, orcas can be seen hunting off the shoreline.
Santa Cruz Highlands: The highlands are located in the northern part of Santa Cruz and can reach elevations up to 4,921 feet. This area is rich with hills, ferns, volcanoes, and wildlife—a great contrast to the lava hardened beaches and rocky areas of other islands—and home to giant tortoises, mockingbirds, finches and many other species.
North Seymour Island: Explore the rocky coast of North Seymour passing colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. The island was formed by submarine lava expelled from the ocean floor, carrying with it layers of sediment agitated by tectonic activity. The island is mostly characterized by its arid vegetation.
After a morning excursion, 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 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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