Summary : 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--from Galapagos giant tortoises to playful sea lions to the fascinating blue-footed boobies.
Each voyage aboard WildAid's Passion donates to Galapagos conservation.
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, Triple/Quad Cabins
$6,580 to $7,850
After arriving at Baltra Airport, be greeted by your cruise representative and then transfer to the Passion and board in time for lunch. After lunch, navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Pelicans and herons roost on the branches, while marine dwellers such as green sea turtles or golden rays may cruise right next to the panga as it makes its way through the mangroves.
Travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay, a unique site lined with red mangroves and soft-haired prickly pear cacti where red-footed boobies and great frigatebirds perch.
In the afternoon at El Barranco, take a hike to see where frigatebirds, masked boobies, and red-footed boobies nest. Seek out the impressive red-billed tropicbird amidst Galapagos storm petrels.
Land at Bartolome to climb up the wooden steps and reach the summit of this spatter cone for a most breath-taking panorama of the island’s well photographed Pinnacle Rock and views of neighboring Santiago and many other central islands in the distance.
Later, observe an the island that derives its name from being shaped like a Chinese hat. Lava formations can be seen on the western side of the island, formed under the sea and raised upward and for this reason it is possible to observe coral heads on the lava. Be amazed by the landscapes covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins.
Land onto Rabida’s deep-red beaches to explore the red island’s fascinating interior and saltwater lagoon. Darwin’s finches, Galapagos mockingbirds and yellow warblers feed off the vegetation. Given the right time of the year, you may see brown pelicans nesting on salt bushes that fringe the beach.
Head across to Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz’s northwest shore to visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, black-necked stilts and white-cheeked pintails. Further inland find a fantastic land iguana nesting site.
NOTE: This trip is a longer trip composed of a shorter trip option. Therefore you may have passengers who may embark/disembark today.
Spend this day visiting Santa Cruz Island´s most famous highlights. Land at the dock in Puerto Ayora and then board transportation and head to the island’s highlands.
Visit one of the ranches of the area where it is possible to see giant tortoises. This is also a good place to see the Galapagos hawk and barn owl and the surrounding forests are filled of birds such as the vermilion flycatcher or the yellow warbler.
Later enjoy lunch at the ranch to then head back to Puerto Ayora for more time at the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center.
You will see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi-natural enclosures for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the visitors. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be "repatriated"), and adults.
Land on one of the oldest docks of the archipelago, colorful Plaza Sur is home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium and coppery-orange land iguanas. Impressive seaward cliffs are excellent for a variety of coastal birds. This is also a great place to observe the adult and pup sea lions swimming along the shores.
Land on Santa Fe onto a white beach where sea lions are usually resting, and keep an eye out for the endemic species of land iguana, larger and yellower than land iguanas on other islands. The largest prickly pear cacti in the Galapagos are also found here.
In the morning, head to Punta Suarez. The trail is about 4 km (2 miles) long and the walk takes about 2 hours. A geyser near the trail sprays water some 25 m (75 feet) into the air. This is one of the most popular landing sites in Galapagos.
The highlights include: sea lions near the landing place, sometimes to be seen body-surfing in the large breakers; large marine iguanas, with red-colored males in the breeding season; oystercatchers; blue-footed and Nazca boobies; Galapagos hawk; Galapagos dove; swallow- tailed gull; red billed tropicbirds in flight; and three species endemic to Española – waved albatross (present only from April to December), Española mockingbird, and Española lava lizard.
Later you'll visit Gardner Bay, an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the intrepid Española mockingbird.
Close to Española there is a good spot for snorkeling called Gardner Islet. While snorkeling, there is a good chance playful sea lions will join you. Get ready for more snorkeling at Osborn Islet, a wonderful place to observe great quantities of marine life.
After breakfast, disembark in Puerto Ayora to transfer to Baltra Airport, doing a short stop on the way to visit the Twin Craters found in the highlands. These huge holes were probably created in a volcanic explosion or by magma chambers underneath the island's surface.
After you visit, make your way to the Baltra airport for your flight 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.
This ship travels together with the Mary Anne to most locations.
This trip is a longer trip composed of a shorter trip option. Therefore you may have passengers who may embark/disembark on Day 5 of the trip.
One night hotel at Casa Gangotena in Quito; cabin accommodations aboard ship; meals aboard ship; tea, coffee and natural juices aboard ship; use of snorkeling gear (wetsuit, mask, snorkel, fins); kayaking. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; items of a personal nature such as laundry; alcoholic and bottled beverages; gratuities to ship staff is left to the discretion of the passenger; travel insurance; travel health insurance (required to enter Ecuador); fuel surcharge may apply.
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).