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
$4,440 to $5,100
After arriving at Baltra Airport, be greeted by your cruise representative and then transfer to and board the Passion 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.
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.
NOTE: This trip is part of a longer 8-day trip option. Therefore you may have passengers who will remain on the trip after you disembark.
Continue 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. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
This ship travels together with the Mary Anne to most locations.
This trip is part of a longer 8-day trip. Therefore you may have passengers who will remain on the trip after you disembark.
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; 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).