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
FREE night at Casa Gangotena
$3,050 to $3,450
After arriving at Baltra Airport, be greeted by your cruise representative and then board private transportation with your fellow passengers that will take you to Santa Cruz highlands for your first visit on the islands.
Visit one of the ranches of the area where it is possible to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. As these animals migrate from the coastal area to the highlands and back, the chosen ranch will depend on the presence of the tortoises since they roam free and change locations. This is also a good place to see the Galapagos Hawk and barn owl of this island and the surrounding forests are filled of birds such as the Vermilion Flycatcher or the Yellow Warbler. Enjoy lunch at the ranch and then head back to Puerto Ayora for a visit to the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center. Here, you will see tortoises from different islands in semi?natural enclosures. The enclosures are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be "repatriated"), and adults.
Visit 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.
In the afternoon, land on Santa Fe's white beach where sea lions are usually resting. Look 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.
Spend the day in fantastic Española, starting with 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 great place to observe great quantities of marine life.
Later, head to Punta Suarez. The trail is about 2 miles long and the walk takes about 2 hours. A geyser near the trail sprays water some 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 even 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-December), Española Mockingbird, and Española Lava Lizard.
After breakfast, board transport to the Baltra airport, making a short stop to visit the lava tunnels found in the highlands. These intriguing tunnels were formed by a lava flow that hardened on the outside while still maintaining its molten state on the inside, leaving hollow tunnels where it passed. Walk inside one of the tunnels (artificially illuminated to help visitors) to have a close look at the formations.
After your visit to the lava tunnel, continue on 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 trip is part of a longer 8-day trip option. Therefore you may have passengers who will remain on the trip after you disembark.
One night hotel at Casa Gangotena in Quito; transfer by private group van from Baltra Airport to ship; cabin accommodations aboard ship; meals aboard ship; tea, coffee and natural juices; VIP/Master Suites include open bar and use of the VIP lounge at the Baltra airport (departure date only); visits to the islands with certified guide; snorkeling gear (wetsuit, mask, snorkel, and fins); kayaking. Subject to change without notice.
International airfare; hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; items of a personal nature such as laundry, massage; alcoholic and bottled beverages except if mentioned as included; gratuities to ship staff is left to the discretion of the passenger; traveler’s 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).