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
$3,050 to $3,535
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.
NOTE: You are joining the second half of a longer 8-day trip, so you will share the ship with passengers who may have already been onboard for a few days.
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 enclosures 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 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. 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 option. Therefore you may have passengers who have already been on board a few days before you embarked.
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).