Tours

Galapagos Islands

$4,195.00

Description

5 days/8 nights – Departs on Mondays

The legendary Galápagos Islands are Ecuador’s marquee attraction, accessible only via direct flights from two mainland cities. This vast archipelago of volcanic origin is home to abundant wildlife on land, in the air and underwater — all carefully protected to showcase “time capsule” ecosystems, just as they were thousands of years ago! Giant tortoises, playful seals, blue-footed birds, turtles, penguins, flamingoes and iguanas are just some of the memorable highlights. Whether on an all-inclusive cruise, island hopping, or from the comfort of a hotel, visitors can enjoy magical experiences on any budget at their leisure. Retread the steps of Charles Darwin on his Beagle voyages, this time with digital photography and succulent lobster in all the restaurants.

Note: this trip can easily be combined with a land tour.

Custom itineraries/departures are available upon request.

Price

$4,195 per person (double occ)/ $3,665 single room supplement
Based on standard cabin category minimum 2 guests

Package Includes

  • Accommodations and meals indicated above
  • Tours as indicated above
  • All park entry fees
  • Airport meet and greet + transfers
  • Domestic flight to/from Galapagos to Quito

Package Excludes

  • International flights
  • Tipping/ gratuities
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above
  • Laundry, telephone, fax, internet
  • Travel insurance (recommended)

Additional information

Day 1

Monday Fly from Quito to Batra Island

Arrive Batra Island and transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II, where you receive a welcome introductory briefing, boat drill and lunch.
Visit Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island). This beautiful visitor site is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, a glorious white beach with a couple of brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. Welcome cocktail, and dinner. On board the Santa Cruz (L,D)

Day 2

Tuesday Puerto Egas

After breakfast, we explore the coastline along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, learning about the area’s distant and recent history. The cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. Enjoy fantastic natural formations such as the “Elephant Rock”, “The Bishop” and an impressive natural cave. This is a great site for snorkeling or panga ride. On board the Santa Cruz (B,L,D)

Disembark on to Puerto Egas (Santiago Island). Enjoy a swim or snorkel amid a rocky shoreline, usually in the company of marine turtles. From here, we head off for a nature walk. This is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds amid the landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and we can also observe a colony of fur-sea lions. On board the Santa Cruz (B,L,D)

Day 3

Wednesday Rabida Island & Bartolome Island

Experience Rábida Island’s red-colored beach, caused by the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. Our walk brings us close to a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches.

Very close to the beach, a salt pond hosts migrating greater flamingos at certain times of the year. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners as well as for experienced snorkelers, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. Non-snorkelers will enjoy a ride on the glass bottom boat or a panga ride. During navigation to our next island, dolphins are sometimes spotted!

Bartolomé Island

Activities begin with a wet landing on the golden beach of this famous island, dominated by the imposing Pinnacle Rock. Take part in snorkeling and swimming off the glittering coastline, or ride the glass bottomed boat to view the marine life below. After returning to the ship, we then split into two groups: the first lands for a hike to the summit of this diminutive island that boasts fantastic views of the archipelago. This is a moderately steep climb aided by a wooden staircase, resting platforms and handrails – the view from the top is worth the effort! The second takes to the pangas to explore the rugged and volcanic shoreline. The groups then swap over. On board the Santa Cruz (B,L,D)

Day 4

Thursday Price Phillip’s Steps & Darwin Bay
Prince Philip Steps

The morning starts with a steep climb (90 feet) up some stairs to reach a flat rocky plateau. Along our walk, we can observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red footed boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels. Those not wishing to disembark can enjoy a longer panga ride along the cliffs (depending on weather conditions).

Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)

In the afternoon, we land at this beautiful beach to enjoy some swimming and/or snorkeling. Following our dip, we take an easy stroll to observe hundreds of birds, mainly frigate birds, red-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, herons, finches, and mockingbirds.
On board the Santa Cruz (B,L,D)

Day 5

Friday Puerto Baquerizo Moreno & Depart

After breakfast, there’s optional departure to see the breeding program of giant tortoises at Cerro Colorado. Here, we learn about this endangered species and its promising recovery. Following the visit, we return to town and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland. (B)

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