Galapagos Cruise – Coral I & II (Southern)

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Coral I & II

Travel to southern Galapagos islands of San Cristóbal, Española, Floreana, and Santa Cruz on a cruise designed for families and explorers of all ages. Multilingual naturalist guides provide exceptional learning opportunities by leading shore excursions twice a day, and delivering talks about geology, history, evolution, flora and fauna of the islands are provided in several languages. The charming Coral I & II boast elegant sea-view cabins and suites, ample outer decks with jacuzzi and pool, and a fine selection of meals from buffet breakfast and gourmet dinners to evening barbecues.

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Itinerary

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San Cristóbal Island

Arrive in the Galápagos where your guides will shuttle you to the pier to board the Coral I & II.

Before boarding, guests visit the interpretation center in San Cristóbal. Learn about the nature and history of the islands, including the Galápagos’ volcanic origins, native species, and colonization. Guests also have the opportunity to hike the Tijeretas Hill. This one-hour high-intensity hike offers beautiful views of the island and ends with a large frigate bird colony including, if lucky, the San Cristóbal mockingbird.

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San Cristóbal Island

This morning, visit Cerro Brujo (Witch Hill), a lava formation surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches. Snorkel, sunbathe, or explore the nearby lagoon, which is home to many migratory birds including black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, sandpipers, and white-cheeked pintails. Cerro Brujo also offers gorgeous views of Kicker Rock, an islet off the southern coast of San Cristóbal.

This afternoon, embark on a hike along olivine mineral beaches leading to a steep climb to the top of a volcanic tuff, taking in several magnificent viewpoints. See three of the Galápagos’ rare booby species and two types of frigate birds plus a sea lion colony. Guests can also opt to explore the area on a dinghy ride, kayak, or snorkel the crystalline waters as a wide range of seabirds fly overhead.

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Española Island

Today, step onto one of the most unique and oldest islands in the Galápagos, Española Island. Due to its isolation from the rest of the islands, wildlife and plants are some of the most unique in the region. Hike to the nesting grounds of the Española mockingbird, Nazca boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, Galápagos dove, Galápagos hawk, swallow-tailed gulls, and see the world’s largest colony of waved albatrosses. The mating season, April to December, provides an unequivocal experience for bird enthusiasts. Other unique inhabitants include turquoise marine iguanas, lava lizards, and colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs. Admire the the infamous “Soplador,” a naturally occurring blowhole made from waves rushing into the volcanic sea caves. Water can shoot up to 23 m. (75 ft.) into the air.

Gardner Bay is a beautiful white coral sandy beach guarded by a colony of sea Lions. Here, there are no trails. Explore the shores, spotting Española Island’s many birds, including three species of Darwin finches, the cacti finch, small ground finch, and the warbler finch. Swim and snorkel among king angelfish, creole fish, damsel fish, and parrot fish.

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Floreana Island

Hike through black mangrove beds to a lagoon where the largest flamingo population in the Galápagos lives. Explore the white sand beaches to arrive at one of the most important nesting sites for green sea turtles. Floreana Island features exotic plants only found here, such as Scalesia villosa, white and black mangrove, Galápagos Milkwort, and holy stick. Swim or snorkel among amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions, even white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins can sometimes be observed as well.

On the north side of Floreana drop an unstamped postcard into the centuries-old post office. A wooden barrel, installed by Captain James Colnett in 1793, served as an informal post office for sailors passing through. Today, visitors place unstamped postcards inside the barrel hoping another traveler, going to the letter’s destination, will deliver it. This side of the island also boasts Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, lava lizards and fantastic snorkeling opportunities amongst green sea turtles and groups of playful sea lions.

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Santa Cruz Island / Departure

Set off into the mountains of the Galápagos for the Highlands Tortoise Reserve. Admire tree and ground finches, vermilion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets along the way. The road winds through the varied landscape of the island, from the coast through the agricultural zone up to the dense humid forests. Giant Galápagos tortoises are often seen wandering through pastures on the way. This is a birdwatcher’s haven. Nearly every land bird of the Galápagos lives or migrates here.

Following the visit, guests return to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control, as well as to readjustment of National Park policies and regulations.

Galapagos Cruise – Coral I & II (Western)

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Coral I & II

Travel to the Galapagos western islands of Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, and Santiago on cruises designed for families and explorers of all ages with naturalist guides providing exceptional learning opportunities. Multilingual naturalist guides provide exceptional learning opportunities by leading shore excursions twice a day, and delivering talks about geology, history, evolution, flora and fauna of the islands are provided in several languages. The charming Coral I & II boast elegant sea-view cabins and suites, ample outer decks with jacuzzi and pool, and a fine selection of meals from buffet breakfast and gourmet dinners to evening barbecues.

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Itinerary

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Baltra Airport / Santa Cruz Island

Arrive in the Galápagos at Baltra Island from Quito or Guayaquil where you’ll be picked up by your guides and shuttled to the pier where you’ll board your ship.

By afternoon, set off into the mountains of the Galápagos for the Highlands Tortoise Reserve. Admire tree and ground finches, vermilion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets along the way. The road winds through the varied landscape of the island, from the coast through the agricultural zone up to the dense humid forests. Giant Galápagos tortoises are often seen wandering through pastures on the way. This is a birdwatcher’s haven. Nearly every land bird of the Galápagos lives or migrates here.

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Isabela Island /Fernandina Island

Start the morning at Vicente Roca Point, a high peak of land made from the remains of a volcanic tuff cone, on Galápagos’ largest island. Two protected turquoise coves surround the point. Snorkel through the Bolivar Channel, one of the richest marine ecosystems on Earth. Spot red-lipped batfish, seahorses, frogfish, nudibranchs, octopus, and the “Mola mola” or ocean sunfish as well as dolphin pods, sea lions, schools of tuna. Take a dinghy ride along the coast where a great diversity of seabirds like noddies, brown pelicans, Galápagos penguins, flightless cormorants, Nazca and blue-footed boobies often feed, especially during the cooler months between May and December. Whales can also make an appearance during this time.

By the afternoon, explore Espinosa Point across the Bolivar Channel. Here, the largest, most primitive-looking marine iguanas mingle with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. With the exception of mangroves, Fernandina Island’s terrain is otherworldly with its vast volcanic landscape and scarce vegetation. It provides the best opportunity to view flightless cormorants in their nesting sites, as well as Galápagos penguins, the only penguin species in the world to live in the tropics, and the Galápagos’ “King of Predators,” the Galápagos Hawk.

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Isabela Island

Wake up to the island’s volcanic black beaches where giant tortoises, land iguanas, and cormorants have begun their day. Swim and snorkel with sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of flowers blossoming with fantastic colors attracting different insects, birds, and reptiles. Explore the island’s uplifted coral reef, the result of seismic activity in 1954. Take in the exquisite views of Alcedo Volcano.

This afternoon, continue exploring Isabela Island. Learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that created it. Hike to Darwin Lake, a saltwater crater lake with excellent views of lava fields. Then, take a dinghy ride along the shore filled with marine wildlife. The greatest population of Galápagos penguins lives on this side of Isabela Island. Graffiti believed to have been left by 19th-century pirates is also an intriguing highlight.

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Santiago Island

Darwin visited Egas Port in 1835. This black volcanic sand beach offers trails formed by volcanic ash and basaltic rock. The striking layered terrain of Santiago Island’s shore is home to a variety of animals, including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron, Sally Lightfoot crabs, marine iguanas, and colonies of fur seals playfully swimming through volcanic rock pools.

Spend a relaxing afternoon on the southeastern portion of Santiago Island. Extensive reddish and yellow-colored volcanic cones cover the landscape of the island. Mollugo plants, with their yellow and orange leaves often sprout from the center of these volcanic fissures. Walk along the solidified lava beds. Look for evidence of tree molds and other large plants that once lived there.

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Santa Cruz Island / Departure

Spend the morning on the northside of Santa Cruz Island where two flamingo ponds sit just inland from the beaches. This beach is also one of the main sea turtle nesting sites in the Galápagos. Iguanas sunbathe while Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls fly overhead. Search for native plants like red and black mangroves. Snorkel along the reef where remains of barges that sank ages ago when the United States Navy operated a base on Baltra Island during World War II. This beach is so named “Bachas” due to the local people’s term for these sunken barges.

Afterward, guests return to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Cormorant

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Cormorant

Set off for the central and eastern Galápagos islands on the 16-guest Cormorant, a luxury catamaran with kayaking and snorkeling. Offering modern interiors, jacuzzi, sun deck, and elegant staterooms with private balcony, enjoy a high quality, competitively priced Galápagos cruise for the savvy adventurer. This is an excellent cruise to combine with a land program for a more comprehensive Galapagos adventure.

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Itinerary

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Baltra Island Airport / Santa Cruz Island

Depart from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island. Arrive in the Galápagos where your guides will shuttle you to the yacht. Settle into your cabin before lunch and a welcome briefing.

By afternoon, swim along Bachas Beach on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. See a historical floating dock from World War II, as well as flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, black-necked stilts, whimbrels, and sea turtles.

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Bartholome Island / Santiago Island

This morning, visit the infamous Pinnacle Rock on Bartholomew Island. The terrain here is almost entirely covered by colorful red, orange, black, even green volcanic formations. Hike to the summit of an extinct volcano to enjoy one of the best views of the islands. Explore a beautiful beach, surrounded by the island’s only lush vegetation. Snorkel the crystal waters and keep an eye out for Galápagos penguins.

This afternoon, trek to the southeast where Sullivan Bay, covered by Pahoehoe lava flows, offers extraordinary photo opportunities. The lava here has hardened into accordion-like shapes. Small glass-like bubbles of lava, called “hornitos,” can be found throughout this area, as well as imprints of vegetation burned into the rock during volcanic eruptions. Wear thick-soled shoes as the lava is very hot in the sun. Cool off with a swim, or snorkel with the playful sea lions that live on the shores.

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South Plazas Island / Santa Fe Island

South Plaza Island is a small island with steep cliffs formed by rising lava. It is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The Sesuvium plant also flourishes on this island. During the rainy season it’s greenish-yellow and in the dry season (end of June through January) it’s bright red.

Santa Fe Island, formed by a volcanic uplift, has a picturesque bay on the northeast coast where you can hike to a scenic viewpoint atop the cliffs or see a tall prickly pear cactus forest. Swim or snorkel the quiet waters of the bay accompanied by friendly sea lions.

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San Cristóbal Island

Explore Witch Hill, or Cerro Brujo, in the morning. With powdered, soft, white sand, this is one of the nicest beaches in the Galápagos. This area is bustling with life, from blue-footed boobies, egrets, and great blue herons to the turquoise waters teeming with marine life. Hike the many trails or dive in to see for yourself.

By the afternoon, enjoy an easy hike to Pitt Point. Located on the northeastern-most tip, herein lies the only nesting site for all three species of Galápagos boobies. The volcanic tuff formations create a stunning visual landscape to explore and photograph in this wondrous place like nowhere on earth.

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San Cristóbal Island / Departure

This morning visit Lobos Island, a rocky bay just a short walk to Puerto Baquerizo. Exquisitely colored plants cover the island. The beach is home to a large colony of Galápagos sea lions as well as many varieties of shore birds and marine iguanas.

After this final visit, return to to San Cristóbal’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Integrity

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Integrity

Experience the very best of the Galápagos Islands aboard a luxury yacht, the 16-passenger Integrity. Retrace Charles Darwin’s route of 1835 on 8-day cruises to the western islands, including Floreana, Isabela, and Fernandina Islands. Superb naturalists explain the history of these islands while pointing out unique wildlife at every turn. Dine on exquisite traditional cuisine, relax on the sun deck or in the jacuzzi, and nestle into your spacious stateroom. With its state-of-the-art stabilizers and engine vibration control system, the Integrity carries you through Darwin’s islands more smoothly than any other yacht.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Baltra Island / Santa Cruz Island

Before boarding, jump right into the Galápagos. Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz Island where the infamous giant tortoises rove in their natural habitat. See them up close as these endangered species laze in lush vegetation. Step into a forest of native daisy trees as vermilion flycatchers with their scarlet feathers flit against an emerald green backdrop. Darwin’s finches, particularly the woodpecker finch, also reside here.

At the Charles Darwin Research Station and Galápagos National Park headquarters, learn about the conservation and research efforts taking place on the islands. Several subspecies of adult tortoises, their hatchlings, and iguanas are nurtured here, helping them build their numbers.

Board the Integrity just in time for dinner. Set sail as you sit down to a gourmet meal made especially from local ingredients while the staff and crew welcome you.

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Floreana Island

This morning, find yourself on the green, olivine sand beaches of Floreana Island next to a large lagoon filled with flamingos and other water birds. Take a short hike to Flour Beach where sea turtles nest and small rays frolic in the surf. Snorkel at Champion Island with curious, playful sea lions. Try to catch a glimpse of the rare Floreana mockingbird.

Next, stop at the wooden barrel at Post Office Bay that has served as a mariner’s “post office” since the 18th Century. Leave a postcard, or take a postcard to continue the “postmaster” tradition. Afterward, head into the highlands to visit a collection of tortoises and learn about the island’s ghostly human history at Wittmer Caves. End the day with a walk along Black Beach followed by an onboard barbecue as the sun sets.

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Isabela Island

Today’s adventure begins on Isabela Island at Punta Moreno. Walk along volcanic terrain, over lava flows, past numerous prickly pear cacti. The area is dotted with numerous oases of brackish lagoons containing a wide variety of wildlife, including flamingos, paint-billed crakes, white-cheeked pintails, and common gallinules.

By the afternoon, float through the narrow channels of Elizabeth Bay aboard a comfortable skiff. Pass mangrove lagoons filled with rays, flightless cormorants, penguins, pelicans, and lava herons. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and the many exotic fish so close to touch.

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Isabela Island / Fernandina Island

Urbina Bay on Isabela Island is a visually stunning landscape. In 1954, volcanic activity caused a six-kilometer stretch of coral reef to shift upwards of five meters in a matter of hours. Walk along the skeletal coral garden, now home to lizards and mockingbirds. Large, colorful land iguanas also reside here. During certain times of year, encounter Alcedo tortoises that have come down from the highlands to nest in the warm sands of the bay.

The peninsula of Punta Espinosa on Fernandina Island is one of the most pristine of the Galápagos. Upon landing, an abundance of marine iguanas and brightly colored Sally Lightfoot crabs litter the sands like drops of paint. Walk out onto the lava flow where, along the sandy shore, you can see flightless cormorants, pelicans, and numerous lounging sea lions.

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Isabela Island

Along the western coast of Isabela Island, the largest island in the archipelago, sits to Tagus Cove. Named for a British warship that moored here in 1814, the cove was used as an anchorage for pirates and whalers. You can still find the names of these ships carved into the rocks. A short, steep hike takes you to Darwin Lake, set within a tuff cone filled with salt water. The cove is an excellent place to view tree finches, Galápagos hawks, yellow warblers, large-billed flycatchers and sometimes the woodpecker finch.

At Punta Vincente Roca, the large cave and caldera wall are impressive geological formations that provide a beautiful backdrop for blue-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, storm petrels, and brown noddy terns. It also forms a calm gathering area for sea turtles, making it a desirable snorkeling spot. See many species of colorful fish, penguins, sea lions, sea anemones, jellyfish, and other sea life.

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Santiago Island

This morning, choose one of the trails to explore Puerto Egas. One meanders along the coast to where the shy Galápagos fur seals swim amongst the crags and swimming inlets. Spy American oystercatchers, marine iguanas and more sea lions. The other trail leads inland to a lagoon at the Salt Mine Volcano where flamingos and other birds can be found.

Afterward, sink your toes into the red sands of Espumilla Beach, a sea turtle nesting site. Hike inland to a small lagoon where many land birds fly overhead, including Galápagos hawks. Snorkel or kayak Buccaneer Cove, home to sea lions, fur seals, sea turtles, rays, and sharks, and amazing underwater geologic formations.

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Santa Cruz Island / North Seymour Island

Enjoy a quiet and peaceful morning at Bachas Beach, an exquisite white sand beach. Two small lagoons just over the dunes often host flamingos. “Bachas” is so named due to the remains of a barge that ran aground decades ago, leaving just a few rusty spines still visible today.

In Caleta Tortuga Negra take a silent skiff ride to where sea turtles feed and mate, and where three species of shark, spotted rays, egrets, and lava herons live.

Make the most of today’s final chance to snorkel the Galapagos before landing on North Seymour Island. The trails here head inland to where the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds call home.

Catch your last island sunset as the ship travels along the coast, catching one last look at sea lions and marine iguanas on the shores.

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Baltra Island

Enjoy a gratifying breakfast on board the Integrity before returning to Baltra Island for the flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Isabela II

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Isabela II

Explore the northern Galápagos Islands in comfort aboard the luxury yacht, Isabela II, for a 7-day islands cruise from San Cristobal to Santiago, Fernandina, and Isabela. For an elegant, relaxing adventure, the yacht’s convivial atmosphere leads to an intimate experience of this unique part of the world. With gourmet meals and al-fresco dining created by a Cordon Bleu chef, dine on five-star cuisine aboard this exquisite ship that also boasts flawless service, a hot tub, fitness room, and deck-side bar serving handcrafted cocktails while you sunbathe between island hops.

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Itinerary

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San Cristobal Island

Arrive on San Cristobal Island in time to transfer to the Isabela II. Settle into your cabin, then gather for an introduction by your guides as you sit down for lunch.

This afternoon, visit the Cerro Colorado Breeding Center at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The center specializes in saving the highly endangered giant tortoise, as well as many bird species and the native San Cristobal lava lizard.

Return to the ship to enjoy a handcrafted cocktail and a specially prepared dinner as the ship sets off for tomorrow’s destination.

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Genovesa Island

This morning, arrive at Genovesa Island, a bird haven for Nazca and red-footed boobies, great frigatebirds, and storm petrels. On shore, you find colonies of Galápagos fur seals as you explore this dramatic island. Climb Prince Philip’s Steps, a set of stairs built into the rocks, overlooking the turquoise waters. Snorkel or kayak to see the many tropical fish right below the surface.

In the afternoon, walk Darwin Bay, an easy stroll to observe herons, finches, mockingbirds, and more Nazca and red-footed boobies. Take the opportunity to traverse the lava, stepping onto this alien-like terrain, or return to the waters for more snorkeling and swimming in this beautiful natural harbour.

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Santiago Island

After breakfast, find yourself along the impressive beaches of Buccaneer’s Cove, surrounded by sea lions, birds, and tidal pools filled with interesting creatures. Gaze upon tremendous rock formations, such as “The Bishop,” an impressive natural cave. This is a fantastic site to snorkel or hop aboard our glass-bottom boat to float above the wide variety of tropical fish below.

This afternoon, explore Puerto Egas, a landscape filled with volcanic stone and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds while birds flock high above.

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Fernandina Island / Isabela Island

This morning, visit Punta Espinoza on the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina. A stunning visual landscape, this island has an amazing combination of barren lands contrasted with abundant wildlife. Spot the Galápagos hawk, penguins, flightless cormorants, and many colonies of marine iguanas. Dive into these waters for an up close and personal view of marine life.

After lunch, just across the narrow Bolivar Channel from Punta Espinoza, spend the afternoon at Tagus Cove on Isabela Island. This cove, once a popular anchorage for pirates and whalers, features an uphill hike that takes you to the rim of Darwin Crater, a submerged crater filled with salt water. Take a panga ride or your own kayak around the island to spot local wildlife, or dive right in and snorkel amongst Galápagos penguins.

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Isabela Island

After breakfast, step onto the shores of Urbina Bay, an area with a strange origin. Once the ocean floor, a seismic event in 1954 pushed it to the surface along with the coral reef once living on it. Now, find the remains of those corals and shells leading you to the beach. This area is also home to large and very colourful Galápagos land iguanas, as well as the occasional giant tortoise. Along the shoreline you’ll find flightless cormorants and penguins.

This afternoon, hop into a skiff to explore the beach-less Punta Vicente Roca. Your naturalist guides explain the dramatic geology of the area while you keep an eye out for abundant wildlife. If the weather is right, you’ll have a chance to snorkel along the cliffs in the company of green sea turtles and penguins.

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Rabida Island / Santa Cruz Island

In the morning, lay eyes upon the heart of the Galapagos: Rabida Island, with its red sands and cliffs. Sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and several species of Darwin’s finches live on this red rock. This is a fantastic place to snorkel or hop in a kayak. The glass-bottom boat will also be available.

After lunch, find yourself on Dragon Hill, Cerro Dragón, on Santa Cruz Island. Take a leisurely walk past a lagoon frequented by flamingos, ducks, and stilts. Further along, the trail brings you to the nesting area of land iguanas, and finally it opens up to a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands.

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Baltra Island

Today, the journey ends back at Baltra Island where your guides will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – La Pinta (Northern)

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La Pinta

For luxurious cruises in the Galápagos, climb aboard the expedition ship, La Pinta. Spend 5 days touring the northern islands of Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Santiago and others aboard this brand new yacht marked by an upscale design with plush cabins that feature air conditioning and gorgeous wrap around floor-to-ceiling windows. The ship also boasts an outside bar, observation lounge, gym, sun deck, and jacuzzi. New engines are of the highest quality, designed to cut emissions and reduce environmental impact. Explore the islands on foot, kayak, and glass-bottom boat while on board delighting in an exquisite cuisine of Ecuadorian and international dishes prepared by a Cordon Bleu chef.

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Itinerary

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Balta Island / Santa Cruz Island

Following your morning arrival at Baltra Airport, you’ll transfer to the Itabaca Channel where a small ferry takes you to the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. Your naturalist guides detail Santa Cruz’s unique ecosystems and wildlife as you travel to the Santa Cruz highlands where you’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, a short ride to Santa Cruz’s nature reserve brings you into contact with the endangered giant tortoise. In their natural habitat, the tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around, eating grass and leaves, and wallowing in small pools. You’ll also have the chance to explore several underground lava tunnels before a short bus ride takes you down to Puerto Ayora to board the La Pinta.

Settle into your cabin, explore the observation deck, enjoy a handcrafted cocktail made from exotic fruits and local liqueur. Dine on a specially prepared dinner al fresco under the setting sun.

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Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast, hop aboard a panga that takes you to Eden Islet, just off the Santa Cruz coast. Explore the volcanic terrain, filled with stunning volcanic cones and eroded lava flows. Observe blue-footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks, and frigates. Dive in yourself, snorkel, or tour the shallows in a glass-bottom boat.

Next, visit the tiny island of Sombrero Chino, named for its resemblance to a traditional Chinese hat. Walk along its crescent-shaped white sand beach. The cove here offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities amid white-tipped reef sharks and Galápagos penguins.

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Bartolomé Island / Santiago Island

Start the day with a climb up Bartolomé Island. At the top of a wooden staircase catch the view of surrounding islands and the iconic Pinnacle Rock. Get closer in a dinghy ride around this colossal rock formation. Then relax on the beach, snorkel amongst tropical fish, or take a ride in the glass-bottom boat.

After lunch, land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Hike a trail over a lava field that flowed less than 100 years ago. This is a beautiful place to see and feel the volcanic origin of the Galápagos while observing its wildlife.

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Genovesa Island

Start the day with an easy stroll along the beach, observing marine and land birds. Take the chance to hike over lava fields before returning to the beach to swim and snorkel in this spectacular natural harbour. This area’s calm waters make it a perfect spot to kayak and tour the cliffs looking for birds nestled in the cracks.

This afternoon, take a panga ride along the cliffs before stepping out for a short but steep climb up Prince Philip’s Steps, a wooden staircase. At the top of the stairs, where the land is flat, take a captivating walk to the other side of this small island where you’ll find large colonies of Nazca boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels, and the elusive short-eared owl.

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Baltra Island

Return to Baltra Island where you transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Legend (Western)

Travel aboard the

Legend

Adventure deep into the Galápagos for a 5-day cruise to the western islands of Santiago, Isabela, Fernandina, and Santa Cruz aboard the luxury expedition ship, Legend. This boutique vessel was designed specifically with comfort in mind. With 52 ocean view, air-conditioned cabins, balcony suites, and an option to connect suites, families and friends can stay close together. With two daily excursions onto the islands, you’ll have the chance to snorkel, swim, kayak, and hike through the wilds before returning to the ship. Boasting three decks, there are spacious social areas and room to enjoy an outdoor BBQ, dine on the restaurant’s five-star gourmet cuisine, soak in the pool, or stargaze from the jacuzzi while sipping a handcrafted cocktail.

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Itinerary

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Arrive Baltra Island / Mosquera Islet

Arrive in the Galápagos at Baltra Island from Quito or Guayaquil where you’ll be picked up by your guides. After just a ten-minute bus ride to the pier you’ll board the Galápagos Legend.

This afternoon, explore Mosquera Islet, between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe herons and lava gulls. With no trails, the islet calls you to forge your own across the wide open sands and barren lava rock. Keep an eye out for the little sea purslane, a reddish herb that grows in the sand.

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Santiago Island

This morning, step onto the black volcanic sand beach of Egas Port on Santiago Island. Visited by Darwin in 1835, the first part of the trail is formed of volcanic ash and basalt rock. This island’s unique, layered terrain is truly striking. Home to a variety of animals including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron, lobster, starfish, marine iguanas grazing on algae, and scarlet-colored Sally Lightfoot crabs. Fur seals swim playfully in the volcanic rock pools.

Touch down on the heart of the Galápagos, Rabida Island, with its red sands and cliffs. Sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and several species of Darwin’s finches live on this red rock. This is a fantastic place to snorkel where the marine life is particularly active, or take a dinghy ride around the cliffs to observe nesting seabirds.

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Isabela Island

After breakfast, walking along the visually stunning landscape of Urbina Bay. In 1954, volcanic activity caused a six-kilometer stretch of coral reef to shift upwards of five meters in a matter of hours. Walk along the skeletal coral garden, now home to lizards and mockingbirds. Find giant tortoises, land iguanas, and the unusual flightless cormorant on the volcanic black beach. See a wide variety of colorful exotic flowers that attract insects, birds, and reptiles. After a short walk inland, snorkel alongside sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish.

As you travel from Urbina to Tagus Cove, your next stop, you can often spot whales, especially between May and December. This cove, named for a British warship that moored here in 1814, was used as an anchorage for pirates and whalers. You can still find the names of these ships carved into the rocks like graffiti. Hike to Darwin Lake, set within a tuff cone filled with salt water. See tree finches, Galápagos hawks, yellow warblers, large-billed flycatchers and sometimes the woodpecker finch. Take a dinghy ride along the shoreline to admire blue-footed boobies, brown noddies, terns, flightless cormorants, and Galápagos penguins. The largest population of penguins in the Archipelago live on this part of Isabela.

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Fernandina Island / Isabela Island

This morning, walk along the lava-covered Espinosa Point on Fernandina Island, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of marine species in the Galápagos. The largest, most primitive-looking marine iguanas mingle with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Encounter flightless cormorants at their nesting sites, Galápagos penguins and the “King” of predators on the islands, the Galápagos hawk. Vegetation is scarce inland, with just a few cactus and mangroves along the shoreline growing out of the rope-like lava that covers most of the island.

After lunch, dive into the waters surrounding Vicente Roca Point on Isabela Island for tremendous deep water snorkeling. The upwelling of cold water currents here attracts more species of marine life than any other in the Galápagos. This area, known as the Bolivar Channel, is only accessible by water. Take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, and flightless cormorants.

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Santa Cruz Island / Baltra Island Airport

After breakfast, take a tour into the mountains of Santa Cruz Island to the Highlands Tortoise Reserve. Along the way, witness tree and ground finches, vermilion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets, the birds usually standing atop giant tortoise shells. This island is a convergence of the coastal zone that passes through agricultural lands and then gives rise to the dense humid forests. The reserve brings you into contact with the endangered Galápagos giant tortoise. In their natural habitat, the tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around, eating grass and leaves, and wallowing in small pools.

Following the visit, you’ll return back down the mountain for the trip back to the airport for your return flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Legend (Southern)

Travel aboard the

Legend

Adventure deep into the Galápagos for a 5-day cruise to the southern islands of San Cristobal, Española, Floreana, and Santa Cruz aboard the luxury expedition ship, Legend. This boutique vessel was designed specifically with comfort in mind. With 52 ocean view, air-conditioned cabins, balcony suites, and an option to connect suites, families and friends can stay close together. With two daily excursions onto the islands, you’ll have the chance to snorkel, swim, kayak, and hike through the wilds before returning to the ship. Boasting three decks, there are spacious social areas and room to enjoy an outdoor BBQ, dine on the restaurant’s five-star gourmet cuisine, soak in the pool, or stargaze from the jacuzzi while sipping a handcrafted cocktail.

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Itinerary

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Baltra Island / San Cristobal Island

Arrive in the Galapagos at Baltra Island from Quito or Guayaquil where you’ll be picked up by your guides. After just a ten-minute bus ride to the pier you’ll board the Legend.

This afternoon, explore Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galápagos Islands. Wander through this quaint port town filled with local souvenir shops, or stop at the Museum of Natural History to learn about the islands’ volcanic origins and its incredibly unique species of wildlife and plants that only live here.

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Española Island

This morning, wake up to the beautiful white coral sands at Gardner Bay. Visit the colony of sea lions that live on the beach. Spot Galápagos hawks, American oystercatchers, Galápagos ground doves, Hood mockingbirds, yellow warblers, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin’s finches. Swim and snorkel amongst king angelfish, Creole fish, damsel fish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tipped reef sharks.

After lunch, explore the volcanic formations and riveting wildlife at Suarez Point, like the Española mockingbird, Nazca boobies, and the spectacular red-billed tropicbird. Cross paths with iguanas, lava lizards, and the scarlet-colored Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Hike up to the nesting grounds of Nazca and blue-footed boobies. You’ll also witness the world’s largest colony of waved albatross, an unequivocal highlight between May and December, mating season. Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous “Soplador,” a natural blowhole that shoots water up to 23 m (75 ft) into the air.

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Floreana Island

After breakfast, find yourself at Post Office Bay on Floreana, an island with a colorful history of pirates, whalers, and convicts. In 1793, Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel that served as an informal post office for sailors passing through. They’d take letters with them back to their destinations. Today, you can partake in this tradition. Drop a postcard into the barrel, take a postcard from the barrel, and deliver it. You will also encounter Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and lava lizards. Snorkel with Pacific green turtles and playful sea lions. Hike through the island’s unique flowers, like the longhaired scalesia, yellow wing-fruited leocarpus, and the Galápagos Milkwort.

By the afternoon, walk along a green olivine beach at Cormorant Point. Hike through black mangrove beds to a lagoon where the largest population of flamingos in the Galápagos resides. The trail continues to a beautiful white sandy beach where Pacific green turtles nest. Swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and a small colony of penguins.

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Santa Cruz Island

This morning, go ashore to Santa Cruz Islands, into the highlands to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. The Station runs a breeding program for the endangered Galapagos giant tortoise and also provides environmental education to the communities, schools, and tourists. You will have some free time to visit the town of Puerto Ayora and shop for souvenirs.

You’ll get the chance to see more giant tortoises at the Tortoise Reserve in the mountains. Along the way, spot many different kinds of birds, like tree and ground finches, vermilion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets, which are usually standing atop the tortoises themselves. The journey to the reserve takes you from the coast, through the agricultural zone, and up to the dense humid forests where you’ll find the tortoises wandering through pastures and pools, lumbering freely through the expansive acreage of the reserve.

After lunch, explore Ballena Bay, meaning Whale Bay, a beautiful green sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of the island. The beach contains plenty of olivine crystals, a mixture of magnesium, iron, and silica, created by underground magma. Take the opportunity to snorkel with marine iguanas while seabirds fly overhead.

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Santa Cruz Island / Baltra Airport

Following an exquisite breakfast, spend a relaxing morning at Carrion Point, snorkeling amongst the colorful fish and rays, soaking in your final hours in the tropics.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Islander

Travel aboard the

National Geographic Islander

Spend 10 days aboard the 48-guest National Geographic Islander, fully equipped with elegant, spacious accommodations and five-star cuisine. Indulge in this highly specialized, in-depth itinerary under the sure guidance of three top-rated naturalists, including a NatGeo certified photo instructor and an undersea specialist who’ll share undersea video footage everyday during cocktail hour. Snorkel, hike, paddleboard, and cruise by Zodiac, exploring the islands and all of its wonders on this once-in-a lifetime opportunity.

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Itinerary

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Guayaquil, Ecuador

Arrive in Guayaquil by late evening. Miami tends to be the most convenient gateway to the Galápagos from the US, but there are alternatives. If you take the non-stop American Airlines group flight from Miami, departure is in the early evening with a flying time of approximately 4 hours. Upon arrival in Guayaquil, you’ll stay at the exclusive Hotel del Parque, a restored 19th-century building nestled within the secluded haven of Parque Histórico’s lush botanical gardens.

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Guayaquil / Galápagos / Embark

Take the short hour and a half flight to the Galápagos, after which you’ll immediately board the ship.

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Exploring the Galápagos Islands

This is a sample of the islands you may visit during your week on board:

Bartolomé:
An enchanting landscape where lava, mangroves, and golden sand converge. Great walks and views abound with a chance to snorkel with Galápagos penguins.

Santiago:
Santiago offers close encounters with Galápagos fur seals along with an opportunity to study the inhabitants of the island’s countless tide pools.

Santa Cruz:
Home to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galápagos National Park Service, learn about their breeding program for endangered species of Galápagos giant tortoises and see these incredible creatures in their natural habitat.

Isabela:
A small black sand beach offers wonderful morning swimming. Enjoy a more challenging hike over rugged shoreline and a shorter walk within an iguana colony. Kayak along the shores or deep water snorkel amongst the colorful varieties of tropical fish.

Fernandina:
This is the youngest island in the Galápagos and one of the most pristine tropical islands left on earth. Hike over relatively recent lava flows and spot marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and scarlet-colored Sally Lightfoot crabs.

Floreana:
Snorkel among sea lions in the clear waters off Champion Islet. You may also find flamingos, pintail ducks, and various shorebirds. Hike to a pristine white sand beach, a favorite nesting site for sea turtles.

Española:
The exclusive home to waved albatross (seasonal) and particularly colorful marine iguanas, Española is also a paradise for Darwin’s finches, sea lions, and the famous blue-footed boobies. Snorkel and stroll along the island’s lovely beaches.

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Galápagos / Disembark / Guayaquil

Disembark the vessel and fly to Guayaquil. The late afternoon and evening is yours to explore the city. Spend one last night at Hotel del Parque.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Ocean Spray

Travel aboard the

Ocean Spray

A cruise in the Galápagos Islands aboard the Ocean Spray is essential for the eco-friendly adventurer. Indulge in a 5-day excursion aboard this luxury mega catamaran. Featuring spacious cabins with private balconies, a huge sundeck, Jacuzzi, cozy lounge, and al fresco dining, the chef will spoil you with five-star locally inspired cuisine at every meal. Kayak, snorkel, and hike every day, guided by well-informed, bilingual naturalists. Get up close with marine iguanas, albatross, giant tortoises, baby sea turtles, flamingos, and spectacularly colorful fish.

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Itinerary

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Arrival / Bartolomé Island

Arrive on Baltra Island where your guides will greet you and take you to the yacht. Settle into your cabin followed by a welcoming lunch.

This afternoon, explore the area around Bartolomé, including the infamous Pinnacle Rock. Of all the islands, this is the most photographed. It was also featured in the 2003 movie “Master and Commander.” Pinnacle Rock is an intriguing formation, a volcanic cone formed by lava from an underwater volcano. Along its beach you can see a small population of green sea turtles and Galápagos penguins. You’ll have the opportunity to swim amongst colorful schools of fish and curious sea lions.

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Genovesa Island

After breakfast, step onto Genovesa Island, a horseshoe shaped island with large, sloping lava flows. Also known as “Bird Island,” you’ll find it lives up to this name with its unusually dense variety of birds, including the rare red-footed booby. Over 200,000 red-footed boobies live in the Palo Santa forest of Genovesa.

By the afternoon, climb El Barranco, better known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, a steep and rocky path that passes through a tremendous bird colony and leads to a cliff with marvelous views.

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Santiago Island

In the morning, you’ll step onto the white sands at Buccaneer’s Cove. Santiago Island, once a refuge for pirates, whalers, and convicts, and the second island Charles Darwin visited, today it’s one of the most visited islands. With its beautiful beaches and stunning underwater formations that attract many different species of fish, this is one of the top snorkeling destinations in the Galápagos. You’ll have the day to bask in these turquoise waters and swim amongst the marine wildlife.

After lunch, you’ll be at Egas Port, also known as James Bay. Snorkel through the grottos amongst fur seals, or stroll the beaches crossing paths with quick-footed lava lizards.

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North Seymour & Highlands / Santa Cruz Island

After breakfast, adventure onto the unique landscape of North Seymour Island, formed by uplifted submarine lava. Home to a vast colony of land iguanas and large populations of sea lions, you’ll find blue-footed boobies, common noddies, frigatebirds, as well as the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds.

By the afternoon, tour the highlands of Santa Cruz filled with rich wildlife, hills, ferns, volcanoes, and lava tubes. Explore underground lava tubes near the Charles Darwin Research Station’s historic giant tortoise restoration program. See these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat where they lumber calmly through the dense, humid forests or grassy pastures amongst many varieties of birds, particularly the cattle egret that often sits atop these gentle giants.

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Mosquera Islet / Baltra Airport

Explore Mosquera Islet, a reef of rocks, coral, and a great white sand beach. See the largest population of sea lions anywhere in the Galápagos, as well as several species of shorebirds, and if you’re lucky, orcas.

Return to Baltra Airport to catch your flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Origin (South Central)

Travel aboard the

Origin

Take luxury cruising to the next level aboard one of the most eco-friendly yachts in the Galápagos, the 20-guest Origin. Embark on an 8-day cruise to south-central Galápagos, exploring San Cristobal, Española, Floreana Islands and others on this decadent yacht specially designed for comfort. Featuring spacious staterooms with panoramic windows, world-class cuisine, elegant sundeck with daybeds and hammocks, jacuzzi, bar, boutique, and fitness room, Origin takes you on an unforgettable adventure. Each day, take the opportunity to kayak, stand up paddleboard, or snorkel these crystal waters alongside sea turtles, penguins, sea lions, pelicans, and more under the guidance of your expert naturalist guide.

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Itinerary

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San Cristobal Island

Arrive in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island. Take a short bus ride to the dock where a boat transfers you to the Origin. Settle into your cabin after a welcome briefing and safety drill, then sit down to a delicious buffet lunch.

In the afternoon, tour Cerro Tijeretas, or Frigatebird Hill, one of two sites where you’ll find nesting colonies of the two species of frigatebird, the Great and the Magnificent. Walk the trail to Punta Carola for scenic views, crossing paths with lava lizards, the medium ground finch, and the San Cristobal mockingbird. Return to the Origin for the Captain’s welcome cocktail party and specially prepared dinner.

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San Cristobal Island

Go ashore this morning to Punta Pitt, considered one of the best sites to see the many types of Galápagos birds nesting inside this volcanic formation. See blue-footed, red-footed, and Nazca boobies, both types of frigatebird, swallow-tailed gulls, storm petrels, shearwaters, and brown pelicans. Snorkel or swim with sea lions off Pitt Rock where you’ll also encounter colorful fish such as the king angelfish and surgeonfish.

After lunch, spend your afternoon at Cerro Brujo, or Witch Hill. This breathtaking white coral beach features expansive views and more birdwatching. Take a peaceful walk along the beach, swim with sea lions, or use the kayaks or stand up paddle boards to take yourself on a tour of the island. Enjoy a zodiac ride through the mysterious cave called The Cathedral before returning to the ship for dinner and later, take a dip in the jacuzzi under the starlit sky.

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Española Island

Disembark at Punta Suarez on Española Island, home to the greatest number of native species in the Galápagos. Sea lions and curious mockingbirds greet you on the beach while colonies of blue-footed boobies engage in an aerial show. From April to December you’ll have the chance to see the waved albatross, found only on this island. In addition, spot Darwin’s finches, Galápagos doves, red-billed tropicbirds, Galápagos Hawks, and fiery-colored marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Follow a trail to the uniquely created blowhole that sprays ocean water through the volcanic rocks.

By the afternoon you’ll be in Gardner Bay on a seemingly endless white sand beach. Take a leisurely stroll on the beach watching for the Galápagos hawk or Hood mockingbird. Swim with the playful sea lions from the beach or snorkel near Tortuga Rock where a colorful array of underwater life is on full display. Explore the bay and islets by kayak or take a Zodiac ride to explore the caves covered with starfish and other marine wildlife.

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Floreana Island

After breakfast go ashore to Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island, where the olive-colored mineral beach is alive with the sounds of sea lions, lava herons, yellow-crowned night herons, blue-footed boobies, and penguins. Hike to a lagoon where Bahama ducks, stilts, Galápagos flycatchers, yellow warblers, and flamingos reside. Wind your way past a rich variety of plants including the morning glory, cut-leaf daisies, several varieties of mangrove, palo verde, and scalesia.

The trail ends at Devil’s Crown, a beach where sea turtles lay their eggs in the powdery sand dunes and stingrays swim in the shallow water. Take the opportunity to snorkel the shallow, sunken crater colonized by a brilliant array of colorful fish, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, and sea stars.

After lunch, visit one of the most famous sites in the Galápagos, Post Office Bay. Named for the barrel placed here in the late 18th century that English whaling vessels used as a “post office.” Continue the tradition by leaving a postcard, then picking up someone else’s postcard to hand deliver it to the address. Swim with sea lions, stroll along the beach, then take a Zodiac ride to Baroness Point to search for sea turtles and rays.

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Santa Cruz Island

Today you’ll tour Santa Cruz Island starting at Puerto Ayora. Travel by bus into the highlands, passing through all seven vegetation zones found in the Galápagos to reach Rancho El Manzanillo, a privately-owned hacienda where giant tortoises roam in their natural habitat. Explore the largest lava tunnels in the Galápagos at El Mirador, and visit Los Gemelos, or The Twins, a pair of large craters before returning to the ship for lunch.

This afternoon, visit the Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena, formerly the Charles Darwin Research Station. See the tortoise breeding center with hatchlings and baby tortoises, as well as a new exhibit honoring Lonesome George, a worldwide icon of conservation as the last surviving tortoise from Pinta Island.

Afterward, you’ll have the chance to shop and stroll through town for souvenirs or a museum tour. Stop at a local chocolate shop to learn how high quality Arriba cacao is produced in Ecuador. You can also kayak Punta Estrada or bicycle around the island if you desire.

You have the option to return to the Origin for dinner or remain on shore to dine on your own at a local restaurant. A Zodiac will shuttle you from the yacht to the main dock throughout the evening.

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Santiago Island

Sombrero Chino, or Chinese Hat, is a small island off the southern tip of Santiago shaped like a coolie hat. Land on a beach with colonies of sea lions, then hike a trail to a primeval landscape of cracked lava and tubes. Marine iguanas and oystercatchers frequent the area, as well as large numbers of Galápagos penguins, which you’ll have the chance to snorkel alongside from the beach.

After lunch, disembark at Bartolome, a young Island with an alien-like landscape covered by a dormant volcano that is inhospitable to most plants and animals. Climb a long wooden staircase to the summit. Pass lava bombs, spatter and cinder cones, until you reach the top where you are treated to a panoramic view of the islands, including the distinct volcanic formation known as Pinnacle Rock.

Return to the beach to snorkel with schools of tropical fish, reef sharks, and Galápagos penguins or take a Zodiac ride along the rocky shoreline.

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South Plaza Island / North Seymour Island

Today’s adventure starts on South Plaza Island, a small island with tall cliffs where swallow-tailed gulls, shearwaters, and red-billed tropicbirds build their nests. Hike the trails that lead through prickly pear and Sesuvium, and past land iguanas that feed on cactus leaves. Back on the beach, you’ll have the chance to snorkel in deeper water between North and South Seymour Islands before lunch.

Go ashore at North Seymour where you’ll witness the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds in the Galápagos. Watch marine iguanas and sea lions body surfing the northern swells. Spot blue-footed boobies, gulls, and land iguanas before returning to the ship for the Captain’s farewell cocktail party and dinner, as well as a special slide show presentation by your guides.

Day8

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San Cristobal Island

Travel by bus to the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal to gain a more complete understanding of the history of the islands. Spend some time exploring this port town before heading to the airport for your flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Origin (Northwestern)

Travel aboard the

Origin

Take luxury cruising to the next level aboard one of the most eco-friendly yachts in the Galápagos, Origin. Indulge in an 8-day cruise to northwestern islands, exploring San Cristobal, Isabela, Santa Cruz Islands and others on this decadent yacht specially designed for comfort. Featuring spacious staterooms with panoramic windows, world-class cuisine, elegant sundeck with daybeds and hammocks, jacuzzi, bar, boutique, and fitness room, Origin takes you on an unforgettable adventure. Each day, take the opportunity to kayak, stand up paddleboard, or snorkel these crystal waters alongside sea turtles, penguins, sea lions, pelicans, and more under the guidance of your expert naturalist guide.

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Itinerary

Day1

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San Cristobal Island

Arrive in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island. Take a short bus ride to the dock where a boat transfers you to the Origin. Settle into your cabin after a welcome briefing and safety drill, then sit down to a delicious buffet lunch.

In the afternoon, visit La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve where the national park has established a breeding program for the endangered giant tortoise. See these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. Along the trail, spot the native San Cristobal mockingbird and flowering Calandrinia plant. Return to the Origin for the Captain’s welcome cocktail party and specially prepared dinner.

Day2

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Genovesa Island

After breakfast, spend your day on Genovesa Island, one of the most spectacular places in the Galápagos for bird watchers. Climb Prince Philip’s Steps where you’ll find red-footed and Nazca boobies nesting in the palo santo trees, storm petrels gathering in the crevices of lava fields, and elusive short-eared owls hiding amongst the bushes.

Enjoy a barbecue lunch aboard the Origin on the sun deck. Then, explore the cliffs where red-billed tropicbirds gather, either from a kayak or stand up paddle board. You can also dive into the turquoise waters for some fantastic deep water snorkeling where you will encounter a myriad of exotic tropical fish.

At nearby Darwin Bay, step onto a coral sand beach inhabited by swallow-tailed and lava gulls. Hike into a forest of prickly pear cactus and mangroves where great frigate birds with their red-throated pouches nest. Relax on the beach or swim with sea lions before returning to the yacht for dinner. Spend the evening basking under the illuminated sky filled with stars.

Day3

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Santa Cruz Island

This morning, adventure onto Las Bachas on the northern side of Santa Cruz Island. With a long stretch of white sand beach you’ll have an opportunity for some wonderful snorkeling, as well as the chance to explore the nearby lagoons frequented by groups of flamingos.

After lunch you’ll find yourself on Cerro Dragon, or Dragon Hill, where you’ll find a landscape covered in prickly pear cactus, palo santo forests, and the bright yellow cordia plant. You’ll also have an excellent opportunity to see Darwin’s finches, Galápagos flycatchers, yellow warblers, shearwaters, as well as land iguanas. In the saltwater lagoons, find pink flamingos, stilts, pintail ducks, and sandpipers.

This evening, sit down to another exceptional dinner as you set sail for the western islands, crossing the equator for the second time.

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Isabela Island

Take a Zodiac ride to Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island. Enter a wave-sculpted cave with incredible views of the remaining volcanic walls. Don’t pass up the chance to snorkel around this incredible volcanic formation where penguins and sea turtles also frequent.
At lunch, sail through the Bolivar Chanel, witnessing the dramatic scenery around you. Watch for whales, dolphins, and occasionally the mola, an odd looking giant sunfish, that swim near the ship.

Disembark at Urbina Bay, an incredible piece of land that was once the sea floor. Four miles of coastal seabed uplifted during a volcanic eruption in 1954 leaving a long trail of coral reef bleached white in the sun. Large, colorful Galápagos land iguanas and marine iguanas now climb over these remnants of the reef. Darwin’s finches, brown pelicans, flightless cormorants, and the occasional giant tortoise also reside here.

Return to the Origin for dinner and a restful evening of stargazing.

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Fernandina Island / Isabela Island

Step onto Fernandina Island, the youngest and most pristine Island in the Galápagos, at Punta Espinoza. Explore the lava flows that stretch around the coast. Observe sea lion colonies, hundreds of marine Iguanas, and flightless cormorants building their nests close to shore. Snorkel with large sea turtles that frequent this area before returning to the Origin for lunch.

Following lunch, go ashore at Tagus Cove, a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. See where many of them left their marks, dating back to the 1800s, on the rocky cliffs. Hike to a saltwater lagoon and a scenic overlook with a spectacular view of the ocean, lava fields, and rock formations. Take advantage of the secluded cove to explore the shoreline by kayak or paddleboard in search of Galápagos penguins, boobies, and pelicans.

Return to the Origin for a briefing and dinner as you cross the Equator for the last time.

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Rabida Island

Disembark on Rabida Island, a small island considered the geographic center of the Galápagos. Its volcanic rocks are the most diverse in the archipelago. Because of the high iron content the rocks and sand are dark red. Follow a trail to a saltwater lagoon where flamingos migrate. Spot marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and Darwin’s finches. Snorkel with a colony of sea lions and rays.

After lunch, hop into a Zodiac for a ride to Caleta Tortuga Negra, or Black Turtle Cove, through a series of inlets surrounded by mangroves. See pairs of mating sea turtles between September and February, white-tipped reef sharks, and the spectacular golden cownose rays.

This evening enjoy the Captain’s farewell cocktail party following dinner, as well as a special slide show presentation by your guides.

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Santa Cruz Island

Tour Santa Cruz Island, starting at Puerto Ayora, the social heart of the Galápagos. Travel by bus to the highlands, passing through all seven vegetation zones found in the Galápagos. Visit Rancho El Manzanillo, a privately-owned hacienda where giant tortoises roam in their natural habitat. Walk through an underground lava tunnel that leads to Los Gemelos, The Twins, a pair of large craters.

This afternoon, visit the Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena, formerly the Charles Darwin Research Station. See the tortoise breeding center with hatchlings and baby tortoises, as well as a new exhibit honoring Lonesome George, a worldwide icon of conservation as the last surviving tortoise from Pinta Island.

Afterward, you’ll have the chance to shop and stroll through town for souvenirs or a museum tour. Stop at a local chocolate shop to learn how high quality Arriba cacao is produced in Ecuador. You can also kayak Punta Estrada or bicycle around the island if you desire.

You have the option to return to the Origin for dinner or remain on shore to dine on your own at a local restaurant. A Zodiac will shuttle you from the yacht to the main dock throughout the evening.

Day8

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San Cristobal Island / Depart

Travel by bus to the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal to gain a more complete understanding of the history of the islands. Spend some time exploring this port town before heading to the airport for your flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Evolution from San Cristobal Island

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Evolution

Refreshingly elegant and well-equipped too, the 32-passenger Galapagos Evolution is a real standout cruise vessel, both for its nostalgic appearance and the quality of itineraries it offers, with this particular route beginning from San Cristobal Island being no different. The Evolution itself boasts two sundecks, a Jacuzzi, lounge bar and modern interiors in addition to its expert crew and guides; plus, throughout this Galapagos tour you’ll also be treated to some truly iconic sights. Beginning at Isla Lobos, an early taste of Galapagos wildlife comes with this small island’s large Sea Lion population, though Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies are also popular here. Time will be spent exploring the dramatic rocky outcrops of South Plazas Island and Carrion Point, both known for their local birdlife such as Red-billed Tropicbirds and Swallow-tailed Gulls, as well as some fantastic snorkeling opportunities. With James Bay, lesser-visited Genovesa Island, wildlife-rich North Seymour, Santa Fe, Floreana and Santa Cruz Islands also featuring–each with their own species, viewpoints, beaches and volcanoes to admire–this is a truly versatile Galapagos itinerary offered by the Evolution.

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Itinerary

Day1

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ARRIVE SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND / ISLA LOBOS

Following a two-hour flight from Quito, land on San Cristobal Island. This is a fitting place to begin your Galapagos luxury cruise with the Evolution, following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin who stepped ashore here on his infamous voyage to the archipelago in 1835.

The ever-elegant Galapagos Evolution sets sail, traveling north of San Cristobal to reach a tiny islet, Isla Lobos, named after its raucous residents: Sea Lions, who are as playful as they are loud! Snorkel around these friendly creatures, before encountering more native species on a hike along milky-white sands and meandering walking trails on-land, searching for endemic Galapagos shorebirds like Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies. After your exploration of Lobos Island, settle into your luxe cabin back onboard and enjoy your first evening with the Evolution crew.

Day2

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SOUTH PLAZAS ISLAND / PUNTA CARRION / MOSQUERA ISLET

Day two of your Galapagos Evolution cruise begins by sailing to South Plazas, a rocky, volcanic island that is instantly recognizable thanks to the abundance of scarlet-hued sesuvium plants, and a healthy population of cacti. Local birdlife such as Red-billed Tropicbirds and Swallow-tailed Gulls can also be seen nesting on the cliffs as you approach, while Land Iguanas are easily admired during a fun wildlife walk, having anchored just offshore.

Next up is Punta Carrion, a place of tranquil blue waters hosting all manner of marine life including Sharks and Rays, making it an ideal place to swim and snorkel. Today is rounded off in truly iconic fashion at the soft sands of Mosquera Islet. This enchanting stretch of beach, peppered with occasional volcanic rocks, is best known for its families of Sea Lions and Sally Lightfoot Crabs, as can be seen while wandering the bay or snorkeling around its shoreline.

Day3

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SANTIAGO ISLAND / JAMES BAY

Another day, another island, as you explore the highlights of Santiago with its mix of history, wildlife and natural formations. First, enjoy a visit to so-called ‘Chinese Hat’ for a chance to see Galapagos Penguins and Sea Lions, which you can swim and snorkel with or admire the marine life: Octopus, Moray Eels and Galapagos Sharks among them.

More of Santiago Island’s delights come this afternoon on the black beaches of James Bay. From these black sandy shores you’ll hike along a gentle trail joined by Galapagos Hawks, Lava Lizards, Finches and Oystercatchers, though this is also one of the best Galapagos spots to witness Seal and Marine Iguanas in their favored habitat too. A relaxing afternoon here can also include more swimming and snorkeling if you wish, before heading back to the Evolution.

Day4

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GENOVESA ISLAND / DARWIN BAY / PRINCE PHILIP’S STEPS

Lesser-visited Genovesa Island is as dramatic and intriguing as any island in the Galapagos archipelago, a place of steep cliffs sheltering volcanic craters and home to countless nesting seabirds. It all makes for quite a sight, and one of the more memorable experiences due to the entirely untamed look of the landscape here. Of the many unusual native bird species that can be found on Genovesa, they include Puffball–chicks, Yellow–crowned and Lava Herons and Red-footed Boobies, so boat rides around the coast and intrepid nature walks on-land are always in order, during an entire day exploring the island.

In the afternoon, climb the famous Prince Philip’s Steps. So-called after the British monarch’s visit here in the 1960’s, the path leads up to an open plateau that provides fantastic views of Darwin Bay, which itself can then be enjoyed as Sea Lions lounge on these chalk-white shores. Finally, return to the Evolution for an evening at leisure up on deck.

Day5

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NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND / SANTA FE ISLAND

Having enjoyed another memorable evening aboard the Galapagos Evolution, first up on day five is North Seymour Island, where you can hike through a forest of Palo Santo trees–a favorite nesting place for Blue-footed Boobies–and follow coastal trails that provide a privileged view of Brown Pelicans, Frigate Birds and Yellow Land Iguanas. Then, swim with an astonishing array of marine life, such as Rays, White-tipped Reef Sharks and King Angelfish.

This afternoon, visit Santa Fe Island, a sandy haven of iconic coastline, turquoise seas and lounging Sea Lions. Having anchored nearby and disembarked, there’s plenty of walking trails and wildlife observation spots to enjoy here. Every walking route here is a joy, so be sure to make the most of them, as well as spending time on the beach, kayaking, snorkeling or simply admiring the views.

Day6

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FLOREANA ISLAND / CORMORANT POINT

Today’s Galapagos adventures begin at Post Office Bay, once a pirate’s hangout and home to an 18th century whalers post office, where you can still pop a postcard in the rum barrel box and it will find its way home to this day! Next, the Floreana Highlands and Asilo de la Paz or ‘Peace Haven’, a scenic spot surrounded by Scalesia Trees and Giant Galapagos Tortoises, Frigate Birds and an endemic snail population.

After lunch comes Cormorant Point on Floreana Island, south of Santa Cruz. There are two contrasting beaches here: Papakolea which appears green in color due to its composition of volcanic olivine crystals, and Flour Beach, so-called for its powdery white sands. Keep an eye out for the Flamingos, Pintails, Stilts and other wading birds here, before snorkeling at the foot of Devil’s Crown and Champion Islet, swimming with reef fish, Giant Mantas and Dolphins.

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SANTA CRUZ ISLAND / CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH CENTRE

Your final full day on this versatile Galapagos itinerary begins, quite rightly, with a visit to the all-important Charles Darwin Research Center at Puerto Ayora. Here, exciting exhibits and interactive displays go together with real-life conservation projects, including Giant Tortoise breeding and rehabilitation programs, allowing you to witness the legacy of Charles Darwin first-hand.

Learn more about these gentle creatures in the Wild Tortoise Reserve up in the highlands of Santa Cruz, a place of dense, green forests awash with moss and lichen. Then, after a nature hike through subterranean lava tunnels and a Scalesia forest frequented by Darwin’s Finches, spend the rest of the day at leisure. As one of the most diverse of all the Galapagos Islands there are many highlights of Santa Cruz to explore, so take a stroll along the paradise-like Tortuga Bay, or maybe a bicycle tour in Puerto Ayora, if you’re feeling active.

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BLACK TURTLE COVER / FLIGHT HOME

Your last day in the Galapagos brings one final opportunity to marvel at fascinating flora and fauna, this time at Black Turtle Cove, found on the northern shores of Santa Cruz Island. A tangle of dense mangroves, this cove unfolds for nearly a mile inland and is a stomping ground for Sea Turtles, Rays, Brown Pelicans and Herons, which can be spotted from your panga.

Afterwards, it’s farewell to the Galapagos as your guides escort you to the airport and assist with any luggage, in plenty of time for your onward flight.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects an intended program, however, it should be read purely as a guide. This is because weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control on the day may affect the eventual itinerary, and route.

Galapagos Cruise – Passion (Western)

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Passion

Travel in luxury to the Galápagos aboard the Passion, an exclusive, intimate yacht fully endorsed by WildAid. Take an 8-day small ship cruise to Santa Cruz, Floreana, Isabela and other western islands aboard this previously private luxury yacht. Retaining most of its original elegance, such as the rose-colored marble bathrooms and teak wood decks, 12 guests travel comfortably, staying in spacious, air-conditioned suites with luxurious bathrooms. Dine on gourmet cuisine from the lavish panoramic sky lounge and bar, or al fresco on one of three decks, including a sun deck with a secluded jacuzzi. Explore the magic of the Galápagos on foot, by kayak, or panga ride at every stop along the way. Treat yourself to world-class personalized service with local guides who specialize in fields you request.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Arrive / Santa Cruz Island

Arrive at Baltra Airport where your guides will greet you. Start your adventure right away at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Visit Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center, where you will see tortoises from the many islands in their different stages of life, from eggs, juveniles, and adults as they are nurtured until they are ready for release.

Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Puerto Ayora’s shops and local history before boarding the Passion around 5 pm. Meet the captain and crew, settle into your room, then sit down to a specially prepared dinner. As the sun sets over the tropics, take in the exquisite colors as they give way to a beautiful star-filled sky.

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Floreana Island

Start the day on Floreana Island, the legendary homestead of the infamous Baroness Eloise Von Wagner de Bousquet. Walk along the green olivine beaches at Punta Cormorant where you will pass greater flamingos on your way to a white sand sea turtle nesting ground. Take a short panga ride to Devil’s Crown where you can snorkel, swimming amongst myriads of tropical fish and rays.

After lunch walk the historic beach at Post Office Bay, visiting the barrel that served as the “post office” for whalers centuries ago. Continue the tradition of mail delivery by picking a card from the barrel with an address you can hand deliver, and leave one yourself. Kayak the waters once traveled by whalers and pirates.

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Floreana Island

This morning walk along Black Beach learning about the mysterious past of Floreana Island. With one of the few fresh water sources in the Galápagos, Asilo de La Paz, this was the first island to be inhabited. Explore the caves that pirates used as hideouts and where the first Galapegueño was born to the Baroness and one of her many lovers, all of whom began to disappear after settling on the island.

Afterward, spend the afternoon searching for whales and dolphins, which make up a large percentage of the Galápagos marine wildlife. Travel the waters between Floreana and Isabela Island where you will touch down on the white sand beach at the foot of the Cerro Azul volcano. You’ll have the chance to dip into the waters in your own kayak to continue searching for whales and dolphins, or snorkel amongst the vast number of fish just below the surface.

Day4

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Isabela Island

After breakfast step onto Punta Moreno, a gorgeous landscape covered by the rope-like pahoehoe lava flow surrounded by giant shield volcanoes, some of which are still active. Hike to a lagoon where flamingos reside and brightly colored land iguanas roam.

This afternoon walk the black sand beach at Urbina Bay, a prime nesting site for green sea turtles. Notice the remnants of coral heads and marine fossils that were lifted off the seafloor during a seismic event. Hike inland to search for giant tortoises as they migrate to and from the highlands. Snorkel in search of more fossils and witness the active underwater life that has taken over.

Day5

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Isabela Island / Fernandina Island

Land near Tagus Cove, an historic pirate hideaway where many of them wrote the name of their ships on the cliff face. Hike the beautiful trails to Darwin Lake, a saltwater crater lagoon surrounded by volcanic rock.

After lunch cross the Bolivar Channel to Fernandina Island, one of the world’s most pristine sites. Stroll the shoreline of Punta Espinosa where you will find flightless cormorants, sea lions, Galápagos penguins and hawks, marine iguanas, and flame bright Sally Lightfoot crabs.

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Santiago Island

Step onto the dark volcanic beach at Puerto Egas on Santiago Island. Sleepy Galápagos fur seals lounge under arches of lava carved by the ocean. Crystalline pools, also known as “grottos” punctuate the shoreline like honeycomb, attracting schools of fish you can see up close when snorkeling. Kayak along the shoreline with sea lions at your side and birds flying overhead.

At nearby Buccaneer Cove, so named after the British buccaneers who sought refuge here centuries ago, take a panga ride to view the scenic cliffs, beaches, and two unusual rock formations known as “The Monk” and “Elephant Rock.”

This afternoon, head to central Santiago Island where you’ll disembark at Espumilla Beach, a golden-colored beach where green sea turtles nest. Hike the trails through the largest Palo Santo trees on the islands, home to yellow warblers, Galápagos flycatchers, and the ever-intriguing Darwin finches.

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Santiago Island / North Seymour Island

After breakfast, explore Santiago Island’s Sullivan Bay, covered by a recent lava flow. Hike across the fresh pahoehoe lava formations and lava bubbles containing crystallized minerals and plants. Spot Galápagos penguins and herons along the shoreline.

On North Seymour Island, a small uplifted island, walk right up to bird nesting colonies of frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls.

Day8

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Mosquera Island / Baltra Airport

Spend the morning on Mosquera Island, a small islet between Baltra and North Seymour Island. Home to one of the largest sea lion colonies, orcas also occasionally come into the islet to feed.

A haven for shorebirds, you’ll find a myriad of Galapagos birds throughout the island. Take one last opportunity to glimpse the many unique species of wildlife before sailing back to Baltra.

Return to Baltra for your return flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Passion (South Central)

Travel aboard the

Passion

Explore the eastern Galápagos Islands aboard the Passion, an exclusive, intimate yacht fully endorsed by WildAid. Embark on an 8-day cruise adventure to Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Española, among others, aboard this previously private luxury yacht. Retaining most of its original elegance, such as the rose-colored marble bathrooms and teak wood decks, 12 guests travel comfortably, staying in spacious, air-conditioned suites with luxurious bathrooms. Dine on gourmet cuisine from the lavish panoramic sky lounge and bar, or al fresco on one of three decks, including a sun deck with a secluded jacuzzi. Discover the magic of the Galápagos on foot, by kayak, or panga ride at every stop along the way. Treat yourself to world-class personalized service with local guides who specialize in fields you request.

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Arrive / Santa Cruz Island

Arrive at Baltra Airport where your guides will greet you and shuttle you to the Passion. Settle into your room, then sit down to lunch on deck.

After lunch you’ll spend the afternoon at Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Take a panga ride through the mangroves where pelicans and herons roost while sea turtles and golden rays cruise alongside the boat. Return to the Passion for a specially prepared dinner and night of exquisite stargazing.

Day2

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Genovesa Island

This morning, travel to Genovesa Island where you’ll have the opportunity to explore Darwin Bay. Red-footed boobies and great frigatebirds reside in the red mangroves and soft-haired prickly pear cactus that line the island’s interior.

After lunch climb the cliffs of El Barranco where frigatebirds, masked boobies, and red-footed boobies nest. Follow your guides on a quest for the impressive red-billed tropicbird and Galapagos storm petrels that hide within volcanic crevices.

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Bartolomé Island

After breakfast hike the wooden steps on Bartolomé Island. From the summit, take in the breathtaking panoramic view of the island’s well photographed Pinnacle Rock, neighboring Santiago Island, and other central islands in the distance.

Explore the tiny island of Sombrero Chino this afternoon, named for its shape which resembles a Chinese hat. This unique landscape was once the seafloor before seismic activity raised it out of the water. See remnants of coral heads and other marine life in the lava. Swim or snorkel alongside playful sea lion colonies. Kayak or take a panga ride alongside marine iguanas and Galápagos penguins.

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Rabida Island / Santa Cruz Island

Today you’ll step onto Rabida Island, the center of the Galápagos. With its deep, red-colored beaches and rocks, it’s only fitting that it should also be known as the heart of the Galápagos. You’ll find Darwin’s finches, Galápagos mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and brown pelicans nesting throughout the island.

Following lunch visit Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz Island. Hike to a saltwater lagoon, home to greater flamingos, black-necked stilts, and white-cheeked pintails. Further inland you’ll find a number of land iguanas nesting.

Day5

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Santa Cruz Island

Spend the day touring Santa Cruz Island´s most famous sites. Start at Puerto Ayora, then take a bus to the highlands, passing from the island’s coastal region into the lush, humid forests. Visit one of the ranches where giant tortoises reside in their natural habitat. These forests are also filled with Galápagos hawks, barn owls, vermilion flycatchers, and yellow warblers.

Sit down to lunch at the ranch before heading back to Puerto Ayora to visit the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center. See tortoises from the many islands in their different stages of life, from eggs, juveniles, and adults as they are nurtured until they are ready for release.

Day6

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South Plaza Island / Santa Fe Island

Step on the oldest dock on the archipelago at colorful Plaza Sur. Home to vibrant green prickly pear cactus, deep red Sesuvium, and coppery-orange land iguanas, this impressive landscape is also home to a variety of coastal birds. Take the chance to snorkel or kayak along the shores where adult and pup sea lions swim.

This afternoon you’ll be on Santa Fe Island, a white sand beach where sea lions often rest and several brightly colored land iguana species reside. Hike to see the largest prickly pear cactus in the Galapagos before taking a dip in the crystalline waters.

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Española Island

Spend the morning on Española Island, starting at the outstanding beaches of Gardner Bay. Sea lions, marine iguanas, and the exotic Española mockingbird live here. Dive into Gardner Islet for a chance to play with the sea lions. Snorkel or kayak nearby Osborn Islet, a perfect place to observe the many varieties of vivid tropical fish, rays, and turtles.

After lunch hike the trails of Punta Suarez that lead you to a geyser that sprays water 25 m (75 feet) into the air. Watch as sea lions bodysurf in the waves while Española lava lizards roam the shores. Look for oystercatchers, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, Galápagos hawks, Galápagos doves, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds, and Española mockingbirds. If you’re here between April and December, you’ll be treated to colonies of waved albatross. Kayak or take a panga ride around the island for even more chances to spot the numerous birds and animals living here.

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Twin Craters & Baltra Airport

After breakfast step onto Puerto Ayora for a short visit to see Los Gemelos, The Twins, two underground volcanic tubes that stretch to the other side of the island. Glimpse Galapagos hawks, vermilion flycatchers, and yellow warblers nesting in the dense forests.

Return to Baltra Airport for your return flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Petrel

Travel aboard the

Petrel

See the Galápagos Islands in luxury aboard the newly built Petrel for a 4-night cruise. A proud new addition to the fleet of luxury touring yachts, this elegant ship features spacious suites with private balconies, a comfortable lounge, chic interiors, and an outdoor Jacuzzi. Get up close with blue-footed boobies, iguanas, giant tortoises, whales, and more with knowledgeable guides schooled in the Galápagos’ remarkable natural history. Equipped with kayaks, wetsuits, and snorkel gear, explore carefully chosen sites where contact with wildlife is a given. Named after the petrel, a sea bird common to the Galápagos, this ship is elegant, swift, and silent at sea just like its namesake. Designed for comfort and stability, the Petrel is your perfect gateway to the magic of the Galápagos.

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Itinerary

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Arrive Baltra / Santa Cruz Island

Arrive in Baltra where you will be greeted by your guides who will take you across the Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island. Start off with a short hike to the Santa Cruz highlands, one of the most popular tourist sites with rich wildlife, lush greenery, and volcanoes. Hike into underground lava tubes for a surreal experience. Spot the many varieties of birds that make their home in the forests and along the shores.

Afterward, board the Petrel, where you’ll have a chance to settle into your cabin and sit down to a specially prepared dinner.

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Santiago Island / Bartolomé Island

Start the day on the second Island Charles Darwin visited. With a good source of salt, water, and food, it was popular with whalers and buccaneers centuries ago. Today, it’s popular with tourists who love to see the plentiful Galápagos fur seals that swim along its shores and its unique volcanic landscape. Snorkel the waters of Sullivan Bay, swimming amongst fur seals and a plethora of tropical fish.

After lunch, explore Bartolomé Island, famous for Pinnacle Rock, a multi-layered volcanic rock formation created by an underwater volcano. Walk along the beach surrounding its base where a small population of green sea turtles nest, Galápagos penguins gather, and curious sea lions swim. Of all the islands, this is the most photographed and was featured in the movie “Master and Commander.

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Genovesa Island

Also known as “Bird Island,” Genovesa is home to a wide variety of birds, including rare red-footed boobies that gather here in one large mass. It’s estimated that over 200,000 of these birds live in the trees and bushes on Genovesa. This horseshoe shaped island was formed by a volcanic eruption that left behind large slopes formed by gradual lava flows. Spot the island’s many birds and the marine iguanas that inhabit the waters and shores of Darwin Bay, a partially submerged caldera.

Climb El Barranco, otherwise known as Prince Philip’s Steps, a steep and rocky trail that passes through a Palo Santo forest, home to nesting red-footed boobies, and up to a cliff with a fantastic view of the surrounding islands.

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Santiago Island

This morning’s trip starts at Egas Port, also known as James Bay. Home to quick-footed Galápagos lava lizards and Galápagos fur seals, the island is spotted with grottos and tide pools that make this a coveted snorkeling site. Snorkel alongside seals and lizards while exploring the island’s underwater architecture and schools of tropical fish that dart in and out.

By the afternoon, you’ll have the chance to snorkel Buccaneer’s Cove. Once known as a refuge for British buccaneers and pirates, this cove also features dramatic underwater formations where many different species of fish gather.

Afterward, visit Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and Sally Lightfoot crabs dot the shoreline.

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Santa Cruz Island / Departure

After breakfast, hop aboard a panga or snorkel on your own to explore Carrion Point. This sheltered lagoon with beautiful turquoise water on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island lies at the entrance to the Itabaca Channel. With no beach to land on, you’ll have the chance to explore the water in any manner you wish, from panga ride, snorkeling, to kayaking.

Return to Baltra Airport to catch your flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Reina Silvia (Western)

Travel aboard the

Reina Silvia

Known as the “Queen of Galápagos,” the Reina Silvia is a 90-foot yacht dedicated to providing an elegant, comfortable, small ship cruise adventure for up to 16 travelers into the heart of the Galápagos Islands. Spend 8 days exploring the western Galápagos Islands (Santa Cruz, Floreana, Isabela, Fernandina, Baltra) enjoying spacious staterooms complete with ocean views, a classic lounge to dine on world-class cuisine, and relaxing salon area for guide presentations. Relax with a luscious, handcrafted cocktail at sunset from the upper deck lounge that features a panoramic view of the islands. From the swimming platform to the extended bow for whale and dolphin watching, the Reina Silvia is committed to inspiring your adventurous spirit. Carefully arranged itineraries, along with pangas, kayaks, and snorkeling equipment, let you dive into an intimate, unique adventure exploring this magical part of the world.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Baltra Island / Santa Cruz Island

Arrive at the airport on Baltra Island where guides from the Reina Silvia will greet you and whisk you off to an exquisite lunch in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island.

Afterward, visit the breathtaking Twin Craters, two collapsed underground fissures located on either side of the main road leading into the port. You’ll find giant tortoises, finches, warblers, and mockingbirds in this area.

By the afternoon, visit the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Center where giant tortoises are bred and reared until they can survive in the wilds on their own. See tortoises in all ranges of life, from hatchlings to adult.

Board the Reina Silvia and settle into your cabin. Dine on a specially prepared meal as the sun sets over the islands and the stars spread across the sky.

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Floreana Island / Champion Island

This morning, head to Cormorant Point on Floreana Island. Enjoy a hike to a saltwater lagoon, home to flamingos and other island birds. Swim in the crystal clear waters off Devil’s Crown, an extinct volcano that peeks out of the waters. Put on your snorkel gear to see the myriads of tropical fish that gather just under the surface.

Visit Champion Island, named after the whaler Andrew Champion, a small island just off Floreana’s southern coast. Continue your snorkeling experience here, considered one of the most beautiful places in the Galápagos to see reef fish, rays, sharks, even dolphins.

After lunch, make your way to the infamous Post Office Bay where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel as an unofficial mailbox. Without stamps back then, whalers relied on other ships to pick up their mail and hand-deliver them to the letter’s recipient. Keep up the tradition. Bring your own postcard, take a postcard.

In the afternoon, visit Asilo de la Paz, also known as Peace Haven, a 450m-high hill behind Straw Hill in the agricultural area of Floreana. See the pirate caves where many pirates hid out, and the freshwater spring at the base of the hill.

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Isabela Island

After breakfast, visit Moreno Point on Isabela Island, you’ll find yourself standing atop once flowing lava. The lava left craters in its wake that have since formed unique tidal openings where you might see whitetip reef sharks, sea turtles, and other marine life passing by. On land, catch sight of pink flamingos, white-cheeked pintail ducks, and common gallinules.

In the afternoon, visit Elizabeth Bay, on the east coast of Isabela. This bay contains many islets that you will get to visit by panga. Spot penguins and blue-footed boobies on the rocky islets. With an abundance of marine life and clear water, this area is also perfect for snorkeling amongst schools of colorful fish, sea turtles, penguins, rays, and sea lions.

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Isabela Island / Fernandina Island

This morning, step onto Urbina Bay, a fascinating geological formation. In 1954, an earthquake caused this area, once the seafloor, to lift high above the water. Walk along the trail of now sun-bleached coral reef that makes up Urbina. Expect to see stingrays and sea turtles swimming near the surface, as well as flightless cormorants, pelicans, and marine iguanas. Notice the dazzling view of the Alcedo Volcano looming nearby, a haven for hawks, the biggest land iguanas in the Galápagos, and giant tortoises.

After lunch, land at Espinoza Point. Walk past colonies of marine iguanas and sea lions until you reach the highlight of this island, a flightless cormorant nesting site. This area also gives you the perfect opportunity to see the Galápagos hawk, penguins, blue-footed boobies, and terns. Snorkel in search of sea turtles, rays, and puffer fish.

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Isabela Island

Today starts off with a visit to Tagus Cove. Located near the Bolivar Channel, the cove provides a sheltered area that invited pirates, whalers, and buccaneers during the 1800s and beyond to anchor and rest. Hike trails winding past Lake Darwin, a saltwater lagoon inside a partially submerged volcano where many birds reside including tree finches, hawks, yellow warblers, large-billed flycatchers, and sometimes the woodpecker finch. From the ridge high above the island, take in the sweeping views of the surrounding islands, including Punta Tortuga with its lovely beach surrounded by mangroves. Snorkel or kayak the shores of Tagus alongside penguins, flightless cormorants, sea lions, rays, and other tropical fish,.

By the afternoon, hop in a panga to explore Vicente Roca Point, a large bay with spectacular sea life. You may also snorkel on your own where you are sure to find seahorses, sea turtles, rays, puffer fish, and the strange yet fascinating mola, a large sunfish. From the boat, keep an eye out for blue-footed boobies, terns, and Nazca boobies.

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Santiago Island

Step onto Espumilla Beach at Santiago Island this morning. Marine iguanas lounge and Sally Lightfoot crabs attract hunting herons. Snorkel along the reef where you may come face-to-face with octopus, moray eels, and a wide variety of tropical fish. You may also choose to explore the area by panga ride or in your own kayak.

Next, visit Buccaneer Cove, named for its history as a refuge for British buccaneers. Pirates anchored in the cove to repair their ships and stock up on tortoise meat. Hike the steep cliffs where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red sand beach. Take a leisurely stroll along the beach, or get into the water with a snorkeling excursion, panga ride, or kayak around the shoreline.

After lunch, visit Egas Port, also known as James Bay. Home to the curious Galápagos hawk and quick-footed Galápagos lava lizards, oystercatchers and finches, hike along trails leading to gorgeous tide pools and grottos. Galápagos fur seals and marine iguanas dive in and out of these underwater grottos, making for a memorable snorkeling experience.

End the day with an 8 km round-trip hike at Minas de Sal, or Salt Mines, on the northwest side of Santiago Island, or take a more leisurely walk along the shore, watching for lava herons, Galápagos hawks, American oystercatchers, and whimbrels.

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Santa Cruz Island / North Seymour Island

Spend the morning exploring Bachas Beach, located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, where remnants of abandoned U.S. World War II barges poke out of the water. Touch the past, quite literally, by snorkeling around the barges. Shipwrecks and other sunken ships are the perfect calling card for sharks and other tropical fish. This island is also home to flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, whimbrels, and sea turtles nesting on the beach.

This afternoon, visit North Seymour Island where Galápagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent frigate birds live in great abundance. Formed by a series of submarine lava flows, the island is characterized by an arid vegetation zone. Explore the shores by panga ride, or snorkel with rays, reef sharks, and many colorful fish.

Day8

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Balta Airport / Departure

After breakfast, depart the Reina Silvia and arrive at Baltra airport for your return flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Reina Silvia (Eastern)

Travel aboard the

Reina Silvia

Known as the “Queen of Galápagos,” the Reina Silvia is a 90-foot luxury yacht dedicated to providing an elegant, comfortable expedition for up to 16 travelers into the heart of the Galápagos Islands. On this special cruise, spend 8 days exploring the eastern Galápagos Islands (Santa Cruz, Española, San Cristóbal, Genovesa, Santiago, Baltra) enjoying spacious staterooms complete with ocean views, a classic lounge to dine on world-class cuisine, and relaxing salon area for guide presentations. Relax with a luscious, handcrafted cocktail at sunset from the upper deck lounge that features a panoramic view of the islands. From the swimming platform to the extended bow for whale and dolphin watching, the Reina Silvia is committed to inspiring your adventurous spirit. Carefully arranged itineraries, along with pangas, kayaks, and snorkeling equipment, let you dive into an intimate, unique adventure exploring this magical part of the world.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Baltra Island / Santa Cruz Island

Arrive at the airport on Baltra Island where guides from the Reina Silvia will greet you and whisk you away for your first excursion. Explore the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, passing through the dry coastal region up to the deep green, lush forests made up of Scalesia trees. Step into a large underground lava tube that stretches over half a mile. Hike into its dark interior along a well lit path.

By the afternoon, visit the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Center where giant tortoises are bred and reared until they can survive in the wilds on their own. See tortoises in all ranges of life, from hatchlings to adult.

Board the Reina Silvia and settle into your cabin. Dine on a specially prepared meal as the sun sets over the islands and the stars spread across the sky.

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Española Island

Spend your first morning touring the spectacular Gardner Bay. Walk along a lovely white sand beach crossing paths with a busy sea lion colony. Dive into the water to swim or snorkel with sea lion pups, or kayak along the coastline looking for curious mockingbirds, Nazca boobies, waved albatross, red-billed tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galápagos hawks, and blue-footed boobies. Watch the ocean spray high in the air through the magnificent, naturally-created blow hole in the rock.

Next, visit Gardner Islet, a small island that will bring out the explorer in you. Made up of curvy tunnels at one end of the island and caves at the other, feel what it was like to be a pirate back in the 1800s, hiding from the law or hiding treasure. Take the opportunity to snorkel where you are sure to find eels, batfish, eagle rays, hammerheads, and peacock flounders. You can also take a panga ride around the island to explore the cliffs for birds.

After lunch, snorkel Osborne Islet, a marine site home to sea lions, parrot fish, butterfly fish, and sometimes the rare red-lipped batfish.

End the day at Suarez Point on the western end of Española Island. Hike the trails to find a large population of albatross and wild seabirds, including the mesmerizing carnivorous mockingbird.

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Lobos Island / San Cristóbal Island

This morning, visit Lobos Island, which means “Sea Lion Island.” This appropriately named island is ripe with playful sea lions that will welcome you as you hike into the island’s interior and swim alongside you if you choose to snorkel. Find tropical fish, sea turtles, manta rays, and hammerheads, as well as blue-footed and Nazca boobies, and frigate birds.

After lunch, visit Punta Pitt, situated on the northeastern tip of San Cristóbal Island. Spot frigatebirds, storm petrels, and all three types of booby birds: Nazca, blue-footed, and red-footed. A steep trail takes you through a ravine that is like a sanctuary filled with birds.

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Santa Fe Island / South Plaza Island

Spend your morning on Santa Fe Island, exploring the trails that lead to scenic viewpoints atop the cliffs, or to a tall prickly pear cactus forest dotted with giant Opuntia cacti. Land iguanas will often cross your path as you go. Dive into the water with a snorkeling excursion, or hop aboard a panga ride or your own kayak to tour the island’s shoreline.

This afternoon, head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by giant Opuntia cacti. It plays host to Audubon’s shearwaters, swallow-tailed gulls, Nazca boobies, colorful yellow and red land iguanas, as well as one of the largest sea lion colonies in the Galápagos. Notice the flowering Sesuvium, most common plant on the island that turns green or yellow during the rainy season, and bright red during the dry.

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Genovesa Island

Stroll along the white sand coral beach of Darwin Bay, winding through mangroves filled with Nazca and red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls. Further down the path, find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. Snorkel amongst rays, colourful reef fish, and hammerheads, or take a kayak or panga ride through these turquoise waters.

In the afternoon, visit El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, a steep path that leads to a cliff where you will find a marvelous view of surrounding islands. Hike through palo santo forests where red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, storm petrels, Galápagos swallows, and Galápagos doves reside.

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Santiago Island / Bartholomew Island

Arrive at Sullivan Bay this morning, located off the southeast coast of Santiago Island. Explore the many small volcanoes, formed by lava flows, that dot the bay. Snorkel or swim to get up close to these intriguing geologic formations, or take a panga ride weaving in and out of the obstacle course these volcanoes make.

By the afternoon, find yourself on Bartholomew Island, home of the infamous Pinnacle Rock. Bartholomew is an extinct volcano covered by a variety of red, orange, black, and green volcanic formations. Hike the trails through this strange landscape. Take the stairs to the summit of the volcano where you’ll enjoy one of the best views in the islands. Because of its lava-covered landscape, it is home to certain plant species only found on this barren island. From the beach, snorkel with Galápagos penguins, reef sharks, rays, and bounties of colorful fish.

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Rabida Island / Sombrero Chino Island

After breakfast, visit Rabida Island, considered the heart of the Galápagos, both for its central location but also for the deep dark red rock that covers the island. Step onto Rabida’s brick red sand beach. Hike to a stunning lookout atop the brick red cliffs where birdwatcher’s will delight in seeing some of the rarest species in abundance. Find nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galápagos hawks, brown pelicans, and white-cheeked pintail ducks. Snorkel alongside sea lions, penguins, and tropical fish, or hop aboard for a panga ride or kayaking excursion along the deep red shoreline.

This afternoon, visit Sombrero Chino, also known as Chinese Hat Island, a small island off the southeast coast of Santiago. Named for its distinct shape, which resembles a traditional Chinese bamboo hat, this small island is the perfect place to see lava tubes and lava flows with marine and coral skeletons embedded inside. Formed by underwater lava flows that later lifted above water, feel like an archaeologist as you search for these artifacts. Spend the afternoon hiking along this strange landscape, or snorkel with an abundance of exotic fish, marine iguanas, and sea lions.

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Balta Airport / Departure

After breakfast, depart the Reina Silvia and arrive at Baltra airport for your return flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Santa Cruz II

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Santa Cruz II

Immerse yourself on a Galápagos cruise aboard the luxury yacht, Santa Cruz II. Spend 7 days touring the eastern Galápagos Islands (Santa Cruz, San Cristóbal, Española, Baltra) from the comforts of this 5-deck, 50-cabin ship that easily accommodates up to 90 guests. Enjoy ample-sized social areas both indoors and out, two hot tubs with ocean views, an expansive sundeck, and a classy salon and bar. Experience superb service from knowledgeable naturalist guides who bring you to sites rarely seen by other vessels. Creating a pristine and private adventure into the Galápagos, you’ll interact with wildlife both on land and in the water. Whether you snorkel, swim, kayak, or opt for the novelty of a glass-bottom boat or panga ride, delve into an otherworldly adventure aboard the Santa Cruz II.

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Itinerary

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Baltra Island Airport / Mosquera Island

Arrive at the airport on Baltra Island where your guides will greet you to transfer you to the Santa Cruz II. Enjoy a warm welcome along with an exquisite lunch as the engines fire up for your first destination.

Travel four miles to Mosquera Island, a small volcanic uplift with a long, narrow sandbank surrounded by lava reefs. Cross paths with young sea lions as your guides lead you to the many sea lion colonies on this island. Learn about the fragile ecosystem of the Galápagos as you walk the flat, sandy dunes. Dive into these turquoise waters with your snorkeling gear as young sea lions accompany you and schools of tropical fish swim by.

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San Cristóbal Island

Step onto the shores of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galápagos, on San Cristóbal Island. After a 40-minute drive to the island’s southern shore, you’ll spend the morning at Cerro Colorado, a breeding center for highly endangered giant tortoises. Located in the midst of a glorious deciduous forest, you’ll find dozens of bird species, including the San Cristóbal mockingbird, as well as other unique species, such as the San Cristóbal lava lizard.

This afternoon, explore Punta Pitt, an eroded tuff cone, on the eastern tip of the island. Hike the trails to spot Nazca, red-footed, and blue-footed boobies. This is the only area in the Galápagos where all three species of boobies are found together. Enjoy a panga ride along the coast, or take the chance to snorkel or kayak on your own.

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Santa Fe Island / South Plaza Island

This morning, find yourself walking along an idyllic sandy white beach on Santa Fe Island. Populated by many sea lions and land iguanas, hike the trails that pass through giant prickly pear cactus. Submerge yourself in the crystal waters, either snorkeling or swimming amongst tropical fish, or above in a kayak, panga, or glass-bottom boat.

After lunch, disembark on South Plaza Island, noted by the stark contrast between its white sand beaches and black lava shoreline. Beyond, a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents and luminescent green prickly pear cactus brighten the rest of the island’s interior. Yellow land iguanas dot the cactus forests, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coast, find sea lions, frigates, swallow-tailed gulls, and shearwaters.

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Santa Cruz Island

Start the morning at the Charles Darwin Research Station, headquarters of the National Park’s conservation and biological research, dedicated to preserving giant tortoises. The breeding center is located inside an impressive giant prickly pear cactus forest, and is home to many land birds. Following your visit, enjoy lunch in the lush Santa Cruz highlands.

This afternoon, you have several options to explore the island, from a bicycle tour to a walking tour of Puerto Ayora, and others. Your tour guides will announce the options available to you in advance so you have time to choose. Return to the Santa Cruz II for a delectable dinner.

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Española Island

This morning’s excursion starts off with a thrilling walk through Española Island, where unique seabird colonies reside, including waved albatrosses (April-December), Nazca and blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls. Watch the ocean spray high in the air through the infamous , naturally-created blow hole in the rock. Also, look out for red, green, and black marine iguanas.

After lunch, tour the picturesque white coral beach of Gardner Bay and nearby Osborn Islet. Both provide a beautiful setting to observe sea lions, mockingbirds, and finches as you relax on the beach or snorkel with playful sea lions and schools of eels, batfish, eagle rays, and peacock flounders. Kayak the shores of Española Island in search of birds nesting in the cliffs.

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Santa Cruz Island / North Seymour Island

Take a panga ride to Eden Islet, a small islet located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where you can observe blue-footed boobies and frigates dive into the water. Snorkel alongside salemas and reef sharks, or spot them from the comforts of the glass-bottom boat or your own kayak.

This afternoon, walk along North Seymour Island, an island that was once the seafloor but an earthquake lifted it high above the water to form a new island. See evidence of its origins in the remnants of coral and marine skeletons. A forest of silver-gray palo santo trees, also known as holy stick, stands just above the landing. This area is full of blue-footed boobies, two species of frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, as well as sea lions and marine iguanas.

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Baltra Island Airport / Departure

Return to Baltra Island to take your flight back to the mainland.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Grace (Lesser Known)

Travel aboard the

Grace

For those seeking to explore the Galápagos in true style, the 18-guest Grace is a classic historic yacht with a distinguished past from World War II service in the British Navy to private ownership by royalty. This 8-day cruise explores several well-known islands as well as some smaller, more exclusive islets. With three decks, the Grace provides a rejuvenating environment with sundeck, a sizable Jacuzzi at the bow of the ship, full entertainment center and onboard boutique. Relax in the comfort of elegant, spacious cabins. At sunset, gather in the sky lounge bar for happy hour and prepare for an exquisite fine dining experience.

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Day1

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Baltra Island / Daphne Major and Minor Islands

Catch your flight from Quito to Baltra Island where your guide will greet you and take you to the dock. Climb aboard a panga with your carry-on luggage to make the short crossing to the Grace. Meanwhile, the crew will transfer the rest of your luggage to your cabin.

On board, settle into your new home for the week as the engines fire up and set off for the Daphne Islands. Daphne Minor, formed by volcanic ash, is a tuff cone that sits off the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. This is the island where the husband-wife biology team, Peter and Rosemary Grant, have been conducting a 20-year field study on the Galápagos finches and how they relate to Darwin’s theory of natural selection. Their work is chronicled in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Beak of the Finch.

Take a front row seat as the Grace navigates close to the shores where you will witness bustling colonies of blue-footed and Nazca boobies, magnificent frigate birds, short-eared owls, and red-billed tropicbirds.

As the sun sets on your first day in the Enchanted Archipelago, toast the voyage ahead with a handcrafted cocktail made from local fruits and liqueurs.

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Santa Fe Island / South Plaza Island

This morning, we will anchor in the turquoise lagoon off Santa Fe Island, one of the oldest islands in the Galápagos. Step onto a sandy white beach next to one of many sea lion colonies. Hike an ascending trail leading toward the cliffs where Galápagos hawks perch atop salt bushes and one of the largest species of land iguana lives. At the top of the cliffs, find one of the biggest forests of giant prickly pear cactus in the Galapagos.

Return to the beach to snorkel or swim in the calm waters of the bay with playful sea lions, sea turtles, and tropical fish. For the trained kayaker, the island offers a route along its northern shore leading to its hidden sea caves.

This afternoon, stop at the small yet richly verdant South Plaza Island. Just a few hundred meters off Santa Cruz Island, South Plaza features a grove of luminescent green prickly pear cactus surrounded by friendly yellow land iguanas waiting for lunch to drop. Hike a trail to the top of the island’s cliffs overlooking the ocean. Spot manta rays, swallow-tailed gulls with red banded eyes, and the many sea lions down on the rocks.

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Tower Island / Genovesa Island

Tower Island, or Bird Island, boasts a stunning visual landscape with a tremendous population of birds. The southwestern part of the island is an ocean-filled caldera ringed by the outer edges of a submerged volcano. Prince Philip’s Steps, named for a visit by the British Monarch in 1964, is a 25-meter (81-foot) stairway leading up to a small plateau where storm petrels and short-eared owls inhabit the bushes, and many cavities and holes inside the lava fields.

After the two-hour hike, prepare to snorkel or kayak one of the best sites in the islands. Large tropical fish are everywhere, including oversized parrot, unicorn, angel, and hogfish. Schools of perch, surgeon fish, and various types of butterfly fish also hide within the rocky shoreline that drops off into the caldera. See a rainbow assortment of wrasse, basslet, anthias, and tang. The center of the caldera attracts hammerheads and large manta rays that sometimes patrol the western edge as it opens to the sea.

Take a luxurious stroll after lunch along the white coral sands of Darwin Bay. Great frigate birds with bulging scarlet throats, and yellow-crowned and lava herons feed along the shore. Find stunning sheltered pools set into a rocky outcrop where marine iguanas, lava lizards, and Galápagos doves blend with the trail. Above the caldera, pintail ducks, lava gulls, and swallow-tailed gulls nest at the cliff’s edge. Get an even closer look at the full variety of bird species aboard a panga ride to the base of the cliffs where red–billed tropicbirds nest inside the crevices of the rocks.

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Fernandina Island / Isabela Island

In the morning, ride the panga to Punta Espinosa, a narrow spit of land on the northeast corner of Fernandina Island, the youngest and westernmost island of the Galápagos. A number of unique Galápagos species reside in this area, including penguins, Galápagos hawks, red and turquoise zayapas crabs, and great blue and lava herons forage through mangrove roots. Take a short walk leading to a large colony of marine iguanas sunbathing along the rocky shoreline, while nearby, sea lions frolic in a sheltered lagoon.

High overhead looms La Cumbre, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Farther down this stretch of shore, the world’s only species of flightless cormorants have established a colony. The island’s black lava flows form a quiet, inner mangrove lagoon where you can spot rays and sea turtles gliding just below the surface.

Snorkeling off Punta Espinoza features an ocean bottom covered with troughs formed by lava, while sea turtles swim past, marine iguanas munch on algae, and penguins zip by. This is one of the best place in the Galápagos to see dolphins and whales, such as the melon headed whale and the elusive sperm whale.

This afternoon, walk amongst the boulder-sized dried coral heads, mollusks, and other organisms that once formed the ocean floor at Urbina Bay. Giant tortoises inhabit this coastal plain during the wet season before migrating to the highlands when it turns dry. Snorkel amongst tropical fish hiding amongst the rocks or just relax on shore.

Tonight, while anchored in the Bolivar Channel, experience the spectacular sunset between the towering volcanoes that form Fernandina and Isabela Islands. Sunset is also an excellent time to spot whales and dolphins, all while enjoying a happy hour at the Sky lounge on the upper rear deck.

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Isabela Island

We head north along the western coast of Isabela Island, the largest island in the archipelago, to Tagus Cove. Named for a British warship that moored here in 1814, the cove was used as an anchorage for pirates and whalers. You can still find the names of these ships carved into the rocks. The cove is home to blue-footed boobies, brown noddies, pelicans, noddy terns, flightless cormorants, and penguins.

Climb a wooden stairway for a view of Darwin Lake, a perfectly round saltwater crater. The trail continues through dry vegetation, then climbs inland for sweeping views of Darwin and Wolf Volcano, the highest point in the Galápagos.

Snorkeling Tagus Cove is like looking down on a pasture of green where marine iguanas graze and sea turtles glide. For those who want to go deeper, scorpion fish nestle against the outcrops, seahorses masquerade through the seaweed, and the rare Port Jackson shark is also found here. Kayakers can paddle around the cove, finding nesting birds on the cliff walls above.

Punta Vicente Roca, located on the northern part of Isabela Island, features the remnants of an ancient volcano that now form mysterious sunken caves visible. Masked and blue-footed boobies perch along the cliffs, while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline. The protected cove of Punta Vicente Roca is one of the most sought after diving spots of all the islands. The area is flanked by Volcano Ecuador, the island’s sixth largest volcano, at 2,600 feet. When half of the volcano slid into the ocean it left a tremendous cutaway view of its caldera, which offers deep water snorkeling. Dive into an underwater passage where sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, and manta rays reside.

At the far northern reaches of the island lies Punta Albemarle. During World War II, Punta Albemarle’s location made it ideal for the US military to build a radar station. The remnants of the base are still evident today even though nature quickly took over once it was abandoned. Albemarle is a prime nesting site for the flightless cormorant, and large marine iguanas that can be seen munching on seaweed in tidal pools at low tide.

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Santiago Island

Today’s landing sites hold true historic significance. Darwin spent nine days at Santiago Island, collecting finches for his specimens. Buccaneer’s Cove was a favorite of pirates and whalers. Today it’s one of the more dramatic kayaking routes in the Galápagos for paddlers looking for a challenge. The volcanic cliffs surrounding the cove have created natural sculptures rising from the sea, such as Monk and Elephant Rock.

At Espumilla Beach take a short walk inland to a mangrove lagoon inhabited by common stilts, flocks of pink flamingos, and white-cheeked pintails. Pass through a sparse Palo Santo forest where Galápagos finches and vermilion flycatchers fly by.

In the afternoon choose from several different adventures at James Bay. Darwin described his visit to South James Bay in Voyage of the Beagle. Step onto a black beach with intriguing eroded rock formations as you hike a trail that rises to the rim of an extinct volcanic crater. Sea water seeps into the cracks leaving salt deposits that have been mined in the past. Another path leads south to a series of crystal clear grottos made of broken lava tubes that are home to sea lions and tropical fish. This is the best place to see fur sea lions lazing on the rocks. The third trail leads north to inland lagoons where flamingos, vermilion flycatchers, Galápagos hawks, and the tool-wielding woodpecker finch reside.

Snorkel off the sandy beach slopes that dip into a rocky bottom filled with multitudes of sea turtles, schools of golden and spotted eagle rays, plus the ever curious sea lions. Just before returning to the ship, watch the sun set over the bay, where the black lava and sand seem to catch fire against the sky.

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Santa Cruz Island

This morning, visit Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Home to both the Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station, this is the hub of the restorative efforts taking place in the park. See the Giant Tortoise Breeding & Rearing Program, which began in 1970. This program has restored the number of tortoises there from 14 to over 1,000.

Then explore the Wild Tortoise Reserve in the Santa Cruz highlands where the dry coastal vegetation transitions to lush forests overgrown with moss and lichen. See these ancient creatures in their natural setting. Beneath the ground are lava tubes that, over time, have created underground tunnels. A wooden stairway descends to one of these underground passages where you can walk from one end to the other along a well-lit path.

Also in this area are The Twins, Los Gemelos, two large sinkhole craters formed by collapsed lava tubes. Los Gemelos are surrounded by a Scalesia forest, home to many of Darwin’s famous finches along with the elusive and dazzling vermillion flycatcher.

Return to Puerto Ayora for some time to shop. This little port town features restaurants, souvenir shops, and internet cafés to duck into and pick up some gifts for home.

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San Cristóbal Island / Departure

Rise early to see Leon Dormido, also known as Kicker Rock, a spectacular sleeping lion-shaped rock that rises 152 meters (500 feet) out of the Pacific at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Then step onto the dock at Wreck Bay. The crew will pick up your luggage at your cabin and ensure it gets to the airport while you visit the quaint port town filled with local souvenir shops, or stop in at the Galápagos National Park Visitor Centre to learn about the natural history, ecosystems, and biodiversity of the Galápagos.

Return to the airport to catch your flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Galapagos Cruise – Grace (South Central)

Travel aboard the

Grace

For those seeking to explore the Galápagos in true style, the 18-guest Grace is a classic historic yacht with a distinguished past from World War II service in the British Navy to private ownership by royalty. This 8-day cruise explores the south-central islands including Bartolomé, Española, Santa Cruz, as well as a couple lesser known islets. With three decks, the Grace provides a rejuvenating environment with sundeck, a sizable Jacuzzi at the bow of the ship, full entertainment center and onboard boutique. Relax in the comfort of elegant, spacious cabins. At sunset, gather in the sky lounge bar for happy hour and prepare for an exquisite fine dining experience.

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Itinerary

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Arrive / San Cristobal Island

Catch your flight from Quito to San Cristobal Island, the first island Darwin visited when he arrived in 1835. Your guide will greet you and take you to the dock, where you will climb aboard a panga to make the short crossing to the Grace. Meanwhile, the crew will transfer the rest of your luggage to your cabin.

On board, settle into your new home for the week as the engines fire up and set off for Isla Lobos. Toast your first day in the Enchanted Archipelago with a handcrafted cocktail made from local fruits and liqueurs. Revel in the vision of Leon Dormido, also known as Kicker Rock, a spectacular sleeping lion-shaped rock that rises 152 meters (500 feet) out of the Pacific at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.

Arriving at Isla Lobos, otherwise known as Sea Lion Island, it’s a tiny basalt island just off San Cristobal that’s home to a noisy population of frolicking and barking sea lions. Snorkel right alongside them in the turquoise waters. Sea lions are ever curious and playful with people. Walk the trails along white sands catching sight of blue-footed boobies and other spectacular birds.

Top off the evening with a dip in the jacuzzi followed by happy hour atop the sky lounge. Then, meet in the main salon for a presentation by your guide on the next day’s activities before sitting down to a specially prepared dinner.

Day2

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Española Island

Wake up for your first morning in the Galápagos at Punta Suarez on Española Island, the southernmost island of the archipelago. This island is one of the most popular areas due to the breathtaking varieties of flowers and plants that cover the terrain. Watch sea lions surf the waves beyond the breakwater as you arrive onshore. Find colorful marine iguanas napping in communal piles or clinging to rocks. Follow a trail that takes you to the western edge where masked and Nazca boobies, lava herons, and swallow-tailed gulls, with their red ringed eyes, nest along the cliff’s edge. Up ahead, see a large gathering of Galápagos doves, cactus finch, and mockingbirds.

From the top of the cliff, witness the periodic geyster of salt water created by a shelf of black lava that reaches out into the surf. Also on these cliffs is the “Albatross Airport,” where waved albatross line up to get a running start and fly off the ledge, soaring over the crashing waves below. These are the largest birds you will see in the Galápagos and the only species of albatross exclusive to the tropics.

Head over to nearby Gardner Bay’s powdery white sand is the perfect entrance for a swim or snorkeling amongst schools of large tropical fish, including yellow-tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, and bump-head parrot fish. Sleepy white-tipped reef sharks often nap on the bottom while young sea lions snack and play. Gardner Bay and Islet also offer inviting waters for kayakers.

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Floreana Island

Start the morning at Post Office Bay on Floreana Island, an island with a colorful history: pirates, whalers, convicts, and a small band of peculiar colonists—a self-proclaimed Baroness among them—who chose a Robinson Crusoe existence that ended in mystery. In 1793, British whalers set up a barrel as the island’s post office to send letters home on passing ships. The tradition continues today. Drop a postcard into the barrel, take a postcard from the barrel, and deliver it.

Farther inland, walk inside a lava tube that descends deep into the earth. Swim in a subterranean grotto beneath the tide where sea turtles and tropical fish await.

Afterward, you’ll visit Punta Cormorant. This area features two highly distinct beaches. One is made of volcanic olivine crystals that gives it a greenish tint, while the other, known as Flour Beach, is sheer white in the sun. Flour Beach was made by the erosion of coral skeletons. Between the two beaches is a lagoon frequented by flamingos, pintails, stilts, and other wading birds.

Next, we’ll visit the tiny Champion Islet, considered one of the top snorkeling sites. See yellowtail grunts, amberjacks, schools of king angel, sea turtles, Galápagos penguins, and dolphins. Humpback whales also frequent the bay off Flour Beach.

Day4

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Santa Cruz Island

This morning, visit Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Home to both the Galápagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station, this is the hub of the restorative efforts taking place in the park. See the Giant Tortoise Breeding & Rearing Program, which began in 1970. This program has restored the number of tortoises there from 14 to over 1,000.

Then explore the Wild Tortoise Reserve in the Santa Cruz highlands where the dry coastal vegetation transitions to lush forests with moss and lichen. See these ancient creatures in their natural setting. Beneath the ground are lava tubes that, over time, have created underground tunnels. A wooden stairway descends to one of these underground passages where you will have the chance to walk from one end to the other along a well-lit path.

Also in this area are The Twins, Los Gemelos, two large sinkhole craters formed by collapsed lava tubes. Los Gemelos are surrounded by a Scalesia forest, home to many of Darwin’s famous finches along with the elusive and dazzling vermillion flycatcher.

Return to Puerto Ayora for some time to shop. This little port town features restaurants, souvenir shops, and internet cafés to duck into and pick up some gifts for home.

Day5

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Santa Cruz Island / Sombrero Chino Island

At the north end of Santa Cruz Island is Las Bachas, comprised of two sandy white beaches where sea turtles lay their eggs. Las Bachas got its name from the two barges left abandoned here after WWII. On shore you’ll be greeted by patrolling blue-footed boobies before you walk inland to find a lagoon filled with pink flamingos, great blue herons, common stilts, brown noddies, and white-cheeked pintails. You’ll get to snorkel and swim in these waters, which are typically warmer than other areas of the Galápagos.

After lunch you’ll visit one of the coveted islands many tourists never get to see. Tiny Sombrero Chino Island, or Chinese Hat Island, is too small for most large vessels to stop at, but the Grace is perfectly suited for islands such as this one. The island is named for its resemblance to the traditional Chinese Coolie’s hat.

Land at the crescent-shaped cove where black lava rocks rest on white sands. A sea lion colony resides here, while fiery-colored Sally Lightfoot crabs and marine iguanas lounge atop the rocks. Find American oystercatchers in the tide pools. You can hike a short trail into the island’s volcanic interior to explore rock formations, including pahoehoe lava that resembles black rope. Snorkel with the sea lions, as Galápagos penguins dart past.

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Rabida Island

At the heart of the Galápagos is Rabida Island, with its deep red sandy beaches and equally red towering cliffs. Even the starfish are crimson. A colony of sea lions inhabits these scarlet shores. This is also the best place to get close to nesting brown pelicans. Take a short walk inland to see the Galápagos dove, cactus finch, the large ground finch, and flamingos in a lagoon. At the top of the rocky peninsula, hike through groves of prickly pear cactus as it opens up to a sweeping view of the red sea cliffs beyond.

Kayak along Rabida’s eastern peninsula beneath the island’s red cliffs. This is the perfect place to spot sea turtles sometimes swimming right beside you, as well as blue-footed and masked boobies. Snorkel above giant schools of striped salemas, Galápagos sharks, and yellowtail surgeon fish. Occasionally, orcas swim right off the shore.

Climb back aboard the Grace to soak in the hot tub before lunch as we set sail for Santiago Island. We’ll drop anchor in Sullivan Bay near the landmark Pinnacle Rock.
From the ship you can see the island’s lava fields gleaming in the sun like a gigantic, obsidian sculpture, covered in the rope-like pahoehoe lava that reaches into the sea. On land you’ll find brightly colored painted locusts, lava lizards, and lava cactus punctuated against the black volcanic canvas.

You’ll have the chance to hike and admire the Earth’s craftwork before taking a panga ride along the black rocky coast in search of Galápagos penguins. You are also free to snorkel and swim. Squadrons of spotted eagle rays pass through the channel, as well as sea turtles.

This evening watch the sun set over the lava fields of Sullivan Bay as the long rays of the setting sun light up tower-like Pinnacle Rock.

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Bartolomé Island / North Seymour Island

Step onto Bartolomé Island as you climb a 600-meter (2000-foot) pathway, complete with stairs and boardwalks, leading to Bartolomé’s summit. Small volcanic cones stand in various stages of erosion. Lava tubes form bobsled-like runs down the hills. At the top take in the spectacular views of Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay, and Pinnacle Rock.

Then we’ll move on to North Seymour Island, a relatively flat island, that is teeming with life. Swallow-tailed gulls perch on ledges. Inside a forest of silver Palo Santo trees blue-footed boobies nest. Hike through trails along the beach witnessing flocks of brown pelicans and frigate birds, and dozens of bright yellow land iguanas.

Snorkel over a wide variety of rays, from marble rays, to golden eagle rays, even manta rays. White-tipped reef sharks sleep on the bottom while schools of king angelfish and yellowtailed surgeonfish swarm the rocky shoreline passing the occasional parrot or damselfish. Large schools of tightly packed blue and gold snappers, grunts, and jacks also traverse these waters, as does the occasional hammerhead.

Tonight will be an especially relaxing evening. Soak in the Jacuzzi as you spend the night restfully anchored in the bay. Watch the twin mountain islands of Daphne Major and Daphne Minor as the sun sets behind them.

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Santa Cruz Island / Baltra Island / Flight Home

This last morning brings you to Black Turtle Cove just off the northern shore of Santa Cruz Island. Rich with four species of mangroves that stretch nearly a mile inland, you’ll traverse the quiet waters in a dinghy, while sea turtle, and spotted eagle and golden rays swim nearby. Brown pelicans, blue and lava herons, all come to feed in the cove which has been declared a “Turtle Sanctuary.”

Return to Baltra Island where the crew will deliver your luggage from your cabin to the airport. You’ll disembark the vessel for the short panga ride to shore where the bus will pick you up for the 5-minute drive to the airport. Your guide will make sure you are checked in on the proper flight home.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Amazon Cruise – Aria (High Water)

Luxury Riverboat Cruise aboard the

Aria Amazon

Venture deep into the Peruvian Amazon rainforest aboard the Aria Amazon within the five million pristine acres of Pacaya Samiria Reserve, a protected area teeming with wildlife. Spot pairs of blue-and-yellow macaw, flocks of snowy egrets, laughing falcons and Amazon kingfishers, caiman, squirrel monkeys frolicking in the trees and pink dolphins poking their dorsal fins above the river water while colossal Victoria Regia water lilies float on the water’s surface. Travel aboard a luxury riverboat reminiscent of an elegant boutique hotel. The Aria Amazon features spacious suites and exquisite Amazonian cuisine at every meal. From the remote city of Iquitos to the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers, fish for piranha, trek along winding trails, and visit communities living largely as they have for centuries. Naturalist guides lead you through the rainforest, providing a wealth of information about the exotic plants and wildlife under an astounding jungle canopy.

HIGH WATER SEASON: NOVEMBER - MAY

The high water season provides a striking visual landscape and flurry of navigable waterways. Temperatures average 86°F (30°C). The ship sails deeper into the jungle where wildlife abounds, but exploring on land decreases. The likelihood of reeling in a memorable catch also lowers.

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Iquitos / Nauta / Embarkation / Maranon River

Meet at Iquitos International Airport before journeying through the Peruvian countryside by air-conditioned vehicle to Nauta Lounge. Lunch will be served in the lounge or, depending on flight arrival time, a box lunch may be served en route.

At 6 pm, board the Aria Amazon. Settle into a spacious suite as the ship sets off into the birthplace of the Amazon. Following a routine safety drill and introduction to the ship’s naturalist guides, enjoy an impeccable Amazonian feast from Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino whose restaurant, Malabar, is one of Lima’s top-ranked restaurants.

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Amazon River / Yarapa River / Nauta Cano

Set sail in a comfortable skiff from the Amazon to the Yarapa River. Spot tropical songbirds, black collared hawks, and sloths with binoculars. Fish for the notoriously ferocious piranha while naturalist guides share stories of Lake Moringo.

In the evening, the ship sails through the black waters of Nauta Caño. Observe animals awake only at night and enjoy extraordinary stargazing from the depths of the jungle.

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Maranon Creek / Suspended Bridges / Yanayacu-Pucate River

At sunrise, explore a “lost river” along the Marañon River. Following breakfast, set out on a thrilling jungle walk across suspended bridges high above the rainforest.

Kayak, canoe, or swim in these unspoiled black waters of the Yanayacu-Pucate River where Amazon’s legendary pink dolphins are known to live.

Tonight, look into the sky with high tech telescopes as guides point out planets and constellations that shine ever brighter against the Amazon’s dark backdrop.

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Nauta Town / Manatee Rescue Center / Transfer to Airport

Visit an outdoor market with guides who can point out the various Amazonian fish caught that morning by local fishermen as well as the many exotic fruits grown in the rainforest. Return to the Aria Amazon for breakfast and to pack.

After breakfast, visit the Manatee Rescue Center where Amazonian manatees are rescued, rehabilitated, then released back into the wild.

En route to the airport, stop at the San Juan craft market to shop for some last-minute souvenirs and locally made goods.

Other local activities may be included as well depending on time. Lunch will be served or, depending on departure flight time, a box lunch will be provided.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Amazon Cruise – Delfin I

Amazon cruise aboard the

Delfin I

Experience the secrets of the Amazon aboard the luxurious riverboat, Delfin I on this 4-day cruise. This cruise adventure features the best flora and fauna that the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve have to offer. Daily optional excursions (one in the morning, one in the afternoon) include kayaking through creeks and lakes, swimming with dolphins, fishing for piranhas at sunset, cruising the riverbanks in search of wildlife, bird watching, trail walks, and visits to local communities. Delfin I features exquisite suites specially equipped with lavish amenities for the discerning traveler and a spacious private terrace. Taste the exotic fragrances of the Amazon with fantastic drinks made from regional liqueurs and a menu inspired by local Peruvian traditions. Admire a sparkling night sky from the ship’s observation deck as the sweet breeze of the rainforest fills the air.

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Iquitos / Nauta

Arrive in the Amazonian city of Iquitos where your guides will be expecting you. Set off in a comfortable private vehicle where you will receive a delectable lunchbox for the journey to Nauta.

Nauta, a small riverside town on the banks of the Marañon River, plays host to the Delfin I. Enjoy a VIP greeting at a private port where the vessel awaits. On board, sink into your cozy suite, followed by a casual happy hour. Bartenders serve exotic cocktails made with fresh regional fruits and pisco, the beloved national brandy liquor of Peru. Naturalist guides will give an overview of the journey ahead, the schedule, activities, route, and the wildlife to keep an eye out for. Settle into the ship for the evening, taking the opportunity to explore the three decks and bask in the fantastic panoramic views from the elegantly outfitted observation deck.

Day2

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Pacaya Samiria National Reserve: Amazon Park / Yanayacu Pucate / Nauta Caño

This morning, step into the Amazon Park to experience the unique Canopy Walkway, an experience unequaled in the rainforest. At a height of over 25 meters (85 feet) and extending for 500 meters (one-third of a mile), the Canopy Walkway provides a sweeping view of the rainforest from the treetops. There’s no better vantage point for observing the Amazon’s dramatic wildlife and vegetation. Suspended between 14 of the area’s largest rainforest trees, it is one of the longest canopy walkways in the world.

Afterward, you’ll be in Yanayacu Pucate, one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Guides will point out all of the biodiversity in the area, or dive right into the Amazonian waters where you may even have the opportunity to swim or paddle board alongside the famous pink dolphins. Afterwards, visit the remote indigenous village of San Regis where the local shaman, Carola, lives. Carola is known far and wide in the rainforest as a spiritual caretaker and healer to hundreds of jungle dwellers who travel for miles to see her. She is known as a “White” shaman, a healer and spiritual guide.

After a delicious lunch, visit Nauta Caño Creek for some kayaking or fish for the famous piranha.

This evening, guides will take you on a night safari in search of caiman alligators and birds only active under cover of darkness.

Day3

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Pacaya Samiria National Reserve: Fundo Casual / Amazonas / Confluence of the Three Rivers

Rise early this morning to walk the Fundo Casual jungle trail, a hike that takes you deep into the rainforest where the animals are coming to life. The bountiful tropics always rewards early risers with the most abundant and active creatures.

Then, not far from Nauta, stop at the small village of Amazonas. Only 500 people live here but they welcome outsiders with smiling faces. Many are happy to demonstrate how to peel and grate cassava or the tools they use to process rice. See what it’s like in a day in the life of these local riverbank dwellers.

This afternoon, cross over the magnificently colored “Unión de los Ríos” or Confluence of Three Rivers where the Ucayali, Marañón, and Amazon River meet. Take in the spectacular sunset over the rainforest.

This evening, take an opportunity to stop into the Delfin I’s bridge. See the navigation systems, or chat with the captain. Then enjoy stargazing from the observation deck as the ship goes ever deeper into the rainforest.

Day4

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Nauta / The Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) / Iquitos / Lima

Back at the port of Nauta, disembark the vessel to take a private vehicle back to the airport in Iquitos. On the way, visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) where you will have the chance to meet baby manatees. Learn about these wonderful, docile creatures and why they are on the endangered species list. You will have the chance to pet and feed manatees as well as some other animals cared for by the center.

At the airport, staff will help you with your luggage and check in for your return flight to Lima.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control. The water levels of the rivers also vary from time to time, as well as the hours of sailing. Excursions may be modified at the discretion of the Delfin crew.

Amazon Cruise – Delfin III

Travel aboard the

Delfin III

Experience the secrets of the Amazon aboard the luxurious riverboat, Delfin III, on a 4-day cruise in Peru, from Nauta, into the depths of the jungle along the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers. Served by highly qualified staff, the ship features exquisite suites specially equipped with lavish amenities for the discerning traveler: orthopedic beds, pure cotton sheets, bathrobes, air conditioning, and Spanish style hot water showers on your own spacious private terrace. Taste the exotic fragrances of the Amazon with fantastic drinks made from regional liqueurs and a menu inspired by local Peruvian traditions. Fall in love under the sparkling night sky from the ship’s observation deck as the sweet breeze of the rainforest fills the air.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Iquitos / Nauta

Arrive in the Amazonian city of Iquitos where your guides will be expecting you. Set off in a comfortable private vehicle where you will receive a delectable lunchbox for the journey to Nauta.

Nauta, a small riverside town on the banks of the Marañon River, plays host to the Delfin III. Enjoy a VIP greeting at a private port where the vessel awaits. On board, sink into your cozy suite, followed by a casual happy hour. Bartenders serve exotic cocktails made with fresh regional fruits and pisco, the beloved national brandy liquor of Peru. Naturalist guides will give an overview of the journey ahead, the schedule, activities, route, and the wildlife to keep an eye out for. Settle into the ship for the evening, taking the opportunity to explore the three decks and bask in the fantastic panoramic views from the elegantly outfitted observation deck.

Day2

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Pacaya Samiria National Reserve: Samiria River / Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers

This morning, skim along the Samiria River aboard comfortable skiffs. An abundance of wildlife hides in the deep rainforest, such as blue, yellow, and scarlet macaws, toucans, umbrella birds, monkeys, river otters, capybaras, and a multitude of fish. A knowledgeable naturalist will accompany you, helping spot animals as well as exotic flowers found only here. Keep an eye out for the infamous pink dolphins as this is a popular feeding area.

Drift along into the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, passing all of the creeks and lagoons these rivers make. One of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, you will have the opportunity to dive into these jungle waters and swim alongside any pink dolphins that pass through.

Day3

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Pacaya Samiria National Reserve: Fundo Casual / San Francisco / Nauta Caño

Walk the Fundo Casual jungle trail, a hike that takes you deep into the rainforest where the animals are coming to life. The bountiful tropics here are abundant with active wildlife.

Next, visit the community of San Francisco where local villagers have called Amazonia their home for generations. Shop their local market where the women of this community make and sell amazing handmade arts & craft.

After a delicious dinner, visit Nauta Caño Creek where you can fish for the renowned piranha, an unforgettably delightful and challenging experience. As night approaches, guides will take you on a night safari in search of caiman alligators and birds only active under cover of darkness.

Day4

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Day4

Nauta / The Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) / Iquitos

Back at the port of Nauta, disembark the vessel to take a private vehicle back to the airport in Iquitos. On the way, visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) where you will have the chance to meet baby manatees. Learn about these wonderful, docile creatures and why they are on the endangered species list. You will have the chance to pet and feed manatees as well as some other animals cared for by the center.

At the airport, staff will help you with your luggage and check in for your return flight to Lima.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control. The water levels of the rivers also vary from time to time, as well as the hours of sailing. Excursions may be modified at the discretion of the Delfin crew.

Amazon Cruise – Delfin II

Travel aboard the

Delfin II

Experience the secrets of the Peruvian Amazon aboard the charming riverboat, Delfin II. This adventure features the best flora and fauna that the Dorado and Yarapa Rivers in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve have to offer. Daily optional excursions (one in the morning, one in the afternoon) include kayaking through creeks and lakes, swimming with dolphins, fishing for piranhas at sunset, cruising the riverbanks in search of wildlife, bird watching, trail walks, and visits to local communities. Delfin II features fourteen large guest suites with panoramic windows, outstanding cuisine and spa. Taste the exotic fragrances of the Amazon with fantastic drinks made from regional liqueurs and a menu inspired by local Peruvian traditions. Admire a sparkling night sky from the ship’s observation deck as the sweet breeze of the rainforest fills the air.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Day1

Iquitos / Nauta

Arrive in Peru’s Amazonian city of Iquitos where the your guides will be expecting you. Set off in a comfortable private vehicle where you will receive a delectable lunchbox for the journey to Nauta.

Nauta, a small riverside town on the banks of the Marañon River, plays host to the Delfin II. Enjoy a VIP greeting at a private port where the vessel awaits. On board, sink into your cozy suite, followed by a casual happy hour. Bartenders serve exotic cocktails made with fresh regional fruits and pisco, the beloved national brandy liquor of Peru. Naturalist guides will give an overview of the journey ahead, the schedule, activities, route, and the wildlife to keep an eye out for. Settle into the ship for the evening, taking the opportunity to explore the three decks and bask in the fantastic panoramic views from the elegantly outfitted observation deck.

Day2

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Pacaya Samiria National Reserve: Belluda Caño Creek / Dorado River

Early this morning, head for the spectacular tributary within Pacaya Samiria Reserve aboard comfortable skiffs. Experience an unforgettable encounter with gray and pink river dolphins. The birds will also be particularly active in the early morning, flying gracefully over the river.

This afternoon promises more encounters with the exotic wildlife of the jungle: myriads of birds, colorful butterflies, and troops of monkey. As night approaches, guides will take you on a night safari in search of caiman alligators and birds only active under cover of darkness.

Day3

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Pacaya Samiria National Reserve: Clavero Lake / Yarapa River / Puerto Miguel

After breakfast, climb into the skiffs and drift through Clavero Lake, taking you deeper yet into the rainforest. Venture along the Yarapa River. Listen closely to the sounds emanating from the mysterious jungle.

Next, visit the community of Puerto Miguel. Meet local villagers who have called Amazonia their home for generations. Stop at the local schoolhouse where children happily meet visitors, followed by shopping at the market where the women of this community make and sell amazing handmade arts & craft.

Day4

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Day4

Nauta / The Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) / Iquitos

Back at the port of Nauta, disembark the vessel to take a private vehicle back to the airport in Iquitos. On the way, visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) where you will have the chance to meet baby manatees. Learn about these wonderful, docile creatures and why they are on the endangered species list. You will have the chance to pet and feed manatees as well as some other animals cared for by the center.

At the airport, staff will help you with your luggage and check in for your return flight to Lima.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control. The water levels of the rivers also vary from time to time, as well as the hours of sailing. Excursions may be modified at the discretion of the Delfin crew.

Amazon Cruise – Anakonda

Travel aboard the

Anakonda

Journey into the endless web of biodiversity aboard a highly comfortable, state-of- the-art vessel through the Yasuní (Ecuador’s largest National Park), a wild and untamed realm in the Ecuadorian Rainforest. Climb observation towers for bird’s eye views of the canopy, explore black water tributaries escorted by otters and turtles, and hike trails while learning about the fascinating flora and fauna that inhabits this region. The 40-guest luxury Anakonda features floor-to-ceiling windows in all cabins, an expansive observation deck, outdoor Jacuzzi, al fresco lounge and fantastic cuisine.

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Itinerary

Day1

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Quito / Coca / Napo River

Depart Quito on a short 30-minute flight to the frontier town of El Coca (Francisco de Orellana) and transfer to the dock, where you embark a motorized canoe and navigate down river for an hour to board the Anakonda.

Following a safety evacuation drill, your journey will be underway. Settle into your suite and acquaint yourself with the vessel’s spacious social areas and observation deck.

A local naturalist guide boards the Anakonda to share an introductory presentation about the Ecuadorian Amazon. Following this talk, enjoy dinner beneath a mesmerizing sunset. An evening walk is organized after sunset, giving you an opportunity to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity while listening to the incessant sounds of nature.

Day2

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Panacocha’s Biological Corridor

Continuing downstream to the Pañayacu River Delta, take a canoe trip up river to explore this reserve.

Upon reaching the Pañacocha Lake (Piranha Lake, in native language Quechua) marvel at the unique creatures that inhabit this area: squirrel monkeys and, of course, the infamous Piranhas. Pañacocha’s Lake ecosystem offers the perfect habitat for the Piranha, as well as water monkey fish and the White Caiman. After a refreshing swim (for the courageous!), enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ and refreshing beverages at a nearby campsite. This afternoon, head out for a trail walk before returning onboard for dinner.

This evening, listen to a briefing delivered by your local guides, who are always happy to answer questions and provide thorough explanations and stories.

Day3

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Sani Warmi / Yasuni National Park

After breakfast on board, weather permitting, you witness natural phenomenon as we set out to visit one of the most amazing spectacle located on this side of the western Amazonia, known as Parrot Clay Licks. These unique pools of mud are rich in minerals and attract hundreds of parrots, parakeets and amazon birds every day.

Later, visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center where a group of Kichwa women speak about their customs, cuisine and daily life. These women developed this center to showcase and share their culture, giving visitors a window into Amazonian life along the Napo River. Handmade crafts, local products and souvenirs are available for purchase.

Enjoy lunch on board as the boat navigates to Puerto Pedro. Weather permitting, you can take a short excursion to the Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Centre.

Prior to sunset, visit the Añangu Tower for some outstanding photographic and bird watching opportunities.

Your trip into Ecuadorian Amazon ends here as you begin your trip back to Itaya. Enjoy a farewell cocktail with the staff to celebrate your last night in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Day4

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Day4

Coca / Quito

This morning, disembark the Anakonda in Itaya and transfer by motorized canoe to El Coca (one hour ride). From Coca, fly to Quito, Ecuador.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.

Amazon Cruise – Aria (Low Water)

Riverboat Cruise aboard the

Aria Amazon

Venture deep into the Amazon rainforest within the five million pristine acres of Pacaya Samiria Reserve, a protected area teeming with wildlife. Spot pairs of blue-and-yellow macaw, flocks of snowy egrets, laughing falcons and Amazon kingfishers, caiman, squirrel monkeys frolicking in the trees and pink dolphins poking their dorsal fins above the river water while colossal Victoria Regia water lilies float on the water’s surface. Travel aboard a luxury riverboat reminiscent of an elegant boutique hotel. The Aria Amazon features spacious suites and exquisite Amazonian cuisine at every meal. From the remote city of Iquitos to the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers, fish for piranha, trek along winding trails, and visit communities living largely as they have for centuries. Naturalist guides lead you through the rainforest, providing a wealth of information about the exotic plants and wildlife under an astounding jungle canopy.

Low Water Season: June - November

The low water season averages temperatures around 98°F (37°C). Jungle trails normally flooded are now accessible. Go deeper into the jungle on foot with the added bonus of fewer mosquitoes and good fishing is guaranteed.

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Itinerary

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Iquitos / Nauta / Embarkation / Maranon River

Meet at Iquitos International Airport before journeying through the Peruvian countryside by air-conditioned vehicle to Nauta Lounge. Lunch will be served in the lounge or, depending on flight arrival time, a box lunch may be served en route.

At 6 pm guests board the Aria Amazon. Settle into a spacious suite as the ship sets off into the birthplace of the Amazon. Following a routine safety drill and introduction to the ship’s naturalist guides, guests are served an impeccable Amazonian feast from Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino whose restaurant, Malabar, is one of Lima’s top-ranked restaurants.

Day2

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Yanayacu Pucate River / Native Village / Maranon River

Today’s adventure starts near the main entrance of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Cruise along Yanayacu Pucate in the comfort of state-of-the-art skiffs. Kayak, canoe, and swim in these unspoiled black waters where Amazon’s legendary pink dolphins are known to live.

In the afternoon, visit a remote village along the Marañon River. Learn about traditional customs of the native people in the area.

Tonight, look into the sky with high tech telescopes as guides point out planets and constellations that shine ever brighter against the Amazon’s dark backdrop.

Day3

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Samira River / Nauta Cano or PNA (Amazonian National Park)

Set off along the Samiria River by skiff where guests have the option to fish for the many types of Amazonian fish inhabiting these waters, including the infamous piranha.

After lunch, hear an engaging lecture on the jungle’s plants and animals before venturing out on a thrilling jungle walk across suspended bridges high above the rainforest.

This evening, enjoy the jungle symphony and extraordinary stargazing on along the Enchanted Lake.

Day4

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Nauta Town / Manatee Rescue Center / Transfer to the Airport

Visit an outdoor market with guides who can point out the various Amazonian fish caught that morning by local fishermen as well as the many exotic fruits grown in the rainforest. Return to the Aria Amazon for breakfast and to pack.

After breakfast, visit the Manatee Rescue Center where Amazonian manatees are rescued, rehabilitated, then released back into the wild.

En route to the airport guests are treated to one last stop, the San Juan craft market to shop for last minute souvenirs and locally made goods.

Other local activities may be included as well depending on time. Lunch will be served or, depending on departure flight time, a box lunch will be provided.

NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.