Villa Amarilla

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Villa Amarilla is a charming seaside villa with the character, comfort and class reminiscent of a European home in Tuscany. Characterized by classic island architecture, the villa is situated in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz with a dramatic view to the island’s volcano. The villa is a labyrinth of beauty and elegance with five spacious bedrooms, all equipped with an ocean front terrace, two sweeping living rooms and the luxury amenities of a swimming pool, jacuzzi and outdoor BBQ for al fresco dining. Relax in poolside loungers, lose yourself a book while swaying gently in the hammock, or kick back on the plush terrace sofas after an adventurous day of exploration. This unique and private villa caters to the most discerning travelers, allowing you to explore the Enchanted Islands at your leisure and in a true “home away from home”.

AN IDEAL BASE FOR EXPLORATION

The villa is located in a strategic area that allows you to visit the same islands you would experience by boat, but to see and do much more than a traditional yacht excursion allows. Experience diverse wildlife by day and return to a gourmet meal on your seaside terrace, just in time to experience a breathtaking sunset or soak in the jacuzzi with a cocktail. Villa Amarilla is ideal for active families and groups interested in personalizing activities at their own pace. From your luxurious home base, experience the magic of the Galapagos with daily excursions such as snorkeling, diving, surfing, hiking, kayaking, catch and release fishing and horse riding.

EXCLUSIVE AND PERSONALIZED CARE

Included in your stay at Villa Amarilla are an in-home chef, maid and caretaker. Alejandro and Mariana will make you feel at home and share an authentic experience of local specialties. Mariana is a magician in the kitchen and can specialize in Ecuadorian or International food while Alejandro, the concierge of the villa, will help you will all logistics in the Puerto Ayora town with genuine local knowledge and a beaming smile. Your exclusive guide caters to your specific interests, allowing you the flexibility to modify your adventure according to group desires. It is the perfect balance between exciting activities like diving, hiking to the top of the volcano, cabling down one of the lava tunnels or swimming with penguins, and relaxation time in true decadence.

Please Note: There is a weekly mandatory tip for the staff associated with this property. For 1 to 6 guests – $300 US and for 7 to 12 guests – $450 US

Ideal forfamilies and those looking for a flexible program that is non-regimented

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highlights

  • Private terraces in all bedrooms
  • Swimming Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor BBQ
  • Fireplace
  • Strategically located for activities
  • In-home maid, chef and caretaker

rooms

  • Two bedrooms with king beds
  • Three bedrooms with double beds
  • 7 bathrooms
  • All bedrooms have private baths
  • Beautiful terraces in all bedrooms
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • 2 living rooms
  • 12 guests maximum

services

  • DVD player
  • Multiple TV’s
  • 40" cable/satellite TV
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washer & Dryer
  • Safety deposit box
  • Kayaks
  • An in-home chef, maid and caretaker

Pikaia Lodge Hotel

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In the heart of the Galapagos Archipelago, perched between sunny, arid savannas and lush tropical mists of the volcanic highlands, Pikaia Lodge offers luxury by land and sea like no other eco-hotel. Designed for the active, adventurous traveler and curious dreamer, Pikaia invites guests to enjoy the highest level of comfort. Tour the surrounding islands aboard their live-aboard yacht. Swim, snorkel, and relax in lagoons and white sands. Dine on a menu of Peruvian and Ecuadorian fusion made fresh from local ingredients, paired with fine South American wines.

CRUISE PARADISE IN LUXURY

The lodge has their very own 105-foot oceangoing exploration yacht. Guests travel to pristine islands full of marine life rarely visited by tourists. Outfitted with a large dive deck, hot tub, sun deck, and private staterooms for guests to unwind, it’s the only vessel of its kind in the Galapagos.

Rooted in eco-tourism, Pikaia works exclusively with local fishermen who teach small groups of guests their traditional fishing methods aboard the hotel’s 35-foot charter. Guests can catch-and-release, or take their catch to the lodge for the chefs to expertly prepare it. For those who want to stay on land, the lodge offers guided tours of their very own wild great tortoise reserve, white sand beaches, and fascinating wildlife sites inside the Galapagos National Park.

FEAST FOR THE SENSES

The lodge’s own Evolution Restaurant offers an unrivalled view over the infinity edge pool, looking out to the pristine Galapagos National Park with mist covered volcanic cones. Furnished in a contemporary style with casual elegance, the chefs prepare a unique fusion of Peruvian and Ecuadorian cuisine. Lovingly prepared using local organic ingredients, including their infamous fish, lobster, and world famous jumbo shrimp, guests can then choose from the hotel’s varied wine cellar filled with Argentina’s superb Malbecs, or Chile’s sought-after Chardonnays and Carménères. Or, the barmen at DNA Bar can fix any number of desired cocktails.

Ideal fortravelers looking for deluxe Galapagos hotel with superb service located in a magical setting

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highlights

  • Private 105-foot oceangoing exploration yacht complete with dive deck, hot tub, dining room, and staterooms for day trips to surrounding islands or longer cruise vacations
  • Small group trips on the lodge’s 35-foot charter boat to learn traditional Galapagos fishing techniques from local fishermen and have the chefs prepare guests’ catches
  • Mosquito-free location due to Santa Cruz island’s sunny, warm climate that produces fresh breezes throughout the year
  • Sumaq Spa, decorated with Peruvian travertine marble in a minimalistic Japanese zen style, offers massages for individuals and couples

rooms

  • Terrace Rooms: Two queen size beds or one king size bed; Private furnished terrace; Panoramic floor to ceiling windows; Contemporary decor. Bamboo flooring; Peruvian travertine marble; 40" 3D HD TV; Safe; Mini bar; Unobstructed views
  • Balcony Rooms: Two queen size beds or one king size bed; Private balcony; Panoramic floor to ceiling windows; Contemporary decor. Bamboo flooring; Peruvian travertine marble; 40" 3D HD TV; Safe; Mini bar; Unobstructed views
  • Garden Suite: King size bed; Sofa bed; Private furnished terrace; Private garden; Panoramic floor to ceiling windows; Bathtub with views; Contemporary decor. Bamboo flooring; Peruvian travertine marble; 50" 3D HD TV; Safe; Mini bar; Unobstructed views
  • Pool Suite: King size bed; Sofa bed; Private terrace; Access to private plunge pool; Private garden; Panoramic floor to ceiling windows; Bathtub with views; Contemporary decor. Bamboo flooring; Peruvian travertine marble; 50" 3D HD TV; Safe; Mini bar; Unobstructed views

services

  • Infinity edge pool
  • Gazebo
  • Homo Sapiens Explorers Lounge equipped with a large 3D HD-TV screen, 3D goggles, wireless microphones and amplification system
  • Library
  • Art and photography exhibit
  • Fireplace
  • Sumaq Spa
  • Lobby lounge
  • DNA Bar
  • Evolution Restaurant
  • Private wild giant tortoise reserve
  • Massage sessions available in guests' rooms upon request
  • Alternative energy resources and comprehensive social responsibility program

Galapagos Safari Camp Hotel

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Nestled in the wild highlands of Santa Cruz Island with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and National Park sits the stylish Galapagos Safari Camp. Inspired by African safari camps, the hotel’s atmosphere is nothing short of magical. Experience nature surrounded by breathtaking views and memorable encounters with wildlife. From the home base of lavishly rustic tent accommodations under a canopy of indigenous trees, guests embark on guided day trips to neighboring islands and into the deep blue waters.

SAFARIS DESIGNED BY DREAMERS

Founded by a family of adventurers who brought the Safari tradition to the tropics, safaris are designed for all guests, whether traveling alone or with a family. Hop aboard the hotel’s boat to bays where pirates and whalers once anchored. Step onto the Giant Tortoise Reserve. Scuba dive lava tunnels and reefs. Swim alongside sharks, turtles, barracudas, and sea lions. Hike amongst the Scalesia and Guayabillo forests and on the volcanic island of Floreana. Fish with local fishermen aboard their boats – a favorite excursion for children.

HOME AMONGST THE TREES

Managed by the founding family and a handpicked team, guests feel the warmth and welcoming the moment they walk in. From the open lodge built on a hill with panoramic views, guests gather around the cosy fireplace, and drink fresh cocktails from the bar, or dine on farm-to-table dishes inspired by their chef.

Experienced at anticipating the needs of each and every guest, the founders, having raised their own children on the islands, are well versed in knowing the needs of both children and parents. There is plenty of equipment for children, from cots to wetsuits to bikes. Kids also enjoy the Kid’s Club, while parents and adults relax after the day’s excursions.

Ideal forfamilies and couples alike seeking an eco-luxe, safari-esque launchpad for exploring the Galapagos

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highlights

  • Farm-to-table cuisine from the hotel’s own garden and farm
  • Excursions to wildlife reserves, volcanoes, diving, and hiking
  • Family-oriented, customizable adventures around the islands
  • Sustainable practices including a reforestation program and self-sufficient rainwater collection that is treated for use in the lodge

rooms

  • Luxury Safari Tents: Raised on wooden platforms; Custom-made furniture, including cupboards and a writing desk; En-suite bathrooms with good water pressure, hot showers and flush toilets; Private balcony with ocean views and safari furniture
  • Family Safari Suite: Three bedrooms (master bedroom and two twin rooms); Next to main lodge; playroom; accommodates six guests

services

  • Organic garden and farm
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Infinity pool
  • Kid’s club
  • Lounge
  • Library
  • Viewpoint terrace

Finch Bay Eco Hotel

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Finch Bay Eco Hotel lies on the remote Galapagos island of Santa Cruz, across the bay from Puerto Ayora. Voted the #1 hotel in Puerto Ayora by Trip Advisor, escape to this secluded part of the Galapagos archipelago’s central islands. Get up close with the unique wildlife. Dive, snorkel, or hike along sandy beaches, or hop on the hotel’s yacht to exclusive areas of the islands. Dine on delicious, Galapagos-inspired cuisine made daily from local, organic ingredients direct from the island by a certified Cordon-Bleu chef.

ENCHANTED ISLANDS

Nowhere else do animals interact so calmly with humans as on the Galapagos. Travel to El Manzanillo to the Giant Tortoise Reserve. Walk with expert naturalists on birdwatching trips. Bike the completely car-less roads of this gorgeous island where guests feel completely free to roam at their own pace.

Finch Bay Hotel offers guests many opportunities to get in the water, from paddling, to snorkeling, to surfing, to the chance to experience SCUBA diving in a safe and fun environment. Swim alongside sea turtles, rays, bigeye jacks, and even harmless sharks, mantas, and barracudas. Not to mention the sea lions residing on the beaches that enjoy playing with guests as much as guests enjoy playing with them.

ECOTOURISM AT ITS FINEST

Finch Bay Hotel’s infrastructure and activities are entirely oriented to a concept of true ecotourism. Awarded numerous times for its commitment to the very land and sea on which it’s built, the hotel continues to strive toward the utmost sustainability. Guests enjoy the fine cuisine, from which products are grown right on the grounds or bought locally, and even the landscape where over 500 mangroves were planted. Every aspect of energy use is carefully attended to, from water use, to bath products, to energy consumption.

Ideal forfamilies and couples alike seeking a secluded location just steps from the beach, across the bay from Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

finch bay eco hotel is one of our preferred hotels when travelling in galapagos

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highlights

  • Voted the #1 hotel in Puerto Ayora by TripAdvisor
  • Award-winning eco-hotel committed to sustainability; green technology including solar panels and the only water treatment plant of any hotel in Puerto Ayora
  • Beach-front access
  • SCUBA-certified diving excursions for any level
  • Car-less side of the island where guests can bike safely
  • Galapagos-inspired menu by a Cordon Bleu chef

rooms

  • Finch Bay Suite: King bed or 2 Full beds; Ocean views; Private balcony; Air-conditioning; In-room Safety Box; Hammock; Bathrobe; Extra bed available
  • Finch Bay Room: King bed or 2 twin beds; Ocean views; Shared balcony; Air-conditioning; In-room Safety Box; Hammock; Bathrobe; Extra bed available

services

  • Day trips to nearby islands via yacht with expert naturalist guides
  • Multi-sport activities: SCUBA diving, snorkeling, surfing, bird-watching, sea kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, wildlife observation, bay tours
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Massage
  • Stargazing
  • WiFi

Infinity Yatch

The Infinity Luxury Yacht is raising the bar to Luxury Galapagos yachts She offers sleek design, great comfort, and a solid Galapagos itinerary.

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The Infinity Luxury Yacht is raising the bar to Luxury Galapagos yachts She offers sleek design, great comfort, and a solid Galapagos itinerary.

EMPHASIS ON SPACIOUS AND SUITES

The Infinity is our most modern yacht (2018) with unrivalled spacious luxurious cabins and suites.

MANY FEATURES FOR A STYLISH GALAPAGOS EXPERIENCE

Outside dining and bar and also a solarium allow you to cruise the Galapagos in tremendous style and sumptuous luxury. All eight cabins and two suites have private balconies.

Staff members are experts on the Galapagos Islands, and can help you pick the perfect cruise and itinerary to suit your needs and tastes.

Ideal fortravelers wanting a small stylish yacht and either a shorter itinerary or a combo boat + land-based program

petrel is one of our preferred luxury yachts for touring the galapagos

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2018

Per Person USD Rates Master Suites (A1, A4) Twin Suites (A1, A3) Double Staterooms (C1, C2, C5) Twin Staterooms (C3, C4)
8D / 7N Sat - Sat $6,800 $6,300 $6,100 $5,880
Charter $104,000

2018

Per Person USD Rates Master Suites (A1, A4) Twin Suites (A1, A3) Double Staterooms (C1, C2, C5) Twin Staterooms (C3, C4)
8D / 7N Sat - Sat $6,800 $6,300 $6,100 $5,880
Charter $104,000

Single supplement 75% // 100% Xmas, Easter, New Year $500 surcharge for Christmas, Easter and New Year, for individuals and $6,500 for charter CHILDREN under 11, 30% OFF / 2 discounts p/family, NO DISCOUNT on Christmas, Easter & New Year

Category:
Motor Yacht
Capacity:
16
Number of Cabins:
9
Facilities:
Dining room, library, lounge, jacuzzi, sun deck, private balconies
Length:
115 ft
Speed:
14 knots
All cabins feature:
Private balcony, storage, writing desk
Food Serving Style:
Buffet style & plated
Dietary Accomodations Served on Board:
Vegetarian
Drinks:
Included soft drinks and juices
Single Cabin Supplement:
yes
Children Discount:
yes
Guide Languages:
English, Spanish

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Petrel

petrel is one of our preferred luxury catamarans for Galapagos Island cruises

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The best way to see the Galapagos Islands is aboard a luxury cruise, and the newly built Petrel is a proud addition to the Haugan Cruises Galapagos fleet. This stylish and comfortable ship is outfitted with spacious cabins and suites, a comfortable lounge, luxurious interiors and an outdoor Jacuzzi. All cabins on board have private balconies, storage and a writing desk. Guests travel in comfort to the different islands and experience up-close encounters with blue-footed boobies, iguanas, giant tortoises, whales and more.

EMPHASIS ON NATURAL HISTORY

On the Petrel, the emphasis is on the remarkable Natural History of Galapagos and itineraries to carefully selected sites are outstanding. Guides are knowledgeable about biology and ecology and have excellent language skills and client reviews. The ship is equipped with kayaks, wetsuits and snorkel equipment to explore well-chosen visitor sites in the trip of a lifetime.

A PETREL: ELEGANT, SWIFT AND SILENT AT SEA

Named after a sea bird common to Galápagos, the Petrel is like its namesake: elegant, swift and silent at sea. The vessel is designed for comfort and stability and offers an optimal way to experience the wonder of the Galapagos in luxury.

Ideal fortravelers wanting a small stylish yacht and either a shorter itinerary or a combo boat + land-based program

petrel is one of our preferred luxury catamarans for cruising in the galapagos

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Per Person USD Rates Master Suites (A1, A4) Twin Suites (A1, A3) Double Staterooms (C1, C2, C5) Twin Staterooms (C3, C4)
8D / 7N Sat - Sat $6,800 $6,300 $6,100 $5,880
Charter $104,000

Single supplement 75% // 100% Xmas, Easter, New Year $500 surcharge for Christmas, Easter and New Year, for individuals and $6,500 for charter CHILDREN under 11, 30% OFF / 2 discounts p/family, NO DISCOUNT on Christmas, Easter & New Year

Category:
Motor Yacht
Capacity:
16
Number of Cabins:
9
Facilities:
Dining room, library, lounge, jacuzzi, sun deck, private balconies
Length:
115 ft
Speed:
14 knots
All cabins feature:
Private balcony, storage, writing desk
Food Serving Style:
Buffet style & plated
Dietary Accomodations Served on Board:
Vegetarian
Drinks:
Included soft drinks and juices
Single Cabin Supplement:
yes
Children Discount:
yes
Guide Languages:
English, Spanish

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Passion

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The Passion is an exclusive vessel with lavish social areas, a panoramic sky lounge and bar, and a classy dining room serving gourmet cuisine. Incredibly spacious sun decks are ideal for al fresco dining. If you are seeking privacy, a secluded sun deck is the perfect retreat, complemented by a jacuzzi for relaxation. All cabins are air-conditioned, spacious and beautiful. Six state cabins are all equipped with private bathrooms and a luxurious bathtub while the VIP and Master suites feature two en-suite bathrooms.

NEVER USED FOR TOURISM BEFORE

Originally built as a private luxury yacht, the Passion has been completely refurbished with an emphasis on retaining many of its original, elegant features. Rose colored marble bathrooms and teak wood decks make the vessel a one of a kind classic, which can only offer a one of a kind experience. Never before used for tourism, the M/Y Passion has a gorgeously private and upscale feel, and effortlessly carries the legacy of her original name, Bellisima, which translates to “beautiful” in Italian. She makes a statement of grace, elegance and style, offering a classy and personal way to experience the exoticism the Galapagos.

PERSONALIZED AND SPACIOUS

A ratio of one staff member per guest ensures first class service aboard the Passion. Measuring 159 feet (48.5 meters), she boasts four decks and an exceptional amount of space for only 12 passengers. Your experience will be customized by specialists in distinguished fields rather than traditional tour guides. Special interests such as photography or bird watching can be arranged with a local expert in each field to guide you through the region’s magical natural wonders.

Ideal forcharters; or those looking for a sophisticated yacht in the Galapagos with a very good operation track record

passion is one of our preferred luxury yachts for cruising in the galapagos

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Per Person USD Rates Master Suites (A1, A4) Twin Suites (A1, A3) Double Staterooms (C1, C2, C5) Twin Staterooms (C3, C4)
8D / 7N Sat - Sat $6,800 $6,300 $6,100 $5,880
Charter $104,000

Single supplement 75% // 100% Xmas, Easter, New Year $500 surcharge for Christmas, Easter and New Year, for individuals and $6,500 for charter CHILDREN under 11, 30% OFF / 2 discounts p/family, NO DISCOUNT on Christmas, Easter & New Year

Category:
Motor Yacht
Capacity:
12
Number of Cabins:
6
Facilities:
Panoramic Sky Lounge and Bar, Dining Room, Sun Decks for Al Fresco Dining, Secluded Sun Deck with Jacuzzi
Length:
159 ft
Speed:
10 knots
All cabins feature:
Own private bathroom with bathtub, air condition, hair dryers, usb charger
Food Serving Style:
Al fresco dining
Dietary Accomodations Served on Board:
Vegetarian, Vegan
Drinks:
Water, Coffee, Tea, Natural Juices; not included alcoholic and bottled beverages
Single Cabin Supplement:
yes
Children Discount:
yes
Guide Languages:
Spanish, English - with supplement - German, French & Italian

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Origin

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Launched in February 2016, the MV Origin takes luxury cruising in the Galapagos to the next level. Every element of this decadent yacht has been specially designed for comfort, safety and sustainability. From spacious staterooms with panoramic windows to world-class cuisine and services, the Origin offers an unforgettable cruising experience matched only by the incomparable nature of the islands visited. The 10 staterooms are roomy and inviting, with large windows, private bathrooms and plenty of storage space. An elegant dining room features marble table tops with configurations of 2 to 10 guests for private or group dining. The spacious sundeck is equipped with day beds, chaises lounges, tables, hammocks, a four-person Jacuzzi, an outdoor shower and a wet bar. An intimate indoor bar is always open for hand-crafted cocktails and other beverages. Interior social areas include a comfortable lounge for evening gatherings and general relaxation, and a cozy library stocked with books on the Galapagos and Charles Darwin. The M/V Origin is also equipped with a top notch fitness center and a boutique offering an array of exquisite local handicrafts.

LOW RATIO OF GUESTS PER GUIDE

The experienced 14-member Ecuadorian crew includes two expert naturalist guides, or one for every 10 guests, which is the lowest ratio in the Galapagos. Naturalists are all bilingual in Spanish and English, with other languages available upon request. The use of kayaks, stand up paddle boards, wetsuits, and snorkel equipment are all included in your cruise and allow you to get up close and personal with wildlife under the guidance of well informed naturalists.

AN OUTSTANDING COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

The MV Origin reflects Ecoventura’s continuous quest for improvement and is one of the most eco-friendly cruise vessels operating in the Galapagos today. Sustainable cruising and superior luxury in one of the planet’s most magical places defines the experience of the M/V Origin, a vessel designed to minimize environmental impact while raising the bar in terms of adventure and luxury. In addition, Ecoventura has established numerous partnerships to support local communities and promote species and habitat preservation.

Ideal forboth families and couples seeking a stylish experience in the Galapagos; this is a brand new addition with equal sized cabins

origin is one of our preferred luxury yachts for cruising the galapagos

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Per Person USD Rates Master Suites (A1, A4) Twin Suites (A1, A3) Double Staterooms (C1, C2, C5) Twin Staterooms (C3, C4)
8D / 7N Sat - Sat $6,800 $6,300 $6,100 $5,880
Charter $104,000

Single supplement 75% // 100% Xmas, Easter, New Year $500 surcharge for Christmas, Easter and New Year, for individuals and $6,500 for charter CHILDREN under 11, 30% OFF / 2 discounts p/family, NO DISCOUNT on Christmas, Easter & New Year

Category:
Motor Yacht
Capacity:
20
Number of Cabins:
10
Facilities:
Bar, Jacuzzi, Wet Bar, BBQ Grill Area, Library, Satellite TV, Boutique Shop, Fitness Center, Massage
Length:
142 ft
Speed:
10-12 knots
All cabins feature:
Bathrobes, slippers, hair dryers, tvs, docking station and safe deposit box
Drinks:
All included except for premium alcoholic beverages
Single Cabin Supplement:
yes
Children Discount:
no
Guide Languages:
English, Spanish

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Ocean Spray

ocean spray is one of our preferred luxury yachts for Galapagos cruises

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Brand new to the Galapagos Islands, the Ocean Spray is a luxury megayacht catamaran, offering her 16 guests a top-of-the-line experience in the Enchanted Isles. Ocean Spray itineraries are varied and tailor-made, ranging from a 4 day introduction to a 15 day mega cruise where you’ll thoroughly explore the Galapagos from end-to-end. All cabins are spacious and equipped with private balconies. The elegant design includes a huge sundeck, Jacuzzi, a cosy lounge and an outdoor dining area.

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH WILDLIFE

With kayaks, snorkeling and daily off-boat hikes and shore excursions, Ocean Spray’s cruises place you in close proximity to famed marine iguanas, albatross nesting colonies, lumbering giant tortoises, baby sea turtles and elusive flamingos. All excursions are facilitated by well-informed, bilingual naturalists. Swim and snorkel with playful sea lions, speedy penguins, sea turtles and a myriad of spectacularly colorful fish. A Galapagos cruise aboard Ocean Spray is guaranteed to be an experience like no other!

ECO-FRIENDLY OPERATION

Haugan Cruises cares about the protection of this delicate and unique ecosystem and works closely with the National Park to meet or even exceed Park regulations. Galapagos locals people own a large portion of the company and the entire crew and guide are residents of the Galapagos Islands. Haugan Cruises is one of the main supporters of the Bolivar Education Volunteer Program, which place volunteers into worthy projects revolving around health, child welfare, environmental projects, animal welfare, agricultural education and professional internships.

Ideal fortravelers wanting a small stylish yacht and either a shorter itinerary or a combo boat + land-based program

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Per Person USD Rates Master Suites (A1, A4) Twin Suites (A1, A3) Double Staterooms (C1, C2, C5) Twin Staterooms (C3, C4)
8D / 7N Sat - Sat $6,800 $6,300 $6,100 $5,880
Charter $104,000

Single supplement 75% // 100% Xmas, Easter, New Year $500 surcharge for Christmas, Easter and New Year, for individuals and $6,500 for charter CHILDREN under 11, 30% OFF / 2 discounts p/family, NO DISCOUNT on Christmas, Easter & New Year

Category:
Motor Yacht
Capacity:
16
Number of Cabins:
9
Facilities:
Dining Room, Al Fresco Dining, Lounge, Sun Deck
Length:
113 ft
Speed:
15 knots
All cabins feature:
Air Conditioning, Private Balcony, Hair Dryer, Safety Deposit Box
Food Serving Style:
Buffet style
Dietary Accomodations Served on Board:
Vegetarian
Drinks:
Included soft drinks and juices
Single Cabin Supplement:
yes
Children Discount:
yes
Guide Languages:
English, Spanish

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La Pinta

la pinta is one of our preferred luxury yachts for your Galapagos cruise

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The La Pinta is a luxurious and new yacht marked by an upscale design throughout, ideal for travelers looking for a luxury experience in traditional atmosphere. La Pinta offers plush cabins, high standards of service, international cuisine and celebrated Ecuadorian dishes, and all the amenities that make a stellar Galapagos Expedition. Equipped with a restaurant boasting a Cordon Bleu Gastronomy director, an outside bar, observation lounge, cardio-gym, kayaks, glass-bottom boat, sun deck, sun loungers, jacuzzi, exercise room, library and a medical officer on board, La Pinta has all you could wish for.

LARGEST CABINS OF ANY GALAPAGOS EXPEDITION VESSEL

With 24 cabins to accommodate 48 passengers, La Pinta boasts some of the largest cabins of any Galapagos expedition vessel. All are air-conditioned and have gorgeous wrap around floor-to-ceiling windows from which to appreciate the dramatic and ever changing scenery. Some cabins can be connected into triple occupancy for families.

SUSTAINABLE CRUISE TECHNOLOGY

La Pinta measures 210 feet, a stable size that minimizes the possibility of seasickness and ensures a comfortable journey. New engines designed to cut emissions and a wastewater treatment plant largely reduce any environmental footprint.

Ideal fortravelers wanting a mid-size boat with large windows and a stellar itinerary

la pinta is one of our preferred luxury yachts for cruising in the galapagos

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Per Person USD Rates Master Suites (A1, A4) Twin Suites (A1, A3) Double Staterooms (C1, C2, C5) Twin Staterooms (C3, C4)
8D / 7N Sat - Sat $6,800 $6,300 $6,100 $5,880
Charter $104,000

Single supplement 75% // 100% Xmas, Easter, New Year $500 surcharge for Christmas, Easter and New Year, for individuals and $6,500 for charter CHILDREN under 11, 30% OFF / 2 discounts p/family, NO DISCOUNT on Christmas, Easter & New Year

Category:
Expedition
Capacity:
48
Number of Cabins:
24
Facilities:
Dining room, bar/salon, library, boutique, sun deck, bar, onboard medical officer
Length:
209.49 ft
Speed:
10 knots
All cabins feature:
Desk, Safe, Phone, Storage, TV, Air Conditioning,I-Pod Dock, Hair Dryers
Food Serving Style:
Buffet style
Dietary Accomodations Served on Board:
Vegetarian
Drinks:
Coffee station, free soft drinks, bar
Single Cabin Supplement:
yes
Children Discount:
yes
Guide Languages:
English, Spanish

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Isabela II

isabela ii is one of our preferred luxury yachts for your Galapagos Island cruise

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The exquisite yacht Isabela II offers the perfect, intimate space for exploring the Galapagos Islands in comfort, elegance and an atmosphere directed towards a more traditional travel style. Traditionalists will enjoy feeling at home with a crew that has remained almost unchanged for years, leading to seamless attention to detail that will make your stay extra special. With just 20 guest cabins, the yacht’s convivial atmosphere leads to a close-up experience of this unique world. Onboard, guests are treated to delicious cuisine, faultless service and excellent facilities, including a hot tub, fitness room, bar and outside deck for al fresco meals, drinks and sunbathing.

CORDON BLEU GASTRONOMY DIRECTOR

Gourmet meals, BBQ and al-fresco dining are all orchestrated by a Cordon-Bleu gastronomy director. Five star cuisine can make all the difference while out at sea and the staff of the Isabella II are carefully selected to create a culinary experience of a lifetime.

INTIMATE AND EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

With small groups averaging just 13 guests or less per guide, you will be guided by an experienced, tightly-honed crew with an excellent sense of teamwork and dedication. State-of-the-art technology for multimedia presentations and natural history lectures coupled with an onboard library, two naturalist guides and one expedition leader create an experience of the Galapagos that is both educational and personal. The library contains a large selection of books on Galapagos and Ecuador, as well as excellent nature and conservation videos, making this reference library the most complete of all Galapagos vessels. Sea kayaks, pangas (dinghies) and a glass bottomed boat are available for coastal exploration of a world unlike any other.

Ideal fortravelers wanting a mid-size expedition vessel known for its consistently good guiding and engaging short and long itineraries

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Per Person USD Rates Master Suites (A1, A4) Twin Suites (A1, A3) Double Staterooms (C1, C2, C5) Twin Staterooms (C3, C4)
8D / 7N Sat - Sat $6,800 $6,300 $6,100 $5,880
Charter $104,000

Single supplement 75% // 100% Xmas, Easter, New Year $500 surcharge for Christmas, Easter and New Year, for individuals and $6,500 for charter CHILDREN under 11, 30% OFF / 2 discounts p/family, NO DISCOUNT on Christmas, Easter & New Year

Category:
Expedition
Capacity:
40
Number of Cabins:
20
Facilities:
Bar, Dining Room, Al Fresco Dining, Sun Deck, Jacuzzi, Onboard Medical Officer, Observation Area, Gym
Length:
166 ft
Speed:
10 knots
All cabins feature:
Hairdryer and safe deposit box
Drinks:
Coffee, tea and water available 24 hours; soft drinks, alcoholic beverages
Single Cabin Supplement:
yes
Children Discount:
yes
Guide Languages:
English, Spanish

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Integrity

integrity is one of our preferred luxury yachts for Galapagos cruises

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Named the “finest yacht in the islands” by Boat International Magazine, the 16 passenger Integrity is a luxury yacht that feels like an intimate boutique hotel on the sea. Offering uncompromising comfort and safety, this luxurious, stabilized, 141 ft. yacht carries 16 passengers, 10 crew members and a superb naturalist on an intimate, rewarding adventure. Elegant and fully equipped staterooms, a fine dining room, bar and a comfortably plush salon are all classically designed with an eye for sophistication and grace. Every stateroom has large picture windows, individual climate control, an entertainment center with CD/DVD, full size shower, lavatory, vanity, refrigerator and telephone. Satellite phones and wifi are available at an extra charge. Cabins are spacious with 7 doubles, 1 single and 1 owners suite of 350 sq. ft. On the partially covered top deck, you’ll find a spa, bar, barbecue and comfortable chaise lounges. The deck provides an optimal place from which to enjoy a beverage, snooze in the gentle breezes, or simply watch the Great Frigate birds soar and contemplate the magic of your journey.

A SMOOTH RIDE

The best way to visit the Galapagos is by yacht and the most luxurious yacht in the islands is the Integrity. With its huge state-of-the-art stabilizers and engine vibration control system, the Integrity will carry you through Darwin’s Islands more smoothly than any other yacht. The vessel is so stable that you can relax in the spa and barely realize you are actually moving!

NATURAL HISTORY EDUCATION

Well-known for top of the line guides and an exhilarating itinerary, your travel on the Integrity will provide precisely the right dose of adventure. Integrity shore visits are carefully crafted to showcase the abundant flora and fauna of the Galápagos. In the absence of mammalian predators, wildlife in the Galápagos evolved with absolutely no fear of human visitors. All staff receive ongoing training in environmental issues and the abundant marine life of the Galápagos. Revel in the experience of snorkeling with penguins, turtles, sea lions, marine iguanas, and a myriad of colorful tropical fish. Or perhaps you prefer to discover the dramatic coastline, at your own pace by sea kayak, or with more speed. Your personal excursion will be as energetic or as relaxing as you choose. Back on board, the comfortable salon is bathed in natural light, perfect for reading or listening to lectures on Galápagos natural history and geology. A wide-screen media center is available for viewing your day’s images as well as your guide’s informative presentations.

Ideal fortravelers seeking top guides and the best maintenance and safety record in the Galapagos Islands

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Per Person USD Rates Master Suites (A1, A4) Twin Suites (A1, A3) Double Staterooms (C1, C2, C5) Twin Staterooms (C3, C4)
8D / 7N Sat - Sat $6,800 $6,300 $6,100 $5,880
Charter $104,000

Single supplement 75% // 100% Xmas, Easter, New Year $500 surcharge for Christmas, Easter and New Year, for individuals and $6,500 for charter CHILDREN under 11, 30% OFF / 2 discounts p/family, NO DISCOUNT on Christmas, Easter & New Year

Category:
Motor Yacht
Capacity:
16
Number of Cabins:
9
Facilities:
Dining room, al fresco dining, bar, shaded lounge, sun deck, jacuzzi, small library
Length:
141 ft
Speed:
12 knots
All cabins feature:
AC, bathrobes, hair dryer, satellite phone, stocked refridgerator, entertainment center with CD/DVD and LCD monitor
Food Serving Style:
Buffet style & plated
Dietary Accomodations Served on Board:
Readily accommodated
Drinks:
Wine and Beer / Complimentary Soft Drinks
Single Cabin Supplement:
yes
Children Discount:
no
Guide Languages:
English, Spanish

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Cormorant

cormorant is one of our preferred luxury yachts for cruising the galapagos

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Always one step ahead, the brand new Cormorant incorporates the very best of Galapagos Catamaran design with style and comfort. The Cormorant offers an exclusive Galapagos experience with top guides, an in-depth itinerary and personalized experience. The modern and ample accommodation includes a jacuzzi, huge sun deck and a private balcony for each of the spacious staterooms. Kayaks are also available for use. Cruise itineraries on the Cormorant range from a 4 day introduction to the Galapagos, to a 15 day mega cruise where you’ll thoroughly explore the Galapagos from end-to-end.

CHAMPAGNE IN THE CABINS

A special touch on board the Cormorant is champagne in the cabins! What better place to pop the cork and celebrate than while cruising the Galapagos?

PRIVATE BALCONIES

Each of the spacious staterooms has a private balcony from which to indulge in the ever shifting view. The balconies combine privacy and inspiration and are a perfect place from which to write, read, or enjoy an evening cocktail with your loved one.

Ideal forthose wanting shorter itinerary, or a combo boat + land-based extension; stylish small yacht with balconies

cormorant is one of our preferred luxury yachts for Galapagos cruises

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Per Person USD Rates Master Suites (A1, A4) Twin Suites (A1, A3) Double Staterooms (C1, C2, C5) Twin Staterooms (C3, C4)
8D / 7N Sat - Sat $6,800 $6,300 $6,100 $5,880
Charter $104,000

Single supplement 75% // 100% Xmas, Easter, New Year $500 surcharge for Christmas, Easter and New Year, for individuals and $6,500 for charter CHILDREN under 11, 30% OFF / 2 discounts p/family, NO DISCOUNT on Christmas, Easter & New Year

Category:
Motor Yacht
Capacity:
16
Number of Cabins:
8
Facilities:
Dining room, library, lounge, jacuzzi, sun deck, private balconies
Length:
108 ft
Speed:
14 knots
All cabins feature:
Tvs, closets, private bathrooms, double staterooms and suites also feature private balconies
Drinks:
Included soft drinks and juices
Single Cabin Supplement:
yes
Children Discount:
yes
Guide Languages:
English, Spanish

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Coral I & II

coral i&ii is one of our preferred luxury yachts for galapagos cruises

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These classy sister vessels combine the best of both worlds, merging the versatility and intimacy of a yacht with the comfort and space of a small ship. The 36-passenger Coral I and the 20-passenger Coral II were built in Germany and Holland respectively, and each ship surpasses all standards you would expect from a high-class yacht. Onboard you will find an ample sun and observation deck space, an outdoor Jacuzzi and delicious cuisine. The Moon Deck features a BBQ area, chill out area and observatory, the Sky Deck is home to a roofed terrace and the comfortable cabins reside on the Sea Deck. The Earth Deck, a hub of activity, features the jacuzzi, lounge, restaurant, bar, boutique and library. Both the Coral I & II follow an identical itinerary and, therefore, passengers can be placed on either yacht.

IDEAL FOR FAMILIES OR SMALL GROUPS

Some cabins feature interconnecting doors, ideal for families or friends traveling together. Snorkel equipment is on offer to explore the enchanting marine world of the Galapagos and sites are carefully selected to create an exhilarating adventure with loved ones.

A VARIETY OF CABINS

Created with design and comfort in mind, all cabins are equipped with sea views and top of the line amenities. Options are varied and cabins in three different categories are equipped with private bathrooms, portholes (Junior Suites have view windows), a handsome wood interior, air-conditioning, a safety deposit box, an entertainment system with LCD TV’s, a telephone, special bedding in each category and your choice of background music. The spacious and comfy cabins can accommodate twin beds and matrimonial, double or triple options are also available.

Ideal forthose looking for small ship with short or long itineraries at a very good value; excellent track record in the Islands

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Per Person USD Rates Master Suites (A1, A4) Twin Suites (A1, A3) Double Staterooms (C1, C2, C5) Twin Staterooms (C3, C4)
8D / 7N Sat - Sat $6,800 $6,300 $6,100 $5,880
Charter $104,000

Single supplement 75% // 100% Xmas, Easter, New Year $500 surcharge for Christmas, Easter and New Year, for individuals and $6,500 for charter CHILDREN under 11, 30% OFF / 2 discounts p/family, NO DISCOUNT on Christmas, Easter & New Year

Category:
Motor Yacht
Capacity:
Coral I - 36; Coral II - 20
Number of Cabins:
Coral I - 18; Coral II - 11
Facilities:
Air conditioning, hot water, sundeck, bar/salon, jacuzzi
Length:
Coral I - 131 feet; Coral II - 112 feet
Speed:
12 knots
All cabins feature:
Tvs
Drinks:
Complimentary coffe, tea and water
Single Cabin Supplement:
yes
Children Discount:
no
Guide Languages:
English

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Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

This 13-day adventure combines the best of mainland Ecuador private tour with colorful artisan markets and mountainous recreation with the mesmerizing wonder of cruising the Galapagos Islands. Begin in the historic center of Quito, Ecuador’s capital perched high in the Andean foothills and constructed on an ancient Incan city. Tour this UNESCO World Heritage site with visits to renowned museums of pre-Columbian art. Retreat to the mountain sanctuary of Hacienda where winding roads through green pastures, pine and eucalyptus groves and native ecosystems make the Zuleta Valley a true paradise for outdoor activities and exploration. The second half of your journey includes a yacht cruise around the Galapagos, bounding with opportunities to snorkel with sea lions and explore volcanic craters, lava tunnels and impressive seabird colonies. This expertly crafted itinerary covers all the highlights in an ambience of romantic luxury, artisanal character and pioneer adventuring.

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Arrive Quito, Ecuador

Welcome to Ecuador!

Upon arrival, your guide greets you at the airport and privately escorts you to your hotel, primely located in the historical center of Quito. The Hotel Plaza Grande is a restored, Spanish Colonial Mansion offering exclusive lodging in lavishly decorated suites.

Overnight Hotel Plaza Grande

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Walking Tour of Quito

The morning is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

In the afternoon, enjoy a privately guided walking tour of Quito’s historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a visit to the El Alabado Museum of Pre-Columbian Art.

Overnight Hotel Plaza Grande

Meals B

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Otavalo Market / Hacienda Zuleta

After a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel, take your private transfer to Hacienda Zuleta in Ecuador’s northern highlands. On the way, visit the traditional artisan market in Otavalo, which is famous throughout the Andes for its handicrafts, textiles, and tapestries. Other highlights are available according to your personal interest.

Lunch is included in the Otavalo area. Upon arrival at Zuleta, representatives will introduce you to the property and all the activities on offer. Take time to relax and explore before a delicious dinner.

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta

Meals B,L,D

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Enjoying Hacienda Zuleta

Spend two full days at Hacienda Zuleta (with private guide), enjoying the property and its array of activities, including hiking, horseback riding (extra cost), biking (extra cost for bike rental) and nature walks. The property is also home to an Andean condor rescue and restoration project, a creamery where artisanal cheese is made, pre-Inca mounds from the Caranqui culture, an organic garden and an embroidery workshop. You are also welcome to experience everyday activities like farming, milking, cheese production, harvest from the organic vegetable garden, and share with the hacienda workers, who will enjoy showing you how to do their chores. At the end of the day, unwind with a glass of wine and some of Zuleta’s homemade cheese near the fireplace.

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta

Meals B,L,D

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Quito to Baltra, Galapagos Islands

After breakfast at the Hacienda, take your private transfer to Quito airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands.

Flight: Quito to Baltra, Galapagos

Welcome to the Galapagos!

Guides from the Pikaia Lodge meet you at the airport and take you to the Itabaca Channel for a 7-minute ferry crossing to Santa Cruz Island, followed by a 50-minute scenic trip in private transport to Pikaia Lodge. Check-in at the lodge, then enjoy lunch at Evolution Restaurant or on the Pool Terrace. Take time to relax and familiarize yourselves with the lodge environment and facilities. We recommend walking, jogging or cycling the 3.5km of trails within the boundaries, or taking a swim in the infinity pool. An afternoon briefing will introduce you to the following days’ activities and special features about Pikaia Lodge and the Galapagos Islands.

Overnight Pikaia Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Yacht Excursion Aboard Sea Finch

Today, enjoy a full-day yacht excursions to neighboring islands, Punta Carrion and South Plazas, aboard the Sea Finch.

This morning, you have the option of snorkeling in the calm waters of Punta Carrión where you might observe a variety of tropical fish and possibly white tip reef sharks that peacefully rest on the sandy bottom.

Located a few hundred meters away from the eastern coast of Santa Cruz Island, South Plazas and North Plazas islands were formed from uplifted seabed, giving both a uniquely tilted tabletop quality. Disembark on South Plazas where a colony of sea lions greet visitors. Further up the shore a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-gray land iguanas sit beneath, waiting patiently for pears to drop. The trail gradually leads towards the southern cliff of the island where you may observe nesting swallow-tailed gulls and several sea birds such as tropic birds, Nazca and blue footed boobies.

Overnight Pikaia Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Land Exploration

Each morning, Pikaia Lodge plans exploration options based on satellite weather imagery, wildlife seasons and tides charts. Depending on conditions, you might visit various beaches, volcanic craters, or lava tunnels; look for giant tortoises and endemic wildlife; visit the Charles Darwin Scientific Research Center at the National Park; or visit organic coffee farms in the highlands to see how settlers live.

Overnight Pikaia Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Yacht Excursion Aboard Sea Finch

Enjoy a full-day yacht exploration aboard the Sea Finch to neighboring islands, North Seymour and Bachas Beach.

North Seymour Island was lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event that created its low lying, flat profile. Swallow-tailed gulls sit perched in cliff ledges that sit only meters above the shoreline and a forest of Palo Santo trees lie just above the landing site. The islands are known for emblematic fauna, including sea lions, land iguanas and blue-footed boobies. As the scenic trail turns inland, dynamically active colonies of both “magnificent” and “great” frigate birds engage in courtship displays. The males sport magnificent and ballooned throats, accentuated by their impressive wing spans, which can reach up to 9 feet!

Las Bachas, a beautiful coralline beach located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, is the perfect place for snorkeling, swimming or simply kicking back to enjoy the soft, white sands. Several brackish lagoons lie only a few steps away from the sea are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to the iconic flamingos.

Overnight Pikaia Lodge

Meals B,L,D

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Baltra / Quito, Mainland Ecuador

After a leisurely morning and delicious breakfast, check out of the lodge and take your transfer to Baltra airport for your flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland.

Flight: Baltra, Galapagos to Quito

Upon arrival, your guide will greet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Quito.

Overnight Hotel Plaza Grande

Meals B

Day11

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Quito: Half-day Tour

This morning, your guide picks you up for your half-day, privately guided tour in Quito. Begin with a visit to the Guayasamin Museum. This compound is a museum dedicated to one of Ecuador’s most famous artists, Oswaldo Guayasamin. Tour his home, a gallery of his artwork, and a museum depicting life in Ecuador. Afterwards, take the Teleferico (cable car) up the slope of Pichincha Volcano for a spectacular, panoramic view of the city and, on a clear day, the surrounding volcanoes. Your guide drops you off at your hotel where you have the afternoon to relax or explore further at your leisure.

Overnight Hotel Plaza Grande

Meals B

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Quito / Optional Day Tour

Today is yours to explore Quito at your leisure. Additional day trips to Nono Cloud Forest or the Antisana Ecological Reserve, for example, are available at an extra cost.

In the evening, transfer to Quito airport for your international flights back home.

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Best of Galapagos & Ecuador for Families

World-renowned as Darwin’s playground, the “Enchanted Isles” of the Galapagos are home to one of the most remarkable wildlife viewing experiences on Earth, having evolved with absolutely no fear of human visitors. This expertly crafted itinerary delivers an entertaining, engaging and safe adventure for families of all ages–children to grandparents and everything in between! Discover the Galapagos by land and sea on an immersive land safari and eight-day luxury yacht cruise aboard the 16-passenger Integrity. Spend two nights in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island in luxury African-style safari tents; during the day, enjoy personalized excursions into the islands. Then, don your sea legs for a full week of Galapagos exploration by boat, visiting highlights such as Isabela Island (the largest in the archipelago), Fernandina Island (the youngest island); and some of the gems in the Eastern Islands. Snorkel with sea turtles and other marine life; learn about unique flora, fauna and geology; swim with playful sea lions and kayak along wildlife-rich mangroves and into secluded coves. Return to the mainland for an authentic, upscale hacienda experience on a working local farm, brimming with the vibrant culture of the Ecuadorian Andes.

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Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador

After a meet and greet at the international airport, transfer with your guide to your hotel, primely situated in downtown Guayaquil, a port city of colorful houses and a waterfront promenade known as the gateway to sweeping Pacific beaches and the famed Galapagos.

The deluxe Hotel Oro Verde is teaming with authentic Ecuadorian hospitality and with five gourmet onsite restaurants, a wide array of culinary delights await. Rooms feature hardwood or tile floors, plush bedding and exquisite bathrooms, all of which make this sanctuary complete with a spa, fitness center and outdoor pool and hot tub, the perfect place to unwind after your flight and prepare for the adventure ahead.

Overnight Hotel Oro Verde or similar

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Flight to Galapagos Islands

After breakfast this morning, you are transferred to the airport in Guayaquil for an exciting flight to the Galapagos Islands, a World Heritage Site full of exotic surprises!

Flight Duration 1 hr 55Ms approximately.

Upon arrival at Baltra airport, your guide will warmly greet you and escort you to your hotel, the Galapagos Safari Camp, where an otherworldly family adventure awaits. Nestled in the wild highlands of Santa Cruz Island with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the National Park, this stylish camp allows your family to reconnect with nature while enjoying a very flexible and personalized program. Stay in the comfort luxury safari tents, or for added privacy and space, rent out the three-bedroom family suite. A panoramic lodge, an infinity pool under a canapé of endemic trees, a farm and a seasonal kids club makes this the perfect base from which to creating exciting memories for the whole family.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp

Meals B,D

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Galapagos Safari Camp Adventures

In an environment characterized by volcanic craters, exotic plants, lava tubes, white sand, turquoise waters, abundant birds and giant tortoises you truly cannot go wrong no matter which adventure you choose. The Galapagos Safari Camp offers an array of activities into this enchanted landscape, including a yacht trip to an uninhabited island, or a day on a private boat with local fisherman, or a naturalist guide to lead you in an exploration of the coastline. Perhaps you fancy snorkeling, sea kayaking or mountain biking, the choice is yours! Arts and crafts activities with a local artist are a great option for crafty kids.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp

Meals B,L,D

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Embark Galapagos Cruise

You are already awed by the exotic beauty surrounding you and today it is about to get even more exciting as a private transfer escorts you from the Safari Camp to Puerto Ayora to board your 7-night expedition cruise through the western islands of the Galapagos aboard the yacht Integrity. Like true adventurers, you will retrace Charles Darwin’s route of 1835 on this 8-day cruise to the western islands, including Floreana, Isabela, and Fernandina Islands. At the varied stops, enjoy panga rides to different islands, wildlife watching, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming and hiking.

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.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Galapagos Cruise: Baltra Island / Santa Cruz Island

The Galapagos is such an ecologically unique place, seeped in the history of Darwin’s discoveries, that an educational visit to the highlands of Santa Cruz islands are an ideal stop-over before embarking on your cruise. Here lies the opportunity to see giant tortoises roaming in their natural habitat of lush vegetation. In a forest of native daisy trees, watch vermilion flycatchers with their scarlet feathers flit against the emerald green backdrop where Darwin’s finches reside.

At the Charles Darwin Research Station and Galápagos National Park headquarters, learn about conservation and research efforts and the refuge for tortoises and iguanas.

Board the Integrity just in time to set sail as you sit for a gourmet meal specially crafted from local ingredients.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Floreana Island

This morning you will awaken to the green, olivine sand beaches of Floreana Island, next to a large lagoon filled with flamingos and other diverse water birds. Today’s highlights include a short hike to Flour Beach where sea turtles nest and small rays frolic in the surf and a snorkel at Champion Island with curious, playful sea lions. If you are lucky, you might even 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. Afterwards, 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.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Isabela Island

Today’s adventure begins on Isabela Island at Punta Moreno. Walk along volcanic terrain, over lava flows and 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.

In the golden light of afternoon, a comfortable skiff will carry you through the narrow channels of Elizabeth Bay past mangrove lagoons filled with rays, flightless cormorants, penguins, pelicans, and lava herons. Don’t forget to watch the waters for sea turtles, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and the many exotic fish inhabiting the lagoons.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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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 and this is the legacy. Walk along the skeletal coral gardens, now home to lizards, mockingbirds and large, colorful land iguanas. During certain times of year, encounter Alcedo tortoises from the highlands 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.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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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, whose names are literally carved into the rock. 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 even 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. A calm, gathering area for sea turtles, the area makes for superb snorkeling full of colorful fish, penguins, sea lions, sea anemones, jellyfish, and a myriad of other sea life.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Santiago Island

This morning, you will reach a fork in the road! Choose from two trails of Puerto Egas, the first meanders along the coast to an inlet where shy Galápagos fur seals swim amongst the crags and marine iguanas and sea lions abound. The other trail leads inland to a lagoon at the Salt Mine Volcano where flamingos and other birds soar and dance.

Afterwards, 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. Along the coast, snorkel or kayak Buccaneer Cove, home to amazing underwater geologic formations where sea lions, fur seals, sea turtles, rays, and sharks are to be found.

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

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Santa Cruz Island / North Seymour Island

Enjoy a quiet and peaceful morning at the exquisite white sands of Bachas Beach.“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. More striking are the resident flamingos that reside at the small lagoons just over the dune.

In Caleta Tortuga Negra take a silent skiff ride to where sea turtles feed and mate, an area also home to three species of shark, spotted rays, egrets, and lava herons. This is the perfect last chance to snorkel the Galapagos before landing on North Seymour island to visit the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds in the area.

Sit back and marvel at your last sunset at sea, glancing back at the iguanas and sea lions lounging on the shores, and you, alive with memory and adventure inside!

Overnight Integrity

Meals B,L,D

Days12

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Disembark / Balta Island / Return Flight

Enjoy breakfast onboard the Integrity before returning to Baltra Island, where you will join your flight back to the mainland.

Fly from Baltra to Quito, Ecuador. Duration 3 hours (with short layover in Guayaquil)

Upon arrival at the airport, you are transferred two hours to your lodge.

Dating from the 16th century, Hacienda Zuleta lies in the spectacular Andean mountains range on a charming, private farm. The atmosphere is one of warmth, characterized by antique gardens, cozy living and reading rooms, and a fireplace in each of the tastefully decorated bedrooms. The homey feeling is accentuated by the Plaza family themselves; who welcome you with their natural warmth and hospitality to share life at an authentic hacienda in the Andes of Ecuador.

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta

Meals B,L,D

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Hacienda Activities (near Otavalo)

Miles of meandering roads through lush pasture land, pine trees and a eucalyptus forest make the valley of Zuleta a paradise for outdoor activities, such as hiking and trekking. Hacienda has twenty Zuleteño bred horses, mountain bikes and a horse drawn carriage upon which you can explore the area. Whether it’s bird watching, hiking, mountain biking or a romantic ride in a horse drawn carriage, the choice is yours!

Overnight Hacienda Zuleta

Meals B,L,D

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Quito City Tour

After breakfast, you will be privately transferred to your Hotel in Quito, a world renowned World Heritage Site. A half-day private city tour will lead you to exquisite churches, museums and picturesque neighborhoods filled with cobblestone streets, Spanish architecture and impressive plazas.

Return to your hotel and spend the afternoon at your leisure. Situated in the heart of Quito’s historical center and surrounded by beautiful colonial buildings, the Hotel Plaza Grande combines vintage taste with modern details. Furnished with fine woods and in a style beckoning Colonial Spanish times, the suites will transport you through time with all the luxury amenities of today!

Overnight Hotel Plaza Grande (or similar)

Meals B

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Depart Ecuador

Today, your visit to the Galapagos and Ecuador comes to an end. Relax and reminisce on your flight home, or perhaps fly onto other adventures if the allure of the unexplored has caught your spirit forever!

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

Peru & Galapagos Islands

This expertly crafted, fifteen day itinerary combines the very best of South America’s most alluring and adventurous destinations, the sacred ruins of Peru and the wondrous enchantment of the exotic Galapagos Islands. Begin in Peru’s electric capital of Lima where you visit the city’s main historical highlights. Next, explore the Sacred Valley of Cusco by way of horseback, the Piuray Lagoon by way of stand-up paddle board, and visit the markets and archeological ruins of Pisac. Hike through the famed ruins of Machu Picchu, wander through Incan museums and enjoy decadent meals in scenic settings. The second half of your trip introduces you to the “Enchanted Isles” of the Galapagos, one of the most unique ecosystems on Earth and home to exotic wildlife found nowhere else, by way of a comfortable yacht. White coral beaches, volcanic summits and seabird nesting colonies, combined with pristine seas full of incredible marine life and premier snorkeling experiences await you in a true journey of a lifetime!

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Itinerary

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Arrive Lima, Peru / Lima City Tour

Welcome to Peru!

Upon arrival, your guide greets and privately transfers you to your hotel in the San Isidro neighborhood of Lima.

One of the Lima’s loveliest lodging options, Second Home Lima lives up to its name. This century old, Tudor style house is perched on a cliff and surrounded by sweeping gardens and the magnificent sculptures of artist Victor Delfin. Rooms are cosy and charming, with hardwood floors, high ceilings and, in some cases, built into the cliffside with majestic ocean views.

In the afternoon, enjoy a private guided Lima city tour to see the capital’s main historical highlights and destinations.

Overnight Second Home Lima

Meals None

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Lima to Cusco Flight / Pisac / Hacienda Huayoccari & Horseback Riding

Privately transfer to Lima airport this morning for your nonstop flight to Cusco.

Flight: Lima to Cusco

At dawn you will fly to Cusco, a breathtaking Andean City and former capital of the Inca Empire. A short drive away and tucked under the tawny skirts of formidable foothills, lies the beautiful Río Urubamba Valley, known as El Valle Sagrado (The Sacred Valley), home of attractive colonial towns and isolated weaving villages. Along the way, visit the local market and Pisac Archaeological Site, a place of sprawling views, temples, terraces and a collection of Inca tombs.

A memorable lunch at the exclusive Hacienda Huayoccari, full of homemade Peruvian specialties crafted from ingredients grown on the property’s farm, will satisfy and tantalize the taste buds for all the culinary delights still to come. Following lunch, enjoy horseback riding through the countryside.

After lunch, settle in to Sol y Luna Lodge and Spa, a luxurious property that runs wild with whimsy and folk art. French-Swiss owned, the lodge charms you in a playful atmosphere that graces the rooms with carved wooden beds, freestanding tubs and dainty rod-iron chandeliers. Avant-garde circus productions with former Cirque de Soleil artists provide evening entertainment.

Overnight Hotel Sol y Luna

Meals B,L

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Exploring the Sacred Valley

Spend a full day discovering the Sacred Valley of the Incas with your private guide: Start with a Stand Up Paddle excursion at the Piuray Lagoon, followed by a picnic lunch.

In the afternoon, visit the Maras Salt Flats, which rest on the precipices of the Andes and have been excavated for many centuries. Then enjoy a privately guided hike (approx. 2 hours) from Maras into the Sacred Valley, followed by short (15-min) drive back to your hotel.

Overnight Hotel Sol y Luna

Meals B,L

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Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu by Train

Private transfer to Ollantaytambo train station (about 20 min) for your journey to Machu Picchu.
Train: Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes

The panoramic windows of the Vistadome train carry you through magnificent landscapes, ample with photographic opportunities, to the base of Machu Picchu. After lunch, enjoy a bus ride up the winding mountain for a privately guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel. One of the seven wonders of the world, the “Lost City of the Incas” is true a marvel, magnificently perched at 2,430 meters / 7,972 feet above sea level. A buffet lunch is included at the Sanctuary Lodge, with some time at leisure to explore the ruins further on your own.

Dinner is also included tonight at your lodging, the stunning eco-lodge Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel which boasts rustic, elegant stone bungalows with exposed beams and cathedral ceilings set in a mini tropical cloud forest. A land of hummingbirds and orchids, bird watching and twilight nature hikes make for popular excursions.

Overnight Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Meals B,L,D

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Exploring Machu Picchu

This is your second day at Machu Picchu citadel with your private guide, including entrances and permits to hike up Machu Picchu Mountain for spectacular views of Machu Picchu from above.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Aguas Calientes, and then spend the afternoon at leisure as you wish. Some programmed activities at Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel are included in your room rate. Dinner is included at your hotel this evening.

Overnight Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Meals B,L,D (box lunch)

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Machu Picchu to Cusco via Ollantaytambo

Your guide escorts you to Aguas Calientes train station for your train back to Ollantaytambo.
Train: Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Upon arrival, take your private transfer to your hotel in Cusco. Then visit Cusco’s traditional San Pedro Market, the Inka Museum and the Archbishop Art Collection with your private guide.

Casa San Blas is located just a block away from Cuesta San Blas, the “staircase” street leading up from Plaza de Armas, and could not be more central for sightseeing. Colonial-style furniture, handmade textiles, hardwood floors and wood-beamed ceilings create a cosy atmosphere in this small hotel known for exceptional service. Top-floor suites with sweeping views and family style apartments are available.

Overnight Casa San Blas

Meals B

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Cusco to Lima Flight / Lima to Quito, Ecuador Flight

This morning, take your private transfer to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima.

Flight: Cusco to Lima

Connect independently with your international flight to Quito, Ecuador.

Flight: Lima to Quito, Ecuador

Your guide receives you at the airport and transfers you to your hotel in the city’s historical center. Patio Andaluz is a beautifully restored colonial mansion, elegantly decorated with many of its original furnishings. Conveniently located close to many of the main historical highlights of colonial Quito such as the San Francisco Church and the Basilica, the hotel also has an exclusive Spanish restaurant and tapas bar.

Overnight Patio Andaluz

Meals B

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Quito, Ecuador to Baltra, Galapagos Flight / Baltra to Isabela Island Flight

Flight: Quito to Baltra, Galapagos

Private transfer (with guide) back to Quito airport for flight to Baltra, Galapagos.
Upon arrival at Baltra, a representative of Galapagos Safari Camp receives all luggage not being taken to Isabela to safely store until your return.

Flight: Baltra, Galapagos to Isabela Island

Upon arrival, our representative greets you and privately transfers you to your hotel. The afternoon is yours to spend at your leisure, perhaps relaxing on the beach or walking to the Isabela Breeding Center.

La Casa de Marita is a beachfront hotel which truly immerses you in the wonder of nature, while providing a gourmet restaurant of local, organic ingredients and luxury accommodation just steps from the sea.

Overnight La Casa de Marita

Meals B

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Sierra Negra Volcano / Afternoon at Leisure

Today, enjoy a private guided excursion to the Sierra Negra Volcano, which has the second largest caldera in the world and to Volcano Chico, which is currently active. Return to your hotel around 2:00PM and then spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight La Casa de Marita

Meals B,L

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Los Tuneles

Start your day with a dinghy ride and snorkeling at Los Tuneles (shared), a marine paradise for the white-tipped reef sharks, manta rays, parrot fish, yellowtail surgeonfish, Galápagos green sea turtle and the Galápagos sea lion.

Return to Puerto Villamil around 2:00pm and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight La Casa de Marita

Meals B

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Isabela Island to Baltra Flight / Santa Cruz Island Tour / Galapagos Safari Camp

Flight: Isabela Island to Baltra

Private transfer to airport for inter-island flight to Baltra, which departs at 8:00 AM (approx. 30 min flight).

Upon arrival, a representative from Galapagos Safari Camp greets you to begin your 5D/4N shared program. Cross the narrow Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island accompanied by a bilingual naturalist guide who escorts you to a farm in the highlands for a tasty lunch.

Your guide gives you a complete tour of the area, exploring various vegetation zones and microclimates, walking around pit craters, through lava tunnels and getting acquainted with endemic Scalesia and Guayabillo forests. At the Tortoise Reserve, observe the emblematic giant tortoises in their natural habitat and the abundant bird life of the highlands. Your tour ends at Galapagos Safari Camp where you can enjoy a sunset cocktail and dinner.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp

Meals B,L,D

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Cerro Mesa Reserve / Garrapatero Beach

Land excursion: At 490m above sea level, Cerro Mesa Reserve offers spectacular views of the largest crater on Santa Cruz Island, exotic plants, and seven unique subspecies of finch and the elusive vermilion flycatcher.

After lunch explore Garrapatero Beach, with stunning contrasts of mangroves, black lava, white sand, and turquoise water – including a flamingo lagoon. Kayaking and mountain biking are optional.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp

Meals B,L,D

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Boat Excursions aboard Altamar: South Plazas Island

An early breakfast prepares you for today´s boat excursion. Drive 30 minutes towards the Itabaca Channel to embark the Altamar day yacht and navigate for 40 minutes to South Plazas Island. South Plazas and North Plazas islands were formed from uplifted seabed, giving them a tilted tabletop quality.

After some exploration, lunch and snorkeling, head back to the Safari Camp. Expect to return at Galapagos Safari Camp between 4:00-5:00pm.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp

Meals B,L,D

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Boat Excursions aboard Altamar: Bartolome Island

Early morning finds you driving for 30 minutes to embark the Altamar day yacht. You then navigate to Bartolome Island, this will take approximately 2 hours. Bartolome offers one of the most emblematic sceneries of the Galapagos Islands, it is one of the smallest in the archipelago, with two very different visitor sites. Explore the island, have lunch on board and have the opportunity to snorkel or swim. Return to Galapagos Safari Camp in the early evening before dinner.

Overnight Galapagos Safari Camp

Meals B,L,D

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Baltra to Quito Flight /

This morning, enjoy the serenity that Galapagos Safari Camp has to offer. Relax, walk or enjoy the sunrise from the observatory. Then take your transfer to Baltra airport for your flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland.

Flight: Baltra, Galapagos to Quito

Connect independently with your flight back home.

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.

Overnight The Singular Santiago

Meals B

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)

Travel aboard the

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

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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)

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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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Baltra Airport

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

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, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 – Passion (Western)

Travel aboard the

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.

Day2

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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.

Day7

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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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Itinerary

Day1

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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.

Day3

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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.

Day4

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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.

Day8

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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

Day1

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Day1

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.

Day2

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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.

Day3

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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.

Day4

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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.

Day5

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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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