Galapagos Wildlife Adventure

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Galapagos Wildlife Adventure



Tour Description:

Cruise for six nights on a comprehensive voyage
through the wildlife-rich Galápagos archipelago,
going ashore to stroll among species such as giant
tortoise, marine iguana and blue-footed booby; and
snorkel and kayak with sea lion and penguin.

Map for Galapagos Wildlife Adventure
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Dates & Pricing

Thursday 10 Oct 24 — Friday 18 Oct 24Starting at $12,720 Get a Quote


ITINERARY

Day 1 - Guayaquil, Ecuador
Arrive in Guayaquil, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 - The Galápagos
Fly to Baltra in the remote Galápagos Islands, a haven for the diversity of wildlife that first led naturalist Charles Darwin to propose that species evolved in response to their environment. You are met by your naturalist guide and escorted to La Pinta, your home for a six-night cruise through the Galápagos’ western islands, a route that offers a higher number of endemic species than other island groupings. After an introductory briefing followed by lunch, cruise to North Seymour Island for your first shore excursion. Walk along the coast and the interior of this beautiful flat island, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lion and land iguana. You may also opt to explore just offshore by dinghy. This evening, return to La Pinta for a welcome cocktail and dinner. Each evening, your time is your own: Attend a lecture presented by one of your affable guides, who recaps the day and gives a sneak peek at tomorrow’s itinerary; explore the mysteries of the night sky with a fascinating astronomy talk; peruse the ship’s library for further insight into a species you encountered; or gather in the lounge to cap off a day of extraordinary discoveries. Drift asleep in your air-conditioned cabin to the rise and fall of gentle ocean swells.

Day 3 - The Galápagos
Today, begin at Isabela Island (Punta Vicente Roca). Since there is no landing site at this location, explore the coast by skiff while your naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area, such as the remains of lava flows and tuff rock layers. Watch for the island’s abundant wildlife and snorkel along the cliffs, possibly in the company of a green sea turtle. This afternoon, visit the youngest and most pristine island of the archipelago, Fernandina (Punta Espinoza), to go ashore and view its combination of barrenness and abundant wildlife. Watch for species such as hawk, penguin and flightless cormorant as you take in the astounding views of the surrounding volcanic landscapes.

Day 4 - The Galápagos
Disembark at Urbina Bay, on the western side of Isabela Island, to view corals, shells and large, colorful Galápagos land iguana. You may also sight giant tortoise further inland. Cruise up to secluded Tagus Cove on the island’s northwest coast, once a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers. Go ashore for a hike to saltwater-filled Darwin Crater. Opt to snorkel or kayak if you wish before your hike. Return to the ship for a Scenic Sundowner and dinner.

Day 5 - The Galápagos
Go ashore on Rábida Island’s beach to view marine iguana, mockingbird, yellow warbler and several species of Darwin’s finch. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach. Non-snorkelers may opt to explore via glass-bottom boat. Proceed to the north shore of Santa Cruz Island to view the fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill). Circle a lagoon frequented by sea birds, such as red-footed booby, and trek inland to sight land iguana.

Day 6 - The Galápagos
Continue your explorations on Santa Cruz with a visit to Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Get up close to the examples of giant tortoise living on site in a prickly pear cactus forest. Learn from about their latest conservation efforts, and then head to the highlands for lunch. Afterward, view the exuberant vegetation where giant tortoise roam in the wild, perhaps spotting one of the iconic, lumbering reptiles yourself.

Day 7 - The Galápagos
After breakfast, Ride like a Local by panga (small boat) along channels on the north shore of Floreana Island, continuing to Baroness Cove with its breathtaking views. Then, land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has been serving as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. Return to the ship to proceed to Punta Cormorant. Before disembarking, snorkel or ride by glass-bottom boat, viewing life beneath the waves. Cruise along the coast of an extinct volcanic cone called Champion Islet. Later, go ashore at Punta Cormorant for an easy walk beside a brackish water lagoon where the greater flamingo may be observed. Venture to the other side of the island to find a white-sand beach where sea turtle come to nest at night.

Day 8 - Guayaquil
Disembark in Baltra and fly back to Guayaquil. Enjoy time to relax before gathering for a Chef's Table Experience in the form of a cocktail class before a farewell dinner at your hotel’s restaurant.

Day 9 - Guayaquil
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your flight home.