Days
17
Price from
€8,582EUR

Enjoy the ultimate in Galapagos exploration with Peregrine, taking in all of the stunningly wildlife-filled islands of the archipelago.

As we fly from Quito to the Galapagos Islands, located in the equatorial water of the Pacific Ocean, we suddenly find ourselves in a very different world. As we board our vessel, M/Y Coral, and follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, we start to encounter nature at its finest. Explore the islands from on deck, on foot and in the water, no doubt with your eyes open for your next unique sight. We encounter giant Galapagos tortoises, blue-footed and masked boobies, pelicans and frigate birds, as well as land and marine iguanas, sea lions, fur seals and perhaps dolphins, whales and sea turtles – the Galapagos contains a myriad of fascinating wildlife. Because of the extreme isolation of the islands, nearly a quarter of all species are endemic and much of the wildlife has no instinctive fear of man, allowing you to observe nature in its full glory. This 17-day program is the ultimate Galapagos exploration and our most comprehensive voyage. It includes the volcanic wonders of Isabela Island and offers the best opportunities to encounter the magnificent flora and fauna that make the Galapagos unique.


Start
Quito, Ecuador
Finish
Quito, Ecuador
Country
Ecuador
Style
Peregrine
Code
PSCGG
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 0

Why we love this trip

  • As you fly from Quito to the Galapagos Islands, located in the equatorial water of the Pacific Ocean, you will suddenly find yourself in a very different world.

  • As you board your vessel, M/Y Coral, and follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, you will encounter nature at its finest.

  • Explore the islands from on deck, on foot and in the water, no doubt with your eyes open for your next unique sight.

  • You'll encounter giant Galapagos tortoises, blue-footed and masked boobies, pelicans and frigate birds, as well as land and marine iguanas, sea lions, fur seals and perhaps dolphins, whales and sea turtles.

  • Because of the extreme isolation of the islands, nearly a quarter of all species are endemic and much of the wildlife has no instinctive fear of man, allowing you to observe nature in its full glory.

  • This 17-day program is the ultimate Galapagos exploration and our most comprehensive voyage.

  • It includes the volcanic wonders of Isabela Island and offers the best opportunities to encounter the magnificent flora and fauna that make the Galapagos unique.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Although we don't ask travellers to complete a Physical Participation Form for this trip, we do ask that you read through the trip notes carefully to ensure that this trip is right for you. You’ll need to feel comfortable with the included activities and with moving about the boat. The cabins and communal areas of the boat are spread over four decks, and the steps between the decks are steep.

  • You will be entering and exiting a Zodiac boat (panga) during wet and dry landings and when returning from snorkelling. Although the waters we sail are usually calm, there are times when the sea can get rough and choppy. Steady sea legs (and a sturdy stomach) are needed when walking around the boat during bad weather. Rain or shine, your trusty crew will always be on hand to assist you.

  • A typical yacht/boat for sixteen travellers is equipped with eight cabins each with ensuites. They are designed to maximise living area space, so sleeping quarters can be a bit cramped. That being said, the adventure and exhilaration of an authentic Galapagos trip more than makes up for any discomfort.

  • While at sea and when exploring the islands, you may be exposed to the sun for large parts of the day. It’s important to use sun protection and drink plenty of water.

  • Please note that while there is an itinerary in place, some changes may occur due to the weather or because of direction from the local authorities. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for potential modifications to the route or activities. A sense of humour and flexibility will ensure you have a fun, relaxing trip through this beautiful part of the world no matter what happens.

  • All of our Galapagos tours begin and end in Quito which is located approximately 2850 metres above sea level so you may experience some altitude sickness.

Itinerary

On arrival at Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure.
A welcome meeting will be held in the evening at either 5pm or 6 pm when you meet others travelling with you on your cruise to the Galapagos Islands. Please check with hotel reception or check the reception notice boards for the time and place of the meeting for your trip. As today is an arrival day, you can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting.
If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Quito sits at high altitude under the towering Pichincha volcano. It is a beautiful city, arguably one of the most beautiful in South America. The city stretches along the valley and is surrounded by the Andes. The Old Town of Quito is awash with history, with more than 30 churches to explore, and a number of fascinating museums. La Compania de Jesus is considered to be the most beautiful and ornate churches in the Americas. The city's oldest street, Calle La Ronda, is well worth exploring.
As this trip spends very little time in Quito, we recommend you spend a few extra days before or after your trip to experience all the city has to offer. You may even wish to explore further beyond the city and visit Otavalo, Cotopaxi, the Cloud Forest or the Equatorial Monument.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Le Parc, Quito (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Quilotoa lagoon - USD100
  • Cotopaxi National Park - Hiking Tour - USD95
  • Quito - Papallacta Hot Springs day tour - USD70
  • Bellavista Cloud forest – Day trip from Quito - USD110
  • Quito City Tour - USD42
  • Quito city tour + the Equator line Full day - USD75
  • Otavalo Indian Market Full Day from Quito - USD70
  • The Equator Line - USD55
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Quito is located at 2850 metres above sea level. At this altitude you may experience some of the milder effects of altitude sickness, such as dizziness, insomnia and a shortness of breath. If so, we recommend you avoid any strenuous activity. Please see the "Medical & Health Information" section for more details.
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Please note the pick-up time can be as early as 4:30 am (a boxed breakfast will be provided), as the airport is a one-hour drive away and you must allow for delays and check-in times. (Your tour leader will confirm this time with you at the Welcome Meeting on Day 1).
A US$20 per person transit card is payable on departure at Quito Airport and a US$100 per person national park entry fee is payable on arrival on the islands. Please have cash on hand for these transactions as credit cards are not accepted.
The flight to the Galapagos will make one stop in Guayaquil to pick up other passengers. (Total flight time is about 3.5 hours).
On arrival in the Galapagos, you will be met in the arrival hall of the airport (look out for ‘Coral’ signs) by a transfer guide and transferred to our yacht - ‘MY Coral’, anchored a short distance away. A 10 minute drive will take you to the pier to board the Coral. Once on board, cabins will be assigned and you will get to meet our crew members and get to know your naturalist guide while enjoying a delicious lunch.
After lunch, cruise along the east coast of Isla Santa Cruz to Puerto Ayora where you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and Fausto Llerena Breeding Center. Here the Galapagos Giant Tortoise breeding program takes place as part of the efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his species) lived for decades. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest, a variety of Darwin’s finches and various land birds. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to communities and schools within the islands and to tourists visiting the Galapagos. There will some free time to visit the town of Puerto Ayora for some shopping in its boutiques where uniquely designed handcrafts, jewellery, ceramics, T-shirts, and souvenirs can be found. You may also have time to try some local food, go for a beer or enjoy an ice cream with the locals.
Then head back to the boat for your first evening in the amazing Galapagos Islands.
Accommodation
  • MY Coral (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Fausto Llerena Breeding Center & Charles Darwin Research Station Walk (1.5 hours) - Dry Landing
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today is predominately a long travel day with an early morning start. Your first activity on the islands will not commence until after lunch.

* The Charles Darwin Station is currently undergoing maintenance so the opening hours are restricted. Some areas of the station have limited access or are closed.

Puerto Ayora:
Difficulty level: Easy
Type of terrain: Flat
An overnight sail will take you to the west coast of Isla Santa Cruz and in the morning your first landing will be at Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill).
You will take a walk by a brackish lagoon frequented by lagoon birds including stilts, pintail ducks, sandpipers, sanderlings and occasionally flamingos. The trail leads across a typical dry zone vegetation and offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western area of the archipelago. The area is an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas and is constantly monitored and assisted by the Charles Darwin Research Station. The arid-zone vegetation makes for a rewarding location for birdwatching with Galapagos mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers and the endemic Galapagos flycatcher all regulars here.

Isla Bartolomé (Bartolomé Island) is one of the most spectacular volcanic landscapes in the Galapagos and you will travel back in time to lava tube formations, spatter cones and the remains of two types of hardened lava: AA and pa-hoe-hoe. You will experience beautiful and breathtaking landscapes as you climb up the Summit Trail in a moon-like scenery. Here you will find tiquilia and spurge plants, various cactus species, lava lizards and blue-footed boobies. Pinnacle Rock is possibly the best known and photographed sites in the Galapagos. It is an abrupt jag of rock protruding from the earth like a tooth, while nearby two golden bays back onto each other. For many, this may turn out to be one of the greatest snorkelling experiences because is the best chance to see zigzagging penguins chasing small schools of fish, white-tipped sharks and marine turtles, just to mention some.
Accommodation
  • MY Coral (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Cerro Dragon - Walk (2 hours) - Wet or Dry Landing
  • Isla Bartolome - Walk (1.5 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla Bartolome - Snorkelling (1 hour) - Wet Landing
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Cerro Dragon:
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Type of terrain: Rocky

Isla Bartolome:
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Type of terrain: 372 steps along a trail
Sitting at roughly five kilometres south of Isla Santiago, is Isla Rábida. Also known as Jervis Island, it is one of the most diverse in terms of volcanic activity as it lies at the very heart of the archipelago’s volcanic origin. In this deep red beach, surrounded by cliffs and steep slopes of volcanic cinder cones it is usual to find nesting colonies of brown pelicans, as well as, nine species of Darwin finches, fur seals, and Nazca boobies. Introduced species were eradicated in 1971, meaning that the indigenous wildlife has now been returned to a state of splendid isolation. Additionally, volcanic activity here has produced vivid, fantastical colours, not least the beached of red sand and cliffs of scarlet.
From the shore, the trail leads through to what is one of the finest lagoons in the Galapagos for viewing flamingos. Rabida is also a wonderful place to spot nesting pelicans. Elsewhere, pintail ducks, marine iguanas and sea lions are all present. There is an opportunity for snorkelling in a place where sea stars, damsels, gobbies and surgeon fish are numerous.
You will have the chance to snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active and colourful.
This afternoon you will take an excursion to Las Bachas, which was so named after the barges abandoned by the American Navy here in the 1940s. Local people modified the word barges to “bachas,” hence its name. Behind the beach, lie two small flamingo ponds were iguanas sunbathe, and coastal birds such as: Darwin finches, mockingbirds and gulls. Native vegetation like the red and black mangrove can be also seen. This beach is one of the main nesting sites in the Galapagos for the Pacific green turtle. A turtle can lay eggs 3 to 4 times per season with an average of 70 eggs. Marine iguanas are also commonly seen in the area. The sand here is particularly white and soft as it is made of decomposed coral.
The rocks provide great snorkelling and are the perfect habitat for the Sally Lightfoot crabs, which are plentiful on the island. A saltwater lagoon near the beach is home to flamingo and whimbrel, and look out too for great blue herons.
Accommodation
  • MY Coral (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Isla Rabida - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Rabida - Snorkelling (1 hour)
  • Isla Rabida - Panga ride (1 hour)
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Bachas Beach Walk (1 hour) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Bachas Beach Snorkel (1 hour) - Wet Landing
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Isla Rabida & Bachas Beach:
Difficulty level: Easy
Type of terrain: Sandy
This morning you will take a ‘panga’ to Caleta Tortuga Negra (Black Turtle Cove). Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, four species of mangrove crowd form an internal lagoon. Turtles visit the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface, while the fish and rays circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, plus sea birds including pelicans, herons and egrets feeding from the cove.
This cove has been declared as a ‘Turtle Sanctuary’ as it is a breeding area for turtles so it is not uncommon to see them mating.
Off the western coast of Santa Cruz, Eden Islet offers opportunities to see Nazca and blue-footed boobies, reef sharks, and banks of endemic bream fish, either from the panga or while snorkelling. There will be a wet landing in Bahia Ballena, also known as Whale Bay, which is a beautiful greenish sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach contains a large amount of volcanic olivine crystals, formed when the magma was still underground. Its content is magnesium, iron, and silica. A small tortoise population from Pinzon Island lives in the area, probably left by whalers or previous inhabitants. There is the opportunity to see marine iguanas and sea birds, followed by snorkelling.
Today there will be some passengers leaving the tour and some new passengers joining.
Tonight will be an overnight sail to Isla Isabela which is the archipelago’s largest island.
Accommodation
  • MY Coral (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Black Turtle Cove - Panga ride (1 hours)
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Eden Islet or Ballena Bay Walk (1 hour) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Eden Islet or Ballena Bay - Snorkel (1 hour) - Wet Landing
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Black Turtle Cove:
Difficulty level: Easy
Type of terrain: none

Eden Islet:
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Type of terrain: Rocky
This morning you will wake up on the north western coast of Isla Isabela. Vicente Roca Point is a promontory created form the remains of a tuff cone, with two protected turquoise coves on either side. One of them, the Bolivar Channel is one of the richest marine ecosystems on Earth. This place is only accessible by water, with great opportunities for deep-water snorkelling. In this part of the Galapagos, the upwelling of cold water currents from the west, offer an abundant plankton supply for marine species like: red-lipped batfish, seahorses, frogfish, nudibranchs, octopus and the strange but fascinating mola-mola (sunfish). It is common to observe dolphin pods, sea lions rafts and tuna banks feeding. The sheer cliffs provides the perfect setting for panga rides along the coast, observing a great diversity of sea birds such as noddies, brown pelicans, Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, Nazca and Blue-footed boobies are often seen feeding all at once in these waters during cold season (May – December). Whale watching is also common while navigating.
Next we move onto Fernandina Island where no foreign species have ever invaded making it one of the world’s most pristine island ecosystems. Located on the northeast is Punta Espinosa, a narrow ledge of lava and sand extending from the base of La Cumbre volcano. From here it is possible to admire a wide view of Isabela Island across the Bolivar Channel, an area that hosts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. Here, the largest most primitive-looking marine iguanas are found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Isla Fernandina displays a wonderful opportunity to encounter flightless cormorants at their nesting sites drying their atrophied wings amid the volcanic landscape. The Galapagos penguins and the ‘King’ of predators on the islands, the Galapagos Hawk, can also be spotted. Pa-hoe-hoe and AA lava formations cover the majority of Fernandina terrain. Vegetation is scarce inland, with the exception of a few brachycereus cacti and inland, mangroves can be found.
Accommodation
  • MY Coral (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Isla Isabela - Vicente Roca Point - Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Isabela - Vicente Roca Point - Panga ride (1 hour)
  • Isla Fernandina - Punta Espinosa - Walk (2 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla Fernandina - Punta Espinosa - Snorkel (1 hour)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Vicente Roca Point:
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Type of terrain: None

Espinosa Point:
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Type of terrain: Rocky
Today you will head back to Isla Isabela. The island is located in one of the youngest geological areas in the world, having formed less than a million years ago by the eruption of five different volcanoes.
Your first stop today will be Urbina Bay which is a volcanic black beach. Depending on the season, it is possible to find giant tortoises, land iguanas, and the unusual flightless cormorant. After a short walk inland there will be time for snorkelling with a chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plants with different range of colours in flowers, attracting different insects, birds, and reptiles. One of the highlights on the island is the uplifted coral reef that resulted from the 1954 seismic activity; here the views of Alcedo Volcano are remarkable. When navigating from Urbina to Tagus Cove whale watching is usual in May – December.
In the afternoon you will visit Tagus Cove. Take a walk along a trail that leads to Darwin saltwater crater-lake, a place with excellent lava fields, landscapes and volcanic formations. This is a great site to see land birds such as the Galapagos hawks, ground and tree finches, large-billed flycatchers, and yellow warblers. The name Tagus Cove comes from the 1814 British ship arrival named ‘The Tagus’, which anchored searching for tortoises as food supply. Centuries after, old graffiti art can still be found here which was created by visitors, whalers and even pirates until the National Park was established in 1959. Many names of these early visitors are written on the cliffs along the shore. You will then take a panga ride along the shoreline which you will be able to admire a variety of seabirds such as blue-footed boobies, brown noddies, terns, flightless cormorants, and depending on the season, a large number of the Galapagos penguins which are among the smallest in the world (14 inches tall). They are the only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the northern hemisphere along the Equator. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to go deep water snorkelling.
Accommodation
  • MY Coral (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Isla Isabela - Urbina Bay - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Isabela - Urbina Bay - Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Isabela - Tagus Cove - Walk (2 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla Isabela - Tagus Cove - Panga ride (40 mins)
  • Isla Isabela - Tagus Cove - Deep Water Snorkel (1 hour)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Urbina Bay:
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Type of terrain: flat/semi-rocky

Tagus Cove:
Difficulty level: Intermediate/Difficult
Type of terrain: flat/steep
Puerto Egas is a black sand beach located on the west side of James Bay and northwest of Isla Santiago. South of the beach is Sugarloaf Volcano, which has deposits of volcanic tuff. The site is named Puerto Egas after Hector Egas who last attempted to mine salt here and the remains of the mines still can be seen. This is a historically important site; on 1683 the British buccaneer William Ambrose Cowley named the bay as James. Since then, this location became an anchor base to recollect water, tortoises, and salt from the salt-lake that locates in a closer crater. Charles Darwin visited this place in 1835. There is an inland trail which is about three kilometres long and ends at the top of the salt mine crater. The first part of the trail is comprised of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half is comprised of volcanic basaltic rock on the shoreline; creating the best tidal pool area in the Galapagos. Here, the fur seals and sally lightfoot crab populations thrive. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago’s shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds, including the Galapagos hawk and the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron. Snorkelling here is a highlight; it is frequent to see lobsters, starfish, octopus, squids, and marine iguanas on algae beds. Santiago is one of the few places where fur seals (actually, a kind of sea lion) and Galapagos sea Lions can be found.
On Santiago's eastern coast sits Bahia Sullivan, also known as James Island. This site is of important geologic interest as it features extensive relative young pahoe-hoe lava flows formed during the last quarter of the 19th century. In the middle of the lava flow, older reddish-yellow-coloured tuff cones appear. Mollugo plants with their yellow-to-orange whorled leaves usually grow out of the fissures. Walking on the solidified lava gives the impression of being on another planet. Tree molds are found, indicating that in that position large size plants grew in small crevices, until the lava flow of past eruptions burned down the flora of the island.
Accommodation
  • MY Coral (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Isla Santiago - Puerto Egas - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Santiago - Puerto Egas - Snorkelling (1 hour)
  • Isla Santiago - Sullivan Bay - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Santiago - Sullivan Bay - Snorkelling (1 hour)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Puerto Egas:
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Type of terrain: Flat/Rocky

Sullivan Bay:
Difficulty level: Difficult
Type of terrain: flat volcanic lava
This morning we travel to Cero Mesa, the first ecological reserve in the province of Galapagos and is located 490m above sea level. There is an impressive view of the archipelago and we will also observe up to 7 subspecies of vermillion flycatchers and finch. On the west side is the largest crater on Santa Cruz.

Our next stop is El Trapiche where you learn about different cane alcohol distilling techniques as well as some traditional coffee roasting tricks. You will also get to see how this rustic, mule-driven sugar cane press operates.

We also visit Los Gemelos which makes up part of the highlands of Isla Santa Cruz. Los Gemelos are twin sinkholes, located on opposite side of the road and are surrounded by scalesia forest. They were formed by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. You will be able to spot the Vermillion flycatchers and you might even see short-eared owls while taking in the stunning views.

Today there will be some passengers leaving the tour and some new passengers joining.
Accommodation
  • MY Coral (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Highlands Visit (2.5 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Fausto Llerena Breeding Center & Charles Darwin Research Station Walk (1.5 hours) - Dry Landing
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning you will visit the small sandy island of Mosquera, a relaxing, picturesque stop located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. There is no trail on the islet so you can enjoy the open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock where Sally Lightfoot crabs (red lava crabs) can be found. These crabs, with their bright red shell tops and blue under shells are stunning against the black lava. Very little sesuvium portulacastrum plants grow on the sand. Depending on the tides, you may also have the chance to go snorkelling.
Off Baltra Island and not far from Santa Cruz Island, is North Seymour, one of the most visited islands in the Galapagos. This landmass was formed by a series of underwater volcanic eruptions, which deposited layers of lava on the ocean floor.
The 2 hour trail (approximately) on North Seymour crosses inland through the island and then explores the rocky coast. Along the way the trail passes colonies of blue footed boobies and frigate birds.

The magnificent frigate bird, a large black bird with a long wingspan, and a hooked beak, is extremely fast and has excellent vision. Frigate birds are known for the large red pouch on their necks. During mating season the males throw back their heads, inflate the pouch (sometimes to the size of a soccer ball), and shake trying to capture the attention of female frigates.

Boobies and frigates have an interesting relationship. Sharing the same nesting area on North Seymour, blue-footed boobies nest on the ground making their nests from the twigs of the palo santos trees, while the frigate birds nest just above them in the saltbushes. Your walk is followed by snorkelling where you will find a great variety of fish and possibly white-tipped reef sharks, rays and sea lions.
Accommodation
  • MY Coral (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Isla Mosquera - Beach Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Mosquera - Snorkelling (1 hour)
  • Isla North Seymour - Walk (2 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla North Seymour - Snorkel (30 mins)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Isla Mosquera:
Difficulty level: Easy
Type of terrain: Sandy

Isla North Seymour:
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Type of terrain: Rocky
Isla Santa Fe is home to many sea lion colonies who are very eager for swimming partners. It’s a lovely place to take a dip, offers a dense concentration of wildlife, and is a fantastic place to see many of the stars of the Galapagos in one relatively small area. A trail follows the coast into the opuntia forest where you see Santa Fe’s trees – the largest in the Galapagos. The island is also home to a unique sub-species of land iguanas including the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest on the islands). Hiking towards the cliffs on Santa Fe will lead you to a forest of prickly pear cactus. A member of the cactus family, their name comes from the pear-shaped fruit the plant produces. This island is the habitat for a number of wildlife, including: the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago. The area is also home to some of the most attractive coves in the archipelago and provides spectacular snorkelling in the jade-green waters.
In the afternoon you will travel to Plaza Sur (South Plaza). There are two Plaza Islets (north and south) located east of Santa Cruz Island. On the northern part of the Islet, you begin the journey along an impressive cactus forest were colourful yellow and red land iguanas live, the population number is around 300 animals. During the dry season they survive on fruits and flowers of the opuntia cacti. A peculiar thing to see in South Plaza is the hybrid iguana (sea and land). When reaching the highest point, tropicbirds can be seen. During the dry season (June – January) the usually greenish and yellowish vegetation changes colour creating a bright red landscape (sesuviumedmonstonei plant). The island’s rugged southern cliffs are an excellent place to spot tropicbirds and swallow-tailed gulls, as well as the 'Gentlemen’s Club’, a gathering of male sea lions either too young or too old to be beachmasters!
Accommodation
  • MY Coral (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Isla Santa Fe - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Santa Fe - Deep Water Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Plaza Sur - Walk (2 hours) - Dry Landing
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Isla Santa Fe:
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Type of terrain: Rocky

Isla South Plaza:
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Type of terrain: Rocky
San Cristobal is home of the capital town of the Galapagos Province, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. This morning you will visit the Interpretation Center, which is an excellent place to learn about the nature and history of the Islands, displaying information of Galapagos volcanic origins, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, arrival of the original species, among other points of interest. The human interaction is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events about the colonization of the islands. Later on a high-intensity hike can be done to visit Tijeretas Hill, a beautiful landscape ending with a magnificent view of a nearby large frigatebird colony. If there is enough time, a town visit can be planned.
This afternoon, visit the San Cristobal Tortoise Breeding Center which is located in the vicinity of Cerro Colorado (reddish hill). This is one of the few places where you can see Calandrinia galapagosa, a plant endemic to San Cristobal that resembles a small tree and is in danger of extinction. You can learn about the National Park’s conservation programs and the assisted reproduction tortoise program. The reserve was built to increase the population of the island tortoises, Geochelone chatamensis. If there is enough time you will have the opportunity to visit Puerto Baquerizo Town to enjoy a drink or go shopping for souvenirs.
Today there will be some passengers leaving the tour and some new passengers joining.
Accommodation
  • MY Coral (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Isla San Cristobal - Interpretation Center (1 hour) - Dry Landing
  • Isla San Cristobal - Tijeretas Hill Walk (1 hour) - Dry Landing
  • Isla San Cristobal - Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve Visit (1 hour, 40 minutes) - Dry Landing
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Tijeretas Hill:
Difficulty level: Easy/Intermediate
Type of terrain: Flat/Stairs

Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve:
Difficulty level: Easy
Type of terrain: Sandy
This morning you will travel to the north coast of San Cristobal and visit the white coral beach of Cerro Brujo. It is an eroding tuff cone that is composed of AA lava formations and the beach great for snorkelling and sunbathing. Nearby a lagoon ideal for migratory bird species can be seen, including black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, sandpiper and white-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, an islet in the adjacent southern coast of San Cristobal.
Your next stop will be Punta Pitt which is located on the north eastern end of the islands. The trail goes through several magnificent viewpoints, including anolivine beach and a path climbing to the top of a volcanic tuff for expansive views of the sparsely vegetated area. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together: Nazca, blue-footed, and red-footed. There are also the two species of frigate birds plus a sea lion colony. This is an excellent place for panga rides and snorkelling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.
Accommodation
  • MY Coral (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Isla San Cristobal - Cerro Brujo - Walk (1 hour) - Wet Landing
  • Isla San Cristobal - Cerro Brujo - Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla San Cristobal - Punta Pitt - Walk (2 hours) - Wet Landing
  • Isla San Cristobal - Punta Pitt - Snorkel or Kayak (40 mins)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Cerru Brujo:
Difficulty level: Easy
Type of terrain: Sandy

Punta Pitt:
Difficulty level: Difficult
Type of terrain: Rocky/Steep
An overnight sail will take you to Isla Espanola, the southernmost island and one of the most spectacular. This island is of geological interest, being one of the oldest islands in Galapagos, it has a high percentage of endemism due to its isolation from the rest of the islands. Due to the great variety of wildlife this is one of the most attractive spots in the Galapagos. Here it is possible to explore volcanic formations and see large colonies of sea lion and seabirds including the Española mockingbird, Nazca boobies, and the spectacular red-billed tropicbirds. Here, the singular marine iguanas have a turquoise colour with reddish parts during breeding season, lava lizards and the colourful Sally light foot crabs. It is home to the world’s largest colony of waved albatross, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (April-December) when it is home to almost 12,000 pairs. If you’re lucky you’ll see the elaborate courtship rituals performed by albatrosses before the female chooses her lifelong mate! Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous “Soplador,” a seaward blowhole that shoots water up to 23 m. (75 ft.) in to the air.
Take a hike to Punta Suarez which is considered one of the most attractive locations on the islands and home to a large and varied wildlife population. A walk along its trails will take you to a cliff top viewpoint where you’ll gain a magical panorama. Boobies line the rocky shoreline beneath you, while frigate birds may be seen overhead; nearby enormous male sea lions can be seen lounging and albatross use the cliffs as their ‘runway’, helping become airborne by the southeast winds that blow across this part of the island.

Gardner Bay is a beautiful white coral sandy beach, considered by many as one of the most beautiful beaches in the islands and it is guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are no trails here, so you will stay along the shore, spotting the Galapagos hawk, the American oystercatcher, the Galapagos dove, hood mockingbirds, yellow warblers, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin finches, cacti finch (Geospizafuliginosa), the small ground finch (Geospizafuliginosa) and the warbler finch (Certhideaolivacea). Swimming and snorkelling offers a great variety of Galapagos marine wildlife including king angelfish, creole fish, damsel fish and parrot fish.
Accommodation
  • MY Coral (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Isla Espanola - Punta Suarez - Walk (2.5 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla Espanola - Bahia Gardner - Walk (1 hour) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Espanola - Bahia Gardener - Snorkel (1 hour)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Punta Suarez:
Difficulty level: Difficult
Type of terrain: Rocky ground

Gardner Bay:
Difficulty level: Easy
Type of terrain: Sandy
This morning you will visit Champion which is a small islet located off the north coast of Floreana. It is a small rocky isle that is home to the endangered Floreana Mockingbird. Access to the Islet is restricted so you will visit by panga with snorkelling done along a marine wall, filled with a variety of wildlife such as schools of the endemic black striped salemas, blue Lobster, long nose hawkfish, sea horses, coral hawkfish, sea lions, and the famous red-lipped batfish.
You will go ashore at Punta Cormorant (Cormorant Point) where your first impression will be of an olivine green sand beach. From here you will take a hike next to black mangroves takes to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as the Scalesiavillosa, white mangrove, and palo santo trees. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of green Pacific sea turtles. It is important to avoid walking in the water due to the stingrays that may be hiding in the sand. From the beach is easy to spot sea turtles, blue-footed boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks searching for food along the shoreline. You will then return to the initial olive green sand beach to swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of Galapagos penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be spotted.
You will then land on the island of Floreana - a highlight of any Galapagos cruise, rich in natural wonders and wildlife.
On the north side of Floreana, there is the Post Office Bay, named like this because, in 1793, Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel, which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through who would take the letters with them to their destinations. Nowadays, visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel, hoping that some other traveller, going to the letter destination, will take it back for free. The chances are that the letter posted can take a long time to arrive to its destination. However, there have been cases where it has arrived before the sender.
Here, it is possible to see Darwin finches, yellow warbler, and lava lizards. Great snorkelling opportunities with green pacific sea turtles and on the main beach there are playful sea lions. Moreover, this island is best known for its endemic vegetation: Scalesiavillosa, Lecocarpuspinnatifidus, and the Galapagos milkwort.
Accommodation
  • MY Coral (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Isla Floreana - Champion Islet - Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Floreana - Punta Cormorant - Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Floreana - Post Office Bay - Walk (30 mins) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Floreana - Post Office Bay - Snorkel (1 hour)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Champion Islet & Punta Cormorant:
Difficulty: Easy
Type of terrain: Sandy/Flat
On the highlands of Santa Cruz Island it is possible to visit private farms- tortoise reserves where giant tortoises wander freely, in the National Park. In the mountains of the Galapagos is possible to observe different kinds of birds, such as tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually on top the shells of the tortoises). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and through the Unique Scalesia cloud forest. Often tortoises are seen on the way wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is relevant for birdwatchers as almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.
This is your final excursion before you return to the airport in Baltra for your flight back to Quito. The flight will stopover in Guayaquil to drop off/pick up new passengers.
As you will be leaving the boat this morning, please remember that if you have enjoyed the services provided by your guide and crew, a tip would be very much appreciated by them. As a guideline we recommend each passenger consider US$15 per day for the crew and US$10 per day for your guide. You can leave tips in envelopes that are placed in your cabin on the last day of your journey.
Upon arrival in Quito Airport (approx. 4pm) you will be transferred back to your hotel for an overnight stay. Our local representative may stop by at your hotel this evening to get your feedback on your Galapagos experience.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Le Parc, Quito (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Highlands Visit (2.5 hours) - Dry Landing
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Highlands:
Difficulty level: Easy
Type of terrain: Flat & muddy depending on the season

Today is predominately a long travel day with an early morning start. There will be a short morning activity before our mid-morning flight back to the mainland. The flight back to Quito is not due to arrive until late afternoon.
Your Galapagos adventure will come to an end today after breakfast. There are no activities planned for the final day so you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. There are many fascinating things to do in and around Quito, so please speak to our customer service representative about any optional activities that might be of interest. They can also assist you in booking a departure transfer to the airport.

** Please note ** all travel times/distances and activity durations are approximate only and subject to change.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

16 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners

Transport

Minibus, Boat, Plane, Zodiac

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights), Overnight boat (14 nights)

Included Activities

  • Isla Santa Cruz - Fausto Llerena Breeding Center & Charles Darwin Research Station Walk (1.5 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Cerro Dragon - Walk (2 hours) - Wet or Dry Landing
  • Isla Bartolome - Walk (1.5 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla Bartolome - Snorkelling (1 hour) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Rabida - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Rabida - Snorkelling (1 hour)
  • Isla Rabida - Panga ride (1 hour)
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Bachas Beach Walk (1 hour) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Bachas Beach Snorkel (1 hour) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Black Turtle Cove - Panga ride (1 hours)
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Eden Islet or Ballena Bay Walk (1 hour) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Eden Islet or Ballena Bay - Snorkel (1 hour) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Isabela - Vicente Roca Point - Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Isabela - Vicente Roca Point - Panga ride (1 hour)
  • Isla Fernandina - Punta Espinosa - Walk (2 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla Fernandina - Punta Espinosa - Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Isabela - Urbina Bay - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Isabela - Urbina Bay - Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Isabela - Tagus Cove - Walk (2 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla Isabela - Tagus Cove - Panga ride (40 mins)
  • Isla Isabela - Tagus Cove - Deep Water Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Santiago - Puerto Egas - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Santiago - Puerto Egas - Snorkelling (1 hour)
  • Isla Santiago - Sullivan Bay - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Santiago - Sullivan Bay - Snorkelling (1 hour)
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Highlands Visit (2.5 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla Mosquera - Beach Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Mosquera - Snorkelling (1 hour)
  • Isla North Seymour - Walk (2 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla North Seymour - Snorkel (30 mins)
  • Isla Santa Fe - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Santa Fe - Deep Water Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Plaza Sur - Walk (2 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla San Cristobal - Interpretation Center (1 hour) - Dry Landing
  • Isla San Cristobal - Tijeretas Hill Walk (1 hour) - Dry Landing
  • Isla San Cristobal - Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve Visit (1 hour, 40 minutes) - Dry Landing
  • Isla San Cristobal - Cerro Brujo - Walk (1 hour) - Wet Landing
  • Isla San Cristobal - Cerro Brujo - Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla San Cristobal - Punta Pitt - Walk (2 hours) - Wet Landing
  • Isla San Cristobal - Punta Pitt - Snorkel or Kayak (40 mins)
  • Isla Espanola - Punta Suarez - Walk (2.5 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla Espanola - Bahia Gardner - Walk (1 hour) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Espanola - Bahia Gardener - Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Floreana - Champion Islet - Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Floreana - Punta Cormorant - Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Floreana - Post Office Bay - Walk (30 mins) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Floreana - Post Office Bay - Snorkel (1 hour)

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Important notes

GALAPAGOS PARK, TRANSIT CARD & ISABELA ISLANDS PORT FEES:
Before checking in for the flight from Quito to the Galapagos, there is a US$20 transit fee that needs to be paid. On arrival in the islands you must pay the US$100 national park fee to enter Galapagos National Park. If your voyage visits Isabela Island, there is also a US$5 fee to be paid on arrival at the island.

PASSPORT DETAILS:
When booking, please make sure that your name is spelt correctly, and that you book using the name in your passport (particularly if you are recently married). If you are issued a new passport with a different number between the time that you book and the time you travel, please take both the old and new passports with you.

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:
Should you have a special diet requirement (for example vegetarian, celiac, vegan, severe food allergies) it's essential that you inform us or your agent of the specific details at least 10 days prior to departure, in order to make sure the chef on board the boat or on the island can request the necessary food supplies.

SPECIAL NEEDS:
Should you have special needs, including physical or health problems please advise us at the time of booking so that we can assess your suitability or make special arrangements.

MINIMUM AGE:
The minimum age on this trip is 5. Please note that triple cabins are not available. If travelling with a child, the child will need to share with one of the adults, and the other adult will share with another adult passenger, or pay a single supplement.

SEA SICKNESS- GALAPAGOS:
Please note that from June to August the water is rougher than usual. Consequently travel times will be longer than usual. If you suffer from seasickness you may want to reconsider travelling during this period.

ELECTRICITY, WI-FI & PHONE COVERAGE IN THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS:
Electricity in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands is 110 - 120V and requires US plugs so you may need to take an adapter.
Wi-Fi is not available on the boat at all whilst in the Galapagos Islands. There is limited access on the bigger islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal and Isabela and there may also be internet cafes for you to use if there is time.
Like Wi-Fi, mobile phone coverage is pretty non-existent whilst travelling around the islands. Again, you may find that you have limited service when you are closer to the bigger islands.
There is a satellite phone on board, for the use of shipboard staff, in case of emergency.

DIVING IN THE GALAPAGOS:
We do not offer diving as a part of our Galapagos program and due to our internal safety policy our leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking this activity.

COMPULSORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS
A compulsory single supplement applies to single travellers who book a Junior suite. Please refer to the to the accommodation section for more information.

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