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Grace – South & East

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Highlights

Visit Santa Cruz's Charles Darwin's research center
Observe magestic flamingos at Floreana Island
Snorkel at Española's Gardner Bay along unique marine life
Yellowish Iguanas photo opportunity at Santa Fe
South Plaza's white sandy beachers & ocean views
North Seymour's largest colonies of Bue-Footed Boody
Bartolome's Pinnacle Rock and snorkel with penguins
Chinese Hat unique conical shape and lava formations

Tour Facts

Pricefrom $8,390
Duration8 Days / 7 Nights
ship

Activity Level

Level 1

Starts / EndsBaltra / Baltra
DepartsTuesday
Location
Galapagos Islands

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Tour Facts

Pricefrom $8,390
Duration8 Days / 7 Nights
ship

Activity Level

Level 1

Starts / EndsBaltra / Baltra
DepartsTuesday
Location
Galapagos Islands

Summary

Day
overnight & activities
1
BaltraIsland|Baltra Airport|Santa CruzIsland|Highlands & Darwin Ctr.
2
FloreanaIsland|Peace Asylum|Cormorant Point & Devil's Crown
3
EspañolaIsland|Punta Suarez|Gardner Bay & Gardner Islet
4
San CristobalIsland|Punta Pitt|Lobos Island & Kicker Rock
5
Santa FeIsland|South PlazaIsland
6
N. SeymourIsland|BartolomeIsland
7
Chinese HatIslet|Santa CruzIsland|Dragon Hill
8
Santa CruzIsland|Black Turtle Cove|BaltraIsland|Airport (GPS)

Full Itinerary

Day 1
(Tuesday)
BaltraIsland|Airport (GPS)|Santa CruzIsland|Highlands & Darwin Ctr.
Welcome upon arrival to the Galapagos Island's Baltra Airport and transfer to the ship.
Santa Cruz Island, the central hub of the Galapagos, offers a diverse blend of ecosystems. It's home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where conservation efforts for the iconic giant tortoises take place. High-land areas feature lush vegetation, while its coastline showcases a variety of marine life, including sea turtles and sharks.
Santa Cruz' Highlands in Galapagos offer a unique natural landscape. Lush vegetation, giant tortoises roaming freely, and volcanic formations define this area. Explore lava tunnels, witness tortoise habitats, and discover the endemic flora and fauna.
The Charles Darwin Research Center stands as a beacon of scientific research, conservation, and education. Founded in 1959, the center operates in close collaboration with the Galápagos National Park Directorate, focusing on the preservation and study of the archipelago's unique biodiversity. Housing extensive biological collections, a breeding program for giant tortoises, and laboratories for various ecological studies, the facility plays a crucial role in global conservation efforts. For visitors, the center offers a deep dive into the evolutionary tales and conservation challenges of the Galápagos, perpetuating Darwin's legacy of inquiry and discovery.
activities
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Walk
meals
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Dinner
Day 2
(Wednesday)
FloreanaIsland|Peace Asylum|Cormorant Point & Devil's Crown
Floreana Island stands out for its intriguing history, including stories of pirates and settlers, as well as the famous "Post Office Bay." Its diverse landscapes and captivating beaches make it a unique destination in the Galapagos.
Peace Asylum, or "Asilo de la Paz," is an area with historical and natural significance. Originally used as a haven for early settlers, it carries a sense of the human history embedded in these isolated islands. Today, the site encompasses more than just its historical aspects; it is enveloped by highlands that serve as a habitat for the island's native flora and fauna. Notable are the Galápagos tortoises and various bird species that frequent the area. The Peace Asylum represents an intersection of human history and natural evolution, adding layers of complexity to Floreana's already rich narrative.
Cormorant Point encompasses diverse natural wonders and intriguing history. The area offers two contrasting beaches - one with volcanic olivine crystals that shimmer in the sunlight, and the other adorned with fine white sand, a result of coral erosion. In between lies a hyper-saline lagoon, attracting flamingoes, pintails, stilts, and other wading birds. Visitors can explore the lagoon and continue on a trail to Four Beach, where sea turtles can be spotted riding the waves. Nearby is the islet of Champion, renowned for exceptional snorkeling opportunities, including interactions with sea lions, schools of colorful fish, and the chance to encounter Galapagos penguins.
Devil's Crown is a submerged volcanic crater that serves as one of the region's premier snorkeling and diving locations. This natural formation consists of jagged, rocky spires that breach the ocean's surface, resembling a crown. Below the waterline, the site is a hotspot of marine biodiversity, teeming with a vibrant array of coral, fish, and other marine species such as sea turtles and sharks. The geological complexity of the area enhances water circulation and nutrient distribution, creating an ideal environment for marine life.
activities
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Snorkel, Walk, Zodiac
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
(Thursday)
EspañolaIsland|Punta Suarez|Gardner Bay & Gardner Islet
Española Island, the oldest of the Galápagos, exudes raw beauty and unique wildlife. Its untamed landscapes feature towering cliffs, pounding surf, and pristine beaches. Home to the world's only waved albatross colony, the island offers an astonishing display of these magnificent birds engaging in elaborate courtship dances. The endemic Hood mockingbird and Española lava lizard are equally captivating. Gardner Bay boasts a powdery white beach frequented by sea lions and marine iguanas. Punta Suarez offers dramatic blowholes and nesting seabirds. Española's isolation has nurtured a distinctive environment, making it a vital haven for endemic species and a must-see for nature enthusiasts.
Punta Suarez is a captivating natural spectacle. This rocky point showcases the island's rugged charm with its towering cliffs and tumultuous waves crashing against the shore. The area hosts the world's only waved albatross colony, where these magnificent birds engage in intricate mating rituals. Visitors witness blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls nesting on the cliffs. The dramatic blowholes create a stunning water display, while the endemic Española marine iguanas add to the island's unique allure.
Gardner Bay offers a pristine sandy beach embraced by turquoise waters. This tranquil haven is a hub of marine life, making it ideal for snorkeling with playful sea lions, colorful reef fish, and graceful sea turtles. The beach serves as a nesting site for green sea turtles, and the shoreline is dotted with curious Galapagos sea lions. Visitors often encounter endemic mockingbirds and lava lizards. The striking combination of white sands, crystal-clear waters, and abundant wildlife showcases the Galapagos' unique charm, making Gardner Bay a serene and enchanting destination.
Gardner Islet is a significant site for both marine ecology and wildlife observation. Known for its white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, the islet provides an idyllic setting for an array of marine life, including sea lions and colorful reef fish. The underwater world around Gardner Islet is also a popular spot for snorkeling and diving, revealing intricate coral formations and the occasional sighting of larger marine species like manta rays. On land, the islet is frequented by various bird species, adding to its ecological richness.
activities
:
Kayak, Snorkel, Walk, Zodiac
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
(Friday)
San CristobalIsland|Punta Pitt|Lobos Island & Kicker Rock
San Cristóbal Island, a cornerstone of the Galápagos archipelago, showcases captivating landscapes and unique biodiversity. Its diverse habitats, from arid zones to lush highlands, house a variety of iconic species, such as giant tortoises, frigate-birds, and blue-footed boobies. The island's historic significance resonates through sites like Cerro Tijeretas, where Darwin first stepped ashore in the Galápagos. The island offers opportunities for snorkeling, diving, and exploring the vibrant capital, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Discover its pristine beaches, stunning viewpoints, and the Galápagos National Park Interpretation Center, providing insights into the archipelago's natural and human history.
Punta Pitt, a striking promontory on San Cristóbal, is renowned for its unique features and diverse wildlife. Its rust-hued cliffs, formed by ancient lava flows, provide a dramatic backdrop to the rich ecosystem. This site is the only place where all three species of boobies - blue-footed, red-footed, and Nazca - nest together. The trail leading to the viewpoint allows visitors to witness these impressive avian displays, as well as the vibrant hues of marine iguanas and sea lions that thrive in its surroundings.
Los Lobos Islet serves as a sanctuary for various marine species, most notably the sea lions from which it derives its name ("The Wolves" in Spanish). Characterized by rocky shorelines and shallow, clear waters, the islet provides an ideal environment for observing these fascinating creatures, along with other marine life such as marine iguanas and a variety of fish species. For birdwatchers, the site also offers a glimpse of blue-footed boobies and frigate-birds.
Kicker Rock, or "León Dormido" as it is locally known, is a striking volcanic formation located off the coast of San Cristobal. Comprising two sheer rocks that rise dramatically over 140 meters above the ocean's surface, Kicker Rock serves as a unique marine sanctuary. The channel between the rocks is one of the region's premier diving and snorkeling sites, attracting a variety of marine life including hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, and rays.
activities
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Kayak, Snorkel, Walk, Zodiac
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
(Saturday)
Santa FeIsland|South PlazaIsland
Santa Fe Island, with its pristine beaches and rich biodiversity. Its turquoise waters and sandy shores create a serene ambiance, providing an ideal spot for snorkeling with playful sea lions and encountering marine life. The endemic Santa Fe land iguana, characterized by its pale coloration and distinct features, roams freely. The island's towering Opuntia cacti and endemic Palo Santo trees showcase its unique flora. Santa Fe is a living testament to the Galápagos' ongoing ecological conservation, inviting visitors to connect with its natural wonders in a profound and responsible way.
South Plaza Island, a masterpiece of evolution. Its dramatic cliffs, sculpted by wind and waves, create a stunning backdrop for a vibrant ecosystem. Land iguanas, unique to South Plaza, bask in the sun amidst carpets of vibrant succulents. The island's exceptional birdlife includes swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds, and the iconic blue-footed boobies engaging in their intricate courtship dance. Sea lions laze on the rocky shores, while the striking contrast between the turquoise waters and the island's reddish-brown terrain creates a breathtaking visual.
activities
:
Kayak, Snorkel, Walk, Zodiac
meals
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
(Sunday)
N. SeymourIsland|BartolomeIsland
North Seymour Island, a geological wonder, boasts a captivating blend of wildlife and landscapes. Its flat terrain is sculpted by ancient lava flows, providing a canvas for vibrant displays of flora and fauna. A haven for bird enthusiasts, the island features colonies of blue-footed boobies, frigate-birds, and swallow-tailed gulls engaged in their intricate mating rituals. Land iguanas roam the arid landscape, adding to the diverse ecological tapestry. As you traverse the island's trails, the unique behaviors and interactions of its inhabitants unfold, making North Seymour a captivating destination for ecotourism and nature exploration.
Bartolome Island, is a volcanic islet with unique and breathtaking landscape. The iconic Pinnacle Rock, an ancient volcanic formation, stands as a prominent landmark against the surrounding azure waters. The island offers panoramic vistas from its summit, accessible by a wooden staircase. The distinct terrain showcases volcanic formations, including spatter cones and tuff formations. The beaches welcome sea lions and snorkelers to encounter marine life, including Galapagos penguins and white-tipped reef sharks.
activities
:
Snorkel, Walk, Zodiac
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
(Monday)
Chinese HatIslet|Santa CruzIsland|Dragon Hill
Chinese Hat Islet is a small volcanic cone off Santiago Island's southeastern coast. Its iconic conical shape and stark lava formations provide insight into the archipelago's geological history. The surroundings offers opportunities for snorkeling and dinghy rides in the calm waters of the crescent-shaped cove. Sea lions bask on the white sandy beach, while marine iguanas and lava lizards inhabit the rocky areas. As you explore the islet's interior, witness unique Galapagos wildlife and the distinctive pahoehoe lava formations.
Dragon Hill is a captivating destination featuring a brackish lagoon where migratory birds and flamingos gather. Venture along a trail through a forest of Opuntia cacti and enjoy stunning vistas of the coastline. Encounter the iconic Galapagos giant tortoises in their natural habitat and learn about conservation efforts. An excellent location for birdwatching and nature enthusiasts.
activities
:
Kayak, Snorkel, Walk, Zodiac
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
(Tuesday)
Santa CruzIsland|Black Turtle Cove|BaltraIsland|Airport (GPS)
Black Turtle Cove, located on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island, is a complex of tidal mangrove lagoons that serve as a safe haven for marine life. Accessible only by boat, this tranquil area is frequented by sea turtles, rays, and juvenile sharks, which use the calm, nutrient-rich waters as a nursery and feeding ground. The mangroves themselves play a critical role in nutrient cycling and shoreline stabilization.
After a heartfelt farewell from the ship's captain and crew, we will make our way to Baltra's airport, the final stop before our flight to the mainland. If time permits, you can extend your adventure to Ecuador's unique destinations or even Peru's Machu Picchu. Our team will be glad to recommend extension alternatives before or after your Galapagos experience.
activities
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Walk
meals
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Breakfast
end of the itinerary
Important: Daily activities description subject to change

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Pricing Details

Rates shown are per person based on standard double room or cabin occupancy.
Prices in US$ and valid through December 31, 2024
Single occupancy subject to single supplement .
Credit card payments subject to 3% processing fee.

What is Included

Hotels as shown or similar
All meals as shown
Airport transfers as shown
Professional bilingual guides
Excursions as part of a group
Gratuities except to guides

Additional Budget Considerations

International flights
Quito or Guayaquil to Galapagos roundtrip flights (est. $500)
Galapagos park fee and Tourist Card ($120)

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first class

High-quality cruising experience with a balance of comfort and luxury. Well-appointed cabins, a variety of dining options, numerous onboard activities, and attentive service.

mid-range class

Comfortable cruising experience with a balance between affordability and quality amenities. Ships offer cozy accommodations, a range of dining options, and a good assortment of activities. 

tourist class

Enjoyable cruising experience with basic amenities and services. They provide clean and comfortable accommodations and standard dining options.

budget class

Most affordable cruising option. While amenities and services are basic, these ships still offer clean accommodations and simple dining options.

About Your Adventure

Activity Levels

level 1 - easier

Activities: scenic drives, canoe rides, walks up to 1 hour. Trail conditions: cobblestones, pavement, gravel, or dirt paths. Some days require extended walking.

LEVEL 2 - MODERATE

Most travelers can join level 2 adventures without prior experience. Being generally fit is important. Activities include short hikes up to 3 hours, sea kayaking in calm waters, and rafting on Class I-II rapids.

LEVEL 3 - ACTIVE

Includes 3-6 hours of daily physical activity, like rafting and wilderness camping. Hikes cover 8-10 miles, including steep ascents or descents. Rafting features Class III rapids.

LEVEL 4 - CHALLENGE

Hikes up to 14 miles. Rugged terrain, exposure risk, altitudes over 10,000 ft. Rafting: Class IV-V rapids. Kayaking: 4-5 hrs daily, open water with waves and tides.

LEVEL 5 - extreme

For experienced adventurers. Trekking without vehicle support in rugged terrain above 10,000 feet. Long hikes, up to 12 hours, with significant altitude changes. Rafting in: Class IV-V rapids. Experience and doctor's certificate required.