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5 days

from $5,590

La Pinta – Northern

overview
itinerary
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Highlights

Visit Santa Cruz's Charles Darwin's research center
Chinese Hat unique conical shape and lava formations
Bartolome's Pinnacle Rock and snorkel with penguins
Walk Santiago's moonscape-like volcanic formations
Witness Genovesa's largest variety of seabirds

Tour Facts

Pricefrom $5,590
Duration5 Days / 5 Nights

Activity Level

Level 1

Starts / EndsBaltra / Baltra
DepartsMonday
Location
Galapagos Islands

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Tour Facts

Pricefrom $5,590
Duration5 Days / 5 Nights

Activity Level

Level 1

Starts / EndsBaltra / Baltra
DepartsMonday
Location
Galapagos Islands

Summary

Day
overnight & activities
1
BaltraIsland|Airport (GPS)|Santa CruzIsland|Highlands
2
Santa CruzIsland|Eden Islet|Chinese HatIslet
3
BartolomeIsland|Pinnacle Rock|SantiagoIsland|Sullivan Bay
4
GenovesaIsland|Darwin Bay|GenovesaIsland|Prince Phillip's Steps
5
BaltraIsland|Airport (GPS)

Full Itinerary

Day 1
(Monday)
BaltraIsland|Airport (GPS)|Santa CruzIsland|Highlands
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.
activities
:
Walk, Zodiac
meals
:
Dinner
Day 2
(Tuesday)
Santa CruzIsland|Eden Islet|Chinese HatIslet
Eden Islet, situated by Santa Cruz island, is a hidden gem of natural beauty. A small islet surrounded by clear blue waters, it presents a thriving underwater realm for snorkelers and divers. Snorkeling here reveals a tapestry of marine life, including vibrant fish, sea turtles, and graceful rays. A dinghy ride around the islet unveils dramatic volcanic formations and an array of seabirds, including blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate-birds. The tranquil setting and rich biodiversity of Eden Islet offer an immersive encounter with the Galapagos' marine ecosystem.
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.
activities
:
Kayak, Snorkel, Swim, Walk, Zodiac
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
(Wednesday)
BartolomeIsland|Pinnacle Rock|SantiagoIsland|Sullivan Bay
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.
Santiago Island, a significant part of the Galapagos archipelago, captivates with its stark volcanic landscapes and diverse ecosystems. The island embodies the Galapagos' geological wonders and showcases the coexistence of terrestrial and marine life in an environment of striking contrasts and unparalleled natural beauty.
Sullivan Bay is a great example of the dynamic geological forces of our planet. Dominated by striking pahoehoe lava flows formed during the late 19th century, the bay offers visitors a stark and dramatic landscape that stands in contrast to the typical lushness associated with the Galápagos. Its unique topography is punctuated by tectonic cracks, gas bubbles, and volcanic cones. Visitors will have a firsthand experience of nature's raw power; a glimpse into the island's volcanic history and the intricate process of ecological succession that follows such events.
activities
:
Snorkel, Swim, Walk, Zodiac
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
(Thursday)
GenovesaIsland|Darwin Bay|GenovesaIsland|Prince Phillip's Steps
Genovesa Island, also known as "Bird Island," is a haven for avian enthusiasts. This remote volcanic formation hosts an array of bird species in impressive quantities. The island's natural amphitheater provides an opportunity to observe red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls in their natural habitat. The unique topography, with its steep cliffs and diverse vegetation, offers a dramatic backdrop to these remarkable avian displays. As one of the northernmost islands in the Galapagos, Genovesa's ecological isolation contributes to the preservation of its extraordinary bird populations and distinctive ecosystem.
Darwin Bay is a remarkable testament to nature's grandeur. As visitors step ashore onto the soft sandy beach, they are immediately immersed in a symphony of birdlife. Red-footed boobies, great frigate-birds, and swallow-tailed gulls soar overhead, while sea lions and marine iguanas share the shore. A leisurely stroll along the trails unveils a wealth of wonders, from mangroves to tidal pools, each hosting unique marine life. This secluded paradise offers snorkeling encounters with sharks, rays, and colorful fish, providing a glimpse into the underwater world that complements the island's awe-inspiring avian spectacle.
Prince Philip's Steps is an awe-inspiring natural spectacle. Ascending these steep steps unveils an avian paradise where red-footed boobies and Nazca boobies nest in the island's cliffs, and the elusive short-eared owls make their appearances during the day. The journey through this unique landscape immerses visitors in an untouched world, as they walk among the bird colonies, absorb the intricate ecosystem, and capture unparalleled vistas of the island's rugged shoreline.
activities
:
Kayak, Snorkel, Swim, Walk, Zodiac
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
(Friday)
BaltraIsland|Airport (GPS)
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.
meals
:
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)

Ship Categories

LUXURY CRUISES

Exquisite cruising experience, featuring top-notch amenities and personalized services. Plush accommodations, gourmet dining, and an excellent staff-to-guest ratio.

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.