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OTE – All Islands

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Highlights

Explore All Galapagos Islands open to visitors
See all 3 species of boobies at San Cristobal
Snorkel at Española's Gardner Bay along unique marine life
Observe magestic flamingos at Floreana Island
Visit Santa Cruz's Charles Darwin's research center
Bartolome's Pinnacle Rock and snorkel with penguins
Chinese Hat unique conical shape and lava formations
South Plaza's white sandy beachers & ocean views
North Seymour's largest colonies of Bue-Footed Boody
Witness Genovesa's largest variety of seabirds
Red sandy beach & wildlife encounters at Rabida island
Swim alongside turtles and seahorses at Isabela Island
Access Fernandina pristine ecosystem at Punta Espinoza

Tour Facts

Pricefrom $18,190
Duration15 Days / 14 Nights

Activity Level

Level 1

Starts / EndsSan Cristobal / San Cristobal
DepartsSunday
Location
Galapagos Islands

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Tour Facts

Pricefrom $18,190
Duration15 Days / 14 Nights

Activity Level

Level 1

Starts / EndsSan Cristobal / San Cristobal
DepartsSunday
Location
Galapagos Islands

Summary

Day
overnight & activities
1
San CristobalIsland|Airport (SCY)|El Junco Lagoon
2
San CristobalIsland|Witch Hill|Punta Pitt
3
EspañolaIsland|Punta Suarez|Gardner Bay & Gardner Islet
4
FloreanaIsland|Cormorant Point & Devil's Crown|Post Office Bay & Baroness Viewing Point
5
Santa CruzIsland|Highlands|Fausto Llerena Breeding Ctr
6
BartolomeIsland|Chinese HatIslet
7
South PlazaIsland|N. SeymourIsland
8
San CristobalIsland|Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center|Galapaguera
9
GenovesaIsland|Darwin Bay|Prince Phillip's Steps
10
Santa CruzIsland|Bachas Beach|Dragon Hill
11
IsabelaIsland|Punta Vicente Roca|Urbina Bay
12
FernandinaIsland|Espinosa Point|IsabelaIsland|Tagus Cove
13
RabidaIsland|Santa CruzIsland|Black Turtle Cove
14
Santa CruzIsland|Highlands|Fausto Llerena Breeding Ctr
15
San CristobalIsland|Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center|Airport (SCY)

Full Itinerary

Day 1
(Sunday)
San CristobalIsland|Airport (SCY)|El Junco Lagoon
Welcome upon arrival to the Galapagos Island's San Cristobal Airport and transfer to the ship.
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.
El Junco Lagoon stands as a noteworthy ecological site within the Galápagos, presenting a unique combination of natural beauty and biological significance. Positioned at an elevation of approximately 2,300 feet, the lagoon is a freshwater body, a rarity in the otherwise arid landscape of the Galápagos Islands. Spanning roughly 270,000 square feet, El Junco serves as a critical habitat for a variety of bird species, including frigate-birds and pintails. Its unique microclimate and flora also attract the interest of ecologists and environmental scientists.
activities
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Walk
meals
:
Dinner
Day 2
(Monday)
San CristobalIsland|Witch Hill|Punta Pitt
Witch Hill, or "Cerro Brujo" as it's known locally, is a renowned site for its captivating natural beauty and ecological significance. The hill itself is an eroded tuff cone, offering insights into the island's volcanic origins. At its base, pristine white sandy beaches stretch out, flanked by crystal-clear waters rich in marine life. The surrounding area serves as a habitat for various species, including blue-footed boobies and frigate-birds. Moreover, its coastal lagoon is a sanctuary for migratory birds.
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.
activities
:
Kayak, Snorkel, Swim, Walk, Zodiac
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
(Tuesday)
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
(Wednesday)
FloreanaIsland|Cormorant Point & Devil's Crown|Post Office Bay & Baroness Viewing Point
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.
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.
Post Office Bay holds historical significance as a unique post office system established by whalers in the 18th century. Today, it's a symbolic site where visitors can participate in the tradition by leaving postcards and picking up mail destined for their region, continuing the legacy of communication. This picturesque bay with its turquoise waters and white sandy beach also offers opportunities for swimming and snorkeling. Immerse yourself in the island's history while enjoying its natural beauty, making this site a captivating blend of cultural heritage and coastal exploration in the Galapagos.
Baroness Viewing Point provides a breathtaking panorama of the surrounding landscapes. Named after the self-proclaimed Baroness Eloise Wehrborn de Wagner-Bosquet, who once resided on the island, this vantage point offers a glimpse into the area's history and unique ecosystems. Visitors can take in the pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and volcanic formations, while learning about the intriguing stories associated with the island's past.
activities
:
Snorkel, Walk, Zodiac
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
(Thursday)
Santa CruzIsland|Highlands|Fausto Llerena Breeding Ctr
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 Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, established in 2004, is a vital conservation facility on Santa Cruz Island in the Galápagos. Dedicated to the preservation of native species, it plays a crucial role in breeding and rearing Galápagos giant tortoises before releasing them into the wild. Visitors can observe various tortoise species at different life stages, gain insights into ongoing conservation efforts, and learn about the center's role in ensuring the survival of these iconic creatures and maintaining the delicate ecological balance of the Galápagos Islands.
activities
:
Walk
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
(Friday)
BartolomeIsland|Chinese HatIslet
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.
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
:
Snorkel, Swim, Walk, Zodiac
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
(Saturday)
South PlazaIsland|N. SeymourIsland
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.
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.
activities
:
Snorkel, Walk, Zodiac
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
(Sunday)
San CristobalIsland|Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center|Galapaguera
The Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center serves as an invaluable educational resource for both tourists and researchers. The center offers comprehensive insights into the unique ecology, geology, and history of the Galápagos Islands, through a series of well-curated exhibits and interactive displays. Operated by the Galápagos National Park, the facility aims to promote responsible tourism and conservation awareness. The center also delves into the complex human history of the islands, addressing the challenges and opportunities that come with human interaction in such a delicate ecosystem.
The Galapagera is a conservation and research center with a focus on the protection and breeding of the iconic Galápagos giant tortoises. The facility plays a crucial role in sustaining this endangered species. Visitors can observe these ancient creatures in semi-natural habitats, offering an educational experience that underlines the importance of conservation efforts. Moreover, the center provides invaluable data for ecological research, contributing to the broader understanding of the islands' unique biodiversity.
activities
:
Snorkel, Walk
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
(Monday)
GenovesaIsland|Darwin Bay|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, Walk, Zodiac
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10
(Tuesday)
Santa CruzIsland|Bachas Beach|Dragon Hill
Bachas Beach is a picturesque coastal gem in the Galapagos archipelago. With its soft white sands and crystal-clear waters, it provides an inviting haven for visitors. The area's unique history is evident in the remnants of WWII barges that rest along the shoreline. Flamingos frequent the brackish lagoon, creating a striking contrast against the volcanic landscape. Visitors can stroll along the beach, observe marine iguanas, and enjoy excellent snorkeling opportunities. Bachas Beach offers a serene setting where natural beauty and historical elements merge, making it an enriching destination for exploration and relaxation.
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
:
Snorkel, Walk, Zodiac
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
(Wednesday)
IsabelaIsland|Punta Vicente Roca|Urbina Bay
Isabela Island, the largest in the archipelago, boasts captivating landscapes. Its Sierra Negra volcano offers the world's second-largest caldera, while the marine life-rich waters off Punta Vicente Roca are ideal for snorkeling. Unique flora and fauna, such as flightless cormorants and Galapagos penguins, define its ecological significance.
Punta Vicente Roca is a captivating destination within the Galapagos archipelago. Known for its dramatic landscapes and rich marine life, this site offers a unique blend of experiences. Towering cliffs adorned with seabird colonies create a stunning backdrop for exploring the underwater world. Snorkelers and divers can encounter a diverse array of marine species, including sea turtles, penguins, and various fish species. The striking geological formations and the opportunity to witness the famed Galapagos flightless cormorants in their natural habitat make Punta Vicente Roca a must-visit location for those seeking both terrestrial and aquatic wonders.
Urbina Bay is an exceptional showcase of geological marvels and evolutionary wonders. Resulting from a dramatic uplift in 1954, large sections of the seabed emerged, revealing marine fossils, coral formations, and strata previously submerged. This area offers a tangible glimpse into the Earth's dynamic forces at play. Additionally, the bay's diverse habitats are home to an array of species, including land iguanas, giant tortoises, and a plethora of birdlife.
activities
:
Snorkel, Zodiac
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12
(Thursday)
FernandinaIsland|Espinosa Point|IsabelaIsland|Tagus Cove
Fernandina Island, the youngest and most pristine, showcases volcanic terrain and minimal human impact. It teems with marine iguanas, Galapagos penguins, and flightless cormorants, while lava formations tell the island's geological story. This island provides a glimpse into the natural evolution of the Galapagos ecosystem.
Espinosa Point boasts remarkable volcanic landscapes and a breeding ground for marine iguanas. Visitors can witness unique wildlife interactions and geological wonders, while observing flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, and lava herons along lava fields and mangrove forests.
Tagus Cove has long been a refuge for sea vessels, dating back to the 1800s when whalers inscribed their ship names onto its cliffs. Today, the cove is renowned more for its natural attributes than its maritime history. Dominated by steep cliffs and offering panoramic views of the adjacent Darwin Lake, an uplifted saltwater lagoon, Tagus Cove presents a rich tapestry of volcanic landscapes. The surrounding environment is teeming with wildlife, from flightless cormorants to Galápagos penguins.
activities
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Snorkel, Walk
meals
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13
(Friday)
RabidaIsland|Santa CruzIsland|Black Turtle Cove
Rabida Island display distinct red sands and an array of unique wildlife. The striking contrast between the crimson shoreline and the turquoise waters creates a captivating visual appeal. The island's terrain encompasses both arid landscapes and lush vegetation, providing habitats for a diverse range of species. Visitors can encounter sea lions, marine iguanas, and various bird species during coastal walks and snorkeling activities. The lagoon at the island's center teems with birdlife, including flamingos. The island's vibrant colors, combined with its ecological significance, make it an engaging destination for exploration and discovery.
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.
activities
:
Kayak, Snorkel, Walk, Zodiac
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14
(Saturday)
Santa CruzIsland|Highlands|Fausto Llerena Breeding Ctr
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 Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, established in 2004, is a vital conservation facility on Santa Cruz Island in the Galápagos. Dedicated to the preservation of native species, it plays a crucial role in breeding and rearing Galápagos giant tortoises before releasing them into the wild. Visitors can observe various tortoise species at different life stages, gain insights into ongoing conservation efforts, and learn about the center's role in ensuring the survival of these iconic creatures and maintaining the delicate ecological balance of the Galápagos Islands.
activities
:
Walk
meals
:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15
(Sunday)
San CristobalIsland|Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center|Airport (SCY)
The Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center serves as an invaluable educational resource for both tourists and researchers. The center offers comprehensive insights into the unique ecology, geology, and history of the Galápagos Islands, through a series of well-curated exhibits and interactive displays. Operated by the Galápagos National Park, the facility aims to promote responsible tourism and conservation awareness. The center also delves into the complex human history of the islands, addressing the challenges and opportunities that come with human interaction in such a delicate ecosystem.
Afterwards and a heartfelt farewell from the ship's captain and crew, we will make our way to the airpot for your flight to Quito or Guayaquil. From there you will be able to fly home or continue on one of our trip extensions.
activities
:
Walk
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 .
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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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LUXURY CRUISES

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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.