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Galápagos Islands

Nature and Islands of Northern Galápagos

  • Expedition dates

    31 Dec 2022 | Jan - Dec 2023 | Jan - Mar 2024

  • Starts From

    Quito, Ecuador

    Ends At

    Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador

  • Activities & Attractions

    UNESCO sites, Galápagos land tortoise, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, Machu Picchu, National parks, blue-footed booby, marine iguanas, remote islands, SUP boarding, nature walks, endemic birds, volcanic mountain hike

  • Starting From price per person

    AED 23,137

Expedition Overview

With a two nights stay in charming city of Quito, get a chance to see an active volcano on your visit to Cotopaxi National Park. Then enjoy five days of exploration and island hopping through northern Gálapagos. The landings here give a view of wide array of ecosystems, picturesque landscapes, and wildlife - sea lions, turtles, marine iguanas, giant tortoises, flamingos, Nazca and red-footed Boobies, and not to forget the iconic Darwin's finches

Your day-wise itinerary

Day 1 - 2

Quito, Ecuador

Arrive to the world's second-highest capital city, enjoy 2 nights stay with visit to Cotopaxi National Park

Day 3

Gálapagos, Ecuador

Fly to Galapagos' Baltra Airport to board your expedition ship. After a welcome, head to white beach of Las Bachas for your first adventure

Day 4

Santiago Island

See the wild residents and impressive rock formations of this incredible island

Day 5

Rábida Island and Bartolomé

Spot the marine iguanas, colony of sea birds, Gálapagos Penguins or take in the expanse of Pinnacle Rock

Day 6

Genovesa Island

Take a climb to explore the paradise of birds, and take a refreshing dip or enjoy some kayaking

Day 7

Santa Cruz & Baltra Island to Quito

Disembark at Baltra Island, see the gian t tortoises in the wild and head for flight back to Quito
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Explore Quito

The Ecuadorian capital was the first UNESCO's World Heritage site. Built on ruins of a Inca city, the historic centre has the most extensive and best preserved Spanish American architecture, worth taking a stroll through

Cotopaxi National Park

See Ecuador's best kept secret - Cotopaxi Volcano. Among one of the world's highest active, with a snow-capped peak, the sight of it is so breath-taking, that many often forget the rest of journey ahead.

Explore the Northern Galápagos

Visit Baltra, Santiago, tiny Rábida, Bartlomé, and Genovesa Islands. See the best of Gálapagos wildlife on this short journey

Landings

See various different kinds of site across different islands. Where our ship cannot reach, we make landings via small boats, or simply tour the region to watch for wildlife

Glass-bottom Boat Cruising

A unique activity available to only this expedition, observe marine-life and reefs from above, without getting in the water!

Kayaking

Sea kayaks are included on-board as part of the expedition experience. Paddle around Santa Fe, Española, Santa Cruz for some incredible experience

Snorkelling

There's all the snorkelling gear you’ll need to explore some pretty amazing places where you might see placid turtles, colourful fish, diving marine iguanas & curious sea lions performing underwater acrobatics. Wetsuits are available on hire.

Nature Walks

Walk on the white beaches Las Bechas, hike up to see colonies of birds, watch giant tortoises lumber through the undergrowth on Santa Cruz, or walk to the sea lion colony. There will be many such opportunities during the journey

Galápagos Giant Tortoises

Arguably the most iconic Galápagos animal! An estimated 20,000-25,000 inhibit the islands. Distinguished based on shell types, we will be on look out for both domed & saddle-backed carapace

Iguanas

These spiky-looking reptiles can be seen on several islands. Two species are endemic to Galapagos - marine and endangered pink iguana, of which only 200 are left

Galápagos Albatross

Considered critically endangered, they almost exclusively breed only on Española Island. With wing span of over 8 ft, sighting them is a delight for many birdlovers

Blue-Footed Boobies

Half of all breeding pairs of blue-footed boobies live on the Galapagos Islands. Many blink their eyes twice, when they also spot the less common Red-footed booby

And the other 'Big 15'

The unique defining factor of Galapagos are the wide range of species found only in this region. Apart from 4 species mentioned, also spot Galapagos penguins, sea lions, flamingos, hawks, fur seals.

MS Santa Cruz II

With capacity of just 90, it offers a safe, cozy and intimate experience. Because of its small size it can access hard-to-reach destinations

Social Areas

Fully refurbished, these attractive gathering spaces enable you to meet one another and share your passion for travel. Located across different decks, each offers a comfortable seating area and great view

Relaxation Spaces

Read a book in the library, watch wildlife out on deck or from a hot tub, sit in the indoor bar, or head to the fitness centre!

Cabins

With 50 cabins, there is room and ample space for every traveller type, whether solo, family, group or couple

What's Included

  • Expedition cruise in cabin grade of your choice
  • Return economy flights between Quito and Baltra, Baltra and Guayaquil
  • Two overnights in Quito, Ecuador including breakfast and dinner on day 2 and 3
  • Transfer from the hotel inQuito to QuitoAirport before the expedition cruise, transfers between Baltra Airport and ship
  • Full day Nature Tour to Cotopaxi National Park, including lunch
  • Entrance fees to Galápagos national Park
  • Transit Control Card for Galapagos Islands
  • Access to airport lounge at Guayaquil airport upon return from Galapagos Islands
  • All meals with beverages (breakfast, lunch, dinner, early riser and afternoon treats) during the voyage
  • Guidance from Professional English speaking expedition team
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • Complimentary Wind and Water resistant jacket
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, wet suites and equipment needed for optional and included activities
  • Engaging onboard activities and included off shore activities (Landings, hikes, coastal exploration, kayaking, snorkeling, glass-bottom boat cruise)
  • Complimentary wifi for all guests (connection depends on network of remote areas we visit)

Not Included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Luggage Handling
  • Optional Gratuities

Special Notes

  • Prices indicated above are on twin sharing basis
  • Solo prices available on request
  • The above itinerary is only indicative. Weather and sea conditions determine the final framework of exploration. A safe experience at all times will be the priority
  • The land-based tour to Galápagos Islands involves long stretches of active travel, walking over uneven terrain, and getting in/out of boats, so the physical condition of participants should be able to manage these activities and a climate that varies from high altitude cool to tropical weather.