Discover the Galapagos’ beautiful central southern islands

There is nowhere quite like the Galapagos, and this adventure to the islands’ central southern realms will bring you up close to all the wonders it contains. Be charmed by the quirky birdlife, delighted by the marine life and awed by the landscapes that have no equal. Hike across lava flows, sail through mangroves, snorkel in underwater worlds and enjoy relaxing in an environment that changed the face of humankind forever.

Quito, Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador
Sailing, Wildlife
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip



Perhaps get to know this delightful city with a stroll around the Old Town. Meet your fellow shipmates this evening at the welcome meeting.
Take a plane to Baltra, the gateway to the Galapagos Islands. Enjoy lunch on the boat before sailing to Santa Cruz to explore the island’s fascinating highlands.
Meet animals a plenty while walking on North Seymour: blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, frigatebirds, sea lions and land and marine iguanas to name a few. Cool off while snorkelling and share the water with colourful fish and quite possibly white-tipped reef sharks, rays and sea lions. Then make tracks to Isla Mosquera, which is rich with wildlife and beautiful seascapes.
Ride pangas (small boats) through the red mangroves of Caleta Tortuga Negra, which is a breeding ground for green turtles and is bountiful in bird and marine life. Then later in the day, sail for Cerro Dragon and follow trails that lead past lagoons filled with birds, spectacular views of the bay and nesting sites for land iguanas.
This mini-volcano shaped like a hat is home to sea lions, brightly coloured Sally Lightfoot crabs and crazy lava tubes. Wander around Sombrero Chino, seeing a multitude of marine iguanas and passing through a sea lion colony. It’s a beautiful spot to go snorkelling also. Then head for the red sands of Rabida Island, which is home to pink flamingos, pelicans and many iguanas and species of birds.
Spend time on the white sands of Las Bachas, keeping an eye out for green turtles and marine iguanas. Swim, snorkel or laze on the beach, then head to a nearby lagoon where flamingo, blue heron and whimbrel make their home.
Sail to Las Tintoreras, where the water is warm and the wildlife plentiful. There are also intriguing lava flows to wander among and white-tipped reef sharks hanging out swimming and sleeping. A visit to the Arnoldo Tupiza tortoise breeding centre introduces you to five sub-species of tortoises.
Visit Post Office Bay and learn about its unusual history. Then head to the green sands of Punta Cormorant and hang out with playful sea lions. Then take a walk to a turtle nesting site to hopefully see these delightful creatures before snorkelling at Devil’s Crown, one of the best snorkelling spots in the Galapagos.
See the theory of evolution in action at the Charles Darwin Research Station and get up close to giant tortoises. Hang out in the small (and only) town of Puerto Ayora and see how local life is lived here. Then take a plane back to Quito for a final night of Ecuadorian hospitality.
This classic adventure through the Galapagos ends today after breakfast.
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9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Motorised catamaran
Included activities
  • Arnoldo Tupiza Tortoise breeding center
  • Bachas Beach Visit
  • Black Turtle Cove Visit
  • Cerro Dragon
  • Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Isla Mosquera Beach
  • Isla North Seymour Walk and Snorkel
  • Isla Rabida Snorkelling
  • Las Tintoreras visit
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Cormorant and Devil's Crown
  • Santa Cruz Highlands
  • Snorkelling Punta Carrion
  • Sombrero Chino


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Important notes

1. Price includes Quito - Galapagos return flights.
2. Compulsory Galapagos park entry fee US$100 and Transit control card fee US$10 (subject to change) are payable locally to the relevant government authorities. ** Please note that effective from 01 March 2015, the transit card fee will be US$20 **
3. Prices for this trip vary depending on cabin type - please select your preferred cabin type for exact trip price.
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5. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.

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