Galapagos Wildlife Voyage Overview

Embark on a sailing adventure through one of the most unique and mysterious ecosystems in the world, the Galapagos Archipelago. Spot exotic wildlife, relax on idyllic beaches and swim in pristine waters.

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Sail between the tropical islands of the Galapagos Archipelago

Sail through the Galapagos Archipelago and explore its unique ecosystem. Walk in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and be amazed by the creatures that prompted the formulation of the theory of evolution. Spot one of the most eclectic and eye-catching collections of bird species in the world, get up close and personal to the famous Galapagos tortoises, snorkel in turquoise waters and discover a vibrant underwater world, relax on virtually untouched beaches and trek through alien volcanic landscapes. See all the highlights in style on this comfortable and extensive sailing tour.

  • Snorkel to discover the vibrant colours of an underwater world
  • Relax on pristine natural beaches
  • Weave through thriving cacti forests
  • Spot blue-footed boobies performing the 'booby two-step'
  • Get up close and personal to the famous Galapagos tortoises
  • Trek through alien volcanic landscapes

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Quito, Ecuador
  • Finish:

    Quito, Ecuador
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 6
  • Meals:

    13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Hotel (3 nts), Motorised yacht (10 nts)
  • Transport:

    Boat, Minibus, Plane
  • 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. 3. Prices for this trip are seasonal - please select your preferred travel date for exact trip price. 4. Please note: this trip has an increased non-refundable deposit. 5. Please note that prices for this trip increased in January 2012 due to a fuel surcharge imposed by the Ecuador government on flights to/from the Galapagos Islands. The prices printed in the brochure are therefore incorrect.

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Day 1 Quito

This exploration of the Galapagos begins in Quito, Ecuador's capital, where the eclectic beauty of the Old Town meets the bubbly nightlife of a thriving modern city. Arrive early to wander through the narrow streets and discover Plaza San Francisco and Plaza Grande. Or perhaps venture to the nearby El Panecillo for panoramic views of the endless white houses of the city and the volcanoes which line the horizon.

Day 2 Las Bachas

Fly to the Galapagos Islands and board the the ship that will take you through the natural wonders of the archipelago. Once on the water, the first stop is Las Bachas beach on Santa Cruz Island, a major egg-laying site for the famous Galapagos sea turtles. Keep your eyes peeled for your first glimpse of the ecosystems unique marine life.

Day 3 Isabela Island south coast

Head to Isabela Island, the largest landmass in the Galapagos Archipelago. With idyllic turquoise waters lapping at the greatest expanse of beaches in the islands, Isabela demands a dip in the ocean. Be alert and spot blue-footed boobies, penguins, crabs and marine iguanas.

Day 4 Isabela Island west coast

Visit Punta Marino, an alien landscape of black lava flows and brackish lagoons. The Galapagos' extensive birdlife population call the mangrove forests and volcanic terrain of this exotic location home. Trek into the highlands to get elevated views of an astounding landscape.

Day 5 Fernandina & Isabela Islands

Squeeze through the lava cacti that surround the base of the La Cumbre volcano before sliding into a panga boat to drift close to volcanic sea cliffs and swim with sea turtles, marine iguanas penguins.

Day 6 Santiago Island

Marvel at the stunning natural monument that is Caleta Bucanero, created through years of sea erosion, which used to be a popular pirate hang out. See the black sand beach of Port Egas and keep an eye out for sea lions and fur seals off the coast.

Day 7 Rabida Island/Sombrero Chino

Journey to the tiny island of Rebida, where indigenous species roam in splendid isolation, free of any introduced threats. Volcanic activity has moulded the landscape into a vibrant array of red sands and scarlet cliffs. Spot flamingos and pelicans en masse in the inland lagoon.

Day 8 Santa Cruz Island

Learn the history of the archipelago and the efforts to conserve its beauty at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Isla Santa Cruz. Here there is the opportunity to get up close and personal with the famous giant tortoises. Afterwards, trek into the highlands and wind through misty forests on the way to inactive volcanic peaks.

Day 9 Black Turtle Cove/Mosquera

Travel to the red mangrove wetlands of Black Turtle Cove and take a dip in the peaceful waters. The area is a nursery for rays and Galapagos sharks, making it ideal for spotting some of the larger marine creatures. In the afternoon, carry on to Mosquera, and watch as red rock crabs nonchalantly clamber right over the top of marine iguanas.

Day 10 Genovesa Island/Darwin Bay

Keep an eye out for dolphins frolicking in the waters off the shores of Genovesa, an island with varying landscapes that is a twitcher's paradise, boasting all three types of boobies, even the rare red-footed variety.

Day 11 Plaza Sur/Santa Fe Islands

Despite being one of the smaller islands in the Galapagos, Plaza Sur is home to one of the archipelago's largest populations of land iguana. Spot the impressive lizards among the cacti of the volcanic surroundings.

Day 12 San Cristobal Island

In the morning, pass Leon Dormido, the impressive natural rock formation that rises form the middle of the sea, resembling a sleeping lion. Visit Cerro Brujo and perhaps hike, swim and snorkel. Afterwards, head inland to get up close and personal to the Galapagos tortoises at a national park with an established breeding program for these creatures of the sea.

Day 13 San Cristobal/Quito

Farewell the exotic lands of the Galapagos and head back to Quito for an exploration of the Ecuadorian capital.

Day 14 Quito

Share a final breakfast with your Intrepid group and reminisce about an unforgettable Galapagos adventure! Perhaps stay on and soak up more of the cultural vibe of Quito.
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      USD $10 Galapagos Transit Card Fee
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