Encounter the intriguing fauna and incredible landscapes of the Galapagos Islands
No matter where you’ve been before and what you’ve heard about the Galapagos Islands, a trip to the archipelago that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution is always assured to impress. Birders will be enchanted by pink flamingos in the lagoons of Isla Floreana, Darwin’s finches in the Santa Cruz highlands and waved albatross at Punta Suarez. Beach boffins will be enthralled by the antics of California sea lions along Gardner Beach, the snorkelling to be had inside Devil’s Crown and the spectacular green shoreline of Punta Cormorant. And if it’s history you’re after, well this is where one man came up with an entirely different way to look at it.
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Send a postcard to the jealous folk back home in Post Office Bay
Spy pink flamingos wading the lagoons of Punta Cormorant
Snorkel through the underwater wonderland of Devil’s Crown
Watch waved albatross taking off along Punta Suarez
Savour dramatic views of Cerro Brujo’s volcanic landscape
Do some beach lazing with the local California sea lions of Gardner Beach
Although we don't ask travellers to complete a Physical Participation Form for this trip, we do ask that you read through the trip notes carefully to ensure that this trip is right for you. You’ll need to feel comfortable with the included activities and with moving about the boat. The cabins and communal areas of the boat are spread over four decks, and the steps between the decks are steep.
You will be entering and exiting a Zodiac boat (panga) during wet and dry landings and when returning from snorkelling. Although the waters we sail are usually calm, there are times when the sea can get rough and choppy. Steady sea legs (and a sturdy stomach) are needed when walking around the boat during bad weather. Rain or shine, your trusty crew will always be on hand to assist you.
A typical yacht/boat for sixteen travellers is equipped with eight cabins each with ensuites. They are designed to maximise living area space, so sleeping quarters can be a bit cramped. That being said, the adventure and exhilaration of an authentic Galapagos trip more than makes up for any discomfort.
While at sea and when exploring the islands, you may be exposed to the sun for large parts of the day. It’s important to use sun protection and drink plenty of water.
Please note that while there is an itinerary in place, some changes may occur due to the weather or because of direction from the local authorities. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for potential modifications to the route or activities. A sense of humour and flexibility will ensure you have a fun, relaxing trip through this beautiful part of the world no matter what happens.
All of our Galapagos tours begin and end in Quito which is located approximately 2850 metres above sea level so you may experience some altitude sickness.
On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the Daphne
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GALAPAGOS PARK, TRANSIT CARD & ISABELA ISLANDS PORT FEES:
Before checking in for the flight from Quito to the Galapagos, there is a US$20 transit fee that needs to be paid. On arrival in the islands you must pay the US$100 national park fee to enter Galapagos National Park.
When booking, please make sure that your name is spelt correctly, and that you book using the name in your passport (particularly if you are recently married). If you are issued a new passport with a different number between the time that you book and the time you travel, please take both the old and new passports with you.
Should you have a special diet requirement (for example vegetarian, celiac, vegan, severe food allergies) it's essential that you inform Peregrine of the specific details at least 10 days prior to departure, in order to make sure the chef on board the boat or on the island can request the necessary food supplies.
The minimum age on this trip is 15. Please note that triple cabins are not available. If travelling with a child, the child will need to share with one of the adults, and the other adult will share with another adult passenger, or pay a single supplement.
SEA SICKNESS- GALAPAGOS:
Please note that from June to August the water is rougher than usual. Consequently travel times will be longer than usual. If you suffer from seasickness you may want to reconsider travelling during this period.
ELECTRICITY, WI-FI & PHONE COVERAGE IN THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS:
Electricity in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands is 110 - 120V and requires US plugs so you may need to take an adapter.
Wi-Fi is not available on the boat at all whilst in the Galapagos Islands. There is limited access on the bigger islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal and Isabela and there may also be internet cafes for you to use if there is time.
Like Wi-Fi, mobile phone coverage is pretty non-existent whilst travelling around the islands. Again, you may find that you have limited service when you are closer to the bigger islands.
There is a satellite phone on board, for the use of shipboard staff, in case of emergency.
DIVING IN THE GALAPAGOS:
We do not offer diving as a part of our Galapagos program and due to our internal safety policy our leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking this activity.
Our Galapagos at a Glance - Southern Islands - (Daphne) trips score an average of 4.36 out of 5 based on 11 reviews in the last year.
This Galapagos tour was amazing and highly recommended. It gives a great overview of the Galapagos, and you have the opportunity to see most of the animals of the Galapagos (Blue-footed booby, seals, giant land tortoises, sea turtles, sea iguanas, various birds). Our guide, Jacinto, was excellent, and gave a great overview historically, geologically and also of the nature and animals of the Galapagos. The food on board was very good (plenty of food and good variety). The staff was great (including the onboarding staff in Quito, and our boat staff). They did a great job of describing to us the next day's tours including what to expect, what we will see, and what to wear. Our rooms on the ship were cleaned each day. Everyone had an appropriate-fitting wetsuit. Staff was also great with conservation, and with ensuring that we interacted with the animals appropriately. All-in-all an excellent tour and very well-paced. I felt we saw a lot in a short amount of time (we were only on the boat 4 days) - but at a good pace. The hotel in Quito is a bit far from town, and although service was excellent at the hotel, I would have preferred a higher class hotel in town and walking distance to attractions. The Galapagos is an amazing destination, and I highly recommend this trip.
Review submitted 25 Dec 2017
Take the full trip, North & South, I missed out by taking only part. Jose is excellent, knowledgeable, friendly & fun.
Review submitted 06 Dec 2017