2022 & 2023
SMALL SHIP CRUISE
Endemic 7N A Galapagos Cruise
This lonely archipelago of 18 islands and more than 100 tiny islets, located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Due to its proximity to the equator, volcanic activity, and the influence of three ocean currents (Humboldt, Panama, and Cromwell), the region developed distinctive land and marine ecosystems over four million years.
The steady migration of the Nazca tectonic plate over many ages resulted in generations of volcanic eruptions that formed the Galapagos Islands. These days, every island has a unique landscape, ranging from mountainous regions dotted with shield volcanoes and lava fields to dry areas populated by endemic cacti to stunning white-sand beaches and turquoise oceans. The world’s richest marine biosphere reserve is the group of islands known as the Galapagos.
The extraordinary abundance of indigenous plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world is what truly distinguishes the Galapagos. The Galapagos Islands are home to about 80% of terrestrial birds and mammals, over 90% of reptiles, more than 30% of plants, and roughly 20% of marine species.
WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY
- Dynamic Landscapes
- Guided Hiking Adventures
- Intimate Wildlife Encounters
- Tender rides
- Marine adventures
- Snorkeling & Diving
- Kayaking and Paddle Boarding
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Itinerary in Brief
AM: Arrival at Baltra Island Airport
PM: Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island.
Get ready to be greeted by a beautiful white sand beach, recognized as a favorite turtle breeding location. Hermit crabs and a variety of brilliant red Sally Lightfoot crabs are sure to be present, and if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of some flamingos in the lagoons behind the beach. The remains of a rusty barge, which the Americans probably abandoned during World War II, also shed light on the island’s past as a settlement.
AM: Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island
Step onto the white sand and coral beach created by a submerged volcano crater as you arrive at this horseshoe-shaped island. This is the perfect location for snorkeling in protected, tranquil seas with hammerhead sharks, rays, and an abundance of colorful reef fish. A short walk passes by a tidal lagoon and mangroves home to several terrestrial bird species, such as swallow-tailed gulls, red-footed boobies, and Nazca boobies. The best place to stop and take in the bay below is at the top of the rocky slope.
PM: Prince Philip’s Steps, Genovesa Island
Start your exploration near the base of the rocky staircase, where you might be fortunate enough to see a tiny colony of seals. Be careful to keep an eye out for flocks of Galapagos doves, short-eared lava owls, and storm petrels as you make your way up the 25-meter cliff face’s steep steps. Before proceeding onto a rocky lava plateau, a common nesting location for red-footed boobies and frigates, catch your breath at the top and take in the breathtaking vista.
AM: The Twins, Santa Cruz Island
The island’s geological features shed light on its history and formation, even though there hasn’t been any volcanic activity here in a very long time. You can follow a track around the rim of two impressive, nearly identical craters that are side by side. Mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, white-cheeked pintail ducklings, and Darwin finches reside on the nearby hills, which are abundant with ferns and Scalesia trees. You will also have the exceptional chance to explore some nearby spectacular underground lava tubes that molten lava has fashioned out.
PM: Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island
A strange black rope-like construction of cooled lava with tiny apertures known as «hornitos» (literally, «little ovens»), generated by the release of pressure built up beneath the surface, covers Sullivan Bay as a result of a relatively recent volcanic eruption. The Sally Lightfoot crabs and marine iguanas are abundant despite the environment’s appearance of hostility, and you may finish off your trip by swimming or snorkeling alongside sea lions and penguins.
AM: Sierra Negra, Isabela Island
Isabela Island is one of the youngest and largest islands in the world and is still highly volcanically active. One of the island’s six volcanoes, the Sierra Negra, has the world’s second-largest caldera, measuring an astonishing nine by 10 kilometers. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the island and the surrounding volcanoes as you stroll or ride a horse up to the caldera and around it. As the scenery transforms from lava plains to guava-filled forests, you can see how the transition is from barren to lush.
PM: Wetlands, The Wall of Tears, Breeding Center, Isabela Island
The wetlands, which are close to Puerto Villamil and consist of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves, are a haven for migrating birds like stilts and flamingos. The Wall of Tears, an intriguing historical site constructed by inmates between 1945 and 1959, provides more insight into the island’s past. Lastly, a trip to the Breeding Center offers a unique chance to observe giant tortoises at all phases of life and learn about the essential work to conserve and maintain this fantastic species.
AM: Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island
This is a private area that is filled with wildlife, and that can only be reached by dinghy. Blue-footed boobies and penguins can be seen on the rocks of the islets that encircle it, and the bay itself has an extraordinarily tall and vibrant mangrove forest.
A fantastic spot for snorkeling and swimming, the cool, tranquil waters draw schools of fish and are a favorite gathering area for turtles, rays, sea lions, and even sharks.
PM: Urbina Bay, Isabela Island
The Urbina Bay, situated at the base of the Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes, is a result of a significant volcanic uplift in 1954. The effect is that the shore is covered in corals and marine life debris. However, endemic plant species and wildlife have already begun to flourish in a relatively short time. The stunning huge land iguanas, the biggest in the Galapagos, will undoubtedly be challenging to miss. Still, you should also keep an eye out for Darwin’s cotton plant, giant tortoises, and Galapagos hawks.
AM: Tagus Cove, Isabela Island
Here, where the names of ships have been etched into the rocks, you can see why this place has been a well-liked mooring spot since the 1800s. This historical record is fascinating. A picturesque trail will take you around Darwin Lake. If you decide to hike further up the hill, you’ll be rewarded with a magnificent vista back over the lagoon’s glistening waters—a must-see photo opportunity.
PM: Espinoza Point, Fernandina Island
This unspoiled natural beauty area is considered an essential nesting location for flightless cormorants and is home to a large population of iguanas. A unique environment is produced by juxtaposing the lovely beaches and mangroves with the dark, lava-like flows.
AM: Espumilla Beach, Santiago Island
Espumilla, which translates to «meringue,» refers to the surreal trail of foam that the waves leave as they lap this lovely white sand beach. The vividly colored Sally Lightfoot crabs that are abundant here draw pelicans, hawks, and other raptors like herons and eagles. This serene location on Santiago Island’s northern coast offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance for snorkeling and swimming among various aquatic life, including octopi, eels, and sharks.
PM: Buccaneer Cove, Santiago Island, Rabida Island
Over the years, pirates, buccaneers, and whalers have frequented Buccaneer Cove. Today, it is an essential location for turtle nesting and is well-liked by sea lions, sting rays, and turtles. Additionally, exciting rock formations brought on by erosion can be seen.
A red sand beach and rugged volcanic hills define the dry island of Rabida. Pelicans can be spotted nesting in the nearby salt scrub, and flamingos and common stilts can be seen grazing at the lagoon. Birdwatchers interested in the interior can also see Darwin finches, yellow warblers, and mockingbirds.
AM: Mosquera Islet
This little, sandy islet, which is halfway between North Seymour and Baltra, is well-known for its unspoiled beauty. A variety of shorebirds, including lava gulls and herons, sea lions relaxing on the beach, and Sally Lightfoot crabs clinging to the rocks, will excite bird lovers. There is no set track on the island, so you can explore a little or dive in for a snorkel to see some sharks, turtles, and rays.
PM: Departure from Baltra Island Airport
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