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Flamingos,  lava gulls, marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs are only a few of the animals you see on your tour of the Western Galapagos Islands. Travel to islands including Isabela, Fernandina, Mosquera, and more! Don't miss out on the opportunity to hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano, snorkel around Devil's Crown, search for dolphins and whales, and visit a flamingo lagoon on this 8-day tour aboard the Angelito.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | Las Bachas
Day 2 : Mosquera | Cerro Dragon
Day 3 : Isabela | Fernandina
Day 4 : Isabela
Day 5 : Isabela
Day 6 : Isabela
Day 7 : Floreana
Day 8 : Daphne | Baltra | Disembark

Highlights

  • Hike past a flamingo lagoon
  • Search for dolphins and whales as you travel to Puerto Villamil
  • Swim and snorkel off Las Bachas Beach
  • Leave a letter in the barrel at Post Office Bay

Ship

Angelito

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Daphne Island
  • Darwin Center Villamil
  • Devil's Crown
  • Dragon Hill
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Espinosa Point
  • Fernandina
  • Floreana
  • Isabela
  • Mosquera
  • Post Office Bay
  • Puerto Ayora
  • Puerto Villamil
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Moreno
  • Santa Cruz
  • Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Beach on Isabela island Hiking volcanic fields on Isabela Hear the barks of sea lions and the cries of gulls on your Falkland Islands tour Floreana Island Galapagos Penguins on Isabela Island

Day 1 Baltra | Embark | Las Bachas

Fly into Baltra and travel to the white coral Las Bachas beach in the north of Santa Cruz Island. Make a wet landing and walk along the beach. Find small brackish water lagoons behind the sand dune. You may even see flamingos and other coastal birds like black-necked stilts, whimbrels, and white-cheeked pintail ducks. After the walk you have the possibility to swim and snorkel from the beach. 

Day 2 Mosquera | Cerro Dragon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to Mosquera and observe a large colony of sea lions. You can also see lava gulls, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, other coastal birds, and sometimes scorpions.

Later in the day go to Cerro Dragon. Hike past a flamingo lagoon to a prickly pear cactus forest. The trail leads to where land iguanas live and nest and you can see beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. 

Day 3 Isabela | Fernandina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive on Isabela and explore Tagus Cove. This protected cove was a favorite resting site for early pirates and whalers. See some of their names painted in the high cliffs. Take a scenic hike that leads uphill to Darwin Lake. At the end of the hike you have wonderful views over the lava fields of Darwin Volcano. Take a dinghy ride along the cliffs to look for Galapagos penguins and flightless cormorants. If the water is clear you can snorkel among the marine invertebrates. 

Travel to Fernandina Island and hike around to see huge marine iguanas. On the lava coast, you can see the nesting places for the flightless cormorant. Also see lava lizards, the Galapagos hawk, marine turtles, and Galapagos penguins.

Day 4 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In Urbina Bay see flightless cormorants and huge marine iguanas along the shore. A trail leads inland and there are many colorful land iguanas. You may also see the Galapagos tortoise. If the sea is quiet, enjoy some snorkeling. 

Take a dinghy ride into a protected mangrove cove. In the far corners of the cove shut the motor off and quietly row through to observe the marine turtles. In Elizabeth Bay you can find the tallest red mangrove trees in the Galapagos. 

Day 5 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early in the morning hike on the rough lava field of Punta Moreno. Here you may be able to see all three types of cactus: candelabra cactus, prickly pear cactus, and lava cactus. In the middle of the lava field find some brackish water pools with flamingos, common gallinules, white-cheeked pintail ducks and paint-billed crakes. Take a dinghy ride to see flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, and marine iguanas.

Begin a navigation around the shore line of Volcano Cerro Azul to Puerto Villamil. Look for dolphins and whales along the way and arrive just before dark at the small harbor of Puerto Villamil. 

Day 6 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the lagoons of Villamil. Start at the Tortoise Breeding Center and see different subspecies of the Galapagos land tortoises. Take a walk back to town on a trail from lagoon to lagoon and look for flamingos, common gallinules, white-cheeked pintail ducks and black-necked stilits. 

Take a bus uphill to the Sierra Negra Volcano to see the different vegetation zones of the volcano. Hike for about an hour to the rim of the volcano to see the huge caldera.

Day 7 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at the Green Beach of Punta Cormorant. Depending on the light the sand shines green because of the high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand. Take an easy walk through the arid zone and arrive at a big saltwater lagoon with flamingos, white-cheeked pintail ducks, black-necked stilts and more shore birds. Come to the White Flour Sand Beach, made of whtie corals. It is a nesting place for marine turtles. You can also often see sting rays in the shallow water. 

Explore Devil's Crown, the remains of a volcano which looks like a black crown emerging from the sea. This is one of the most famous places to snorkel in the Galapagos. 

Before lunch make a short visit to the famous barrel in Post Office Bay. The barrel was first placed there in 1793 from the whalers. They used it to send and receive letters from home. Now you can leave a letter in the barrel and look for one that is near your home so you can hand deliver it when you return. 

After this visit navigate to Santa Cruz to explore Puerto Ayora. 

Day 8 Daphne | Baltra | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Daphne is a tuff cone with a small amount of vegetation. The island is famous for the studies done by Peter and Rosmary Grant about Darwin finches. Take a panoramic navigation around the cone. 

Travel back to Baltra to start your journey home. 

Angelito

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Standard Cabins with upper and lower bunks, private bath facilities.

Child Discount

20% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise.

Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

Included

  • Accommodations on board Angelito based on double occupancy
  • Meals while in the Galapagos
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Shore Excursions
  • Swimming and Snorkeling
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling Equipment

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • Fuel Surcharge
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Wetsuit rental available for $5 a day or $25 a week
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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