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Galapagos with The Traveling School

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Join us for an inspiring week of exploration in the Galapagos Islands alongside the rarely-viewed Traveling School student. This is an elusive and noteworthy teenage species acquiring global perspectives and specially adapted to engage in their native habitat. With a focus on wildlife viewing (sea lions, giant tortoises, and more!), hike and snorkel together on a natural history adventure exploring a variety of islands in the archipelago. Travel onboard a 32-passenger motor yacht with excellent guides and a friendly crew. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Main Trip: March 12-15, 2017. Four full days with The Traveling School group as listed below in the Full Itinerary.
Trip Extension Options: Add 5 days on either end to extend your trip for additional personal exploration of the archipelago.
            March  8-15
            March 12-19

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Santa Cruz Island | Embark
Day 2 : Mosquera Islet | North Seymour Island
Day 3 : Santa Fe Island | South Plaza
Day 4 : Interpretation Center & Tijeretas | San Cristobal | Disembark

Highlights

  • Meet giant tortoises and their "galapaguitos" at the Charles Darwin Station
  • Visit a sea lion colony and observe herons in Mosquera Islet
  • Walk through an endemic cactus forest and search for land iguanas

Ship

Corals

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Mosquera
  • North Seymour
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Interpretation Center
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza Island

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Jumping on the beach Snorkeling in the Galapagos punta espinoza blue footed boobie Kicker Rock

Day 1 Baltra | Santa Cruz Island | Embark

Arrive to the Galapagos and transfer to your ship, the Corals. In the afternoon cruise to Santa Cruz Island and visit the station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his species) lived for decades. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and a variety of Darwin finches and other land birds. If there is enough time visit the town and shop for souvenirs.

Day 2 Mosquera Islet | North Seymour Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Land in Mosquera Islet, located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. There is no trail on Mosquera Island, so any visitor can enjoy the open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little Sesuvium portulacastrum grows on the sand.

Visit North Seymour, an island formed by a series of underwater volcanic lava which was deposited in layers on the ocean floor. Take an approximately two-hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in-depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles. Encounter sea lions, land Iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos snake.

Day 3 Santa Fe Island | South Plaza

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy Santa Fe´s white sand beach and find yourself surrounded by a sea lion colony. Continue walking through an endemic cactus forest and search for the endemic Santa Fe land iguana (the largest in the islands). This island is home to a number of endemic species including Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, rice rats, a variety of finches, and one of the four mockingbird species of the Galapagos.

Walk through an impressive cactus forest surrounded by the colorful yellow and red land iguanas and marine iguanas and keep a look out for tropicbirds and one of the largest sea lion colonies. Encounter the one and only Galapagos hybrid iguana and stumble upon a bright red landscape which is a characteristic of the island during the dry season.

Day 4 Interpretation Center & Tijeretas | San Cristobal | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Step foot in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Islands. Visit the Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about natural history in the islands. The Museum of Natural History displays information on the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, and the arrival of the different species and their colonization, among other points of interest. 

Take a high-intensity hike to visit Tijeretas Hill and admire beautiful landscapes ending with a magnificent view of a nearby large frigatebird colony. 

After your hike, transfer to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.

Corals

Per person starting at
$1,662
A standard cabin aboard the Corals
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Standard Cabin
Two on Coral I and one on Coral II. Portholes, located on the Sea Deck. Average area of 75 sq ft.
A Standard Plus cabin aboard the corals
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Standard Plus Cabins
Eight on Coral I and four on Coral II. Portholes, located on the Sea Deck. Average size 128 sq ft.
A spacious Junior Cabin
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Junior Cabins
Eight on Coral I and seven on Coral II. Three triple cabins available. Picture windows, located on Earth & Sky Decks. Average size 129 sq ft.

Notes

Cruise cost for extending to 8 day cruise: $3,605 - $5,090/person based on cabin type. Contact Adventure Life for specific pricing.

Child Discount

Children under 12 years old receive 50% discount, or 25% on holiday season sharing cabin with two full-fare paying guests.

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Corals 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
  • Wetsuits available - $25 for 4-day and 5-day tours, $50 for 8-day, 11-day and 12 day tours, and $75 for 15-day tours
  • Kayak available for $30/use
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!
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