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Exploring the Galapagos - Kicker Rock

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Embark on this 5-Day experience scouting the northern islands of the Galapagos. Satisfy yourself with the majesty of the exceptional landscape, and relax on the beach. Get ready to see an abundance of unique wildlife including, blue-footed bobbies, reef sharks, flamingos, and enjoy the island's playful sea lions, making this a memorable vacation that will leave you wanting to come back for more.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra Airport | Charles Darwin Research Station | Embark
Day 2 : Prince Philip's Steps | El Barranco | Darwin Bay
Day 3 : Espumilla Beach | Buccaneer Cove | Egas Port
Day 4 : Bachas Beach | Twin Craters | Santa Cruz Highlands
Day 5 : Kicker Rock | Disembark | San Cristobal Airport

Highlights

  • Learn more about the Galapagos ecosystems at the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Snorkel, kayak, and paddle across Darwin Bay's sand and coral beach
  • Discover Kicker Rock, formed by the erosion of the cone of an extinct volcano

Ship

M/C Elite

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Buccaneer Cove
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Darwin Bay
  • El Barranco
  • Espumilla Beach
  • Genovesa
  • Highlands
  • Los Gemelos (Twin Craters)
  • Prince Philip's Steps
  • Puerto Egas
  • San Cristobal
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago

Activities

Trip Type

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Exploring the Galapagos - Kicker Rock Land iguana at the Charles Darwin Research center baby tortoise at Charles Darwin Research Station Sea lion on rocks on San Cristobal Island, Kicker Rock in background The iconic feet of a Blue-Footed Booby

Day 1 Baltra Airport | Charles Darwin Research Station | Embark

Land at the Baltra airport and meet your fellow passengers before transferring to the Charles Darwin Research Station. The Charles Darwin Research Station provides an unmissable opportunity to find out about the vital work that is being carried out to preserve the archipelago’s ecosystems.

One element of this is a significant breeding programme for Galapagos tortoises, whose numbers have been in decline since the 1970’s. These captivating enormous reptiles are very accustomed to humans, so be sure to bring your camera for some close-ups. Embark on your ship this afternoon.

Day 2 Prince Philip's Steps | El Barranco | Darwin Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
El Barranco, also known as Prince Philip’s Steps, is a rocky stairway that leads past a colony of Nazca and red-footed boobies and up to a plateau of dried lava.
Continuing through the thin Palo Santo forest and looking out over the plain, visitors are often treated to sites of storm petrels launching out over the ocean. A panga ride or kayaking/paddle boarding along the edge of the cliffs provides a good chance to see the elusive Galapagos fur seals nestled on the rocks, and snorkeling is a great activity if you fancy a dip with a variety of shark species.

Darwin Bay has a small sand and coral beach that provides the perfect spot for snorkeling, kayaking or paddle boarding in calm, sheltered waters in the company of hammerhead sharks, rays and a plethora of colorful reef fish. Onshore, a short trail leads along a tidal lagoon and mangroves, home to a variety of land bird species, including Nazca and red-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. The trail culminates at a viewpoint that offers a stunning view overlooking the cliffs and the bay below.

Day 3 Espumilla Beach | Buccaneer Cove | Egas Port

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Espumilla beach, located on the northern coast of Santiago island, is an exquisite white sand beach, whose name refers to the meringue-like trails of foam left by the lapping of the waves.

Sally Lightfoot crabs are in abundance here and as a result, it is common to see predatory birds such as hawks, herons and pelicans. This idyllic location is perfect for snorkeling or kayaking/paddle boarding amongst a raft of marine life, including species of octopus, eels and sharks.

Buccaneer Cove has an interesting history as it is where sailors, Buccaneers, and whalers frequently anchored their vessels in search of food and water. In more recent times, it has become an important nesting site for turtles and is also popular with sea lions. Enjoy a panga ride along the eroded shoreline yields views of intriguing rock formations that provide excellent ledges for boobies, pelicans and gulls.

Egas Port was once the site of a salt mine, but now this impressive black sand beach is an excellent location for snorkeling and observing shorebirds, Sally Lightfoot crabs and marine iguanas. Stroll along the wide trails inland leads you past tidal pools and rocky volcanic formations known as grottoes where it is possible to spot fur seals enjoying a spot of shade.

Day 4 Bachas Beach | Twin Craters | Santa Cruz Highlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bachas Beach is a glorious white sand beach on which the remnants of a rusted barge, thought to have been abandoned by the Americans during WWI, can be seen. It is a popular nesting site for turtles, so if you go for a snorkel, you might find yourself sharing the water with these wonderful creatures. The site is also full of vibrant Sally Lightfoot and hermit crabs and elegant pink flamingos that frequent the saltwater lagoon behind.

This afternoon, visit the Twin Craters. The best way to appreciate these remarkable, almost identical crater-like holes, caused by the collapse of empty lava chambers, is to take the trail that leads up and around the rims. From this vantage point, one can revel in the beauty of the surrounding highlands, lush with ferns and an abundance of Scalesia trees. Here, bird enthusiasts can also enjoy spotting the distinct red feathers of Vermilion Flycatchers, Darwin’s finches, Galapagos doves and, with a bit of luck, an endemic short-ear owl. 
 

Day 5 Kicker Rock | Disembark | San Cristobal Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
Kicker Rock, is an iconic feature of the Galapagos that has been formed over time by the erosion of the cone of an extinct volcano. The channel that runs between two imposing shards of rock is often described as one of the most thrilling sites for snorkeling and diving where it is common to see spotted eagle rays, sea turtles, marine iguanas, Galapagos sharks, and even hammerhead sharks. Nazca, on the rock formation itself, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and sea lions can often be seen perched on the ledges above.

Disembark and transfer from the yacht to the airport

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25% Discount applies when traveling with two adults. Children must be under 12 years old by the time they cruise

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board M/C Elite 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
  • Wetsuit
  • Sea Kayaking

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

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

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