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Enjoy the Galapagos Islands aboard EcoGalaxy in 11 days, where you explore magical landscapes with unique wildlife like giant tortoises, flamingos, iguanas, and sharks. There is an endless list of activities to do on the different islands: Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Rabida and Santiago. Explore striking volcanic landscapes, swim and snorkel in warm waters with incredible marine life, and learn about the unique species that developed on these islands and inspired Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution. This journey offers the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation, wildlife and history, in one of the most unique island groups on earth. 
Snorkel on the Endeavour with the sea lions.Unique landscape and cactus found on the Galapagos IslandsPinnacle rock on BartolomeWhite tipped sharkLand iguana looking out over water
Highlights
  • Enjoy walking along the base of the Alcedo Volcano on Urbina bay
  • Ride around Tagus Cove and see the two volcanic craters
  • Swim and snorkel around Pinnacle Rock
  • Observe sharks in the crystal clear waters of Gardner Bay
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  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Baltra | Embark | Santa Cruz

Land in Baltra and transfer to the EcoGalaxy. Enjoy a welcome drink and lunch before beginning your Galapagos adventure! Your first stop is the Charles Darwin Research Center on Santa Cruz, take a private bus to the entrance of the breeding center where you will see tortoises and land iguanas in captivity. This center is the main breeding site on the islands. Animals that were in danger of extinction on the various islands are maintained in captivity. Thanks to the dedicated work of several institutions, some species are being saved. Here lived Lonesome George, the famous last survivor of the giant tortoise species found on Pinta Island.

Day 2: Isabela, Las Tintorera | Moreno Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, head to Tintoreras on Isabela. Located in the bay of Puerto Villamil, this small island, surrounded by calm, turquoise waters has an easy trail with great landscapes and very interesting fauna. Along the trail, see large numbers of Marine Iguanas basking in the sun, lava lizards, herons, gulls and sea lions. In the coves, it is easy to find Sea Turtles, rays and even penguins. Among the many inlets and channels on the coast, sometimes you see White-tipped Reef Sharks (in Spanish “Tintoreras”). Following the excursion, return to the boat for breakfast and sail to your next destination.

In the afternoon, visit Moreno Point. Disembark at Moreno Point which is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along a path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves, create a birdwatcher’s delight. In the tide pools, green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted.

Day 3: Isabela, Elizabeth Bay | Urbina Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your day in Elizabeth Bay, this is one of the island’s breeding sites for penguins. Located on the west coast of Isabela, Elizabeth Point is a marine visitor site. Visit Red Mangrove Cove: Brown pelicans, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, and sea lions are often seen. 

In the afternoon, head to Urbina Bay, located at the base of Alcedo Volcano between Elizabeth Bay and Tagus Cove. Wet landing. Trail length is around 3.20 Km; during this walk, you can observe land iguanas, hawks, and tortoises. It is also possible to see red and blue lobsters.

Day 4: Fernandina, Espinoza Point | Isabela, Vicente Roca Point

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin today at Espinoza Point on Fernandina. Fernandina is the third biggest island in the Galapagos and has only one visiting site: Espinoza Point, famous for the large colonies of marine iguanas and the home of the flightless cormorant, the Galapagos penguin, snakes, and more. From Espinoza Point, you can admire the beauty of Fernandina Island and its volcano which last erupted in May of 2005. Fernandina is the only island that doesn’t have mammals and the open areas are extremely fragile. From January to June, the nesting period of the marine iguana, you take great care when walking.

After lunch, head to Vicente Roca Point is comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (sunfish).

Day 5: Santiago, Puerto Egas | Rabida

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start the day on the black sand beaches of Egas Port where you may find sea lions and marine iguanas sunbathing on the rocks. The unique color of the sand on this beach is due to volcanic tuff deposits.

The visitor site, located on the east coast of Rabida Island, consists of a red sand beach, a coastal lagoon behind the beach, and a loop trail of approximately 1.1 km length.

The red color of the rocks and sand on the beach is due to the interaction of the very porous volcanic material with environmental factors. Rain, salt water and the sea breeze act as oxidizing agents, creating the red color. The scenery, arid zone vegetation and the presence of native and endemic species add to the beauty of this island.

Day 6: Santa Cruz | Baltra

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit Black Turtle Cove in northern Santa Cruz. Take a dinghy ride around a beautiful mangrove forest, then into the cove to look for a variety of marine life such as black-tip reef sharks, marine turtles, and a variety of rays.

In the aftrenoon visit Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz. Walk along two soft, white beaches and look for sea turtle nests. Behind one of the beaches is a beautiful lagoon where you may spot flamingos, black-necked stilts, whimbrels, and and other coastal birds.

Day 7: Santiago | Bartholome

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin today in Sullivan Bay, one of the most amazing volcanic sites in the Galapagos. Walk around the remarkable lava flow and admire the amazing geological formations that have created Santiago Island.

After lunch, sail to Bartolome Island, where you can hike, swim, snorkel, and take some amazing pictures! Visit Pinnacle Rock, where you may see a large colony of Galapagos penguins.

Day 8: Santa Cruz, | Charles Darwin Center

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning hiking around the amazing highlands of Santa Cruz. Admire the rolling hills and extinct volcanic cones covered with grass and lush greenery year round. 

In the afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Research Center in Santa Cruz, where you can learn about the protection and conservation of the islands, as well as the breeding, rearing, and protection of Galapagos tortoises.

Day 9: Floreana, Cormorant Point | Post Office Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your day hiking and snorkeling on Punta Cormorant, Floreana. Here, you can observe one of the best flamingo lagoons in the Galapagos. The lagoon is situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. Besides flamingos, you may also see common stilts, white-checked pintails and other migratory birds. Then walk along two distinct beaches. One is a green-colored olivine beach, and the other an iron-red beach.

Head to Post Office Bay in the afternoon, where you can hike, swim, snorkeling, and mail a postcard in the same barrel mailbox that British whalers once used!

Day 10: EspaƱola, Suarez Point | Gardner Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin today on Suarez Point, a rocky area that sustains one of the most varied and impressive colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos, including blue-footed boobies and albatrosses. Climb the high cliffs to get a spectacular view.

After lunch, hike, swim, and snorkel in the beautiful waters of Gardner Bay. You may even be able to observe sharks in the crystal clear waters.

Day 11: San Cristobal | Disembark | Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
Spend your morning in the Interpretation Center in San Cristobal. Here, you can learn all about how the islands were formed, ocean currents, the arrival of different species in the Galapagos, and many other natural circumstances that have made the Galapagos Islands what they are today.

In the afternoon, transfer to the airport and fly to mainland Ecuador.

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10% discount for children under 12. Child discounts are conditional and may not apply on certain departures. Please contact us for more information.

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.
Included
  • 10 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 10 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, transparent sea kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards are all included in the cruise cost and are available for your use onboard.
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675

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