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Experience the Galapagos' western islands with this 7-day cruise of exploration and adventure. Swarming with a plethora of wildlife, volcanic wonders, and breathtaking landscapes, the western islands are a distinct and memorable way to spend a vacation! Become acquainted with the sea lions, tortoises, iguanas, and various species of birds while snorkeling and on shore excursions.
White tipped sharkIsabela rock with birdsSea lions on beach in RabidaEspinoza Point, Fernandina Island, GalapagosEnjoy a blissful snorkeling trip.
Highlights
  • Hike Dragon Hill and see three different environments in just 1,600 m
  • Appreciate the biological importance of Isabela's Humedales/Wetlands
  • Observe iguanas, giant tortoises, sea lions, diverse birdlife & much more
  • Snorkel, swim, and hike volcanic wonders and breathtaking landscapes
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Day 1: Baltra | Embark | Fausto Llerena breeding centre

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  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at the airport and get transferred to the boat for check-in and lunch. Visit Fausto Llerena breeding center, Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. The main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Staelens Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tor toises, and adult Galapagos tor toises in captivity.

Day 2: Eden Islet | Dragon Hill

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning visit Eden Islet. On its coast, you will observe land iguanas and sea lions soaking up the sun, as well as seabirds feeding in the nearby mangrove forests. It is a perfect location for swimming activities, as the clear and calm waters will allow you to snorkel along with tropical fish, rays, and two species of sharks. Alternatively, a kayak ride would be a memorable experience.

Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) The visitor site at Dragon Hill has been open for visits in 1993. This site is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that leads to a hyper-saline lagoon behind the beach, frequented by flamingos, pintail ducks and other species of birds. This site has been re populated with land iguanas from Seymour, Isabela and Santa Cruz islands. There is a short walk to the Hill, which offers a beautiful view of the bay.

Day 3: Tintoreras | Wetlands and Wall of Tears

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tintoreras is located south of Puerto Villamil. It has a small bay of calm turquoise waters where you can appreciate sea lions, sea turtles, marine iguanas, rays, and more. The bay is connected to a crevice of crystal clear water that’s shallow and when the tide is low the entrance closes. You can see how reef sharks swim along with other small fish and sea lions.

The Humedales, also known as the Wetlands, is a network of trails, adjacent to Puerto Villamil. There are nine tracks that comprise the following sites: The Wall of Tears, Cerro Orchilla, El Estero, Poza Escondida, Poza Redonda, Tunnel del Estero, Playa del Amor, Bay of Tunis and Pozas Verdes. The Wetlands are coastal mangroves and brackish water lagoons formed by seepage of seawater and freshwater underground tributaries coming from the upper parts of the island. They are an important feeding area for the Galapagos penguin and one of the main nesting sites for green turtles. The wetlands of Isabela Island are essential for the maintenance of biological diversity of the Galapagos.

Day 4: Moreno Point | Tagus Cove

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island. The coastal lagoons in the middle of black lava flow where there are several species of birds, the main attraction in Punta Moreno. It has a view of the 3 volcanoes most active in the Galapagos.

In the afternoon, Tagus Cove awaits. In the past, the cove was a favorite spot for pirates and whalers, but today it is known for its characteristic vegetation and various land birds. Immediately beyond the shore sits Darwin Lake, which, despite its fresh appearance, is deceptively salty.

Day 5: Punta Espinoza | Vicente Roca Point

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Home to the largest colony of marine Iguanas in the Galapagos, set sail for Punta Espinosa on the island of Fernandina. As you near the shore, scan the lava rock as it appears to move in front of you, the effect of hundreds of iguanas moving together at once.

Whilst having lunch we will cross the Bolivar Channel for the last time to Vicente Roca Point, just at the mouth of Isabela’s seahorse shape. While entering a dark cave below a spectacular arch, roaring echoes of the waves will accompany you. Just around the corner the collapsed amphitheater of Volcan Ecuador offers another impressive view. The calmer waters of the coves are well-protected against the ocean swell and are a fairly cold, but a great place for snorkeling amongst various species of shark, penguins, pufferfish and even seahorses!

Day 6: Egas Port | Rabida

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A fascinating place to visit because it had a great volcanic activity in the past is Puerto Egas, which is located northwest of Santiago Island. Puerto Egas is one of the most popular sites in the Galapagos Archipelago. It has a beautiful black sand beach where you can see its many inhabitants including sea lions, chameleons, lizards, and herons.

Rabida, also known by the name of Jervis in honor of a British Admiral John Jervis, is located south of Santiago Island. It is commonly regarded as the geographical center of the Galapagos Islands. The island has a high iron content which causes its distinctive reddish color. Its main attraction is the salt lagoon with flamingos, pelicans, and boobies. This is an excellent location for them to build their nests.

Day 7: Las Bachas | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Expect a wet landing on the white sand beach of Las Bachas. This is a great area for seeing flamingos and migratory birds. In the vicinity of the Las Bachas beach, have the chance to observe predominant vegetation of the coastal zone. Las Bachas beach represents one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles on Isla Santa Cruz and is a very popular place for snorkeling and swimming. Afterwards transfer out to Baltra`s Airport for your return to the mainland.

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Included
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Gear Rental: Snorkeling Gear
  • 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
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  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Wetsuits are not included but are available for rent on board - $35 for 5-day tours, and $49 for 7-day tours.

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