Enjoy this 8-day cruise through the western islands of the Galapagos on the M/V Origin. Highlights of the west include beautiful Santa Cruz, wildlife-rich Isabela, cliff-laden Fernandina, and the amazing black beaches of Santiago. The wildlife here is abundant and the landscape is stunning to behold, making this an incredible vacation. Further explore with optional activities that include kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling and more.
Day 1 : Embark in San Cristobal Day 2 : Genovesa Day 3 : Santa Cruz Island Day 4 : Fernandina | Isabela Day 5 : Isabela Day 6 : Santiago | Rabida Day 7 : Santa Cruz Island Day 8 : Disembark in San Cristobal
Cruise around Kicker Rock, a cone formation rising 500 feet out of the sea
Hike up Prince Philip's Steps on Genovesa for extraordinary views
Observe Galapagos flora and fauna impossible to compare to anything else
Enjoy opportunities to go snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, or kayaking
San Cristobal is the easternmost island in the Galapagos archipelago and, geologically, one of the oldest. Spot nesting colonies of frigatebirds and cruise around Kicker Rock, a cone formation which rises nearly 500 feet out of the sea.
Travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Watch as the scenery changes, eventually covering each of the seven vegetation zones. Visit Las Primicias, a private farm where you can encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Stop at "the tunnels", the largest lava tubes found in Galapagos.
In the afternoon, visit Los Gemelos and the Charles Darwin Research Station. See the three tortoise corals and breeding center with new hatchlings and miniature tortoises not yet ready to be repatriated.
Explore the island of Fernandina, the youngest of the Galapagos Islands. An active shield volcano which last erupted in 2009, the island is mostly rocky and not hospitable to animals. Watch oystercatchers and Sally Light-foot crabs skirt across the rocks.
Striding the equator, Isabela is the largest of the Galapagos Islands and features flora and fauna impossible to compare to anything else. Home to more wild tortoises than any of the other islands, Isabela entrances travelers with its close encounters.
The island of Rábida is covered with red volcanic rocks surrounding a beautiful red sand beach. At this location there is a colony of sea lions and a pelican nesting site. Follow the trail that leads to a salt water lagoon where you can view various types of shore birds. Rábida is considered to be one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos Islands, so enjoy the opportunity to go snorkel.
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2 cabins with triple accommodation are available.
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All 10 cabins feature two twin beds that can be converted to one king bed. There are 2 cabins with interconnecting doors.
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Single cabins are limited. A share request may be placed and if matched, the share rate will apply. Otherwise, the single rate will apply.
Travelers on this yacht need to pre-pay the Galapagos Islands National Park Fee. The entrance fee to the National Park is $100 for adults and $50 for children 11 and younger and is not included in the cruise rate.
25% discount for children age 11 and younger at time of Galapagos cruise. 15% discount for children age 12-17 at time of Galapagos cruise.
Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50
Accommodations on board M/V Origin based on double occupancy
Meals while in the Galapagos
Bilingual Naturalist Guide
Swimming and Snorkeling
Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
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
Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
$530 - $595
Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
$475 - $540
Optional Hospitality Packages
$230-$310 Two hotel nights in Quito and two domestic transfers
$200-$290 Two hotel nights in Guayaquil and two domestic transfers
Initial deposit is $700 per person ($1400 for 15 day), $1200 for singles ($2400 for 15 day), and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. Alternatively, you can register online here.
Final payment is due 70 (100 days for holiday weeks) prior to departure by bank transfer, check or credit card. All final payments by credit card may be subject to a surcharge and maximum of $20,000 charge.
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.