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Galápagos Islands Voyage (10 Days)

Cruise Line: International Expeditions
Ship: MV Evolution  |  5 Reviews
Guayaquil, Ecuador to Guayaquil, Ecuador
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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Air travel
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Fly independently to Guayaquil, Ecuador, and transfer to the Hotel Oro Verde. (Meals Aloft)

DAY 2
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Air travel
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
Playa Ochoa, Isla San Cristóbal, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Kicker Rock, Ecuador

Playa Ochoa & Kicker Rock: Fly to the islands and board the Evolution. Stroll along the beach at Playa Ochoa, where a nearby tidal lagoon plays host to flamingos, finches, and Chatham mockingbirds. At sunset, we cruise around Kicker Rock. (B,L,D)

DAY 3
South Plaza, Ecuador
Isla Mosquera, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

At only 426 feet wide, South Plaza is one of the smallest islands in the archipelago. Look for yellow land iguanas on a walk to a grove of prickly-pear cactus. Non-hikers can enjoy a Zodiac ride, watching for swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropicbirds, and blue-footed boobies. Since there is no true trail on Mosquera Island, you are able to stroll at your leisure. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
Chinese Hat Island, Ecuador
Puerto Egas, Ecuador

Puerto Egas: The tiny uplifted island of Sombrero Chino — or Chinese Hat — features a primeval landscape of volcanic rubble and lava tubes. The "land" is made of a few adjacent craters and old, fragile pahoehoe lava flows. Vegetation is just starting to take hold, including colorful carpetweed plants. Enjoy a Zodiac ride and swim before lunch. This afternoon, search the tide pools of Puerto Egas for sea life. During low tide, we may see marine iguanas feeding on algae. Our naturalists will point out the birdlife, including great blue herons, lava herons, oystercatchers, and yellow-crowned night herons. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
Isla Genovesa, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Genovesa is often referred to as "Bird Island" for the vast numbers of pelagic seabirds that come here to nest. And while Genovesa harbors one of the Galápagos' largest and most diverse bird populations, there are no land reptiles — with the exception of some very small marine iguanas. This is due to the direction of the ocean currents, which couldn't carry the terrestrial animals here. Climb Prince Philip's Steps to an area with colonies of red-footed boobies. Watch for short-eared owls which feed on the petrals that fly about. Explore Darwin Bay, home to the rare lava gull. While anchored at Genovesa, enjoy an opportunity to swim, kayak, and snorkel in the calm caldera of this partially eroded volcano. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
Isla North Seymour, Ecuador
Isla Santa Fé, Ecuador

North Seymour is the nesting site for a large population of magnificent frigatebirds and the only place where we can always find males showing their red pouches to attract females. Plus, we are sure to see blue-footed boobies perform their comical courtship dance in the open areas. Hike to a scenic lagoon, where we may observe Galápagos hawks, mockingbirds, and a variety of Darwin's finches. You may kayak and snorkel from the beach. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
Bahia Post Office, Ecuador
Cormorant Point, Ecuador
Devils Crown, Ecuador

Hike to Post Office Bay, once used by navigators to send mail with homebound messengers. Swim and kayak in the bay before a walk along the olivine beaches of Punta Cormorant. After hiking to a flamingo lagoon, spot fish and sea turtles during a relaxing stroll along the beach. Enjoy superb snorkeling at Devil's Crown, where sea water has filled the sunken cone of an extinct volcano. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Begin our day in the forested highlands, with ample opportunity to see and photograph giant tortoises in the wild. Stop at a family-run farm before learning about the work being done to study and preserve wildlife at Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center at the Darwin Research Center. (B,L,D)

DAY 9
Black Turtle Cove, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Baltra Island, Ecuador
Cruise ends
Air travel
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Enjoy a Zodiac ride through Black Turtle Cove, drifting silently through this area of mangroves. Fly to Guayaquil, with time to relax at the Hotel Oro Verde. (B,L Aloft)

DAY 10
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Board flights home. (B, Meals Aloft)

Galápagos Islands Voyage map

About the Ship

What's Included

Included

  • • Daily shore excursions, interpretive walks, swimming, snorkeling, hiking & panga rides

    • Seven nights on the Evolution

    • Hotel accommodations pre- and post-voyage

    • 23 meals (and lots of snacks)

    • Two Level 3 naturalists

    • Snorkeling gear & shorty wetsuits

    • Kayaks

    • All bottled water

    • Onboard doctor

    • Full educational program, including lectures on history, ecology & marine life and field interpretation

    • Arrival & departure transfers

    • Tips to porters & to waiters for included meals

Not Included

  • • All airfares, including in-country airfares, unless otherwise specified.

    • Transfers & luggage handling unless taking the group flights or otherwise specified.

    • Travel Protection Plan.

    • Fees for passports and visas.

    • U.S. and foreign airport departure taxes, Chilean reciprocity tax and domestic air tax.

    • GST taxes and security tax, any new value added taxes or GST taxes added to program costs by foreign governments.

    • Tips to drivers, guides and ship’s crew, unless otherwise specified.

    • Items of a personal nature, such as equipment rental (e.g. snorkeling), laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages, camera fees, etc.

    • Ticketing fees for air tickets.

    • Ship or air fuel surcharges.

About Us

For 33 years, travelers have relied on International Expeditions’ matchless expertise to discover the captivating wildlife, inspiring landscapes and fascinating cultures of Earth’s most pristine natural and cultural wonders. Our small-ship adventures to the Peruvian Amazon and Galapagos Islands, intimate group journeys to Patagonia, Panama, Costa Rica, Machu Picchu, India and Cuba, and in-depth safaris open the world to curious travelers. IE’s engaging, small-group itineraries delve wildlife, customs and ecological issues — all through the eyes of passionate, knowledgeable local naturalists. Our award-winning itineraries include a conservation focus that affords our guests opportunities to visit scientific researchers and even participate in community service projects on select tours.

Insider Tip

Have guests who want a personal look at all the wildlife an area offers? IE's naturalist guides are happy to take guests on spontaneous pre-dawn birding excursions...just ask!

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