Galápagos Islands Voyage (10 Days)

Cruise Line: International Expeditions
Ship: MV Evolution  |  5 Reviews
Guayaquil, Ecuador to Guayaquil, Ecuador
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Air travel
Guayaquil, Ecuador

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

Guayaquil, Ecuador
Air travel
Baltra Island, Ecuador
Daphne Island, Ecuador

Fly to Galápagos and board the Evolution. After a safety briefing, enjoy a circumnavigation of Daphne Major, a paradise for sea birds such as magnificent frigatebird. (B,L,D)

Vicente Roca Point, Ecuador
Fernandina/Isabela, Ecuador

Zodiacs take you on a dramatic ride into the heart of a sunken volcano at Punta Vicente Roca. Take to the water, where we swim and snorkel among sea turtles, penguins, and possibly even sea horses. Explore the lava fields of Punta Espinoza, located on Fernandina, the youngest and most volcanically active island in the Galápagos. Here we spot flightless cormorants and marine iguanas. Whale watch from the Evolution's open-air decks as we cross the Bolivar Channel. (B,L,D)

Urvina Bay, Ecuador
Caleta Tagus, Ecuador

Hike along the uplifted section of sea floor in Urvina Bay at the base of the Alcedo Volcano. Our naturalists point out the tortoises, colorful land iguanas, and other wildlife that feed on the vegetation. Board our Zodiacs for an excursion to Tagus Cove, where we look for penguins, flightless cormorants, and pelicans along the cliffs before a chance to snorkel and swim. (B,L,D)

Bartolome Island, Ecuador
Sullivan Bay, Ecuador

Sullivan Bay: Visit Bartolomé Island, hiking to the top of a dormant volcano for a dramatic panorama, including famed Pinnacle Rock. The island is dotted with craters, cinder cones, lava flows, spatter cones, and broken lava tunnels which run down from the summit. Our Zodiac drivers will take "non-hikers" for a ride around the cliffs, observing a stunning volcanic landscape and Galápagos penguins. Swim and snorkel with sea lions and maybe even speedy penguins. This afternoon, hike across the panoehoe lava of Sullivan Bay, seeing some of the hearty flora colonizing the landscapes. Stroll along the coralline beach spotting black and white oystercatchers. (B,L,D)

Santa Cruz, Ecuador
Rabida Island, Ecuador

Walk along the white sands of Las Bachas Beach looking for Sally Lightfoot crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Snorkel in the calm waters where sea turtles nest. Our afternoon is spent along the distinct red-sand beaches and cliffs of Rábida Island. While exploring this uninhabited island at the archipelago's geologic center, watch for up to nine species of Darwin's finches, doves, yellow warblers, and mockingbirds. A small saltwater lagoon is home to white-cheeked pintail ducks and black-necked stilts. Snorkelers may take to the water with sea lions, sea turtles, and reef fish such as damsels and pufferfish. During a guided kayaking excursion, watch for brown pelicans and blue-footed boobies while savoring views of the island's sloping volcanic peak. (B,L,D)

Santa Cruz Island, 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)

Punta Suarez, Ecuador
Gardner Bay, Ecuador

As the southernmost island in the archipelago, Española's relative isolation has resulted in not only an abundance of unusual wildlife, but species and subspecies that are endemic to the island, such as Española (Hood) mockingbird, Española (Hood) racer snake, Española (Hood) lava lizard, waved albatross, and brightly colored marine iguanas. Enjoy a Zodiac ride before wading ashore to Punta Suarez through a sea lion colony. Walk along the cliffs looking for waved albatrosses, Galápagos hawks, Hood mockingbirds, and the red-colored race of marine iguana en route to Española's blowhole, where waves spout 90 feet into the air. After a relaxing lunch, swim, snorkel and kayak in the waters off Gardner Bay, or simply bring along your book or a camera and relax on the white sands. (B,L,D)

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador
Air travel
Guayaquil, Ecuador

End your Galápagos Islands cruise by returning to San Cristóbal to visit the Interpretation Center, opened by the park in 1998. Fly to Guayaquil, with time to relax at the Hotel Oro Verde. (B,L Aloft)

DAY 10
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Board independent flights home. (B, Meals Aloft)

Galápagos Islands Voyage map

About the Ship

What's 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.

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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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By: DrummerBoy

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2013

International Expeditions (IE) provided an amazing trip for both locations. Everything was taken care of, the guides/crew were amazing and the food and lodgings equally terrific. I saw sights that you can't see anywhere else! I would highly recommend this trip for all ages.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Splendid trip, diferent and exciting

By: Jose

Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2014

This was a magic and different trip, all nature and splendid vegetation, was something we were really expecting to have in teh Amazons, in the other way the second part of the trip the great machupicchu, and the beautiful Cusco were impresive. Thank you.
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