Galapagos Islands Tours
8-day Galapagos Adventure
Isolated for thousands of years, the creatures of the Galapagos Islands evolved into the unique species which inspired Charles Darwin to develop the Theory of Evolution.
1st Day: We arrive in the lovely mountain city of Quito, capital of Ecuador. A former Inca capital, Quito boasts an old town area as well as a beautiful modern city.
2nd Day: In the morning, we fly from Quito to the island of Baltra, where we board the yacht to begin our Galapagos journey. After lunch, we visit Las Bachas Beach or Black Turtle Cove, on Santa Cruz Island, where we may see our first blue-footed boobies.
3rd Day: In the morning, we disembark at Rabida, a small island with the best pelican nesting sites. Behind the beach there is a salt-water lagoon with flamingos, white-checked pintails, and a sea lion bachelor colony. At the end of the trail there is a great snorkeling spot. After lunch, we visit Bartolomé Island for a hike among volcanoes. From the beach, we can snorkel near Pinnacle Rock, one of the most photographed sites in the islands.
4th Day: Today we explore the naturalist’s paradise of Tower (Genovesa) Island. We see many bird colonies, including red-footed and masked boobies, lava gulls, and frigate birds, on the white coral sand beach and among the mangroves. There is also an opportunity for some excellent snorkeling.
5th Day: This morning, we visit South Plaza Island, inhabited by land iguanas, audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropic birds, pelicans, and the ever-present sea lions. In the afternoon we return to Santa Cruz Island to visit the Darwin Institute, where we see the giant tortoises, including “Lonesome George,” the last survivor of his species.
6th Day: In the morning we travel to the nearby highlands, with its miconia bushes, scalesia trees and more species of endemic flora than on any other island in the Galapagos, before returning to Baltra Island for our flight back to Quito.
7th Day: Today we tour Quito, its historical plazas, cathedrals and colonial government buildings, and visit the Mitad Del Mundo, the “Center of the Earth,” where we can stand right on the equator.
8th Day: We transfer to the airport for our flight home, or fly on to Lima to begin our Peruvian Adventure.
What’s included: Air travel within Ecuador, transfers, transportation, accommodations, guided tours, national park fee and all meals aboard ship.
Best Time: All Year
Minimum Number of Persons: One