This morning you will be transferred early to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. On arrival in San Cristóbal you will be met by your guide and transferred to the ship.
Please note that the Galapagos National Park charges a visitor fee of USD100, payable on arrival, which funds park maintenance and supervision in the Galapagos, as well as ecological study and conservation.
The Galapagos Islands are located about 1000 kilometres (620 miles) off the Pacific coast of South America. The archipelago is comprised of 13 major islands and scores of islets that served as a living laboratory for Charles Darwin, the renowned evolution theorist. Long before Darwin arrived in the Galapagos, seafarers knew these isolated islands as home to some of the strangest and most wonderful wildlife imaginable, including birds that could swim but no longer fly, aquatic iguanas, dragon-like lizards left over from prehistoric times and the giant Galapagos tortoises for which the islands were named.
Later in the day we explore the tiny Islas Lobos, home to a large sea lion colony and abundant marine life. There is the opportunity to snorkel off the beach, amidst the families of sea lions and their inquisitive pups looking to play. You may also spot nesting frigatebirds and the famous blue-footed boobies resting on the shore.
We return to the Estrella del Mar for our first night on board. Carrying only 16 passengers, the Estrella is modest yet surprisingly roomy. We sail overnight to ensure that you arrive refreshed and ready to explore a new destination each day.