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Wild Galapagos Escape

7 Days FROM USD 5,730

Overview

Undertake an incredible cruise experience through the Galapagos. On board the National Geographic Islander, you will experience the lush islands, abundant in wildlife and unforgettable memories. On this voyage you will develop an incredibly rich understanding of the unique ecosystems that make this corner of the world so special. Kayak through pristine waters, teeming with unique wildlife like turtles, rays, sea lions, marine iguanas and an incredibly vast array of multi-coloured fish. Discover dramatic landscapes from lush fores, pure white sandy beaches, rocky coves and volcanic landscapes. This is truly an incredible place.

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ECLBWGE

Travel Style: Small Ship Cruise

Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Ship: National Geographic Islander

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise. Contact us today to discuss.

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Experience the incredible natural wildlife of the Galapagos including sea lions, marine iguanas, turtles, rays, flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, sea lions, flamingos & Galapagos tortoise.

  • You will have the opportunity to kayak and snorkel in some of the most pristine waters in all of South America, if not the world.

  • You will undertake this cruise under the guidance of an experienced team, including a National Geographic certified photo instructor and undersea specialist.

  • This itinerary is easily combined with a land based tour of South America, allowing you to experience a multitude of incredible cultural encounters and indescribable natural landscapes in the one journey.

CRUISE ITINERARY

You will arrive in Guayaquil and transfer to the Hotel del Parque (or something similar).

Guayaquil is Ecuador’s largest city and main port. Resettled in 1547 as a commercial ship yard and port to the service of the Spanish Crown, it has served as the main point of Ecuador’s economy. It has been the location of great revolutions and insurgencies through its history, being recognized as the first Ecuadorian city that become definitely independent from Spain in 1820.

Guayaquil

You will fly from Guayaquil to Baltra, in the centre of the Galapagos. You will be transferred to your ship and welcomed aboard by your friendly naturalist staff. From here you will begin your incredible adventure into the wonders of the Galapagos, where you will develop a true, deep understanding of the uniqueness and importance of this incredible natural habitat.

Embarkation in Guayaquil

During your time in the Galapagos you will have the opportunity to visit a umber of islands. The few are just some of the islands you may visit:

Santa Cruz - Call at Puerto Ayora, the largest town and headquarters of both the Galápagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station. Head to the lush, green highlands to see giant tortoises roaming in the wild.

North Seymour - Encounter nesting frigatebirds, plus land and marine iguanas, and enjoy a beautiful coastal walk.

Isabela - Toast crossing the Equator at Volcán Ecuador, northernmost of Isabela’s six great shield volcanoes. Keep an eye open for whales and dolphins as you ply these rich waters, once the haunt of whalers and pirates.

Fernandina - One of the most active oceanic volcanoes in the world, it’s the youngest and most pristine island in Galápagos—and home to the strange flightless cormorant and the largest marine iguanas.

Galapagos Islands - Day 3 to 6

In the morning you will disembark at Baltra. Take this time to say farewell to your crew and fellow passengers, reflecting on the incredible experiences you have shared together. Return by air to Guayaquil.

Disembarkation in Baltra
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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Amend your itinerary to include the incredible wonders of Peru. This amazing 9-day itinerary will allow you to see the best of Peru. Visit incredible cities such as Lima and Cusco which are buzzing and vibrant with a unique blend of urban modernisation and rural lifestyles. You will also be able to visit and experience the incredible mystery of the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu and explore the legendary Sacred Valley. Find out more.

  • Discover the unrivalled jewel of colonial architecture that is Quito. A 4 day discover Quito tour will take you through a pulsating, lively Latin city. Visit the cities historic centre a UNESCO world heritage site, marvel at the cities artistic and colonial origins in various museums or embrace the colours of the Otavalo market, perhaps the most important indigenous market in all South America. Find out more.

  • Experience unique Andean lifestyles and Ecuadorian culture on an authentic and historic Hacienda. Hacienda Zuleta has been owned by the same family for over 100 years. Enjoy Ecuadorian cuisine from the Haciendas organic garden, visit a cheese factory, take a horse ride to an Andean Condor reserve. This offers an intrinsic cultural experience to any Ecuadorian itinerary. Find out more.

Pricing & date

Wild Galapagos Escape from USD 5,730
Selected Thursdays & Saturdays

Important Information

  • Shipboard accommodation
    All meals whilst on-board including snacks
    All shore excursions 
    Guiding and lectures by Galapagos Naturalist Guide 
    English-speaking expedition team

    EXCLUSIONS  


    Return airfares from mainland Ecuador 
    Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US$100 per person subject to change)
    Galapagos Transit Control Card (US$20 per person subject to change)
    Visa fees (if applicable)
    Travel Insurance
    Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
    Personal expenses such as laundry, on-board communication (telephone calls, faxes, email service)
    Gratuities for the crew 
    Optional Activities whilst on-board

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • Park entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.

  • Departure date, season & availability. 

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE

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