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The Galápagos Archipelago, Darwin's living laboratory, is home to an abundance of wildlife. Isolated from the mainland for millions of years, it is that rare wilderness where animals have no instinctive fear of humans. Traveling aboard the National Geographic Endeavour or National Geographic Islander, experience up close encounters with unique species such as flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, and domed giant tortoises.
Cruise to pristine islands and walk among colonies of animals and birds unfazed by your presence.
Observe rare giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Explore the waters of the Galápagos by kayak, glass-bottom boat (Endeavour only), or Zodiac.
Itinerary - 10 Days
Day 1 — U.S./Guayaquil, Ecuador
Depart for Guayaquil and upon arrival, transfer to our hotel.
Day 2 — Guayaquil/Galápagos
This morning, fly to the Galápagos Islands and board our comfortable expedition ship. During lunch, we begin our exploration of the islands and their diverse wildlife. National Geographic Endeavour or National Geographic Islander (B,L,D)
Days 3 through 8 — Exploring Galápagos
In keeping with the nature of an expedition, our itinerary is flexible, allowing you to take advantage of this extraordinary wildlife sanctuary. You will have the opportunity to go on nature walks with local naturalists; swim; snorkel; or explore the waters by kayak, glass-bottom boat (Endeavour only), or Zodiac. (B,L,D daily)
Listed below are some of the islands we may visit during our expeditions:*
Walk to the top of Bartolomé's volcanic cone for a stunning view of Pinnacle Rock and the surrounding white sand beaches. You may also have the opportunity to swim with Galápagos penguins.
Follow a path along a series of tide pools and underwater caverns in search of Galápagos
fur seals, marine iguanas, sea lions, and Sally
Isla Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, a breeding station for endangered native species. Learn about the Darwin Foundation and their giant Galápagos tortoise breeding program. Later, travel into the highlands where wild tortoises forage.
Spend the early morning on the lookout for dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and the unusual ocean sunfish, the Mola mola. Explore caves and hidden lagoons by Zodiac, and snorkel among sea turtles.
At Champion Islet, snorkel among sea lions, or
peer into an underwater world in a glass-bottom
boat (Endeavour only) while keeping an eye out
for the endangered Floreana Mockingbird. Those
interested can visit Post Office Bay—if you see a
letter addressed to someone who lives near you,
the tradition is to deliver it by hand.
Discover the marine iguana haven of Punta Espinoza as we hike over lava flows. Galapagos hawks and sea lion nurseries are also found as we explore this island.
See Darwin's finches, boobies, and waved albatross on this birder's paradise. Walk among vivid green and red marine iguanas, and observe sea lions up close on a pristine white-sand beach.
Day 9 — Galápagos/Guayaquil
After breakfast, disembark the ship and fly to Guayaquil. The evening is at your leisure. (B)
Day 10 — Guayaquil/U.S.
Depart Guayaquil this morning, arriving home the same day. (B)
Book now and receive complimentary round-trip airfare from Miami to the Galápagos on select departures through May 31, 2017. Voyages booked by December 10, 2016 are eligible for a $300 business class upgrade. On departures aboard the National Geographic Endeavour through November 18, 2016, solo travelers save 15% off the single cabin pricing, including select departures during our Make Art, Make a Difference program, and families save $1,500 off the double occupancy rate per child under 18. Holiday departures excluded. Offers are for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to availability. Please call for details.
Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts — from naturalists to regional specialists — who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes, and local culture. See one of the members of our extraordinary team below.
Lynn Fowler arrived in the Galápagos in 1978 and became one of the first female naturalist guides working for Galápagos National Park. She completed a doctorate in 1983 based on her research on the giant tortoises of Alcedo Volcano on Isabela Island, where she lived for more than a year on the rim of the caldera collecting data. She then received a National Geographic research grant to study wildlife in the Ecuadorian Amazon basin. Lynn began leading expeditions in the Galapgos in 1990, and in November 2007 she was elected to the Charles Darwin Foundation’s General Assembly.
Lynn will join the following departures:
Aug 27 - Sep 05, 2016 Nov 12 - 21, 2016 Dec 10 - 19, 2016 Dec 17 - 26, 2016
National Geographic Islander National Geographic Endeavour National Geographic Endeavour II
* Please note: Itineraries vary subject to the Galápagos National Park regulations. Each itinerary will include Isla Santa Cruz, San Cristóbal, and a selection of the other stops listed in the itinerary.
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin on the Endeavour in 2016, add $1,650 in Category 1 and $1,870 in Category 2. For a single cabin on the Islander in 2016, add $3,490 in Category 1 and $3,940 in Category 2.
For a single cabin on the Endeavour II in 2017, add $1,990 in Category 2 and $2,190 in Category 3. For a single cabin on the Islander in 2017, add $3,660 in Category 1 and $4,150 in Category 2.
International airfare to/from Guayaquil and airfare within Ecuador is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight between Guayaquil and Galápagos is $520 (subject to change).