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.
Depart for Guayaquil and upon arrival, transfer to our hotel.
Hotel Hilton Colón
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
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 Lightfoot crabs.
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.
After breakfast, disembark the ship and fly to Guayaquil. The evening is at your leisure.
Hotel Hilton Colón (B)
Depart Guayaquil this morning, arriving home the same day.
Book by June 30, 2013 and receive complimentary round-trip international airfare between Miami and the Galápagos on select Sept-Dec 2013 departures, or kids under the age of 18 fly free on select August 2013 departures.
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:
May 25 - Jun 03, 2013
Jun 01 - 10, 2013
Jun 08 - 17, 2013
Jun 15 - 24, 2013
Jul 13 - 22, 2013
Jul 27 - Aug 05, 2013
Aug 03 - 12, 2013
Oct 19 - 28, 2013
Nov 02 - 11, 2013
Nov 09 - 18, 2013
Dec 07 - 16, 2013
Dec 14 - 23, 2013
Dec 21 - 30, 2013
Dec 28, 2013 - Jan 06, 2014
This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.
National Geographic Islander
National Geographic Endeavour
* Please note: Itineraries will vary slightly from week to week subject to the Galápagos National Park regulations. Each itinerary will include Isla Santa Cruz and a selection of the other stops listed in the itinerary.
With temperate weather year-round, any month is a great time to visit the Galápagos. Peak prices have been established for popular travel periods (i.e. summer vacation). See below for details.
For departures between January 4-March 9, April 20-June 1, and Aug. 30-Dec. 14 in 2013.
For a single room, add $1,260 in Category 1 and $1,440 in Category 2 on the Endeavour and $2,860 in Category 1 and $3,250 in Category 2 on the Islander.
For departures between March 15 and April 13 and June 7-Aug. 24 in 2013.
For a single room, add $1,260 in Category 1 and $1,440 in Category 2 on the Endeavour and $3,110 in Category 1 and $3,500 in Category 2 on the Islander.
For departures leaving on December 20, 21, 27, and 28 in 2013.
For a single room, add $1,590 in Category 1 and $1,790 in Category 2 on the Endeavour and $3,390 in Category 1 and $3,770 in Category 2 on the Islander.
For departures between January 3-February 8, February 21-22, April 25-May 31, and Sept. 5-Dec. 13, 2014.
For a single room, add $1,370 in Category 1 and $1,600 in Category 2 on the Endeavour and $3,030 in Category 1 and $3,450 in Category 2 on the Islander.
For departures between February 14-15, February 28-April 19, and June 6-August 30, 2014.
For a single room, add $1,500 in Category 1 and $1,720 in Category 2 on the Endeavour and $3,280 in Category 1 and $3,600 in Category 2 on the Islander.
For departures leaving on December 19, 20, 26, and 27, 2014.
For a single room, add $1,650 in Category 1 and $1,860 in Category 2 on the Endeavour and $3,560 in Category 1 and $3,970 in Category 2 on the Islander.
Prices are per person, double occupancy.
Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. Round-trip economy airfare between Miami and Guayaquil is estimated at $800. Internal air charters between Guayaquil and Galapagos is $450. (Airfares are subject to change).