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 a voyage by October 31, 2015 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare from Miami to the Galápagos (up to $1,250 per guest value) on the following 2015 departures: Aug. 15, 21, 22, 28, 29; Sept. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26; Oct. 17; Nov. 28; Dec. 5. Offer applies to new bookings only and is subject to availability.
A donation of $1,000 per person will be made towards Galápagos conservation for any new reservation made for travel to Galápagos from August 15 to September 26, 2015.
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.
For a single room on the Endeavour, add $1,570 in Category 1 and $1,740 in Category 2. For a single room on the Islander, add $3,380 in Category 1 and $3,800 in Category 2.
For departures between December 18-26, 2015.
For a single room on the Endeavour, add $1,820 in Category 1 and $2,000 in Category 2. For a single room on the Islander, add $3,830 in Category 1 and $4,280 in Category 2.
For a single room on the Endeavour, add $1,650 in Category 1 and $1,870 in Category 2. For a single room on the Islander, add $3,490 in Category 1 and $3,940 in Category 2.
For departures between December 17-30, 2016.
For a single room on the Endeavour, add $1,890 in Category 1 and $2,110 in Category 2. For a single room on the Islander, add $4,000 in Category 1 and $4,500 in Category 2.
Prices are per person, double occupancy.
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).