Expedition Details

 

The Galápagos Archipelago, Darwin's living laboratory, is home to an abundance of wildlife. Isolated from the mainland for millions of years, it is one of the rare wildernesses where animals have no instinctive fear of humans, making for incredible photographic opportunities. Join a National Geographic photographer aboard the National Geographic Endeavour and learn tips and techniques as you capture images of flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, giant tortoises, and the remarkable scenery of the islands.

Trip Highlights

    • Hone your skills while capturing images of wildlife in a variety of landscapes, from black lava fields to white-sand beaches, and from rocky cliffs to lush highland forests.
    • Photograph colonies of iguanas, frigate, sea lions, and birds unfazed by your presence.
    • See rare giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
    • Explore the waters of the Galápagos by kayak, glass-bottom boat, snorkel, 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.
(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:*

Isla Bartolomé
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.

Isla Santiago
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.

Isla Isabela
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.

Isla Floreana
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.

Isla Fernandina
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.

Isla Española
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.

Day 10 — Guayaquil/U.S.

Depart Guayaquil this morning, arriving home the same day.

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Expedition Team

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.

Annie Griffiths

Annie  GriffithsOne of the first female photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has taken photographs in more than 100 countries during her illustrious career. She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for the Society, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Baja California, Galilee, Petra, Sydney, New Zealand, and Jerusalem. She lectures and teaches photography workshops regularly and was a visiting professor of photography at Ohio University. Annie’s work has also appeared in LIFE, Geo, Smithsonian, Fortune, Merian, Stern, and many other publications. Annie has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Associated Press, the National Organization of Women, the University of Minnesota, and the White House News Photographers Association. She brought her children along on many of her far-flung assignments, and chronicles the story in the book A Camera, Two Kids, and a Camel.

Annie will join the following departure:

Jun 20 - 29, 2014

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Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2014
  • Jun 13 - 22, 2014 (waitlist only)
  • Jun 20 - 29, 2014 (waitlist only)
  • Oct 24 - Nov 02, 2014
  • Oct 31 - Nov 09, 2014
2015
  • Feb 20 - Mar 01, 2015
  • Feb 27 - Mar 08, 2015
  • Jun 05 - 14, 2015
  • Jun 12 - 21, 2015

* 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.

Expedition Cost

2014: February 21; October 24 and 31 departures
Endeavour
Category 1 $5,490
Category 2 $6,390
Category 3 $6,950
Category 4 $7,490
Category 5 $9,420

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,370 in Category 1 and $1,600 in Category 2.

2014: February 28; June 13 and 20 departures
Endeavour
Category 1 $5,990
Category 2 $6,890
Category 3 $7,450
Category 4 $7,990
Category 5 $9,920

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,500 in Category 1 and $1,720 in Category 2.

2015 departures
Endeavour
Category 1 $6,290
Category 2 $6,990
Category 3 $7,650
Category 4 $8,290
Category 5 $10,280

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,570 in Category 1 and $1,740 in Category 2.

Airfare is not included in the expedition cost. Round-trip economy airfare between Miami and Guayaquil is from $660, and between Guayaquil and Galápagos is $450 (subject to change).