Galápagos Photo Expedition

    • 10 days capturing images of the archipelago's unique wild inhabitants with a National Geographic photographer

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.

Becky Hale

Becky HaleNational Geographic staff photographer Becky Hale studied creative writing and photography at Wheaton College. Her studio work includes portraiture and still photography illustrating complex scientific and cultural stories. She is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. Fieldwork has taken her on assignment to Istanbul, Rome, and Cairo. She’s shot aerials of the whooping crane migration from an ultralight aircraft for the NatGeo Wild channel, documented the National Geographic World Championship Geography Bee in St. Petersburg, Russia, and covered the launch of the National Geographic expedition ship Endeavour in Chile. In her life beyond National Geographic, Becky is the mother of two small redheads who try their best to evade her camera.

Becky will join the following departures:

Feb 20 - Mar 01, 2015
Feb 27 - Mar 08, 2015

Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

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).