The unique wildlife of the Galápagos has no fear of humans. Imagine walking trails right among nesting seabirds and colonies of marine iguanas—it’s an experience unlike any other! The green Eastern Islands of this famed archipelago have a wildly diverse ecosystem and a remarkable number of species found nowhere else on earth. Our active adventure explores far-flung Genovesa Island, prime nesting site of countless birds including red-footed boobies, South Plaza, with its prehistoric-looking iguanas, and Santa Fé, home to such endemics as the Galápagos hawk and a great place to snorkel with spirited sea lions. Life aboard the barquentine Mary Anne or the mega-yacht Passion is an absolute delight, with delicious meals savored on deck or in the salon, a glass of wine at sunset, and great talks with your naturalist guide. This is the Galápagos—WT style!
The Mary Anne was a big plus...lots of character and plenty of room to spread out, read, or have privacy when desired. The boat crew were really terrific—every one of them were attentive and skilled at their jobs.
— Jan S., Needham, MA
Guayaquil / Explore by Zodiac / Remote Genovesa / Bartolomé
From Guayaquil, fly to Baltra, and board the Mary Anne. Cruise to Black Turtle Cove for a Zodiac ride among golden rays. Landing at Genovesa (Tower), be on the lookout for red-footed boobies perched on prickly pear cactus. The summit of Bartolomé offers magnificent views of Pinnacle Rock, Galápagos’ most famous icon. We’ll also walk on pahoehoe lava formations at Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island.
Flamingo Lagoon / Santa Cruz / Darwin Research Station
Rábida features lagoons brimming with pink flamingos, and we’ll see a land iguana nesting site at Cerro Dragón. Kayak along the shores of Santa Cruz and search for giant tortoises up in the highlands before a visit to Darwin Station’s tortoise-breeding facility.
Land Iguanas / Beach Walk with Sea Lions
South Plaza and Santa Fé are home to their very own species of iguana, and a great place to get that up-close shot of these unique creatures. On fantastic Española, we’ll follow flipper prints on a powdery white-sand beach to find lounging sea lions. Keep an eye out for Galápagos hawks, Galápagos doves, and Hood mockingbirds, endemic to the island. Fly to Guayaquil for a final overnight, and depart on Day 10.