The unique wildlife of the Galápagos has no fear of humans—we walk trails right among nesting seabirds and colonies of marine iguanas that take no notice of us, an experience unlike any other! The green Eastern Islands of this famed archipelago have a very diverse ecosystem and a remarkable number of species found nowhere else. Our active adventure includes Genovesa, prime nesting site of red-footed boobies, South Plaza, with its hybrid iguanas, and Santa Fé, home to such endemics as the Galápagos hawk, and a great place to snorkel with enchanting sea lions. Life on board the yacht is an absolute delight, with delicious meals savored on deck or in the salon, great talks with your naturalist guide, and unforgettable tropical sunrises and sunsets.
Exceeded my expectations, with excellent service and handling from start to finish. The trip included just the right balance of naturalist-led hikes with snorkeling, etc. On board service and food was exceptional.
— Raymond G., Livermore, CA
Guayaquil / Remote Genovesa Island / Bartolomé
From Guayaquil, fly to Baltra and board the yacht, sailing to Black Turtle Cove for a Zodiac ride among golden rays. Landing at Genovesa's beautiful Darwin Bay, we'll be on the lookout for red-footed boobies perched on prickly pear cactus, and we’ll hike a path to seek out red-billed tropicbirds. The summit of Bartolomé offers us magnificent views of Pinnacle Rock, Galápagos’ most famous icon.
Rábida / Santa Cruz / Darwin Research Station
Rábida, the “Red Island,” features lagoons brimming with pink flamingos and other birdlife, and we’ll see a land iguana nesting site at Cerro Dragón. We walk along the shores of Santa Cruz and search for giant tortoises in the highlands before visiting the Darwin Station’s tortoise-breeding facility, which illuminates the important research being done here.
South Plaza / Santa Fé / Española
South Plaza and Santa Fé are home to their own species of iguana, and a great place to get that up-close photo of these unique creatures. On 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.