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Exploring the Eastern Islands of the Galápagos

Overview

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!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Guayaquil / Genovesa Island / Bartolomé

From Guayaquil, we fly to Baltra and board our yacht, heading to Black Turtle Cove for a Zodiac ride among golden rays. Sailing out to remote Genovesa Island, we land at Darwin Bay, where red-footed boobies perch on prickly pear cactus. We hike up the Prince Philip Steps (so named for the prince’s visit here in 1964) to seek out red-billed tropicbirds. Great frigatebirds are also seen here, while elegant swallow-tailed gulls rest under the salt bush. We also have a chance to snorkel, possibly with green sea turtles. The summit of Bartolomé Island offers us magnificent views of Pinnacle Rock, Galápagos’ most famous icon.

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Days 5-6
Rábida / Santa Cruz / Darwin Research Station

On Rábida, the “Red Island,” we explore its maroon-tinted interior and saltwater lagoon, home to Darwin’s finches, Galápagos mockingbirds, and yellow warblers. Farther inland, we find a fantastic land iguana nesting site. We have options for sea kayaking and snorkeling on Rábida. In the Santa Cruz highlands, we look for giant tortoises and visit the Darwin Station’s tortoise-breeding facility.

Days 7-10
South Plaza / Santa Fé / Española

South Plaza Island captivates, with its green prickly pear cactus and copper-colored land iguanas. On Santa Fé Island, we look for the islands’ endemic species of land iguana. On Española, the southernmost island in the archipelago, we follow flipper prints on a powdery white-sand beach to find lounging sea lions, and 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.

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Highlights

Highlights

Active 8-day cruise includes remote Genovesa, an island with few other visitors!
Daily activities ideal for all ages: hiking, snorkeling, optional sea kayaking
With an expert naturalist guide, witness the diversity of wildlife that inspired Darwin

Details

Length: 10 days
Cost From: $6695  
Arrive: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Depart: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Lodging: 7 nights aboard the Mary Anne, 2 nights hotel
Meals: All meals included except 2 lunches and 2 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Small Boat & Yacht Cruising, Snorkeling, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking
Trip Level:

Daily hikes, snorkeling, optional sea kayaking

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