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The Quintessential 15-day Cruise in Darwin’s Islands

Overview

There’s so much to see and do on these amazing islands and in the glorious underwater universe surrounding them, that we’ve created the “ultimate” Galápagos experience: an active 15-day cruise exploring the major sites—and fascinating wildlife—of the archipelago! Our epic adventure aboard the Mary Anne brings you to dramatic lava flows, white-sand beaches, and up–close encounters with the exotic creatures that inspired Charles Darwin. You’ll walk by magnificent frigatebirds in full courtship display, swim with Galápagos penguins, and snorkel right alongside sea turtles. It’s a wildlife experience like no other on the planet!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Guayaquil / Baltra / Genovesa / Bartolomé

From Guayaquil, fly to Baltra and board the Mary Anne. We’ll cruise through mangroves, spotting sea turtles and gliding rays, then head to remote Genovesa (Tower), a paradise for birds—great frigatebirds, Nazca boobies, and red-billed tropicbirds nest along the cliffs. Revel in the views from Bartolomé, which include the breathtaking spire of Pinnacle Rock and neighboring Santiago.

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Days 5-10
Rábida / Santa Cruz / Santa Fé / Española / Devil’s Crown / Floreana

Rábida’s saltwater lagoon is home to three types of herons, and we gain fascinating insights at the Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz. On Santa Fé, watch sea lions strike a pose on a white-sand beach. Blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas await our explorations on Española, and we’ll hike near the vast twin craters of Los Gemelos in the Santa Cruz highlands. Devil’s Crown offers world-class marine life viewing, and we visit historic Post Office Bay on Floreana.

Days 11-17
Isabela / Fernandina / Santiago

We search for whales and dolphins as we cross the Bolivar Channel to Isabela. At Punta Moreno, we walk on a pahoehoe lava flow and explore by Zodiac in Buccaneer Cove. Flightless cormorants and Galápagos penguins are highlights at Fernandina’s Punta Espinosa. We explore Santiago Island's Espumilla beach and walk to nesting colonies of the two species of frigatebirds as well as blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls on North Seymour. Fly to Guayaquil for a final overnight, and depart on Day 17.

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Highlights

Highlights

The most comprehensive adventure in the islands
Cruise in comfort aboard a 16-passenger sailing yacht with a superb naturalist guide
Active journey, with daily hiking, snorkeling, and sea kayaking
See vast colonies of basking marine iguanas
Hike to find giant land tortoises in the wild
Amazing bird life, from blue-footed boobies to pink flamingoes

Details

Length: 17 days
Cost From: $10,995  
Arrive: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Depart: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Lodging: 14 nights aboard the Mary Anne, 2 hotel nights in Guayaquil
Meals: All meals included except 2 lunches and 2 dinners
Activity: Small Boat & Yacht Cruising, Snorkeling, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

Daily hikes, snorkeling, optional sea kayaking
Galapagos 2018 brochure

The Galápagos Islands

Download our The Galápagos Islands 2018 brochure, featuring incredible wildlife adventures in Darwin’s Islands aboard the yacht Mary Anne or the luxury yacht Passion. Or request a print copy to be sent by mail.

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