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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 1-3
Guayaquil / Baltra / Green Sea Turtles / Red-Footed Boobies / Genovesa

From Guayaquil, fly to Baltra and board the Mary Anne. We travel alongside mangroves where herons roost and green sea turtles swim, then head to remote Genovesa (Tower), a birdwatcher’s paradise where great frigatebirds, elegant swallow-tailed gulls, and storm petrels nest along the edges of the island’s cliffs.

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Days 4-7
Bartolomé Hike / Rábida / Santa Cruz / Santa Fé

Revel in breathtaking views at the top of Bartolomé, then head across 100-year-old lava flows to walk among colonies of land iguanas. Rábida’s saltwater lagoon is home to Darwin’s finches, and you’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz. On Santa Fé, watch sea lions gather on its white-sand beach.

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Days 8-9
Española / Marine Iguanas / Blue-Footed Boobies

A spectacular wildlife walk at Española offers us seagoing marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and Galápagos sea lions. On Santa Cruz, we’ll see the vast twin craters of Los Gemelos.

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Days 10-13
Floreana / Snorkel Devil’s Crown / Fernandina

The snorkeling is incredible at Devil’s Crown, an underwater volcanic cone with amazing marine life. We’ll also visit Floreana’s Post Office Bay and the highlands where the first settlers established a colony. A scenic sail brings us to Isabela, and we may spot whales and dolphins along the way. Flightless cormorants and Galápagos penguins are highlights at Fernandina’s Punta Espinosa.

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Days 14-17
Isabela / Swim with Sea Turtles / Santiago

You’ll discover an old pirate hideaway, then snorkel with sea turtles at Punta Vicente Roca, one of the best snorkeling sites of the archipelago. We then head to Santiago for encounters with Galápagos flycatchers, Darwin’s finches, and fur seals swimming under lava arches. 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: $10,390  
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 2017 brochure

Galápagos Islands

Download our The Galápagos Islands 2017 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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