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Wonders of the Western Islands

Overview

Framed by dramatic volcanic landscapes and filled with unique wildlife that has no natural fear of humans, the Western Islands of the Galápagos are the extraordinary setting for our active 8-day voyage into Darwin’s world. Discover pristine Fernandina Island, with its shoreline full of flightless cormorants, snorkel with marine iguanas at Punta Espinosa, and on North Seymour, walk amid magnificent frigatebirds. We’ll look for spouting whales as we cross Bolivar Channel, and explore Santiago’s Puerto Egas, where fur seals caper in underwater grottos. Our journey aboard the beautiful Mary Anne is an incredible experience of the Galápagos, with active days on shore complemented by unforgettable nights beneath the starry sky.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Guayaquil / Santa Cruz / Darwin Research Station / Puerto Ayora

After an overnight in Guayaquil, fly to Baltra and head to the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island, where we learn about conservation work in the islands and see the famous giant tortoises of the Galápagos. Hatchling tortoises are raised here to be released into the wild.

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Days 3-4
Floreana

Boarding our yacht, we sail to Floreana Island and enjoy a walk on the green sand beaches of Punta Cormorant. Be on the lookout for flamingos and nesting sea turtles here. A panga ride brings us to Devil’s Crown, with its great marine life, and we visit Post Office Bay, where in the 18th century, sailors left letters to be posted by passing ships.

Days 5-7
Isabela / Fernandina / Puerto Egas

On Isabela, we walk the lava flow at Punta Moreno, look for green sea turtles nesting at Urbina Bay’s black-sand beach, and visit a historic pirate hideaway at Tagus Cove. Crossing over to Fernandina Island’s Punta Espinosa, we look for flightless cormorants, Galápagos penguins, marine iguanas, and red-orange Sally Lightfoot crabs. At Puerto Egas on Santiago, we watch fur seals lounging under lava arches, a panga ride brings us through Buccaneer Cove, and we land on Espumilla Beach for a walk on a forest trail in search of yellow warblers and curious Galápagos flycatchers.

Days 8-10
Santiago / Sullivan Bay / North Seymour

We hike on pahoehoe lava formations at Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island, then head to North Seymour Island to walk among nesting colonies of great frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, and elegant swallow-tailed gulls. From Baltra, fly to Guayaquil for a final overnight, and depart on Day 10.

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Highlights

Highlights

Exciting 8-day cruise including Floreana, with its fascinating human history
Beautiful 16-guest yacht with spacious decks and air-conditioned cabins
Fantastic snorkeling options, including Punta Espinosa and Urbina Bay

Details

Length: 10 days
Cost From: $6895  
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
Galapagos 2019 brochure

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Download our The Galápagos Islands 2019 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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