Exploring the Western Islands of the Galápagos

Overview

Framed by dramatic volcanic landscapes and filled with vibrant wildlife that show no fear of humans, our active journey explores the Western Islands of the Galápagos. Our 8-day adventure brings us to pristine Fernandina Island, a huge shield volcano with a shoreline full of flightless cormorants. Beneath the water’s surface, a new world emerges as we watch green sea turtles and Galápagos penguins play at Devil’s Crown and look for spouting whales when we cross Bolivar Channel. On North Seymour, walk by magnificent frigatebirds in full courtship display, and explore Santiago’s Puerto Egas, where fur seals caper in underwater grottos carved by the sea. Our voyage aboard the elegant, three-masted barquentine Mary Anne caters to 16 guests, and we are thrilled to welcome a new boat, the Passion, a refurbished private mega-yacht that accommodates just 12 guests. Both offer a wonderful experience with active days complemented by unforgettable nights beneath the starry sky.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Guayaquil / Highland Walk / Charles Darwin Research Station / Floreana

From Guayaquil, fly to Baltra. Search for tortoises in the Santa Cruz highlands, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, then board the Mary Anne or the Passion. On Floreana, explore a sea turtle nesting ground, snorkel at Devil’s Crown, and learn about the intriguing human history of the island. An afternoon sail across the sea, with the chance of sighting whales and dolphins, brings us to Isabela.

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Days 5-6
Elizabeth Bay / Punta Espinosa

A lovely hike leads to a flamingo lagoon on Isabela, followed by Zodiac explorations among the sea turtles in Elizabeth Bay. On Fernandina, look for flightless cormorants, Galápagos penguins, Galápagos hawks, and scampering Sally Lightfoot crabs.

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Days 7-8
Tagus Cove / Snorkeling at Punta Vicente Roca

Explore a historic pirate hideaway by Zodiac, then stop at Punta Vicente Roca for excellent snorkeling. From Espumilla Beach on Santiago, walk a forest trail to see yellow warblers and curious Galápagos flycatchers. At Puerto Egas, see Galápagos fur seals lounging under arches of lava.

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Days 9-10
North Seymour / Blue-FootedBoobies and Frigatebirds

Explore North Seymour’s nesting colonies of frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls. From Baltra, fly to Guayaquil for an overnight, and depart on Day 10.

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Highlights

Highlights

A comprehensive 8-day cruise including the sea turtles of Floreana and Bolivar Channel, with its numerous seabirds
With an expert naturalist guide, witness the diversity of wildlife that inspired Darwin
Fantastic snorkeling excursions, including Devil’s Crown and Punta Vicente Roca

Details

Length: 10 days
Cost From: $5995  
Arrive: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Depart: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Lodging: 7 nights aboard yacht, 2 nights hotel
Meals: All meals included except 2 lunches and 2 dinners
Activity: Small Boat & Yacht Cruising, Snorkeling, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking
Trip Level:

Daily hikes, snorkeling, optional sea kayaking

Galapagos Islands

Download our The Galapagos Islands 2016 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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