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Exploring the Eastern Islands of the Galápagos

Overview

Darwin’s Galápagos Islands are a wonder to explore—the exotic wildlife here has no fear of humans, and you’ll hike (and snorkel or kayak) right alongside these extraordinary creatures! We’ve created the ideal way to experience the Galápagos—aboard the Mary Anne, a gorgeous 216-foot yacht that caters to just 16 guests. With our small group size, life on board is magical—we’ll enjoy a glass of wine at sunset, meals out on deck, and fascinating talks with our expert naturalist guide. Our 8-day Eastern Islands cruise includes remote Genovesa, a prime nesting site of red-footed boobies, Rábida, with its lagoons full of pink flamingos, and Santa Fé, a great place to snorkel with spirited sea lions. 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: $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

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