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Situated in the Pacific Ocean, the 19 isolated Galapagos Islands have been called a unique living museum and showcase of evolution. World-renowned for its variety of wildlife, the Galapagos Islands were the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection. Take a fascinating cruise through the islands for an up-close and personal encounter with some of the most exotic wildlife found anywhere on the planet. Plan an epic family journey, creating memories to last a lifetime. Choose your vessel below which includes everything in the tour overview.
All new twin-hulled catamarans Endemic and Elite were specifically designed for cruising the azure waters of the Galapagos Islands. Spacious, comfortable and steady, each feature a hand-picked crew to make your journey perfect. Top naturalist guides are friendly and knowledgeable. The large, professionally designed cabins feature panoramic suites and private balconies, offering a uniquely elegant shipboard experience for all guests.
*Add-ons from other cities available upon request.
Pricing based on January 15, 2020 departure from Toronto, based on two passengers travelling together. Subject to availability at time of booking. Blackout periods apply. For alternative dates, inquire for pricing. Itineraries are fully customizable
Yellow Fever vaccination recommended if visiting certain areas of Ecuador and may be mandatory to enter certain countries.
As of November 1, 2018, you will need to show proof of medical insurance coverage for the duration of your stay to enter the Galapagos Islands. If your insurance bought outside the Galapagos Islands doesn’t meet all the insurance requirements, you might need to buy additional coverage at Quito or Guayaquil airports.
**Airport and departure taxes are included, subject to change at any time. Optional tours and activities not included.
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SAMPLE ITINERARY - SUBJECT TO CHANGE
DAY 1 - QUITO — GALAPAGOS
AM Visit: Baltra Island Airport
Meet upon arrival to Baltra airport and transfer to the Galapagos Endemic catamaran.
PM Visit: Bartolomé/Bartholomew Island
Bartholomew is a small but scenic island, home to the iconic, pointy Pinnacle Rock. There are only two visitor areas on Bartholomew: a series of wooden steps leading to a scenic overlook and a small, sandy beach. There's not a lot of wildlife on the way up the steps - look for lava lizards - but the view is spectacular. The small beach is one of the better snorkeling spots in the Galapagos, as there is a small penguin colony there and the penguins enjoy darting around snorkelers underwater. You can also see any number of fish and rays, and maybe even a shark or two if you're lucky.
AM Visit: Corona del Diablo/Devil's Crown, off of Floreana Island
The Devil's Crown is a jagged set of rocks in a roughly circular shape off of Floreana Island: they are the final remnants of an ancient volcanic crater mostly eroded over the ages. It's a marvelous snorkeling spot: the deep water on one side is good for seeing large rays, sharks and other spectacular large marine life, while the interior of the 'crown' is calm and often full of playful sea lions.
AM Visit: Punta Cormorant/Cormorant Point, Floreana Island
Cormorant Point features two beaches and a flamingo lagoon, but oddly enough, no cormorants (which are found mostly in the western islands of Fernandina and Isabela). Cormorant point is sort of like two sites in one: the landing site is a green sandy beach popular with sea lions, but a short walk takes you to the other side of the point and a gorgeous white sand beach. You can wade in up to your ankles, but don't go any deeper: the waters of this beach are full of stingrays! On most days, you can see dozens of them just off the beach.
PM Visit: Mirador de la Baronesa/The Baroness' Overlook, Floreana Island
From a sandy beach, a short trail leads to the Baroness' overlook, where visitors will get a good view of the Floreana coastline. Ask your guide for the story of the "Baroness of the Galapagos." It's a murder mystery which is unsolved to this day! After a visit to the overlook, there will be the opportunity to take a panga ride along the coast or take out one of the sea kayaks.
PM Visit: Bahía Post Office/Post Office Bay, Floreana Island
Back in the day, whalers and other ships roamed the seas, often for years at a time. For the men who worked these ships, communication with home was very difficult and they would leave letters in certain places around the globe: one such drop off was a barrel at what came to be known as "Post Office Bay." The barrel is still there: leave your own letter for a loved one! The site also features a nice sandy beach perfect for relaxing or snorkeling.
AM Visit: Sombrero Chino/Chinese Hat, off Santiago (James) Island
Chinese Hat, named for its distinctive conical shape, is a visitor site memorable for geology and animal life. The island is known for lava tubes and pillow formations, meaning that it likely was formed underwater and later was pushed to the surface by geological forces. Besides being an informative case study in volcanic geology, Chinese Hat is home to sea lions, penguins and Sally Lightfoot Crabs. The hike is followed by panga rides, snorkeling and, kayaking.
PM Visit: Seymour Norte/North Seymour Island
Another visitor favorite, North Seymour has something for everyone. The Frigate Birds and Blue-Footed Boobys nest right next to the rocky trail, allowing for spectacular photographs. The island is home to a booming population of Land Iguanas, often seen contentedly munching on cactus pads. There are usually dozens of sea lions near the landing site and along the beach. As if that's not enough, the snorkeling is excellent!
AM Visit: Caleta Tortuga Negra/Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island
Black Turtle Cove is a lagoon on Santa Cruz Island. It is a maze of mangroves, and pangas are forced to paddle so that their motors do not disturb the wildlife there. You never know what you'll see in Black Turtle Cove: there might be sharks, sea turtles, herons or even a school of Golden Rays gently gliding through the water. There is no swimming or snorkeling permitted in Black Turtle Cove.
Transfer from the M/C Endemic to Baltra airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador. Assistance and farewell at the airport.