Galapagos Islands Cruise
The archipelago of the Galapagos Islands, born from volcanoes, offers abundance of wildlife and a rare wilderness that was isolated from the mainland for millions of years. Cruise the pristine islands and walk among colonies of animals and birds unfazed by humans. Observe the giant tortoises. Snorkel amid shimmering fish, sea turtles, and penguins and explore the crystal waters by kayaking or swimming.
The Expedition Team offers a rich introduction for your Galapagos experience. No background in science is expected.
Deck Plan of the Coral I
Your Tour Includes:
- Roundtrip airfare: LAX/SFO/JFK /Quito with LAN
- Roundtrip airfare: Quito/Guayaquil
- Roundtrip transfers from Salinas/San Jose
- Meet/Greet and transfer to your hotels
- 2 nights Quito with breakfasts daily
- 1-night Guayaquil
- Half-day sightseeing city tour of Quito
- 5-days/4-nights Galapagos Islands cruise aboard the 36 passenger Coral I
- Meals: Breakfast daily: Quito and Guayaquil
Breakfast, lunch, & dinner daily on the vessel
- In-depth exploration of fauna and flora of the Galapagos
- Excursions all included on Galapagos
- All hotel taxes and service charges
This afternoon sail to Eden Islet and Whale Bay on Santa Cruz Island. Here is a green sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill. The beach contains a large amount of olivine crystals of volcanic origin. The crystals were formed when the magma was still underground. A small population of tortoises from Pinszon Island lived at the site, but were probably taken by whalers or previous inhabitants. Opportunity to see marine iguanas and sea birds followed by snorkeling.
Tagus Cove (Isabela) Dry landing on Galapagos’ largest Island where we will learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that form it. The trail leads to Darwin’s salt-water crater Lake and excellent views of the lava fields and volcanic formations.
A dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife, where you will admire a variety of seabirds, such as Blue-footed Booby, brown Noddy, terns, Flightless Cormorant and depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins which are only 35 cm. tall. The only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the northern hemisphere along the equator. The population of penguins on the islands is about 2000 individuals, most of which live on this western portion of Isabela; others are scattered further south on the island. We will have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water.
Urbina Bay (Isabela) After lunch we move to Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast, between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954, causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkeling.
Sullivan Bay (Santiago) A wet landing at Espumilla Beach, popular place for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs. The crabs attract the hunting herons, performing the dance of predator and prey. Here is an important geologic features of lava flows formed during the last quarter of the 19th century.