Explore the Galapagos Islands

Discover the earthly paradise where the wildlife that inspired Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution still flies, waddles and crawls freely.

Journey Overview

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Discover the earthy mecca where the wildlife that inspired Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution still flies, waddles and crawls freely. Get face-to-face with species found nowhere else on Earth. Simply choose your vessel or lodge with A&K, and let nature take care of the rest.

Cruises from 4 days to 14 days are available. Please contact our Journey Designers to find out more.

Wildlife & Activities

Fernandina Island
On the youngest and most volcanically active island, see the largest colony of marine iguanas in the archipelago in addition to a big sea lion colony and flightless cormorants.

Bartolomé Island
Climb the stairs to the summit of the extinct volcano for sweeping views of James Bay and Santiago Island. Cool off with swimming and snorkelling amongst Galapagos penguins, marine turtles and tropical fish.

Española Island
Witness the peculiar and lengthy mating dance of the waved albatross in their almostexclusive breeding ground. Spy the blue-footed booby, lava lizards, iguanas, and mockingbirds. And stroll along the impossibly-white sandy beach at Gardner Bay.

Floreana (Santa Maria Island)
Discover a colourful history of prolonged volcanic activity and visit the site of Ecuador’s oldest mailing system.

Genovesa Island
Count a mind-boggling range of sea birds such as boobies, magnificent frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls and storm petrels. In the water, sea lions, fur seals and hammerhead sharks roam.

Isabela Island
The largest island formed by five volcanoes, Isabela is home to 70% of the archipelago’s wildlife. Get up close to Galapagos tortoises, flightless cormorants, flamingos, mangrove finches and Galapagos penguins, which breed here almost exclusively.

Rabida Island
Float over undersea worlds in this excellent snorkelling spot. Look up for some of the area’s rarest bird species, including nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.

North Seymour Island
Prickly pear cactus and Palo Santo trees are highlights in this arid wilderness. See great frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls, bluefooted
boobies, Galapagos sea lions and iguanas.

Santa Cruz Island
Explore Puerto Ayora, the largest city in the Galapagos. Lose yourself in the Charles Darwin Research Station, where there’s also a giant tortoise-breeding programme. Encounter Darwin’s finches – possible the most famous birds in the archipelago – as well as giant tortoises, Galapagos mockingbirds, vermillion flycatchers and herons.

Santa Fe Island
Snorkel with the Galapagos sea lion in the calm waters of Barrington Bay. Spot the endemic Santa Fe land iguana, as well as finches and Galapagos hawks.

South Plaza Island
Meander amongst the resilient endemic flora and the prickly pear cactus, a surprising source of sustenance for giant tortoises and land iguanas. Red-billed tropicbirds, swallowtailed gulls, Galapagos land iguanas, sea lions, brown pelicans and finches are prolific here.

Santiago Island
Step onto the black sandy beach at Puerto Egas and walk along century-old lava flow at Sullivan Bay. Get up close to Galapagos fur seals, sea lions and marine iguanas, while spy hawks, finches and mockingbirds overhead.

San Cristobal Island
With the only permanent fresh water lagoon in the Galapagos, this island is home to Galapagos sea lions, Darwin’s finches, marine iguanas, lava lizards and giant tortoises.

Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

The following is a suggested itinerary only. Please contact our Journey Designers to tailor-design a journey specific to your requirements.

Day 1: Quito

Touchdown in Quito, the city of eternal spring, nestled in the heart of the Andes mountains. Receive your A&K welcome and enjoy a private transfer to your boutique accommodation in the historic centre.

Day 2: Quito

Delve deeper into Ecuador’s captivating capital and learn first-hand how it earned its status as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage sites. Meander through colonial streets and cobblestone plazas amongst flowering balconies and intricate woodcarvings. Linger in the San Francisco Church, the bustling Independence Plaza and La Compañía, where seven tonnes of gilded shimmering walls will take your breath away. In the afternoon head North to the equator, the Mitad del Mundo. Experience placing a foot in both hemispheres and discover the rich history and traditions of Ecuador's indigenous communities at the Ethnographic Museum.

Day 3: Cruising the Galápagos

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Arrival in Baltra airport and transfer to your boat. Briefing onboard about the boat and the island. Visit Sombrero Chino Island, the landing is on a beautiful crescent-shaped beach, home to sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs.

Day 4: Cruising the Galápagos

Isabela - Vicente Roca Point: The remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a bay protected from ocean swells.
Fernandina - Espinosa Point:
A narrow stretch of land where hundreds of marine iguanas gather largely on black lava rocks.

Day 5: Cruising the Galápagos

Isabela - Tagus Cove: An opportunity to see penguins as well as marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions
Isabela - Urbina Bay:
Its waters are a good place to see turtles and rays. Ashore you'll find a short trail leading to a coral reef.

Day 6: Cruising the Galápagos

Isabela - Elizabeth Bay: As you enter the bay, hawks soar overhead and schools of fish can be seen swimming beneath the surface.
Isabela - Moreno Point:
Beautiful rocky shores where penguins and shore birds, including blue herons, are usually spotted.

Day 7: Cruising the Galápagos

Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Station: An organization that provides scientific assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galápagos.
Santa Cruz - Highlands:
The highlands are located in the northern part of the island and can reach elevations up to 1500 mt.

Day 8: Cruising the Galápagos

South Plaza Island: South Plaza has one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galápagos.
Santa Fe Island:
A volcanic uplift that hosts a forest of Opuntia and Palo Santo. Endemic land iguanas are often seen.

Day 9: Cruising the Galápagos

Española - Suárez Point: Suárez Point is one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago.
Española - Gardner Bay:
Gardner Bay has a magnificent beach with turquoise waters. The bay is home of a large colony of sea lions.
Española - Osborn Islet:
This small island is a marine visit where you can enjoy fantastic snorkeling and swimming.

Day 10: Cruising the Galápagos

San Cristobal - Interpretation Centre: A series of interactive exhibits providing information about the history and biodiversity of the Galápagos.
San Cristobal - La Galapaguera:
Learn about the Giant Tortoise breeding program established by the National Park.

Transfer to the Airport for flights back to mainland Ecuador.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Ocean Spray

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Santa Cruz II

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Camila

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Enjoy luxury, privacy and comfort on this newly built, intimate trimaran with excellent naturalist guides and shore excursions. Its ultra... Read more

Endemic, Galapagos Islands

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Expect speed and style aboard Endemic as it takes you between the Galápagos Islands. Taking 20 years of client feedback into account, End... Read more

Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.

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