Explore the Galapagos Islands

Discover the earthy mecca 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. Call for a quote.

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

Example itinerary. Day 1

Arrival in Baltra airport and transfer to the 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. 
Ocean Spray

Day 2

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.
Ocean Spray

Day 3

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.
Ocean Spray

Day 4

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. 
Ocean Spray

Day 5

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.
Ocean Spray 

Day 6

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. 
Ocean Spray

Day 7

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. 
Ocean Spray

Day 8

San Cristobal - Interpretation Center: 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.

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

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Journey Dates & Prices

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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