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Destination: The Northern Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands – Northern Itinerary

March 2 – March 9, 2024

Nestled in the Pacific Ocean—at the confluence of three ocean currents—the Galapagos Islands are a haven for explorers, nature enthusiasts, and those seeking a profound connection with the natural world. Join us on a transformative expedition voyage through these enchanting islands to celebrate life's diversity and to witness firsthand the stunning display of nature's endless wonders.

Highlights

– During a full day tour of Quito, marvel at the gold leaf interior of the Jesuit Church of la Compañía—a fine example of the mix of European influences and indigenous art called the Baroque school of Quito; enjoy a lunch of Ecuadorian specialties; and view a unique collection of pre-Columbian art.

– Benefit from the participation of naturalist guides who bring their knowledge and passion to impart the beauty, mystery, and intricacy of the Galapagos Islands. 

– Observe with remarkable proximity the diversity of endemic species such as the Nazca, red- and blue-footed boobies; giant tortoises; Santa Fe land iguanas; and the famous Darwin’s finches.

– Discover the myriad of aquatic wildlife in the clear waters of the world's second largest marine reserve.

– Snorkel with sea lions, colorful tropical fish, and sea turtles—or observe them through a glass-bottom boat.

– Explore secluded inlets and stroll sweeping white coral beaches, such as Darwin Bay. See tidal pools and pass by colonies of various bird species.

– Visit the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island, the perfect habitat to see the Galapagos Giant Tortoise, and Puerto Egas on Santiago Island, an ideal location to see the Galapagos fur seal.


What's Included

  • 2 nights at 5-star Casa Gangotena in Quito (or similar) prior to embarkation
  • 4 nights aboard the Isabela II, with exploration by panga boats and glass-bottom boats, naturalist-led hikes and excursions, and evening lectures
  • 1 night at Wyndham Quito Airport (or similar) after disembarkation
  • A welcome reception in Quito, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • A city tour of Quito
  • All excursions and presentations
  • Complimentary use of kayaks, shorty wetsuits, and snorkeling equipment
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card
  • Internal airfare (from Quito to the islands on Day 3, and return to Quito on Day 7)
  • Gratuities to local guides, hotel porters, and drivers in Quito 
  • Airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times