“The Galapagos Islands [are] amazing — such a different experience than anywhere else in the world.” —Linda Tossing
Cruise through the Galapagos Islands as you spend time in Ecuador’s impressive volcanic archipelago with its incredible plants and animals. The wildlife is truly breathtaking and surprisingly docile (and many species cannot be found anywhere else on Earth) — it's not unusual to have to walk carefully over a Blue-footed Booby, or wait patiently for a young sea lion to leave the comforts of your daypack that you left on the beach. The Islands have been protected since 1834.
We journey through the northern route amongst some of the best islands in the chain. You can expect a small group and flexible trip designed with natural history, birding, snorkeling, and photography in mind. Expert naturalists familiarize you with the evolution, natural history, history, geology, geography, botany, ichthyology, and entomology of the Islands on your excursions and walks.
Our journey is planned to leave a light footprint, and we support conservation through all steps of the voyage. Pre-trip materials help you understand how to make the best use of your time, and we just know you won't want to leave! There is simply no place like the Galapagos.
- Travel on a well-appointed and stable yacht, the M/Y Letty
- Watch and photograph myriad seabirds as they court, nest, feed, and care for young
- Take the challenge of identifying Darwin’s finches
- Watch for the Galapagos form of Short-eared Owl, Galapagos Dove, and Galapagos Hawk
- Spot animals like Marine and Land Iguanas, Sally Lightfoot Crab, and the massive Galapagos Tortoise
- Snorkel in secluded coves among colorful fish, and perhaps even dolphins and turtles
- Be amazed at the archipelego's volcanic geology — compare “new” and "old" islands and admire their stark beauty
- Examine mangrove lagoons by smaller boat for an even more intimate understanding
- Spend time at the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about conservation efforts, like controlling introduced species, including goats, rats, pigs, and cats
- Witness Machu Picchu, the "lost city," on seven-day extension (optional)
Photo credits: Banner: Galapagos Tortoise by by Bud Ferguson; Great Frigatebird, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Group on Bartolome Island, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Marine Iguana by Greg Smith; Short-eared Owl, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Galapagos Flamingo by Bud Ferguson; Galapagos Scenic by Greg Smith; Blue-footed Boobies by Bud Ferguson; Sally Lightfoot Crab by Bud Ferguson.