A Land Before Time: The Galapagos Islands

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Escape Kit

  • An Eight-Day, Seven-Night Cruise Through the Galapagos Islands for One Person Based On Double Occupancy ($2,626 to $3,185) Including:
  • Seven Nights Accommodation Aboard a 20-Guest Superior First-Class Motor Yacht
  • All Meals Including Snacks and Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • Both a Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinner and Cocktail Party
  • All Guided Excursions As Indicated on Itinerary with English-Speaking Naturalist Throughout
  • Low Guide to Passenger Radio
  • Complimentary Use of Snorkeling Equipment, 3mm Custom Wet Suits, and Kayaks
  • Priced per Person Based on Double Occupancy (See Fine Print)

The Destination
If there exists any place on Earth where time stands still, the Galapagos Islands is it. An unspoiled ecosystem with more than 95 percent of its original biodiversity intact, this Darwinian dreamland is a time capsule to another world. Blue-footed boobies bob about on rocky shores while sea lions hold court on the sand. Their reaction to human presence: essentially zilch, so rare do bi-peds tread these hallowed shores. Off the coast of spots like Tortuga Bay, manta rays and sea turtles glide past eager snorkelers while lava lizards sun themselves on nearby rocks. This is a land before time, and Ecoventura is pleased to introduce you to these storied isles with an unforgettable eight-day tour.

The Itineraries

Southern/Central Route
day 1: Enjoy escort from the airport via bus to the main dock, from which you'll take a Zodiac to your yacht. After a welcome briefing and safety drill, you'll be treated to a buffet lunch. Tour Cerro Tijeretas or "Frigatebird Hill" on the island of San Cristobal where you can spot nesting colonies of frigate birds, lava lizards, and more. Back on the yacht, you'll greet other guests at the Captain's welcome cocktail party and dinner.

day 2: Arrive in Cerro Brujo, a breathtaking white coral beach perfect for bird watching and rife with opportunities to kayak or swim with sea lions. Embark on a Zodiac cruise through the Cathedral cave. After lunch, disembark at the northeastern tip of San Cristobal where you might see three types of boobies, both frigate bird species, swallow-tailed gulls, brown pelicans, and sea lions. At Pitt Rock, you'll have an opportunity to snorkel.

day 3: Disembark at Punta Suarez to observe the highest population of endemic species in the Galapagos. After lunch, the crew will make a wet landing on Gardner Bay populated by sea lions eager to swim with you.

day 4: Come ashore at Punta Cormorant, Floreana—one of the most populated islands in the Galapagos. Wind your way past a rich variety of plants including cut-leaf daisies and black, red, and white mangroves. The trail leads to a beach with powder-soft sand where sea turtles lay their eggs and sting rays swim in the shallow water. If you wish, snorkel at Devil's Crown or the Champion sunken crater. After lunch, visit Post Office Bay and Baroness Point.

day 5: Travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, making your way through all seven vegetation zones in the Galapagos. You'll visit the tortoise reserve at Las Primicias, its nearby lava tubes, and the twin craters, Los Gemelos, before stopping at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

day 6: Land in Bartolome, an island with a moon-like surface inhospitable to most plants and animals. Here, you'll climb to the summit of a once-active volcano and enjoy a panoramic view of the island. After lunch, you'll visit Las Bachas, a stretch of soft, white sand popular with flamingo and penguins and ideal for snorkeling.

day 7: Visit South Plaza and its cactus-laden trails teeming with land iguanas. On the nearby beaches, you'll see colonies of bachelor sea lions vying for mates. Later, you'll sail to North Seymour where you can snorkel and eat lunch. Tonight, enjoy the Captain's farewell party and dinner aboard the yacht.

day 8: Pay a visit to the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal Island and spend a little time in port before heading to the airport to conclude your trip.

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Western/Northern Route
day 1: Enjoy escort from the airport via bus to the main dock, from which you'll take a Zodiac to your yacht. After a welcome briefing and safety drill, you'll be treated to a buffet lunch. Tour Centro de Crianza Jacinto Gordillo where the National Park has established a breeding program for the giant land tortoises. Back on the yacht, greet other guests at the Captain's welcome cocktail party and dinner.

day 2: Spend the full day on Genovesa, considered one of the most spectacular islands for bird watching. The yacht will make a wet landing on Darwin Bay, a coral-sand beach where swallow-tailed and lava gulls dwell and forests of Optuntia cacti bloom. Admire the bevy of frigate birds and other wildlife before making a dry landing at Prince Philip's Steps after lunch. Here you'll see several species of boobies as well as an open lava field. After an opportunity to snorkel or swim with sea lions, you'll return to the yacht for dinner, when you'll cross the equator.

day 3: Make a visit to Las Bachas, a stretch of soft, white sand popular with flamingo and penguins and ideal for snorkeling. At Black Turtle Cove, you'll take a Zodiac through a series of mangrove-heavy coves and inlets where white-tipped reef sharks, golden cow-nosed rays, and sea turtles swim. Take a hike along Dragon Hill where you might spot Darwin finches, Galapagos flycatchers, yellow warbler, and pink flamingos.

day 4: After a semi-wet landing at Punta Espinoza on Fernandina—the Galapagos's most pristine island with no introduced mammals—you'll bear witness to recent lava flows formed by an active volcano as well as hundreds of marine iguanas and large colonies of sea lions. You might have an opportunity to snorkel with sea turtles here before crossing the Bolivar Channel where whales and dolphins are known to surface. Later, you'll disembark at Urbina Bay on the island of Isabela, home to large and colorful land iguanas, giant tortoises, Darwin finches, brown pelicans, and penguins. Take an opportunity to snorkel before taking a Zodiac ride to Punta Vicente Roca.

day 5: Visit Elizabeth Bay via Zodiac and explore a secluded cove lined with red mangrove trees, shading the turtles, rays, and shore birds that congregate nearby. Later, tour the rocky islets known as Las Marielas where nesting penguins, flightless cormorants, and giant marine iguanas dwell. Make a dry landing at Tagus Cove, a popular stopover still riddled with the graffiti of pirates and whalers of yore. In the afternoon, take an up-hill hike to a salt-water lagoon.

day 6: Stroll along the shoreline at Puerto Egas, Santiago, where you can look for octopus and starfish in the tide pools. End your excursion in the grottos where you can see fur sea lions, once on the verge of extinction. After a morning snorkeling opportunity, make your way to Rabida near James Island, the geographic center of the Galapagos riddled with volcanos, marine iguanas, mocking birds, flamingos, and several species of Darwin finches. Enjoy a final snorkeling opportunity with a colony of sea lions before returning to the yacht for the Captain's Farewell cocktail party and dinner.

day 7: Travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, making your way through all seven vegetation zones in the Galapagos. You'll visit the tortoise reserve at Las Primicias, nearby lava tubes nearby, and the twin craters, Los Gemelos, before stopping at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

day 8: Pay a visit to the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal Island and spend a little time in port before heading to the airport to conclude your trip.

The Dates
For Iguana Deck Rooms ($2,625): October 6-13, 2013; October 27 - November 3, 2013; November 3-10 or 17-24, 2013; December 1-8, 8-15, or 15-22, 2013; January 26-February 2, 2014; February 23 -March 2, 2014; March 2-9, 2014; or April 6-13 or 20-27, 2014
For Booby Deck Rooms ($2,905): December 8-15, 2013 and March 2-9, 2014
For Dolphin Deck Rooms ($3,185): November 3-10 or 17-24, 2013; December 1-8 or 15-22, 2013; January 26-February 2, 2014; February 23-March 2, 2014; or April 6-13 or 20-27, 2014
*Priced per person based on double occupancy (see fine print)

  • "Much like the revolutionary scientific idea it’s become synonymous with, the Galápagos Islands may inspire you to think differently about the world. Nowhere else can you engage in a staring contest with wild animals and lose."

    -- Lonely Planet

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  • Voucher includes Seven Nights Accommodation Aboard a 20-Guest Superior First-Class Motor Yacht, All Meals Including Snacks and Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Both a Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinner and Cocktail Party, All Guided Excursions As Indicated on Itinerary with English-Speaking Naturalist Throughout, Low Guide to Passenger Radio and Complimentary Use of Snorkeling Equipment, 3mm Custom Wet Suits, and Kayaks
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