Galápagos

0° 53′ S 89° 36′ W

Bartolomé Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Galapagos aboard National Geographic Endeavour II

Galápagos aboard
National Geographic Endeavour II

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Highlights

  • Benefit from our 50+ years of experience in Galápagos and deep knowledge of the archipelago to see all you came for and more

  • Adventure by kayak, paddleboard, glass-bottom boat, and Zodiac

  • Walk among wildlife unfazed by your presence: loiter on beaches with sea lions, marvel at huge colonies of marine iguanas, and see nesting seabirds

  • Snorkel with sea lions, turtles, and abundant fish in the protected waters of the Galápagos Marine Reserve

  • Observe giant Galápagos tortoises in the wild on an adventure in the highlands of Santa Cruz

Day by Day

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Day 1

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Upon arrival in Guayaquil, transfer to the Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil, a convenient locally-owned hotel, for an overnight stay. Most international flights arrive in the late evening. If you wish, you may instead fly into Quito, Ecuador's historic capital city in the highlands, take a pre-voyage extension to Mashpi Reserve in the tropical Andes, or arrive a day early in Guayaquil to rest and relax. Or opt for the full-day excursion from Guayaquil to Hacienda La Danesa.

Day 1

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Upon arrival in Guayaquil, transfer to the Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil, a convenient locally-owned hotel, for an overnight stay. Most international flights arrive in the late evening. If you wish, you may instead fly into Quito, Ecuador's historic capital city in the highlands, take a pre-voyage extension to Mashpi Reserve in the tropical Andes, or arrive a day early in Guayaquil to rest and relax. Or opt for the full-day excursion from Guayaquil to Hacienda La Danesa.

Day 2

Guayaquil / Galápagos

In the morning we will fly to the Galápagos Islands and embark the National Geographic Endeavour II. After lunch, our journey begins as we explore the islands and their remarkable wildlife.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

Guayaquil / Galápagos

In the morning we will fly to the Galápagos Islands and embark the National Geographic Endeavour II. After lunch, our journey begins as we explore the islands and their remarkable wildlife.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 3-8

Galápagos Islands

Below are a selection of islands we may visit during our expedition. Itineraries are subject to Galápagos National Park regulations.

North Seymour Island:
Follow coastal trails past playful Galápagos sea lions on this wildlife-rich central island. Continue inland through a silvery forest of endemic palo santo trees, where frigatebirds nest, blue-footed boobies dance, and where we may also encounter prehistoric-looking land iguanas feeding on cactus.

Isabela Island: 
Cross the Equator at Volcán Ecuador, northernmost of Isabela’s six great shield volcanoes. Keep an eye out for whales and dolphins, sea turtles, and the elusive ocean sunfish. Over two days, land in the footsteps of Darwin and Melville, and look for wildlife along the wildly eroded volcanic shore.

Fernandina Island: 
One of the most active oceanic volcanoes in the world, Fernandina is the youngest and most pristine island in Galápagos — and home to the strange flightless cormorant, Galápagos penguins, and the largest marine iguanas. Hikes ashore lead across impressive recent lava flows.

Española Island:
See swallow-tailed gulls, Española mockingbirds, Nazca boobies and, seasonally, the world’s only population of waved albatross at this bird paradise, also home to vividly colored marine iguanas. Watch sea lions on the white sand beach, and snorkel offshore at Gardner Bay. 

Floreana Island:
Follow a trail past a rose pink-tinted lagoon sometimes frequented by flamingos. Snorkel among sea lions and abundant fish, or cruise along Champion Islet by Zodiac. Visit the historic mail barrel at Post Office Bay.

Santa Cruz Island: 
Visit Puerto Ayora, the largest town and headquarters of both the Galápagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station. See the monument to Lonesome George, and tour the giant tortoise breeding corrals. Witness the giant tortoises roaming in the wild in the lush, green highlands.

Bartolomé Island: 
Climb the steps to the summit of this 300-foot volcanic wonderland for stunning views. Explore, swim, and snorkel from the beach. Catch a glimpse of Galápagos penguins, one of the world’s rarest.  

Santiago Island: 
Explore tide pools and look for fur seals sheltered in quiet grottos of black basalt. Swim, snorkel, kayak, and paddleboard along Santiago’s spectacular coast, and explore an enchanting coastal forest where Charles Darwin once walked.

Genovesa Island: 
Sail across the Equator to the remote northern realm of the Galápagos into this flooded caldera, home to over one million seabirds. Visit Prince Philip’s Steps at the top of the island. Highlights along the trail are many, from Nazca, red- and blue-footed boobies and frigates, to gulls, owls, fur seals, hammerhead sharks, turtles, and manta rays. 

San Cristobal Island: 
Search for red-footed boobies and the endemic mockingbird and lava lizard — found only on this easternmost island. Walk along the powdery white sand at a gorgeous beach fronted by iconic Kicker Rock. Explore Baquerizo Moreno, where sea lions thrive in the middle of town.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 3-8

Galápagos Islands

Below are a selection of islands we may visit during our expedition. Itineraries are subject to Galápagos National Park regulations.

North Seymour Island:
Follow coastal trails past playful Galápagos sea lions on this wildlife-rich central island. Continue inland through a silvery forest of endemic palo santo trees, where frigatebirds nest, blue-footed boobies dance, and where we may also encounter prehistoric-looking land iguanas feeding on cactus.

Isabela Island: 
Cross the Equator at Volcán Ecuador, northernmost of Isabela’s six great shield volcanoes. Keep an eye out for whales and dolphins, sea turtles, and the elusive ocean sunfish. Over two days, land in the footsteps of Darwin and Melville, and look for wildlife along the wildly eroded volcanic shore.

Fernandina Island: 
One of the most active oceanic volcanoes in the world, Fernandina is the youngest and most pristine island in Galápagos — and home to the strange flightless cormorant, Galápagos penguins, and the largest marine iguanas. Hikes ashore lead across impressive recent lava flows.

Española Island:
See swallow-tailed gulls, Española mockingbirds, Nazca boobies and, seasonally, the world’s only population of waved albatross at this bird paradise, also home to vividly colored marine iguanas. Watch sea lions on the white sand beach, and snorkel offshore at Gardner Bay. 

Floreana Island:
Follow a trail past a rose pink-tinted lagoon sometimes frequented by flamingos. Snorkel among sea lions and abundant fish, or cruise along Champion Islet by Zodiac. Visit the historic mail barrel at Post Office Bay.

Santa Cruz Island: 
Visit Puerto Ayora, the largest town and headquarters of both the Galápagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station. See the monument to Lonesome George, and tour the giant tortoise breeding corrals. Witness the giant tortoises roaming in the wild in the lush, green highlands.

Bartolomé Island: 
Climb the steps to the summit of this 300-foot volcanic wonderland for stunning views. Explore, swim, and snorkel from the beach. Catch a glimpse of Galápagos penguins, one of the world’s rarest.  

Santiago Island: 
Explore tide pools and look for fur seals sheltered in quiet grottos of black basalt. Swim, snorkel, kayak, and paddleboard along Santiago’s spectacular coast, and explore an enchanting coastal forest where Charles Darwin once walked.

Genovesa Island: 
Sail across the Equator to the remote northern realm of the Galápagos into this flooded caldera, home to over one million seabirds. Visit Prince Philip’s Steps at the top of the island. Highlights along the trail are many, from Nazca, red- and blue-footed boobies and frigates, to gulls, owls, fur seals, hammerhead sharks, turtles, and manta rays. 

San Cristobal Island: 
Search for red-footed boobies and the endemic mockingbird and lava lizard — found only on this easternmost island. Walk along the powdery white sand at a gorgeous beach fronted by iconic Kicker Rock. Explore Baquerizo Moreno, where sea lions thrive in the middle of town.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Galápagos / Disembark / Guayaquil

Disembark this morning for a return flight to Guayaquil, where we transfer to Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil. The late afternoon and evening are free to explore the city. You may be able to take advantage of overnight flights. Ask your expedition specialist about Peru, Quito, and other post-voyage options.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9

Galápagos / Disembark / Guayaquil

Disembark this morning for a return flight to Guayaquil, where we transfer to Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil. The late afternoon and evening are free to explore the city. You may be able to take advantage of overnight flights. Ask your expedition specialist about Peru, Quito, and other post-voyage options.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10

Guayaquil / Home

After breakfast, leave Hotel Oro Verde in Guayaquil for the airport and flights home, unless an extension has been arranged.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10

Guayaquil / Home

After breakfast, leave Hotel Oro Verde in Guayaquil for the airport and flights home, unless an extension has been arranged.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Zodiac to pristine beaches, kayak or stand-up paddleboard along volcanic shores, explore wildlife on land or under the sea. Experience the Galápagos aboard our elegant and nimble ship, well-equipped for up-close exploration. Perfect for couples, families, and solo travelers. Encounter abundant wildlife—blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, Darwin’s finches, pink flamingos, giant tortoises and more. The wildlife of Galápagos is legendary for being without fear in the presence of humans.

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