• Visit Charles Darwin Research Station
• Search for unique wildlife including: blue-footed boobies, Galapagos penguins and giant tortoises, tri-colored marine iguanas
• Swimming and snorkeling
• Enjoy island excursions led by naturalists
• Explore Otavalo market and colonial Quito
• 13 days (two unique itineraries offered)
• Small ship cruising
• Start, finish in Quito, Ecuador
• All meals on ship included
• Land portion includes breakfast daily and two lunches
• Includes 2 internal flights
• Activity Level: 3
Exchange a curious glance with a blue-footed boobie, admire stunning tri-colored marine iguanas and watch the ever-playful sea lions frolic in the surf. The non-preditorial environment of Darwin's Galapagos has created a non-threatening, relaxed and magical connection with wildlife unlike any other on earth.
Our 13-day Galapagos adventure starts and finishes in the colonial capital of Quito, nestled in the Andes. Enjoy a visit to the Otavalo Market nestled in spectacular mountain scenery. The short flight to Baltra delivers us to our comfortable yacht. Watch for dolphins riding the bow like oceanic messengers taking us to our next equatorial volcanic island, each with its unique endemic species perfectly adapted to its environment. Pink flamingos, Galapagos penguins, giant tortoises and a myriad of birdlife, including the fish-stealing frigate and the enormous albatross, are just some of the wildlife we encounter during our naturalist guided adventure.
Cool off with a refreshing ocean dip, or snorkel with stingrays and view the fantastic underwater world of sea turtles, dolphins, florescent tropical fish and colorful coral gardens, before departing for your next evolutionary marvel.
Few Galapagos journeys include the seldom-visited western islands. ElderTreks' Galapagos adventure does include this hard-to-get-to region, making our trip unique and remote, and providing a Darwinian experience second-to-none.
7 nights on the Coral I or II in the Galapagos (all cabins have private bathrooms). On land, comfortable accommodations with private bathrooms throughout.
5 days over 9,000 ft. Sea can be rough when crossing to the western islands. Zodiac landings required.
Explore Calerdon, Cuicocha, Crater Lake, Cotacachi
Train to Ibarra, Salinas and Otavalo Market, back to Quito
Fly to Galapagos Islands, Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz)
Cormorant Point, Champion/Devil’s Crown And Post Office Bay (Floreana)
Gardner Bay, Gardner & Osborn Islets, Suarez Point (Espanola)
Interpretation Center & Tijeretas, Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristobal)
Cerro Brujo, Pitt Point and Islet (San Cristobal)
Espumilla Beach & Buccaneer Cove, Egas Port (Santiago)
Bartolome, Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
El Chato (Santa Cruz)