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The Galapagos Islands (2022)

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Join fellow alumni and friends as we explore the Galapagos Islands. Designated the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, the Galapagos Islands have been described as a “unique living museum and showcase of evolution.” They are home to a fascinating array of wildlife inhabiting an unspoiled ecosystem, living in harmony with their human visitors. This exciting journey features a day of guided touring in Quito plus an intimate cruise through the archipelago with up-close access to endemic species. Expert naturalists guide you through the wonders of this national park, whale sanctuary, and marine reserve. Accommodations for this adventure are aboard the Isabela II, a 40-guest vessel with spacious cabins, local cuisine, and a staff dedicated to ensuring both your comfort and maximum enjoyment of this truly extraordinary destination and its diverse inhabitants. And sailing by small ship allows for flexibility in the itinerary to maximize wildlife viewing, as well as access to exclusive ports.

Optional pre-tour, Mashpi Rainforest, and a post-tour to Machu Picchu, Cusco & the Sacred Valley are available.

Program Itinerary:

  • Day 1: En Route from U.S. / Arrive in Quito, Ecuador
  • Day 2: Quito
  • Day 3: Quito / Flight to Baltra / Santa Cruz: Highlands / Puerto Ayora – Embarkation
  • Day 4: Bartolomé / Santiago: Sullivan Bay
  • Day 5: Santa Cruz: Dragon Hill / Santiago: Salt Mine James Bay
  • Day 6: Isabela: Punta Vicente Roca / Fernandina: Punta Espinoza
  • Day 7: Baltra – Disembarkation / Flight to Quito, Ecuador
  • Day 8: Quito / Depart for U.S.

To learn more about this tour view these video links:

The Galapagos Islands—Under the Sea (Part 1)

The Galapagos Islands—Under the Sea (Part 2)

The Galapagos Islands

Machu Picchu Optional Post-Tour