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The Galapagos Islands ~ Western Itinerary

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Designated the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, the Galapagos Islands are home to a fascinating array of wildlife inhabiting an unspoiled ecosystem, living in harmony with 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. Observe with remarkable proximity the diversity of endemic species such as the Nazca and blue-footed boobies, marine and land iguanas, the flightless Galapagos cormorant and the famous Darwin’s finches. Discover the myriad of aquatic wildlife in the clear waters of the world's second largest marine reserve. Snorkel with sea lions, colorful tropical fish, and sea turtles or observe them through a glass-bottom boat. Explore secluded inlets and stroll sweeping white sand beaches such as Punta Espinoza, where flightless cormorants nest nearby and sea lions, Galapagos penguins, and turtles can be seen frolicking in a fine display of multi-species tolerance in the nearby lagoon. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station the iconic site of Galapagos National Park research and conservation efforts most notable for its breeding program for the Galapagos Giant Tortoise. Accommodations for this adventure are aboard the Isabela II, a 40-guest vessel with spacious cabins, and local cuisine and sailing by small ship allows for flexibility in the itinerary to maximize wildlife viewing, as well as access to exclusive ports.

  • Optional: Mashpi Lodge pre-tour, June 15-18, 2024
  • Optional: Machu Picchu post-tour, June 25-30, 2024