There's no better way to travel these spectacularly diverse, otherworldly islands where blue-footed boobies nest, giant tortoises roam freely, and unforgettable landscapes are surrounded by turquoise waters than by boat.
Blue-footed boobies nesting on desolate volcanic bluffs, penguins darting through crystal-clear water, and marine iguanas marching along pristine beaches. While the otherworldly terrain of the Galápagos Islands is unlike traditional tropical destinations, for travelers who love wildlife and remote places, the archipelago’s surreal moonscapes are a dream. The constellation of islands sits 600 miles off the Ecuadorian coast and is made up of 13 major islands, plus a smattering of smaller ones formed by repeated volcanic eruptions.
Because the islands developed in isolation for most of their history, conditions were ideal for a vast and unusual array of flora and fauna to emerge. The UNESCO World Heritage Site has preserved 95 percent of these endemic species, which has drawn travelers and explorers to the region for centuries (most famously, naturalist Charles Darwin). Traveling on a boutique ship ensures you’ll get to experience the incredible biodiversity in the Galápagos, since different species and landscapes characterize each island.
Suites on a luxury catamaran like the Endemic are typically much larger than cabins on old-fashioned single-hulled yachts. Professional designers with shipboard experience created ours for maximum comfort and elegance. Each cabin has personalized air conditioning control, a balcony, a spacious private bathroom, and either a king-size bed or two twin-size beds. Naturally, each suite also boasts closet/drawer space and a writing desk and strong box.
Who is a luxury Galápagos by Boat + Ecuador's Tropical Lowlands trip best for?
Travelers who want an iconic Galápagos cruising experience, as well as those who want to explore the sea life around the islands by kayak, paddleboard, diving, and snorkeling. A cruise often offers travelers more remote and varied wildlife viewing experiences in uninhabited places. Your travel advisor will help you choose the best size and style boat for you.
DAY 1: Guayaquil
Welcome to Guayaquil! Hotel del Parque
DAY 2: All aboard the Endemic Yacht
Fly to the Galápagos Islands, M/C Endemic
DAY 3: Isabela Island
Isabela Island is the largest of the archipelago with a surface of 4,588 square kilometers. It encompasses more than the half of the total land area of Galápagos.
DAY 4: Elizabeth Bay
This morning, you will discover Elizabeth Bay, a marine visitor site. You will do todays excursion by zodiac and so there is no landing point. Your zodiac ride starts with a visit to the Marielas islets where there is the largest and most important penguin colony in the Galápagos.
DAY 5: Tagus Cove
After breakfast, you will visit Tagus Cove. A ride along the cliffs in a zodiac will give visitors a good chance to see the Galápagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds.
Day 6: Buccaneer Cove + Rabida Island
In the morning, you will have the opportunity to discover the Buccaneer Cove that is located just north of James Bay. In the afternoon, you will be taken to Rabida Island.
Days 7 & 8:
Fly back to Guayaquil, Hacienda La Danesa
Galápagos by Boat + Ecuador's Tropical Lowlands trip highlights
- Start your journey in the colorful, international port city of Guayaquil, at the Hotel del Parque on the banks of the Daule River. A stay here will offer just a peak into the wildlife adventures that await you in the Galápagos, the hotel is a tropical oasis in the heart of the city.
- It's time to fly to the Galápagos and board your boat! The Endemic is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. It offers stylish social areas on the yacht for guests to enjoy. An airy sundeck with lounge chairs is perfect for relaxing or enjoying a cold drink after a long day visiting the islands. Inside, the tasteful bar/lounge is a multi-purpose area where meals are served, briefings are held, stories are told, and new friends are made. The Endemic also features a TV lounge with comfortable furniture and a wide-screen television with a DVD and Blu-ray player, perfect for families with kids who want to see a movie during the occasional downtime between island visits.
- On Isabela Island, visit the Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center of Isabela, infant and juvenile giant tortoises can be seen until they are ready to be released and survive in the wild.
- Visit to the Marielas islets where there is the largest and most important penguin colony in the Galápagos Islands. The excursion continues into a cove that is surrounded by red mangroves, where you can spot sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions.
- Discover the Buccaneer Cove which is located just north of James Bay. A safe haven in the 17th and 18th century for pirates to stash their loot, take on fresh water, and capture tortoises for food.
- End your exciting, wildlife adventure at the relaxing and stylish Hacienda la Danesa, just one hour from Guayaquil international airport. The perfect place to take a beat and reflect on your journey, La Danesa offers travelers a relaxing respite or a continued variety of land excursions and workshops. Guests here can take advantage of the 1,200 acre working farm by hiking, biking, horseback riding, and tubing down a lazy river. You can also take part in the Hacienda's offerings like beekeeping workshops, chocolate-making workshops, cooking classes, or by booking a massage before your international flight home.
Starting at $6200 per person traveling in 2024. Contact us for pricing and to connect with your personal travel expert
When is the best time to travel to the Galápagos Islands?
The best time to visit the Galápagos Islands for sunny, warm weather and calm, clear seas is between December and June. July and August bring the most rainfall. June through November is the cool season, great for hiking and viewing active sea life.
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