Long before they took the name of their native tortoises, the Galápagos were known to whalers and pirates of the Pacific as Las Islas Encantadas—the Enchanted Islands. The old name still rings true today. This GeoEx voyage visits many of the bewitching archipelago's 19 islands, introducing us to a peerless showcase of nature in all its exuberance. We cruise aboard a small or mid-size ship—carefully chosen by GeoEx's Galápagos experts for its intimate size, great comfort, top-notch staff, host of amenities, and exacting environmental and hospitality standards.
After a day and night in Guayaquil, we fly to the Galápagos, boarding the ship in time for lunch and frolicking with sea lions. For the next six days, we wend our way around the archipelago (sailing mostly at night). The islands’ eccentric denizens are the stars of the show, holding us enraptured as we snorkel, kayak, swim, and take mindful walks among them. Onboard the ship, we take in informal evening lectures, savor tropical sunrises, watch dolphins frolic in the trailing wake, enjoy sumptuous meals in the dining room, and revel in the vastness of the Pacific—all part of the Galápagos' splendor.
If you'd like to explore more of South America before or after the trip—perhaps tie in Machu Picchu, the Ecuadorian Highlands, or the Amazon—GeoEx is happy to make the arrangements.
Itinerary at a Glance
- Please note:
Itineraries vary according to season and national park regulations.
arrive in Guayaquil
- Day 2:
fly to Galápagos, board ship
- Days 3–8:
boat from island to island with naturalist-led briefings and stops to hike, snorkel, kayak, watch wildlife, and visit Charles Darwin Research Station
- Day 9:
fly to Guayaquil
- Day 10: