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 several of the bewitching archipelago's 19 islands, introducing us to a peerless showcase of nature in all its exuberance. We cruise aboard a carefully chosen, mid-size boat—small enough to provide an intimate sense of being on the high seas, large enough to provide great comfort and a host of amenities.
After a day and night in Quito, 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 Galapagos’ splendor.
The ship, one of a couple top-notch mid-size boats handpicked by GeoEx for this Galápagos cruise, meets the most exacting environmental and hospitality standards, and displays impeccable attention to details large and small. With a 48-passenger capacity, it features interconnecting cabins, a sundeck, a well-stocked library, bar, and hot tub. For more on the ship, cliick here.
Itinerary at a Glance
- Please note: Itineraries vary according to season and national park regulations.
Days 1 & 2: arrive in Quito, tour city
- Day 3: fly to Galápagos, board ship
- Days 4–9: boat from island to island with naturalist-led briefings and stops to hike, snorkel, kayak, watch wildlife and visit Charles Darwin Research Station
- Day 10: Galápagos tortoise hike, fly to Guayaquil
- Day 11: depart Guayaquil.