After decades of traveling in the Galápagos, we’re well acquainted with the pleasures of both land- and sea-based explorations of this incomparable archipelago. Since it can be difficult to choose between the two, we’ve created this unique itinerary that gives you the chance to experience both small-yacht cruising and time at a wonderful island retreat. And as with all of our journeys to the Enchanted Islands, you’ll be accompanied throughout by expert naturalist guides—not just charming and passionate, but also rigorously trained and deeply experienced.
For your first five days in the Galápagos, you’ll cruise from isle to isle aboard the intimate Athala II, a 16-passenger, motorized catamaran equipped with a teak sundeck, picture windows, a hot tub, and other comforts. You’ll snorkel, swim, kayak, and walk, coming face-to-face with colorful critters like marine iguanas (endemic to the islands), ancient giant tortoises, and hundreds of types of birds and tropical fish. On Santa Cruz Island, bid farewell to the Athala’s personable crew and settle in at the Galápagos Safari Camp, modeled after Africa’s luxury tented camps. For your two days here, be as active or inactive as you like, enjoying naturalist-led wildlife excursions by foot, kayak, bike, and 40-foot yacht, and savoring the delectable cuisine, gracious hospitality, hammock and pool time, and sleeping to the sounds of the cloud forest.
Itinerary at a Glance
- Day 1:
arrive Guayaquil, overnight at hotel
- Day 2:
fly to Galápagos, board Athala II, embark on cruise
- Days 3–6:
yachting, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and island visiting
- Day 7:
arrive on Santa Cruz Island, Charles Darwin Research Station, settle into Galápagos Safari Camp
- Day 8:
explore Santa Cruz and neighboring islands
- Day 9:
leisurely morning at camp, fly to Guayaquil
- Day 10: