Marvel at spectacular wildlife and beautiful volcanic scenery with an unforgettable Galapagos islands cruise. This is the wildlife experience of a lifetime, where unique islands are home to amazing land and sea creatures, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Visit the Galapagos in complete comfort and style with Nuevo Mundo!
8 day Galapagos cruise: Includes all flights, transfers, full board cruise, & activities from €3,995 pp sharing + taxes.
✔ One night B&B in Quito pre-cruise departure
✔ 7 nights’ full board cruise on board a Galapagos expedition yacht
✔ Activities: hiking, snorkelling, dinghy rides, kayaking, horse riding, bird watching, swimming
✔ Possible wildlife spotting: Giant Tortoises, Sea Turtles, Land Iguanas, Hammerhead Sharks, Sea Lions, Penguins, Galapagos Flamingos, Blue & Red-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Rays, Storm Petrels, Doves, Hawk, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, Hermit Crabs, Hood Mockingbirds, Waved Albatrosses and many more……
Arrival and Transfer to the yacht.
Afternoon: Santa Cruz: Black Turtle Cove. The shallow cove is a haven for young marine life. Black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.
Morning: Visit to El Barranco’s steep, high cliff-face for spectacular views. This site is home red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.
Afternoon: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay – Visit this white sand coral beach with mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim.
Morning: Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay – A coral beach landing leads you towards a lava field. Walk over lava that flowed less than 100 years ago, you can see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos.
Afternoon Rabida Island (Jervis) is one of the most colourful and volcanically varied islands and a great snorkelling site. Its sandy beach and stunning lookouts provide wonderful landscapes for photos. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight, with many species to be seen, such as finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.
Morning: Santa Cruz Island: The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles, from new hatchlings to 4-feet long. The babies are kept until they are strong enough to survive on their own, approx. 4 years.
Afternoon: Santa Cruz Island: El Chato Tortoise Reserve. The reserve allows visitors to observe giant tortoises in the wild during the dry season and is also a good place to spot short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, Galapagos rails and paint-billed crakes.
Morning: Santa Cruz Island: Dragon Hill is one of the longer walking trails. This leads to the lagoon lookout where bright flamingos, pintail ducks, and land iguanas can be spotted.
Afternoon: Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach is a swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest off the beach.
Morning: Floreana Island: Post Office Bay. In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.
Afternoon: Floreana Island: Cormorant Point. This site hosts a large flamingo lagoon. The beaches on this island are distinct: The “Green Beach” named so due to its green colour and the “Four Sand Beach” composed of white coral.
Morning Española Island: Suarez Point This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. There is also a fantastic blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site has amazing photograph opportunities.
Afternoon: Española Island: Gardner Bay is the breeding site of nearly 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. It has an ample white sandy beach with a many sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkelling.
Morning: San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Centre. Visitors enjoy expositions on natural history, human history, and conservation.
Afternoon: Transfer to the San Cristobal Airport for flight home.
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Price based on travel dates: 12 December – 21 December 2016. Further tailor-made options available
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