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Living Evolution in the Galapagos

14-Day Grand Slam Adventure

2021 LAND ARRANGEMENTS: $16,370.00 per person sharing**
**Based on Suite B pricing on the Bridge Deck. Subject to availability at time of booking.**

AIR ARRANGEMENTS: To be arranged…
Miami/Guayaquil/Miami

DATES: 2021
Jan- 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
Feb- 05, 12, 19, 26
Mar- 05, 12, 19, 26
Apr- 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
May- 07, 14, 21, 28
Jun- 04, 11, 18, 25
Jul- 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
Aug- 06, 13, 20, 27
Sep- 24
Oct- 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
Nov- 05, 12, 19
Dec- 03, 10, 17, 24, 31

2022: Available upon request

Trip Highlights:

  • See more of the archipelago’s varied islands and habitats
  • Have up close encounters with incredible wildlife
  • Experience the Galápagos undersea and marine life as well
  • Access to specialized naturalist guides for an informative and immersive experience

Guayaquil
1 night, Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil

DAY 1: U.S./Guayaquil, Ecuador

Upon arrival in Guayaquil, transfer to the Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil. Ask your Expedition Specialist about extra nights.

Guayaquil

The largest and post populous city in Ecuador is also its main port and economic hub, but Santiago de Guayaquil has carved a rich identity for itself with a number of urban renewal projects that have transformed it into an extremely appealing destination. While visitors can still enjoy the colonial grandeur of sites like the Guayaquil Metropolitan Cathedral and the historic Las Peñas quarter, the city’s modern offerings include The Malecon, a bustling 2.5km riverfront walkway and the Museo Antropologico y de Arte Contemporaneo – a must for art lovers. The protected area of Santay Island offers a taste of local village life. Guayaquil is also the departure point for trips to the Galápagos Islands.

Accommodation

Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil

Ecuador’s largest city, Guayaquil is the primary access for Galapagos cruises. It is located on the banks of the Guayas River, a city characterized by their charming people. Guayaquil is a major port and commercial center as well, and the main departure point for visits to the Galapagos Islands, it has sponsored many urban beautification and preservation projects.

Hotel Oro Verde, located downtown, in the modern business district is a short trip from historic Malecon. A European-style hotel with luxurious accommodations, it features an executive-club floor of oversized rooms with home theater systems, wood floors and goose-down duvets. The Oro Fit Spa offers massages, an outdoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath and Jacuzzi along with internet access, business center facilities and meeting rooms for social and corporate events.

Included: Breakfast


Galapagos National Park
7 nights, National Geographic Endeavour

DAY 2: Guayaquil / Galápagos / Embark

This morning, fly to the Galápagos Islands and board National Geographic Endeavour II. After lunch, we begin our exploration of the islands and their remarkable wildlife. (B,L,D)

DAY 3-8: Galápagos Islands

Listed below is a sample of islands we may visit during our expedition.* (B,L,D Daily)

North Seymour: Follow coastal trails past playful Galápagos sea lions on this wildlife-rich central island. Continue inland through a silvery forest of endemic palo santo trees, where frigatebirds nest, blue-footed boobies dance, and where we may also encounter prehistoric-looking land iguanas feeding on cactus.

Isabela: Cross the Equator at Volcán Ecuador, northernmost of Isabela’s six great shield volcanoes. Keep an eye open for whales and dolphins, sea turtles and the elusive ocean sunfish. Over two days, land in the footsteps of Darwin and Melville, and look for wildlife along the wildly eroded volcanic shore.

Fernandina: One of the most active oceanic volcanoes in the world, Fernandina is the youngest and most pristine island in Galápagos-and home to the strange flightless cormorant, Galápagos penguins and the largest marine iguanas. Hikes ashore lead across impressive recent lava flows.

Española: See swallow-tailed gulls, Española mockingbirds, Nazca boobies and, seasonally, the world’s only population of waved albatross at this birdy paradise, also home to vividly colored marine iguanas. Watch sea lions on the wide sand beach, and snorkel offshore, at Gardner Bay.

Floreana: Follow a trail past a rose pink-tinted lagoon frequented by flamingos. Snorkel among sea lions and abundant fish, or cruise along Champion Islet by Zodiac. Visit the famous barrel at Post Office Bay.

Santa Cruz: Visit Puerto Ayora, the largest town and headquarters of both the Galápagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station. See the monument to Lonesome George, and tour the giant tortoise breeding corrals. See the giant tortoises roaming in the wild in the lush, green highlands.

Bartolomé: Climb the steps to the summit of this 300-foot volcanic wonderland for stunning views. Explore, swim and snorkel from the beach. You might even see Galápagos penguins, one of world’s rarest.

Santiago: Explore tide pools and look for fur seals sheltered in quiet grottos of black basalt. Swim, snorkel, kayak and paddleboard along Santiago’s spectacular coast, and explore an enchanting coastal forest where Charles Darwin once walked.

Genovesa: Sail across the Equator to the remote northern realm of the Galápagos, surrounded by warmer tropical waters.

San Cristobal: Search for red-footed boobies and the endemic mockingbird and lava lizard-found only on this easternmost island, and dig your toes into the powdery white sand at a gorgeous beach fronted by iconic Kicker Rock. Explore Baquerizo Moreno, where sea lions thrive in the middle of town.

Galapagos National Park

The spectacular Galapagos National Park is situated roughly 1000 kilometres off the coast of Ecuador on the Santa Cruz Island of the Galapagos archipelago. The Park is often referred to as a ‘living museum’ owing to its phenomenal melting pot of species. The area inspired the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin and is considered to be a living laboratory where evolution is still in process. The park is home to a variety of animals and plants which do not exist anywhere else. These factors, along with the ongoing volcanic and seismic activity, has earned the park UNESCO status. Visitors can spot animals such as land iguanas, giant tortoises, a diversity of finches, and many other animal and plant species. Set at the confluence of three ocean currents, there is also an incredibly rich and abundant marine life offshore.

Accommodation

National Geographic Endeavour

Our fleet consists of nimble, intimately-scaled expedition ships, able to safely venture where larger cruise ships cannot, allowing us to offer authentic, up-close experiences in the planet’s wild, remote places and capitals of culture. More than comfortable as your base for exploring, they are outfitted with cool tools that enable a genuine connection with the places we visit, and offer inviting private accommodations, and gracious public spaces for our expedition community to gather.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Guayaquil
1 night, Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil

DAY 9: Galápagos / Disembark / Guayaquil

Return this morning to Guayaquil, where we transfer to our hotel. The late afternoon and evening are free to explore the city. Overnight Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil. (B)

Guayaquil

The largest and post populous city in Ecuador is also its main port and economic hub, but Santiago de Guayaquil has carved a rich identity for itself with a number of urban renewal projects that have transformed it into an extremely appealing destination. While visitors can still enjoy the colonial grandeur of sites like the Guayaquil Metropolitan Cathedral and the historic Las Peñas quarter, the city’s modern offerings include The Malecon, a bustling 2.5km riverfront walkway and the Museo Antropologico y de Arte Contemporaneo – a must for art lovers. The protected area of Santay Island offers a taste of local village life. Guayaquil is also the departure point for trips to the Galápagos Islands.

Accommodation

Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil

Ecuador’s largest city, Guayaquil is the primary access for Galapagos cruises. It is located on the banks of the Guayas River, a city characterized by their charming people. Guayaquil is a major port and commercial center as well, and the main departure point for visits to the Galapagos Islands, it has sponsored many urban beautification and preservation projects. Hotel Oro Verde, located downtown, in the modern business district is a short trip from historic Malecon. A European-style hotel with luxurious accommodations, it features an executive–club floor of oversized rooms with hometheater systems, wood floors and goose-down duvets. The Oro Fit Spa offers massages, an outdoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath and Jacuzzi along with internet access, business center facilities and meeting rooms for social and corporate events.

Included: Breakfast


Guayaquil

DAY 10: Guayaquil / Home

Transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)