Wildlife Up Close And Personal
Legendary Wildlife and Nature
7 Night Galapagos Cruise Adventures | May - Sept
The places you visit play a starring role throughout every journey, and planning your Galapagos cruise stops is equally important. While this list isn’t exhaustive of every nook-and-cranny you’ll explore along the way, we’ve included descriptions of key ports and places to help you get to know the wilderness areas, landmark locations, notable regions, and coastal towns relevant to this itinerary.
Dozens and dozens of three-feet-long iguanas pile up like sandbags. Watch your step. Wildlife in the Galápagos isn’t afraid to walk—or lie— around. And because these animals don’t encounter predators, they’re not afraid to get up close to you. Iguanas plop down on pathways and tortoises are in no hurry to get out of the way.
The Galápagos Islands belong to the animals. From millions of years ago to now, each island is filled with discoveries and its own endemic species. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station for an inside peek at the conservation efforts of the giant tortoise. On Isla Floreana, paddle board alongside sea lions or stroll the white sand beaches as rays relax on the sea floor. Snorkel or kayak along Isla Isabela’s dramatic landscape of eroded tuff cones. Hike Isla Santa Cruz’s Dragon Hill, eyes peeled for expert lounging land iguanas and maybe a flamingo or two. Download rates and dates PDF.
What To Expect In The Galapagos
Ecuador welcomes with Spanish colonial architecture, though chances are you’re here for the wildlife. Get in a snorkel with green sea turtles or a guided amble past blue-footed boobies, flamingos, penguins, and iguanas. Darwin’s famed giant tortoises watch over their natural habitat reminding you that this is an ancient world—for you to explore.
Do it right! Darwin’s Discoveries goes from Guayaquil to seven islands of the Galapagos, boutique yacht style. Enjoy glass-bottom boats and beachcombing, kayaking, snorkeling with marine life. Adventures in Galapagos are active and inspiring. Plus there is plenty of wildlife. It’s why you came and better than you imagined. Check off animals from your Galapagos bucket list, and a few you’ve never even heard of. Wildlife is bigger, better and bolder in the Galapagos.
- Included in your fare:
- Group transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day
- Entry fees to national parks/preserves
- From-the-vessel adventure activities and equipment
- Exclusive activities and shore visits
- All meals aboard the vessel
- Premium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium wines)
- Non-alcoholic beverages
- Wellness amenities
- Onboard expedition/heritage guides and guest experts
- Refer to your final guest documents for any additional inclusions specific to your itinerary and vessel
- Not included in your fare:
- Airfare to and from your home city
- Discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew
- Travel protection
- Optional excursions and land tours
- Port taxes/fees (except La Pinta)
“Absolutely an enchanting adventure…. The cultural exchanges were our highlight: the sacred valley of Halawa; the fabulous dinner and entertainment at the museum; our encounters with spinner dolphins; a skiff ride to the turtle sanctuary; the snorkel experience off the Big Island; the taste of freshly cut pineapple; dance party on deck; magical double rainbows; stunning sunsets; the interesting people we met (crew members and passengers); ..."
Kathleen C., Sequim, WA
“Crew was very knowledgeable and diverse in their perspectives but all were extremely accommodating. Loved having the captain talk to us on her role and navigation logistics—she was impressive. … [The expedition leader] went above and beyond with making sure that I saw a hawksbill sea turtle (and I am terrified of the water!)... And I am so grateful! It was a lovely achievement for my 70th birthday.”
Gail B., Burlington, IA
"When I got onboard, I soon met many returning passengers and I quickly saw why — this is perfect! I love the flexibility of the schedule." — Rosalie M., Cincinnati, OH (2015)
Rosalie, M., Cincinnati OH