A more compact version of the ten-day ‘Voyage Galapagos – Western Islands,’ this cruise stays focused on the northern islands of the Galápagos archipelago. Climb aboard the comfortable Daphne (G3) and enjoy extras like included snorkelling gear and the presence of an expert naturalist guide, there to make sense of this unique region. After a full day of swimming with unique sea life and walking among wildlife that has no fear of humans, enjoy deck-side drinks before retiring to your air-conditioned cabin. Ocean views come standard. As always with G Adventures, our vessels are exclusive, so you know you’re exploring in good company.
Arrive at any time.
Early flight to San Cristóbal. Meet your guide and transfer to the ship.
After lunch, visit the San Cristóbal Interpretation Centre to learn more about the Galápagos Islands
Land on Santa Fe early morning for guided walks to observe the wildlife and plentiful marine iguanas. Opportunities for swimming and snorkelling with the sea lions. Afternoon visit to South Plaza for wildlife spotting opportunities.
Land at Genovesa, an old imploded volcano, to observe the massive colonies of frigatebirds, boobies, and other seabirds, as well as striking volcanic cliffs rising from the ocean.
Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island in the morning to witness the striking and fascinating giant lava formations. Very few plants have managed to survive on this island due to the harsh environment and relatively new lava floe. Enjoy a walk along the lava formations before coming to a white-coral-sand beach, where plentiful Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions can be seen.
In the afternoon, we will take an excursion to Rábida Island, where we will land on a red-sand beach. From here a short trail leads to a saltwater lagoon, often home to wading flamingos. Another trail goes past the lagoon to the interior, where the revered palo santo trees grow. When burned, the branches of this tree give off a pleasing aroma and ward off mosquitoes. Back on the beach among low-lying bushes nest the prehistoric-looking pelicans. This is the best area for close viewing of these nesting birds, and it’s a rare treat to watch parent pelicans return with gullets full of fish for their squawking young.
Morning visit to Black Turtle Cove, then disembark on Baltra for a late morning flight back to Quito.
Depart at any time.
Small-ship adventures on the world’s great seas and rivers The poles of the Earth, the wonders of the Galápagos, the mysteries of the Amazon, out-of-the-way Greek Islands and other great places are best (and sometimes only) accessed by boat. Marine trips get you there aboard small ships, exclusive yachts and catamarans.
Group trips average 12 travellers per departure, depending on the adventure. The maximum is usually no more than 16, but some can be smaller or bigger, depending on the trip. Check individual trips for details.
There’ll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.