Galapagos: Wildlife Wonderland

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Galapagos: Wildlife Wonderland

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Destination for this trip:

Ecuador; Galapagos, Ecuador; Guayaquil, Ecuador

Length of trip:

8 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 3000 to $ 4000

Best travel dates to go:

April, May, June, July, August


Detailed Description of this trip:

Share life-long memories of a Galápagos tour with your entire family in 2008 - book early while space lasts! Discover a truly magical place like nowhere else on earth during this fascinating Galápagos tour for the entire family. Experience a unique group of islands that are still much as they were when Charles Darwin first encountered them. Share the thrill of encountering bird and animal species that don't exist anywhere else in the world as you explore this wonderful living laboratory with expert naturalists. You and your family will always remember the experience of wandering freely among amazing creatures that have no fear of you. Note: This is an active journey that includes a fair amount of walking, often on uneven terrain; Zodiac-style rafts are used for shore excursions. We may not visit each of the islands in the order here, but we typically visit two different sites per day. Cruise itineraries are approved by the Galápagos National Park Service 30 to 60 days before departure and are subject to change. Inquire upon booking.


Trip Properties:


Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Guayaquil

    Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

    The Galápagos Tour begins: Hilton Colon Guayaquil. A transfer is included from Guayaquil International Airport to Hilton Colon Guayaquil.

    Hotel

    After your flight to Ecuador, get a good night’s rest so you’ll be ready for your family's unforgettable Galápagos tour.
    Lodging: Hilton Colon Guayaquil, Ecuador

  • Day 2 - Guayaquil

    Explore historic Guayaquil.
    Sightseeing

    Encounter the history and culture of Ecuador as you visit Guayaquil's Historical Park; walk through the Traditions Zone to learn about lifestyles, the Wildlife Zone to learn about Ecuador’s animals and plants, and the Urban-architectonic Zone to see ancient architecture.

    Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging: Hilton Colon Guayaquil, Ecuador

  • Day 3 - Galapagos

    Swimming dinosaurs.
    River or Barge Cruise

    Your family’s Galápagos tour begins today as you fly to the volcanic island of Baltra and board your expedition ship, the M/V Santa Cruz. Ride ashore on a panga to look for marine iguanas, lizards that are only found in the Galápagos – they look like swimming dinosaurs.

    River or Barge Cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging: Cruising aboard M/V Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands

  • Day 4 - At Sea

    Tropical penguins and a lava walk.
    Snorkeling

    At Bartolomé Island, view a panorama of life underwater from a glass-bottomed boat or snorkel in the warm, clear water. Look for tiny tropical Galápagos penguins, which are only found here. Roam the black lava landscape of San Salvador Island with your family and encounter friendly Galápagos fur seals. This Galápagos tour is a great way to see these friendly mammals up close.

    River or Barge Cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging: Cruising aboard M/V Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands

  • Day 5 - At Sea

    Lots of birds and a giant tortoise.
    Sightseeing

    Meet Darwin's finches and other rare birds today on Rabida Island, with its red-colored beaches. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island to see and learn about the famous Galápagos tortoises. Have your picture taken with them – these gentle giants aren’t at all camera-shy. Say hello to Lonesome George, an elderly tortoise thought to be the very last of his sub-species; your encounter will be a fond memory of your Galápagos tour.

    River or Barge Cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging: Cruising aboard M/V Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands

  • Day 6 - At Sea

    Iguanas and more on Santa Cruz and North Seymour.
    Sightseeing

    Travel into the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a chance to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. On North Seymour Island, you’ll walk among huge colonies of blue-footed boobies nesting on the ground and see how they live together and care for their young.

    River or Barge Cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Lodging: Cruising aboard M/V Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands

  • Day 7 - Guayaquil

    San Cristóbal Island / Fly to Guayaquil
    River or Barge Cruise

    Your Galápagos tour comes to a conclusion when you disembark M/V Santa Cruz.

    Commercial Flight

    Fly back to Guayaquil on the mainland.

    Join us this evening for a poolside farewell party as your Galápagos tour and cruise comes to an end. Meals: Breakfast, dinner. Lodging: Hilton Colon Guayaquil, Ecuador

  • Day 8 - Guayaquil

    Homeward bound.

    Galápagos Tour ends: Guayaquil. A transfer from the Hilton Colon Guayaquil to Guayaquil International Airport is included. You should allow a minimum of 2½ hours for flight check-in.
    Meals: Breakfast

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