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Galápagos Wildlife Adventure Cruise

MT Sobek (Mountain Travel Sobek)
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
11 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit the Enchanted Islands with the pioneers in Galápagos small-group travel and sail by deluxe, privately chartered yacht—a fully MTS operated and expert-led experience!
  • Anchor at nature’s doorstep and encounter incredible endemic wildlife, including giant tortoises, marine iguanas, penguins, and more, with the full leadership of certified Class III naturalists
  • Hike, snorkel and kayak among exquisite volcanic landscapes in one of the world’s top nature destinations, while our specialist yacht crew and dedicated in-country staff attend to your every need
  • Relax in style aboard your luxury yacht and bookend your trip with a stay at a 5-star hotel in the beautiful colonial city of Quito

Short Description

Come aboard your luxury cruise through one of the most exotic places on earth! On an MTS voyage, you’ll experience the Galápagos in the comfort of your own private charter yacht with first class service and regional expertise that is second to none! Each island is a world unto itself, boasting rare wildlife found nowhere else in the world. You’ll get an intimate glimpse of the giant tortoises for whom the islands are named, the clownish blue-footed booby, playful sea lions, colorful iguanas and lizards, the beautiful waved albatross, and the famous flightless cormorant—not to mention the incredibly diverse and rich marine life you’ll encounter underwater! Hiking, swimming, sea kayaking, and snorkeling all offer you plenty of opportunities to have your own experience with this wildlife paradise.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Quito
End City Quito

Trip Includes

  • Expert leadership
  • Accommodations as noted in itinerary (or similar)
  • If applicable, tent accommodations and arrangements in the field, including camp and cook staffs, comfortable and
  • Roomy two-person tents, kitchen and dining tents, and other community equipment
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Sightseeing as noted in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Additional guides and porters where necessary
  • Tips for lodge, hotel, or camp staff
  • Entrance fees and permits, unless noted separately in costs
  • Basic medical and evacuation insurance

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Quito, Ecuador, and explore its colonial heart

Accommodation: Swissôtel

Welcome to the historic city of Quito, the capital of Ecuador! An MTS representative will meet you outside customs at the airport and escort you to your five-star hotel, while briefing you en route on immediate arrangements and introducing you to Ecuador. The drive takes you along a scenic route up to over 9,200 feet in altitude, following part of the route that the early Spanish conquistadors used when first traveling here to establish the city as a Spanish territory in 1534. Just before reaching the city, you’ll wind up the switchbacks of the ancient neighborhood of Guapulo, passing colorful graffiti and murals to the high plateau of Quito. The hotel staff will greet you with a hot towel and a cool glass of fresh juice to refresh you upon arrival. After settling in, the rest of the day is free unwind, take advantage of the pool’s spa services or begin your exploration of this dynamic city.

If time allows, we highly recommend starting your adventure with a visit to the historic colonial section of Quito, a short and inexpensive cab ride from the hotel. This colorful neighborhood, one of UNESCO’s first declared World Heritage Sites, is rich with Spanish colonial architecture, gilded churches, lively restaurants, the Presidential Palace, museums and small shops. At the edge of Old Town, the recently renovated Calle La Ronda offers a beautiful and educational glimpse of Ecuador’s fine artisan goods, namely chocolate and coffee. Small artisans have set up shop along this cobblestone street, providing tastings and goods for sale, and many offer fascinating explanations on how chocolate and coffee are made.

Dinner tonight is on your own to take advantage of the many restaurants surrounding the hotel.

Day 2: Stroll Quito's fascinating streets, visit a cloud forest, or meet artisans at the famous Otavalo craft market

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Swissôtel

After taking advantage of the hotel’s fabulous breakfast buffet (not to be missed!), the day is free to explore on your own. You may choose to tour colonial Quito, visit a nearby cloud forest to view dazzling hummingbirds, or hire a driver to bring you to the famous craft market in Otavalo, a 2½- to 3-hour drive from Quito. We will provide you with information about things to do on your own in the Quito area or tours that can be arranged through our representatives. Ecuador is famous for its handicrafts, but one need not leave Quito to find them. The Mercado Artesenal La Mariscal, a 15-minute walk from the hotel through a bustling neighborhood, offers countless booths of locally made products, where you can barter with artisans and vendors on everything from silver jewelry and handmade baskets to alpaca blankets and Ecuador’s famous woven “Panama” hats. The Mariscal neighborhood also offers lively restaurants, bars and shops.

At 6:30pm sharp, the group will gather in the hotel of the lobby, where you’ll meet your MTS guide and fellow travelers for a briefing on the following morning’s flight to the Galápagos Islands. This is a great time to ask about any last minute questions you may have before setting off on our adventure.

Dinner is on your own tonight, and we recommend exploring the many wonderful restaurants near the hotel—where you can find everything from Italian fare and sushi to traditional Ecuadorian food.

Day 3: Journey to the Galápagos Islands, see the highlands of Santa Cruz, and board our privately chartered yacht

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: The Reina Silvia OR The Galaxy

After another fresh buffet breakfast at the hotel, we’ll set out early for the airport for our flight from mainland Ecuador to the Galápagos Islands. Today is a long day, but a memorable one. Our plane lands on Baltra Island, where all visitors are required to pay the Galápagos National Park entry fee ($100 U.S., in cash). Our guide will meet us at baggage claim and help us retrieve our luggage, transfer to the dock in Baltra and catch the water taxi across the straight (a quick five-minute cruise) to the island of Santa Cruz.

In Santa Cruz, we’ll meet our bus driver, who will escort us across the island along the main road that will bring us into the highlands and later, to the island’s capital of Puerto Ayora, where we’ll board our private charter yacht. Santa Cruz is the second largest of the Galápagos Islands, with the largest number of settlers anywhere in the archipelago at around 15,000 inhabitants. Initially settled before the national park was established, it is one of the rare places in the Galápagos where farmland abounds. We’ll ride along the span of Santa Cruz, passing farms and fields of scalesia, the giant endemic scrub brush of the highlands. We’ll stop briefly at Los Gemelos, where we’ll see one of two twin volcanic craters, now covered in lush vegetation, before lunching at local restaurant for a fabulous three-course meal. This quiet and idyllic oasis, located in the middle of the highlands, offers delicious, fresh cuisine and an interesting collection of Galápagos memorabilia.

This afternoon, we’ll pop next door to the restaurant for a short walk among the Galápagos’ iconic giant tortoises—our first glimpse of these large, slow-moving and ancient creatures, thought to have evolved very little since their pre-Jurassic beginnings. After learning about the conservation efforts to restore the giant tortoise populations to their original islands, we’ll continue on to the bustling town of Puerto Ayora, where we’ll board pangas, or zodiacs, which will take us to our private charter yacht for the week. After settling into our private staterooms, we’ll enjoy the first of many memorable dinners together.

Note: For those of you who are planning on taking medication to prevent seasickness, doctors recommend taking it at least an hour before boarding the boat. This will help you find your sea legs more quickly and offset potential queasiness before it starts. Please consult a doctor about sea-sickness medication options.

Day 4: Sail to Floreana Island’s Punta Cormorán and Post Office Bay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: The Reina Silvia OR The Galaxy

Every day begins early, starting with a delicious hot and cold breakfast buffet and the option of eggs cooked to order. After breakfast, we’ll suit up for a wet landing at Punta Cormorán on Floreana Island, locally known as “Green Beach” due to its volcanic olivine crystals. We’ll walk along a salt-water lagoon, observing flamingos and other wading birds to the trail’s end at “Flour Beach,” an extremely fine, white-sanded beach where sea turtles nest. After our walk we will take a short panga ride to Champion Islet for a fantastic snorkeling excursion. Champion’s half-submerged crater located just off the island makes this an ideal spot for snorkeling, allowing us to see large schools of surgeonfish and Panamic sergeant majors, multihued parrotfish, sea turtles, and occasionally a shy hammerhead in deeper water. If luck is on our side, we may even have the chance to swim with curious and playful sea lions—a true highlight of the trip!

After a fabulous three-course lunch (a daily occurrence onboard the yacht!), we’ll have some time to digest before taking a short panga ride to Post Office Bay. Centuries ago, whalers came here to drop their mail in a barrel for other passing sailors to retrieve and deliver back home. We’ll also have a chance to participate in this seafarers’ tradition by leaving our mail in the famous Post Office barrel and picking up other travelers’ mail to hand deliver, as was the custom so long ago. We’ll then travel by chiva, a locally made open-air passenger vehicle, up a long dirt road into Floreana’s highlands, where we’ll visit a giant tortoise restoration project and learn the mysterious history of the island’s eccentric early settlers.

Day 5: Make a dry landing on wild Punta Morena and take a scenic cruise to Elizabeth Bay

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: The Reina Silvia OR The Galaxy

We’ll begin our day on Isabela Island, the largest island in the Galápagos, made up of a series of active volcanoes. We’ll make a dry landing on this wild island at Punta Moreno, a vast lava field of pristine pahoehoe lava formations, surrounded by giant shield volcanoes and views of Alcedo and Sierra Azul. Here, we’ll have a chance to view flamingoes, gallinules, cormorants and ducks in the island’s brackish ponds and lagoons, flanked by pioneer and endemic vegetation. Keep on the lookout for penguins, which come here for the cooler waters.

After lunch, we’ll have some time to rest before heading back to the island to snorkel among sea turtles, Galápagos penguins, rays and possibly some white-tipped sharks. We’ll then change clothes back on board and head out for a scenic panga cruise to Elizabeth Bay’s Mariela Rocks, a hotspot for Galápagos penguins. Our pangas will cruise into a cove surrounded by a red mangrove lagoon, where the largest grove in the Galápagos grows. In this quiet lagoon, we may see green sea turtles poking their heads out of the water, penguins chasing fish, as well as eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans, flightless cormorants and small sharks feeding.

Day 6: Snorkel at Urvina Bay and spot marine iguanas on the lava fields of Fernandina’s Punta Espinosa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: The Reina Silvia OR The Galaxy

Our journey once again begins on the island of Isabela, where we’ll head to shore via panga for a wet landing at Urvina Bay. We’ll begin with an easy walk through a thicket of native and endemic plants which shelter large Galápagos land iguanas, giant tortoises, Galápagos mockingbirds and cuckoos. Once back at the beach, we’ll have time to snorkel along the 50-year-old geologic uplift, allowing us to spot coral heads and other rare marine fossils, as well as sea turtles and marine iguanas.

This afternoon, we’ll briefly depart from the coastline of Isabela and make our way to Fernandina Island’s Punta Espinosa—said to be the largest pristine island in the world and another highlight of the trip. Upon landing, we’ll walk on massive fields of hardened black lava, where we are likely to see countless marine iguanas, colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs and Galápagos sea lions lounging enviably along its lovely lagoons. A population of sperm whales and several species of dolphins inhabit the nutrient-rich waters of the archipelago’s northwest corner and can sometimes be spotted near Fernandina, so keep your eyes peeled.

Day 7: Explore Isabela Island’s Tagus Cove and the breathtaking cliffs of Punta Vincente Roca

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: The Reina Silvia OR The Galaxy

Today we’ll explore Tagus Cove on Isabela, a calm and popular harbor among early explorers and pirates. Upon landing, we’ll view the cove where early visitors carved graffiti into the cliffs—usually the names of their ships and the date they landed. We’ll slowly climb uphill to Darwin Lake, a saltwater crater lake surrounded by tuff (a type of porous soil formed from volcanic ash). From the end of the trail, we’ll be able to see the vast lava flows that connect the volcanoes of Northern Isabela. We’ll then return to the cove and suit up for a kayaking and a snorkeling excursion along the cove’s surrounding cliffs, where we’ll see flightless cormorants, Sally Lightfoot crabs and possibly some Galápagos penguins.

This afternoon, we’ll disembark for an unforgettable panga cruise along the dramatic cliffs of Punta Vincente. This breathtaking ride puts size into perspective quickly as we ride forceful swells beneath the cliffs and into caves in search of sea birds perched on the rocks. We’ll return to our yacht in time for a memorable cocktail hour as we cross the equator back into the Northern Hemisphere, the perfect ending to a perfect day.

Day 8: Feel the soft sands of Espumilla Beach, snorkel beneath the cliffs of Santiago, and explore the tide pools of Puerto Egas

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: The Reina Silvia OR The Galaxy

This morning, we’ll board the pangas for a wet landing on Santiago’s soft, sandy Espumilla Beach, which takes its fine texture from volcanic ash. We’ll walk along its lagoon and beach in search of the endemic Galápagos hawk and ground finch. We’ll then return to the boat and suit up for a kayak and snorkel along the cliffs of Santiago. Perhaps our finest snorkel of the entire trip, we’ll be able to see a fabulous array of colorful marine life, including bump-headed parrotfish, angel fish, rays, sea turtles, sergeant majors and white-tipped reef sharks, to name a few.

 

After lunch, we’ll make our way to Santiago and land on the dark, sandy volcanic beach of Puerto Egas. The trail follows the rocky coastline, offering some of the best opportunities to explore tide pools—home to sponges, snails, hermit crabs, barnacles, and fish including the world’s only four-eyed blenny. Small groups of sea lions bask on the rocks, along with large numbers of marine iguanas and shore birds such as plovers, oystercatchers and herons. At the end of the trail, we will visit the grottos—natural lava collapses that are home to a colony of Galápagos fur seals. This colony at Puerto Egas is one of the few places on the archipelago where you can get up close and personal with this endemic species. Galápagos hawks are common in the area as well, so keep your eyes on the skies for this beautiful raptor.

Day 9: Encounter sea lions on Santa Cruz Island’s Bachas Beach and disembark on North Seymour Island

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: The Reina Silvia OR The Galaxy

Las Bachas is a beautiful, white-sand beach on the northern side of Santa Cruz, not far from Baltra and Caleta Tortuga. Here, we’ll encounter sea lions, and may have the chance to go swimming and snorkeling. In the tiny lagoon behind the beach, we sometimes see flamingos and great blue herons. Sea turtles also nest here from December to April, so we may see hatchlings’ footprints leading from the nest to the water’s edge.

After our last delicious lunch on board the yacht, we’ll disembark by panga for another snorkel and walk along the cliffs of nearby North Seymour Island. The island is known for its colonies of magnificent frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies, and on land, we’ll have a chance to spot huge land iguanas—the largest examples of this species found in the Galápagos. If conditions allow, we may even witness the courting rituals of these iconic islanders and possibly some surfing sea lions. Back on the boat tonight, we’ll enjoy a festive farewell cocktail hour and dinner with the crew and our fellow passengers, a fitting send-off for this unforgettable adventure!

Day 10: Return to Quito

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Swissôtel

This morning, we’ll have a leisurely breakfast on board, before saying goodbye to the yacht crew and returning by panga to Baltra for our flights back to Quito. Today is a perfect transition day for finding our land legs again after being out to sea for a week. Once back in Quito, an MTS representative will meet us and transfer us to our hotel, where we’ll bid our guide and fellow travelers a fond adios. We should arrive at the hotel around 3:30pm, allowing us a little extra time this afternoon for last-minute souvenir shopping, local sightseeing or some well-deserved rest. Dinner is on your own tonight.

Day 11: Bid farewell to Ecuador

Meals: Breakfast

After another fabulous breakfast at the Swissôtel, an MTS representative can pick you up and transfer you to the airport for your flight home, or you may elect to join one of our extensions in Ecuador or Peru.

Please note that this is a sample itinerary and it may vary due to changes dictated by the Galápagos National Park, or by the yacht’s Captain because of weather or other conditions.

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Ship Name

The Galaxy

Ship Stats

  • Type: First class steel — hulled motor yacht
  • Construction: Guayaquil 2006 — 2007
  • Length: 115 ft
  • Beam: 26 ft
  • Draft: 6 ft
  • Capacity: 16 passengers
  • Crew: 9 members + 1 bilingual guide
  • Cruising speed: 12 knots
  • Engines: 2 Caterpilar Motors 440 HP
  • Water capacity: 4.000 gallons
  • Diesel capacity: 6.000 gallons
  • Electric power: 110V and 220V

Ship Description

The 115 foot-long motor yacht Galaxy is the newest built yacht the we offer. She has 9 beautiful and comfortable double cabins with lower beds and outside views. Each cabin has en suite bathroom, air conditioning, hair dryer, telephone for internal communication, and safe boxes. The Galaxy features a dining room, bar and lounge, coffee station with tea, coffee, herbal infusions, and drinkable water all the time, TV and DVD, library, an open sundeck, inflatable tenders, kayaks, and snorkeling equipment.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Air Travel

Airfare is not included in the land cost of our trips. For air reservations, we recommend you contact the airlines directly, either by phone or the Internet. In addition, many travelers elect to use their “frequent flyer” miles when traveling with us. But please check with our staff before purchasing or obtaining your tickets. We need to verify your arrival and departure schedule and ensure we have enough participants to operate the trip.

Group Size:

Standard Group

Accomodations

Swissôtel — Quito, Ecuador

This luxury hotel offers comfort and professional service in an excellent location close to the Old Town and the airport. Large, comfortable rooms and great views of the surrounding area from the top.

Guides

Luis Die

Luis Die was born in Seville, Spain, and is a graduate of the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid with a degree in environmental biology. He is fluent in Spanish, English, and French and has guided in Galápagos for more than a decade. In addition to being a professional nature photographer, Luis is working on a Master’s Degree in geographical ecology and is active with conservation groups on the mainland. Luis is a born teacher and enthusiastically shares his knowledge of Galápagos with people of all ages. He lives in Quito with his wife and twin sons and is our head naturalist guide, working exclusively with Mountain Travel Sobek.

 

Greg Estes

Born in the United States, Greg Estes first arrived in Galapagos in 1982 leading the Cambridge Darwin Centenary Galapagos Expedition to conduct research on the feeding ecology of marine iguanas. After graduating from the University of London, England, with an honours degree in Biology Greg’s research in Galapagos has encompassed a wide range of ecological projects, including studies on sperm whales and the endangered Galapagos petrel. Greg and his wife Thalia have retraced Darwin’s footsteps through Galapagos using information from his original notebooks and manuscripts of the famous voyage. Their research was published in “Notes and Records of the Royal Society“, September 2000 and was the basis of their book Darwin in Galapagos: Footsteps to a New World, published by Princeton University Press in 2009. Greg has served as a licensed naturalist guide of the Galapagos National Park Service since 1982 and continues to work as naturalist and expeditions leader in the islands. He is in high demand by university and natural history organizations alike and among the institutions he has guided/led are the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, American Museum of Natural History, Stanford University, Princeton University, The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, New York Audubon Society, New York Botanical Gardens. Greg has traveled extensively in North, Central and South America, and Europe and has worked as a naturalist in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic. His explorations have included an ascent of Cotopaxi in Ecuador, which is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world

 

Desiree Cruz

Desiree Cruz loves Galápagos so much that she lives in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, she received her B.S. from the University of Guayaquil in biology with a specialty in botany. She has been a naturalist guide in Galápagos since 1987 and has served in several capacities for the Galápagos National Park Service, including Deputy Director. Desiree is fluent in Spanish, English, and German. She has worked with Sea Shepherd in Galápagos, an organization dedicated to protecting the marine reserve from poaching, and is an advocate for conservation in Galápagos. She balances her conservation work with the delight of sharing her love of nature and Galápagos with our trip members. Desiree is a “guide’s guide” and works part-time teaching naturalist guides in Galápagos.

 

Patricia Stucki

Patricia Stucki has been guiding diving trips in Galápagos since 1999. A native of Switzerland and originally a journalist for the Swiss News Agency, Patricia started her career in guiding as a dive master in Honduras in 1995 and as a naturalist guide in Costa Rica. She is fascinated by wildlife, is a passionate teacher, and an active conservationist in the islands. As a resident of Galápagos, she will be able to give you an insider’s viewpoint of life in the islands. Patricia is fluent in English, German, and French.

Cancellation Policy:

  • If written cancellation is received  120 days or more prior to departure, then Cancellation fee will be $400
  • If written cancellation is received 119 to 90 days prior to departure, , then Cancellation fee will be 25% of Land Cost
  • If written cancellation is received 89 to 60 days prior to departure, then Cancellation fee will be 50% of Land Cost
  • If written cancellation is received 59 days or fewer prior to departure, then Cancellation fee will be  100% of Land Cost

Age Notes

Min. Age: 6

Trip ID#:

GalAdvMou

Trip Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Meals not noted on itinerary
  • Insurance other than basic medical and evacuation insurance
  • Optional tipping to leader, guides and local staff
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport taxes (international—varies by location)
  • Cost of medical immunization
  • Items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

Meals Included:

10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 6 Dinners

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