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Ecuador Galapagos Adventure Cruise on EcoGalaxy

Cruise a Volcanic Archipelago and Explore Wildlife Wonders

 

Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin on this inspirational small-group adventure through the enchanted islands of the Galapagos. Splash with penguins and fur sea lions, walk among giant tortoises, flamingos and iguanas, and spot blue-footed boobies and endemic wildlife found nowhere else on earth - all under the guidance of your MT Sobek naturalist guide. Hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking offer you astonishing opportunities to get close to the wildlife underwater and on land. After each action-filled day, return to the luxury of your private yacht to rest and re-energize. This classic route takes in the natural wonders of Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, and Rábida islands. Please note that actual itinerary routes vary from departure to departure - for more information about the islands each departure will visit, call for details.

To learn more about the Galapagos Islands and what you can expect from MT Sobek boats and adventures, check out our Galapagos Islands portal.

  • Experience the dramatic volcanic landscapes of Isabela and Fernandina islands, home to unique flightless cormorants

  • Anchor your deluxe yacht at nature's doorstep and take Zodiac cruises to remote coves and lagoons

  • Explore with the best naturalist guides, hand-selected for their experience, dedication, and expertise

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Arrive:

Quito, Ecuador

Depart:

Quito, Ecuador

Price: from $6,295

Duration:

9 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

10-16 Guests

Min Age:

6 yrs

Activity:

Level 2

7 Days of swimming, snorkeling, and easy walking and hiking on terrain that is varied and uneven, plus one day of touring in Quito.
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  • Arrive in Quito

    Day 1

    Welcome to the historic city of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. An MT Sobek representative will meet you outside customs at the airport and escort you to your hotel. After settling in at the hotel, the rest of the day is free unwind, take advantage of the pool's spa services or begin your exploration of this dynamic city. Dinner is on your own tonight.

    Accommodation: Swissotel-Quito, Ecuador

    The upscale Swissôtel offers five-star comfort in Quito's Floresta neighborhood, close to great shopping, interesting museums, and the city's architectural gems. Elegant and comfortable rooms feature city or mountain views, flat-screen TVs with premium channels, complimentary Wi-Fi, and more. There are four restaurants onsite offering a variety of international cuisine. Other perks include a fitness center and an indoor pool.

  • Tour Quito's Old Town

    Day 2

    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before setting out on half-day guided tour of colonial Quito. The city's UNESCO-listed old town contains the best examples of Colonial Baroque architecture in South America! After lunch, you are free to explore more of the old town, return to the hotel, or shop for handicrafts made by local artisans.

    Gather in the hotel at 6:30pm for a briefing with your fellow travelers and MT Sobek representative, who will discuss tomorrow's flight to the Galapagos Islands and the adventure ahead. Dinner is on your own tonight.

    Accommodation: Swissotel-Quito, Ecuador

    The upscale Swissôtel offers five-star comfort in Quito's Floresta neighborhood, close to great shopping, interesting museums, and the city's architectural gems. Elegant and comfortable rooms feature city or mountain views, flat-screen TVs with premium channels, complimentary Wi-Fi, and more. There are four restaurants onsite offering a variety of international cuisine. Other perks include a fitness center and an indoor pool.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Fly to the Galapagos Islands

    Day 3

    Rise for breakfast and an early transfer flight from Quito to Baltra Island in the Galapagos. After meeting your naturalist guide, take a short transfer from Baltra to Santa Cruz Island. Here a private vehicle awaits to take you to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz for a special opportunity to see giant tortoises in their wild and natural habitat. Next, transfer to Puerto Ayora, the largest settlement in the Galapagos. Stroll the main street to the harbor, where you will board the yacht and your basecamp for activities during the next week. Enjoy a welcome dinner.

    Accommodation: EcoGalaxy

    Discover the Enchanted Islands in relaxed comfort onboard the EcoGalaxy, an 88-foot deluxe catamaran. Its eight staterooms, with a capacity for 16 adventurers, are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, including full-size shower, and A/C. Guests can also relax in the dining room, bar and lounge, and open sundeck, and enjoy the inflatable pangas, kayaks, and snorkeling gear. Designed to minimize environment impact, the EcoGalaxy operates on low fuel consumption with state-of-the-art water filters, LED illumination, tin-free exterior paint, and solar panels. See more images, deck plans and more, here.

    Activity: 1-1.5 hours walking, up to 1 mile

    Transportation: 2-hour flight transfer and 1-hour private vehicle transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Follow Trails on Isabela Island

    Day 4

    From your anchorage on the southern end of Isabela Island, board a Zodiac (small, motorized inflatable boats) to explore Tintoreras - a group of islets. Follow a trail to observe marine iguanas, sea lions, and marine birds diving for fish. Return to the yacht and cruise to the western side of Isabela Island. Enjoy views of the island's pristine coastline, and keep lookout for dolphins and whales. After lunch, anchor at Punta Moreno for a walk across a pahoehoe lava flow, surrounded by giant shield volcanoes and a series of green lagoons - abundant with wildlife, including flamingos, blue-footed boobies, Darwin's finches, and flightless cormorants. If time allows, take your first snorkel this afternoon. Return to the boat for cocktail hour and dinner.

    Accommodation: EcoGalaxy

    Discover the Enchanted Islands in relaxed comfort onboard the EcoGalaxy, an 88-foot deluxe catamaran. Its eight staterooms, with a capacity for 16 adventurers, are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, including full-size shower, and A/C. Guests can also relax in the dining room, bar and lounge, and open sundeck, and enjoy the inflatable pangas, kayaks, and snorkeling gear. Designed to minimize environment impact, the EcoGalaxy operates on low fuel consumption with state-of-the-art water filters, LED illumination, tin-free exterior paint, and solar panels. See more images, deck plans and more, here.

    Activity: 3 hours hiking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Experience West Isabela Island

    Day 5

    Start the day at Elizabeth Bay, where you will set off by Zodiac to explore tranquil coves and a red mangrove lagoon, home to green sea turtles, flightless cormorants, and Galapagos penguins! Get in the water for a snorkel and you may also spot rays and small sharks among tropical fish. After lunch, continue to Urbina Bay - famous for having uplifted 15 feet along 2 miles of coastline exposing corals and invertebrates in its strata. Follow your guide on the trail to look for Galapagos land iguanas, Galapagos hawks, finches, and giant tortoises (mostly seen between January and June.)

    Accommodation: EcoGalaxy

    Discover the Enchanted Islands in relaxed comfort onboard the EcoGalaxy, an 88-foot deluxe catamaran. Its eight staterooms, with a capacity for 16 adventurers, are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, including full-size shower, and A/C. Guests can also relax in the dining room, bar and lounge, and open sundeck, and enjoy the inflatable pangas, kayaks, and snorkeling gear. Designed to minimize environment impact, the EcoGalaxy operates on low fuel consumption with state-of-the-art water filters, LED illumination, tin-free exterior paint, and solar panels. See more images, deck plans and more, here.

    Activity: 5-6 hours hiking, swimming and snorkeling

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Fernandina Island

    Day 6

    Awake at your anchorage near Punta Espinosa on Fernandina Island - said to be the largest ecologically pristine island in the world and one of the highlights of the trip. Upon landing, take a walk on black lava fields in search of marine iguanas, colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs and Galapagos sea lions lounging in its lagoons. In the afternoon, disembark for an unforgettable Zodiac cruise (with optional snorkeling) along the dramatic cliffs of Punta Vicente Roca, the remnants of an ancient volcanic caldera. Ride ocean swells beneath the cliffs in search of nesting boobies and explore a huge marine cave.

    Accommodation: EcoGalaxy

    Discover the Enchanted Islands in relaxed comfort onboard the EcoGalaxy, an 88-foot deluxe catamaran. Its eight staterooms, with a capacity for 16 adventurers, are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, including full-size shower, and A/C. Guests can also relax in the dining room, bar and lounge, and open sundeck, and enjoy the inflatable pangas, kayaks, and snorkeling gear. Designed to minimize environment impact, the EcoGalaxy operates on low fuel consumption with state-of-the-art water filters, LED illumination, tin-free exterior paint, and solar panels. See more images, deck plans and more, here.

    Activity: 5-6 hours hiking, swimming and snorkeling

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike & Snorkel on Santiago Island & Rabida

    Day 7

    After breakfast make a wet landing on the dark, sandy volcanic beach of Puerto Egas. The trail follows the rocky coastline, where tide pools are home to sponges, hermit crabs, and fish including the world's only four-eyed blenny. Sea lions bask on the rocks, along with marine iguanas and shore birds. At the end of the trail, we'll visit the grottos for a chance to see a colony of Galapagos fur seals up close. After lunch, visit the "small red volcanic" island of Rabida near the center of the archipelago. Its red-sand beach is home to sea lions and pups. Behind the beach is a brackish lagoon, home to migratory shorebirds, wading birds, and ducks. Two species of boobies nest along the cliffs. Snorkel with Galapagos penguins along the cliff face or swim with sea lion pups - another highlight of the trip!

    Accommodation: EcoGalaxy

    Discover the Enchanted Islands in relaxed comfort onboard the EcoGalaxy, an 88-foot deluxe catamaran. Its eight staterooms, with a capacity for 16 adventurers, are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, including full-size shower, and A/C. Guests can also relax in the dining room, bar and lounge, and open sundeck, and enjoy the inflatable pangas, kayaks, and snorkeling gear. Designed to minimize environment impact, the EcoGalaxy operates on low fuel consumption with state-of-the-art water filters, LED illumination, tin-free exterior paint, and solar panels. See more images, deck plans and more, here.

    Activity: 5-6 hours hiking, swimming and snorkeling

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from the Galapagos & Return to Quito

    Day 8

    Enjoy one more early morning excursion by zodiac to see a variety of bird and small shark species in a protected mangrove lagoon. After breakfast aboard the yacht, disembark and transfer to the Baltra airport for the return flight to Quito. An MT Sobek representative will greet you at Quito airport and provide assistance to your nearby hotel.

    Accommodation: Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel-Quito

    The Wyndham Quito Airport is a convenient and comfortable stopover after your journey back from the Galápagos. Excellent food options are available both at the onsite restaurant and for room service. Rooms have large TVs and complimentary WiFi. There is a 24-hour complimentary shuttle to and from airport.

    Transportation: 2-hour flight transfer and 5-minute transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Depart Quito

    Day 9

    Use the complimentary airport shuttle to transfer to the airport in time for your outbound flight, or opt to stay on in Quito to join us for one of our extensions in Ecuador or Peru!

    Meals: Breakfast

Ecuador Galapagos Adventure Cruise on EcoGalaxy

Download Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek was one of the first North American companies to bring visitors to the Galápagos Islands, with an inaugural charter for the Sierra Club in 1970.

Reason #02

Guests love our Galápagos adventures because we charter a small catamaran for a fully MT Sobek-operated experience with our own expert team of naturalist guides.

Reason #03

Our guides and crew work hard maximizing the amount of wildlife encounters both on land and sea, and guides will always be snorkeling with you.

Meet your guides

Patricia Stucki

Patricia Stucki

Patricia has been guiding diving trips in Galapagos since 1999. A native of Switzerland and originally a journalist for the Swiss News Agency, Patricia started her career in guiding as a divemaster 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 Galapagos, she will be able to give you an insider's viewpoint of life in the islands. Patricia is fluent in English, German, and French.

Fernando Ortiz

Fernando Ortiz

Fernando is an Ecuadorian marine biologist who has worked and lived in Galapagos for over 25 years. An accomplished diver, he has enjoyed more than 5,000 dives in the Galapagos, Ecuador, Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Baja California, Palau, Malaysia, and Costa Rica. He joined Conservation International in 2005 after working for the Galapagos National Park as Head of the Department of Control and Conservation of Marine Ecosystems. Fernando returned to guiding to re-encounter the environment that he is so passionate about and loves inspiring MT Sobek travelers on their adventures in the Galapagos.

Luis Die

Luis Die

Luis was born in Seville, Spain, and graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid with a degree in Environmental Biology. He is fluent in Spanish, English, and French and has guided in Galapagos since 1999. In addition to being a professional nature photographer, Luis has a Master's Degree in Geographic Ecology and is active with conservation groups. A born teacher, he enthusiastically shares his knowledge of Galapagos with people of all ages. He lives in Quito with his wife, twin sons, and daughter and is MT Sobek's head naturalist guide. 

Activities

Island cruising by deluxe yacht with daily Zodiac excursions to explore hidden coves. Hike, snorkel, swim among unique endemic wildlife.

Lodging

Luxurious comfort aboard a sleek and modern catamaran with a full crew to cater to your every need. Also includes an upscale hotel in Quito.

Climate

Mild climate year-round. Dec-May has daytime temperatures 76-86°F and water temperatures of 70-75°F. Jun-Nov has daytime temperatures of 67-77°F and water temperatures of 65-72°F.

FAQ

When and where should I arrive?

Arrive in Quito any time on Day 1. An MT Sobek representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. Most flights from the US arrive late at night.

HOW QUALIFIED ARE YOUR GUIDES IN THE GALAPAGOS?

Our Galapagos Naturalist Guides are all rated Level 3 by the Galapagos National Park, which is the highest level of qualification, and means each guide has passed the Naturalist Level II course certifying that he/she has expert knowledge of the Galapagos Islands. This level guide will also hold a university degree in biology, biology related fields, and/or tourism, and must be fluent in 3 languages.

Do I need a wetsuit for snorkeling in the Galápagos?

With water temperatures from 65-72°F, most people prefer using a wetsuit. This way, you will enjoy snorkeling longer. Wetsuits rentals are available onboard.

Which months is it possible to see the waved albatross?

The waved albatross can only be seen between April and November.

Can I extend my stay before or after the Galapagos cruise?

Absolutely! There are several ways to extend your stay in Ecuador and Peru before and after the trip. We recommend a 4 or 5 day excursion to the Sacha Jungle Lodge in the Upper Amazon Rainforest, where we see toucans and monkeys among many other creatures. Or visit the Hacienda Zuleta and Otavalo Market on our 2 or 3 day extension. Many people choose to explore Cusco and Machu Picchu on our 5-day extension in Peru, or explore the Mindo Cloud Forest on a 2 or 3 days extension.

What is the difference between the various ships?

MT Sobek offers a variety of motorized yachts and catamarans ranging from deluxe to luxury. Each of the ships carry a maximum of 16-guests, ensuring a personalized experience and on-going small-group discussion with our Naturalist Guides. All of our ships come with a highly experienced and professional crew. Each of the ships are fully air-conditioned, come with the highest safety standards, and can boast excellent cuisine.

How Does MT Sobek Support Conservation in the Galapagos?

MT Sobek is a proud supporting travel partner of the Galapagos Conservancy. All of our highly-experienced naturalist guides are also active in conservation and work closely with the Galapagos National Park.

Can I Charter a Yacht for a Private Adventure?

Yes, you can! Private charters are a great option for families and large groups. For more details, please call our Regional Galapagos Specialists at 1-888-831-7526.

2022

Scheduled Dates

  • Jul 07 - 15, 2022
    $6,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$550 internal airfare+$350 single supplement (hotels only)+$20 galapagos transit control card

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  • Aug 04 - 12, 2022
    $6,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$550 internal airfare+$350 single supplement (hotels only)+$20 galapagos transit control card

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    Save $400 per person

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  • Oct 27 - Nov 04, 2022
    $6,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$550 internal airfare+$350 single supplement (hotels only)+$20 galapagos transit control card

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and yacht crew
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses
  • Galápagos National Park fee, collected upon arrival (Age 12 and older: $100 / Age 11 and younger: $50)
  • Galápagos Transit Control Card
  • Wetsuit Rental

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Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private Trip.

Choose from the selection of dates below for your group or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Call or email us to get the ball rolling.

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1.888.831.7526

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and yacht crew
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses
  • Galápagos National Park fee, collected upon arrival (Age 12 and older: $100 / Age 11 and younger: $50)
  • Galápagos Transit Control Card
  • Wetsuit Rental

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

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Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.