Immerse yourself in the wonders of the Galápagos on this seven-day journey to the Enchanted Isles. Aboard your privately chartered deluxe yacht you will cruise between the islands of San Cristóbal, Genovesa, and North Seymour - home to the largest land iguanas in the Galápagos. Along the way, look out for blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds, and enjoy spectacular snorkeling opportunities with playful sea lion pups and tropical fish. End your adventure with a trip to the highlands of Santa Cruz to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Expertly curated for the short-on-time traveler, this trip is the perfect Galápagos escape.
Experience the wonders of the eastern Galápagos' Islands in this seven-day express adventure
Anchor your deluxe yacht at nature's doorstep and take Zodiac cruises to remote coves and lagoons
Explore with National Park-certified naturalist guides, hand-selected for their experience and expertise
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.
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 Galápagos Islands and the adventure ahead. Dinner is on your own tonight.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to San Cristóbal. On arrival your guide will escort you to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, where you will board the luxurious Galaxy II. Enjoy lunch before cruising to nearby Isla Lobos - separated from San Cristóbal by a narrow channel, providing opportunities to snorkel with sea lions, sea turtles, and tropical fish. There is also a short trail great for viewing blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, sea lions, and the picturesque León Dormido - a huge volcanic monolith located offshore.
Wake to explore the beautiful bay and turquoise waters of Santa Fé Island. Here you can snorkel and swim with tropical fish, sea lions and turtles, and see a large colony of sea lions basking on the beach. Along the rocky trail, you will find endemic land iguanas, seeking shade under prickly-pear cactus, and many birds - from Galápagos hawks to Darwin finches. Next it's on to South Plaza Island, home to a colony of sea lions and a large population of Galápagos land Iguanas. The southern part of the trail follows the cliff, where you will see many sea birds nesting or flying, including frigatebirds, boobies, and shearwaters.
Cruise to North Seymour Island and take a loop trail in search of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds. Have your cameras ready as you keep an eye out for Darwin finches, marine iguanas, and huge land iguanas. After snorkeling off the coast of Seymour, journey to nearby Mosquera - a small, flat islet where one of the largest colonies of sea lions on the archipelago can be found. Spend time strolling on the beautiful white sand beach and observing sea lions playing in the waves or basking in the sun.
Genovesa Island is one of the most interesting for visitors! Explore Darwin's Bay - a protected bay in a volcanic crater that long ago broke open to the sea. Enjoy the company of red-footed boobies, who may come aboard, and witness the great commotion between nesting boobies and frigatebirds. Those traveling between February and May could also see a compelling show of frigatebird courtship.
After lunch, explore the cliffs by Zodiac before climbing to the island's plateau. Look out for red-footed and Nazca boobies, large-beaked ground finches, short-eared owls, and thousands of Galápagos storm petrels which nest in the island's lava tubes.
After an early breakfast, disembark the Galaxy II and transfer to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a special opportunity to see Galápagos giant tortoises in the wild. Then head to the Baltra airport for your return flight to Quito, to connect with homeward bound flights. A hotel room at the Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel is provided. You can use your hotel room as a dayroom with extended check-out and depart on a late evening flight home, or you can use your room as an overnight room and depart the next day. Ask your Adventure Coordinator for details. Lunch and dinner are on your own today.
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.
Guests love our Galápagos adventures because we charter a small yacht for a fully MT Sobek-operated experience with our own expert team of naturalist guides.
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.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Island cruising by deluxe yacht with daily Zodiac excursions to explore hidden coves. Hike, snorkel, swim among unique endemic wildlife.
Luxurious comfort aboard an 88-foot catamaran yacht with a full crew to cater to your every need and an upscale hotel in Quito.
June is considered "cool" season in Galápagos with temperatures of 67-77°F and water temperatures of 65-72°F.
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.
Depart from Quito on the afternoon of Day-7. Guests have the option to book a hotel room at the Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel, for an additional fee.
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.
The waved albatross can only be seen between April and November.
Upon arrival in the Galápagos Islands, all visitors are required to pay the Galápagos National Park entry fee. This is $100 in cash, USD.
It is possible that the itinerary above may vary because of changes dictated by the Galápagos National Park, or by the yacht's captain because of weather or other conditions.
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.
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.
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