Overview

Straddling the equator, some 600 miles west of mainland Ecuador lies perhaps the planet’s most fabled archipelago. Forever fascinating, this is one of Earth’s most active volcanic areas, and the beautiful volcanic formations, together with the matchless wildlife and natural history, make for an utterly unique destination. Perennially popular among birders for the island endemics and stunning seabirds, nearly all the birds are tame, allowing for outstanding photography. In places, one must be careful to avoid stepping on a Galápagos Sea Lion, a Marine Iguana or a Blue-footed Booby. The latter is perhaps the island’s most iconic bird, and seeing pairs of them bow and sway, whistling and honking, as they wave around their cobalt blue feet, is not something one forgets. Equally, the thrill of watching a pair of Waved Albatross performing their intricate dance moves is another of the Galápagos highlights, and our cruise is perfectly timed for this event. The snorkelling is a wonder as well, with swimmers at times encircled by sea lions, sea turtles, and even Galápagos Penguins on occasion. The islands are named after their endemic Galápagos Giant Tortoises (‘galapagos’ means tortoise in Spanish), and seeing these magnificent beasts striding about, or sighing deeply as they wallow in the mud, one feels transported to another time, or even another world. 

Based aboard a very comfortable vessel serving excellent food and hosted by experienced local naturalists and crew, we’ll explore these ruggedly beautiful islands in comfort. From the bewildering array of Darwin’s finches (which had their namesake thoroughly confused, triggering his ideas on evolution), to the shrieking Red-billed Tropicbirds, to the curious and endearing sea lions, an experience here marks a personal evolution.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Waved Albatross; Flightless Cormorant; Galapagos Penguin; Genovesa & Common Cactus Finches; Genovesa, Large, Medium & Small Ground Finches; Large, Small & Medium Tree Finches; Grey & Green Warbler-Finches; Woodpecker Finch; Vegetarian Finch; Galápagos Rail; San Cristóbal, Galápagos, Española & Floreana Mockingbirds, Galápagos Dove; Galápagos Hawk; Galápagos & Darwin's Flycatchers; Galápagos Martin; Mangrove Warbler; Swallow-tailed & Lava Gulls; Brown Noddy; Galápagos Shearwater; Lava Heron; Wedge-rumped Storm Petrel; Paint-billed Crake; Great & Magnificent Frigatebirds; Blue-footed, Red-footed & Nazca Boobies; Red-billed Tropicbird;‘Galapagos’ Short-eared Owl, American Flamingo.
Top Mammals
Galapagos Sea Lion, Galapagos Fur Seal, Humpback Whale, Blue Whale, Bryde's Whale, Common Bottlenose Dolphin
Habitats Covered
Volcanic craters, pelagic, arid scrub, caldera, 'Scalesia' forest
Expected Climate
Warm and sunny, with a cooling sea breeze
Max Group Size
15 with 1 Rockjumper leader & 1 local leader
Tour Pace & Walking
Easy to moderate pace
Accommodation
Comfortable cabins on catamaran, plus 2 nights in hotels
Ease of Birding
Mostly very easy
Other Attractions
Marina Iguana, Volcanic craters, Galápagos Giant Tortoise
Photographic Opportunities
Exceptional
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Dušan and his teammates Andres and Javier worked together to make this truly an exceptional adventure. It was one adrenaline rush after another. From snorkelling with Sea Lions (while laughing into my mask with delight) to snorkelling with Galapagos Penguins and Flightless Cormorants, to being in a huge megapod of Common Dolphins leaping out of the water in all directions, to the day we saw Orcas, can't leave out the Bryde's Whale, or the Bottle-nosed Doplins...it was amazing! It was a childhood dream come true to see the magnificent Galapagos Giant Tortoise, Marine Iguanas, and the beautiful Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Let's not forget the land Iguanas! Now to the birds; from Blue-footed and Red-footed and Nazca Bobbies, to Lava and Swallow-tailed Gulls, Parkinson's Petrals Now to the land birds, from the Short-eared Owl conversing with a horse to what seems to be a tremendous recovery of the lovely Darwin's Flycatcher and watching Dušan recording its call, to the Galapagos Yellow Warbler, to both Paint-billed Crakes and cracking views of the Galapagos Crake(Rail), Galapagos Dove to the confounding Darwin's Finches it was truly a once-in-a lifetime adventure! "

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
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