Enchanted Isles

Wonders of the Western Islands

Experience the Magic of the Galápagos Islands—in WT style!

Small Yacht Travel: the Best Way to Experience The Islands — Wake each morning to a new island to explore, and while you enjoy lunch al fresco on deck, we move to a second fascinating site. Traveling by yacht gives you the greatest variety of wildlife, scenery, and certainly the best snorkeling sites.

Active Adventures, with Hiking, Snorkeling, Zodiac Explorations, and Optional Sea Kayaking — We capture the wonder of Darwin’s legendary archipelago on daily island hikes, on snorkeling excursions that reveal sea turtles, Galápagos penguins, marine iguanas, and a kaleidoscopic array of tropical fish, and on optional explorations by sea kayak.

Our Small Groups Ensure Your Experience Is Personalized — With just 16 guests on the Mary Anne, and 14 guests aboard the Passion, you’ll enjoy wonderful camaraderie—it’s an experience not possible on the larger cruise ships.

Explore and Learn with World-Class Trip Leaders — Our Trip Leaders are the best and most experienced in the Galápagos. They are phenomenal teachers and delightful traveling companions with a gift for creating unforgettable experiences.

Our Commitment to Conservation — Wilderness Travel is a proud founding member of the International Galápagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA), dedicated to the preservation of these extraordinary islands, and we support the Galápagos Conservancy and the Charles Darwin Foundation.

Overview

Framed by dramatic volcanic landscapes and filled with unique wildlife that has no natural fear of humans, the Western Islands of the Galápagos are the extraordinary setting for our active 8-day voyage into Darwin’s world. Discover pristine Fernandina Island, with its shoreline full of endemic flightless cormorants, snorkel at the famous Devil’s Crown, walk amid magnificent frigatebirds on North Seymour, and explore Santiago’s Puerto Egas, where fur seals caper in underwater grottos. Our journey aboard the Mary Anne is an incredible experience of the Galápagos, with active days on shore complemented by unforgettable nights beneath the starry sky.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Guayaquil / Santa Cruz / Darwin Research Station / Puerto Ayora

After an overnight in Guayaquil, we fly to Baltra and head to the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about conservation work and see the renowned giant tortoises. On the evening of Day 2, step aboard our elegant yacht and let us show you the Galápagos as only WT can.

Oro Verde (Mary Anne)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Day 1 (1 night), Day 9 (1 night)
Hotel del Parque (Passion)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Day 1 (1 night), Day 9 (1 night)
Days 3-4
Floreana / Punta Cormorant

On Floreana Island, we walk the sandy beaches of Punta Cormorant to see flamingos and nesting sea turtles. We visit Devil’s Crown, with its great marine life, and Post Office Bay, where sailors once left letters to be posted by passing ships.

Days 5-7
Isabela / Fernandina / Puerto Egas

Awaking at Isabela Island, we walk the lava flow at Punta Moreno, snorkel among Galápagos penguins at Urbina Bay, and visit a historic pirate hideaway at Tagus Cove. Punta Espinosa reveals shores brimming with marine iguanas along with flightless cormorants. At Puerto Egas on Santiago, we watch fur seals lounging under lava arches, ride a panga (Zodiac) through Buccaneer Cove, and walk Espumilla Beach in search of yellow warblers and Galápagos flycatchers.

Days 8-10
Santiago / Sullivan Bay / North Seymour

After a hike on pahoehoe lava formations at Sullivan Bay, we head to North Seymour Island to walk among nesting colonies of great frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, and elegant swallow-tailed gulls. From Baltra, fly to Guayaquil for a final overnight, and depart on Day 10, or join one of our extensions (see page 83).

Oro Verde (Mary Anne)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Day 9 (1 night)
Hotel del Parque (Passion)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Day 9 (1 night)

Highlights

Highlights

Exciting, active 8-day cruise including Floreana, with its fascinating human history
Explore two of the youngest and most remote islands, Isabela and Fernandina
Sweeping volcanic landscapes of the Western Islands, see flightless cormorants
Daily nature hikes with an expert guide, fantastic snorkeling

Details

Length: 10 days
Cost From: $6895  
Arrive: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Depart: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Lodging: 7 nights aboard the Mary Anne, 2 nights hotel
Meals: All meals included except 2 lunches and 2 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Small Boat & Yacht Cruising, Snorkeling, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking
Trip Level:

Daily hikes, snorkeling, optional sea kayaking
Galapagos 2020 brochure

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Download our The Galápagos Islands 2020 brochure, featuring incredible wildlife adventures in Darwin’s Islands aboard the yacht Mary Anne or the luxury yacht Passion. Or request a print copy to be sent by mail.

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