Fly to the Galápagos Islands for a 7-night cruise aboard 20-passenger premium-class yacht, the 142-foot Origin. Accompanied by a superb staff of resident naturalists, observe Giant Galapagos tortoises, flocks of frigate birds and blue-footed boobies, Darwin’s finches and Galapagos penguins, colonies of marine iguanas and sea lions, along with other fascinating sea life. Conclude with a tour of Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, and its lovely riverfront. An optional post-trip extension to Machu Picchu offers an excellent introduction to the rich cultural and archaeological wonders of Peru.
Schedule by Day
- Jan 1: Depart U.S. / Arrive Guayaquil
- Jan 2: Guayaquil / San Cristobal Island
- Jan 3: Cerro Brujo / Punta Pitt
- Jan 4: Punta Suarez / Espanola / Gardner Bay
- Jan 5: Punta Cormorant / Floreana / Post Office Bay
- Jan 6: Santa Cruz Highlands/ Charles Darwin Research Station
- Jan 7: Bartolome Island / Black Turtle Cove
- Jan 8: South Plaza / North Seymour Island
- Jan 9: San Cristobal Island / Guayaquil
- Jan 10: Guayaquil / Return to U.S.
- $14,990 per person double occupancy
- $22,990 single occupancy
- 2 nights at the Hilton Colón Guayaquil
- 7 nights aboard the M/V Origin
Optional Machu Picchu Post-Extension
January 10 - 16, 2022
Discover the breathtaking Lost City of the Inca, Machu Picchu. Fly Guayaquil to Lima and onward to Cusco, the capital city of the Inca Empire. From Cusco, transfer to the Urubamba Valley. Take a dramatic train ride to Machu Picchu. On the return spend two nights in Cusco. Airfare from Guayaquil to Lima is not included. Additional information and itinerary will be sent to confirmed travelers.
- $3,890 per person double occupancy
- $4,705 single occupancy
This is a moderately active program. In the Galápagos, walks are approximately one to two miles long (sometimes over uneven and rocky terrain) at a leisurely pace suitable for wildlife observation. There will be wet landings on many islands. Dinghy rides along the coast and shorter walks are available for participants as an alternative to longer and more challenging walks. There are opportunities for swimming, snorkeling and sea kayaking.