Fly to the Galápagos Islands for a 7-night cruise aboard a 20-passenger premium-class Relais & Chateaux yacht, the 142-foot M/V Theory. Accompanied by an HAA study leader and 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 pre-trip to Guayaquil offers a visit to a charming hacienda and cacao plantation and New Years’ Eve dinner in the city. An optional post-trip extension to Machu Picchu offers an excellent introduction to the rich cultural and archaeological wonders of Peru.
Schedule by Day
- Dec 31: Depart U.S. / Arrive Guayaquil
- Jan 1: Guayaquil / San Cristobal Island
- Jan 2: San Cristobal Island / Cerro Brujo / Punta Pitt
- Jan 3: Punta Suarez / Espanola / Gardner Bay
- Jan 4: Punta Cormorant / Floreana / Post Office Bay
- Jan 5: Santa Cruz Island / Charles Darwin Research Station
- Jan 6: Bartolome Island / Sombrero Chino
- Jan 7: South Plaza / North Seymour Island
- Jan 8: San Cristobal Island / Guayaquil
- Jan 9: Guayaquil / Return to U.S.
- $14,990 per person double occupancy
- $22,990 single occupancy
- One nights at the Hilton Colón Guayaquil
- Seven nights aboard the M/V Theory
December 30-31, 2022
- $758 per person based on double occupancy
- $868 single occupancy
Machu Picchu Post-Extension
January 19-15, 2023
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.
- $3,550 per person based on double occupancy
- $4,275 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.