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Journey with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic to the Galapagos Islands for magnificent wildlife encounters in the company of wildlife and photography experts
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Five nights cruise and one night hotel accommodation (optional post-cruise hotel night available at no additional cost), meals as indicated, flights as specified, Galapagos Transit Control Card, fuel surcharge, guided excursions, Galapagos National Park Fee and Galapagos transfers.
For an action-packed week of adventure in the Galapagos Islands, with this shorter itinerary offering the chance for land and undersea discovery, magical encounters with abundant wildlife and explorations of the diverse islands of the archipelago.
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Spend time exploring the archipelago’s varied islands and habitats
Have up close encounters with incredible wildlife, including the amazing undersea world
Benefit from Lindblad's 50 years of experience in Galápagos and National Geographic experts onboard
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Arrive in Guayaquil and transfer to the 44-room Hotel del Parque, a tranquil haven set in a restored 19th-century building
Fly to Baltra in the centre of the Galapagos, a little world unto itself in the Tropical Pacific. You will be welcomed by naturalist staff and start exploring the islands. (B)(L)(D)
Listed below is a sample of the islands you may visit during your expedition:
Follow coastal trails past playful Galápagos sea lions on this wildlife-rich central island. Continue inland through a silvery forest of endemic palo santo trees, where frigatebirds nest, blue-footed boobies dance, and where we may also encounter prehistoric-looking land iguanas feeding on cactus.
Visit Puerto Ayora, the largest town and headquarters of both the Galápagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station. See the monument to Lonesome George, and tour the giant tortoise breeding corral. See the giant tortoises roaming in the wild in the lush, green highlands.
Cross the Equator at Volcán Ecuador, northernmost of Isabela’s six great shield volcanoes. Keep an eye open for whales and dolphins, sea turtles and the elusive ocean sunfish. Over two days, land in the footsteps of Darwin and Melville, and look for wildlife along the wildly eroded volcanoes.
One of the most active oceanic volcanoes in the world, Fernandina is the youngest and most pristine island in Galápagos—and home to the strange flightless cormorant, Galápagos penguins and the largest marine iguanas. Hikes ashore lead across impressive recent lava flows.
Search for red-footed boobies and the endemic mockingbird and lava lizard—found only on this easternmost island, and dig your toes into the powdery white sand at a gorgeous beach fronted by iconic Kicker Rock. Explore Baquerizo Moreno, where sea lions thrive in the middle of town.
See swallow-tailed gulls, Española mockingbirds, Nazca boobies and, seasonally, the world’s only population of waved albatross at this birdy paradise, also home to vividly coloured marine iguanas. Watch sea lions on the wide sand beach, and snorkel offshore, at Gardner Bay.
Follow a trail past a rose pink-tinted lagoon frequented by flamingos. Snorkel among sea lions and abundant fish, or cruise along Champion Islet by Zodiac. Visit the famous barrel at Post Office Bay.
See Day 3 for today's itinerary. (B,L,D)
Return by air to Guayaquil, where dayrooms are reserved for us at the Hotel del Parque before late flights home— or elect to spend the night at no additional cost. (B)
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