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Luxury Small Group Journeys

Galápagos Wildlife Adventure 2019


10 days from $8,995

Limited to 18 guests

Cruise for six nights in the Galápagos, visiting top-ranked islands for optimal wildlife viewing and iconic sites such as Post Office Bay and Darwin Lake; strolling among giant tortoises, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies; and snorkeling and kayaking with sea lions and penguins.

A&K Advantages

Cruise for six nights aboard ‘La Pinta’ — an expedition vessel that blends stability, spaciousness and style — in the Galápagos Islands

Enjoy some of the world’s most intimate wildlife encounters — come face to face with land iguanas, and observe flightless cormorants and giant tortoises in their natural habitats

Explore the islands top ranked for optimal wildlife viewing, and iconic, less-visited sites, such as Post Office Bay and Darwin Lake, as you enjoy twice-daily shore excursions that include nature walks averaging 12 guests, allowing for more interaction with your certified naturalist guide

Choose from island activities that include kayaking, glass-bottom boat excursions, snorkeling, light trekking or simply relaxing on shore

Partake of a wide range of onboard activities, including guided stargazing and nature lectures, and rest easy knowing there is a dedicated A&K Resident Tour Director and a physician on board with you in this remote destination

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador
DAY 2
Guayaquil | Chocolate Tasting & Organic Lunch
DAY 3
The Galápagos | On Board ‘La Pinta’
DAYS 4-8
The Galápagos | Spectacularly Diverse Wildlife
DAYS 9–10
Guayaquil | Farewell Dinner & Departure

Travel Privately with A&K | For a private journey consider Tailor Made Ecuador: Galápagos Cruise or customize a Galápagos journey just for you.

DAY 1
Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador

Arrive in Guayaquil, the commercial center of Ecuador, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil
DAY 2
Guayaquil | Chocolate Tasting & Organic Lunch

This morning, drive into the rural countryside for a visit to Hacienda La Danesa, a traditional dairy and cacao farm with a rich heritage and history. Learn about growing and harvesting cocoa for famed Ecuadorian chocolate during a hands-on plantation visit that includes tasting artisan chocolate, before enjoying an organic farm lunch. Return to Guayaquil for a brief city tour. Tonight, enjoy a delightful welcome dinner.

Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3
The Galápagos | On Board ‘La Pinta’

Fly to Baltra in the remote Galápagos Islands. You are met by your naturalist guide and escorted to ‘La Pinta,’ your home for a six-night cruise through the Galápagos’ Western Islands. Nimble enough to access the Galápagos Islands, yet large and stable enough for safety, ‘La Pinta’ is built for adventure, offering spacious cabins and a comfortable atmosphere. The vessel is ecologically sound as well, and comes equipped with pangas (rubber rafts), a glass-bottom boat, and sea kayaks that allow for independent exploration. After lunch, attend an introductory briefing and a fitting for your wetsuit and snorkeling gear.

'La Pinta'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAYS 4-8
The Galápagos | Spectacularly Diverse Wildlife

Lying 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are a haven for some of the world’s most varied wildlife. It was this diversity that first led naturalist Charles Darwin to propose that species evolved in response to their environment. Darwin’s work also helped to alert the world to the need — urgent even in his own day — to preserve these islands from degradation by humans. Today, tourism to the Galápagos is closely managed, protecting the wildlife while allowing you to experience the environment much as Darwin did. Because weather, water and wildlife conditions are subject to constant change, your cruise itinerary is not fixed, but two daily excursions are planned to the main sites and islands. This cruise itinerary explores the true origins of the archipelago, and includes landmarks such as Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island, the intriguing red beach of Rabida Island, the Champion Inlet of Floreana Island, and the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. Each cruise day begins with a hearty breakfast, before boarding a sturdy panga for the morning shore excursion. As soon as your feet touch terra firma, expect to spot flora and fauna (differing species, depending on the island), take photos and confer with your naturalist guide. You may see sun-bathing sea lions; skittering Sally Lightfoot crabs; tangles of marine and land iguanas; penguins, flamingos, finches, terns and blue-footed boobies; even a century-old tortoise diligently trudging over the sand. Return to ‘La Pinta’ for a refreshing lunch, perhaps taken al fresco on deck, followed by time at leisure to nap or socialize. Keep your binoculars handy for possible sightings of dolphins or seabirds. In the afternoon, return to the pangas for the second excursion of the day, perhaps with an opportunity to swim, kayak or snorkel. You may well come face to face with a water-dwelling inhabitant, such as a curious sea turtle stopping by to inspect those visiting its equatorial home. Back on board ‘La Pinta,’ enjoy time to shower and relax before gathering in the dining room for another wonderful meal. Each evening, your time is your own: Attend a lecture presented by one of your affable guides, who recaps the day and gives a sneak peek at tomorrow’s itinerary; explore the mysteries of the night sky with a fascinating astronomy lecture on deck; peruse the ship’s library for further insight into a species you encountered; or gather for cocktails in the lounge to cap a day of extraordinary discoveries. Drift asleep in your air-conditioned cabin to the rise and fall of gentle ocean swells.

'La Pinta'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAYS 9–10
Guayaquil | Farewell Dinner & Departure

Disembark today and fly back to Guayaquil. Enjoy time to relax before gathering for a farewell dinner at your hotel’s restaurant. The next morning, transfer to the airport to board a flight home.

Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner (Day 9); Breakfast (Day 10)

‘La Pinta’ is an adventure vessel, and while it is ideal for small-group exploration in the Galápagos, it is not a luxury ship. The ship and its shore excursions are shared with other passengers.

Travel Privately with A&K | For a private journey consider Tailor Made Ecuador: Galápagos Cruise or customize a Galápagos journey just for you.


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

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  • Mar 20 - Mar 29
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  • Apr 17 - Apr 26
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  • May 15 - May 24
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  • Sep 04 - Sep 13
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  • Oct 02 - Oct 11
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  • Oct 30 - Nov 08
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Journey Details

Internal Air: Economy class from $575 (Guayaquil/Baltra/Guayaquil)

This journey contains some active elements.

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 8:30 a.m. on Day 2.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 9.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Triple Occupancy pricing is available upon request.

Travel Privately with A&K | For a private journey consider Tailor Made Ecuador: Galápagos Cruise or customize a Galápagos journey just for you.


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