Ecuador and the Galápagos
aboard the m.v. Santa Cruz
“The natural history of this archipelago is very remarkable … the greater number of its inhabitants, both vegetable and animal, being found nowhere else.”
Charles Darwin's keen, yet simple, observation of the Galápagos Islands made famous this "living laboratory of evolution." Today, 95 percent of its natural biodiversity, first seen when a Spanish ship drifted off course in 1535, is still intact. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to the amazing exotic birds, animals and plants that inspired Darwin, and it continues to offer the excitement of its original discovery to every visitor today.
Join us for an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime journey featuring three nights in Quito and four nights aboard the state-of-the-art exploration vessel m.v. Santa Cruz. Designed specifically to navigate the Galápagos Islands, this small ship is fully equipped with everything necessary for a comprehensive Galápagos experience, from complimentary snorkeling gear to a fleet of Zodiacs and a glass-bottom Boston Whaler. The highly qualified certified Ecuadorian naturalists lead you in small groups on each specially designed excursion and share their knowledge to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of this fascinating and mysterious natural realm.
These 19 islands, each with its own ecosystem, are teeming with flora and fauna and species unknown elsewhere in the world, like the flightless cormorant and the marine iguana. With few natural predators on the islands, the abundant wildlife is nearly fearless and innocently receptive to human company up-close, unlike any other place on our planet! Here, you can almost touch spiny-backed iguanas and snorkel alongside playful seals and tropical penguins.
On mainland Ecuador, explore the magnificent colonial churches of Quito and choose an optional excursion to zero degrees latitude to visit the Equatorial Monument
and the Ethnographic Museum.
To complement your Galápagos Islands cruise, we are pleased to offer an exclusive Post-Tour Option to experience the marvels of the legendary "lost city" of Machu Picchu and the breathtaking Sacred Valley.
This exceptional travel value includes all accommodations and features an optimal cruising itinerary through the "Islands of Tortoises," which has been a fast sellout every year. Space is limited, so we encourage you to make your reservations while space is available.
Pinnacle Rock, Galápagos Islands
m.v. Santa Cruz