“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 keenly observed of the Galápagos Islands. Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience firsthand the natural biodiversity of this UNESCO World Heritage-designated archipelago, still intact much as it was when first encountered by happenstance in 1535. Home to the amazing exotic birds, plants and animals that inspired Darwin, this “living laboratory of evolution” continues to offer the excitement of original discovery to every visitor.
Cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, first-class exploration vessel Santa Cruz II, designed specifically to navigate remote archipelagos. The ship is fully equipped to enrich your Galápagos experience with complimentary snorkeling gear, a fleet of Zodiacs and a glass-bottom boat. Certified onboard naturalists share their expert insights during excursions, enhancing your understanding of this mysterious natural realm.
These islands, each with its own ecosystem, are teeming with vibrant flora and captivating fauna, including the flightless cormorant and the marine iguana—species unknown anywhere else in the world. With few natural predators on the islands, the abundant wildlife is uniquely receptive to up-close human company—only here can you almost touch spiny-backed iguanas and snorkel alongside playful seals and tropical penguins.
On mainland Ecuador, explore UNESCO World Heritage-designated Quito, known for magnificent colonial churches with opulent gold interiors; walk through the historic Old Town; and stand on the Equator with one foot in either hemisphere.
Complement your “Islands of the Tortoises” cruise with the exclusive Pre-Program Option to Cuenca, a historic colonial city, and the Post-Program Option to the legendary “lost city” of Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the breathtaking Sacred Valley.
This incredible travel program is an exceptional value—reserve now as space is limited.
The Travel Program outlined here is subject to the features, final pricing and terms and conditions set forth in the published Travel Program brochure.
Machu Picchu, Peru